Garden Art forum: Wreaths (Contest #3 entries)

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Sep 17, 2011 11:13 PM CST

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Okie Dokie, it's time to start showing us your wreaths. Big Grin

Here is mine again. Lee Anne is our judge and she'll report the two winners Monday morning. Mine is not in the contest.

#1 Winner
The winner for the most stunning fall wreath will receive a beautiful and artistic decorative art tile that Tee is donating. (thank you, Tee!)

#2 Winner
The winner for the most creative wreath using up-cycled or re-cycled items will receive a small garden angel made by me.


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Name: Charleen
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Sep 18, 2011 6:52 AM CST

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This is my Entry. I used wisteria for the frame and I had the cat from a craft earlier, the pumpkin can be removed and another decoration added.

Here is the wreath I made from clay. As you can see it is too small for a door. But i think it is cute.
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the paper is folded into quarters, that is how small it is. about 4''.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 18, 2011 7:29 AM CST

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Oh Charleen - I love them BOTH Hurray! Thumbs up
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pixie62560
Sep 18, 2011 7:33 AM CST
Me too, very nice! Thumbs up
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goldfinch4
Sep 18, 2011 8:36 AM CST
So cute Charleen! Hurray! Hurray!
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Sep 18, 2011 8:38 AM CST
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Sep 18, 2011 8:54 AM CST
Whenever I trim my wisteria 'trees' I save the longest branches and weave them into wreath forms right onto tree limbs. During winter, I slather them with peanut butter and suet, nuts and berries, oatmeal, dried fruit, whatever's handy, and the birds feast. Occasionally I add seed heads and seed pods to them, but it's a little early for that right now. It's also too early to slather peanut butter and suet, they tend to melt in the heat. So with this latest one, I took a hint from Vic and simply slathered a scored apple, added peanut butter, raisins and oatmeal to it and added it on. When the snows melt in late winter, I'll add bits of dried grass, strings, moss, much like on the wreaths Lynn showed us. Each one lasts a year or two and then become dry and brittle and I just break them off the limb they are woven onto and toss them.

Here's one in winter, it has suet slathered on it.
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And here are two more side by side this year, still drying. They are on the holly tree, same tree as the one in the snow with the cardinal.
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And here's the one I just finished with the apple attached.
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I've found that the more loosely woven they are, with uneven strands of vine, more birds will gather on them without fighting for feeding space. Sometimes I'll find several cardinals on one wreath.

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On the other hand, it was time to recycle a small spray of eucalyptus that I'd had around here for awhile.
I took an old store bought vine wreath and wired the eucalyptus to it, leaving the ends untucked and loose. In that spot I added the old silk rose that has a clip on it, it's from one of my hats. In October I'll unclip the rose and add a black cat that is also a clip on, and at Christmas I have a clip on glittery poinsettia that will take the place of the rose. Keeping it simple.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 18, 2011 9:06 AM CST

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Oh Sharon, I love ALL your wreaths Hurray! Hurray!

Do I see something glittery in the first photo? Smiling

I'm betting your eucalyptus smells wonderful Lovey dubby

Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Sep 18, 2011 9:12 AM CST
It's a suncatcher, been in that tree for years and is now taller than I can reach.
And the eucalyptus is so old it's lost its scent. Guess I could spray it with something fragrant.
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goldfinch4
Sep 18, 2011 9:22 AM CST
Your eucalyptus wreath is so pretty! And thanks for the tip of loosely weaving the other wreaths so more birds sit on the - makes perfect sense. I bet they're loaded with birds in winter.
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AlwaysWeeding
Sep 18, 2011 9:30 AM CST
I took Charlene's tip and wove a wisteria wreath. Then I thought, what do I have that's dead in the yard, but still looks nice or interesting? I came up with different seedum blooms. I did a large and then a small wreath.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 18, 2011 9:33 AM CST

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Beautiful CJ Hurray! :thumbsup
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Sharon
Sep 18, 2011 9:34 AM CST
Love those soft colors, CJ!!
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Sep 18, 2011 9:38 AM CST
I like that fall isn't all about yellow and orange. It should dry nice at least until the Christmas stuff comes out.
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goldfinch4
Sep 18, 2011 9:56 AM CST
Very nice CJ! Hurray! Really glad you joined in our contest - hope this is the first of many.
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vic
Sep 18, 2011 10:11 AM CST

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Mine isn't hung yet and I didn't make either one of them but since I'm not in the contest, I get to cheat Rolling on the floor laughing

My sister-in-law made both of these.

Summer one is about ready to go down and the autumn one up.

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SongofJoy
Sep 18, 2011 10:12 AM CST
I agree
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Sharon
Sep 18, 2011 10:17 AM CST
Sweet Vic.

I keep going back to CJ's pastels. I love pastels, but I don't usually have them near me because I tend to blend into them. But I love them. My mom used to say, 'Don't ever wear pink, makes you look dead.'
I loved my mother but boy could she ever be blunt.
I never wear pink.

I think I like your summer wreath best, Vic. Prob'ly because it has pink in it Big Grin
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vic
Sep 18, 2011 10:22 AM CST

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Thank you Sharon, I like it too.

I think they would be peonies in real life Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Please wear PINK if it makes you happy Big Grin

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threegardeners
Sep 18, 2011 10:22 AM CST
LOL Sharon! Yellow does that to me...makes me look dead!

Of course, where I work, we have to wear yellow t-shirts Glare

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