Monday, December 7, 2009

Leaves and twigs are not just for the mulch pile

I'm totally cheating today and reposting a few ideas I had last December - which is when I first started blogging and no one was reading my blog then anyway :)...holy cow! I just checked and I totally missed my blogoversary! When I stop house-sitting I will have to do something spectacular to make up for that.

My mom is going in for some pre-op prep today (before she has shoulder surgery for the second time this year - on the same shoulder) so I'm going with her instead of sitting at the computer and coming up with a new and fabulous, clever and brilliant idea.

I have mentioned the huge oak that resides in my yard...it provides me with all sorts of great crafting supplies but this time I'm using the leaves which I spray painted (yes, really) gold and copper.


I also gathered up these little twiggy lumps and coated the ends in glitter to make them look more like winter than fall.

And then I used the twigs for embellishment and the leaves I used as gift tags - simply wrote on them with a Sharpie and tied on with a bit of jute string.

It worked fantastically and I've visited some people I gave gifts to that were embellished with these tags and noticed they kept them! I thought that was pretty neat.
I bet you never again look the same way at all that nature littering your yard. ;)

8 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love gathering things from the outdoors. Just perfect for decorating...have to watch the sap on some things though. Enjoy the holidays!

Melissa Fischer said...

What a sweet blog!
melissa

Funky Junk Interiors said...

How pretty!! Love the unique touches the leaves provide. They make you look twice!

Donna
http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Now Martha would be proud of you! Simple yet elegant! Great Job! Stop by and see my creation this week and let me know what you think!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

That is a wonderful idea. I have an old oak in front of my house. I'm going to do that next year! I bet those leaves would look gorgeous on a Christmas tree. I was thinking of spray painting some branches silver, put them in a large vase and hang my old ornaments on it.

Brittany said...

Those gold leaves are fab-u-lous!

Happy blogoversary!

Praying for your mama. :)

autumn said...

i love this idea. it's so simple, practically free, and oozing with sophistication. thanks for sharing!

maryboys said...

so pretty..great ideas:)

mary