Thursday, November 29, 2012

Special Order Spring Wreath

A Wreath I designed last spring

Spring is Amost here: I can design your Spring Wreath or A boxwood wreath would be perfect! Look at the post below to see details or check out the post for spring wreath.
  If you have some boxwoods that need trimming or desire a different material trimmed; just give me a call (local orders only) Some great examples from potterybarn:

A great whimsical idea for Easter! I was hoping to make this for Livia in  Onederland's first birthday party, but I ran out of time!  See Petals and Plumes-Hats and Boots for her other designs.

(post from pre-christmas 2012)Merry Christmas everyone!  'Tis the season to make a beautiful wreath for your door.
I am taking  early orders to make a custom Boxwood/Christmas winter Wreath.  There are 3 basic price points, $20, $25 & $35.  If you would like something specially customized, I will gladly make it and will give you a custom price. These will look fresh for at least 4 weeks and will dry beautifully and then can be used each season outdoors or  placed indoors for a luxury indoor design style. (Special Care is required to preserve your boxwood wreath)
Note: Retail Wreaths usually start at $45, so these are for local orders & delivery only.

Option 1:  $20  
Fresh Boxwood Wreath
Square (18-24") or Round (24-28"w)

Option 2:  $25 and up
Fresh Boxwood Wreath
Square (18-24")or Round (24-28"w)
With Wide Ribbon Bow or Loop , Your choice color of Luxury Ribbon Or Burlap

Option 3:  $35 and up
Fresh Boxwood Wreath
Square (18-24") or Round (24-28")
With Wide Ribbon Bow or Loop, Your Choice of Luxury Ribbon or Burlap and a Monogram Letter to match your Style
Ideas of Additional Extra's: Faux Berries, Mixed Greenery, Ornaments, Miniature chalk board sign, Oversized Wreath, Multiple wreaths for windows, Indoor wreaths for Table Settings, Lighted Boxwood Wreath

Option 4:
In Home Christmas Decorating for the Holidays
$15 Consultation and Christmas Party Planning
Help In Actual Decorating: Personal Estimates given at Consultation
Note: I am not a licensed interior designer, nor do I advertise my services as professional in any way.
Note: The boxwoods will turn brown when drying, please spritz with water to prevent early drying.  If you want to preserve, please  see note below.  You may want to spray the wreath green next year or possibly a gold or silver color to change it up. 

If you have a certain shrub, bush or tree you'd like me to trim to make into a wreath, I will have a special price for those orders. 

Here are some samples to give you an idea of a custom order:
Triple Fir Tree Wreaths with a Connecting Ribbon
Pottery Barn Ivy Kissing Balls

Sample from Magnolia Lane Blog :Boxwood Wreath with burlap bow and chalkboard sign
Option #2 Sample
Juniper Tree Wreath Sample

Pottery Barn Eucalyptus & Red Berries Wreath

Pottery Barn : Fir, Eucalyptus and Silver Ornaments Wreath

Here are some samples of wreaths I have done :

round boxwood wreath after a trim, burlap bow

Square Boxwood wreath with holly berries, pic before ribbon added

Bird House Easter Wreath (see post)
Birthday Livia in Onederland Mesh Wreath (see post)
Scarecrow Wreath (see post)
Fall Leaves Wreath

Researched Instructions from
Special Care Instructions If preserving for indoors or outdoors :  In order to maintain a longer fresh look, simply spritz with a spray bottle of water daily. Wreaths will need to be brought in in January out of the sun to dry successfully for next year.  You can purchase a special preserver to spray on after bringing indoors, or simply use hairspray to maintain the shiny look.
Before assembling your wreath, I will soak the stems in glycerin water and use some green food coloring to help preserve the maximum freshness possible.  
Note: The heat and sun will not be kind to your wreath for extended uses outdoors. If using immediately indoors ,just hang outside at night during the preservation process during the cold weather.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Livia In Onederland

Happy First Birthday, My dear, sweet Livia Brielle! Born on 11-11-11, what a memorable day!
This first year has gone by so fast, in fact, that's what all parents say. Although, there have been some very slow moments, where I'd just sit and stare at your sweet little face, keep from sleeping just so I could watch you breathe, sit and watch you learn to smile, to roll over, to sit up and finally learn to take your first steps.  Those are the moments that seemed to last a lifetime.  Every moment we held you to keep you warm when you were a newborn to waking up every few hours to hold you and give you your milk, until you were able to hold the bottle yourself-these..... all seemed like eternity. Now, here you are, seeking independence already!  We have cherished you because God gave you to us, we have embraced the special life he gave and we especially rejoiced when they told us you were a girl. So now, we take this special day to honor you and thank our friends and family for all their love and support.

Project 1:Livia in her Onderland dress.
 This dress was made from a womans blue silk shirt, found at the goodwill store. The Basics: I took one of her dresses and used it as a pattern to cut the shirt into the Onederland dress. I studied Alice's dress from the disney book and added a few adjustments for a one year old.
The apron was plain cotton scrap fabric, rosette white trim, and satin ties for the back, with a button closure at the top.
The leggings were clearance knee high socks from target, cut at the ankle and fit to her leg length.

Project 2: Thematic Elements

Our plans were to have this great tea party outdoors, provided there wasn't any rain.........well, no rain came, but we didn't think about winds.  Yes, very windy SE winds 15-20 mph recked havoc on my plans, but....yet again, I had to improvise and take most things indoors. Here are a few items made for outdoors; playing cards, tree signs, croquet game and front door wreath. 

Playing card was made from poster board and construction paper. I used an old cereal puff container for the paint can and cut out the paint brush with regular card stock.  I looked at the faces of the cards in the book and tried to draw them similarly. I used my tomato cages to hot glue them onto and stuck them in the mulch, as if they were really painting the roses red!
 I used baby diaper boxes and cut out these wooden looking pointing signs for the tree. I painted with acrylic paint the words and outlined them in blending colors.
Here's spade boy, playing card, painting the roses red.
I just so happened to have this keepsake in my attic of an old croquet set my family played when I was little. I've been meaning to restore it, but haven't the time....but this will do. I had my husband cut up the tomato cages for the misplaced original wire hoops. I then hot glued playing cards onto the hoops for fun.

Project 3: Indoor  theme   Most of the appetizers were brought inside due to the wind, and most of the paper goods. I also wanted to hang this tissue ball & lantern set above the tea party table. So here they are, all inside. 

I followed a tutorial on tissue paper poms and flowers. I purchased the tissue paper from the dollar tree in the multi color pack and just divided out the colors to create each flower. It was so easy and inexpensive.
I plan on editing the following pictures and adding information, but for now here's a few pics, just for fun!