Thursday, June 24, 2010

Autumns' Treasure

Press some beautiful Autumn leaves.

Add Blu-tack and cardstock.

Voila an ' Autumn Leaf Wreath'
I usually make this late Autumn, but have been a bit slow off the mark this year, never mind.
I have been making these for the last 5 or so years, the chimney brest is the perfect place for it.
A blank canvas waiting to be adorned!
This year I used alot of different leaves out of the garden to add colour and texture:-
  1. Weeping Cherry
  2. Viburnum Plicatum
  3. Viburnum Burkwoodii
  4. Wisteria
  5. Canadian Maple
  6. Oak leaves

    I usually have Liquid Amber leaves in there as well as they have a wonderful shape, but not this year.Please click on the photo to enlarge as the little picture doesn't do justice to the colours.The Weeping Cherry leaves, held their colour so well and have really added to the overall look. It will stay there well into Spring, when the garden has sprung into life and there is so much to look at and admire outside.
Anyone know how many owls you need to make up a Parliament?
A little bit of inspiration recently, had me scouring op shops for denim skirts.
These are the latest addition to my market stall which unfortunately was a bit of a wash out on Sunday morning.
Never mind, I packed up early and headed to a lovely little coffee shop and consoled myself with a coffee and a scone with jam and cream!!
I had some lovely and positive comments about these skirts so we will see. It's always fun to try new things. As they say "you'll never know if you don't have a go" or something along those lines...

This is the 'Wild Wood' at the front of my house on the embankment. I love the silvery white trunks and branches of the Silver Birches.
Now close your eyes and just imagine ....... A dark night lit up by millions of twinkling stars , the silvery glow from the moon beams shining down on the tree trunks, making them stand out against the velvety blackness of the night.
If I could take a photo to capture this scene I would, but I truly doubt any photo would do it justice.
It almost feels magical, there's something about it that takes me back to my childhood, it's a wonderful scene and I'm sorry that I can't share a picture of it with you.

Oh, how sweet ..... it's the game of 'I'll lick you, then you lick me and see who gets the first swipe in'!! Tig usually wins this game and Mrs Kafups walks away in disgust, but it was so nice while it lasted.

Please don't be surprised dear readers by the fact that I have posted twice within 4 days. I am quite well and not suffering from anything serious!!! Just thought I would like to share a little bit of what's been happening in the Sweet Birdy Love household.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit and I hope your week is going well .
I am looking forward to a nice, cold, rainy weekend (yes, you read correctly!) and some time in front of the heater with my crochet a nice cuppa and maybe a piece of cake, but that would mean I would have to bake it, hmmm, slight flaw in the plan!!
Take care, until next time,
Claire X


  1. Hello there, thanks for dropping by.

    Molly if you are reading this, I have been trying to leave a comment on your blog post, BUT having trouble with my password, for some reason. Please know that I'm not ignoring you. Trying to sort the problem out but in the meantime do you have an email address?

  2. What beautiful colours, I don't think we get that amount of variety in England - am still wrestling with the *you have autumn in June when we have summer* issue, but it makes my brain hurt - I will just enjoy looking at your lovely autumnal pictures. :)

  3. Again...I love the cats..the leaves..the art on the denim and especially the warm fire and cake reference ;-) YUM!
    Janet xox

  4. What kind of tree are those kinda purple leaves from? Those look amazing. Your owl skirts are very cute! Sorry the fair didn't go as well as you had hoped this time. I know it will be much better next time! And your kitties are so sweet together! Have a great weekend!

  5. The owly denim skirts are fabulous! I'm sure they'll sell so well.
    The wreath and the hottie cover are also fabulous. I just love that little red bird. Hope you're going well with the wrap vest. I love mine. I wear it most days and have been thinking of starting another longer one. Loking forward to seeing yours. X

  6. i love the idea for the autumn wreath! the owl skirts are adorable too! glad i happened upon you today. ox m.

  7. Hey, thanks for dropping by everyone, lovely to hear from all of you.
    Gayle the leaves you are asking about, belong to the Canadian Maple October Glory. I posted a picture on 17/5/10, they were a stunning scarlet and then they deepen to a burgundy.

    Gretel, once you start looking around the garden, you can find all sorts of coloured leaves that you never really noticed before.

    Kate, my crochet wrap is coming along very slowly, I made it a bit bigger than yours and not sure if that was the right thing to do!

    EcoMILF, glad you 'happened upon me today' too.

  8. Love your work, but had to comment on this post as the lovey grey cat reminded me so much of my old recue cat Dillon.


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