Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bay Leaves & Another Prim Doll From Mom

I am so happy that you all like my garland. I am trying to think about what I could do different, but like many of you have said..... it looks great just the way it is right now. So, the only thing I am going to do differently when making more is to coffee/tea stain my homespun. Alot of you ladies have asked if the bay leaves were brittle when I made my garland and some of them were and some were not. I bought this huge bag of bay leaves from my Mom's friend. She has her own shop so she is always making cute little wreaths or garlands and I was thrilled when she told me that she had a bag. I just never imagined it would be that big of a bag (lol). My plans were to originally make a wreath to start out with, but when it didn't turn out, I just undid the wire and turned it into a garland. Yep, you heard me correctly..... I used florist wire and it turned out just fine with the garland. I am still going to work on a wreath, but it might be a day or two before I get it completed and a picture posted. I will tell you this - when and if you all decide to try your hand at making a garland with bay leaves...... just take your wire, gently hold your bay leaf and then poke your hole into the leaf, but just do it gently and hold your wire close to the leaf when you make your hole. I used all leaves even if they were broken or not, small or big. I just wouldn't use something so small that it wouldn't be worth using. Does that make sense? Anyway, it was fun making them and I must say that they smell so good and they look great. My Mom's friend gave me some more craft ideas so I will have to try something else and I will let you know what I am going to make next. Oh - I am just having so much fun being crafty.
I mentioned in a previous post that my Mom allowed me to go shopping in some of her many cupboards and totes and well I had so much fun doing that. She has so many things and I was thrilled to get some of her prims. Below is a picture of a little black prim angel that my Mom gave me. I have been wanting her for some time so I was thrilled when she finally gave in and allowed me to have her. Oh - I also wanted to send a little side note to Pam @ Primitive Basketcase..... I posted a picture of that country blue gameboard in my previous post, but it was AFTER you had made your comment. I also sent you a picture of it in your e-mail. Just let me know your thoughts and we will go from there, but don't feel obligated if you don't like it.

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Back in the Day said...

Love the garland and your new doll too! Great work and thanks for the tips on making the garland! So nice of you!

Yankee Ridge Primitives said...

I think your garland came out fantastic! I wonder if you could soak the leaves in warm water before stringing them?