Remember this post? I shared with you some of the elements used to create my piece de resistance.
To make this twist on a wreath I purchased a large, three dimensional letter and wrapped the entire thing in 3-ply jute using hot glue, making sure to pull tightly. I didn't want any loose jute. Loose jute wouldn't be good. I'm sure you would agree.
I fashioned some little birds out of fimo clay. There needed to be two little birds, one to represent my handsome hubby and one to represent the lady of the house and that would be me. The small nest was created using jute, twigs and green moss and I stitched it onto the lovely branch that I found on one of the walks I take with my kidlet's on nice, sunny days. The three, little, wooden eggs and the barn wood frame were purchased at a local craft store and then painted pale blue. I don't think I need to explain why there are three little eggs but just in case, each one is a stand-in for my GREGARIOUS children.
I was lucky to find wide ribbon that matched the paint exactly and it is attached to the back of the frame using hot glue and staples. I used the bright, apple green, grosgrain ribbon in the piece because it coordinates with the bistro set on the front porch but it also provides a nice pop of color and an additional touch of whimsy.
The welcome sign is actually three pieces of textured, card stock layered one on top of the other and then stitched together using my sewing machine. The three layers will provide stability when the wind starts to blow. I attached safety pins to each corner and then to that some more jute so it could hang nicely from the little tree branch. The letters are actually black vinyl leftover from my days as an Uppercase Living® representative. That was short lived. I don't do well with home show sales. I hate pressuring people to buy stuff and home business sales require aggressive measures in order to be successful.
The letters are actually cut out of a plethora of individual words. Patience I tell you, patience but doesn't it look like the birds could have actually put the sign together themselves using individual letters from the local newspaper. LOL They also stand out much better than an ink jet print would have. All in all I'm happy with the final product. I wanted a fun twist on a traditional wreath and I think I succeeded in delivering just that.
On a side note: There's Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine's Day and then Girl Scout Cookie Season. Just to list a few stumbling blocks to weight loss. I know you can relate. I'm just saying my New Year's resolutions don't begin until after Girl Scout Cookie Season.
Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!