From Start…to Finish

A couple of posts ago, I showed you a few pictures of starting points for 4 new wreaths. I thought it might be interesting to show you the finished products as compared to where they began.

I usually come up with a so-called “statement” piece or two as a jumping off point for me in the creative process.  As I have said before, the end result is often a bit of a departure from what my original vision was.  They just seem to evolve that way.

Let’s start with this one: IMG_2216

A beautiful German wax angel, a Fontanini cherub, and a Jewelbrite.  Here is the finished wreath, “Angel Blue.”

Angel Blue Wreath

I love how she turned out – so beautiful and serene.

Here is the little Fontanini cherub at the very top.

Here is the little Fontanini cherub at the very top.

And here is the lovely, elegant angel.

And here is the lovely, elegant angel.

I try to keep to my theme throughout my wreaths.  This is a fabulous ball with the Three Wise Men making their way to Bethlehem.  There are many other nods to the nativity scattered throughout.

I try to keep to my theme throughout my wreaths. This is a fabulous ball with the Three Wise Men making their way to Bethlehem. There are many other nods to the nativity scattered throughout.

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A peek at the bottom of the wreath with the Jewelbrite ornament. In the upper left of the photo is a clear glass German ornament with a gold angel in it, too.

Let’s move to the second wreath:

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This one started with the shabby-chic vintage pink dove and a huge magenta Poland teardrop ornament.  I was in the mood to make a soft pink wreath that day.

This is how “Pink Dove” turned out:

Pink Dove WreathIn reality, the colors are softer than they appear in this picture.  These are some details:

The top, with the pink dove soaring above a lovely sky of pink and soft teal blues.

The top, with the pink dove soaring above a lovely sky of pink and soft teal blues.

A close-up of the bottom of the wreath.  I love that pink corsage.

A close-up of the bottom of the wreath. I love that pink corsage.

This is a good shot of that wonderful jumbo Poland ornament and a figural house ornie right next door.

This is a good shot of that wonderful jumbo Poland ornament and a figural house ornie right next door.

And, finally, I adore the little pink Japanese paper elf -he is too cute!  Notice also the wonderfully worn Poland ornie above it with the almost-worn-off  painted elf.

And, finally, I adore the little pink Japanese paper snowman (?) – he is too cute! Notice also the wonderfully worn Poland ornie above it with the almost-worn-off painted elf.

Next up is the wreath with the sea colors. Remember this?

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Here comes the finished wreath, “Sea Green.”

Sea Green Wreath

If you look really hard, you will see that I did not end up using the blue ball with the dots on it.  A case where my original vision just did not end up panning out.

Detail of the top with that glorious Austrian indent ornament, the big spray, and a silver reindeer.

Detail of the top with that glorious Austrian indent ornament, the big spray, and a silver reindeer.

The bottom of Sea Green, showing all those fabulous greens and blues, plus an almost chartreuse corsage thrown in for good measure.

The bottom of Sea Green, showing all those fabulous greens and blues, plus an almost chartreuse corsage thrown in for good measure.

A close-up of the center of Sea Green, showing the beautiful indented topper and that over-the-top aqua pin art ball.

A close-up of the center of Sea Green, showing the beautiful indented topper and that over-the-top aqua pin art ball. I also love the ornament with the head of a woman on it – check out her top knot! It is quite old.

An even closer look at the pin art ornament plus a very old glass ornament with a comet on it and a fun but elegant plastic ball on top.

An even closer look at the pin art ornament plus a very old glass ornament with a comet on it and a fun but elegant plastic ball on top.

And last but not least, do you remember this one? The metal peacock?

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Wait until you see how this one turned out.  I named it “Pretty as a Peacock.” 

Pretty as a Peacock WreathQuite a transformation, isn’t it?  No shy violets here.

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I found that I had to jazz up the peacock because it ended up kind of fading into the background. I even gave her a ruby eye.

The bottom has a sorts of goodies: the topper, a gold pinecone, and that gorgeous big Austrian ball with the painted flowers on it (the flowers are a bit hard to detect, sorry).

The bottom has all sorts of goodies: the topper, a gold pine cone, and that gorgeous big Austrian ball with the painted flowers on it (the flowers are a bit hard to detect, sorry) and assorted other treasures.

Detail of the left side.  I found that the combination of hot pink (magenta) and red was an interesting one.  Love those stripes!

Detail of the left side. I found that the combination of hot pink (magenta) and red was an interesting one. Love those stripes!

The right side is no slouch either.  It has a jumbo Poland teardrop with a big white flower painted on it.  Plus there is a gaudy (and I mean that in the best way) gold pin art ball as well as another Poland, another teardrop with a skier on it.

The right side is no slouch either. It has a jumbo Poland teardrop with a big white flower painted on it. Plus there is a gaudy (and I mean that in the best way) gold pin art ball as well as another Poland, another teardrop with a figure carrying a tree on it. And another corsage!

I will be packing all these babies up tomorrow to take with me to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.  We leave Wednesday!  I hope to see you there!

And I hope you enjoyed a look at how my process evolves.

Have a wonderful night, everyone!

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4 thoughts on “From Start…to Finish

  1. Cackie, they are truly breath-taking, but my favorite is Pink Dove as it combines my two favorite colors: pink and aqua. I also love the Sea Green, perhaps because I live near the ocean. Good luck at the fair. They’re fortunate people who get to attend and buy one of these beauties.

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