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:
A beautiful German wax angel, a Fontanini cherub, and a Jewelbrite. Here is the finished wreath, “Angel Blue.”
I love how she turned out – so beautiful and serene.
Here is the little Fontanini cherub at the very top.
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.
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:
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:
In 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.
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.
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?
Here comes the finished wreath, “Sea Green.”
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.
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. 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.
And last but not least, do you remember this one? The metal peacock?
Wait until you see how this one turned out. I named it “Pretty as a Peacock.”
Quite a transformation, isn’t it? No shy violets here.
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 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!
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!