Thursday, 19 December 2013

Really noticing..

...that oak leaves are beautifully different. Not symmetrical at all, all different shapes and sizes and colours. Makes me feel justified in calling these 'oaky'.

 I started to collect them from the woodland floor and amassed a huge collection for observation purposes. I got some funny looks..most people are collecting holly at this time of year.

 They are delightfully decorative and pleasing when arranged. 
Its a bit like playing with a button collection. I always drew them with the same number of ins and outs on either side, but now I know differently.
They had to be pressed between sheets of newspaper to preserve them for my plan. 
I put a bit of oil on my hands and its seems to have stopped them from fragmenting.

I got out the Markal sticks and rubbed some gold into some of them

I didn't gild all of these 'lilies' and added some quinces I pass every day on my walk . No-one owns them so I helped myself. I'd found a few teeny cones..birch? (I'm not sure.)

and some gloriously glossy green ivy leaves and and a few ivy flowers.

added a white organza ribbon. 
Et voila.
Is it christmassy enough?

The only problem with it is that the wind has been blowing it, and Hetty thinks its someone knocking on the door.

I've fallen in love with my hot glue gun all over again.
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