Saturday, 13 November 2010

Love ribbon, don't do tinsel.

If you have ever received a parcel from Soggibottom then you will know that we try and re-cycle as much as we can, for those who have had something stuffed into an empty (clean) cat food box through the post. This is especially for you .
Also especially for Sue at Quilt Times as today I'm joining in her quilt along.

Doesn't look much like a quilt yet does it ?
More like cookies and a cup of coffee.

I'm not a prolific quilter, although after joining Sue on her quilt along day a few months ago the cottage now has a new quilt in the spare room.

The hearts are made from thin soft wood.
The cottage carpenter spent a cold day last week in his shed cutting them all out. To his dismay I then took them over the kitchen cooker and slightly burnt them.
Like most of the things I cook, some might have been burnt a little more than other's.
I then dipped them in vanilla essence. It took the slight smell of burning away.
So don't forget if you burn anything, VANILLA ESSENCE helps.
Depends on what you are cooking.

There is a message written with the sharp end of a knitting needle in the middle of the hearts.
I'm sure there is a proper tool for this, don't waste money, the knitting needle worked.
Threaded with raffia and a few bells, then all tied onto LAST YEARS wreath that had been in the cupboard looking sorry for itself.
I felt so pleased with my effort that I decided to do another.

This time using poppy heads that came from our garden. They are always hung to dry ready to use at this time of year.
The vase is a childhood memory, I remember it always being in my Nana's kitchen.
Now it's in my kitchen.
I haven't a clue about the lettering on the bottom of the vase, apart from Wedgwood obviously.
If anyone knows what the symbols mean, please let me know.

I didn't dip the hearts for the second Christmas wreath.
Although I added some ribbon and more bells.
The wooden heart base was also made by the soggibottom carpenter.

I think the hearts would make great gift tags. Although I won't go any where near the cooker with the second batch that are due out of the shed next week.

Finished result of the second Christmas Wreath.

For all the comings and going in the cottage over the last few weeks, some things always stay the same.

It's a wonder anyone ever notices as you pass by.


Joanna said...

Very cool wreath. It has a very nice primitive look. The cats look so sweet.

Soggibottom said...

Thanks Joanna, primitive is fine by me... :-) x x x

Faye Henry said...

Ohhh Midge.. I think primitive is wearing you
Looks great and recycled at that..
I did not yet receive my cat food

Sue said...

I love that round heart wreath. I can't read the message scratched on it. I need to get busy and start making things.

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

Your wreath is just beautiful. I especially like the slightly burnt wooden hearts - very earthy and warm feeling! Is Christmas that close? We need snow here yet!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Isn't that just so nice - and very unique!!!

Allie said...

Midge dear your creativity never fails to amaze me. I love these wreaths - so beautiful! I would have loved to cuddle up with the kitties today, they look so cozy.

WoolenSails said...

Your wreath is beautiful, love all the natural and wood items.


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh my gosh
How do you have time to do all this beautiful crafting that you do?
The wreath is gorgeous!!!Your "artist mind" is shinning!
What a busy little beaver you are!

QuiltSue said...

Woww, those wreaths are great. When I saw the hearts, I did think straight away they could be used for labels, so great minds think alike. Thanks for joining in with the Christmas Quiltalongs. Maybe next time the cats will join in too?

Angela Richardson said...

Love your wreath, I don't do tinsel either. You're right once back over the Teign and you know you are home. Just the same as catching that first glimpse of Haytor.
Devon smiles, Angela.

Anonymous said...

Great ideas for wreaths. I like the natural look at this time of the year.

Come Christmas though my inner kid comes out and gaudiness comes in. :-)

Caroline B said...

Veeery pretty! I'm afraid in our house Christmas means tinsel...glitter...sparkles....I'd love to be able to decorate in that chic understated style but my inner magpie gets the better of me!

Dolores said...

Almost looks like the felines did all the work and got plumb tuckered out. I love the burnt hearts. What a wonderful way to re-do a wreath.

Micki said...

I love the wreath..never saw one like that.

Pattilou said...

I just adore your wreath--I don't do frilly things myself and this one really appeals to me!

Michele said...


I like the second better than the first, but really like them it should be. Cats look so comfortable, as they usually do!