A Bountiful Harvest Wreath

A warm hello to everyone (including new followers) on this last day of October. Despite being Halloween, today sees the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey chosen by our lovely Sandy.  The theme is:

Bountiful Harvest

For this challenge we want you to think about Harvest - pumpkins, wheat, corn and even the harvest moon could be in order.  For those in the US, a thanksgiving theme would work as well. 

As we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge we want to see your projects either incorporating his products or techniques in a shabby vintage style.

I decided to make a Harvest Wreath from a small Styrofoam base which I covered in strips of hessian.

I made the leaves first die cutting a large amount from cream cardstock using the Tattered Leaves die.

I used a number of Distress Inks and Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique:

Squeezed Lemon

Aged Mahogany
Peeled Paint
Ripe Persimmon
Crushed Olive
Gathered Twigs

Once dry I embossed them all with the "9724" folder - one of my favourites!

Then for the flowers I used the Tattered Poinsettia die and some coffee filters (I bought the wrong size by mistake!). 

I used the two smallest petals from the die and used the same Distress Inks as the leaves spritzing the inks on my mat and then swishing the leaves through them and scrunched them up.

Once dry I layered them and scrunched them up again. They actually look more like crumpled leaves than flowers!

One of Tim's metal ornate frames got a bit of "treatment" with some Rusty Hinge Distress Paint and the moments sentiment from Simple Sayings just fits this space perfectly.

Then it was a matter of putting it all together on the wreath.  It smells lovely as I also raided some nuts and seeds from the potpourri bowl in the sitting room! 

And the finished wreath.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you will hop on over to A Vintage Journey as my fellow teamies have (as usual) made some amazing projects for this great challenge. And of course I hope you will join us for this great challenge.

I am also entering this into the Frilly and Funkie current Challenge which is to create an invitation, table decor, door decoration or home decor item with gratitude or the Thanksgiving theme in mind. Do hop on over to the blog as there are some fabulous pieces from the Design Team.

Happy Harvest!

Jennie x


Rita said…
Oh my word Jenny,your wreath is stunning. Love those fabulous leaves and all the embellishments used to create this masterpiece. The hessian gives an ageing look to this beautiful piece. Have a good day. Hugs Rita xxx
Nikki Acton said…
Wonderful creation Jennie. Your leaves are as good as your flowers! Nikkix
Astrid Maclean said…
Absolutely fabulous Jennie, love the effect on the leaves and those coffee filter poinsettias look amazing!! Super project and wonderful colours!!

By the way, just letting you know that the link from the AVJ site to yours is not working.... You may have to sort out the perma link....
Margaret said…
This is gorgeous, Jennie!
Brenda Brown said…
How gorgeous is this Jennie? It is a masterpiece of colour and texture and looks absolutely beautiful. Love it.
hugs Brenda xxx
Artyjen said…
Just perfect for the Autumn season ;)

xoxo Sioux
Kerstin F. said…
Such a wonderful autumn inspiration!
Hettie said…
This is just beautiful Jennie. Beautiful colours and great idea with that embossing folder. Mine hasn't been out in ages.
S@ndy Diller said…
You certainly took this theme to a wonderful place. I can picture this lovely piece on the front door, welcoming guests.
Redanne said…
Jennie, this is absolutely stunning! I love the hessian on the base and the the beautiful leaves and gorgeous flowers. You really are the Queen of Flowers! Stunning. Anne xx
Jenny Marples said…
This looks so incredibly professional Jennie with the leaves absolutely lifelike! I absolutely adore it and am so pleased you've joined us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x
I am in love with this wreath! The burlap is awesome and rustic. All your leaves are so colorful and make the ornate frame pop! Beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!
Julia Aston said…
The colors on your leaves and florals are so wonderfully fall Jennie! I thought those florals were store bought - can't believe they are poinsettia petals - the deep orange is lovely! I bet this does smell heavenly!
Anonymous said…
Beautiful autumnal wreath Jennie! Love how you've used the poinsettia die and the embossed leaves look fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x
Jools Robertson said…
Beautiful autumnal wreath

Love how you covered with the hessian and the embossed leaves are gorgeous such amazing colours

Jools x
Hi Jennie, an absolute stunning Autumnal wreath to have hanging in your house and has such an elegant look to it. I love the mix of your textured leaves and amazing coffee filter flowers which contrast so well against the Hessian.
Enjoy your weekend, Julie xx
Terry said…
Oh so stunning, Jennie! Love the burlap wrapped wreath with all those love Autumn leaves and embellishments. Enjoy!
Nancy Dynes said…
Jennie, your wreath is an autumn feast for the eyes!! You are once again the queen of flowers! The way you created a gorgeous fall bouquet with the Tattered Poinsettia die is inspired. I love how you added texture to your leaves with the embossing folder! Sooooooo elegant and lovely!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at the Frilly and Funkie!!
Annie said…
Hi Jennie.....what a fabulous make. Your wreath oozes Fall. Stunning leaves and embellishments
Hugs Annie x
Mona Pendleton said…
Gorgeous wreath Jennie! All the fall foliage looks outstanding! Thanks for the inspiration!