Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Autumn Decor

I'm working on my autumn decor.  I'm busy gathering seasonal items out of storage and making this and that to put together a fall vignette.  This will be my first fall decorating project in our new home. And I am really excited about that!

I've bought decorative fillers to place in vases to get that extra punch, as I'm sure many of you have too.  But, did you know that there are holes in a lot of the larger acrylic ones? I had never noticed until I was cleaning some recently and discovered the holes.  I felt real stupid for some reason.  Could it be that now I can use the fillers for something other than "filling,"  like what you might do with beads?  Why is it I feel like I'm the last of the crafters to realize these things? Now when I'm in a craft store looking at the lovely fillers or accents that are on display, I'm checking to see if there are holes in them too. Would you believe I even found fillers with holes at the dollar store?  And what a buy that was! 

With decorative fillers and wire, I am able to make an array of autumn colors into a large cluster of grapes. or whatever else the imagination can come up with.


  I string all of the filler beads onto floral wire that has not been cut from the bundle.


I separate one bead at a time and twist the wire.  With each successive bead, I pull it and the wire below the previous twisted bead (as in a grape cluster) and then twist the entire length of wire that will form the stem and cluster.























         



 Once all the beads are twisted in place below the previous bead, you can cut the wire.



 The stem automatically forms as you are pulling down the bead and twisting the wire.






 Now, I'm ready to place the grape cluster with the rest of my other fall items .

The only problem I have is that I can't decide how I want to display everything and where I want to put them  .   .   














Hmm .  .  .   oh well, it still feels like summer outside, so I think I have time to decide.   Tune in later to see!

Enjoy!




 



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11 comments:

  1. Gail that is just gorgeous! I love all the fall colors and the whole arrangement together is just stunning!

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  2. Pretty stones! Very fallish...

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  3. What a great idea! I'd love this for my fall collection--I go all out and decorate my house for autumn and winter!! Newest follower fro the GFC blog hop. Would love it if you could visit my humorous blog site and follow back. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for coming by Quirky Vistas and leaving me a comment and following, Gail! Love the beaded cluster added with the floral arrangement. It really adds a great visual dimension!
    Liz

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  5. Gail, this is so pretty. The colors are wonderful; and you did a fabulous job with the beads. I saw your post on Kristen's Creations; and I am a happy new follower. I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!

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  6. Wow, your arrangement is beautiful!! You did a fabulous job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent linky party. I am thrilled and honored to have you. :)

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  7. Your decorations are gorgeous! You're so talented! Thanks so much for joining our Countdown to Fall link party! Have a great week! :)
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  8. This arrangement is absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for linking up to Share It One More Time.
    Tammy

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  9. This is beautiful....can't wait to see how you display.
    I'm new follower visiting from Dixie n Dottie.

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  10. Wow, this turned out gorgeous. Love your grape clusters/ Visiting from Life on Lakeshore Drive. Congrats on the feature!

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