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Friday, October 12, 2012

Pine Cones & Pumpkins Fireplace Garland

Hi, awesome friends!  Today I am sharing with you my pine cones and pumpkins garland that I made for my mantel.  I told you earlier that I love everything about my house except the fireplaces.  I'll share a little more about that at the end of this post.  Putting a garland of leaves only on my mantel gets lost.  So I had to get creative and make it larger. 

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Here's a few up close photos that I took outside.

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First, I started with this wide yarn.

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I attached the stems of the pumpkins with floral wire.  I also attached the pine cones with floral wire, but I wrapped it around the inside of each one.

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After I had the amount of each that I wanted, I tied scraps of material that I had on the yarn.  Super easy, but slightly time-consuming.  

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Once I had all of that completed, I made different bows for all of the pumpkins and pine cones.  I used floral pins to attach to the pumpkins, and hot glued the bows to the pine cones.  I punched holes in single leaves with a floral pin.   Then I used a much lighter floral wire and  attached it through the holes.  

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I attached several leaves on some wire, and a single leaf on the others.  I bent the wire just enough to keep the leaves separated.  

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Sorry for this extra long post, but while I'm on the subject of my fireplace I will share my temporary fix until we build a bookcase and a real mantel around it.

When we looked at this house for the first time, the fireplace stuck out like a sore thumb.   It just looked like a big box surrounded by windows.  Seriously, what was the builder thinking???  It gets even better, too!  We have one in our bedroom that is identical to this one, except it only has a window above it.  Our house was built to take advantage of the lake views.  So my family room has 9 windows.  I really need to get curtains on these windows, but I just can't decide what I want to do yet.

Here is a photo I took with my phone the other night when I was cleaning the mantel, before I added the fall decor.  To draw attention away from the fireplace, I made a huge floral arrangement.  You really can't tell just how large it is from the pics.  It's a biggie, and took me several days and way too much money to make it!!!

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Now when you walk in the room, you really don't notice the fireplace.  The garland did add a nice touch of color.  My hubby wasn't impressed with my idea when I started, but he actually loves it.

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Thank you so much for visiting, and sticking with my longer than usual post!  I had so much fun working with the leaves and wire, that I also made a door hanger that I will try to post soon.  Have a wonderful weekend.

                                                                          Kathy

Linking to :  It's Fall Y'all

111 comments:

Wendy's World said...

It's gorgeous! I think I'd have the windows opened to enjoy the lake all the time. I love the arrangement, it adds so much drama. Love it

Doreen@househoneys said...

That is one huge floral arrangement! I can only imagine how much work all that was! I have 9 windows in my family room too! I wish we looked out at a lake though. It's a wooded view, which is pretty, but water is definitely the bestest! I've never seen a fireplace built with windows above it. I can understand it might be challenging to decorate. Usually something like artwork goes above a fireplace, or more likely tv's, these days, (which I'm not a fan of). I would love to see that lake of yours Kathy! Have a relaxing weekend. As for me, I'll be trying to figure out what I can do for your link party! Lol

Jeanette said...

What a beautiful fall arrangement and I love the garland ~ especially the fall of leaves on each end. Brilliant idea! Looking forward to the party!

Audrey said...

Really like your Fall decorations but must have taken you forever to put together. The leaves look like they are floating in the air. Thanks for the ideas.
Blessings,
Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
Timeless Treasures

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Wow! Awesome mantel garland and arrangement.

joy said...

You are so creative and it reallly looks awesome:)

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Kathy that is just gorgeous! I love the way the leaves look like they are just falling mid-air from your mantel! Genius!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. HUGS

J. Leonard said...

Best autumn garland ever! So pretty, what a difference it makes in the before and after.
~Jonquil
http://www.awhimsicalchristmas.com/

Kathy Moody said...

It is is huge! It was definitely an all day and night project. LOL I can't believe you have 9 windows, too! We had a view of the woods when we lived in Texas, and it was so peaceful. Can't wait to see what you link up! You have a great weekend, too! See ya at the party! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! Can't wait to see you at the party! Thanks so much for stopping by. HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Tying the fabric did take a awhile. I just spread it out over a few days. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend. HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Aww, thank you so much for your sweet comment, and for stopping by! I hope you have an awesome weekend. :)
HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Those leaves were an afterthought, but I'm glad they worked. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! It is amazing what adding color will do. Thanks for stopping by, too! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Iris said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Look so festive!

Cindy Soto said...

I love it!! I am in the process of doing my mantel.. Thans for sharing a wondering idea..
Cindy
http://www.mydreamparty.com
http://www.sweetservings.com

Jo May said...

Kathy your hard work is surely showing,this looks incredible!
Lovn' your DIY Fall garland and I for one love that fireplace.perfect.

Anne said...

Your mantle looks beautiful Kathy!
xx
Anne

Anonymous said...

This is the most gorgeous display on a mantel and I am assuming your porch I have ever seen. I just cannot say how beautiful it looks. Your fireplace is in an awkward place but it certainly looks lovely now. Betty Baker from Ontario,Canada

srpprcrftr said...

That is quite an arrangement, really pretty but I have to vote for the garland. What a lot of work but so worth it, very pretty, loved all the detail. The bows on the pumpkins and pinecones, very very nice. Lucky you having a lake view.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kathy, you did a great job of dressing the mantel! Your arrangement is gorgeous! The pinecones and pumpkins garland is perfect! You are so talented!

Resa Dance said...

So pretty - I love your a combinations...pumpkins and pinecones! And I am inspired at your idea of decorating your deck/porch! So cute.

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Hi Kathy, I love your mantel it turned out so pretty. Everything looks wonderful. Hope your weekend is going well. :-) Peggy

Stephanie said...

How beautiful - you did an amazing job and the garland looks wonderful on your mantel. Very festive :)

Hugs,
Stephanie

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments, and for visiting!! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments, and for visiting! I appreciate it so much! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, and thanks for visiting! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! You are so sweet! Thanks so much for your sweet comments, and for visiting! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! So glad you stopped by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! That's what was spread out in my floor the day you came by. LOL I have had a wonderful weekend. They just go by way too fast. :)

I featured your awesome pie safe this week. I love it.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting. :)

Stephanie Michaels said...

Kathy,
Wow that is some fantastic garland! The whole mantle looks great. Thanks for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
Stephanie

Sarah Phillips said...

Love the garland! It really looks beautiful.

(P.S. I giggled when I saw the name of your blog. My grandparents live on Lake Shore Dr in Wisconsin.)

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Your garland looks great! I love how you used it inside and outside.

Visiting from Debbiedoos party. It's great to find your blog.

Pam

Janet said...

Hi Kathy,

What a gorgeous mantle. The photos are stunning. Don't you just love fall colors?

I found you at Debbie Doo's blog. I will be signing on to follow you. If you'd like to stop by and visit me here's my addy's
http://throughthewoods2.blogspot.com
http://bearcountryprimitives.blogspot.com

Debbiedoo's said...

Very darling and festive Kathy! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you, and thanks for hosting! :)

Kathy Moody said...

You are welcome! Thanks so much for visiting. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I'm amazed at how many cities have a Lakeshore Dr. LOL Thanks for stopping by. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! So glad you stopped by, and thanks for following, too! Headed to your blog now! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for following, too! Can't wait to check out your blogs. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thanks so much!! Have a wonderful week. :)

Paula Miller said...

WOW! I've never seen something like that so elaborate! Great job!!

Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :)

Paula
lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

Shanee said...

Your floral arrangement is beautiful but I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the garland. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia L. said...

I am very impressed with your garland and your flower arrangement. You are one talented woman.

Found your page from the Newbie Party. I am now following your page and your facebook.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I am headed to your blog now! Thank you so much for the follow. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting!! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Thanks for another great party, too! :)

Brooke said...

I love this! Great job!


=)


Brooke

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

Wow ! Really creative ! I found you through The DIY Dreamer and am a new follower. I hope I can persuade you to come share at my Blog Fest http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-4.html

Judy said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love your mantel in all of it's Fall glory. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautiful garland and gorgeous mantel, perfectly dressed up for fall. You are very talented and creative, with that lovely flower arrangements. Lots of fall inspiration here!
Hugs,
FABBY

Molly said...

Gorgeous! I love your mantel!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, and for stopping by!

HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and for hosting another great party!

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much, and I would love to share at your party! Thanks for the invite, and for following.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Thanks for visiting. :)

Pamela said...

Kathy I love all of your pinecones! It all looks so beautiful.

Rita said...

Wow! That is beautiful.

Dani - Diane - ATA Girls said...

Very nice. Great job-thanks for sharing. Joining from A Little Bird Told Me - http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

Pamela said...

Thanx for coming over to the party Kathy to share your pinecones!:)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you for hosting! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Just joined your awesome blog. HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much!! :)

Betty Manousos said...

it's gorgeous and smart!
love it.

oh, those the leaves...what a great idea for halloween decor!

happy to have found your blog via katherine's.

have a great day!

Katherines Corner said...

it looks amazing! Love the floral arrangement too. It's amazing how quickly it adds up, isn't it. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. did you enter my latest giveaway?

Lynden Blossom said...

Hi, Kathy - Thanks for visiting my Blog and FB Page and Following me there! I enjoyed this lovely display! - Am now Following You, too - ;-} I so miss the fireplaces I had in previous homes and how I decorated them for each season through the years... I've never seen one with Windows around it!
Lynden
http://aneleganttouch-lynden.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/An-Elegant-Touch-/162889457132788

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I haven't entered yet. So glad you reminded me. You know I have to sign up!! :)
xo

Kathy Moody said...

Thanks so much for visiting and following! I love your great blog. It has truly been a challenge decorating with windows. LOL Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Jodi S said...

I feel like most men dont get their amazingly crafty wives.... but they love us and our creations once brought to fruition... awesome job :)

Donna Heber said...

Your fall mantel is gorgeous Kathy! So vibrant and full of color. Your pinecones are splendid.

Laura said...

That is absolutely gorgeous Kathy! The flower arrangement....WOW. You can tell its really big too. Please come decorate my home! Have a great weekend!

One More Time said...

WOW Kathy...everything looks so beautiful...love the arrangement and the garland is to die for! You really can tell you but alot of labor and love into this!!! Thank you so much for comeing by One More Time and sharing!
Tammy

Susie @Bowdabra said...

Hi Kathy
Thank you for linking it up and sharing your Fall Fireplace decor with us in our Crafty Showcase the past week! Your post was picked as a favorite by our Bowdabra Designers. You are being featured today!

Stop in to see your feature.
http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/10/19/feature-friday-bowdabra-top-crafty-showcase-picks-19/


Thanks again and don't forget that the new linky opens at midnight Friday-Thur. Noon! We'd love to see more from you!

Have a great weekend,
Susie @Bowdabra

Carrie said...

How beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Kathy Moody said...

You are so right about that! LOL Thank goodness we can see the vision! :) Thank you so much for visiting! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment and visiting! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Aww thank you so much!!! I will be right over! LOL Too bad we don't live close enough to visit. I am so thankful for our blog visits! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Love linking up at your party! Thanks for hosting! I will give you a call tomorrow. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for the feature!! You made my day! I am truly honored. Working frantically to get my post done. :) See you soon!! HUGS

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for hosting! Almost finished with my next post. See you soon. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Kathie said...

That garland is gorgeous! I love all of the fabric intertwined with the rustic pinecones and the colorful pumpkins! So festive! Thanks for sharing. It looks fabulous over your fireplace!

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Wow, that whole mantel looks great! And great job on the garland! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow Kathy, what a gorgeous fall mantel! It's so lush and full of autumn goodness!

Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters said...

Lovely mantel! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

T'onna

Jody and Stan said...

Kathy, Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful garland on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love how creative you are! The pine cones added with the pumpkins are so festive. I love it!

Jody

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Wow! I am impressed - the garland and the mantel decor is fabulous - know it took you quite a while you did an amazing job! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Natalie said...

What beautiful fall decor! You look all ready for Thanksgiving! I definitely will be taking some notes as I ready our home for the upcoming holiday. Thanks for sharing at our link party this week.

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

Your mantel is just beautiful Kathy! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for the great party! I am all linked up. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Have fun decorating! Thanks for the great party, too. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for hosting each week. Love your great party! Hugs

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for the great party! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you and thanks so much for hosting. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I am loving the fall colors. Thanks for the great party, too!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for the great party! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! I am loving all the fall colors. Thanks for the great party!

Barbara Hiatt said...

So pretty Kathy! Love the mantel and all of your great pics! Thanks for sharing at Keep Calm and Link Up!
Barbara at Chase the Star
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Jody and Stan said...

Congrats Kathy! You've been featured for this inspiring post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

Jody

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much!! You made my day! I am so excited. You have a wonderful weekend, too! :)

Di said...

I love your garlands, the pine-cones add the perfect natural touch. Now to get me some!
di @ musings http://littleurl.info/feltwreath

SweetPepperRose said...

Kathy, I think it looks fabulous! I just may try making one of these. I like the large space on top of the fireplace - almost a mantel unto itself!
JoAnn

Theresa said...

Hi Kathy, Your garland & fall decor looks amazing! I love it. Thanks for linking up this past week. I hope you can again this week @ DearCreatives.com Have a great weekend ahead.

Marti Cooper said...

Thank you for submitting this at the Saturday SHOW-licious Craft Showcase, it was featured at my site! :)

http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-to-make-fall-pinecone-garland-fall.html

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