AN AUTUMN WREATH: LET’S GO SHOPPING

While I am not a fan of decorating my house with autumn decor,  I do have autumn flowers around (surprise, surprise!) and maybe, just maybe, a few white pumpkins. But that is the extent of it.

However, there is something appealing about an autumn wreath. When done well they can be lovely; but let’s try to keep it in mostly live materials. Some faux berries or a few silk leaves will be tolerated… but dried flowers, berries, leaves and grasses are the best.

Here are a few ideas I’ve gathered for you. Many of the best products are available from vendors on Etsy: there is a huge variety both in terms of price and design. So take a look:

From 100% live materials HERE

 

Another totally alive beauty HERE

 

Here is a company I found on Houzz:
The Magnolia Company

This is stunning! Their items are fresh, picked daily! Find it HERE

 

How about this beauty, also from The Magnolia Company:
The Turkey Pheasant Wreath!

Available HERE

 

Another natural and dried materials HERE

 

 

This is definitely cool: made from dried Pennycress and birch twigs HERE

 

A beauty…and one that could easily transition into the Christmas season HERE

 

Another dramatic dried materials wreath that could span the seasons HERE

 

I’ll close with this lovely, understated and sophisticated autumn wreath from
Terrain
Leave it to Terrain to come up with something unusual: the Sunset Protea Wreath. Just in case I haven’t told you before, this is one of my most favorite places to shop, either in person (hard to get to…) or on line. To say I like just about everything in this store is an understatement. I had done a post with a slide show all about
my visit to the suburban Philadelphia store.

Available HERE

What do you think? Are you going to order one of these? Are you going to go to the Terrain site?  Do you decorate for autumn in your house?

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FLOWERS: SAVING FLOWER SEEDS

This has been a first for me: saving seeds from some of my favorite flowers.

It just seemed so right and natural and yes, easy, that I couldn’t resist. For the first time in years I have had some lovely, aka successful, annuals in my garden.

First up are these Larkspur:

 

Another one I am trying is
Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’
This is probably my all time favorite annual!

 

scabiosa black knight seeds

 

And last, the Hyacinth Bean Vine. I tried this on a whim and ordered seeds last spring from
Floret Flowers.

 

Yes, really, it’s that easy. Be sure to let the flowers and pods dry thoroughly before you gather the seeds. And be SURE to gather them over a dish or paper! I used that shallow white dish but also use waxed paper as it’s easy to use as a funnel to put them into envelopes for storage for the spring. Always store the seeds in paper and never plastic. Don’t forget to label them!

I will let you know next summer whether this all worked, and of course, you will see any results right here!

 

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FUN GIVEAWAY FROM ONE NUMBER EIGHT!

IT’S A GIVEAWAY!

It’s almost holiday time so I thought a Giveaway of some sort might be in order here.

You DO know I’ve opened a shop and am selling and restocking and shipping…from my Etsy shop.

ONENUMBEREIGHT

The brand new item I am promoting is my

JEWEL CASE CALENDAR

 

Each month has a separate page. There is a cover page. These are all from my own designs and graphics, reformatted for these perfect-size calendar pages. They come in a clear plastic jewel case (kind of like the old CD case..) that opens up and folds back to sit nicely on your desk.

I am giving away TWO OF THESE CALENDARS.
Go on over to our Etsy Shop to see more images of the calendars and read more about them!

Rules (it’s simple! ) are below. To be entered to win you must:

1)For one entry:  Leave a comment here. And please, be sure your email is included (it will NOT be published) so I can contact you if you win.

For additional entries, but NOT mandatory, you may:

2) For a second entry:  Visit, and “Like” our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OneNumberEight/

3) For a third entry: Share on Facebook.

3) For a fourth entry: Share on Twitter.

 

It’s that simple. This is only open to residents of the UNITED STATES and CANADA.  I am so sorry but shipping costs are just prohibitive to send overseas.

The Giveaway starts when this post is published, October 22nd and will close at midnight on Monday, October 30th.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 31st.

 

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