Sunday, October 3, 2010

What I've been working on...

I certainly did not invent the vintage paper book wreath, but I do have my own twists on this popular project. Here is a rectangular wreath I made to add to our fall decor.  This was my first attempt at this shape. The inspiration was my collection of vintage postcards.
Not only is the shape unique for a book wreath, but when I create these I really like to add more than just a paper medallion to the center, regardless of shape.  Here, I used an old book cover, my vintage postcard a skeleton key and layers of burlap and lace.
Here's a close up of the center piece. I really like the centerpiece of my wreaths to be a little piece of mixed media art. I want it to be something that would be beautiful even if it wasn't surrounded by all this gorgeous vintage paper. I have some other unique wreaths that I have made to sell at an upcoming Holiday Open House. I will share photos of these vintage paper book wreaths throughout this week, so please give a follow and stop back by! Look for wreaths to be listed in my Etsy shop Rusty Rooster Vintage this fall.

35 comments:

  1. That's adorable!!

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  2. Vicki your wreaths are turning out gorgeous!!! they are going to do so well at our Open House, I'm hoping my piano paper one works...fingers crossed, thanks for helping me!:) ♥

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  3. I love the unique shape of that wreath and the extra things you add to it.

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  4. BEAUTIFUL twist!!! I love it!!!!
    If I had the time...I'd surely borrow your idea!!!

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  5. Thanks to everyone. I think I'm officially done decorating for fall.

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  6. Vicki....That looks great! They will do really well on Etsy.

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  7. Hi Vicki! Your wreath turned out wonderfully!! I love the different shape--one of the prettiest ones I've seen! Hugs, Julie

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  8. I love your charming wreath...and your embellishments make it personal and truly special!

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  9. Lisa, Julie and Linda - thank you! Have a great week.

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  10. Oh I love this and I adore your blog..this wreath is amazing...I have seen them done before...I want to make one for Christmas! Thanks for visiting me the other day. xoxo

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  11. Thank you,Koralee. The circle shapes are easier. Make sure you have at least 50 pages to work with. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.

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  12. This is so neat!! I haven't seen those before! What a charming idea and your came out beautifully!! I also wanted to say thank you for your super sweet comments on my blogs~ nice to meet you! :)

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  13. Hi Vicky, love how you did the book page wreath and the center piece, really creative and pretty. I'd love you to join in for VIF, this would be a wonderful post!
    xo,
    Debra

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  14. Courtney and Debra - Thanks for your comments. I love your parties and will be joining you both! THANK YOU.

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  15. Love your new twist on the paper book wreath:) I want to try my hand at making one soon too:)
    ~Debra
    Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

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  16. Hello, Debra. Beautiful items in your photos and shop. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. So glad you linked up to VIF!! Just love this!
    xo,
    Debra

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  18. Hi Vicki! I just today made my first book page wreath( actually made two)...it was fun! Yours is very pretty!
    I've popped over from Debra's VIF am now a new follower.
    BTW I have a friend that used to live in Oviedo, she re-married and now lives in AZ.
    Small world...
    Tammy :-)
    http://junkwildnc.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi Vicki! This is so absolutely beautiful and I am in awe of anyone who can do things like this! Thanks so much for joining the party this week!
    Vanessa

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  20. Wonderful Creation ~ I Love all the stuff done with the old pages..... Thanks for Sharing
    Cheryl

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  21. Tammy - now that is a small world!Thanks for the follow. Vanessa, you are so sweet. Thank you. I'm connected to your party too and enjoying it. Cheryl - thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to checking out your blog.

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  22. How very cool! Stopped in from Transformation Thursday...SO GLAD i did! Love this wreath! -shaunna :)

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  23. Thanks, Shaunna. What a cute profile pic you have!

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  24. That is adorable. Love how you added the old key. I'm glad I found your blog - it looks like you have some creative ideas.

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  25. Hi Vicki-
    Is there a trick to these wreaths??? I tried one once and it just didn't work. I was trying to put it on a foam wreath shape, and it was NOT going to cooperate. I really like the rectangular shape of yours and the vintage card in the center-even better than the original idea!!
    xo
    lynn

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  26. Thanks, Pam! Lynn - I prefer to work with a flat base. Try that and stick to a pattern.

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  27. OHHHHH I love it! The shape is perfect! I love to add altered art to everything as well, I made a couple of these in the past and now you got me wanting to make a rectangle one! Thanks for sharing, Theresa xoxo

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  28. So cool! Unique way to turn a wreath into a frame indeed!

    I have a feeling that we'll be doing picture frame ideas next weekend. I hope you relink to that one should that be the case.

    Donna

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  29. Fabulous! my kinda style, I'm your newest follower :)

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  30. I will definitely relink to the party next week, especially if it is frames. Thanks for the heads up. Hi, Coco. Thanks for the follow. So nice to have you here!

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  31. Gorgeous and so original! I am popping over from The Girl Creative and I am now a new followers of your blog.

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  32. I really like your spin on the book wreath. The personalized center makes it special. I know where Oviedo is ;)!

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  33. So gorgeous! I'm your newest follower ( -:
    Malia
    www.yesterdayontuesday.com

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