walnut topiary

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How to make a walnut topiary:

Gather your supplies: a pot (you need a pot that has some weight to it as the walnuts do get heavy), a dowel, Styrofoam ball, Styrofoam adhesive spray, floral foam, Spanish moss, hot glue gun, naturally wired, two rubber bands, twigs, brown spray paint, white spray paint, white craft paint, brown stain and many, many walnuts (one topiary has about 85 walnuts on it).

First paint your walnuts: I laid mine out on a drop cloth in the garage. I gave them a heavy spraying with white spray paint. After the paint dries, turn them over and spray another side. Keep doing this until the walnuts are completely covered with white paint. Now you will stain them. I poured some stain onto a folded up paper towel, let it seep in and then quickly rolled the walnut in it. Once the stain is dry you are going to spray the walnuts white again, but this time you will just mist them so the stain shows through. I'm not going to lie to you, this is a lot of work, but they are so beautiful when they are done.

Next spray paint your dowel and Styrofoam ball with the brown spray paint and allow to dry. Now spray one side of the Styrofoam ball with the adhesive spray, allow it to sit a few minutes to get tacky, then put the Spanish moss on. Do the same with the other side. The ball will look like a crazy, furry mess at this point but don't worry. Now give it a good haircut with some scissors, trimming the Spanish moss so it is a nice thin layer all around the ball. Okay, time to glue on those walnuts! Carve a hole in the bottom of the Styrofoam ball and stick your dowel in. Do not secure it yet. Place the bottom of the dowel into your pot with some floral foam. Again , we are not securing it yet, we just need it to be steady while gluing on the walnuts. Place your first walnut at the top of your ball and work your way down.
Glue the walnuts on as close together as possible, going in concentric circles. Once you hot glue a walnut on, hold it in place for about 20 seconds to let the glue set. When you get to the end if the walnuts aren't all fitting, no worries, just pull some off and take some of your spare walnuts and see what works best, a smaller one, a larger one, work with them until they fit. When one side of the ball is covered turn your ball and start working on the other side.

Making the tree trunk for the topiary: Place one rubber band at the top of your dowel and one at the bottom. Start sliding your twigs on to the dowel and the rubber bands will hold them securely. When you have as many twigs on as you like take some Naturally Wired and place a circle of it at the top, bottom and middle of your twig covered dowel. Now that the twigs are secure you can remove the rubber bands. In case you have never heard of Naturally Wired, it is a product you can find in the floral arranging section of the craft store. It is wire that is covered with brown paper so it has a twiggy look to it.

Spray paint the whole thing brown and let dry. Push little pieces of Spanish moss in gaps in between the twigs. Then simple rub on bits of white craft paint.

Place floral foam in your pot. Put your topiary in and cover the top of the floral foam with Spanish moss. Then you can decorate your topiary any way you like. I used some cascading ribbon at the bottom of mine and some silver craft berries.

The topiary is complete. It is a bit (or more!) of an effort to make, but so worth it. The topiary is a wonderful piece of decor you can have out for both the Fall and Winter seasons and have it to display for years to come.

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From our table to yours....
We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday full of good food and lots of laughter!

photo:Woman's Day

family thanksgiving decor.

Here's how our house is decorated for Thanksgiving this year.

Photos of my two blessings. Some pumpkins I bought from a local craft fair and...

.....a cute little turkey from Michael's.

I have showed you my apothecary jar full of acorns before. I wasn't sure how to decorate the other jar.

This is what I came up with. Some nuts I have in the house. It needed something more so I added the twiggy pumpkin to the top.

This nature inspired turkey sits in front. I've had him for years and he's starting to show his age.

Sitting in our hall......

Metal baskets from the Goodwill.

Fall fruits and nuts from JoAnne's (clearance).

I also found these pumpkin picks at JoAnne's.

I already had these pots filled with floral foam and topped with Spanish moss. So I was just able to plop the picks right in. Plop the picks....say that 5 times fast!

A sweet Thanksgiving card I bought years ago. The picture is by Susan Wheeler.

The card is on my bulletin board along with this fruit of the spirit cornucopia done by my oldest son.
Grant also made this pirate turkey back in the 2nd grade (he's a fifth grader now). Here is what he wrote about Thanksgiving that year.

"On Thanksgiving usually my mom cooks a very big and good feast. Even sometimes my grandparents come over to visit. While mom cooks our very good feast, dad normally just would watch football. After our delicious feast my dad would wash the dishes. That's my Thanksgiving!"

my new button

I am so excited. I have my very own button for my blog!!!! If you'd like to put it on your blog (and it would thrill me if you did), you can grab one off the sidebar of my blog.

Smitten Blog Designs made my button and did a wonderful job! Heather and Kate were great to work with. I would definitely recommend them.

kitchens extraordinaire

It's time to clean out ye olde kitchen files. I've jotted down little notes on what I like about each one. It's browsin' time. Enjoy!

~ dripping, crystal chandelier~
~awesome windows~

~ amazing french doors, among other things~

~ I adore these stools!!!!!!!~

~ farm house sink~

~ just beautiful... the lights, the island, the silver platter on the hood~

~ the hood is incredible, love the dark cabinets~

~the walls are gorgeous, arch above the sink, light fixture~

~ rustic, lodge, beauty~

~the gray tones in the island and the pot lids on the wall~

~ all the stone~

~ light fixture, granite color, shape of the island, back splash~

~ the big pots of herbs, the floor~

~ the counter stools, the granite color~

~ bright, white cabinets and island against dark, wood floors~

~ tile back splash, legs on island~

~ chandelier, area above the stove~

~white bead board cabinets in contrast to the dark wood island, marble counter tops~

~the chandy, gorg! and the beat up island~

~ country kitchen with clean lines~

~ school house chairs~

~ the plates and platter above the range, LOVE!~

~big, chunky, island countertop~

~ so many things....the beadboard cabinets, the fern prints above the window, the clock, the flour canister, the bucket of roses~

~ the stone arches~

~ the island is awesome and look at the cool fridge~

~ the walls~

~all the green, the floors~

~ the counters, rustic sign, roses~

~the area above the stove, the chairs, the lantern~

~stone archs~