Part 1-Trish's Mess ---Fall Behind the Scenes at the Blue Sprinkling Can.
After a long hot summer it's time for FALL...it was even cold last night 48 degrees.
Trish: Hi, dear readers...wow, do I have a mess---here's some of the wreckage of changing Trish's Blue Sprinkling Can over to Fall 2021. Like many shop owners...supplies and orders for the season were delayed or not delivering! Yikes, I guess I have to make do with what I have. A little of this...and a bit of that!!!
Trish: Luckily my buyer is a real 'scrounger' and has stashes of stuff. She did find some pumpkin stacks---ready to decorate at a thrift store this summer. Thank Heavens! I really needed a few 'statement' pieces for this upscale location. Out in the country at the farm, customers are happy with hay bales and scarecrows. Here, the customers want...
...something different, like wood wreaths...these have a great finish, a little bit of white wash.
I had a huge bag of mixed mosses and this wonderful fungi...perfect for those beige and white homes around here. Can't you see this over a fireplace!
This shape works well with natural elements, gourds, giant pinecones, pumpkin, squash, moss and cheery yellow flowers!
More natural elements...love this fungi, strawflowers, berries and a spotted pumpkin. We have so many varieties at the farm.
I'm working on the faux pumpkin stacks. They had a huge, thick wire stem I couldn't even cut. So, I pulled it out and inserted with hot glue a smaller one to go into the clay flower pots.
The mini pot is filled with foam...and the edge is hot glued and the fungi stuck on...watch your fingers!
Stick your glue gun tip in the middle of the foam and squeeze a generous amount of hot glue. Push the wire down in the center...hold for 10 seconds and
your stack of pumpkins attaches tightly.
Right before the magic moment.
The leaves between the pumpkins were too large, so I just trimmed them to make them look smaller...add more fungi between the pumpkns, a few natural colored berry bits, and this is one classy pumpkin stack!
Turn it around and balance all the decor elements all the way around.
Here's another version with white/green moss and some straw flowers and berries.
Here's another one...green looks great with the pumpkins also. I have to make two more for the Grand View! Phewww and now to set up the garden center.
Wow....it was a really long day, my brother helped and we got the entire garden center set up. We still need signage, but we will be ready to open tomorrow. Now to turn off the lights and lock the gate.
I hope Vickie likes her outdoor arrangement...she wanted spooky, because they are adding a Halloween Dungeon to the shop...can't wait!
Trish's Diorama is a semi-permanent fixture of foam core painted, foam core and brick scrapbook paper, wood placemat fencing, and silver poster board covered foam core for floors.
The wood Greenhouse is adapted from a wooden (IKEA) one that was made taller. Battery lights provide seasonal lighting. Minis are mostly found thrifted. Very first post at Trish's here:Trish's Blue Sprinkling Can
For these Fall projects today, not recommended for kids under 12
mini cool melt glue gun
knife to cut foam (serrated plastic knives work also)
mini flower pots or containers.
wooden drapery/ rings or grapevine rings.
floral dry foam
wire pieces (bottoms of long floral stems)
assorted mosses, fungi,
faux mini flowers, greenery, mini pumpkins, mini gourds, natural pods..etc.
What are your dolls designing for Fall?
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