Sunday, February 12, 2012

An Enchanted Tree With Heart(s)

I've been working on several projects this past week and have one finished and I thought I'd share a few photos with you. Last post there was a tree covered in hearts and fairies which ended up sitting on the buffet in the dining room.  This time I'm going to show you what an enchanted tree might look like dressed for the holiday. I decided to try something different with the decorations for this tree.

Okay, laugh if you must. It's not like this little guy is going to hear you. You may remember this tree from a previous post. I used a pattern that my sister Maggie was selling on her blog. He normally has three leaves and a crow adorning him but for this occasion he's covered in hearts.

The hearts are made from paper mache clay and I painted them with a base coat of black gesso then two or more coats of acrylic paint then after sealing them I dry brushed a metallic antique gold paint lightly to give the hearts a soft patina.

Some of of the hearts have eyelet hooks screwed into the V of the heart and then were threaded with black and gold metallic ribbon. Others I threaded gold jewelry making wire and metallic gold thread through a hole I drilled.

I've always thought the objects made from paper mache clay have the look and feel of wood. In this instance it makes me think of stone or metal. These little hearts have a jewelry like quality. They would make great pendants which is why I hung the largest one the way I did.  

Our little enchanted tree has such a sad look about him I decided he needed someone to cheer him up and who better than Myrtle the Queen of Luv?

Myrtle arrived in the mail this week.  She is the prize I won in the giveaway at LLA Creations. Over at LLA Creations, Lisa has the most adorable and whimsical creations that she carves from wood. If you haven't been to her site you should pay her a visit.  I'm sure you'll keep going back.

I've also been working on a rug crocheted from "woolly worms" that Maggie gave me. It would be done if I'd work on it more consistently but the worms which are long narrow strips of wool blanket are very fuzzy and they make such a mess not to mention make my hands itch. I'll probably finish it up today.

I'm also working on something for Easter and a few other projects that you'll have to wait to see. Hope you enjoyed your visit and leave here with a smile on your face. 

~Happy Valentine's Day~

As always, thanks for stopping by.


Linda in New Mexico said...

love Mr. Tree's new look. the hearts are beautiful. you're right they have a jewelry look to them. and I love the "queen of luv" she is wonderful.
it is time for me to get busy with all the wool I washed and felted but for some reason I don't have the ompapa to face the fuzzies. gather courage and proceed I suppose. xoxo Oma Linda

The Bear's Blog said...

Oh Miss Maddyrose,

I'm so happy for little sad tree, now that he has a friend. Somebody to love him just cause he is himself. I love stories with happy endings.

Tell Bellamine & Wendy that their hearts day card got re-mailed yesterday. Mom is smokin' mad at the post office. YIKES! Of course even though it was THEIR error they wouldn't offer to pay the postage.

Are Bellamine & Wendy going to the Tea Party over at Wil's house?

Hugs, Prudence

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

What fun posts you do...never know what to expect! Your paper mache hearts are wonderful and look great on the tree! Now, I can't wait to see what you did with the fuzzy worms!

Leola - Southshoreartist said...

That is soooooo awesome and I'm in love with Myrtle :)

The Bear's Blog said...

Miss Maddyrose,

I just had an idea how to make Mr. Tree happy - maybe putting some chocolates underneath - that should do it. Giggle

Hope I have helped.


Jan said...

Love the tree! Nothing to laugh about there, it is fine looking and especially with the hearts on it. Wonderful ornaments. And who better than Myrtle to befriend the tree! Cuteness abounds.

Hope you will show your rug when it is finished. Mary was working on one with some fuzzy wooly stuff and found it very frustrating. It will be pretty but was not as easy as the cleaner fabric strips. I need to ask her if she ever finished it. I tore my last one apart, it was too garish, I need to get stripping again! for some new colors, that is.

I really like that tree.

ria vogelzang said...

What a great mr. Tree! He looks so cute!! And whith all those hearts; who wouldn't love him......! ;))
And little Myrtle is so sweet! They are a goreous couple!
Enjoy them both and ofcourse: Happy Valentine's day to you!!
Hugs, Ria.

Erin Tame Designs said...

Very cute! Your tree could have decorations for every holiday...time to start making some shamrocks! :)

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, loving the love tree, and his wee pal! Good luck with the crochet, it's making my hands itch just thinking about it ;o) looking forward to seeing all your projects :o)

Kays Kids said...

If anything could make that tree happy, it would be all those hearts filled with love. I wish my hearts turned out as well as yours.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

OMG! Is this cute or what?
I love it, Maddy.

Sweet Bear Creek Whims said...

Love the tree!! congrats on your win as well Maddy.


Mina said...

Oh, I love your tree! Enchanted indeed! I agree that the heart look like they are stones, magical stones from the depths of Fairland. :-)

Your Queen of Luv is too precious. What a fabulous win, and who better to win the Queen than the Queen of Everything! Hugs my lovely friend!