bookprint leaf garland

Bookprint leaf garland

Lexi, my daughter, aka Miss Masterpiece, has been back to school for 2 weeks now.  So while she’s hitting the books in a new world, from home, behind her computer I thought I would create a project to honor the current situation.

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I have to admit I was very disappointed she started her year 100% remotely.  I was stressed I did not understand how it was all going to function.  I was sad that she was missing out on so many great experiences of her Junior year in high school.  BUT I have to add that she’s happy with her classes & schedule, pleased with her teachers and seems to have adapted quite well to the situation.  I guess when all your friends and classmates are all doing the same thing it does not feel as odd or wrong.  I am very proud of her.

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You can read about my sentiments on the onset of this strange 2020 school year here{current mood}.  I feel better now.  I understand a bit more.  I am appreciative of all the efforts from her teachers and the people behind them {staff, administration, district, etc.} that are all working really hard to make this happen in the best way possible.  Nobody wants this.  Nobody asked for this.  Nobody is pleased this is the way it is for now.  But everyone wants to get back to a new normal as soon as possible.

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We will all get through this.  Consequently I wanted to create something that would remind me of this very different school year so I created this leaf garland from book pages.  It will forever remind me of these unprecedented times when every year as fall creeps in I will bring it out while kids head back to school.  It will be a reminder to appreciate and be grateful for all the things we DO have.

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To create the garland I looked at a few different examples and tutorials on-line and this is how I decided to create my own version of a book print leaf garland.  I used five different leaf shapes in variating sizes, which you can see below.  I cut the different shapes from pages from books I pick up at thrift stores.

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My garland is 6 feet long and I cut out about 12 leaves of each shape so that equals around a total of sixty leaves.  I used different edged scissors to cut out the different designs to add more detail and interest, but this is not necessary.  If you only have regular scissors that’s totally fine.  I also inked the edges of some of the leaves to add some depth.  I used ink stamp pads here but you can also use acrylic paint {sparingly} or dark wax.

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  I used a combination of tacky glue and scotch tape to attach the leaves to the twine and each other. I overlapped the leaves and sort of felt my way.  There is no right or wrong way here; it’s more of a preference thing and like I said you sort of feel your way as you go.  Put on a good song or intersting show on your TV or computer and crank it out assembly line style.

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I used the garland to adorn the front hall mirror, creating a fall vignette to welcome all that come through the door.  I found these white sunflowers and fell in love with them as soon as I saw them.  Don’t get me wrong I like traditional sunny yellow sunflowers, but these just caught my eye right away.  They felt like farmer’s market flowers rather than grocery store, which is where I found them.  I paired them with white Gerber daisies and white berries, keeping the palette very neutral.

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To add fall colors in the vignette I used my brown bottles with French labels I created a few years ago and the tree bark planter plus my green Santos bust, sprinkled with some acorns for good measure {wink}.  I feel like I am more ready for Fall this year than in years past.

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I usually hold onto summer as long as I can.  I don’t know if it’s the pandemic, the unbearable hot weather, the wildfires across California plus the myriad of other odd things circulating around our lives but I am ready to move forward and get into the Holidays, which will hopefully bring joyful times for everyone.

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I am ready for pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, turkeys and Christmas trees.  How about you?  Are you holding onto summer or flipping the page to Fall {no pun intended}?

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“Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.”  
~Arthur Ashe~

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  1. Oh MaryJo this is GORGEOUS!!! Love how it turned out and featuring when my link party opens tonight!

  2. Evalyn Uddin says:

    MJ, that book garland is so pretty!

  3. I love your book leaf garland MaryJo! Thanks for sharing it with us at Farmhouse Friday!

  4. Evalyn! How are you sweet friend?!? It’s been so long. I would love to see you and catch up . These are challenging times, making it more difficult but let’s figure something out. Hope all is well with you.
    XO- MaryJo

  5. Thank you so much for the feature Carol. I very much appreciate it and I am so happy you liked my garland. It was a labor of love but so worth it. Thank you for stopping by & have a great Labor day weekend.
    XO- MJ

  6. Thank you so much Michelle and I love joining your parties. They are always filled with so much inspiration. Have a great holiday.
    XO- MaryJo

  7. Thanks for sharing this beautiful idea at Charming Homes & Gardens!! I love how it turned out!! It’s a must try! ~ Kristin | White Arrows Home

  8. Thanks so much Kristin. Please share if you do try. I love you stopping by.
    XO- MJ

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