Thursday, April 1, 2010

Smeared and Smudged April Fool's Surprise Blog Hop!!

Happy April Fool's Day Everyone!!! I'm SO thrilled to be here hopping with the gals on the Smeared and Smudged network!!!

Today I recreated a wreath in similar fashion to one that I made in this post. However, THIS one was done in the S&S way!!!
My thoughtful Brother In Law got me THIS book after I'd made a comment about his and how cool the pages would be as DP.

So instead of this being a nice, crisp, light looking Literary Wreath, this one is grungy, scary and creepy. NICE!I started with a 4" foam wreath or ring. I used LOTS of hot glue, tearing pages and either rolling them, fan folding them, "s" folding them, any way I could think and adhered each piece one by one. (really look at the pages if you have time....there's lots of creepiness goin' on!!!)
I then set to embellishing my wreath. I used an OLDDDDDDDD Inkadinkado bug set from maybe 18 years ago! ( lol! ) I stamped, colored and punched out an assorted array of bugs, attached them to straight stick pins whose tops I bent and littered the wreath with these pins.

I then showed it to my Gorgeous Hubby while he was doing laundry in the basement. He looked at it and initially gave it a WOW...and then studied it. I grabbed a hand of rusty bolts from a jar on his workbench and he said yes...they need to come out to look 3-D. He's always amazing as an outside eye for me. I used giant needles used for...yarn sewing? Latch hook? I don't know but I've had them for as long as I can remember in my sewing kit and have NEVER used them. And I knew that they'd be strong enough to hold the bolts with hot glue.

I did the same thing with the bolts as I did for the bugs. I found their homes, some on pins and some just randomly placed in shallower spots.
I let everything rest and really harden and then I took a thick hair elastic, hot glued it to the back (as a hanger), and glued a pretty piece of 1" wide green grosgrain ribbon to cover 60% of the elastic band. (otherwise it looks like a tangly mess of hotglue - not pretty).
I let that dry for a few and then took pics!! And it already has a home in my living room!!!
I hope you are inspired and SURPRISED by my April Fool's Day creation!!!

Here is the entire list of fab hoppers today so PLEASE leave love and kisses for all of their hard work and gorgeous inspiration!

Terra


Thanks for hopping today!!

20 comments:

Kelli said...

Freaking Cook Dude!!!!!

Madeleine Bouquet said...

This is unbelievably cool!:)

hugs,
Laura

Alison said...

This is crazy awesome! I would love to have this hanging in my house (maybe with some crows on it though!). What a great idea! Hey, I dunno if it's just me, but your first pic isn't coming up. Awesome creation!

Monica said...

Wow, too cool! I LOVE IT!

ldfdesign said...

great job!!! i love this

Barb said...

LOVE this! Definitely a creative off-beat wreath... me thinks it would work nicely at my house ;)

Danielle said...

That is delish!! I loved the first one, but this one is FAB!!! DH and the rusty bolts!! His is awesome! as is this wreath!!

Great surprise!!

Kymberly said...

Wow! Definately cool!
The wreath is really amazing! Looks wonderful on your wall!
Gotta come back and visit again and get the directions for that to make one for myself!! Great idea!
Have a great Blog Hop day!

angiesuez said...

U are hilarious!!! this is way to fab!

Kim Wilson said...

Meredith! This is amazing! I definantly didnt expect this one so "surprise" haha! I cant believe the glue is strong enough to hold the bolts, thats too cool!!!!

blackdragon said...

weird, wacky and wonderful!I must try doing one of these.... so UNIQUE!
XXX lynx

nature*lover said...

Very, very unique. I love it. 'Course I love bugs, too!!! Awesome!

Steph said...

wowie!!! that is too cool!

Dean and Selena said...

Haha brilliant! I love it

Kathi said...

It's very cool in a creepy, crawly way!

pamala said...

Cool wreath!

Celeste said...

Love your wreath! The rusty bolts are a great addition!

ladybrayton71 said...

This is WAY cool! Love it! Awesome idea!!!

Alex said...

MEREDITH! YOU ROCK GIRL!! This is just fabulous. I loved the other one, but the way you could just see it as such a different thing, but the same, but not. WOW! Love your brain girl!

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Oh this is FABULOUS! :D