Love. Completely, totally, in love with this garland. I can, in fact, have this much of an emotional attachment to an inanimate object. Oh yes.
This is a product of the genesis of me brainstorming ideas for my Etsy shop. I am struggling with transitioning from being a crafter who lives with the imperfections that come with handmade things and suddenly making them for someone to buy. With like, money. It is terrifying to say the least. But I have wanted to come up with something of my own design, totally me, and exemplifies my type of crafting.
This garland began with me experimenting with texture. I am drawn to anything with textures that evoke comfort, casual elegance, and depth. I love the juxtaposition of fine china on a distressed table or silver candlesticks on a rustic mantel. It is so peaceful and calming to my often preoccupied soul. Looking at things like this and living with them is like a sanctuary of peace for me. So I set out to do just that with my one of my favorite things to make: Garlands.
I made each individual ball shape unique. I experimented with linen, yarn, and satin creating beautiful rosette spirals, colorful stripes, and shabby textures. It is pure loveliness to me.
I wanted this garland to be classy and more grown up without being fussy. Casual; not too fancy.
As you can see, the amount of photos I took depicts my intense infatuation with this garland. I may need a garland intervention.
I decided a rustic twine was the perfect complement to string them together and I am just so happy with the final result. The garland measures 5 ft long and the balls can slide so you can make it as wide or close together as needed.
I sure hope you like this. I had so many of you in mind when I made it. You have all been more then fabulous spurring me on to do an Etsy shop and you helped me believe it is really possible. Thank you so much for that. I was so nervous this project would not work out but it exceeded my expectations. Hope you enjoyed the first of many sneek peeks!
P.S. I have been manic crafting as I have been on deadline for the magazine; hence the crickets on this little blog. But I got fun stuff to share coming up soon!