Posts Tagged ‘leaf’

Amy’s Pick - Green Leaf Background

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
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This image of  a Green Leaf Background is Amy’s Free Pick for April 14th.  Be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and “save to” your computer desktop or a folder of your choice.  This process will ensure you get the best quality of the image.

This background has endless possibilities.  Click the following link to view different project ideas:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thevintageworkshop/sets/

We would love to see what creative projects you make using this image! Please post us your comments sharing your project ideas and feel free to email me your project images to cheryl@thevintageworkshop.com.

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Unique Table Decor for Fall

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

A Fall dinner party at my friend Amy’s home inspired me to share her great idea for Autumn table decor- waxed leaves. We have a beautiful collection of color to choose from in Kansas City this time of year.

The first step is easy and fun.  Collect some of the beautiful leaves you can find in your yard this time of year - make it a family event and get the kids to each pick their favorite three or four leaves.

Next, pick up some parafin wax - we used Gulf Wax - it’s a general use parafin wax for canning and candle making.  Be sure to follow any directions on the box as to heating and melting the wax. We used a double boiler method.  Keep pots and pans clean by using a large empty can to put the wax in to melt.  Then we put the can into a shallow pan of water and set it to boil. Once the water starts heating, the wax in the can melts.

Then for the fun part.  Just dip in each leaf one at a time and lay on waxed/parchment paper to dry.  The results were wonderful.  Once dry/hardened, just spread the leaves around the table.  The wax coating preserved the leaves so we could share in the beautiful colors longer.

Try it for yourself. It’s fast and easy and perfect for a Thanksgiving table.  Here are a few of my favorite Vintage Workshop images with leaves.

SI0763 - Sweeping Leaves

SI0763 - Sweeping Leaves

SI0223 - Fall Turkey

SI0223 - Fall Turkey

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