It's time to be thankful...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Although Thanksgiving is not a holiday we celebrate officially here in Australia, it doesn't mean that we can't stop and be thankful... actually it would be nice to do it on a daily basis and a great way to start each day.
We are in the middle of our harvest and it's looking like being a reasonable year on the farm after the past 10 years of drought and flood which has certainly taken its toll.
So, I decided to go and pick some of the farmer's wheat crop before he harvests it, and put it in a little frame and hang it in my kitchen as a reminder at how hard he works every year to provide for his family.
So, to my husband 'the farmer'... I give thanks!
(Thankgoodness he never reads my blog or his head would swell. LOL!)

That large lime furry brad was actually made with the brand new i-top 2 tool from Imaginisce and the all new Extra large brad daddy which is excellent for working with fabric, especially recycled face-washers which are a little chunky and usually hard to manoeuvre into the smaller sizes.

Here's a little look at how I put together the project and the face-washer and burlap brads:
Step 1: I covered the backing board in the frame with a natural coloured burlap.

Step 2: Using the Imaginisce i-bond cordless glue gun I adhered the wheat directly onto the burlap backing.

Step 3: Creating the face-washer brad with the new i-top 2.0 and the Extra large brads.

Step 4. When using fabric in the i-top you don't really need to cut out a perfect circle as you will have plenty of opportunity to trim off the excess.

Step 5. Tuck the excess into the centre of the brad.

Step 6.  Place the Brad daddy backing onto the free end of the tool and gently squeeze together to create the perfect furry brad.

As for the rest of the frame, I simply embellished it with a big wired edged bow, added a brass journal tag and added a few smaller coloured burlap brads.

This new tool is an absolute dream as it is lighter, has a more advanced ergonomic shape that is easier to hold and use and the best part is the rubber heads which keep the brad daddies nice and firm in their position with no more slippage whilst you are trying to work.

Imaginisce are giving away a fantastic prize package including the brand new i-top 2.0 tool and accessories and today is the final day you can enter head on over to their blog HERE to find out how to be in the running... you don't want to miss out!

From farm to you...


  1. Your framed wheat is beautiful! I love the textures and colours you have used.
    I always thought this was your spring in Australia. Interesting. It's definitely winter here in Atlantic Canada! :D
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous! I think you should "hide" a little note for your hubby on the back of this piece letting him know he was the inspiration for it. Happy Thanksgiving (even if you're in Australia)! -Raquel @

  3. This is so beautiful to me for many reasons my friend! I absolutely love the wheat and how you brought it together with the burlap and that elegant frame!!!

    Gorgeous!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE this project and what a sweet idea!!!

  5. This is absolutely a gorgeous project. it is important to be thankful for our blessings. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I am happy your crop is doing well this year. Thank God for farmers.
    DIANA L.

  6. This is gorgeous, Melinda!!! I love it to pieces!!! Hugs. I hope you are doing fabulous!(:

  7. Sensational ~ scurrying off to Imaginsce right now ~ I looooove how you've used the face washer. The whole project is just fantastic:)

  8. Totally gorgeous Melinda! What a great idea and I agree, it would be nice to start each day being thankful for what we have. :)
    Hope you have a great weekend. xx

  9. Beautiful fall/harvest/thanksgiving project. Love the burlap background and brads.

  10. I don't know where you come up with these amazing ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Great project! I have so much vintage chenille and other fabric that would be nice on brads . . . hmmm.

  12. I had to come find your blog after I saw this project on the Imaginisce site. I absolutely love it to bits!!!

  13. Gosh Melinda you have the most creative mind i reckon...always making outstanding gorgeous projects. I really love that tool seriously thinking i need to buy one!!! thanks for popping by have a great week!

  14. wow this is amazing... your whole blog is amazing...awesome creativity...