gardenwhimsies

Birdbaths cast from LIVE leaves-each stands over plants

Oregon, United States · 800 Sales

gardenwhimsies

Birdbaths cast from LIVE leaves-each stands over plants

Oregon, United States 800 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(426)

Announcement   New listings coming up shortly - catching up after Artsplash 3-day show... about a dozen items (mostly medium to large pieces)...
NEXT LOCAL SHOW --- Fremont Fest (30th Annual) - Saturday, August 6, 2016
Parade at 10AM & runs till 5PM on FREMONT ST between NE 41st & 49th
FIND ME at "The Arrangement" boutique at 4210 NE Fremont St (corner of 42nd)

I'll try to get to Salem in early August as well as back to Milwaukie, Hillsboro & Tigard Markets soon. McMinnville market has full so it'll be late August before space opens up.

UPCOMING ANNUAL SHOWS:

FALL SHOWS:
Art in the Burbs, Tigard
Charbonneau Art Festival, Wilsonville area

HOLIDAY SHOWS:
OSU Marketplace, Corvallis
New Hope Community Church, Sunnyside/Clackamas
Salem Etsy Team Show, Salem

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If you want a specific color let me know, it's easier than trying to come up with something on my own and then hoping it's precisely what you want.

Look at my Pinterest page for ideas!
http://www.pinterest.com/jackieandmax/


☞ My roster of FARMERS MARKETS and Weekly shows: **
I ROTATE through the following shows through season (normally May-October)
Check this page regularly to see if I'll be at one of these below-listed markets!

Milwaukie Farmers Market-Sundays
Hillsboro Saturday Downtown Farmers Market (later in season at Orenco, Sundays)
Tigard Area Farmers Market (TAFM), Sundays
Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Markets - Sat and Sundays
Salem Saturday Market - Saturdays
Astoria Sunday Market - Sundays
McMinnville Market - Thursday afternoons
Lake Oswego Market - DONE for 2016, sorry they only give artists ONE Date per season!
Hillsboro Tuesday Night Marketplace, downtown Hillsboro - Tues., 5-8pm

**Some shows will PRIMARILY feature small pieces due to available booth space (and my back). At those shows, I usually bring 40+ small pieces to provide the best selection and about a dozen medium and large pieces!

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(PLS NOTE: West Coast buyers, convo/email me with zip code to order multiple pieces for best shipping. All rates are averaged for single item to Midwest & East coast.)

~Cast from LIVE leaves, hand-painted, numbered, stands on a pole & each one is truly one-of-a-kind.

~~~~~~~~~

FOR ONLINE SHOPPERS, my inventory is listed and available through the weekdays. On show weekends, I put my shop on vacation to avoid a single piece being purchased by someone online as well as someone, in person.

If you see a leaf you like, buy it. It is very difficult to create an identical leaf and sometimes just impossible. Every item is one of a kind!

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☞ LOOK AT MY REVIEWS-Colors are even prettier in person & shipping fast!

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES!
1) MOUNT STYLE - Do you want it to stand up in garden, sit flat, do both or even hang?
2) COLORS - Choose from "natural" finishes, all metallic or mixed (natural and metallic)
3) LEAF TYPE - Want smooth textures like a hosta? Heavy veins like a Rhubarb?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~ LOCAL DELIVERIES:
I do not have an actual "studio" to show pieces set up. I meet clients around town or deliver instead. I will refund shipping (back onto your credit card or, in cash) minus a delivery fee. Contact me for details.

~ LEAF AVAILABILITY
I work nearly a year in advance to carry sufficient stock. Some years may be more prolific and others not. Water Lilies have been very hard to grow for the last couple of years. Gunnera while they grow up to 5 feet wide are only cast in smaller pieces and the squirrels have been trying to dig those up so limited pieces will be available.

~ CUSTOM AND RESERVED ORDERS
Custom and specialty items (3 foot and wider leaves or fountains) must be fit in between the regular production work so contact me early in the season for best leaf availability.

I sell all year round and ship all over the U.S.

If you have a favorite leaf, coloration, etc. please ask. I have lots of leaves and may have the leaf size you want. You tell me the colors and we'll get it listed.

Larger leaf listings are almost always picked out for custom order requests so if you want one for a special event such as a birthday, anniversary or housewarming gift - contact me so we can put aside your perfect leaf!

FEEDBACK / REVIEWS:

I consider feedback (or reviews) on each purchase to be VERY important. I take a lot of time creating these pieces, packing carefully and shipping them fast, please take the time to provide a review on your purchase.

For more information on how to leave an Etsy Review go to this link: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/102?ref=help_search_result. Reviews can only be left for 60 days after shipping, after that the ability to do so is closed.

ALTERNATE PAYMENT OPTIONS

Please convo me. I will gladly accept checks (given time for clearance and will mark your item RESERVED while your check is processing).

AVAILABLE "GIANT" PIECES

I have multiple extra-large, unpainted pieces (averaging 4 feet or wider) which are not brought to local shows (due to size/weight): gunnera, tetrapanax, japanese butterbur and others... Contact me if you are interested in these for water features, garden focal pieces or alters, etc.

PLEASE NOTE I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SELL, or not sell to, various persons. I have invested a lot of time and money isolating the products and processes to make my items and in some cases I may choose not to share with competing interests and will promptly cancel the transaction and refund your money.

All of my pieces are handmade by me and photos of them in part or full are my property. Any use of those images whether solo or in compilation images will be pursued for copyright violation (I've had several folks try using my images for their own "how-to" articles). Misuse will be pursued across any venues in which they are found.

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 26, 2016

New listings coming up shortly - catching up after Artsplash 3-day show... about a dozen items (mostly medium to large pieces)...
NEXT LOCAL SHOW --- Fremont Fest (30th Annual) - Saturday, August 6, 2016
Parade at 10AM & runs till 5PM on FREMONT ST between NE 41st & 49th
FIND ME at "The Arrangement" boutique at 4210 NE Fremont St (corner of 42nd)

I'll try to get to Salem in early August as well as back to Milwaukie, Hillsboro & Tigard Markets soon. McMinnville market has full so it'll be late August before space opens up.

UPCOMING ANNUAL SHOWS:

FALL SHOWS:
Art in the Burbs, Tigard
Charbonneau Art Festival, Wilsonville area

HOLIDAY SHOWS:
OSU Marketplace, Corvallis
New Hope Community Church, Sunnyside/Clackamas
Salem Etsy Team Show, Salem

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you want a specific color let me know, it's easier than trying to come up with something on my own and then hoping it's precisely what you want.

Look at my Pinterest page for ideas!
http://www.pinterest.com/jackieandmax/


☞ My roster of FARMERS MARKETS and Weekly shows: **
I ROTATE through the following shows through season (normally May-October)
Check this page regularly to see if I'll be at one of these below-listed markets!

Milwaukie Farmers Market-Sundays
Hillsboro Saturday Downtown Farmers Market (later in season at Orenco, Sundays)
Tigard Area Farmers Market (TAFM), Sundays
Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Markets - Sat and Sundays
Salem Saturday Market - Saturdays
Astoria Sunday Market - Sundays
McMinnville Market - Thursday afternoons
Lake Oswego Market - DONE for 2016, sorry they only give artists ONE Date per season!
Hillsboro Tuesday Night Marketplace, downtown Hillsboro - Tues., 5-8pm

**Some shows will PRIMARILY feature small pieces due to available booth space (and my back). At those shows, I usually bring 40+ small pieces to provide the best selection and about a dozen medium and large pieces!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(PLS NOTE: West Coast buyers, convo/email me with zip code to order multiple pieces for best shipping. All rates are averaged for single item to Midwest & East coast.)

~Cast from LIVE leaves, hand-painted, numbered, stands on a pole & each one is truly one-of-a-kind.

~~~~~~~~~

FOR ONLINE SHOPPERS, my inventory is listed and available through the weekdays. On show weekends, I put my shop on vacation to avoid a single piece being purchased by someone online as well as someone, in person.

If you see a leaf you like, buy it. It is very difficult to create an identical leaf and sometimes just impossible. Every item is one of a kind!

~~~~~~~~

☞ LOOK AT MY REVIEWS-Colors are even prettier in person & shipping fast!

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES!
1) MOUNT STYLE - Do you want it to stand up in garden, sit flat, do both or even hang?
2) COLORS - Choose from "natural" finishes, all metallic or mixed (natural and metallic)
3) LEAF TYPE - Want smooth textures like a hosta? Heavy veins like a Rhubarb?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~ LOCAL DELIVERIES:
I do not have an actual "studio" to show pieces set up. I meet clients around town or deliver instead. I will refund shipping (back onto your credit card or, in cash) minus a delivery fee. Contact me for details.

~ LEAF AVAILABILITY
I work nearly a year in advance to carry sufficient stock. Some years may be more prolific and others not. Water Lilies have been very hard to grow for the last couple of years. Gunnera while they grow up to 5 feet wide are only cast in smaller pieces and the squirrels have been trying to dig those up so limited pieces will be available.

~ CUSTOM AND RESERVED ORDERS
Custom and specialty items (3 foot and wider leaves or fountains) must be fit in between the regular production work so contact me early in the season for best leaf availability.

I sell all year round and ship all over the U.S.

If you have a favorite leaf, coloration, etc. please ask. I have lots of leaves and may have the leaf size you want. You tell me the colors and we'll get it listed.

Larger leaf listings are almost always picked out for custom order requests so if you want one for a special event such as a birthday, anniversary or housewarming gift - contact me so we can put aside your perfect leaf!

FEEDBACK / REVIEWS:

I consider feedback (or reviews) on each purchase to be VERY important. I take a lot of time creating these pieces, packing carefully and shipping them fast, please take the time to provide a review on your purchase.

For more information on how to leave an Etsy Review go to this link: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/102?ref=help_search_result. Reviews can only be left for 60 days after shipping, after that the ability to do so is closed.

ALTERNATE PAYMENT OPTIONS

Please convo me. I will gladly accept checks (given time for clearance and will mark your item RESERVED while your check is processing).

AVAILABLE "GIANT" PIECES

I have multiple extra-large, unpainted pieces (averaging 4 feet or wider) which are not brought to local shows (due to size/weight): gunnera, tetrapanax, japanese butterbur and others... Contact me if you are interested in these for water features, garden focal pieces or alters, etc.

PLEASE NOTE I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SELL, or not sell to, various persons. I have invested a lot of time and money isolating the products and processes to make my items and in some cases I may choose not to share with competing interests and will promptly cancel the transaction and refund your money.

All of my pieces are handmade by me and photos of them in part or full are my property. Any use of those images whether solo or in compilation images will be pursued for copyright violation (I've had several folks try using my images for their own "how-to" articles). Misuse will be pursued across any venues in which they are found.

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5 out of 5 stars
(426)
Dorcas Higginbotham

Dorcas Higginbotham on Jul 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Fast ship. Heavily bubble wrapped. Awesomely beautiful craftwork. The details of the real leaf pattern are amazing; the veins and curves are exactly copied. The paint colors and application accent and enhance the leaf. Very durable. The enclosed stakes are very secure and matched to the leaf. Gorgeous garden art!!

Dorcas Higginbotham

Dorcas Higginbotham on Jul 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This art is actually 10 stars, or 100!! Super fast shipping; supper-super well wrapped. Absolutely Magnificent art! The pix show much of the beauty, but the actual leaf is even more impressive. The details of the veins, indentions, & leaf edges is perfectly accurate. The finish is completely sealed. The colors are muted but very decorative and expressive, showing off the details. Heavy and durable concrete. Unique, gorgeous, outstanding art. Love, love, LOVE it!!!

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Updates

Birthday present going out today... From my garden to your BFF's garden in sunny Florida!
I can always include a card (for free) so just tell me what your message should be.
My metallic finishes use several colors to change appearance (even as you walk around it). The birdbath water amplifies it, too.
It's like photographing a rainbow though. This is why my reviews always comment on the color intensity!
I aim to please!
This is an Acanthus leaf birdbath being cleaned.
The LIVE leaf is removed from the cement fossil so it can cure (or harden) for 30 days.
It is then hand painted into a birdbath that will stand on a pole over flowers and shrubs on the garden.

About

Unique birdbaths, feeders and sculptures that mimic the textures and colors of plants, flowers and butterflies using LIVE leaves.

Seven years ago I saw an unpainted leaf casting and was intrigued. A leaf cast involves capturing the intricate vein detail from a LIVE leaf into cement and creating a "fossil" or stone replica.

I learned everything I could and began experimenting. (Reading about cement is not exciting but suggested.) Within 4 months, I had cast 400 leaves ranging from 4 inches to 4 feet in size and using over 60 different types of leaves.

To satiate my craving for various leaf types, I met gardeners from all over town and traded gift cards for the fruits of their green thumbs. I stopped when the snow arrived a week before Thanksgiving.

Since then I have cast thousands of leaves. Unlike the first leaf I saw which was unpainted, I finish my pieces in variety of natural and iridescent looks. Each piece is entirely different in shape, size, curvature and colors.

In 2011, I started numbering each leaf to ensure I could send precisely the leaf you see in the listing images. This also enabled me to create custom, or complimentary, matching pieces on demand as every piece is photographed and cataloged.

A few years ago, I narrowed my focus to birdbaths, feeders and garden art including planters and pond drippers. The majority of my garden items are designed to stand above the flowers and shrubs so they can both add color and function to any garden. They are designed and sealed SPECIFICALLY to hold water or bird food.

My largest is a 6 foot wide Gunnera leaf (the plant is nicknamed "Dinosaur Food" since a single leaf grows to 9 or 10 feet wide). Jorge IV (as I call him) has been cast in white cement and is, in essence, my white elephant.

I do not teach classes but instead create many pieces so each person can find something perfect for their garden. I usually bring 40-55 pieces to every show which during the gardening season can be every Saturday and Sunday. To provide that variety involves packing, toting and displaying 400 pounds or so at every show.

My items are made from actual concrete (with special additives). This makes my product stronger versus using pricey plaster-based products which cast intricate detail but chip easily and do not work well with standing water.

All pieces are measured straight across the top from edge to edge (not into the bowl and up again - but the largest exterior dimensions to fit in a box). A piece that is 8x8" can easily be 5" deep so shipping is quoted to ensure safe delivery. Out of hundreds of pieces sold and shipped on Etsy, only 6 pieces have been broken!

If I can create something special for an anniversary, housewarming or other special event please let me know. I hope to inspire a love of nature everywhere.

For more ideas on finishes available please contact me so we can go over the many possibilities and I can direct you to pieces I've done in the past!

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    I've been creating these garden sculptures since 2008 and have created thousands of pieces in all colors, shapes and sizes. Born and raised as a crafty kid, I gravitate to anything aesthetic & would love to create something beautiful for your garden.

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  • Milwaukie Farmer's Market

    Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market, SE Main St

    Milwaukie, OR

    May 15–Oct 30

    There's a reason I drive from Hillsboro to Milwaukie on Sundays instead of doing the market that's 2 miles from my house. Milwaukie has the best market for your Sunday shopping - second only to Lake Oswego Farmer's Market on Saturdays. It's friendly, fun and delicious.

  • Tigard Farmers Market

    Tigard Farmers Market,

    Tigard, OR

    May 15–Oct 30

    Public Works Parking Lot 8777 SW Burnham St. Tigard, OR

  • Hillsboro Tuesday Night Marketplace

    City of Hillsboro,

    Oregon

    Jun 7–Aug 30

    This is a great event with food , music on two stages, food vendors, farm produce, and great artists, crafter vendors. I am usually right in front of the Hillsboro Pharmacy and Bead Planet. Come down and join in on the best Tuesday Market.

  • Astoria Sunday Markt

    City of Astoria,

    Oregon

    Jun 12–Oct 16

    Astoria Sunday Market Booth #60 from May to October.

  • Lake Oswego Farmer's Market - 2 dates in July and August

    Lake Oswego Farmers Market, 301-305 1st St

    Lake Oswego, OR

    Jul 9–Aug 6

    Only July 9th and Aug. 6th

  • Holiday Marketplace‑A Handmade Christmas

    New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Rd

    Portland, OR

    Nov 11–12

    One of the largest handmade bazaars in the Portland area on two floors. Our emphasis is handmade goods & crafts with all of our vendors juried on a yearly basis.

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