gardenwhimsies

✿Birdbaths cast from LIVE leaves to stand over plants✿

Portland, Oregon · 912 Sales

gardenwhimsies

✿Birdbaths cast from LIVE leaves to stand over plants✿

Portland, Oregon 912 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(481)

Announcement   ✿ Birdbaths that stand over flowers - over 400+ reviews! Happy Holidays - Fedex and USPS is 100% delivered (noon EST, 12/24)!

For now, items have been priced into groupings (2-4 leaves) in color sets. As I paint and list new items, some items will be listed individually as full retail and others as discounted sets.

Follow me to see new listings as they come up! I'll continue to cast, then paint, then cast as we move from Winter into Spring! ✿

Scroll down for more info and links on my upcoming Spring shows!!

MOTHER'S DAY/SPRING SHOWS:
-Garden Palooza, Fir Point Farms
-Spring Garden Fair, Canby fairgrounds
-(Tentative) Salem ETSY Team spring show, Salem fairgrounds
-Camas Plant Fair, downtown Camas, WA

If you want a particular color or leaf type, please contact me via the convo system.

This Spring I will be prepared for both local shows and online sales for Mother's Day. Last year I did not expect the rush and hence my online sales were not even available until August of 2017. Please put me on your calendar to see Spring listings as I will be painting all Winter in preparation.

I am considering retirement from this trade in late 2018 at this point so add to your collection as your favorite colors come up!

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--->>All items are brought to each show FIRST and those then left over are photographed and listed online. If you are local, come to a show for best prices and selection where I usually bring 40-60 small pieces to provide the best selection and about a dozen or more medium and large pieces! Leaf types, colors and sizes change with every single show.

Online listings requires much more time (photo, edit, list, boxing, post office...), so the listings here are usually reserved to medium and larger pieces and are secondary to local shows.

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

HAVE A SPECIAL REQUEST? - If you have something in mind that you'd like created, DO let me know.

I do not use set color schemes but instead try to invent new color combos all the time. If you'd like a particular set of colors let me know as I may've even done it once before! Below is the link to my Pinterest page where I have 700+ leaves listed (though I've created well over 5,000 to date). Let me know what colors you'd like!
MY PINTEREST PAGE:
http://www.pinterest.com/jackieandmax/

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West Coast buyers, convo/email me with zip code to order multiple pieces for best shipping. All rates are averaged for single items to mostly East coast destinations.

Shipping rates include USPS/Fedex charges as well as purchasing new boxes. Packing material is gathered throughout the year for recycling from local stores. (No styrofoam is used).

~Each piece is cast from a LIVE leaf, hand-painted, stands on a pole & each is truly one-of-a-kind.

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!

~~~~~~~~

~ 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 but in 2017 finally came up to size! 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 I'm not focusing on those (plus they are heavier due to large veins)... Classic rhubarb while beautiful requires a lot more difficulty painting into their 3/4-rounded veins so I do these primarily as a special order only.

~ 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 type, size, 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 altars, 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. In such cases, I 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 Dec 23, 2017

✿ Birdbaths that stand over flowers - over 400+ reviews! Happy Holidays - Fedex and USPS is 100% delivered (noon EST, 12/24)!

For now, items have been priced into groupings (2-4 leaves) in color sets. As I paint and list new items, some items will be listed individually as full retail and others as discounted sets.

Follow me to see new listings as they come up! I'll continue to cast, then paint, then cast as we move from Winter into Spring! ✿

Scroll down for more info and links on my upcoming Spring shows!!

MOTHER'S DAY/SPRING SHOWS:
-Garden Palooza, Fir Point Farms
-Spring Garden Fair, Canby fairgrounds
-(Tentative) Salem ETSY Team spring show, Salem fairgrounds
-Camas Plant Fair, downtown Camas, WA

If you want a particular color or leaf type, please contact me via the convo system.

This Spring I will be prepared for both local shows and online sales for Mother's Day. Last year I did not expect the rush and hence my online sales were not even available until August of 2017. Please put me on your calendar to see Spring listings as I will be painting all Winter in preparation.

I am considering retirement from this trade in late 2018 at this point so add to your collection as your favorite colors come up!

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

--->>All items are brought to each show FIRST and those then left over are photographed and listed online. If you are local, come to a show for best prices and selection where I usually bring 40-60 small pieces to provide the best selection and about a dozen or more medium and large pieces! Leaf types, colors and sizes change with every single show.

Online listings requires much more time (photo, edit, list, boxing, post office...), so the listings here are usually reserved to medium and larger pieces and are secondary to local shows.

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

HAVE A SPECIAL REQUEST? - If you have something in mind that you'd like created, DO let me know.

I do not use set color schemes but instead try to invent new color combos all the time. If you'd like a particular set of colors let me know as I may've even done it once before! Below is the link to my Pinterest page where I have 700+ leaves listed (though I've created well over 5,000 to date). Let me know what colors you'd like!
MY PINTEREST PAGE:
http://www.pinterest.com/jackieandmax/

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

West Coast buyers, convo/email me with zip code to order multiple pieces for best shipping. All rates are averaged for single items to mostly East coast destinations.

Shipping rates include USPS/Fedex charges as well as purchasing new boxes. Packing material is gathered throughout the year for recycling from local stores. (No styrofoam is used).

~Each piece is cast from a LIVE leaf, hand-painted, stands on a pole & each is truly one-of-a-kind.

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!

~~~~~~~~

~ 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 but in 2017 finally came up to size! 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 I'm not focusing on those (plus they are heavier due to large veins)... Classic rhubarb while beautiful requires a lot more difficulty painting into their 3/4-rounded veins so I do these primarily as a special order only.

~ 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 type, size, 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 altars, 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. In such cases, I 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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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(481)
dmgolden60

dmgolden60 on Dec 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It was shipped on time and beautiful. We gave as a gift and the seller was prompt on shipping and staying in contact. Would definitely order this product again and from this seller.

Marcia Lang

Marcia Lang on Dec 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful item. Hand-crafted to my requests (size, color, leaf type). Seller is personable, responsive, communicative, easy to work with. Thanks for a lovely gift for the gardens of my hard-to-shop-for mother-in-law -- She has several large and small hidden gems but none like this!

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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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    Owner, Maker, Designer

    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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