gardenwhimsies

Art created using LIVE leaves, handpainted & numbered

Oregon, United States · 767 Sales

gardenwhimsies

Art created using LIVE leaves, handpainted & numbered

Oregon, United States 767 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(401)

Announcement   PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS!! Another 7 (I found more) new listings by Tuesday late afternoon (updated as of 2PM, PST).
All medium and small pieces are shipped Priority Mail. Larger items go out Fedex. Contact me to work out whether items can arrive for Mother's Day!
~~~Order by 3:30PM (PST) for SAME DAY shipping! FREE card included with gifts.~~~

Contact me about custom items.

(PLS NOTE: West Coast buyers, convo me with your zip code if you'd like to order multiple pieces for the best shipping rates. Most of my shipping rates are averaged for Midwest & East coast shipping destinations.)

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

☞ INTERESTED IN OTHER COLORS, LEAVES OR SIZES? My Pinterest page shows a VERY small sampling of thousands of pieces I've created since 2008:
http://www.pinterest.com/jackieandmax/birdbaths-feeders-gardenwhimsiesetsycom/
~Contact me if you'd like a different size, leaf type or colors - custom orders accepted on a case-by-case basis and most are no extra charge.

~~~~~~~~~

~~ 2016 SHOWS BELOW
(Dates are not yet set as I am waiting for art show confirmations to settle out my calendar. Check back to see the show marked as CONFIRMED.):

☞ ☞ FARMERS MARKETS and Weekly shows applied to: **
MAY 1st - CONFIRMED - Milwaukie Farmers Market-Sunday (weekend before Mother's Day) - multiple shows thru October.
MAY 7th - TENTATIVE only due to weather - Sat., Hillsboro Saturday Downtown Farmers Market - - multiple shows thru October.
MAY 21st - TENTATIVE due to weather - Lake Oswego Farmers Market (Sorry, ALL artists only get ONE date per season).

Additional Markets coming up...
Tigard Area Farmers Market (TAFM) - (NOT YET SCHEDULED) April-October, Sundays - multiple shows
Salem Saturday Market - (NOT YET SCHEDULED) April - October, Saturdays - multiple shows
Astoria Sunday Market - (NOT YET SCHEDULED) May - Mid-October.
McMinnville Market - (NOT YET SCHEDULED) May - Mid-October, Thursday afternoons - multiple shows

☞ ☞ ART, GARDEN & SPECIALTY SHOWS (Annual events):
CONFIRMED~~June 24th, 25th, 26th - Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's 2016 Study Weekend - a "Weekend of Wonders" at Sebright Gardens in Brooks. I will bring pieces of all sizes and leaf types! This show rotates every 4 years through Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Victoria, BC - so my Canadian friends can drive back with ART! Sunday, 26th is RESERVED For Workshop attendees only.
~~7/16-Gresham Art Festival (TENTATIVELY returning after a couple of years absent)

**Some shows will ONLY feature small pieces due to available booth space (and my back). I usually bring 40-60 small pieces to provide the best selection!

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 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 do 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 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 May 3, 2016

PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS!! Another 7 (I found more) new listings by Tuesday late afternoon (updated as of 2PM, PST).
All medium and small pieces are shipped Priority Mail. Larger items go out Fedex. Contact me to work out whether items can arrive for Mother's Day!
~~~Order by 3:30PM (PST) for SAME DAY shipping! FREE card included with gifts.~~~

Contact me about custom items.

(PLS NOTE: West Coast buyers, convo me with your zip code if you'd like to order multiple pieces for the best shipping rates. Most of my shipping rates are averaged for Midwest & East coast shipping destinations.)

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

☞ INTERESTED IN OTHER COLORS, LEAVES OR SIZES? My Pinterest page shows a VERY small sampling of thousands of pieces I've created since 2008:
http://www.pinterest.com/jackieandmax/birdbaths-feeders-gardenwhimsiesetsycom/
~Contact me if you'd like a different size, leaf type or colors - custom orders accepted on a case-by-case basis and most are no extra charge.

~~~~~~~~~

~~ 2016 SHOWS BELOW
(Dates are not yet set as I am waiting for art show confirmations to settle out my calendar. Check back to see the show marked as CONFIRMED.):

☞ ☞ FARMERS MARKETS and Weekly shows applied to: **
MAY 1st - CONFIRMED - Milwaukie Farmers Market-Sunday (weekend before Mother's Day) - multiple shows thru October.
MAY 7th - TENTATIVE only due to weather - Sat., Hillsboro Saturday Downtown Farmers Market - - multiple shows thru October.
MAY 21st - TENTATIVE due to weather - Lake Oswego Farmers Market (Sorry, ALL artists only get ONE date per season).

Additional Markets coming up...
Tigard Area Farmers Market (TAFM) - (NOT YET SCHEDULED) April-October, Sundays - multiple shows
Salem Saturday Market - (NOT YET SCHEDULED) April - October, Saturdays - multiple shows
Astoria Sunday Market - (NOT YET SCHEDULED) May - Mid-October.
McMinnville Market - (NOT YET SCHEDULED) May - Mid-October, Thursday afternoons - multiple shows

☞ ☞ ART, GARDEN & SPECIALTY SHOWS (Annual events):
CONFIRMED~~June 24th, 25th, 26th - Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's 2016 Study Weekend - a "Weekend of Wonders" at Sebright Gardens in Brooks. I will bring pieces of all sizes and leaf types! This show rotates every 4 years through Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Victoria, BC - so my Canadian friends can drive back with ART! Sunday, 26th is RESERVED For Workshop attendees only.
~~7/16-Gresham Art Festival (TENTATIVELY returning after a couple of years absent)

**Some shows will ONLY feature small pieces due to available booth space (and my back). I usually bring 40-60 small pieces to provide the best selection!

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 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 do 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 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
(401)
cjfallos

cjfallos on May 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful looks exactly as it did in the picture and is sealed. I was worried it would be too large but ended up being the perfect size. Looking forward to giving it as a gift I am sure she is going to love it!

suz

suz on May 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This was the most beautifully crafted garden accent I've ever had. Packed perfectly and stunning to look at. The hand painted surface looked natural yet had a glow that makes you stop and look. I'm buying more for mothers day presents. Thanks!

suz

suz on May 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love the large size. At first I thought how can they float above my plants as described but after receiving them I saw the ingenious, sturdy stand she created. Perfect :)

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Updates

Stubbly-looking water lily leaves (just dug my new pond) with new leaves!
Here's a small sample: a 7" painted leaf versus a baby 2" original leaf.
An extreme "before" and "after" right? Can't wait till they're 10" wide - need lots of time and sunshine!
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!
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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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