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Barbwire Ornaments - $5.00

What value does an heirloom really have? Is it a piece of family history handed down; or something destined? To me, it’s a labor of love…. Growing up on a farm has its rewards; further than just a good day’s work. You value hard work and dedication. You appreciate what you do and what you have. And what I have is a piece of tradition and purpose. Since we value personal gifts and favors in my family, I would make crafts for Christmas and special occasions. The love and appreciation I received encouraged me till this day. Heirlooms are intended to share with others and I wanted to extend my family farm heirlooms for all to cherish. I took some items from the barn and some from the orchard. Then created down home, farm fresh décor that is homemade – from north central West Virginia. Background: When introducing my crafts, I tell the story of my barbed wire ornaments…. The rusted barbed wire is from my family farm up north. It’s the same barbed wire that my mother stranded in her teens and the same that I replaced (many) years later. I still have some old scars from the new wire, and I know my mother has some from the original fencing. I can picture her up keeping the farm with my grandparents, rolling the wire and stapling it into the posts just as I did. I felt the pain of the barbs too. We both knew that this labor was necessary to keep the livestock from roaming. This labor of love was more than just for a purpose. It was helping out on the family farm and spending time with the ones you love, honor and respect. Creation: I take the old rolled up strands of rusted barbwire (that my mother stranded) and carefully bend it to break into sections between the barbs. My intention was to make as many small items versus a few big ones. On the initial bend to break tries, I would put on gloves. After getting them caught a few times, I thought I would tough it out and break the wire with my bare hands. A pair of pliers was needed, much needed, to bend the wire into shape. The mini wreath ornaments weren’t too hard to shape, but the hearts needed some extra finesse. The circled and heart shapes weren’t enough, so I twisted and wired some scraps together to create small snowflakes. After shaping the wire to the desired shape, some accessories are added for a final touch…but hot glue does not adhere to rust. It took a process of elimination to finally figure it out. I would either have to fine wire the ends together or on top of each other. For the final touch, I would take scraps of fabric and make small bows to decorate each ornament. I didn’t want them to look too Christmassy, but more primitive. Then, I would find a small matching button and hot glue it to the center. Can I say “Cute as a button”? For the final, final touch, I needed to complete the ornaments with a “hook”. What else did I find on the farm… you’ve got it, baling twine? A small piece was cut and shaped into a loop and then glued to the wire (that wrapped around the barbwire). Product: Everyone wants to be remembered, even me. I guess it can be a small part of a life’s goal knowing that you too will be a part of another generations’ story. I took more from the farm to heart than intended. I created something with another purpose – home décor. I work on my handmade ornaments in my spare time at home. During business hours, I am a graphic artist in Beckley, WV. Every evening (until the wee hours) and weekends, I am a crafter. My husband surely doesn’t like the mess, but enjoys seeing me happy and content making my crafts with a farm flair. My crafting motto: instead of saying, “trim a tree”; I say, “prim a tree”... Prim it with some farm fresh barbwire, handmade, from a good ol’ West Virginia girl. Prim it with the story it holds. Prim it with even more love... the love of home, family and purpose.
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Last Updated - Tue Jan 15 2013

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