first we make a template all items and they are cut from pine usually. Everything we make is our own design. Each item is stained first and then painted, different stages. Some are dry brushed with a wood stain to create a vintage appearance. if we are using hooks or nails they are a reproduction of the old iron ones. On the bird houses we find old utensils to decorate with and we use old lathe for the roof. The Christmas and Halloween houses are decorated with pine cones or moss. Each piece is made separately, the wire windows are all hand cut and and a light is inserted. My wreaths use a vintage flag on a grapevine with rafia.