December 10, 2010
I am not particularly keen on dried flowers, besotted as I am with fresh ones. I usually only do twee in managable spoonfuls. Perhaps these are the reasons that wreath making, a staple of seasonal flower growers/sellers has never particularly appealed. To 'fess up entirely, I have never made a wreath. Ever. Which feels like a bit of an admission for a would-be, nearly-there florist.
So when Sarah, the home-making wonder of Modern Country Style took us on her week-long wreath-making odyssey, I thought I would join in. Except life kept getting in the way, and to be in time for today's link-up wreath-party (and what a surreal place this blogworld is!), I really had to get it done last night. From scratch, along with supper, bath-time for the little one, teenage exam course work and wrapping up Christmas presents! Which I offer as my paltry excuse if it looks a little ragged around the edges! Apart from the glittery pinecones, I foraged every last bit from the garden or riverbank, even for the base which is made from stems of an invasive plant in our woodland which I have never bothered to look up, but at least it now has a role as wreath-base provider. Around it is wrapped wild-growing ivy pulled off our fence, dried hydrangea heads from my in-laws' front garden, two types of eucalyptus from our garden and some shrivelled continus leaves. I was tempted to raid the riverbank for a few snowberries but ran out of time, I might add them later.
I laid everything on the kitchen table and got Sarah's posts up on the laptop to guide me through. It is actually quite addictive once you start poking the pretty stems through the base and the whole thing took less time than I anticipated, but then mine isn't very 'full', I quite like some base showing through.
I did have some annoying stem-ends that kept popping out of place, but I'm just ignoring them for now! I am anticipating serious withering of ivy and euc, but am prepared to spray them silver if I need to.
I am rather chuffed with the result and am off to hang it on my door, smug "home-made' madam that I am!! And I've got wondering...perhaps Wild Acre might, just might, make Christmas wreaths in years to come!
Labels: Christmas wreaths