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Wreath Making Studio

November 20, 2016

Our weather has got a lot milder over the last week. After the first white blanket of snow, that we saw at the beginning of November, +9C seems to be very generous – of course this is the precious extra time that we got for making sure our gardens are tidy before the real cold arrives. One can always hope it will actually arrive… I don’t remember the last proper winter with frozen lakes and huge snowdrifts, that you have to bravely wade through to actually get out of your yard. Well, as long as there’s snow for Christmas, I’ll be happy. Time will show…

Have you started getting ready for Christmas? I have! I’ve opened a messy outdoor wreath making studio. Finaly! Finaly I’ve managed to put everything together and start making something lovely, something that you could see for e.g. in Country Living magazine (by the way, I’m seriously addicted to this magazine, my heart’s obviously “in the country”).

So here’s what happened in the studio today:

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I started with a base that is made from lean willow branches. I weaved them into a roundish shape a few weeks ago and then hung them next to the fire place to dry. They were dry and hard now and held their shape really well.

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First of all I cut branch ends that were sticking out and started looking for the best way to attach the greenery.

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Some pieces were stuck into the actual base, in between the willow branches, and some were attached with a bit of thin cotton. (I plan to reuse my willow bases next year, so this should make the removal process a bit easier.)

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By the way, I’m not sure what the plant I used for my wreath is called (hmm… it’s not fir or juniper…  just some kind of evergreen shrub), but all this green stuff was just leftovers from one pruning session.

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This is what the half finished wreathe looked like. And then…

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And then… came the best bit – the lights! I got them in Germany for I think 5 Euros. They are tiny LEDs and what I love about them is that they run on batteries, which means that my wreath can go ANYWHERE, and even more importantly – you can program what time they will come on every day (they stay lit for eight hours afterwards).

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For the last bit, i.e. colourful additions, I cut some dried hydrangeas and some barrbery branches covered in tiny red berries that will brighten things up when the lights are off.

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What do you think to it then?

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Is it good enough to encourage you to open up your own wreath making studio? I hope so! (Please don’t forget to let me know what you come up with, I’d really love to see your Christmas wreaths.)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2016 8:36 am

    Hey Martha! Love your freeform wreath – and those little spools of thread. Since I’m less than excited about xmas I probably won’t join you, but I’m always up for some eye candy.

    • November 22, 2016 6:07 pm

      Thank you for the “eye candy”, Pia, but as for Martha… that woman isn’t real, right? I don’t think any woman could be that perfect and so good at making this World prettier. By the way, what’s wrong with Christmas and a bit of cheer and lights in the middle of the darkest season? I must admit I was a bit sceptical a few weeks ago, but since nothing good is happening in my life at the moment I decided to join in and create festive athmosphere for my family. K.

      • November 23, 2016 6:52 am

        Nothing wrong with it at all (apart from the blatant commercialism) . It just never made me feel much of anything. But sure, I’ll join in the hygge, candles and cookies (all winter), just leave the ceremonial stuff out because I don’t get it. 😉 My family are all doing other things this year.

  2. Laura Bloomsbury permalink
    November 21, 2016 10:24 am

    captivating but not tempted – in past have managed only to assemble a discarded birds nest of a Christmas wreath – even your lovely understated lights could not have upgraded it

    • November 22, 2016 6:44 pm

      Maybe all you needed was a messy outdoor studio? I must admit not worrying about what goes where helped a lot. I’m sure we could mend any birds nest in my studio – we’d mask all hmm… disruptions with pretty blooms and berries. Oh, and lights, I’m sure lights would help as well. K.

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