There is something very special about a group of friends making, chatting, laughing together. A few years back I co-founded a new branch of the Women's Institute with exactly this in mind. I've had to focus on my work over the past year and haven't attended Malago WI. Last Sunday, I realised I've been missing it.
Lou organised a wreath-making afternoon for a group of blogger friends (we last met this time last year in Bath), and we sat around the table moulding moss, wrapping wire, and fixing beautiful evergreens alongside billy buttons, berries, feathers, ribbon and cotton - all supplied by Xanthe of Ivory Flowers. It was a tonic, a break from the mayhem of the Christmas build-up, and a wonderfully messy chance to catch up with like-minded women (and one particularly lovely baby).
I'm pleased with my wreath: eucalyptus, mimosa, ivy berries, crab apples, feathers, and pink peppercorns really pop against our yellow front door. After a couple of years of rather sorry attempts, I finally have a beautiful, special wreath on the door that looks handmade, not homemade.
Have a look at the other wreaths and bloggers:
Lou / Laura / Kat / Bethan / Cathy / Natalie and of course Xanthe for the inspiration.