Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas: Two wreaths

Last week I was still in casual Christmas mode, thinking it's ages until the big day. This week? Not so much. But let's rewind to my two days of wreath-making and pretend everything's just fine...

On Friday, I was invited to Cheltenham by Joules to make a wreath with Jenni Bloom Flowers. There were eight of us upstairs in the store working around a table and surrounding by buckets of beautiful greenery. The scent from the spruce and eucalyptus filled the air and we listened to Christmas tunes as we worked, mince pies and prosecco fuelling our efforts.

Jenni taught us how to pack the moss tightly around the wreath ring, into which we added spruce. I chose the more silvery underside as my base, followed by a few different varieties of eucalyptus, acacia (I think!) and other silvery fronds. 

And to finish? Wax flowers, blush coloured ilex, rose hips and interesting eucalyptus buds. Oh, and a ruddy great big yellow velvet ribbon.

This wreath is a whopper and I absolutely love it. Far too big for the front door, it's hanging pride of place in the living room instead. 

Thanks to Jenni and to Joules for such a lovely afternoon.

On Saturday, I joined my mum and 18 other women at The Forge in Bristol for wreath making with Kirstie of Ruby and the Wolf. 

Such a lovely venue, I always enjoy spending time at The Forge, and it was set up so magically for this event. Look at all that greenery above! 

It was a real pleasure spending time with my mum, quietly winding our moss and foliage while we chatted. 

My choices for this wreath were a little different – much simpler and more structural. Although I couldn't resist adding a little flourish at the end in the form of a peacock feather. 

How are your decorations coming along? We're getting there although a photo shoot for the spring issue of a mag took place in my dining room earlier this week so I've had to hold off trimming up that room until now. 

Aw, I love a bit of Christmas colour, don't you?

Thanks to Joules for inviting me along to the wreath making workshop.
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