Earlier this week we enjoyed our final workshop of the season at Southern Exposure -- making a juniper berry wreath with real spruce greens and a permanent botanical wreath of juniper berries. This was our project.
But first, a lovely dinner. This time we dined in the Hog House, beautifully decorated for the season.
I loved the table decorations and the chair covers so much that I bought some (a dollar each at Dollar Tree!)
This fireplace mantle was a favorite of mine.
I especially loved the Dutch shoes filled with faux candy. (I have smaller Dutch shoes at home. I love them!)
I thought it was fun, filling the baby pram with presents and greens.
And this corner just seemed to peaceful to me.
Then it was on to the craft tent. Scott explained that blue is considered a Christmas color, more so in Europe than the States, in part because of the blue that Virgin Mary is seen wearing in much of the art of the period. Our supplies included the greens and juniper wreath, red twig dogwood, clippers, gloves and long green pipe cleaners. That was my take away of the day -- they work well to wire the individual branches onto the wire wreath form and are visible only from the back of the wreath. It was lots easier to tighten them than it is florist wire.
Let's just say that I am a lot better working with wreaths that are already formed than I am trying to wire live greens to a wire wreath form.
This was my expression during much of the construction. I'll share the finished wreath after I do a little cosmetic enhancement. Like, possibly redoing it to get the greens better spaced!
Still, glorious fun! And chickens! What's not to love?