In a blink the season has snuck right up on me. Throughout the neighborhood, ladders are blossoming like roses. House after house, clearing out the leaves from their gutters, leaving behind a string or two of festive lights to brighten up the darkness. My lights still need to be pulled out of storage, and won’t be going up until closer to the end of the month. Even so, I’m prepping the house for Christmas.
I love getting the house all Christmas-y! From the lights to the bobbles, bows and bells, it all adds to that magical feeling that is Christmas time. While we always decorated, in the last few years we have been making a concerted effort to get fresh cut garlands and wreaths. No more would I hang that store bought plastic wreath on my door. I honestly had no clue what I was missing! The smell, the texture. Once you go fresh, it tough to go back.
Last year I took it one step further and decided to decorate my own wreath. I signed up for a workshop over at Alouette Tree Farms in Maple Ridge, and made two stunning wreaths to flank my front doors. They welcomed guests and family into my home with fragrance and warmth through the whole season! It was an incredibly gratifying experience, and a joy to see every time I came home. I enjoyed it so much, I’ve decided to make it a tradition!
Alouette Tree Farms is once again hosting wreath workshops where you can not only create your very own masterpiece, but also learn how to tie a nifty bow!The dates available are November 26th at 1:00 pm & November 29th at 7:00 pm, cost is $25 per person. Spaces are going quick so send Janelle an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Looking for some ideas of what to do with your wreath once its all decorated up and ready to go? Take a look at what P. Allen Smith is doing with his wreaths this holiday season! He comes up with some great ideas, from bringing the wreaths inside, to make holiday centre pieces, or simply giving them as gifts. No matter what the choice, he does it with style and class!
With all of that great inspiration, I’m ready to get my craft on!
I hope to see you there!