Sunday, November 17, 2013

The joy of creative weekends

Near me is the most amazing nursery a gardener could wish for:
Christianson's.



So when they asked me to snip in one of their greenhouses during the annual Arts Alive weekend I could not resist. Creative inspiration is always guaranteed in a greenhouse.


It was a sparse crowd. I should have been disappointed, but it gave me extra time to visit with my gifted friend Laura, who was beside me making wreaths.


I bought one, but since one is never enough, I had to go home and make more myself.

Want a quick tutorial?
I thought so!


I took long flexible strands of viney plants (honeysuckle, climbing rose, kiwi, wild rose and grapevine) and simply twisted and coaxed them into a circle. If they're not fresh enough, you'll have problems with breakage.

When you have a fairly complex and sturdy shape, toss it to the ground, which enables you to see if it's nicely symmetrical.


Gather spindley twigs, rose hips, berries that will dry well, or anything else that suits your fancy.
I found that only nature's shopping cart worked for this project... nothing store bought. 

You'll want a sharp pair of clippers.
And wear gloves.


I raided my neighbor's drying white hydrangeas. Perfect.
Ditto for the birch branches that fell during a storm.

Weave their stems into the structure of the wreath, working your way around until it's a pleasing arrangement.


Soon you'll have a gorgeous wreath. 

Or call Christianson's in LaConner and ask for one of Laura's beauties.

2 comments:

Jeri Landers said...

Sharyn, Every year I gather our rosehips around the meadow and woods to decorate for Christmas, but I love this wreath. I have 1 free week to do whatever I wish and I wish to make one of these.

Debbie Nolan said...

Sharyn - such a lovely wreath and there is something so gratifying in making it from all of nature's gifts. Those berries and rose hips really give it such a warm touch. Take care and thank you so much for sharing. Have a lovely day. P.S. loved your cut banner.