Been enjoying a little time making, baking and getting my hands dirty...
They are lovely and pliable though, so are ideal for winding into wreaths. A couple of stems wound round into a circle establish the size the wreath will be. I then build up the thickness by twirling more stems around this, winding round and round and holding the ends in with each layer. I don't use wire...probably not the professional way of doing things, but I don't usually let little things like that worry me! ;-)
|Once I've used up the branches and have a good thick base, the fun bit begins...|
|I used some off-cuts from our Christmas tree to start - Just pushing short pieces into the twisted birch.|
|I then added some ivy with berries and some trailing ivy too. I had planned on using some bay leaves as well for fragrance, but forgot to pick some!|
|A scrunchy ribbon bow and some red rose-hips finish it off.|
|Then some baking...|
Home made shortcrust pastry and a couple of jars of mincemeat...
|Two dozen mince pies for the freezer.|
|Finally...Getting my hands dirty...|
I bought some white hyacinth bulbs from my local greengrocer's shop...
Placed some compost into an old china bowl and made the bulbs at home in it.
|Snuggled them down with a mossy covering...|
|And added some gypsophila flowers for their snowy effect.|
|If the bulbs are near to flowering by the big day, I may use them as the table centrepiece. I've already placed a little frosty birds nest decoration into the scene and could combine it with one of the gingham birds at the top of this post.|
Lots more fun yet to be had...
Hope you are enjoying your Christmas preparations...