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Christmas wreath 2013

Christmas wreath 2013

We finally hung our Christmas wreath outside!  The weather has continued to be rather mild in temperature, although there has been quite a lot of rain. Thankfully, the sun has also come to visit us even if for short visits.

Christmas wreath 2013

Christmas wreath 2013

I had one more straw wreath frame, and greens left over from my large outdoor wreath, so I decided to make another wreath to give away.  I really enjoy making them, especially when working with eucalyptus, pittosporum (Tom Thumb) and lovely evergreens.

Straw wreath form

Straw wreath form

It does take some time to cut the greens into a small(ish) size, and then pin them into the wreath form. But it isn’t difficult to do, especially when using floral pins.

Floral pins and garden sheers

Floral pins and garden sheers

Piece by piece you pin the greens on!

Filling in the greens to cover the straw.

Filling in the greens to cover the straw.

The evergreens are just my base. I wanted the color and different textures from the Tom Thumb Pittosporum and eucalyptus to be the main focus of the wreath.

Adding Tom Thumb Pittosporum for texture and color

Adding Tom Thumb Pittosporum for texture and color

Filling in with pittosporum

Filling in with pittosporum

The family were watching A Christmas Carol while I was finishing up the wreath. I could watch too, from where I was working.  It was an animated version, but still quite scary! We are finally on a break from all of our activities and able to relax together as a family.  I’m so glad we have taken the time to watch those Christmas movies (even if for the 100th time!).

Eucalyptus added with the pittosporum

Eucalyptus added with the pittosporum

Now I had to decide how to embellish it!  I decided to go with a very simple look.

A few gold balls

A few gold balls

A gold French horn

A gold French horn

A gold bow

A gold bow

Watching that video on how to make a bow on Youtube has come in handy this season!

A simple Christmas wreath

A simple Christmas wreath

I was really happy with the finished wreath.  Yeah, I was having second thoughts about giving it away!  :-)  But it was for some special people (my in-laws!) so I stuck to my original plan and gave it to them.

Photo with no flash

Photo with no flash

Christmas is almost here.  I have enjoyed getting ready by visiting with neighbors,  friends and family and sharing our baked goods.  Mostly, I’ve enjoyed our time together as a family.  I hope you are able to enjoy time with your friends and family, too.

Merry Christmas!
Dana

A handmade star

My friend Susan made this star for me!  Isn’t it fabulous?

Two more sleeps!

Two more sleeps!

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