When I was a little girl growing up on the naval base in Victoria, there was a set of willow trees I used to play around. And, being the person I am, I would make wreaths out of the willow branches that fell off the trees and give them to my mother or hang them in my clubhouse. The little pond in the central park in my housing development also has a number of willow trees and on one walk with Gren I picked a handful of the fallen branches up to take home.
When I was a kid I stripped the leaves off outside. Now I’m a grown-up and I have my own house. I make my own rules. That means leaves on the floor. Until the Pie yells at me. He makes some rules too.
Anyway, then you’re left with a bunch of super bendy branches. I started by braiding together one of the multi-branches and bending it into a circle.
Don’t worry. It gets less wonky and more circular the more branches you add.
Then I just started wrapping more and more branches around.
Sometimes they went quietly, sometimes they did not. Don’t freak out if you should be having difficulties. It’s just sticks.
I ended up with two wreaths, one slightly smaller than the other. Then I left them for a week to kind of dry and harden.
Then I just, kind of, started decorating. My objective was to create a nice little gift for the Pie’s grandmother, who recently moved into a retirement community.
I remember when my own grandmother was living in her place, she liked to have seasonal decorations to put on her door. I figured why not make the same for my husband’s grandma? You may recognize those wee hearts from the impressions ornaments I made recently.
I figured she’d already have a Christmas one, but I could do one for Valentine’s Day.
And one for the fall. They’re not really my kind of style (you’ve seen my other wreaths) but I think she’ll like them just fine.