Green Fingers

This weekend I attended a wreath making workshop, run by a local florist. I love doing anything creative and this seems like the perfect time of year to indulge in some Christmas crafting.

I was greeted with a mince pie and hot cup of coffee. I had arranged to do this workshop with a close friend and it really was a relaxing Saturday afternoon. As the Christmas songs played in the background, we got underway with attaching our foliage to the wire ring. I went for a variegated holly design, conifer and blue spruce.

It seemed to take forever to cover the moss, adding the foliage in groups of 3 at a time. The 8 inch frame took approx 15-20 bunches before it was complete.

Once I was happy with the shape, I started to add my pine cones, cinnamon sticks and dried limes. I completed the look with a glamorous dusky pink bow.

Today, I am going to send it on the 300 mile journey up to Lancaster, the place where I was born. This is also the place where my grandparents were laid to rest. I have made it especially for them this Christmas 🌲

I was extremely close to my Nanny Holmes and I know she would appreciate this handmade decoration. My grandad passed away many years before she did and I was always intrigued as to why she never visited him. She used to tell me that she didn’t need to go there to think about him! She did, however, always visit him at Christmas with a wreath so I am trying to keep up the tradition.

From a religious perspective, it represents an unending circle of life. The evergreen, most often used in making wreathes, represents growth and everlasting life. This thought is especially comforting at Christmas time.

Here are the finished arrangements, handcrafted by me and Mrs H. It was bitterly cold and my feet were numb by the end. I am even wearing my Nannys fur hat for the occasion!

This weeks blog is dedicated to my Nanny & Grandad Holmes. Thank you for all the love you gave us and for the scrambled eggs every morning 🙌

Sophie Lou

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