One of the things I love about the holiday season is that people get more crafty. We want to make things for our friends and families and for our homes to make them look and feel more inviting and warm.
I grew up with a SUPER CRAFTY mother. She DIYed EVERYTHING, especially around the holidays. She'd knit and crochet and sew and bake and wreath for everyone we knew. She even taught wreath classes and would sell wreaths and swags (and homespun yarn) at holiday markets. So, I guess you could say the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. ;)
I could have taken this wreath workshop a zillion different directions. But in the end, I chose to focus on what's native to our region. I love to forage and find inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds us, so I foraged most of the ingredients we used from my farm. I also loved the idea of providing students with a wreath base they could use over and over again whenever inspiration strikes, so I supplied grapevine wreaths as our base to attach material to. Juniper and Desert Sage served as our fragrant, long-lasting 2 main ingredients. Then we added pine cones, lichen-covered juniper branches, tumbleweed, lavender, and pheasant feathers. Five Pine Lodge supplied the space, wine, and snacks and my good friend Amanda Photographic took the photos, and it was a party.
After my demo, the students had the tools, techniques, and recipe to create whatever type of wreath they would like. It was so cool to see how everyone approached their design and how unique each wreath turned out.
And now for the finished product... :)
Soooo much fun! And what an incredibly creative group of students!!!
All photos Amanda Photographic
Venue Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon.
Looking forward to the next holiday season and lots more wreaths between now and then. ;)