But first, for Lily, who wanted to know how I did the wreaths. It's quite simple really. At times during the year I have to cut back branches of Alders and Willows. I keep the thinner ones, take the leaves off, make a circle by joining them here and there with wire, adding more branches as I go along, depending on how thick and big I want the circle. Then I just hang it up inside the house somewhere to dry until I need it. Then I buy the fake spruce garland, usually comes in 9 ft. lengths. I wrap that around the base (circle of branches) until I get the fullness I want. If it's a large wreath I often use two garlands. A bit of wire here and there keeps it attached. Then anytime I come across pine cones or anything else around that I find interesting, I pick it up and keep until I may need it. The fruit, berries, etc. I buy. I want the wreaths to last for years that's why I use fake garland and the fruit and berries. I then get my wonderful Black and Decker glue gun and start adding the decorations. The herbal wreaths I make are with the herbs from the garden that I dry for a couple of weeks, then glue them onto the bare circle of branches.
Woke up yesterday morning with everything outside white with snow. Mind you, it wasn't much, maybe an inch. Still it looked quite pretty and the air was so fresh and crisp. It warmed up overnight and this morning the ground is bare. I've been terribly busy all this week and have hardly had time to read blogs. This morning I have someone coming to hopefully fix my oven. We tried to fix the new thermostat on ourselves yesterday, took the back off the stove, saw all the wires that needed to be attached to the thermostat and promptly put the back on again. lol Frankly I'm getting a wee bit agitated at this point as I want to do some baking.
A few pictures from yesterday morning.
Another idea for a simple basket. I'm going to fill this one with nuts.