This year has seen my interest in Craft grow tenfold, so when I was invited to take part in a Christmas Wreath workshop with Bare Blooms I was so excited.
The week leading up to the class I was fairly poorly and exhausted and I was genuinely worried that I was going to have to pull out of attending. My lovely husband needs a huge shout out here as he became my super hero and drove me to Banbury, hanging around in the car for a couple of hours to wait for me, just so I could have fun. (Love him).
Christmas Wreath Making
We were based in Chloe’s Conservatory in what can only be described as the cutest house ever, with a view to die for and chickens in the garden (we know how much I want chickens).
There was a small group of women in the class, I think there was 6 of us in total, so it was a perfect environment to relax and learn something new. I was sitting next to Hannah, a fellow blogger who happened to have the exact same camera as me (She has a better lens than me though). We were like the naughty girls in the room (Or maybe that was just me), but I really feel like we had so much in common. We were definitely the paparazzi in the class.
Chloe guided us step by step in the process to get our creative juices going. From the initial tying the wire onto the frame to packing and securing the wet moss, it soon became clear that this class was going to get messy. We were shown how to tie small bunches of foliage together and how to secure to the moss and frame and then it was over to us. There was an abundance of greenery on the table and it really was down to us to create our wreaths, with the help of Chloe if we needed it.
I wanted a highly scented wreath and used lots of eucalyptus and rosemary in mine. For some reason, I was a bit OCD with my design and did it very patterned and symmetrical, which is probably not the best thing to do when you are sharing foliage with 5 other ladies. It worked out well – just – and I added some dried orange pieces to mine to give a pop of colour.
I have been talking a lot about Hygge recently, it fascinates me and creating the environment to make your senses come alive is key to your own happiness. This classes really touched my senses.
There was beautiful music playing in the background, Gingerbread Muffins, Mince Pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine warming in the kitchen. This is enough to make one girl happy (Me). Add to that the table laden with fresh green foliage and herbs which smelt amazing. I really wish I could activate a ‘smell this post’ button to allow you the reader appreciate what I am talking about, but I can’t so you are going to have to use your imagination.
Before we left Chloe gave us each our own personalised boxes to carry our wreaths home. Now I love stuff like this, labels, personalised for me, with my own box, so when I left I had the biggest grin on my face.
I took a little extra wire home with me because I wanted to add some cinnamon as well.
The wreath smells amazing and my family are really proud of me. (Feeling smug).
When I got home I decided that my wreath smelt so beautiful that I wanted to display it on a mirror in the living room. Sadly after one day indoors with the heating on it was drying out so much that I feared it would just die.
So it is now on my front door, where I can happily spray it to keep it fresh and I will admit I keep checking it is still there too.
I would highly recommend going and doing a workshop like this, learning a new skill is beautiful. I am so proud of my little OCD wreath. Plus it really makes you appreciate the work that goes into these displays. I will never judge the cost of a fresh wreath again (Not that I ever have).
You will notice that in my pictures, my table setting looks a tad messy. There was an incident where tea was knocked over and spilt over my work space. Despite me being quite possibly the clumsiest girl in the world (On Par with Miranda) I didn’t actually cause the spill this time around. I was the girl, however, who despite being told the wire was very sharp, still manages to stab her finger drawing blood.
I am now lusting for this camera lens.