Sunday, 20 November 2016

Autumn wreath

I can't believe how quickly the days are flying past. We've only just had Halloween & Bonfire night and all too soon it will be Christmas. But before I get ready to welcome in the festive season with a Christmas wreath, I decided I'd like to make an Autumn one. 

So here it is, ta dah!!...

I'm really pleased with it, and I think it is my favourite wreath I've made so far. The only thing I would change is the bow. I did a floristry course with my sister many years back, and we learnt how to make 'proper' bows but I've forgotten so I just winged this one and it looks a bit sad and floppy. 
I started off with a ring pre-wrapped in hessian. I could have done it myself, but I shop at our lovely local florists' wholesalers, so it was cheap enough to save myself a job and have it ready to dress. 

I already had some leaves and berries from when I made a xmas decoration many years ago to go down the stairs. I bought a few more suitably autumnal decorations from the wholesalers (apples, berries, Autumn colour leaves and two gorgeous little mushrooms)

Little Boy has succumbed to the plethora of germs swirling around at nursery, and has spent the whole weekend flat out on the sofa with a hacking cough and temperature, poor soul. Then as if a switch had been flicked, he sat up at teatime on Sunday and requested a jam and cheese sandwich. A nice warm bath, some snuggly pyjamas and a dose of Calpol and I think he will be better to go back to nursery next week. Me on the other hand not so, as I have now got a cold too, and seeing as most of the people I work with are elderly I'm not able to work in case I pass it on. So i think it will be time at home, catching up on making xmas presents. I can't show you photos in case some of the recipients read this, all I can tell you is they involve knitting, Egyptian cotton and daisy stitch. I'll show you the end product after xmas!

Talking of xmas, I finally got around to making my mincemeat. It's the recipe I use every year and is very easy, basically involving putting all the ingredients in a tray and gently warming them on the hob. The actual recipe calls for rum, but I always use brandy and there's plenty of it. I worked it out that every jar has at least three teaspoons of brandy in it!

Well that's it for now, I need to get back to xmas present making. Half a one done, at least four more to make 😫


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