Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Wreaths

My first crafting session at the Lighthouse.  When I say my first, I mean the one I organised and supplied everything to make the wreaths.

Our garden has been well pruned.  Conifers, fir trees, holly (unprickly) with berries, rosemary, box, and some others I know not their names.

Oasis rings, ribbons, florists wire and lots and lots of decorative bits.  And Christmas Music in the background, we had hymns from all the greatest opera stars, dead and alive, and the sort of stuff you get in the supermarket from pop stars dead and alive. 

Now you have to bear in mind that we were in the Lighthouse Museum.  Normally our craft sessions are held in the Exhibition Room which has better lighting but less heating.

 So its bloody cold in December down there.  So today we were planted in the area within the Museum,  for more warmth, and a light that went round and round.  This meant we placed our bits of greenery etcetera into the wreath in short bursts.  As the light provided or otherwise.

All go one minute, rest, quick shove in, rest.

And a first !  We had one of the male species, who enjoyed himself as much as the rest of us.

The results were amazing.  Most of the crafters today were wreath virgins.  And all did extremely well.

A man always has to do better....?  Twinkly lights, wow.

The tradition in the North East of Scotland is that wreaths are taken up to the cemeteries and laid on the lairs,(graves).  So some were heading that way.  Others were to be hung on doors, and mine 

was to surround a candle.  Could end up with more light than wanted if it sets it on fire.

At the end of our session we adjourned to the Lighthouse Cafe for some amazing hot chocolate with cream and all manner of bits on top and warm scones.  Yes!



Looks like you all had a great time...I do so love a wreath ... I hang mine on the gate to welcome folk.
Vicky x

busybusybeejay said...

Sounds as though a great time was had by all and great results too.The hot chocolate sounds yummy.

simplyvintage said...

Fabulous wreaths. Funnily enough I was brought up in Sunderland on the North East coast of England and every year my Nana would order wreaths from the greengrocer's shop to take to the cemetery and place on the graves of her mother and her son who died in infancy. Linda x

Anonymous said...

Very impressive! :)

Marjorie said...

Beautiful. I miss fresh holly. It doesn't exist in this part of the world.

BadPenny said...

Fabulous ! What fun.
I can't look at Oasis without remembering Joe about age three poking his finger into a wall of Oasis blocks at a garden centre.... we made a hasty exit !

rusty duck said...

Hello Jill,
I just found your blog via The View From Here.
It's ages since I made a wreath, and really should again - yours are brilliant!
Also love the glowing cloud pics, and the humour in your writing.
I love Scotland and have visited often. You are so lucky to live in such a wonderful place. Jessica.

Anonymous said...

How lovely! I have attempted to make a wreath, but never successfully. Clearly I needed you to show me!
Your post on the rainbow clouds is so lovely. I was out taking photos, but haven't had a chance to look at them. I don't think they'll be as good as yours.

Mum said...

Christmas is a coming now.
Love from Mum

A Trifle Rushed said...

What a wonderful way to spend time, how glorious. And a far better use of garden pruning the the recycling centre.