Friday, December 10, 2010

Locally Made Wreaths

 The driveway at the farm.

I am a minimalist when it comes to Christmas decorations.  I am a fan of neither the Victorian aesthetic nor the mall aesthetic.


 Some of their barns, wreaths, hens and sheep.

So my favorite decorations are the wreaths.


This year the farm owners invited me to come inside, and see their wreath-making in practice.   I jumped at the chance.





It wasn't long before I was sitting down and joining them.  They may offer wreath making classes next year, so I was a perfect test subject.


 While making one wreath is satisfying, I gained a new respect for the hundreds that they made.


I proudly took my artifact home (and as silly as it sounds, I really was proud).  Although I meant the fence to be a temporary home, it looks so right that I might just have to get another.

16 comments:

Susan said...

I have to side with you on this. I love simplicity. It makes me feel at ease and comfortable.
I'll tell you what caught my eye in the photos where everyone is sitting around making wreaths though. It's that spectacular large wooden bowl. It looks handcarved. Now that's a treasure.

James said...

Didn't sound silly at all, you should be proud. How delightful they invited you in. Great photo of you all sharing a laugh.

Marilyn said...

What struck me most about the wreath-making pictures is that it would be impossible to date these photos--it could be 1920, 1950, or today.

Timeless house, timeless clothing, timeless craft.

I'm a new reader of your blog and I'm delighted to have found it.

John said...

How neat! Just last night a friend was telling me how she was making her own wreaths out of boxwood trimmings. It's so much more personal and authentic that way.

Kate said...

Lovely! Once again, thank you for reminding me how tasteful, classic and perfect simplicity in its finest form can be!

Susan said...

On closer inspection, that large, handcarved, wooden bowl I spoke of in my previous comment is a small wooden bench. I didn't see the legs beneath it until I enlarged the photo. However, it's still a wonderful piece and I bet it will last forever.

Kris said...

I prefer a simple wreath as well; greens with a red bow. Your wreath is gorgeous with the mixed greens, especially the boxwood. I think you need a few more of those beauties around your home ;-)

C said...

What a lovely post, thank you for sharing!

mary anne said...

What a lovely place to make a lovely project!

Marsha said...

Lovely! Such good work on your first wreath is notable, indeed.

Today we were visited by a man who lives and farms nearby and who also makes wreaths in the "off season". We see him the second weekend of December, like clockwork, and I've learned to be at home or I'll miss him. Sadly he sold out of roping before he got to us. Oh, well, there's always next year.

thepreppytimes.blogspot.com said...

Indeed, a wonderful post. I've just recently stumbled upon your site. It's a pleasure. You are one of the very few blogs that is for lack of a better word "Preppy". I'll be sending you an email shortly for further commentary.
As for the post, I loved it. It's wonderful to roll up one's sleeve and create something simple. That is what makes life worth living. What say you?

ACH said...

Your wreath turned out so well! You've totally inspired me to make my own this year, too.

Pink One said...

What a fun post! I love the scenes of all of you making wreaths together. The wreaths are lovely. Life should be filled with moments like that. :)

Lollyg said...

Hi Muffy,
What a beautiful wreath! It is nice to aim for Christmas decorations that are "local" (especially from one's own property) and mostly composted at the end of the season.
I love your sweater.
Happy Holidays,
Lolly

littlemarymixup said...

Loving your blog!

Anonymous said...

An oldie but a goodie. In the midst of Hurricane Irene, it makes me long for winter! I love the minimalist New England Christmas aesthetic. So many of the houses and other buildings (churches, community buildings) in my area are simple wooden building with white wooden clapboard siding - about as minimalist as you can get. While in general I prefer the addition of black shutters (just dresses it up slightly), those stark white buildings with simple wreaths - often without even the typical red bows - look so gorgeous against a backdrop of snow. My house is white with black shutters and a red front door, and all I do for Christmas decorations is a wreath - not even white lights. Alas, I have never made my own wreath, but I've got plenty of trees, so maybe this year.

I also agree with the commenter Marilyn who said that your photo of making the wreath is timeless.