Inspiration :: Summer Crafting

Homemade wreaths

There's something warm and cozy about sipping tea, chatting with good friends and crafting. Last fall I was inspired by a serious of wreath-making workshops I taught, so much so that I continued the endeavor well into the summer.  It doesn't have to be the fall or winter, or when the holidays are fast approaching to hang a wreath on your door.  Yes, it is an American tradition to do so at that time, even for me.  It brings back fond memories of my childhood, family and classic "hominess." But now a days I have been exploring year-round wreath options that can accent your home inside or out during any season.  It has been a lot of fun!  There is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when you complete your wreath, especially knowing that it will last a heck of a lot longer than fresh flowers (although we of course love those too)!!  Furthermore, there's something special about both the act of giving a homemade gift and receiving one, or even making a present for yourself.  The thoughtfulness, time and effort alone mean the world, not to mention you are reminded of those qualities every time you see it in your home.  What's not to like?  The design possibilities are endless and there is always room for another wreath somewhere, right!?  

 Grapevine, Eucalyptus, Succulents, Nigella Pods

Grapevine, Eucalyptus, Succulents, Nigella Pods

 Grapevine, Spanish Moss, Dried Strawflowers, Dried Yellow Buttons

Grapevine, Spanish Moss, Dried Strawflowers, Dried Yellow Buttons

 Japanese Magnolia Branches, Blue Thistle, Eucalyptus, Moss, Airplants and Crystals

Japanese Magnolia Branches, Blue Thistle, Eucalyptus, Moss, Airplants and Crystals

 Crystal, Blue Thistle, Moss, Small Airplants

Crystal, Blue Thistle, Moss, Small Airplants

 Large Airplant

Large Airplant

 (Clockwise From Top) Red Pepper Berries, Dried Bay Leaves, Grapevine

(Clockwise From Top) Red Pepper Berries, Dried Bay Leaves, Grapevine

 Grapevine, Dried Strawflowers, Dried Lotus Pods, Privet Berry

Grapevine, Dried Strawflowers, Dried Lotus Pods, Privet Berry