Christmas 2019

December already….wreath making….eco gift bags being sewn….Snowdrop jars being made…looking forward to family gatherings and seeing friends…..

As we are moving towards being foam free this year’s wreaths are all on either straw, or mossed wire bases. It’s great to be developing new techniques  and the ladies enjoy that too. We have some regulars who come every December and say their Christmas begins with wreath making here!  This year we have lots of wonderful Camelia, and Pittosporum foliage to include thanks to local friends gardens. They are both wonderful contrasting textured foliages that work well along with berried Ivy Spruce and Eucalyptus. We do use Holly too but it is so prickly, it’s ok for just one wreath but when making lots its wise to limit the prickles! From the same basic foliage mix and decorations I am always stunned to see the different wreaths at the end of each workshop. Everyone brings their own ideas and flair; with natural elements as well as occasional glitz the wreaths are very individual. We broke our record (which had stood for some years at 30 per workshop) with our biggest ever workshop at Malvern St James School with 52 ladies. Our workroom wreath making sessions are limited to 6 so we really had scaled up! Thank you to all involved.

We are cutting our own Mistletoe for Christmas Weddings; it grows so happily in this area. Our Christmas Brides have chosen natural seasonal themes warm rich reds and burgundy tones are popular, but winter whites and silvery foliages are too. With sparkly lights in throughout the Curradine Barns, courtyard and with the log fire burning it all looks cosy, welcoming and picture perfect.

Thank you to all of this years  lovely wedding couples, for all the messages, cards and photos. We love hearing about your day and seeing everyone in wedding finery. Enjoy your first married Christmas!

And so to all the usual last minute jobs here…… The Bees are safely tucked into their hives and the workers are keeping the Queen Bees cosy. They are having a tough time with the chilly damp weather now after another very productive  year… onto cards, wrapping and cake finishing…………maybe some mince pie making ……………or maybe just time for mulled wine…………..better make it a large one so I can warm my hands on the full mug……

If you are a 2020 Bride watch out for a competition in our next blog. ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ us on our Facebook Page to get the news promptly.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!