Winter colours for a willow wreath

December 11, 2015

If you can believe it, I slept till 11am this morning. Hooray for jet lag!

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And by the time I woke up, I only had about an hour with Robbie till he had to leave for the rest of the day.

So alone for the day, I walked out into the meadow. You might not think it, but the colours are amazing right now. Some winter flowers are blooming and the willow branches have taken on that bare winter, skeletal beauty which glows among all the brown and grey.

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Oh my gosh, the vivid yellows and reds. I love it.

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I walked out into the meadow, past the skeletons of the teasel,

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past the fireweed,

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right up to the willow.

I asked the willow and felt peace, so I took three super long branches. One for me, one for Robbie and one for the shmarko,

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and I brought the branches home. On the way I gathered thinner and more pliable willow branches from some of the smaller trees.

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At home, I took the branches up to my studio and closed Theo out, (mainly because he wants to kill anything moving and I’m not sure willow isn’t toxic), and I twisted and bent and wove those branches into a wreath.

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I put the wreath on my dressing table because there is some strong light there, so I could photograph it and show you these beautiful branch colours.

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And here it is in my studio…with my typical art table mess 😀 (all better to be inspired by!)
I love this willow wreath. Maybe I’ll make another for the front door.


And, because there’s no way you’re getting away without a kitten photo, here’s the shmarko Theo. He’s a bit calmer today. Hopefully the novelty of having me as his new play-buddy is wearing off.

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  • Reply rie Smith December 11, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Love the wreath, simple, lovely.

  • Reply sarah December 11, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful wreath, and I love those white flowers.

  • Reply Chloe December 12, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Beautiful wreath! All of those colours are gorgeous! Your photos are fantastic 🙂

  • Reply daryledelstein December 14, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Theo reminds me of our first cat, Sans … such a sweet face and even tho willow is not toxic. keeping young sir out whilst working is a smart move …

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm December 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Gorgeous images V. I just love that wreath .. You never cease to amaze me. And that kitty is the cutest .. Loving your photos .. Hugs

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