There are so many talented people out there that it can become addictive to spend hours browsing eye candy as I affectionately call it. Not only can stimulation be found on the internet but on the road and in the stores. At this time there is so much bling and beauty in the stores to soak up, spin around in your mind and spit out in different ways to make it your own. My favourite pastime while shopping for gifts, is to visit the Christmas décor aisles and take it all in. I like to see what’s new and snap up any particularly stunning ornament that catches my eye. I take notes and snap pictures for creating rustic themes, which is popular in a country setting. Innovations can be discovered where you least expect them too! One such location was from a talented lady named Heather who runs a cozy coffee shop called Geronimo in the quaint older part of Kemptville. I enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee along with samples of gluten free treats also available (much to my pleasant surprise). Set in an airy heritage building complete with children’s play area for busy moms and dads, the shop features local art and jewelry for sale. Upon entering I was welcomed by a most exquisite soft fluffy beige and very earthy wreath made from common reed heads and milkweed pods. I had to stop and examine its construction and discovered a recycled dart board frame as the support. Simply clever! I’ve driven by tantalizing drifts of them waving gently in the breeze along the 416 highway. They were just one more back burner idea I’d been meaning to play with when I found the time. I was pleased someone had “beat me to it” and told Heather so for she was the designer. Sure we all imagine how lovely they would look in a floor vase or tucked into outdoor winter arrangements but this took courage. The fragile nature of reed seeds can be quite messy if you’re not careful.
Totally inspired one week I found the time to pull over, pruners in hand to collect enough to experiment with another version of this wreath using more dried materials. I used a scrap Styrofoam sheet and using a bread knife cut it into a 16" donut. I used floral pins to attach the fluffy cut heads and used wire to secure some small pinecones gathered from my own property. The results were just as I' hoped, neutral tones with a most defnite rustic apeal! I would however suggest that either floral fixative spray or hari spray be used to reduce the stray fluff from becoming airborne.