Despite a dreadful cold at present, I have soldiered on regardless and finished it in good time.
However, I still wanted to share my wreath on my own blog.
So here it is:
This year I started off with an old copper jam making pan, a large ceramic dish and the Advent Candle Stand:
I left the outside of the copper pan uncleaned as I wanted to retain the tarnished 'look'. That way it didn't scream out 'look at me everyone, I'm a newly polished pot!' It is taking a much more muted, secondary role in this particular production!
Unfortunately, I could not get any purple or pink candles this year in our village which was a shame as these are the traditional colours for Advent. I purchased three red candles and one ivory one instead:
The reason for the three-and-one-colours? The three same-coloured candles are known as 'the Prophet', 'the Bethlehem', and 'the Angel' candle, in that order. The single-coloured candle is the Shepherd Candle which is lit third in succession.
So first the Prophet, then the Bethlehem, then the Shepherd, and finally, on the Sunday before Christmas Day, the Angel candle.
Usually I use branches of fir for my wreath. They always look very 'proper'. This time I wanted the finished product to look a little 'wild' and untamed, when placed within the context of our sittingroom; and so I chose cedar and left the branches untrimmed.
Then some reddish/purplish Christmas decoration which are somewhat similar to the pinecones one finds on a Korean Fir.
I also scattered some gold stars to represent the Star of Bethlehem.
Most of the greenery is cypress but I wound some larch branches around the base of the candles because it provides a contrasting shade of green:
And when I had finished the wreath, it looked like this:
I hope you like it!
I have been experimenting with watermarking my photographs. I am not sure that I like it. It looks much better when others do it. . . Maybe next time I shall just put my blog name on it.
The first candle has been lit: