…as I’m sure your home is too at this time of year.
If you get a moment and fancy something crafty, get yourself some cinnamon sticks, orange slices and ribbon (ebay is a great place for this – be sure to look out for sellers who offer free delivery).
My favourite bases to use are ones made out of grapevines, as they have such a rustic twiggy-ness about them.
Plan out where your top and bottom will be. Wire or string up a little loop at the top (for hanging) and remember to leave a space for your ribbon at the end.
As you attach your different items (by wiring or hot glueing), try to make sure that they are evenly spread around the wreath with some pieces coming into the centre and others nestling on the outside.
Hang up somewhere focal, to give maximum impact to your creation (front/back doors or above fireplaces are good options).
This little fella above is going to a very special customer this week!
The cold seems to have stepped up a notch in the last few days…
…and as you can see, Keith is extremely grumpy!
As I sit by the warm wood burner, drinking my hot chocolate (yes, I know I’m obsessed) and watching re-runs of Gossip Girl and Prison Break, I worry about our hens out and about in the cold.
Apart from their favourite bowl of warm porridge oats, a nice bit of corn late in the day and some straw for them to resolutely throw everywhere… is there anything else that they would appreciate?
This post on the Omlet forum is particularly helpful. While it provides useful and sensible advice, it does remind me that Keith probably always looks this disgruntled and doesn’t mind the odd cold snap one bit!
The Finca’s sitting room has been transformed – hurray!
However, it took us a long while to choose which exact hue of grey would bring out the exposed brickwork, give some depth while still keeping the room nice and bright.
A big wish list…
There were lots of Farrow and Ball’s beautiful neutrals that made the shortlist, but in the end there was a clear winner.
No. 228 Cornforth White
After two coats the walls looked incredible. When the sun is shining, the colour takes on a real grey, pebble tone. However, late in the afternoon, or when overcast there is almost a slight pinky-purple tinge.
I saw this idea on the brilliant Simon Lycett’s Twitter feed (@SimonLycett)…
…and was desperate to make some of my own.
Using florist’s tape or even skinny Sellotape, I attached sprigs of Rosemary all the way around a large, church candle. I kept the tops of the sprigs a little way from the top so as to avoid a fire hazard!
Once all of the sprigs were secure, I cut their stems to an even length to match the base of the candle, before finishing off the design with a smart ribbon.
I think a whole row of these down the centre of a dinner table would look so rustically beautiful…
I’ve been busy for the last few days, making indoor wreaths in the Finca Flowers studio… …and I thought I would have a little play with what I could see out of the windows. After making a heart shape out … Continue reading →