Sunday, 20 December 2015

wreath making

With weather like this, it's very difficult to feel festive. No matter how many parties you go to or mince pies you eat it's tricky to feel like it's mid winter and that Christmas is literally around the corner. So in a last ditch attempt, Nat and I went to a wreath making workshop at The Royal Exchange in the City and it was wonderful! Filled with seasonal colds and wrapped up in cashmere (a terrible decision as it's been so mild lately) I met Nat under the beautiful ceiling of a very festive Royal Exchange. 

We sipped mulled wine and nibbled on crumbling mince pies whilst enjoying the crafty festivities unravelling before us. From calligraphy master classes from Smythsons and table dressing demonstrations by Sophie Robinson we couldn't help but feel a flicker of festive cheer. 

As you all know, I love flowers and want to own a florist shop when I'm older so tonight's activities were practically made for me! Jamie Aston is a fabulous florist based in London (the City and Marylebone) and he led our floral extravaganza. 

We were set with the task of creating a wreath using wax-dipped roses, apples, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and pine cones. I could barely contain my excitement, especially when we were given a can of snow to spray over our creations! 

Using wire and a bit of elbow grease we transformed our blank wreaths into beautiful creations. Everyone's were different and made with a lot of love. Nat and I enjoyed chatting to Jamie about maybe attending another masterclass at his school in the new year. So watch this space- I might well end up with a florist shop one day! 

After some final tweaks here and there these were our final results: 

A wonderful evening with one of my greatest friends; a giggle a minute and the perfect way to get that last minute festive tingle. I am now home for Christmas as my office is being refurbished (a lovely Christmas present in itself!) so have been set to work to transform the farm into a festive retreat- I don't need any more tempting! 

Fingers crossed for a last minute cold snap! 


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