Christmas Greens at Garnet Grove

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My second workshop of the season was a great success!  We had a wonderful group of ladies and the event was hosted at a beautiful farmette in Ashland, Virginia.  Our hostess Anne Leigh opened her home and property to this holiday fun and our other hostess Paige joined her in providing some yummy refreshments.

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Everyone seemed to have a great evening and the weather could not have been more perfect.  60 degrees in December is rare!  It was a far cry from the below freezing conditions of the Pretty Pumpkins event in November! We had a great variety of fresh greens to make Christmas wreaths. Everything from noble fir to pine to red cedar to douglas fir to blue spruce.  We even had a few magnolia leaves to add to the mix.  Some people garnished their wreaths with pinecones and crab apples while others went for a colorful bow.  I was very impressed with the few who tried to make their own bows. Bow making is tricky until you get the hang of it.  Kudos ladies!

Here are a few images from the evening of wreath making. I am no photographer which is very apparent from these images!  I think I should just stick to floral design and leave the photography to the pros!

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Our patio work space was perfect! (not a plug for ACE Hardware)

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Kelly is working those greens and wire like a pro!

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Paige, Lori, Liz and Julie are having fun at their table!

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Someone decided to add a little holly to their wreath!

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Stacy and Brandy evaluating just the right mix of greens!

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These ladies came all the way from my home town of Roanoke, Virginia to make wreaths!  I grew up with Kelly (far left) in Roanoke and Kim and Robyn work with her in the Roanoke County School system.  I was so touched that they came all that way for the event.  Thank you ladies!!!!

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Stacey and Brandy showing off their beautiful wreaths.  Love how Brandy wrapped her ribbon around the wreath!

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Anne Leigh really got creative and artsy with this wreath. She pulled some additional jute ribbon from her personal stash and then added the deer skull and antlers. I was really loving this wreath with the addition of the deer!’`

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Lori, Julie, Liz and Paige showing off their wreaths. They were a very color coordinated bunch!

Several people even shared photos of their wreaths on display at their homes.

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We had plenty of greens left over after the event and I encouraged everyone to take some home and use them as decor around their house.  Here are a few images that people sent me of their holiday decor with the addition of fresh greens. This is so easy to do and adds such a nice touch to your holiday decor. The bottom branches of Christmas trees are a perfect way to add greens.  Your local Christmas tree farms may also have a pile of tree branches laying around that they will gladly give you if you ask! I use them to decorate my window boxes and outdoor planters every year!

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I will finish up this post with a few images from around Anne Leigh’s beautiful home. This southern lady has GREAT taste and real eye for design.  I could tell we would get in some serious trouble together with fun decorating and crafty projects if we lived closer!

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Thank you again to everyone who attended the Christmas Greens event and a special thanks to Anne Leigh and Paige for offering to host such a fun night with good friends.

Merry Christmas!

-AJ

 

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