I know that Christmas is a ways off yet, but not if I want to make roping/garland for my deck and doors, or a wreath or swags, to send home with the kids over Thanksgiving.
These first couple of pictures are of myself wrapped up with my nephew and sister Mel's son, Sam about 16-17 yrs. ago. (Please forgive the lack of clarity with the pictures. I took these with an ancient camera, a 110.)
Wherever we were, her little guy would follow, as all the rest of our kids were in school already. We made a lot of wreaths and roping that year. Even Sam got in the action making his very own creation complete with a bird's nest for a winter weary bird. It's a lot of work, from cutting the boughs from the balsam trees at just the right place to allow for following growth.
Then we would haul the bundles of boughs out of the woods on trailers behind the 4-wheelers, roll the pine cones we picked off the ground in white paint so they looked like they had snow on them. Wrapping cuts of the boughs around wire rings to make the wreaths went faster as we learned. Mel was pretty fast. My wreaths were usually pretty funky looking like the one on the right of Sam. Some were sold, some were for our own use.
My bough cutting, wreath making days are long past as a money-maker. Now I only make a few swags which are relatively simple and not so hard on arthritic hands. I keep one or two for my doors and give the rest to the kids and my mother, for their holiday decor.
Now, I use Winterberries, balsam, pine and cedar and if it doesn't become snow-covered, any pine cones I can find that the squirrels haven't lunched on. The reason I do it now, or even earlier, is the weather. Once it gets cold up north, it usually Stays cold for the next 6 months, at least.
So, tomorrow, and before the rifle deer season begins this weekend, I need to take the truck and get supplies.
I am so late at getting to this chore that the winterberries have all been eaten by the birds so I will find a way to improvise somehow. Perhaps just a bow this year, or some glitter spray.
All I know for sure is that I do love to decorate my door. We will have to wait and see what I come up with. It all else fails, fake it!
Until next time, thanks so much for making my day.