.: Into the woods with gathering baskets in hand :.
Into the woods with gathering baskets in hand we set out to harvest Evergreens that will make up a winter wreath to greet others at our door. (As well as a second wreath made of delicate greens that sits upon the table with winter lanterns in celebration of this Advent season.)
.: Harvesting Evergreen boughs that will create a Winter wreath! :.
.: The gathering is done eagerly as we anticipate creating with these boughs! :.
The sun pours over our shoulders and kisses the tops of our head as we walk towards home with hands scented of pine. The scent of moss and earth surrounds us as we walk and enjoy the beauty that is this day!
.: The wire frame can be saved each year ~ this one is from a local craft store for only a few dollars :.
With a wire frame set out and a basket full of greens I begin to weave each green bough in and out until each child gathers around me. I hand over this loom to my eldest son who begins weaving the boughs passing them through, over, and under, creating this pine scented tapestry.
.: With the wire frame in hand my oldest son now guides this process of wreath making :.
.: I appreciate that we each take part in this process from start to finish :.
Children and nature are such rich gifts. They are creative inspirations which bring such meaning into the simple processes of life. They make us mindful of choosing wisely and allow us to slow down to notice the details of life!
.: The scent of pine scents our hands as we weave each bough :.
We set orange peels and pine to simmer on the stove while the wreath became very full with the beauty of the trees and the energy of the creative hearts and hands that were creating with it on this day.
.: A living ring of hope! :.
Once our winter wreath was complete we trimmed the center to create a circle. The green boughs remind us of the life that emerges even during the darkness of winter. The circular shape reminds us of the circularity of the seasons. Together the two form a living ring of hope!