Christmas Mini Flower Show

Christmas Mini Flower Show

It's been some time since I did any entries to my journal so here goes. On November 17th, the Thunder Bay Horticultural Society held our annual Christmas Potluck Supper/Mini Christmas Flower Show in conjunction with our annual General Meeting. The evening went better than expected. As I had just had major knee surgery last October 27th, I didn't want to push myself into entering any exhibits, but promised to make up for it this year. Well, I guess I did as I entered 8 classes and won in every one. The first entry was a Christmas wreath for a front door. Mine is hanging on the back door now. I won First prize with it. I incorporated battery operated mini lights in the arrangement too but because of the flash they don't show up very well. With the naked eye it looks much nicer. Anyway, here it is.
Christmas Wreath My next entry was a Holiday Greeting card, made with dried plant material. I won second with it.
Holiday Greeting Card The next class entry was a Christmas Tree Ornament made using pressed plant material. Here is mine, which won me a second.
Christmas Tree Ornament This was followed by a festive arrangement in a sleigh. I got lots of compliments on this arrangement and not only did I win first with this but also "Best of Class". The sleigh has two reindeer attached by silver chain harness. They are made of acrylic but they look like crystal.
Festive Christmas arrangement in a sleigh I also entered the urn that I did at a workshop the previous Saturday with the horticultural society. It won me second prize as well. It stands almost four feet high and sits on a chair on the back steps, to greet guests when they arrive. Right now it is dusted with fresh snow from the storm we just got. I took this picture at the workshop once the arrangement was finished.
Christmas arrangement in urn Not to be outdone, another floral arrangement I did, this one called "Happy New Year", won first prize. The stipulations were it was to be made for a buffet table and viewed from one side, incorporating candles into the arrangement. This one now sits at the end of the dining room table. I am quite proud of this one.
Happy New Year One of my favorites is the arrangement depicting a Christmas Carol or song. This one I called "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer". I'm sure you can figure out why.
Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer It won me a second as well. And last, but not least, is the natural dried plant material basket to warm the hearth for the season. I got the straw flowers given to me and glued a grass stalk to each one so I could stick it into the floral oasis and keep everything in place. The grasses I picked from the side of the road, as I was so impressed with the colour of them. The pine cones I have been collecting for the last few years to use for decorations as well as for burning in the fireplace. This basket was hand made and I bought it a couple of years ago. I finally had a good use for it. ha ha ha.
Basket for Hearth Well, that's about it for the flower show. Now I am in the midst of making Christmas cards, and I will be busy on Friday making them. I average one an hour so Sunday I got five done. I enjoy making them and each one is special and created for each of my friends and family. I want to get the ones out in the mail for my American friends by the end of next week so I had better get busy. I also like to give home made gifts to my friends and this year is no exception. They will get a taste of my jams and jellies as well as Christmas ornaments. Once I get the ornaments done I will have to take pictures of them. Ok, gotta run, morning comes early and I want to relax a bit before bed. Ciao for now.
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