Mini Christmas Flower Show
Thursday night was our annual General meeting for our horticultural society. It was also our Mini Christmas Show. There were seven classes to enter and I decided to enter all of them. I did quite well, winning three firsts and four seconds. The pictures of my entries follow. This entry was titled "Old Man Winter" and won me first in it's class. It was to be a design in a crescent shape. I came up with the idea of cutting leaves from birch bark, in small to large sizes and attaching them to bent wires covered in white floral tape. As the arrangement was supposed to be white, it worked well. I got several compliments on it. This entry was titled "Hand Made" and was a display of dried plant material. Nuts, berries, fruit and pine cones could be added. The flowers I made from birch bark, flower seed heads and the leaves on the stems of the flowers were dried pea pods. I also added dried mountain ash berries, whole walnuts, pine cones and small apples from our apple tree. The curly grass is bullrush grass that I soaked in water and then wound around a wooden dowel. When they dried they kept their shape. Here is my Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Again another first for me. The gingerbread cookies I made to decorate it as well as stringing a popcorn garland. I made braided loops from bullrush leaves to add more ornaments. The little birthday candles are mounted on little wooden wheels that I painted gold and were glued to miniature clothes pegs to hold the candles on the branches. The little angel adorning the top of the tree was a gift to me by a neighbour friend years ago. It was hand made as well. This wreath had to be hand made and decorated keeping the show theme of "An old fashioned Christmas". I made little bundles of evergreen boughs, cedar, red pine, balsam and spruce. Then these bundles were tied to a wire wreath frame. It took about two hours to assemble the wreath. Then I cut long cinnamon sticks into shorter lengths, tied them in pairs with red ribbon and glued them on the wreath. I also made flowers from hazel nuts and walnuts and glued them on too. This wreath will grace my back door for the holidays. The cinnamon sticks are quite fragrant and add a nice touch. Second place for this one. This swag was designed to be hung on a mantle. I made this one from spruce and balsam boughs, along with some white pine and cedar boughs. Bullrushes and red dogwood accent it, and a raffia bow ties it together. I added little red ribbon bows for a touch more of colour. Another second. I could have added artificial flowers, but wanted to stick with the theme, "An Old Fashioned Christmas". This arrangement is very large, over two feet wide and about 20 inches wide. Again, more pine boughs, a large dogwood branch spray painted gold accents the ribbon and the gold pine cones. Red carnations are the main flowers used, with only a couple of white lily like flowers to top it off. This entry won 2nd in it's category too, "The Bold and Beautiful". The last entry in the show was a Pomander made from an orange and studded with spices. I made mine using star of anise, cinnamon stick slices and whole cloves. I got a second, which I think is pretty good, considering this was my first time making a pomander of this type. And so ends this year's flower shows. It took me almost two weeks doing all the work on these entries, but worth the effort. This is also posted to _craftgirl_ community.