I had so much fun making wreaths this year. Foraging for the foliage and greenery in the snow (an absolute first!), choosing the ribbons, wrapping and twisting the long vines to build the frame...It was a weekend-long process, but i loved every second of it (even the clean-up part!). Anything that gives me the opportunity to retreat from the business of this time of the year, I seize. Anything that allows me to create with my hands - mind drifting and wandering all the while - infuses me with a quiet sense of joy. To me, the holiday season has a lot to do with the confort that comes with what’s familiar. But it’s also l about a urge to slow down. And slowing down to make a wreath, as prosaic is it might sound, is a cure against days that slip in between our fingers, unnoticed. Bringing the season into our homes after an uplifting walk in the chilly air; taking in the resinous scent of pine and fir as we weave; watching the short day fade away; turning on a candle to admire what we’ve created: it’s mundane. It’s slows time down a bit. And it’s just plain beautiful. . . I had as much fun crafting wreaths as I did putting together the short tutorial you so enthusiastically asked for. I’m no florist, mind. But I have a few tips to share with you on how to make your wreath from scratch, with only foraged, all-natural elements and very basic tools (also, with no special skills required). If you like, you can grab it for free via the link in profile. I hope you enjoy it and that you find it useful. And if you then decide to give wreath-making a go, do share & tag your creations with #VNWreathTutorial - I’d absolutely love to see them!