Rather than selling our own produce at the cottage market this Saturday, how would everyone feel about making &/or selling wreaths and table decorations to raise a few bob for the Drogheda homeless instead? Given the season that's in it, wouldn't it be good to give something back to the community that has supported us for so long? We all have some kind of sticks and greenery at our fingertips, so if anyone has a few spare minutes to put together a door-wreath or two, or a centrepiece with a candle, or even a yule log with a little tea-light, bring them along and we'll do our best to sell them and help make the winter a little more comfortable for those of us who are really struggling in our little town.
Bay and rosemary are lovely solutions if you're short on holly. A little festive bow, if you have some ribbon, adds a bit of cheer. Birch makes a delicate backdrop for an elegant berried and pine-coned wreath. The traditional ivy wreath is really beautiful and easey to make, and ivy is everywhere at the moment. Or you can go all-out and arrange luscious foliage in oasis around a cheery candle for the perfect table centre-piece. If you're good with a drill, you could consider making yule logs - a half-log with one or two shallow holes the width of a tea-light, then spray with artificial snow or tack in a little bunch of festive greenery, or both! I've seen these sell really well at the school Christmas fair.
I'll be gathering and making on Thursday if anyone would like to join me (Sinead) & brave a house shared with teenagers! I'm no expert but I've made one or two before. Or bring your creations along to the market on Saturday anytime after 10am and join in the fun of the day!
Hopefully we can create some festive cheer in the making, the selling and the giving...
Rose & Sinead