Although it’s close, in my house it’s not time yet to launch full-on into Christmas decorating. I have to hold off for a little while longer so I’m easing into the holiday season by making a fresh herb wreath.
I have found a bunch of stunning examples on-line for sale that will serve as inspiration and reference.
The one pictured above is my home-made version. I used a small grape-vine wreath base which made a sweet little finished product that was perfect for around the base of a pillar candle. The fragrance from the warming and drying herbs made it perfect for the centre of the dinner table.
I made a base layer of rosemary to fill out and cover the form. I then made small bunches of herbs and secured them with tape before fixing them to the wreath with wire.
The base layer of rosemary.
The bundles of tarragon, sage and oregano.
They say it flows in the blood or is in the water somehow. Music permeates everything in the Maritimes and we love our home-grown talent. The following is a small sample of some of the best that the Maritimes has to offer. No traditional music here just simply a playlist of wonderful artists.
1. Amelia Curran Somebody Somewhere
2. Dave Gunning Living in Alberta
3. David Myles When it Comes My Turn
4. Dan Doiron Am I Blue Enough
5. Rose Cousins Dance if You Want To
6. The Town Heroes Holdin’ Up Grants
7. Jenn Grant Dreamer
8. Wintersleep Weighty Ghost
9. Joel Plaskett Nowhere With You
10. Matt Andersen I Lost My Way
My 90 year old father still makes apple jelly every year. This year he and my sister made roughly ninety jars! 90 jars and 90 years old.
Last year I took a one-day silkscreening workshop in Kensington Market in Toronto. We were taught the basics of screen printing on a Sunday afternoon and were able to complete a simple printing project. Most people printed a t-shirt but my project was these recipe napkins featuring Dad’s hand written apple jelly recipe. Since I was able to take the screen home it was really easy to gather a few supplies at a craft supply store and make a whole set. Screen printing ink and a squeegee are pretty much all you need outside the screen itself. There are a number of places in Toronto where you can take an introductory screen printing class. (see below for links)
I have found four places where you can take an introductory class or course on screen printing in Toronto.
- Model Citizen in Kensington Market
- Peach Berserk
- Harbourfront Craft Studio at the Harbourfront Centre on Queens Quay
- Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op on Richmond Street