Thursday, December 8, 2011

our (very) humble advent wreath

Even though we're halfway into the advent season, I was determined to finally find the time to make our advent wreath this week. (What's that phrase? "Better late than never?" Ah, yes.)

I was also determined to use only materials I already have on hand, which meant some improvisations were in order.

It began with a walk to the far western edge of our property to collect greenery from the row of evergreen trees that live there. I followed the goats' path though the snow, and promptly ran into a band of thieves intent on stealing the branches I had in my basket! 

Back inside, I found four small purple candles, but not a pink one in sight, so I decided to just tie a pink ribbon I happen to have around one of them. 

I also only have two candle holders, given to me many years ago by my Oma. To prop up the other two candles, I used the cardboard spools that hold ribbon. I just cut around the center opening to make it a little bigger. It's certainly not the most beautiful thing, but after the branches of the wreath are tucked all around, who's to notice?

I know there's wire and a wire cutter somewhere in the shed, but until I find them (okay, if I find them) I just placed the branches all around in a circle.    

Next year, perhaps I will have lovely beeswax candles and handmade wooden candle holders to grace my advent wreath, something like this.

But, for now, I'm enjoying the simple pleasure of this one, which is my humble daily reminder of just how very blessed I am by what is already right in front of me.


  1. I am so happy that I found your blog. I will have to say that it is so lovely in its simplicity, and such a joy to read.

  2. Sweet post. We all truly have so much to be thankful for!

  3. Perfect. You capture the spirit of things so well. (And I'm with Susan. I am SO glad to have found your blog.)

  4. Well, gosh, now I'm blushing...thanks :)

  5. I think it is lovely Jaime....the photos of your goats are so cute!They look like characters!
    Jode x

  6. I love it! This could be a lovely Advent tradition, you know. :)

  7. You did a lovely job:) Love your photos too! That first photo is really sweet! ~ ~B

  8. Your goats are gorgeous as is your wreath. I so wish we had snow here this time of year, but alas, we have summer. Jacinta

  9. I really enjoyed this post. The photography is wonderful and so pure.
    And the post really inspired me to pick up some crafting with things at hand again.

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder and warm greetings from Holland, xxx!

  10. So lovely! I so desire to go out and get pine branches and pine cones and fill the house with their lovely smell. Instead I get cactus and mesquite. Which has it's perks, but surely doesn't look or smell as lovely!

  11. Love it. How absolutely simple and perfect!


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