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.