You could call it foraging, or you could call it scavenging or poking around. You might call it crazy. Whatever, it’s what Poppy and I both love to do, at the beach, in the park, in the backyard, when we notice and save little bits of things. This time of year that means leaves and seed pods, bits of greenery that have fallen to the ground, rose hips, sage, bay leaves, pine needles, holly, and dried blossoms from last summer’s hydrangeas. To name a few.
While I was foraging in my backyard, Poppy was on Orcas Island doing her foraging thing. One of the reasons we’re friends, colleagues and co-conspirators in a creative life, among other things, is that we both love the outdoors and its offerings. She made a gorgeous wreath with her finds. I decorated packages and filled bowls.
The delicate lace of a decayed leaf, the bleached and dried blossoms of hydrangea, a gnarly rose hip . . . I love this stuff, but there’s plenty of winter green and color that’s fresh and bright.
Shiny bows are nice, or you could use a leaf, a blossom or a bit of evergreen instead. Make a wreath from scratch, or buy one that’s basic, unadorned and finish it in your own style. Make a bouquet with foraged branches. Fill a bowl with fragrant bay leaves. A gift to yourself, make time to play and smell the pine needles.
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