Monday, December 19, 2011

Exercise in Frustration

I have been wanting to try my hand at making a Magnolia Wreath for some time and since the RV Park has lots of Magnolia's I got permission to cut some to make a little spot of Christmas for ourselves.  
 After breakfast,  I got my clippers handy and headed off to the woods.  I was surprised and excited  not only finding Magnolia but lots of holly, red leaves, and  a few other dried weeds to use.   Since childhood and for as many years as I can remember, I have always enjoyed walking in the wild and foraging for weeds to use in crafting.   I am not sure if it is the  quiet of the woods or the attempt at satisfying my creative side that draws me to collecting.   I have very fond memories of  my mother using field  corn and dried weeds displayed with her antiques.   Whatever the reason, I find peace !

As I was building the wreath it seemed to get bigger and bigger and was soon out of control.   I am suddenly faced with..."OK, now what...where do I go with it".   Did I mention that planning is not one of my strong points ?  (LOL)   I tend to just jump in with both feet...and whatever happens, happens !    I figured no problem,  I will hang it on the front of the coach....Hmmm,  didn't think of the fact that the engine is in the rear and there is no grill to attach it to.    I had no alternative but to open the awning and hang it from the strap we use as an anchor for the awning.   
 Somehow it is complete, however, I am not sure it was as relaxing of a project as I had hoped it would be .   That is alright though, it was about 60,  the sun was shining and we have no  SNOW.   Life is good   

UPDATE:   45 minutes later:     I am glad that I took a picture because Bob woke up from his nap and didn't like the way I had it hanging from the awning...took the strap down, dropped the wreath into a heap and it now looks like it went through a hurricane.   I am reminding myself that I shall be thankful that he is trying to be of help.  Oh the memories....



  1. Beautiful job on the wreath Sue! Didn't you take along the Christmas tree from your MN house?


  2. Love the wreath, i have always wanted to make one of those too!!

  3. Beautiful job Susan, I was excited to see the finishing wreath, I even told my co-workers that you were working on one!
    I don't recall in your blog that you had kids in the house! That's Men for you. All I can say is DAD!

  4. That's a great looking wreath. Sorry for the ultimate outcome.


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