Wreath Therapy

A long time ago, when a dear family friend died, I poured my soul into my first wreath. Our friend, who had been a farmer and a forester, had spent much of his life in the deep forests of northern Sweden. The wreath made in his memory was made with juniper and other evergreens, berries, fungi, mosses and lichen. It was wonderfully fragrant – it smelled like the forest floor! I did the same later when my grandmother died. It was summertime, so I gathered all the flowers she had loved, and poured my sorrow into creating a wreath that would celebrate her life.  After that, many years went by without me making any wreaths at all. Then, a little while ago, around the Holidays, I started making wreaths, this time with the intention of giving away as gifts. I unexpectedly happened upon these awfully nifty feather butterflies, and immediately decided to use them to make a wreath for my mother who happens to love those colorful, carefree creatures. As I was working, I remembered how much I enjoyed making them. In addition, the new wreaths became an outlet for an avalanche of pent up creative energy, and I ended up making more wreaths than I knew what to do with. Someone helpfully pointed out that “wreath season is pretty much over”, but I beg to differ. I think any season could be a good season for some kind of wreath, be it humble, racy, elegant, humorous or plain ol’ beautiful!

Long story short – my husband suggested I start selling them. Soon after, a creative friend tipped me off about Etsy – a website where you can open a “store” to sell your handiwork. For now, I’m using mostly purchased, often artificial merchandise to make the wreaths, but come summer and fall, I will be on high alert for beautiful branches, reeds, cones, seed pods and other good candidates for drying. I did take a few hikes around our local green spaces to try to find suitable plant material from the past growing season, but after a few months of rain, snow and ravaging winds, there wasn’t a whole lot left in decent shape. I’m resigned to the fact that I missed the proverbial boat this time around, and will have to wait until next year to collect the goodies. Oh well, no biggie – the idea is not to switch careers, but this is indeed a very  enjoyable diversion. Restful and meditative, in fact. Does it count as art therapy? Probably… Feel free to take a look at:

http://www.etsy.com/people/VerveParlor

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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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