|the ingredients are so pretty...|
The topic of bay leaf garlands came up yesterday, and since it's been a while since making one, it seemed like it would be a fun thing to do. The dining room light fixture holds my collection of pinecones and leaves, but needed something a little festive for the holidays.
|we're ready to go|
First step is to gather the ingredients. It would be wonderful to use fresh bay leaves right off the tree, but here in the Northeast, that isn't going to happen.
|lemon slices flanked by persimmon stem caps and rose hips|
Then, some strong hemp twine, a tapestry needle, and maybe some ribbon, and we're all set.
|dried apple slices and cinnamon|
The trick to making these garlands quickly is to just jog up a handful of the leaves and spear them together. Some will not be pierced and they will fall away as you work. That's okay.
A plain bay leaf garland is gorgeous, but I can't ever leave well enough alone. I teamed many of the ingredients together, although one would be hard-pressed to find anything resembling a regular pattern.
|I added a wee lavender wand from last summer.|
|Finished and laid out on the table, ready to hang.|
|It's a little lopsided and the breaks aren't regular...|
|Perfect for me - a little odd.|
In the end, I think that a solid garland of bay with some ribbons would suit this use best - but I like what came of it.