The Studio is closed for holidays - the next dispatch date is 25th September

Journal

Making Simple Festive Table Decorations

make a Christmas table centre

Making these simple covered jars is very easy - and they look great at any time of the year. I used to make them for weddings, covering jam jars with twigs to give a pretty rustic look without spending a lot of cash - some would be filled with flowers, some with a floating candle or tea light.

You need

  • Jam jar
  • Waterproof blutac
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbon

what you need

Method

Measure a piece of waterproof blutac to go round the jar and cut it in half along the length so that you have 2 strips.

Put thees around the jar and squish well.

put on blutac

Cut or snap your cinnamon sticks to length - uneven heights look great so don't worry if they aren't exact.

Carefully squish them into the waterproof blutac - keep the bottom of the sticks level by putting the jar on a table to check.

put cinnamon sticks onto jar

Work your way right round the jar

Then cut the ribbon long enough to wrap around the cinnamon sticks and tie into a bow. You can also wrap twine round and round for a more rustic look.

put ribbon round jar

Ring the changes with birch or dogwood twigs and add flowers.

birch twig table centre

Tags: tutorial

Comments: 0 (Add)

Snapdragon social

Seraphina's eleven babies have grown so fast.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Now when she tries to gather them under her - usually if she hears the buzzard overhead - they all head under her feathers but their heads and tails stick out the side.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
She seems unperturbed and a little like an overstuffed tea cosy.
I think that the last time I had this wooden clothes horse out was when we needed to dry cloth nappies c. 2001.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
The plant dyed alpaca house socks have all cured now, the dye is well sunk into the fibres, so over the past couple of days I've been washing and pressing and packaging them.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
The link to the shop page for them will go out in Friday's newsletter first - the actual newsletter is all about the dye deck and if you want to get it straight into your inbox you can sign up on the website www.snapdragonlife.com or through my profile.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
These were all dyed with tansy - the very yellow ones from the plant at the top of the Studio meadow, the slightly more orange ones from the plant down by the Studio door.
Last year, in the spring,  I got a tiny amount of seed of a grey Shirley poppy. ⁠⠀
⁠⠀
I sowed half and gave half to @gracealexanderflowers .⁠⠀
⁠⠀
None came up, in my garden at least.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
This year two plants have appeared - a little fey and wan as Shirley poppies go, but with definitely grey flowers. ⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Well kind of a purply grey . . . and if I'm honest I prefer the rich plums of Pandora . . . but It is eminently instagrammable.
Yesterday Seth Godin wrote that instead of getting our ideas spread like wildfire (uncontrolled, destructive, leaving nothing) we should get them to spread like wildflowers instead.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
I loved this idea.  Ideas that self seed and spread in groups, ideas that place themselves where they are happiest, where they can thrive.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Ideas that take root in unpromising places and bring joy.

These daisies moved into the top of the Studio Meadow last year- spreading from the garden rather than the fields- but wilding themselves none the less.
A bright new morning starting a bright new week. ⁠⠀
⁠⠀
A row of dog daisies and love in a mist, fresh and light and optimistic.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
I feel like I'm hovering on the edge of planning things outside my studio this week. It is tentative.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Today I have a meeting about something that will involve me leaving the premises. I'm part excited, part terrified - I think they are probably the same things in many ways.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
I'm building up to going on holiday in a few weeks. It feels vertiginous.  I definitely need to build my social muscles back up.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
The globe thistles shouldn't be there. ⁠⠀
⁠⠀
It was meant to be a temporary nursery bed.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
They were a root cutting from my parents' garden - memories of pulling off the heads as missiles.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
It is the perfect place for them.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Low sun barrels along the path as the gloaming comes. ⁠⠀
⁠⠀
They glow in the golden hour.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
I leave the heads alone.
Of all the half hardy annuals that are beginning to flower here, I think that cosmos purity is my favourite. ⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Happy and light and generous with its flowers.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
As you pick it, the foliage smells that dense herby/incense way that is perfect for the late summer/early autumn time.
Yesterday I was chatting to Eileen, who volunteers in the garden on Wednesday mornings, about how the Studio meadow changes in the light.  In particular how the warmer light in August - especially the soft evening light - makes everything glow.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Walking back from checking things at work I snapped these big daisies with a speckle of purple loosestrife behind them.  Softly glowing.⁠⠀
⁠
snapdragon.life
FacebookTwitterPinterest

About Snapdragon Life

At Snapdragon Life I gently guide you through bringing the changing seasons into your daily life, helping you slow down, so that you can experience increased well being, calm and creativity.

Through my communities, both free and paid for, through my writing on the blog, through carefully hand crafted activity kits, and through my online and in-person workshops I aim to bring people back in touch with the rhythms of a seasonal life.

Learn more about why here

Loading