Two new items received and listed today on www.WreathSupplies.co.uk ; red apple picks (pack of 12 £2.99) and jingle bell hearts (£1.99 each).
Available to buy now from http://wreathsupplies.co.uk/decorations.html
We are now stocking ‘Fire Dragons’ made by my brother Graham and his wife Jacky at ‘Really Rustic’. They harvest these large logs from their own sustainable forest in Wales making a wide variety of products from the wood including these Swedish log candles that they have branded as Welsh ‘Fire Dragons’.
The Fire Dragon is their take on the classic woodsman’s Swedish log candle (sometimes called a Swedish Fire Torch) which is a very simple design: a large upright log with three downward cuts that run almost the entire length of the log. They are lit by inserting a small amount of kindling into the top (or just pop in a bit of firelighter) and they quickly get going to provide light and heat into the evening.
Ideal for use on the patio or in the garden although a common sense approach is needed; flames can blow a considerable distance in high winds and burning pieces of log can fall away from the main log so the Fire Dragon Log must be sat on a non flammable surface. Nothing flammable should be allowed into a 4 meter radius around the burning log and it should not be left unattended. Do not let children go too close to the fire or leave them to attend it unsupervised by an adult.
Available for collection from Hesketh Bank, Lancashire a Fire Dragon costs just £15 for one or £25 for two.
We took delivery of our new heart frame stock this afternoon. The ‘dumpy’ heart shape of these new wire frames make it slightly easier to binding foliage to them. It will be interesting to hear from our customers who use them for fabric crafts as to what they think of them. All feedback very welcome.
They are made from a slightly thinner gauge of wire but are well made and offer a good saving over the standard ‘Oasis’ frames we have stocked for some time.
Visit www.WreathSupplies.co.uk to see the full range.
Made for the local village show which was held yesterday, this very simple wreath caught quite a bit of attention; not necessarily because of the quality of its construction but more from the intense fragrance of rosemary that permeated the hall.
It was easily made; just a good pruning of our home grown rosemary plants with the cuttings bound with wreath binding wire to a 12″ rustic willow base.
For many years we have stocked chunky heart shapes routed from mdf which have been very popular with schools and youth groups as they provided a cheap base for an hour or so project; sanding, painting and decorating them as a personalised hanging decoration for gifts to family members.
They have also been popular with deli’s and farm shops who painted them with blackboard paint and used them for bespoke price labels. We have often been asked for a bigger range to fulfil both these functions and today we ‘went live’ with a few more designs on http://wreathsupplies.co.uk/shapes.html
All the above shapes are in now in stock and ready to post and at 50p or less they are great value.
Again in response to the feedback you have given, we have reduced the minimum quantities from 10 to just one piece if that is all that is required.
Visit http://wreathsupplies.co.uk/shapes.html for more details.
Twig stars are easy to make and, with appropriate supervision, are a craft project suitable for a wide range of ages. The stars can be used as a decoration or as a rustic wreath base.
Twig stars can be scaled up to make magnificent shop window displays or scaled down to make a small decoration for hanging on a Christmas tree.
The twigs are then grouped into five bunches of four sticks and wired together using florists stubbing wire. You can vary the amount of sticks in each bundle to suit the diameter of the twigs and the overall size of the star you are creating.
Trim off the stubbing wire tails and, to avoid any sharp edges protruding, fold back the twisted wire tail into a gap between the stick.
Next, just lay out the star paying attention to the ‘weave’ i.e. which length goes under and which goes over the other. I don’t know why this step is so difficult but it always seems to take more thinking about than it should so don’t worry if you need a couple of attempts.
Wire together the ends of the two bundles of sticks at each of the star points.
If the star is to be used as a base for further decoration or a wreath then you have finished but if you want it to be a stand alone decoration then you can cover up the stubbing wire using some rustic twine or bind over it with some fine willow whips.