First prize at the Hesketh Bank Village Show for my ‘Harvest Circle’ creation. I’ve never done any flower arranging before but I couldn’t miss out on the chance to include logs, pumpkins and wreaths so very pleased with coming first!
Slices of our home grown Silver Birch made up the base with a simple squash centrepiece with a pine cone, barley, cotoneaster and ivy decorations.
Not much ever happens by way of innovation in the world of wire wreath bases but these new green plastic coated frames are causing a bit of a stir amongst the trade.
They are only slightly cheaper than the more traditional copper finish but for some who ‘hide’ the base feel that may now be an unnecessary operation and using these could save time and money when making up a wreath.
We have stock in sizes of 10″, 12″ and 14″ diameters ready to ship (sorry UK only).
Just as we have nearly finished restocking after the Christmas rush on wreath supplies it is all systems go getting all the orders for wire heart frames and heart shaped padded wreath bases on their way.
The Berisford ‘Hearts and Kisses’ and the cross stitch ‘Love’ design will no doubt again prove to be a very popular choice for adorning Valentine gifts or for hanging hand made crafts.
Having packed away the fresh wreath making ‘production line’ for another year our next job is to get our home grown willow rods cut and into storage for processing as willow whip tips for floristry, straight sticks for crafts and little log bundles for picks to decorate next year’s wreaths. These items are sold all year round on our Wreath Supplies website.
After Christmas we start harvesting the willow to fulfill any orders for full length willow rods received. Don’t worry if you haven’t ordered as there usually is a surplus and the rods are available to buy for willow weaving, basketry and sculptures at just 20p each.
In response to those people who want to create their own products from scratch we do allow people to select and cut their own willow rods directly from the field. This is priced at £30 an hour (or part thereof) for the first cutter and £10 an hour for each additional cutter in the same party. All the willow you cut is yours to take away at no additional cost.
Fresh willow is available January to March by appointment. Ring Mark on 07834 324080 for more details.
Just arrived and unpacked this afternoon… 500g bundles of four ply natural jute twine. Ideal for crafts and around the house and garden, these big brown balls of string have been much requested but we have struggled to find a quality we are happy with. Worth the wait we hope!
It is always a bit sad removing all the unsold pumpkins but it needs to be done and it is nice to get the space back in the yard. Unlike the pumpkins, the unsold winter squashes will ‘keep’ and provide us with some welcome vegetables throughout the coming winter months and provide the seeds for next year’s crop of the heritage varieties.
Just like the pumpkin patch fields, I will also need to tidy up the Big Pumpkins website and prepare it for the next season. At least you don’t get wet and cold doing the website.
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.
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.