The other day, my friend posed this question to me.
“Why do you make wreaths?”
In other words, why not bouquets if I must play with flowers? Why
limit myself to boring hanging door decorations only seen by unwanted
salesmen and mercenaries? Obviously, I disagree with this assessment.
Yes a wreath can, and usually is, a cheap round thing hung on a boring
door that falls down while you shlepp in groceries. However, I see them
as something more.
When I was a little girl, my mother had a painting of a path leading
into a garden. Benches with pillows sat under an arch with wisteria
flowers hanging down. In the distance was a fountain. I would sit and
stare at that painting, wishing I could enter that secret garden. I
looked for my own white rabbit that would transport me into that
wonderland, for I was sure it was the most wonderful place imaginable.
As I grew older, I tried to create that same sense of wonder on my own
through drawing and painting. Alas, my talent in this area is gloriously
inadequate; if I had wanted to escape into a world of stick-men and
paint blobs, I was well on my way!
So I hung up my paintbrushes and pencils. I switched to already made
flowers and grapevine wreaths became my frame. Soon flowers alone were
not enough-I began incorporating birds, acorns, leaves, butterflies. I
then moved to charms, stuffed animals, ornaments, beads-anything! I was
addicted! What was I addicted to? I had finally found a way to create a
glimpse into another world. My wreaths are not mere decorations-they are
art, and each one has a story attached to it. I have created fairies
playing in the forest during the fall and butterflies flitting about a
lush rose garden.
So I ask you-why does a wreath need to be limited to a door? The
truth is, if it’s a great wreath, it doesn’t! They are great INSIDE your
home-in the living room, a nursery, even the bathroom! And I challenge
you this: rethink everything! Art is anything you find beauty in, so
find a way to use it that you will appreciate everyday. So find
something you love and put it on your wall (please, no children or