foraged and found {autumn door wreaths}

If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know that I’ve always had this thing with flowers and foliage, and just natural elements in general in our home (succulents for life!)  I buy flowers every fortnight, year round, a habit that I picked up from my mum years ago.  They don’t have to be the most expensive bunch in the shop, and I often find the ones that are a little worse for wear and rescue those instead.  I love arranging them myself, and the creativity it affords me.

I’ve wanted to take part in a wreath making class for the longest time, and when lovely Kim at Victoriana Floral contacted me to ask me to the launch of her new flower school, it made all my dreams come true.  It turns out that door wreaths are not just for Christmas now you guys! And actually, Autumn is an even more perfect time of year to display one I reckon. The colours are just amazing at this time of year, and all the base foliage is still super fresh and green before the colder weather hits.

I dragged Andrew along with me for an impromptu date day (he’s game for anything and still repaying me for that time I sat through a January football match 😉 ) and we ended up having the best time.  Kim is just the warmest, most welcoming lady, and totally inspiring in her talent and passion for what she does.

 

 

 

After coffee and homemade treats, we started off with a little tutorial on how to make the base of our wreath.  We used foraged ivy from Kim’s own garden and built up the base layers right round the oasis.  It’s amazing how different everyone’s looked at this stage even – some were really wide and natural looking and others much more uniform (mine, wouldn’t you know! 😉 )  Kim teaches in small groups of twelve, and with her other helpers as well, you really feel that you are getting lots of input and advice at every stage.  They’re always on hand to encourage you, and to hold things for you or give a second opinion.

 

 

 

^^  This man.  Even hotter in an apron! 😉

Next we had the chance to pick the pieces we wanted to add next.  Both Andrew and I went for a foraged, hedgerow type look with Autumn leaves, little berries, twigs and fir.  Others in the group made theirs much more glamorous with feathers, tiny pumpkins or chillis and flowers too.  I think the challenge in this part is in knowing when to stop.  I kept finding more places to fill, and could very easily have got carried away!  On the whole though, I’m super pleased with how it turned out.

 

 

 

After wiring our wreaths (to prevent all the pieces disappearing in the wind at home!) we cleared the tables and were treated to the most delicious lunch.  Goats cheese and onion tart, pumpkin soup, homemade focaccia, along with huge bowls of green beans, salad and new potatoes.  Simple, wholesome food which was so delicious and so Pinterest worthy too!

 

 

 

The day continued on into the afternoon with a lesson in floral jewellery and flower crowns.  Sadly we had to head home (although it would have completely made my year to see Andrew in a flower crown. 🙂 )  I’m definitely planning on going back to do that class another time though!

 

 

 

#realmenwreath  His hashtag on his Instagram picture made me cry laugh! I love him so!

 

 

 

The finished piece!  I love it so much, and apparently with care and lots of weekly watering, these can last up to three months.  Hoping I can add extra little bits and some festive pieces and get Christmas out of it maybe too!

All in all, we had the best day with Kim and her crew, and I’d thoroughly recommend checking Victoriana Flower School out if you are local.  The Christmas classes sound unbelievable!  Find them on Instagram and Facebook as well.

E x

*We were asked along to Victoriana Floral for the purposes of the launch but were not obliged to share our experience in any way.  We genuinely loved it and I’m so excited to share it with you!

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. November 1, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Fantastic Emma, you have inspired Christine from @flourishingdays and myself to have a go at making an autunm wreath. We are roping in the kids while they are on half-term to help us collect supplies from the woods!!

  2. November 1, 2016 / 11:17 am

    It was such a pleasure to have you with us Emma and Andrew, we really had just the best day! Come back soon xx

  3. November 1, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Looks beautiful, I love flowers as well but I rarely buy any… I pick my own wild ones around the farm and lakeshore. The house is full of hydrangea now, all dried… I have never made a wreath but would love to try it but no place on hang on my door…. Loves looks fab… All the classes look great, looking forward to more floral inspiration 🙂

  4. November 2, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Wow those look amazing and how much fun do you two look like you are having together. I love it. Looks fab on your door too babes. I need to make a wreath for our door for Christmas. I love making them. This one could be for Autumn and Winter it’s so gorgeous.

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