Thursday, November 16, 2006
I do LOVE my glue gun
Sewing up spice bags, stockings and doorstops this morning I was pondering about what to do about the Ashfield Christmas Fair . The Fair is next Sunday - the 26th November - and the ethos is very definately a CRAFT Fair. This will mean that I can't really take my 'bought in' tin christmas decorations, lovely as they are. I had intended to take my chilli hearts but I have sold out and, anyway, I was beginning to think that they were a bit mainstreamy.
Then suddenly I thought of the box of substandard hydrangea blooms left over from making the big hydrangea wreaths.
I get my hydrangeas from my parents garden - a large Edwardian garden in East Lothian which is well stocked with shrubs. Eventually our shrubs will grow big enough for picking but in the meantime my mother very kindly cuts all the heads off her hydrangeas and dries them for my over her Aga.
Most of them are beautiful but some are marred by odd florets which shrivel as they dry or brown patches where they have been rained on.
Sally and I put these into a seperate box when we were wiring the hydrangea heads with the intention of using them "for something".
Well, I suddenly thought, I could glue them onto hearts made of galvanised wire - so this lunchtime I have been snipping the flowers off and glueing them on. It is fiddly quite time consuming work but I think that they are beautiful in a faded patina way. I think that they would look beautiful with both that Nordic whitewash look and with the girlie lace and silver of a proper boudoir.
The only downside is they they are very fragile to transport.
What do you think? Is this worth continuing with?