Sunday, October 10, 2010

Harvesting Grapevine

Yesterday I started cutting some grapevine for wreath making. I plan to make some evergreen wreaths to sell at the end of our driveway or on our corner. I made a few last year and was happy with the results, so I am making a lot more of them this year, if possible.
You can read directions on how to make your own evergreen wreath in a previous post on this blog: "Making An Outdoor Evergreen Wreath"

The picture at the top is the pile I cut from the end of our driveway yesterday. I still need to strip the leaves, coil and wire them before they dry hard. There is a bit more grapevine there and it needs to be cleared so that we can see the road when pulling out of the driveway.

This is the grapevine on the fenceline with the forest. We have a lot of it! I can cut grapevine in the county forest too, although it's not on our property. I don't think anyone will mind.

It grows all the way into the tree tops!

Yesterday I managed to score these great pinecones from a strip mall nearby! You never know where you will find useful things if you keep your eyes open to the gifts around you!

We have lovely, large acorns from our own oak trees to add to them. I have considered painting the acorns with red spray paint for the Christmas wreaths. I don't know yet if I will do that or not. I'm just thinking about it.

Today I need to get those wreaths shaped and wired to dry. I will, at least, get that much done. I also want to make some soap with the purple soap colour I made from chichiquelites yesterday. I have everything I need, except for the time.

Today is Thanksgiving, here in Canada. We are very thankful to the Lord for all that He has given us! PTL!


Liesl said...

Those wreaths are stunning! Happy Thanksgiving.

Sandra said...

Lovely wreaths and so appropriate any time of the year. Time is a beloved commodity for all of us who know how to keep busy and are never bored.

The Japanese Redneck said...

They are going to turn out great! Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Several years ago I made grapevine wreaths - clearing them from sides of driveway. Cut while still quite pliable, wrapped them around 5 gallon buckets, leaves and all, about 8-10 times. Intertwined the last wrap. Let them dry about 6 weeks. Removed leaves, wreaths stayed put. Kept 2 for my doors and sold the rest - some plain, some decorated with ribbon and pinecones.

Yours with boughs are beautiful.

Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm said...

Thanks, everyone!
Wrapping around buckets is a great idea and I have the buckets for it too! Thank you!