I braved the snow storm to get to the Pioneer Craft House for my last class of the 10-Class Challenge. It has been a journey and I have enjoyed every day of it.
And I was excited for this last class, because it means that I will finally have a fresh wreath instead of a fake one on my door for Christmas. That is an exciting prospect for an apartment dweller.
I was one of the first to arrive and became quick friends with Jan who joined me at my table. Others started to come in a few minutes late because of the snow storm. There were a few people that came in solo, but this class is a popular class and gets full of friends that are coming to make a wreath together. And I found out a few of them had repeated this class because they get to hang out with their friends and all the supplies are there are ready to go.
Mel Wilkey is our teacher and has been teaching this class for years. He owned his own flower shop and retired 8 years ago, but says he still works about 30 hours a week. Ha! What a retirement!
He started the class with a little instruction on how to wrap branches of greens on a wire hanger that had been bent into a circle. And that was pretty much all the formal instruction he gave!
But he came around and guided each of us individually on our ability and what we wanted to do. He definitely had to help me fill out my branches because I was kind of being a little stingy on things.
It was fun to see what everyone was doing because we all had diverse tastes. Some us wanted a full wreath, while others wanted less branches. Some people got fancy with ribbons and other decorations like pine cones and dried fruit, while others were a little plainer.
I was stumped.
Like I said, there were a lot of people that had done this class many times before and they went straight to the supply table and started gathering what they wanted.
I gathered a few things and tried arranging a bunch of different things on my basic wreath, but nothing seemed right. All the while, everyone else is way ahead of me, already tying ribbons and gluing their decorations on.
Finally, I got a table-side consult from Mel and a couple of other classmates and decided on something very simple and rustic. I started to glue things on, including the huge pine cones that Mel gathers on campus every year for this class. He even made me this beautiful bow out of burlap ribbon and arranged it better than I could have imagined. He is so talented!
As I took my wreath home, I decided to give it to my mother-in-law because I wanted to give her a gift for always supporting me in all of my crazy classes. Plus, she has a better looking door than I do and I think the wreath looks better there!
I loved this class–all the supplies were there, it was easy to be creative, and it didn’t take too much time to make a beautiful wreath! That’s my kind of class and it was great one to end this 10-Class Challenge.