Today, it snowed here on Whidbey Island! I love the snow because it slows me down, slows most of us down! And gives me the opportunity to simply enjoy the magic around me...my family, this beautiful homestead, our mystical pup Moon, and the warmth of the wood fire I learned how to make. This is the time of year to reflect, to count our blessings and to create mirth wherever we can. My heart is always full and a little exhausted in December...I love the parties and feasting, and we've found a way to slow down (just a little bit), yet the seasons past have been chaotically busy and stressful (though immensely fulfilling!). So in December, the only thing I really want to do is hibernate or play in the snow, when there is any.
Of course, there's work to do in December for a full-time pair of farmer florists! So hibernation waits til January, and I instead focus on the mirth, merriment and warm conviviality that this season so easily evokes. And through Flying Bear Farm I'm granted the lovely opportunity to invite others to come and enjoy the simple things at our homestead and flower farm! The wreath workshops that we are now making an annual tradition are something that I look forward to with sparkles in my eyes starting in about September (when the hot days and truck loads of blooms are a bit overwhelming). I absolutely love gathering folks together and guiding them into the sweetness of the season with fresh evergreens, warm drinks and rich colors.
Take some time tonight to check out the descriptions of our wreath making workshops here. I think you'll be warmed and blissed out just hearing about them! There are still a handful of spots available on December 16, 17 and 18. And if you can, come visit with us, bring a friend or just your own lovely self, share our mirth and our warm drinks, put your hands to work in the natural beauty around you, and take a little (or a lot) home with you!
These beautiful photos were taken by Emily Wandres at our tiny pop-up wreath workshop at Kalakala Co. Mercantile last year. Thanks, Emily, for the gorgeousness :)
When they're not in the dirt or making botanical magic, Ben and Melissa are known to share their news and thoughts via the written word.