In 2016, Amelia made an order of wood rounds from a new supplier. And while she is fully capable of reading, she didn’t quite visualize how much smaller a 1″ round is compared to a 2-2.5″ round.
When the box arrived, she was thrilled, and then taken aback… the 1-1.5″ rounds were tiny! Though a bit surprised, we didn’t let it upset us, rather we let it challenge us. We tried a few things: small ornaments with snowflake designs, slightly larger ornaments with different designs, and then we tied the ornaments onto a long string to be garlands!
The snowflake garlands were a hit! About 1.1 meters in length from loop to loop, with ten alternating snowflake designs hung evenly across, they were adorable, yet classic.
In 2017 we began doing some smaller greeting garlands, with a variety of sayings (Amelia’s favourite is “Oh Deer”), that are on rounds approximately 2″ in diameter all tied onto twine to hang on a wreath, above a door, in a window, or even on your wall!
In 2015, Amelia attempted her first “greeting garland”, a message to all of her visitors of “Merry & Bright” hanging in her window from large 4″ willow rounds. So naturally, in 2016 we attempted a much more complicated version of “Happy Holidays” and “Merry & Bright” on the 2.5″ birch rounds. They turned out spectacular- though they were definitely a labour of love. With each letter taking up a vast amount of time, finishing a garland with 13-14 slices was excruciating. But oh they look wonderful.