A new week, a new month, and the beginning of the holiday season! What comes to mind first for you when you think of the holidays?
For me, for more years than I can tally, November and December mean Making Christmas Wreaths. I have had my own flower arranging and wreath business since I was 14. Each Fall I would spend weeks producing and selling my creations at craft shows and to businesses that decorated for the holidays. Last year, when I had a 2 month old baby, was the only year I’ve ever skipped. I made just one wreath. But most years I make dozens and dozens. And yards and yards of garlands. And roping. And door swags. Oh, and some cold, hard cash!
This year Jeremy and I have decided to try to make some extra money around the holiday season to save toward our goal of purchasing our next vehicle without going into debt. We live in grape country – there are wineries everywhere, and they like to decorate for their holiday rush, which usually comes in mid-November. So we’ve been going around to all the local wineries with a sample wreath and a price list, to take orders.
Last week I made follow-up phone calls to confirm orders. This week we’ll begin gathering materials and making wreaths, to be delivered by the 14th. I have been cooking freezer meals in advance so that we can still have yummy dinners on the days I will working all day.
In some ways I dislike a seasonal business that calls for so much energy for a certain period of time, but I am VERY grateful for the skills I acquired as a teen that enable me to help support my husband now. I’m also glad the businesses we cater to celebrate Christmas early – we’ll be done with all of this by December and then I can embrace the holidays with my family!
All that to say, if the blog is a little quieter this month than it has been, it’s ’cause my fingers are too covered in pine sap to get near the keyboard! For a Tutorial on making your own Christmas wreaths, check out this post.