Autumn Crafting


This Autumn Rose Wreath captures all that is fragrant and colorful about autumn. Begin with a straw wreath and greening pins. Pin dried botanicals such as artemesia ghost plant, silver king artemesia, or dried wormwoods around the outside of the wreath. Fill in the top facing with fall drieds such as goldenrod, lady’s mantle, baby’s breath and sea lavender.

Using a hot glue gun, add your stellar accents: dried roses, yellow or white yarrow, chocolate wild sorrel [sourdock], bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cones, seed pods, buckeyes, tufts of dried sage or sweet annie, dried zinnias and red geranium.

Gorgeous! These dried botanical [everlasting] wreaths will hold shape and color for a year. Display inside in a dry area out of direct sunlight. After several months, the colors may lose some vibrancy but all will “buff” to give the wreath an antique look for years to come. Hang out of reach of pets in a place where it will be undisturbed such as over a mantle, on a staircase, next to a gallery of pictures, on a bookcase, etc. Enjoy your one-of-a-kind reminder of season and garden.

THE AUTUMN ROSE WREATH IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE EMERALD TEAROOM, 132 McKinley, East Peoria, IL  61611.  309-694-1972, open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.  An assortment of Farm Grove wreaths are available for sale at the tearoom.

From the Farm Grove Garden,


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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