a day on the bay [pretty spring wreaths]

Happy Easter weekend! Just in time to welcome a visit from Peter Cottontail, my mom and I have put together some spring wreaths! I am so in love with flowers and greenery and adore little projects like these. It was a gorgeous day on the Belleisle Bay and after foraging for some of nature’s beautiful offerings, we started building up our grapevine wreaths. These grapevine wreaths are amazing as you can add to them very easily using a glue gun or wire, and remove to re-use later. In fact, not too long ago, these grapevines were layered with luscious pine and cedar for the Christmas holidays.

Please don’t be alarmed, the bird nests we used were not stolen from their owners. These nests were abandoned by migratory birds who re-build each year. Under my parents’ front deck, up in the trusses, sat this incredible robin’s nest, bright blue eggshells and all. A family of robins had used a few years ago, but had not been back for quite some time. When my dad removed it, the bright blue eggshells sat inside. What a charming Easter weekend find and a stunning addition to my spring wreath!

The end result was even better than I could have imagined and the wreaths turned out very different from one another. The first one is whimsical with branches and pussy willows winding around it. I must confess, I cheated a touch by adding a small piece of faux magnolia. Normally, I really dislike the look of any fake flowers or greenery, but for this wreath I think it works and it will last a lot longer.

This second wreath is more intricately crafted and layered.  I’m stepping outside my comfort zone with this one, as I typically shy away from colour. I added in a little splash of dried pink flowers from Savage Gardens and a pop of robin’s egg blue. How incredible is that eggshell?

Oh, and how cute is this apron? My insanely talented mom used the tablecloths from my wedding to make table runners and these sweet aprons! Such a nice little memento! Happy Easter, enjoy the long weekend!



  1. Aunt Lou
    April 18, 2017 / 9:11 am

    What a lovely story and beautiful wreaths … you take after your Mama!

    • reenywallace
      April 18, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks Lou Lou! It was such a nice afternoon! You will have to join us when we do our next project ;).