While putting lights on our Seven Sons (Heptacodium miconioides) bush, we accidentally broke off one of the brittle-from-the-cold branches. I felt bad for the bush but happy for my bedroom - the branch was the perfect size to anchor a snowy, sparkly vignette!
Here's what I did:
- I pulled a galvanized bucket from our gardening shelves and placed the branch in the bucket surrounded by rocks (and, if I'm honest, a bag of brown rice because I didn't have enough rocks).
- I slowly and carefully wrapped a string of white lights around the branch, doing my best not to disturb or cover any of the plant's signature peeling bark. I also treated the delicate twigs as carefully as I could, but a few broke off anyway. I simply tucked them into the light cord, and they looked as if they'd never been disturbed.
- My tiny deer collection is still packed away following a cross-country move, but I'd stashed my newest acquisitions (gifts, like all the others, from my friend Sue) in my Christmas box, so they were right at hand. They are vintage German bobble-head deer and I can't believe they exist. I placed them on a little slice of wood that I came across, and sprinkled the whole scene with a variety of white pompoms from my extensive collection of Japanese Dollar Store pom-poms.
- Within mere moments of setting up this little winter wonderland, one of the extra-large pompoms had been whipped at me. And so it begins...
(Image credits: Tess Wilson)