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Christmas wreaths, robins and candy cane ribbons

How a spider (nearly) stole Christmas.

Today I went to my local floristry suppliers and had to restrain myself from buying their entire Christmas department. I do tend to get a bit carried away. They have such an enchanting selection of sundries that I find it a real challenge to choose the decorations to use on the Gilliflower Christmas wreaths. Making it onto the shortlist this year (amongst other adornments) are dried chilli peppers, little robin red breasts, mini pumpkins, cinnamon sticks and pheasant feathers which will all be used to embellsih an abundant array of foliage and berries on wreaths, garlands and table arrangements.

When I got back to the Gilliflower workshop this afternoon, I started to move my festive floristry supplies out of storage in order to start Christmas preparations, surrounding myself with baubles, orange slices and jingle bells. I merrily put my hand into a box of fabric and pulled out not only an unfurling, elegant stream of candy cane ribbon but also the biggest, baddest spider with some of the fattest legs I have ever had the misfortune of meeting. For one hair raising minute I nearly called Christmastide off but I’m joyful and triumphant to say that my little friend has since found a new home down at the bottom of the garden.

If you would like a bespoke Gilliflower Christmas wreath and to be the envy of your neighbours this festive season, orders are now being taken. You can order yours via the Gilliflower contact formFacebook or by texting 07849 355419. Delivery in the Colchester area available. Spider free guaranteed.

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