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It has been just over a week of us living within our homes as an important method of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. That right there is certainly a sentence that I never thought I would write and honestly feels like the opening line to a science fiction novel! However, we all know it is not and are all likely in a very similar situation right now.
Without our usual ability to get what we want whenever we please I am trying my best (even more so than usual!) to be resourceful and creative with what we already have around the house – food and home projects especially. While I certainly wish that all of us were not in our current situation, an exercise in ‘something from nothing’ is always a welcomed challenge to me. This weekend, after the forsythia branches I forced open last month were finally too far gone to keep around, our coffee table was looking a little empty. I would usually pop out to grab a bunch of flowers but, without that as an option currently, I chose to scavenge our immediate property to see what I could find to lift our space.
It is currently early spring in Ontario. However, aside from the constant chirping of birds you wouldn’t notice many signs of spring life. The purpose of this project is to embrace the season and work with what you have. At other times of year a walk around your property may present more colourful and traditionally beautiful plants but I hope this can show you that there is beauty in what we can find even at more bleak times of the year.
Honestly, anything! Whatever you can find. I focused on smaller containers because they are easier to fill with short stems and you are able to make multiple arrangements. Great things to find are:
If all you can find are bare twigs, even those can be beautiful when thoughtfully placed and embraced for what they are. If you can find branches that will flower come the real spring, these can even be forced indoors. Below are some large branches that made a dramatic statement on my coffee table but a smaller vase with twigs on a side table is lovely – my friend Sarah on Instagram shared her beautiful ‘something from nothing’ arrangements and did just that.
My friend Tristan (check out her super inspiring blog) went out and collected things from her property to make vases of her own and shared them on Instagram and described it as a shift in perspective which I absolutely loved. This is totally an exercise all about shifting your perspective to see things in a different light. Even items that may not traditionally be viewed as beautiful can be just that when thoughtfully created. This was a 30 minute activity that sparked creativity, got me out of the house (but still within a safe environment), and cost nothing. A perfect activity for anytime of year!
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