How to Make a Wreath + a little secret . . .

Here’s that tutorial Joe promised us on how to make a wreath . . .  So fresh, smells cold like snow, makes the house smell like Christmas heaven!  And here he is, in his own little Santa’s Village on our back kitchen porch.

See the little pink rose on the railing?  It’s the last one from our garden.  Can’t believe it held on this long!

Can you see the florist’s ring he’s wiring the greens to?  If you’d like to do this, get a 10″ ring at your florist, plus some florist’s wire, clippers, and a pair of gloves.  And some cuttings from shrubs — Easy!

(Now for some MUSICA!)   In our yard, we found holly, Chinese boxwood, English boxwood, ivy, and pine, plus various clippings of things we liked from our walk in the woods and from the neighbor’s houses! Look around, you’ll find perfect wreath making things in a yard near yours!

I think it’s pretty obvious from that video that we don’t actually know what we’re doing, (maybe I shouldn’t include Joe in that!  He would read this and say, “Who’s we?”) — but I’m sure he would say that he was winging it!  After Joe made a few, he got smart(er) and more experienced and started doing them like this one above — he bought a regular pine wreath, and then added a few of our own clippings to it; he did it all in half the time, and it still looks fun and fresh.  I thought maybe some of your husbands might like this!  Below is the one made completely from scratch. 

 Joe just brought it in.  I think it’s beautiful!  Good job Joe!  See the little rose?  He put it there.

  My hero!  For more reasons than one . . . . he also made me a special little roping for my Peter Rabbit Room all from English boxwood! 

See it? Over the painting, between the windows?

There it is . . . I added carrots and birds and snow balls and put in the painting I did of my garden, which I am now calling “Mr. SueMcGregor’s Garden” because I am a corn ball and now the entire world knows it.  I love this little woodland scene so much I’ll probably never take it down!

This is where I keep young me.  If I was that age today, and know what I know now, which is that you can have anything you want as long as you can make it, I would have a tree fort, and I would decorate it like this!  But you can see, it’s never too late!

When I came back later, I found the Peter’s were having a bonfire!  Celebrating the winter solstice, I’m sure.  See the little mushroom card?  That is also Beatrix Potter art, and on top of the yellow book on the right is a pottery mushroom, my treasure, I bought at the Armitt Museum in Ambleside in the Lake District.  I’m so excited because I’m just getting to the Beatrix Potter part of the diary I’m writing; she was so much more than I ever knew, and I love talking about it!

Well, I was trying to hold out and save the Peter Rabbit Room for later, but this is the problem with me and Christmas . . . I can NOT keep a secret; the fact that I had these photos has been poking at me like a finger in the shoulder all day long!  I want to give everyone their presents today!  Anyway, I hoped you would like it!  So there you go!  Happy Thursday Girls!!!    XOXO


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368 Responses to How to Make a Wreath + a little secret . . .

  1. Trish K, Missouri says:

    These posts have made me misty eyed lately…… much beauty, so much Christmas spirit! I need the decorating fairies to visit my house too. Stat!

  2. Chrissy Miles says:

    Thank you for sharing! I have been eagerly awaiting the Peter Rabbit room. I too would keep the greenery up all year long. It is too cute! Passing your Willard with the cookie recipes along to all my girlfriends. Maybe we can do a cookie swap with them.

  3. Pam says:

    Joe’s wreaths and garlands are brilliant, I did enjoy the video. 🙂 I love all your decorating ideas. We are starting to do ours this weekend, I seem to be way behind this year, haven’t even written my cards yet.

    • sbranch says:

      Well, the only reason we’re this far ahead is because of Yankee …. in real life we would spread this out a bit more!

  4. Ann says:

    Bravo Joe! Great job with the wreath lesson. I really learned something. Your Peter Rabbit room is gorgeous.

  5. Marie (Long Beach, CA) says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Joe is just too cute making all those beautiful wreaths. The video is priceless. Your Peter Rabbit Room is so pretty! The special little roping Joe made makes the perfect focal point for your painting “Mr. SueGregor’s Garden” . And the bonfire the Peter’s were having, precious! Loved everything in this post. Merry Christmas Susan and Joe too! ♥

  6. Betsy says:

    It’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I love that bedroom, it looks so cozy! Who wouldn’t want to stay there. What a happy place. And Kathy must have goosebumps waiting for her goodies to arrive. Congrats Kathy and may 2013 be a blessed and healthy year for you. xoxoxo

  7. Nancy says:

    “Mr. SueGregor’s Garden!” Ha! Love it! 😉

  8. nina sznurman from Maryland says:

    Beautiful and inspirational !!! Wishing You and All a Very Happy and Healthy Holiday and a Great New Year !!!! From my house to Yours!! Love Nina.

  9. Deborah Norling says:

    Thank you for sharing the Peter Rabbit room ! Everything is so magical..from the most beautiful wreath made for the very special Kathy O, made by the very special Joe and Susan to the charming “Mr.SueGregor’s Garden”… As Trish K. posted…everything she has seen here recently has made her misty eyed…I absolutely agree…it’s just so nice and safe here, I find myself getting emotional too….I wonder if you really realize how much you do for us..allowing us to hide away in your kind and gentle world.

    • sbranch says:

      I’m not so sure I know, but I love you for saying that …

      • Lisa from CT says:

        You and Joe are wonderful people. Thank you for posting!!!

      • Rhonda D. says:

        Deborah, I agree with you. It is a kind and gentle place in here where Susan lives and I always feel so nice and safe too. I wonder sometimes myself if Susan really realizes just how much she does for us…to inspire us, love us, help us to keep our sanity, and brighten up our days. I guess in one sense, we really do live with Susan at her house, just in a different realm. Love you Susan! xo

    • Janet [in Rochester] says:

      “Kind and gentle world…” Thank you for summing it up perfectly, Deborah – I know we all feel exactly the same. And thank YOU for making it so, Sue… xoxoxo. :>)

  10. nancy says:

    LOVE the Peter Rabbit room! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures.

  11. Shelly says:

    I just love the peter rabbit room~ thank you for sharing. The video was very helpful I have never made my own but now I am going to try. Thanks Joe!

  12. Rachel says:

    I love your greenery- it is like Williamsburg 🙂 And I should know, I only go there to study it every year LOL
    The room looks marvellous… I need figurines to have a bonfire too 😉

    • sbranch says:

      That’s a compliment! Thank you… I’ve never been at Christmas, it must be wonderful!

      • Rachel says:

        It is. I am surprised that I have never posted about it, I need to remedy that quickly 😉

      • Rachel says:

        After talking about Williamsburg here, I was reminded to take my camera with me today when we went… and I blogged about it so you can see the lovely wreathes. It had to be in two parts there were so many 😮

  13. Susan says:

    I picked out your same wallpaper and had it put in my bedroom during the five years between marriages! Still love it, along with all your other Peter Rabbits, pillow sham, special books, and quilt. Thank you so much for sharing that special room and how Joe made Kathy O’s wreath. Gorgeous!

    You must be exhausted, but happy after the photo shoot. I think you and Joe owe yourself dinner out with a glass if champagne for a job well-done!:-)

  14. Kerry S. from San Pedro, CA says:

    Happy Thursday to you to Susan!! Joe looks like Jack Frost has been biting at his nose!! Such fun to see your pix every day!
    Off to begin wrapping packages to go to Montana & Wyoming!!
    Holiday cheer to all! 😉

  15. mari1017 says:

    Your posts, especially at Christmas, so inpsire me! I just started a new job last week, mom’s husband is in the hospital with terminal cancer and the only Christmas things out are the boxes from the closet! BUT…my Saturday plans with friends were cancelled due to end of year work for them, so I have all day Saturday to do Christmas – now I feel inspired, like I can breathe, and actually enjoy the shopping and decorating – ahhhhh…. Then Sunday is our neighborhood 12th annual Christmas brunch – and I’ll be ready for that! Thank you, Susan, for lifting my spirits this week!!!! I can’t wait to clean and decorate my house 🙂 ♥♥♥

  16. Francine says:

    I’ve really been enjoying your holiday posts! Love the carrots! WoW! Joe does a great job with those wreaths! I was wishing hard to be the winner of one! Your house looks all cozy and ready for the holidays! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us!

  17. Robin Murray says:

    So enjoyed your video Susan! Joe did a wonderful job, you guys are naturals! I can’t believe how mild it looked at the Vineyard. No snow, but I hope there is for Christmas! Thanks for my Vineyard fix, I miss it so.
    Thanks for sharing your creative inspirations.

  18. Wendy Louise says:

    You out did your self again and I am not surprised ! What a fantastic post and Joe certainly is a hero on all accounts. What a beautiful Peter Rabbit Room ! I am making a Peter Rabbit room out of my grown-up boys room, because, the beginning of next summer there will be a new baby in the family, and I am soooooo excited ! I have collected Beatrix Potter things for a long time and read all her books to my children, now it the grandchildrens turn.
    You are so delightful, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you from my tickled little heart ! I just LOVE you and Joe, blessings to you and a joyful Christmas ! OXOX P.S. Kitties too !

  19. Rosie Snow says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful views of your handiwork, truly a blessing! I can’t wait to see the magazine photos, especially the ones of Jack. What a ham!

  20. Jeanette says:

    Oh, Susan!!! Thanks for this wonderful surprise post and respite from an incredibly busy work day!!! How beautiful – EVERYTHING is simply beautiful! I Love, LOVE, LoVe – the white birds and snowballs!!! Wherever did you find them???
    The video was such fun and the garlands and swags Joe’s been making are gorgeous! The Chinese Pine is fabulous.
    Hope the rest of your evening is simply splendid!
    Sending warm hugs on a chilly night and bunches of love!

  21. laurie says:

    beautiful wreaths! Great tutorial too, I love the painting of your garden, I wish we could all have a Peter Rabitt room, as it is I live in a mouse hole! lol, no mice though, thank goodness! Just small quarters, but lots of love,

    • sbranch says:

      You can always go vertical, as they say in decorator land!

      • laurie says:

        Oh my gosh, you should see this apartment! We moved into town when my husband became ill, took this apartment high in the sky facing Lake Huron , great view but tiny spot, but I have paintings from ceiling to floor, believ me I know vertical! I could used another room though, I paint, eat, sew and everything in between on the dining room table! Have a good night!

        • sbranch says:

          I think I lived there at one time…I wrote my first three books at my dining table in the living room! 🙂 But I did like the smallness actually, mainly because redecorating was always so fun and easy. Paintings from ceiling to floor sounds beautiful!

          • laurie says:

            I have saw the photo of you at the table, its very similar to how I work, lol, hanging my work on all the walls was because storage proved risky after damage occurred, I hope it doesn’t seem vain with my work all around the apartment but they are like my children ( I hang photos of my kids as well) lol, My vision loss has reached a point where most of the work I do I keep, its just for me.We are cosy and safe, and most importantly happy and content.I’m not complaining about the size of space, its made better people of us both relearning our new lives.Whats truly important becomes much more clear when facing adversity even with dimming vision, thank you for the chat, sorry for longggg comment!

          • sbranch says:

            Not at all vain, or anyway, if it is, then I’m with you! Isn’t that sort of why we do it? Making a little beauty, or at least trying to! xoxo

  22. Rae Ann from northern in Minnesota... says:

    Beatrix Potter is looking down from heaven and smiling at you, Susan…I know she is just beaming at what you have done in your Peter Rabbit room…complete with a bonfire!!!…you have me smiling at you too…and all of your girlfriends…MerryMerryMerry…xoxo…

    • Janet [in Rochester] says:

      I don’t intend to be melodramatic here but I sincerely believe – I predict even – that Susan will someday be thought of as the Beatrix Potter of our generation [you already sort of are for me now]. People will be collecting your books and art etc, decorating nurseries for their grandbabies, keeping all the “homey” arts and crafts alive, maybe even touring your beautiful house on Martha Vineyard, Sue – with your style and sensibilities and [most importantly] values in mind… Who’s with me, girlfriends?? :>) :>)

  23. Maureen MacKenzie says:

    Loved the video…Joe is wonderful! He makes it look easy. I’ll have to show Bruce, my husband…he makes the wreaths in our home too. 🙂
    ~Merry Christmas to you both~


  24. Karen Z Victoria, Australia says:

    Sweet Sue, have been enjoying your Christmas posts and today I wanted to thank you and Joe for the wreath video. We have a lot of greenery in the garden so I must have a go. Joe you’re a Star! OXO

  25. Cindy says:

    Thank you and Joe for the wreath making video. We are going to make a wreath this weekend with greenery from our yard. I am getting lots of inspiration from you this year!!

  26. OMG, do you make me smile!….time after time, your lovely blog delights me, tickles me, inspires me….you and Joe have figured out how to live a good life….I so enjoy your wonderful enthusiasm, your generosity, and your tender heart! May you continue doing this for all of us forever! Whenever I need a cheer-up, or a lovely visit, I know where to go…..

  27. Judy Dow says:

    The Peter Rabbit room really makes me smile. Joe is a treasure. You guys were truly MFEO! Heehee. I have a question for you or any girlfriend out there. I want to make candy cane cosmos for a holiday gathering. Does anyone know if I can make a big batch ahead of time and just shake it when I serve it or do I have to mix and shake one batch at a time? Thanks Branchies! And to Susan and Joe…thanks for being so generous with your time for us.

    • Janet [in Rochester] says:

      Judy – I don’t know first hand but one of my sisters makes cranberry cosmos during the holiday season & I’m almost positive she makes them well ahead – so they can “ripen” nicely. We always have them Christmas Eve – and they’re so good! Hope this is helpful. :>)

  28. Lynn B says:

    Thank you and Joe for the tutorial, you are so generous with your time. A few weeks ago we didn’t even know Joe could do this and now we are all empowered to give it a go… It’s fun be one of your girlfriends!

  29. Sandy Richmond says:

    Joe did a beautiful job on the wreath, and I am so happy for Kathy O! I hope Kathy O sees it as a circle of caring from all of us. I love the greens and carrots in the Peter Rabbit room!

  30. stephanie says:

    Now we know Joe’s ethnicity… he’s part elf!

    I really enjoyed that tutorial. I was about to decorate my front door today and used some of his techniques. I like to do a bough on the front door with a big bow – but I went out and wired in some greenary from the yard to make it a “super bough” this year! Thanks Joe!

    I liked the other wreath too – with the basic wreath underneath – that looks lovely too!

  31. Nancy in Wyoming says:

    Love the wreaths! have been making greenery wreaths for a few years, and want to let you know about the wire clamp wreath forms – you can get online (like this one but I’m not specifically endorsing this website and then you don’t have to use as much floral wire (if any). you lay the greenery in the form between the clamps, and can reuse the form every year. it’s so helpful!

    Thanks for the holiday ideas!

  32. Joan S. says:

    One of my favorite holiday tunes – thanks for the musica. Lovely wreaths and and swags, all a delight to behold.

  33. Lynnette says:

    Very happy to have a new post so soon. You are spoiling us! Love Joe’s wreaths and garlands, you’ve both helped me get the Christmas spirit. I missed Jack in todays, but I have my very own love, King Tut, a purrfect cat that couldn’t have a better name for his personality! Peace and happiness to all…

  34. Paulie says:

    Everything is beautiful – just too much to envy – however, there is one thing that really caught my eye more than everything else if you can believe it, the carpet under the bed in the Peter Rabbit Room – that is gorgeous! And secondly, needless to day, everything else, including all decorations and designers!……….Your home is a dream home that all of us would probably like to have and that makes these posts so so addicting…….do thanks for posting our dreams.

  35. Kristen says:

    Susan, I’ve been so busy and down in the dumps and I see this and all I want to do is Christmas cozy up my house again. Thank you for the inspiration by just being you. 🙂

  36. Snowballs! How wonderful! What are they really? I mean, what are they made of?

    And your painting is beautiful. When did you paint it?

    Thank you to Joe for doing the tutorial….gives me a little more confidence to try it. And we probably have some bendable wire around here somewhere that I can just get to it….as soon as we get back from Bethlehem—PA, that is. I’ve always wanted to go to their Christmas City and Christkindlmarkt and am finally going to do it this year. I love the Moravian Stars and will probably come home with a bunch for my tree.

    • sbranch says:

      They are tiny cotton balls on fishing line — that’s what they look like to me anyway. I painted that painting a couple of years ago. I was seeing what it might be like to paint with oil paints. Let us know how you enjoyed your adventure!

  37. Colleen Carpenter says:

    Susan, your home is truly from the heart in every possible way! It is so full of love and joy!!

  38. ReNae says:

    Thank you once again for sharing. You home is just delightful…so charming. You are an inspiration for sure! This week has been sad as we have had a death in the family. Clicking on the music you pick…reading your posts….seeing your beautiful home and decor and all the thought you put into it….It really does a lot to encourage and brighten my spirit. You are so kind to take so much time and share so much. Blessings to you and yours this holiday season. Thank you so much for all you do for us! By the way…I loved hearing It’s a Marshmallow world!!
    Susan what you do really matters! I am so blessed for having found your blog.

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you ReNae . . . I’m sorry for your loss. xoxo

    • Judy Young says:

      Hi Susan! Just got home from work (12 hour day today) and I am relaxing by reading your latest post. Love the video of Joe making the wreath..I did that a few years ago, such fun and so pretty and fresh.

      I was wondering, reading ReNae’s post, how do you pick the musica for each post? Do you just search and locate something appropriate to the post or do you actually KNOW all the songs and know what you want? Glad you broke out the champagne!

      • sbranch says:

        I know the songs … my mom sang around the house, most of it is music I grew up with — plus lots of it comes from the old movies I love. I’ve always played that kind of music at dinner parties … it’s the one music style I think EVERYONE likes! Until I met Joe, I thought I was the only one that had Fred Astaire Albums — but he had them too!

  39. Martha Ellen of VA says:

    Joe gives a great tutorial—I enjoyed it very much. So simple and doable-if that’s a word! I just think the Peter Rabbit room is magical–and decorated for Christmas with the roping and doves and snowballs and bonfires–oh my! Your painting is so lovely, Susan. The house of creativity is all dolled up and ready for the holidays–now you two can enjoy it all–you deserve it! xoxo ♥

  40. Laurie Walt says:

    I Love Christmas, and being inspired, and the fact that you share so freely with us! Joe is a true artist too-he has the hat for it too! Thank you both:)

  41. Sadly, I am having trouble with the video – not coming up at all. :0( Even the music won’t load. I will try it again later. So happy everything went so well with Yankee! It will be a looong time to wait – thanks for giving us the previews! Now you can have a party in your beautifully decorated house! Yea – all ready and perfect! Just enjoy it for next few weeks or so!
    P.S. made a Merry Christmas banner today! Will try the wreath after I can watch Joe do it. ;0)

    • That worked! Patience was rewarded! Didn’t look tooo hard… except for the part about getting stuck with the holly leaves. heehee! I think I will just try the additions to my existing wreaths.
      Thanks again Joe and Susan!

  42. Gert~Iowa says:

    Wow, Joe did an amazing job! Loved the tutorial! Remind him that there is a Better Butter Burger just waiting for him, if he’d like to come by and make up one of those beautiful wreaths…hee..hee! Oh, how I love everything about your Peter Rabbit room! I could live there forever! lol


  43. Debbie says:

    I love the Peter Rabbit room…how very sweet! I also enjoyed the wreath making tutorial. Your posts always inspire me!

  44. Elaine says:

    I enjoyed your video and oh well, all of it ! Wonderful I say Wonderful ! Thanks for sharing with us ! Have a good day !

  45. Pat says:

    That darlin’ Joe is a keeper!! Love your beautiful blog.

  46. Diane P in Northern Cali says:

    Awww, Susan! Your posts are gifts, they really are!
    So beautiful, creative, inspiring ~ just like YOU!
    Thank you for your generous spirit; it’s so very sweet of you to share your ideas (and how-to’s) right here, with ALL your girlfriends…THANK YOU!
    This post makes me want to hang more lights, re-decorate our guest-bedroom, make a wreath (or ten) and decorate them with fruit and birds and snowballs and…. Squeeeee!!! So MANY ideas!
    (runs off in a hundred directions at once…)

    • sbranch says:

      LOL! Bursting forth laughter! That’s me on many days, off in a hundred directions … until I take myself firmly in hand. 🙂

  47. Ruth says:

    I think that Joe has quite some talent there! I can only imagine the lovely Christmasy smells that emanates from them all over your house. How do you keep things so neat. My house looks like a battlefield some days. Inspiration – so much of it that I am spending more time on where to set things and what to buy. I am a chronic thrift store shopper and I end up with more than I can use. I pass some of it out to my coworkers. Have a lovely day and “Think Snow”!!!!

    • sbranch says:

      You just point the camera toward the clean areas … that’s one way to “keep it neat!” 🙂 Thinking snow.

      • Rhonda D. says:

        I love the way you think. I adore the normal behind all your beauty. And in the midst of that, you teach me to be me. Makes life so exciting.

  48. Linda K says:

    I love the Peter Rabbit room, too – adding the carrots to your wreath is such a perfect touch. Your home is beautiful, I don’t know where you get all your energy to do what you do. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  49. CarolK (Flemington, NJ) says:

    Joe was very smart using heavy-duty gloves. I used light-weight garden gloves when making my swags and I got pine needle pricks all over my hands anyway. Ooouch!! Loved the video, he’s doing a great job. Would he like to come to NJ? I still have loads of evergreens downed by the ‘storm’. I just love the Peter Rabbit Room too, so understated and sooo darn elegant! Great Job you two! Hugs from NJ….

    • sbranch says:

      I think Joe could get himself a road side wreath stand somewhere!

      • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

        Tell Joe I’m sitting Norm down tomorrow evening to watch the tutorial! Nice job sharing how to make them and they look really beautiful! (I haven’t tried out your earlier suggestion, Susan, of checking out the local cemetary for boxwood. Somehow I could see the headlines of the local newspaper: “Shoreview woman arrested in cemetary with armload of…”. LOL! Love the Peter Rabbit room–I wondered whatever you would do with the carrots–nice touch but what will you do if you go in there and they are eaten? 🙂 Your house is beautiful and looks ready for Christmas except you are missing one element which we will be happy to send your way: SNOW!!! 🙂

        • sbranch says:

          If they are eaten! Yikes to think of it.

          • Janet [in Rochester] says:

            Does Jack eat vegetables? My sister’s Golden Retriever LOVES them! We give him a single long leaf of fresh romaine lettuce & he walks around with it in his mouth for about 10 minutes before chomping it down! He’s almost as funny as Jack! :>)

          • sbranch says:

            We used to have a dog that ate veggies, but so far none of my cats do. Lobster yes, but no veggies!

      • He could just set up shop outside your front door with all the traffic that comes through there! 🙂

  50. Lori from California says:

    Your posts are always so wonderful. They help to remind me of who I am.

  51. It’s so wonderful to see a glimpse of your life! It’s one of the reasons I love to blog! Give that sweet hubby of yours a Yankee dime! Happy holidays!

  52. jeannine leonard says:

    I just love your peter rabbit room, every home should have a special room in it. I found my son’s pop up book of peter rabbit from so long ago. He is now 24 and he received it as a birthday gift when he was 3. His snow suit had a peter rabbit scene on it too. Memories of many moons ago. By the way on the kid’s Nick Channel Friday night from 7pm to 730 pm is a new peter rabbit christmas show. It alread aired in England, and now is our turn. Cannot wait to see it.
    Tell Joe he is doing a great job with the greenery, makes you want to come visit. I will bring the Christmas cookies, you can serve the tea. LOL

  53. Rhonda D. says:

    Every post you do I get to see a bit more of your beautiful home. And your home certainly has some features and architecture to be proud of. I enjoyed learning all about garlands with Joe. Every Christmas I raid my mother’s cedar trees and make a nice display at the front door. But even though I’ve wanted to make garlands, I’ve never learned. So this post is perfect. Joe has done an amazing job making them. I can’t wait to plant holly etc. next spring, and raid the necessary gardens and woodlands to create my very own garlands for Christmas next year. I love the Peter Rabbit room all decked out for the holidays. My curiosity about what you were going to do with the carrots has now been satisfied. Cute!

  54. Julie Marie says:

    Oh Susan, I just loved watching Joe make that very special wreath for your very special winner Kathy… I have been thinking about her so much since your post… and sending good thoughts and prayers her way… I know her special wreath will mean so very much to her and I hope it helps her heal from the loss of her mama… I lost my mama way too young also… 30 years ago… she was a year younger than I am now… and I miss her every day, especially at Christmas time… I have been reading my copy of your Christmas From the Heart of the Home book alot lately… and your happy childhood memories are alot like my own… and they have helped me get through some rough days this past week… you bless us all!… xoxo Julie Marie

  55. Julie Marie says:

    PS I love your Peter Rabbit room… does Jack ever go in there?…

    • sbranch says:

      I closed the door while I was putting up the roping and putting on the birds … he was too attracted to it. But now, the door is open, and he couldn’t care less! He really isn’t turning out to be the destructive type … unless you count the accidental stabbings of claws in my arm!

  56. Suzanne says:

    Hi Susan, I truly believe that when the lights are turned of at night and everyone is snuggled in bed asleep, the Peter Rabbit room comes alive! They have camp fires and nibble on carrots and possibly jump into your lovely painting getting into all kinds of mischief in SueMcgregors garden! Can’t you just imagine it?
    Joe must finally be getting used to all of us visiting you in your home as he seemed quite comfortable teaching all of us wreath making! Thankyou Joe! He is so adorable…you guys make the cutest couple. I’m so inspired to go out and give it a try myself! ~East Longmeadow, Ma.

  57. Nellie says:

    Good Thursday evening to you, Susan – and Joe!

    My husband even paid attention to the tutorial! Very helpful for the novices who inhabit this house.:-)

    I absolutely love the Peter Rabbit room. I don’t think I would ever be motivated to leave it.:-)

    I hope you have some good plans for the days ahead. Making more of Annie Hall’s Butter Cookies takes an important place on my schedule.

    I even managed to do a bit of wrapping of presents today, thank goodness! Time is passing too quickly!

    Have a great evening!

    xo Nellie

  58. Margaret AG CA says:

    Can I come and stay in the Peter Rabbit room? So Cute and cozy. The wreaths are great. Have you recovered from all the decorating and getting ready for your photo shoot? Now you can relax and have a nice cup of tea or something a little stronger..Enjoy!!

  59. Christie Ray says:

    Thank you for this post and Joe’s tutorial. Every year, I think…this is the year to have evergreens in the house…and every year, I cave to the ready made garlands. Last year was our first Christmas to decorate with cedar, and magnolia leaves, and red berries…on the outside. Now, after seeing how Joe put all that roping together and made those beautiful wreaths, I believe we might just be able to pull it off:) ….and my goodness gracious….I LOVE the boxwood roping in Little Sue’s “tree fort”…and the Peter’s around the bonfire…sheer cleverness!
    I’m glad someone else mentioned that area rug you have, there. I had noticed it before and it makes that room so cozy, you just want to curl up with a sweet old book.
    Thank you for sharing your heart, your love, your Joe, with all us girls…you may think you’re a corn ball, but I think you have kept that little girl twinkle in your eye and in all you do. Don’t ever change…you can never get too corny for this bunch;))
    (And, btw, I would purchase a print of that “Mr. SueGregor’s Garden” in a heart beat!)

  60. Patty from Michigan says:

    So fun to see and hear from Joe! Love his hat too. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful yard. It was such a beautiful day for Joe to be on the porch making that beautiful wreath. Thank you so much, Susan, for giving us these little daily blessings. I love the life that you and Joe are able to enjoy! What a blessing! Enjoying my Christmas season even more with all these wonderful treats you give all of us! Oh, love the little fire for Peter Rabbit and friends. So cute!

  61. Christy from Orange County, CA says:

    I Love your back porch…I Love Joe the Hero’s wreath tutorial…I Love the Peter Rabbit room where the Peters were celebrating the winter solstice…I Love Mr. SueGregor’s Garden…I Love that you cannot keep a secret 🙂

    Thank you again for sharing the Christmas spirit that is so abundant at your house and in your heart.

    Congratulations again to Kathy. I am glad she gets to feel especially lucky right now! 🙂 Her wreath is beautiful!

    Christmas Hugs,

    PS…Loved the peek at the Yankee shoot. I looked up the photographers website. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next year!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m excited to see how all their hard work ends up looking!

    • Christy, I LOVE everything you said you love…especially that Susan can’t keep a secret 🙂 and thank Susan, too, for sharing the Christmas spirit. For so many people there is great sadness attached to Christmas–either from childhood or from their current life, and to be so beautifully immersed in the Spirit of Christmas is truly a gift that Susan shares.

  62. Margo says:

    Everybody should have a guy like Joe to make wreaths! Love the bonfire the Peters were having! Thanks for sharing, Susan!

  63. Judie G. says:

    So glad I decided to check your blog. I’d been waiting for the Peter Rabbit room to be decorated and decided to check for myself. Surprise, it’s here! For some reason I did not receive your latest blog!!!! Perhaps I should sign up again just in case I was accidentally erased. I don’t want to miss anything especially this time of year! Thank You once again for sharing with all of us. I do enjoy every bit of it!!!

  64. Beautiful post, as always!

    Thank you, Susan for your inspiration.

    🙂 Carolyn

  65. Hi 🙂 It’s long lost moi 😀

    I love the video of Joe making the wreathe. He did a great job 🙂 I love that garland and the chinese pine is so cute.

    Off to catch up some more 🙂

    Denise of Ingleside

  66. LindaH says:

    Thank you Susan and Joe for sharing your creativity! Now that you’ve done so much of the work, I hope that you can sit back and enjoy the Christmas season.

    • sbranch says:

      We looked at each other yesterday and thought, wow, it’s all done! But we do have some wrapping and sending still to do, a little cookie baking too.

  67. Jody says:

    Lovely, beautiful, fresh wreath! What a champ Joe is to allow you to film him making a wreath and sharing all his wreath-y secrets. The roping was lovely too.

    I just had to tell you that I was thinking of you today whilst making Annie Hall’s Butter Cookies. I made my own variation on it by rolling 1″ balls of the dough in course sugar and then squishing a half pecan down into it and baking. So pecan-sandie-esque! I was wondering if you have a cutsie recipe that I could link to here on your site? I didn’t see one, but I did link to the recipe somewhere else online, but I’d rather link directly to your site….if you get the notion…….


  68. Sherry Palla says:

    Bravo to Joe! It’s beginning to feel alot like Christmas…yes? Thanks for your wreath tips! My neighbor is a horticulturist, so perhaps he’d lend some small trimmings of his trees and bushes…I hope you get some SNOW next week Susan! xoxo

  69. Gail Buss says:

    Dear Joe………….this message is for you. What a wonderful video of how to make a wreath and you make it look so very simple but by keeping the gloves on, I know its not. It’s hard to do many things with gloves on. All your decorations look beautiful, and I never knew you could go to a florist and buy florist wire to do all that yourself! I have holly bushes and some other pretty things I could use. The Peter Rabbit room looks super and I’m wondering if those are real carrots or plastic ones you bought some place. The top two are different colors and that makes them look real. The swags look beautiful too. Special thanks to Susan for taking the video. I know Kathy O. will love all her gifts complete with the last rose of your garden included. Have a wonderful Christmas season. Hugs, Gail Buss, Bev. Hills, Fl XXOO

    • sbranch says:

      I will tell Joe what you wrote Gail! He is still a bit wary of “the blog” — but he does like it when I tell him what “the girls” are saying! The carrots aren’t real, I think I got them at JoAnn’s or maybe Michaels when we went off island to get some holiday inspiration! I knew I was going to decorate the Peter Rabbit Room — I thought carrots would be a natural. But real ones, skinny ones, with tops, would look wonderful!

  70. Linda... Gardnerville, Nevada says:

    Love all that you do and how you so generously share and inspire. But I absolutely L-O-V-E you charming little painting of your garden with picket fence!!! …You are so awesome!

  71. Vee says:

    Oh Joe does wonderful work proving that one doesn’t have to be a “pro” pro to create beauty. I would offer a suggestion if Joe would like it because I used to make wreaths to sell, but if he’s happy and fine, let’s leave him be. His wreaths and garlands have a looseness of form that is very pleasing.

    • sbranch says:

      Suggestions are always welcome!! 🙂

      • Vee says:

        They are? Okay!

        In Maine, we make wreaths so that they may be displayed front and back, which is to say that it looks just as good on one side as the other. This is terrific for hanging in kitchen doors where the top half is a glass window. Further, we create little bouquets of natural material and having 10 or 20 shorter lengths of wire, we wind each of the bouquets individually before adding to the wreath. Finally, we add the bouquets layering so that the wire from the previous “bouquet” doesn’t show. We place the bow on that final spot to cover. If doing both sides, we do it in such a way as to have some bouquets out and some in so that a cleft is not created at the “seam” in the middle. Does any of this make sense? It would be good to just try this method once to see. It’ll make up faster, believe it or not, but it won’t look as delicious as the more delicate ones that Joe is already creating.

  72. Jamie from Virginia says:

    Your husband is a dear, dear man. And he is a PRO at wreath making. Having owned a floral design business in past years I can attest to him knowing exactly what he is doing. The wreath for Kathy O. is absolutely beautiful and I am sure she will be thrilled with it. Susan, you have a very talented crew living with you in Joe and Jack!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely home and life with us, you truly are an inspiration to many women. When Beatrix looks down on you, I am certain she is proud, not only for the precious vignette of your Peter Rabbit Room but also for your ability to inspire other women to reach out to bring beauty and grace in to their lives.

    ~ Jamie from VA

    • sbranch says:

      What a nice thing to say! I always do wish I have some of the BP spirit swirling around in me somewhere. xoxo

  73. Brenda Caldwell says:

    WOO-HOO! Let there be wreaths…The more the merrier!!! Thank you and Joe so much for the video, my hubby watched it intensely :)) Really, you are just so nice to share that with us.

  74. shirley burt says:

    Oh my goodness, each blog, I look, dream, get inspired and think this is the best. But no, you always do one better, the very next time. We thank you for that. I have just returned from Abilene, where I pick up my sister, we hide out in a motel room in the neighborhood where we grew up. Not the nicest, but memories are more important. Then we unload the trunk, build boxes, tuck in quilts I made for all her grandchildren, and we try hard to agree on who gets which wrapping paper———because that is just as important as what is inside, then wrap and label and laugh. Then repeat the same fun over and over. It was sad to come back home, but your blog has eased the sadness. Thank you Susan, for all the beauty, you too Jeannine for the Beatrix Potter show.information.
    Bunny hugs, Shirley

  75. sandy says:

    Charming! this is all so charming! I love coming here. You got me interested in Beatrix Potter, I love that name. Really knew nothing about her and only little about Peter Rabbit. Today I put a hold on Miss Potter (movie) at the library and checked out The Ultimate Peter Rabit (book) to get acquainted before I see the movie. Thanks again ever so much! xox sandy 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      An amazing life, she was an amazing person. Miss Potter — there is a song in it, Let me teach you how to dance. I won’t say anything more! Have fun Sandy!

      • Jamie from Virginia says:

        I LOVE that song!! Such Kindred Spirits here…..
        <3 Jamie in VA

        • sbranch says:

          It always makes me get up and pretend to be dancing with him!

          • Jamie from Virginia says:

            LOL! Me too! I see myself swirling around and around in the most beautiful waltz in a field of English daisies…..isn’t the imagination a most wonderful thing?
            ~ Jamie

          • sbranch says:

            The BEST!!! What a blessing, of so many!

          • Christie Ray says:

            I wish i could find a music box just like that one that played that song…somebody find one!! wouldn’t it be the very sweetest thing?? I play the video of it over and over, after watching the movie….does anyone else do that, too…while their eyes just tear up?

          • sbranch says:

            Oh yes.

          • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

            For all of you who love the Miss Potter movie (like me, I might add), be SURE to leave it running at the end through the credits because there is the most beautiful version of that song sung at the very end!!!

  76. Well, okay, by golly I think I’ve got it now! If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a wreath to make! Thanks for the info! Mary

  77. jane zamudio says:

    So fun!! Your little rabbits sitting around the fire reminds me of The Rabbits Christmas Party picture that Beatrix Potter painted for her love in the movie “Miss Potter”. Were you going after that look?. Anyway, well done!! Anything Peter Rabbit has my heart!!

    • sbranch says:

      When I lit the candle in the children’s tea cup, and it suddenly came to me that it looked like a bonfire! Especially with the Peter wrapped in the blanket right there!

  78. Jane says:

    Joe is quite a keeper, but I know you already know this! The wreaths are beautiful, the Peter Rabbit room just wonderful and your Christmas lights so pretty! Thanks always for sharing you world with us!

    Jane From Chicago

  79. Marcia Hron says:

    Susan and Joe . . . thank you for being able to “watch over Joe’s shoulder” as he made the lovely wreaths and garlands! As a Northern Minnesota gal, it’s amazing to see the sweet little pink rose included in the wreath. Super post!!!!

  80. Charlene says:

    Oh thank you so much Joe for the tutorial! You really are a good sport to do that! Now I feel like maybe I could do it. Maybe lol! I’m not handy or crafty, but I’ll give it a try. Susan your Peter Rabbit room is gorgeous! The snowballs and pretty birds are wonderful. Maybe I will trim my boxwoods tomorrow and see if I can do this. 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Even if you get one little sprig and tuck it in over a picture, it really does make a difference! Boxwood is so wonderful for this.

  81. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Now, I’m so happy this evening! My granddaughter helped me for awhile earlier today. We were turning up the holiday coziness volume, loved having her here. She’ll be gone soon for one year, following God’s lead. Treasured times together, sad when she went off for other fun times this evening! Got sidetracked there for a minute – you’ve made me so happy this evening because I was waiting patiently to see the Peter Rabbit Room, & here it is! Beautiful room & I love the bonfire too, on the cold winter’s day! When you came home with the carrots, from your shopping trip, I could hardly wait to see where they were going! Santa’s Village Video is quite professional! Love the tutorial for the wreath, & such a pleasure to see & hear your charming husband (& the red socks, just the right touch)! Thank you! Now I can go back to work on the holiday coziness some more! xoxoxo

  82. Debra says:

    Hi, Susan. Here’s a tip for Joe that I learned from a Martha Stewart program years ago: make a little bundle of clippings (depending on size of clippings, anywhere from a couple to five or six), wrap the floral wire around the end of the stems, then attach to the wire base. I don’t know that they could come out any prettier, but I have found it to be quicker. Your home looks fabulous and so homey. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  83. Carolyn says:

    The Peter Rabbit Room is bee-u-tee-ful!!! And you and Joe are so cute together! Him working away and you talking and video taping! Cute cute cute!

  84. Jackie P says:

    Loved the video of Joe making wreaths. What a good guy (and gal)! The greenery looks so lovely everywhere. Have you recovered from the Yankee shoot yet? They must have had a blast at your house!

  85. evangeline says:

    Just got home from work..I am a RN at at a medical center… the stars were so brilliant against the darkest blue sky…we are supposed to have meteor showers tonight…when I looked up into the heavens…I took deep breaths and exhaled slowly………… very slowly…….my mind immediately thot…Susan would “love” this…I must tell her..ha ha.. I saw a shooting star……a beautiful little gift of a falling star…… very “precious”. Thank you to both of you dear ones….your home and lives touch so many and give such joy….goodnight…see you tomorrow…..evangeline

    • sbranch says:

      Loved it Evangeline. And love the work that you do! Hope you are having sweet dreams . . .

    • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

      Evangeline: I hadn’t heard about the meteor showers but last night Norm and I saw the most brilliant falling star either of us has ever seen! So now you have explained it! 🙂

  86. Nancy B says:

    Oh, I just love this! Great video and the Peter Rabbit room is over the top! (The Hill Top?) You two are such a sweet couple. It’s nice to know you. 🙂
    Merry Christmas!
    p.s. I’m going to put ribbon bows on my lamp shades tomorrow…shhhh.

  87. Tina says:

    I am so happy to see Joe. I think he completes the Susan Branch World. He’s doing a splendid job of making wreaths. Also, your painting is lovely♥. Happy Holidays!

  88. Pat Johnson of Paso Robles says:

    Oh, my dear SueGregor – you are a fine “treasure” to all of us! Lovelovelove the Peter Rabbit Room. Joe did a good thing by adding the garland and sprucing it up for Christmas. I sit in Paso Robles with no snow (but cold nights) and it is often difficult to remember that it is Christmas. I mustmustmust go out and see all of the Christmas lights tonight! I did put out my santa collection and my manger scene, but not much else – being here alone without my Fred makes for a not-so-spirited Christmas – I did put a small tree in his room at the home. The holidays are challenging as he had a stroke at the beginning of the week – but – God bless Hospice!!! They have arrived in full force with help for him and for me! That is my Christmas gift (and Fred’s). Keep up the Christmas spirit and thank you for sharing your life with me. XXXXOOOO

    • sbranch says:

      OH Pat. I’m so sorry. I see you keeping your spirits up, but it has to be hard. I wonder what is going on at the Mission in SLO? They must be having some Christmas Carol singing or something beautiful and spiritually uplifting. Turn on Dean music (or reasonable facsimile) in your car and go look at those lights. My prayers are with you and Fred. xoxo

    • Jamie from Virginia says:

      My prayers are with you and your husband, Pat. The REAL meaning for Christmas is at hand for you, LOVE.
      ~ Jamie in VA

    • Lynn McMahon says:

      ~So sorry Pat~ Here is a virtual hug~ and a prayer~
      God bless all the wonderful people who work in hospice~ it truly was a Godsend when they came and helped our family out when both my parents were gravely ill.
      They truly are angels on earth!
      ~Merry Christmas to you~

  89. Betty Marie, Pennsylvania says:

    Joe’s wreath is just lovely. I would have never thought to include a rose.That makes the wreath extra special. I am going to call it Joe’s touch & in the Peter Rabbit room, It is Susan’s touch, with you adding the carrots to your swag. Just so cute!
    Now fast forward to Christmas Eve. Could you share with us an idea for this meal? Christmas Eve is our celabration at our home. Christmas day it is all over with and time for me to relax. For sure I will be making your cookies this year. Plus the gingerbread cake, it will be my second time to make this….YUMM!!

    • sbranch says:

      We always have the same, very non-gourmet, thing on Christmas Eve, because it was one of my favorite things from my childhood and Joe loves it too. But that’s because we have a more formal meal on Christmas Day — so Christmas Eve is casual, and because there are often lots of people around, some stopping in, I like it to be easy, and serve a bunch. Not sure if this is what you have in mind. Anyway, I make a huge casserole of creamy scalloped potatoes and cover the top in breakfast sausages. It’s on page 97 in Vineyard Seasons if you have it. I serve it with a big crisp salad sprinkled with pomegranate seeds … and that’s it. With Gingerbread Cake in Lemon Sauce, it would be a feast! But if your dinner is to be more elegant, then our favorite is Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding with Horseradish sauce, which you can find on page 74 of my Christmas Book. Hope this helps!

      • We’re having a Standing Rib Roast for Christmas this year and when I saw your Yorkshire Pudding in your Christmas book I added that to my menu!

        The Christmas Eve tradition we started once our boys were old enough was to have a fondue (meat, cheese, and chocolate). I think they look forward to that the most now when they come home for Christmas.

      • Betty Marie, Pennsylvania says:

        Oh, Yes you have given me the perfect meal. I never thought to do prime rib, and that is my hubby’s favorite when we go out for dinner. I think I can pull this off. Thanks Susan

  90. Georgie says:

    Christmas Surprises are soooo hard to keep! I have told my share of MANY! Thank You for sharing your special Sue MacGregor Room!!!! I loved the bonfire! Just the thought of those little guys getting warmed while gathering together around the fire put a big smile on my face.

    Joe’s wreaths and GARLAND are just so perfect. All of his special ingredients are blended just right… just like your recipes (I did look back and found the ginger choc chip cookies… YUM!)

    Happy Friday… Happy Christmas Countdown… Happy meteor shower…

    Thank You for spreading cheer. You are our MAster Elf!
    Yardville, NJ

  91. barbara miller says:

    once again,Susan,you have given us a lovely blog! well done ,Joe, the weath is beautiful! could not sleep so the post was a blessing to my weary heart.

  92. mary spring says:

    dear Susan ..good morning….after such an extremely difficult day yesterday, I almost didn’t feel I should “comment”…however this post is so incredibly special…thanks for all you and Joe do …you are definetely a “candle in the wind”….with love…God knows, we appreciate all you do !!!!!!

  93. suzk says:

    Your Peter Rabbit room is wonderful! Thank Joe for sharing his wreath making secrets. How lucky Kathy is to win a wreath and the last rose from your garden. You and Joe are so sweet to share your home with us!

  94. Vicki in Cincy says:

    Hi! After reading through all the girlfriends posts, I feel better knowing so many of us are working overtime to get stuff done by the end of the year (doesn’t make it easier, but more tolerable!). It was such a beautiful moment to see your new post and the Peter Rabbit Room! Absolutely adorable. Your home has such neat little nooks and crannies. I must say that Jack was so funny in your previous post with him on top of a cabinet. I had to giggle out loud! And Joe is a gem….you two are such a great pair….a match made in Heaven. I want to do a window decoration like the one in your kitchen. Great ideas! Have a happy day! Love you Girlfriend!

  95. Brenda says:

    Everything is just beautiful! I love the wreaths Joe makes and Kathy is a very lucky winner.
    Your home always looks so lovely and lived in. I wish I had your knack for decorating.

    • sbranch says:

      Well, it’s always the little things, think little at all times, and then it’s just personal. Always your heart that makes “good” decorating.

  96. Susan, I have been a member of your blog family for over a year now and even with taking a few months off to just spiritually heal and try to accept new challenges in my life (which I am coming to a slow realization will be with me forever) I feel a need to say this to you……when the Lord gives anyone talents and HE gives all of us a touch of blessings, HE expects us to learn, cultivate, nuture, and eventually share the gifts we have been given. Susan, you have done every one of the steps and bless your heart have even went one step further….you turned your gifts into a livelihood and then have decided to SHARE YOUR TALENTS with everyone here on your blog. I know there are times when this must seem more of a burden than a blessing my friend; but, the joy, inspiration, and hope your generosity gives to others is the gift you give back to the Lord as a thank you for all that HE has blessed you with in your life. Congratulations on all of your success and thank you for everything you, Joe, and your precious kitties do each and every day for us. I haven’t seen many comments from your Dad and hope he is well and I want to wish your entire family a Wonderful, Blessed Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!!!! Blessings

    • sbranch says:

      I always look forward to hearing from you Deborah, your thoughtful comments are wonderful. This is just so nice … thank you so much. I think we are all just doing the best we can — that’s all anyone can expect and really just the perfect amount of doing, for each person I’m sure it’s different. xoxo Calling my dad this morning!

    • Lynn McMahon says:

      ~I second that Deborah!~ Each day is a gift!~

    • Linda from Lancaster, Co PA says:

      I have missed your comments, but your name is in my prayer book and I have not forgotten you! It’s so nice to have you back again!

      • Thank you ladies, how very sweet of all of you to give me your prayers and happy thoughts. Kindness in this World is so important and very much needed….I truly appreciate all the “love” from all of you!!! Blessings

    • sandy says:

      Hi Deborah, you expressed this so well! I have been thinking lately about all Susan has accomplished and all she shares with all of us. A girlfriend of mine made a comment, sort of envious, about how Susan has this charmed life. And although I believe it is, it didn’t just drop down on her. She started — about 30? years ago and has diligently pursued her work and has been blessed with success. Some of us just dabble, or just dream, and never make progress. Susan, you are a shining inspiration! I am giving thought to what I can pursue and see where I can get with it, and quit dabbling! love to you all, sandy 🙂

  97. Barbara T, Wolverine Lake MI says:

    Oh my gosh! I have made a bunch of wreaths over the years and struggle each time, now watching Joe’s tutorial I see that I’m all backwards!!!! I hold them each little branch as he does but I was wrapping from from right to left, and I see Joe wraps from left to right! OMG what an idiot I’ve been! it flows so much easier. THANK YOU for that little video!! love it. I am off for a week – Christmas prep and crunch time – and I think today, after going to see The Hobbit at 10:15, I think I’ll make a wreath!! 🙂 Thanks Sue and Joe 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      One of our girlfriends suggested this morning, that you tie small bundles of cuttings together, and then wire it to the ring … I thought that made sense — good little tip!

  98. Katy Noelle says:

    Suddenly, I hear Doris Day singing ‘be a child at Christmas-time’! 🙂 (Is that what the song is called, though? You must know the one.) 🙂 It’s all just beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! 🙂

    Ah, I was thinking about ‘things’ to say but just started chuckling and smiling the more I read.

    ….and, then, here I am…. trying to say a certain something and typing and erasing and typing and erasing and just looked up at Deborah Heater’s comment and she’s gone a long way to putting it into words for me, already! (That was extremely kind of her to do…. 🙂 )

    Somehow, you just free me up to be me – to have fun – to not worry if everything is perfect – to just love life (like I’ve never been stung before =/) – to let my joy bubble out like it used to. You take me home! Oh, geesh! To the *heart* of what home is to me. (But, I’m rolling my eyes at myself – it’s so corny but it’s what I was genuinely thinking before I realized…. =/) A gentle revolution in my life is what you’ve been a part of!

    Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us!!!


  99. Treese says:

    It is times like this after reading and looking at your post I am so sad that the creative gene passed me by. I can rope, ride and shoot a gun almost as good as Annie Oakley, but I can barely hang my Christmas wreath in a artsy fashion. I LOVE the Peter Rabbit Room. I love what Beatrix Potter did for conservation/preservation for her beloved Lake District. But, my favorite is that painting hanging in the room-of the garden. Breathtaking.
    Treese/Colorado Cowgirl.

    • sbranch says:

      Well, perhaps the wreath thing is difficult, but you have no problem with words! And I have to say, I LOVE having a true-life cowgirl visiting my blog! Thank you Treese!

  100. Sara NW Georgia says:

    Joe has done an amazing job on those wreaths! I really do love the Peter Rabbit room!

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