Ring around the rosies, a pocket full of posies…ashes, ashes we all fall down….
A picture of what life often feels like as we move from the lights and glitter of Christmas and New Years into the cold and barren landscape of winter. We spend December gathering up our hopes for a new start like so many roses.
Fragrant, bright with promise.
We crush them to ourselves, breathing in the heady scent of newness and life….only to find that they also contain thorns.
Thorns of doubt.
Thorns of promises we make yet find ourselves breaking once again. Thorns of goals unfulfilled and dreams that we toss aside like ash in the wind.
If we are not careful we can let the bitterness of winter and the seeds of discontent creep slowly into our hearts, replacing the flowering promises of new life and new beginnings with ashes of disappointment and regret.
We must remind ourselves that the roses will bloom again.
The flowers will peek their heads through the last remnants of snow, reminding us that within the cold dark earth of winter, they were growing; gathering energy from the soil that remained warm and fertile under the icy surface.
I love that St. Valentine’s Day falls so appropriately in February. February, the month resting between new starts and spring blooms. A month to remind us we are created to love and be loved. A month of red roses against the backdrop of crisp, white snow. A month to not only show love to those we cherish most, but to show love to ourselves as well.
The rose and its thorns. A perfect example of our lives, beauty and pain intertwined together. One exists because of the other.
This Ring of Roses Wreath is a perfect reminder in the cold winter months that love blooms all around us!
wicker wreath form, 4-5 bunches of red and hot pink silk roses, hot glue gun and glue sticks, wire cutters, wide ribbon for hanging
I hope you’ll enjoy creating this ring of roses wreath as a reminder that you are loved. That a fresh beginning is always just under the surface…that out of the ash of winter can spring new blooms of life in all its wondrous glory!
Speaking of LOVE! We know the winner of the Altar’d State Giveaway is going to love this darling headband.
Congratulations to…. Lori (loro908@….) for winning the Altar’d State Headband Giveaway! Please send an e-mail with your complete mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, January 18th to claim your Skylar Headband in White!”