the ever-evolving wreath just evolved…
Posted in amsterdam, handmade June 19th, 2008 by piablog

Do you remember when I wrote about my little front door wreath? I made it for Christmas with fairy lights and all, and then I loved it so much that I wanted to keep it displayed all through the year. So I decided to make it an evolving floral sculpture for the front door (certainly inspired by my love of Tracey Deep’s work) – I let the flowers and foliage die and just add to it over the months and seasons to see how it evolves. I call it my ever-evolving wreath. Back in January I evolved it to this. Meantime the buds have long-died and cobwebs were starting to grow through it all. So I cleaned it up yesterday while I was doing the gardening and I added the dying peonies and astilbes, here it is…


What do you think? I quite like it. The colours are so muted but the different textures are so strong. And the most beautiful part of this piece is that when I open the door a few petals fall, leaving a little path of petals on the bridge for me to walk over, while some of them fall into the canal and float away…


I think I’m still very structured with the wreath though – I’d like to be much looser with it, make it into a crazy beautiful artwork. When we have our summer boat party I will add fresh foliage and blossoms to it, make it colourful and lively.

On a side note, while I was out and about yesterday I passed an interior decorating studio that was selling fabric off-cuts for next to nothing, so I bought all of these…


I couldn’t help myself. I blame ms. hyena in petticoats – she posted that she was about to start selling her incredible fabric collection online, i got so excited about it, and then went out and spotted these fabrics for sale, and bought up! oops. I will no doubt use them for upcoming shoots, so you will probably see them again somewhere down the line. I was also thinking I might re-cover my napoleon chair in one of them, maybe this one…


While I think about this, I am going to pour myself a glass of milo, my last glass in fact, as the tin is now empty. Boo hoo! I’ll savour every last spoonful (yes, it’s imperative you drink milo with a spoon).

Next Up: hmm, I have no idea, what does everyone feel like to end the week? A home tour? A cool new kids clothes range? A tag? Or is there a category you like most? You choose.

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  1. nadia says

    bautfiful textile finds!I love the colors of the wreath- i do
    Pia- I love all your post…….i love your city tours as well!

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  2. Annie says

    Oh, I love the textiles! Do a home tour :-)or a city tour, both would be lovely. Thanks for you comments on my blog and thanks
    for visiting.

    June 19th, 2008 | #

  3. Annie says

    P.S. Love the wreath too!

    June 19th, 2008 | #

  4. pia says

    you are welcome annie! hmm, looks like city tour or home tour is on the cards so far…

    June 19th, 2008 | #

  5. Design for Mankind says

    Love the textiles. And you can post whatever you want; I’ll still come back daily! 🙂

    June 19th, 2008 | #

  6. Sarah says

    home tour!!!! ps. how do you fix your milo?

    June 19th, 2008 | #

  7. pia says

    thanks erin, i am honoured that you love my blog, you’re the best!

    hmm home tour huh, sounds good sarah, i do have one up my sleeve. anyone else have a preference for the next post?

    okay so my milo is like this: I like to put 3 HEAPED teaspoons of it in a glass. then i put just a small amount of ice cold milk and stir it up so that it dissolves nicely. then i add more milk and stir again. There is the crunchy bit on top and the chocolatey milk underneath, so i take turns and spoon some of the milk, or some of the crunchy topping into my mouth. i actually ‘drink’ the whole glass by spooning it in my mouth. and i ALWAYS leave some of the malty, crunchy topping ’til last. delicious!! what about you?

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  8. sofia says

    beautiful wreath, love it now even more with the pale colors. The textiles are gorgeous too and I’m sure you have enjoyed your last (for now) Milo 🙂 It’s been raining here ALL day, I’m depressed 🙁

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  9. pia says

    the weather has been so bad here too sofia – i had to ride my bike in the pouring rain to my meeting this morning – it was half an hour away! and it was still raining when i rode back. blaaaaah.

    but the milo was sooooo good! glad you like the wreath now, it is quite pretty isn’t it, very soft and dainty.

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  10. Kirsty says

    It’s been a long time since I had a milo – now I really want one.

    Looking forward to seeing the fabrics in their next life.

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  11. becky says

    I love your blog and was happy to discover it. Your posts are inspiring and that’s a lovely wreath. I think a home tour is a good idea myself… do you live by/on a canal then? nice.

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  12. nancy says

    you truly lead a whimsical magical life. seriously. 🙂

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  13. katiecrackernuts says

    Wreath. Great. Fabric great. Hyena in Petticoats fabric sale. Thank goodness you reminded me. Eeek.

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  14. raina says

    Such lovely images Pia; with all the colors marinading so well together of course the wreath is beautiful.

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  15. lynne says

    love the wreath, as you know, i’m fond of things faded and worn by life and elements!adore the stripe also!

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  16. marie says

    the plan for the chair looks nice..
    i would love to see it when its done!

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  17. Jeska says

    Beautiful wreath, I love the idea of the petal trail it leaves. pretty confetti every day.

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  18. Jill says

    beautiful fabrics and photos! i like the idea of more home tours. happy weekend and hope the sun makes it to amsterdam soon, Pia 🙂

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  19. pam says

    Oh my. Your blog is so beautiful, and as for the fabrics, *sigh*.

    June 20th, 2008 | #

  20. robin says

    seriously pia. i want you to know how much i enjoy the fact that you post for your readers sometimes two and three times a day! i can hardly keep up but i do thrill at the idea that you keep us all so close to your wandering heart.

    June 21st, 2008 | #

  21. Kim Gray says

    Great Fabrics!! If I could I would just collect fabrics and put them on a shelf to look at as decor in itself -without having to even make it into anything! Just too beautiful!

    June 22nd, 2008 | #

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