You know how sometimes you stumble upon a photo or idea and despite having far more important things to spend your time on, you simply must do it? This is what happened with me when I saw a photo of citrus garlands. They looked so full of life, color, and fragrance—like strung happiness.
So, off to buy oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and the coup d’état that required calls ahead to three different stores—blood oranges. When peeled, these reveal the beauty of a sunrise within.
Luke and I sliced and laid out the fruit, accompanied by Spanish guitar music.
Then, into the oven at *170 degrees for 4-5 hours. The house smelled of citrus sweetness and tang.
Wore my fabulous new poppy apron that Mom gave me.
As each pan finished, we laid them out on the table.
Luke and I strung the garlands with twine. We had way too much fun doing this.
When laid out on the table, they remind me of strung jewels!
Then to hang. I love to see the garlands in the kitchen window in the mornings when I wake and pour my coffee for early morning writing.
The sun shining through reveals the intricate details and beauty of each. The blood oranges are especially exquisite.
A friend wrote and said she and her mom had made these when she was a child. They tied cinnamon sticks in between the fruit. This sounds wonderful and we’ll be incorporating cinnamon sticks into our stands the next time we make.
Garland Bloopers: I love when movies include the bloopers. We had some definite bloopers. Note: lemons dry much faster than the larger oranges and grapefruit! Wynn’s bff, Erin, made garlands for her apartment. She sent photos the gorgeous strand strung across her room and another of charred fruit with the following note, “…and then what I call the ‘Gothic Garland.’ Love it!Luke and I played with what to call our own garland of bloopers, we tried Garnet Garland, which sounds lovely and poetic—and then decided “Gothic Garland” really is the best!
Garland strand in my writing room.
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Thank you to @newmexmattie on Instagram for the photos of the original inspiration! She says she bought hers at Bagel’s Florals. And such gratitude to Linda Archibald (@alegregardens) for diving into doing these garlands on her own and posting photos, thus turning our Teacher Education meeting into me asking her all kinds of questions about how to make. Thank you, Linda!