On my winter evergreen arrangement-making journey this year, I also added a new side-project: bleaching pinecones. I've shown a few of my arrangements - including the original and some V2's and all of them featured a number of foraged pinecones. Some of them were on the tips of the pine branches and others were tucked in with a piece of wire. When we were last up in Wisconsin, I picked up a few pinecones that were on the driveway. They were dropped by the upright pine trees. Here's what they look like pre-bleaching: One-way-or-the-other, I came across the idea of bleaching pinecones as a winter project. There are dozens of how-to articles like this one that show you the very simple process: find acorns, put them in a bowl that contains a water and bleach mixture, and weigh them down so they don't float. That's what I did: I tucked two into a bleach and water bath overnight. 15-or-so hours later, I pulled them out. They need a half-day or so to dry o
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A few days ago, I shared a photo of what I'm calling V2 of my Winter Arrangements for 2023 . The first one - where I learned a bit - was in the Santa planter . V2 is a series of four in various vases from GoodWill that I picked up over the weekend. Below is a photo the second of the four in the V2 Series that we gave to my Sister (Equation Boy/Man's wife). This one (as the title of the post suggests) is a bit more wild (I'm not sure that's the right word, but it is the one I'm using...for now) and has no color in it aside from green. Just like the others, this one is foraged but for the eucalyptus. Has a couple of large pine branches that have some cones on them and a big bolt of juniper that is covered in berries. This one lacks the crabapple branch(s) and has more eucalyptus and curly will branches. This vase is a bit shorter and has a wider mouth, so the arrangement is wider with the branches splaying out the sides. There are distinct, established '