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My Love Affair with Snow

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 1 Comment

Wintercraft Globe Ice Lanterns waiting to work under a blanket of snow

 

Today is a beautiful winter day!

 

The sun may be hiding, but the snow is thick and glorious. And, because it is snowing, the happiness it brings has compelled me to mention a few thoughts about . . . snow.

 

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

 

This famous poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning continues, but I think you get the idea. I love snow and I CAN count the ways:

 

1. When snow starts to fall and cover the world with a soft whiteness, I always imagine my mother pulling the blanket up to my chin and saying sleep tight, my dear. For is not Mother Nature doing that very thing for all the rose buds of tomorrow.

 blanket of snow

 

2. Snow signals playtime - snow forts building, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowball fights, the list continues . . . what's not to enjoy!

On a sled!

But, you need good clothing to make it enjoyable (See next point). Fortunately, we have the ability to buy clothing that would make our ancestors drool. When I think about the hardship they must have endured, it makes me truly thankful for Polarfleece!

A pack train makes its way through a snow storm in a wood engraving after a design by Charles Nahl, 1856. Packers and their mules encountered a variety of dangers in carrying supplies to mining camps, but winter trips were especially hazardous. When a tremendous storm caught one train between Grass Valley and Onion Valley, all but three of forty-five mules perished before the snows lifted.  California Historical Society, FN-30968 .

 

3. On a lighter note, snow revs up the economy. For all of us who rely on snow as a means to earn our keep, snow allows us to get to work. And, it's not only good for snowplow drivers, but sales rack up for everything from salt to snowblowers to candles. People head out with a list of groceries and goodies to make their homes cozy and welcoming. 

 

I did my part to innervate the economy this year by making a few larger purchases. I was craving a new pair of boots. I wanted something that lightweight, warm, waterproof and relatively nice looking. Well, I have to admit that I scored big! I bought a pair of Ugg Maxie boots and they are everything I wanted and then some!

Jen loves UGGs Maxie Boots for winter fun and work!

The second purchase was more serendipitous. I was working on my Christmas installation at the local REI store and all that was left to do was adjust the LED lights. I figured I had to wait about a half and hour, so decided to wander inside and look around a bit. Nothing serious, for I really did not need anything. But, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a pair of winter pants and they were on SALE, too! I tried them on and knew - I just knew these pants would be my favorite winter pants of all time! Not only are they lined with a thin layer of polar fleece, but the outside layer is a matte finish poly blend that is wind and water resistant! And to top it off, they look good dressed up or down. OK, ok, I'll tell you the brand. They are Mountain Hardwear Yumalina™ Pants.

Jen loves Mountain Hardwear Yumalina Pants from REII'm telling you--these are the perfect pair of winter pants! I just broke down and bought a second pair online as a back up [sheepish grin].

 

And as for me and my Winterscaping work, I can do a lot without snow, but a much larger world of opportunities open up when abundant snow is at my fingertips. It helps insulate the bottoms of Globe Ice Lanterns as they are freezing. It helps to level any ice luminary while setting it up for candles. But most importantly, it is absolutely imperative to have snow when I am making Ice Glass Shards. I need snow to make my pools. I need snow to store the ice glass until I need it. And, then I need I snow to plant the Ice Glass in to make the ice sculptures. Point blank - I need snow!

 

Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Balloon sitting in a Wintercraft Freezing Base surrounded by snow to insulate the bottom!

 

And BTW - the best gloves for working in the snow are my Smurfy Blues! I devoted an entire blog post to them a few years ago and I love them more than ever! 

Jen loves Smurfy Blue Gloves! 

 

4. Snow can make the world more challenging for some, so it becomes a time to reach to those who need help. I believe in the old adage, "Out of adversity comes opportunity." Maybe we shovel an elderly neighbor's driveway, help push a stranger's car out of a ditch or dig deep and teach some neighbor children how to build a quinzee hut! :)

 

5. And finally, the quintessential snow moment is when you wake up to a winter wonderland following a snowstorm. The swirling crystalline madness has settles down and left behind a blanket that has been pulled up tight, so we can walk out into the serenity of it and enjoy!  

 

Enjoy the Glow!

Jennifer Hedberg, Ice Wrangler for Wintercraft

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Co-conspirator in Giving to Simpson Church Shelter (with photos and story!)

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft at Simpson Church Shelter Minneapolis, MN

Lighting the pathway for Simpson Church Shelter's Minnesota Homeless Memorial March & Service on December 15, 2016. 

 

There are moments in life that will change you forever.

 

When I was in college, I made extra money by caring for elderly women who lived nearby. A tendency for kindness which was planted in me by my parents grew while caring for these colorful and interesting, yet frail individuals. I found that connecting with them on a personal level increased the pleasure of the situation for both of us. I listened to their stories, they listened to mine. They helped me with my homework and I helped them get dressed--it was a good exchange. But, a creative field beckoned, so this turned out to be a short-term gig for me.

 

But, I am absolutely positive that the lessons learned during that period of time have impacted every level of my life. The underlying principle--kindness to others.

 

At Simpson Church Shelter in Minneapolis, I saw that principle shining from the people who run the show there. Christine Giese gave me a tour of the facility with a group of mentally challenged teens who had finished volunteering in their kitchen. It is a bare-boned, no-frills place that looks like every penny is put into the essentials--food, shelter, clothes and the little things, like shampoo, socks and underwear.

 

How did I get there? Kate Stanley of Minneapolis answered our call for suggestions of where we could do a guerrilla ice luminary installation to brighten someone's day (see Co-conspirators in Giving blog post). She suggested Simpson Church Shelter - what a marvelous idea! At this time of year, times are particularly challenging for those that must spend much of their time outside.

 

I was going to stop by - quickly - and get an ok from the managers to put in an ice luminary display for their event the next night. But, they were in the middle of the tour, so I tagged along. I learned a lot about their needs and how they exist in a constant state of scraping the bottom of the pan. And, to be honest, it helped me connect with the people who stopped and chatted with me while I was lighting and photographing the ice lanterns. I think I understood - just a tiny bit more - about their situation and the way the shelter helps them feel cared for . . . 

 

I am writing this in the morning before a snow storm which will be followed by two days of BITTER cold and I know that the shelter management will have their hands full as they will be open 24 hours a day during this weather crisis.

 

I encourage you to visit their website and see HOW YOU CAN HELP

 

What am I going to do now to help? I think I will donate some Blessing Bags. They are listed above their Wish List and Christina Giese has the secret formula of what goes into these assembled toiletry kits. I am going to email her at cgiese@simpsonhousing.org to learn how to assemble them and how many they need.  

 

Fabulous Idea: Some high school kids did a food drive where they collected 300 boxes of General Mills cereal and donated them to the shelter. Then, the students (this is the important part) contacted General Mills and asked if they would match their donation--and they did. Christina Geise said they did not have to buy cereal for a year! Think about it--General Mills and other large companies get requests for donations every day. But, when a individual or a group of individuals takes the extra step to contact them, they refocus in a really good way! Congrats to the students for the idea and the effort and a big high five to General Mills for matching the donation.

 

Enjoy the Glow!

 

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, Ice Wrangler for Wintercraft 

 

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Co-Conspirators in Giving Update

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Just a few weeks ago, we decided to offer a "surprise" ice luminary display as a guerrilla act of kindness to someone in the Wintercraft world. We wanted to sprinkle some icy magic and disappear in a midwinter elf-like way so the magic would seem real. Easy-peasy fun that would touch someone's heart that needed a lift . . . But, the decision process proved to be anything but easy. While we read some delightful stories about weddings and churches, there was one that stood out. After much deliberation, I think we have a plan . . .


MN Homeless Memorial March & Service

 

We have decided to use our ice luminaries to help shine a little light on the MN Homeless Memorial March & Service tomorrow evening - December 15th. The idea came from Kate Stanley of Minneapolis, who said, "It would be such a gift to bring some of your magical ice lanterns to light up the entrance to Simpson Church for their Homeless Memorial Service which usually happens yearly on the solstice. It is an incredibly moving event which honors those who have died while homeless in Minnesota. I see it as an offering of love and light in tribute to our neighbors."      

Wonderful idea, Kate!    

Because it is not on the solstice and is, in fact, tomorrow (Thursday Dec 15), we are having to work quickly!


The march portion of the event starts downtown at the Hennepin County Government Center at 5pm and the group winds their way to Simpson Church (28th St & 1st Ave S.) for a Service of Remembrance. We have spoken to the coordinators of the event who are delighted to have the 28th Street entrance of the church sparkle! (See below for more information.)

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EDIT ON DEC 15th: An injury on our Wintercraft team means that I (Jennifer) will be doing the installation at the Simpson Church Shelter Thursday, Dec. 15 (today).

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Tomorrow, I will be working all day on a very large ice luminary installation at the REI store in Bloomington, so Tom, my husband, is going to take the lead on this installation. His plan is to set up the ice at the shelter during the day tomorrow and then go back to light just before the service begins.  


I would love to see how the marchers react to their church's entrance all lit up with ice and candles, so I hope I am not too exhausted from the day. I will try to get to the shelter to be able to help light and/or attend the event starting at 6:30 in the church. I will let you know how it goes . . .

Oh, and if you are like me, you are thinking how lucky you are to be able to go from your warm house to your warm car to your warm office and back. If yes, please consider going to their website and making a donation of goods, time or money to help this wonderful shelter, do just that, offer shelter to neighbors in need.

Stay warm everyone and Enjoy the glow!

 

Event Details:

Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Homeless Memorial March and Service

5:00 pm | March & Silent Vigil
Hennepin County Government Center
3rd Avenue South & 5th Street South, Minneapolis
The march will follow 5th Street South westward to Nicollet Avenue and proceed south to 28th Street.

6:30 pm | Service of Remembrance
Simpson United Methodist Church
2740 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis

7:30 pm | Community Meal
Simpson Shelter
Lower level of Simpson United Methodist Church

All are welcome!

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Sleeping on an Ice Cube

Posted on December 08, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Ice Wrangler at Ice Hotel in Northern Sweden

Sleeping in a room made of ice and snow may not seem like a dream that would be shared by many, so we were surprised to learn that thousands of people visit the original Ice Hotel found north of the arctic circle in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden every year. With our daughter studying in Norway this last winter, it was a great excuse to include a trip to the original Ice Hotel while visiting her!  

 

If you ever get a chance, we recommend a visit. Although your pocketbook will take a hit, you will be much richer in experiences..

 

Tom and I managed to snap a few highlights with our phone cameras: 

 

Arriving in Kiruna, Sweden which is the northern most town and is in the province of Lappland.

After a two hour flight from Stockholm, we arrived in Kiruna, which is the northern most town of size in Sweden and is in the province of Lappland. But, the best part is that it was just 20 minutes away from Jukkasjårvi and the Ice Hotel by rented car.

 

Walking across the frozen tarmac at the airport.

Tom and I walked across the frozen tarmac at the airport, which thankfully, proved to be the coldest part of the trip.

 

The beautiful entrance to the Ice Hotel during the "Blue Hour"

The beautiful entrance to the Ice Hotel during the "Blue Hour"

 

English is the common language, so the signs are commonly in Swedish and English.

English is the common language, so the signs are all in English which we found disappointing and helpful at the same time.

 

Of course the first thing we did after arriving at the Ice Hotel was to put out a Globe Ice Lantern to freeze.

Of course, the first thing we did after arriving at the Ice Hotel was to put out a Globe Ice Lantern to freeze.

 

The main entrance of the Ice Hotel is graced by a beautiful ice egg. Please note that the ice is much prettier in person. Our phone cameras do not do them justice.

The main entrance of the Ice Hotel is graced by an enormous ice egg. Please note that the ice carvings are much more beautiful in person. Our phone cameras do not do them justice.

 

At the end of the Great Hall is a giant ice throne which is probably the most photographed section of the hotel.

At the end of the Great Hall is a giant ice throne which is probably the most photographed section of the hotel.

 

A room in the Ice Hotel filled with stacked ice chunks to resemble Cairns or Inuksuks.

A room in the Ice Hotel filled with stacked ice chunks to resemble Cairns or Inuksuit.

 

The "Elephant in the Room" Room with Tom to show scale.

The elephant in the "Elephant in the Room" was carved from "Snice" which is a mixture of snow and ice. Tom is helping out to show scale. We decided to spend the night in one of the ice rooms. It started out cold, but we quickly warmed up in the two person sleeping bag and slept quite soundly. In fact, they had to wake us up in the morning and offered us hot Lingonberry juice to start the day.

 

Beneath that great dome is the Ice Hotel Bar - Fabulous! I wish some of our photos worked out, but alas, you might have to go there and see for yourself.

Beneath that great dome is the Ice Hotel Bar - Fabulous! I wish some of our photos from inside the bar had worked out, but alas, you might have to go there and see for yourself.

 

The grounds of the Ice Hotel is limited to snow, some more snow and dog sleds taking a rest from adventure.

The Ice Hotel building is made of a mixture of snow and ice and from the outside looks relatively plain. While the ice rooms are marvelous, the grounds around the Ice Hotel are limited to large buildings made of snow, piles of snow, some more snow and then some dog sleds taking a rest from adventure.

 

But head off in any direction and there is natural and man made beauty to be found.

But head off in any direction and there is natural and man made beauty to be found. This charming building is a community church directly across the river from the Ice Hotel. 

 

 

The Ice Hotel also offers adventures large and small. We decided to try a basic lesson in ice carving. They supply a block of ice taken from the river, an ice carving chisel and a soft-headed hammer.

The Ice Hotel also offers adventures large and small. We decided to try a basic lesson in ice carving. They supply a block of ice taken from the river, an ice carving chisel and a skilled teacher. The creativity and steady hands you had to supply yourself. 

 

After 3 hours of carving, I created a leafy plant that I was hoping to hollow out and put a candle inside. Surprise - surprise. But, my time elapsed and I had to leave it solid. They put all the student's ice carvings outside to be lit by the sun.

After 3 hours of carving, I created a leafy plant-like thing that I was hoping to hollow out and put a candle inside. Surprise - surprise. But, my time elapsed and I had to leave it solid. They put all the student's ice carvings outside to be lit by the sun.

 

We arrived at the end of the season, so there were hundreds of small sculptures surrounding the carving building.

We arrived at the end of the season, so there were hundreds of small sculptures surrounding the carving building. This is just what could be captured in one photo.

 

The Ice Hotel also offers dog sledding and reindeer sledding adventures. As we have been dog sledding in the past, we decided to try driving a sled pulled by reindeer.

The Ice Hotel also offers dog sledding and reindeer sledding adventures. As we have been dog sledding in the past, we decided to try driving a sled pulled by reindeer. They start by letting you feed the reindeer.

 

The people indigenous to northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia are Sami, and are the only people allowed to own reindeer in Sweden. Here, the Sami guide brought out buckets of Reindeer Moss for us to hand feed to the reindeer.

The people indigenous to northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia are Sami, and are the only ones allowed to own reindeer in Sweden. Here, the Sami guide brought out buckets of Reindeer Moss for us to hand feed to the reindeer. They were very happy to see us. In fact, they acted much like horses when you have an apple in your hand.

 

This little beauty was new to the flock and was not tempted by Reindeer Moss. She stayed on the periphery and was bullied by the other reindeer. Again, there appeared to be a heirachy in the pack--very much like horses.

This little beauty was new to the flock and was not tempted by reindeer moss. She carefully stayed on the periphery and sadly, seemed to be bullied by the other reindeer. This heirarchy of lead and lower members of the flock is similar to packs of horses.

 

We were taken to another pen which held the trained reindeer and was told to catch our own reindeer - ha ha. That was funny.

We were taken to another pen which held the trained reindeer and were told to catch our own reindeer - ha ha. That was funny. The guides, after a good laugh at our expense, lassoed a few for us. Thank goodness. We then we told to harness our beautiful beasts to the sled.

 

Then the fun began. It was one reindeer per sled per person and out in the woods, they really took off.

Then the fun began!  I will try to paint the picture: We were being pulled through freshly fallen snow along small rivers that were opening with the spring temps. The sleds, which were hand-made from trees cut down in the woods, were pulled by REALLY big deer through a beautiful winter wonderland. All this with snow tipped mountains in the distance. Gorgeous and wildly fun! When you yipped and howled just right, the reindeer took off at a gallop! If you were not holding on, say if one were taking a photo, for instance, off you came in an instant and it took a while to catch up. Tom, who took this photo, fell off his sled and had to run for a long time. It was a big sacrifice for a photo, so please enjoy it! 

 

Outback Lapland found by reindeer sled - beautiful!

Outback Lappland experienced by reindeer sled - beautiful! 

 

After the ride, we were offered hot Lingonberry juice and reindeer sandwiches.

After the ride, we were offered hot Lingonberry juice and reindeer sandwiches. It was a quick reminder of how central the reindeer are to the Sami people. They are literally used for everything and not a bone is wasted.

 

The globe ice lantern we put out was fairly pathetic as we only had two days to be there and the temperatures were hovering just below freezing.

After all the adventures, we made our way back to the Ice Hotel to open up our Globe Ice Lantern. Two days of temperatures that were hovering just below freezing created a fairly pathetic looking lantern (yes, our standards are high!). But, we lit it up and enjoyed it on our last night there nonetheless. It was a great trip! And now that we have seen the ice marvels that can be made, we may submit our own ideas to create a future Ice Room at the Ice Hotel. From the many hundreds of people worldwide who submit, they only take 15 a year, so it's a stretch, but who know, a map maker and an Ice Wrangler might make an interesting team up there in Jukkasjårvi. We will see . . .

 

Enjoy the Glow!

-- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

 

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Co-conspirators in Giving!

Posted on December 01, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 1 Comment

Wintercraft Gift of Ice Lantern Installation Ice Wrangler

We need your help! Tom and I would love to be co-conspirators in giving an ice lantern installation to someone in your life that would be delighted by such a magical surprise!


Why? Recently I discovered a little known holiday, Martinmas, celebrated on the 11th of  November in western Europe. It grabbed my attention when I read the main tradition is to hold a festival of lanterns! 

Martinmas Lantern Festival with Children

Ding! Of course I would love that idea! Then, my interest grew when I read about the historical basis for the holiday—a young soldier offered his coat to a man in need. That simple gesture developed into a lovely holiday based on the idea that generosity brings light to the darkness of need.



I was inspired! Tom and I have always loved to give ice lanterns as gifts to friends and neighbors during the dark winter months, but how could we extend that gesture further out into the world? So, we'd like to ask you, gentle readers, to help us make a gift of ice lanterns to someone who would be uplifted by magic and light! A special installation from just pure joy in our hearts. Plus, we'll certainly use our ice luminary expertise along with doing the heavy lifting :)


If you have a person, or a group of people, in mind, please send us a note to info@wintercraft.com by December 10, 2016. We would love to surprise someone by lighting up the entrance of a church for a wedding, bringing some joy to ease the pain of a financial or personal loss, or sprinkling globe ice lanterns around the front steps of a neighborhood hero. One choice of recipient will be made for the 2016-17 winter season (details below). We have seen and heard of the joy of discovering such a gift, and we assure you, it is well worth the effort! The first year we decorated a section of the creek near our home on Valentine's Day, we set and lit about 60 ice lanterns of all shapes and sizes and walked away. The stories of joy and delight that followed warmed our hearts and made us excited to do it again, and again, and again. Originally, we called it Lover's Lane, but now it's Middlemoon Creekwalk. (To receive word of when it will be this year, sign up for our newsletter on the Wintercraft website.)

 

Please note: From the stories we receive, we will be selecting one person or group of people. We will base our decision on timing, weather, location and the compelling nature of the story. What we are envisioning is a "Custom Exterior Installation", however it really will depend on the specific choice made. To be clear, on the date of installation, we must be free of obligation, the weather workable and the location should be within about a 1 hour drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.


We are, unfortunately, limited by geography, but for all of you that live near and beyond, we would like to extend this idea of giving ice lanterns to you. Think about a person in your life who would cherish such a gift. Ice lanterns are easy to make and relatively inexpensive - really just a strong balloon with support, water, cold and time. I will include in a PDF that you can download to give with your ice lantern(s) that describes relighting techniques. (It is a standard 8.5 x 11" image that you will fold in half and then in half again.) That instruction sheet plus a few extra candles, fireplace matches and a note of greetings from you tops off the gift!

 

Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Lighting Guide


So please, send a story, or two, of someone who would be delighted with a gift of light. Be a co-conspirator in a guerrilla act of kindness that will long be remembered by the receiver and the givers alike.


Cheers to all and Enjoy the Glow!


Jennifer Shea Hedberg - The Ice Wrangler

 

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Reverse Hibernation - Time to play!

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Hungry as a Bear for Winter to come 

As I sit down to write this blog, my eyes focused on a framed print of a mother bear and her cub emerging from hibernation in our dining room, and it struck me, . . . the way I am feeling right now, might be just how a bear feels that has spent a long winter sleeping and dreaming of spring and the berries that will surely be ripe on the vine . . . only in reverse.


My hibernation has been over this beautiful summer. I made time to garden, paddle board and spend time with my family, but mostly I worked on Ice Luminary Magic!, my book about making ice luminaries of all shapes and sizes. And, all that thinking and dreaming of ice has made me as hungry for playtime in the snow. I'm ready and waiting for the temperatures to go below 20°F/-7°C, so I can get out there and experiment with all my icy ideas that have been percolating in the summer sun. 


So, it's time to prepare! As of last week, I have all my Smurfy Blue Gloves lined up on the rack by the door.

Wintercraft Gloves by the Door

 

My stash of Globe Ice Lantern Balloons, Freezing Bases and Easy-close Clips are standing by my laundry tub ready for action.

Wintercraft Work Set Up Globe Ice Lantern Balloons Freezing Bases Clips and Tools 


And my freezers are working full time to make Globe Ice Lanterns for early retail displays and the Art Attack event (our building's art crawl) November 4-6, 2016.


But, I still carve out time to work on my book every day and I must admit, I am getting very excited because it's coming together so nicely. It's filled with photos and illustrations that are sure to please. I will let everyone know when it is ready for presentation!


Here are a few photos of the working draft as a preview of what's to come . . . 


Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Ice Logic Section

Ice Logic Section: Once you understand how ice behaves, the ice projects later in the book will make much more sense.

 

Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Ice Chip Tower Project page 1

Ice Chip Tower Project - entry spread


Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Ice Chip Tower Project page 2

Ice Chip Tower Project - final spread


Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Teardrop Ice Lantern Lighting

Teardrop Ice Lantern lighting strategies

 

Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Ice Flower Project

Floral Globe Project - entry page


Wintercraft Luminary Magic Book Floral Globe Project


And much, much more . . . very exciting! For those who have been patiently waiting for my book, I thank you. I assure you, I am as impatient as you. I was a Hare, who has to be a tortoise, so I am embracing the adage, "Slow but sure wins the race."  


As the mercury starts to descent, come out of your summer sleep and be prepared to enjoy the glow . . . Winter Globe Ice Lantern Flowers are getting ready to bloom!

Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Ice Glass Flower Middlemoon Creekwalk Luminary event Minneapolis Minnesota


Enjoy the Glow!

Jennifer Shea Hedberg - The Ice Wrangler

 

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Before the Frost

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Flower Gathering gardener Elizabeth


One of the projects in my Ice Luminary Magic! book is how to make a Bucket Lantern with flowers frozen into the ice. It is one of several projects involving flowers and I love to make them for myself and others! 


During the summer months, I rarely buy flowers to put in my ice because they are so readily available outside in my garden. But in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the threat of a frost now nipping every night, I have made several flower acquisition trips to friends and neighbors who offer them. The knowledge that their flowers will live on in ice after the rest of their garden is killed by frost, makes some of my friends excited to part with a few stems of pink hydrangea, salvia, and even late-blooming roses!


These flowers and greens from my friend Elizabeth Carr will look beautiful together in a tower of ice. (I will edit this post with photos when the floral bucket ice lantern has finished freezing in my deep freezer.) Thanks Elizabeth!


Wintercraft flowers from Elizabeth for ice project in Ice Luminary Magic Book

Try an easy project to use some of your fall-blooming flowers leaves . . .


Wintercraft Leaves in Bundt pan make nice base for Globe Ice Lantern

Start by (#1) clipping a few brightly colored blossoms or leaves and (#2) arrange them in a bundt pan. (#3) Fill the bundt pan with water and (#4) lay it flat in a deep freezer to freeze (You can freeze it solid, but the interior ice tends to get white). (#5) Release the ice from the mold and (#6) store in plastic bags in the freezer. When you are ready to use them, the bundt pan-shaped ice that's filled with flowers or leaves works beautifully as a base for a Globe Ice Lantern. (After I took this photo, I added a wreath of greens to hide the bowl.) Beautiful, easy and you can pull out the ice in the middle of winter and remember the glory of your garden during autumn!


Enjoy the Glow!

Jennifer Shea Hedberg - The Ice Wrangler

 

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