Monday, September 29, 2014

Graveyard Wreath

Did you know:  Victorian funeral customs and superstitions: 

Curtains would be drawn and clocks would be stopped at the time of death. Mirrors were covered with crape or veiling to prevent the deceased’s spirit from getting trapped in the looking glass.  A wreath of laurel, yew or boxwood tied with crape or black ribbons was hung on the front door to alert passersby that a death  had occurred. The body was watched over every minute until burial, hence the custom of “waking”. The wake also served as a safeguard from burying someone who was not dead, but in a coma.  Most wakes also lasted 3-4 days to allow relatives to arrive from far away. (source)

Our Graveyard Wreath  is not made from any of the above mention materials, as a matter of fact we upcycled it from how it use to look and gave it a more Gothic Halloween style!

To change up the wreaths look form old to new we added orange and black roses, creepy fabric, cobwebs and spiders.

Thinking that those might be some of the items one might find  on a wreath at an old (haunted) cemetery.

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33

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