Wreaths come in all shapes and sizes.  Classically styled with a sense of relaxed tradition, this wreath is similar to a crest or coat of arms.  The sophisticated display of common grains illustrates how a simple design can be every bit as effective as a more elaborate one.

Rye, wheat, and oats are considered the harvest grains of autumn; however, they are truly the epitome of summer.  Most people don't realize the window of opportunity for drying grains in pristine condition is June, July, and August....at least here in Pennsylvania.  This wreath (shown above) is made from stalks of winter rye from last season's planting - I was delighted to discover clusters of reseeded rye growing along the fringes of the corn field this spring. 

According to folklore, farmers would weave stalks of wheat into beautiful designs to ensure a bountiful harvest the following year.  Then they would place the wheat indoors over a doorway or living area until spring.  When planting time came, they unraveled the weavings and tossed the seeds into the freshly tilled soil as a token from the spirit of grain.  This ceremony was believed to bring good luck and blessing for future growing seasons.

Traditions keep alive the promises of new beginnings,