Still in Covid times and some periods of lockdown in 2021, I have become really aware of the natural world on my daily walks, especially wild flowers/grasses/trees. I've started to press flowers/plants and use them in my artwork and have been getting to know many more botanical names of the new plants that I'm coming across. I've increasingly enjoyed nurturing and observing the plants in my garden and spending more time outdoors. So I started to look into all the plants/botanicals associated with Christmas to see if I could design a Christmas card featuring botanical elements. There were so many - it was impossible to include all of them. In the end I settled for Holly, Ivy, Orange, Ginger, Poinsettia, Fir and Mistletoe in order to achieve a variety of textures, shapes, colours, elements of plants - leaves, berries, fruits, roots, branches etc. I also wanted to incorporate popular Christmas traditions, stories, tastes and other associations. I decided to create a length of celebratory bunting for the recipient to assemble, plus a small, fragranced tea-light to light on Christmas Eve (with more botanical elements - Frankincense/Myrrh). I used a huge variety of techniques to make the seven pieces - hand-painting, cutting, stamping, collage, decorative cutting, stapling, gilding, digital printing, photography and illustration. I also added optional, interactive suggestions for the recipient to add their own eighth piece to the bunting. Packaging up all the pieces accurately took a great deal longer than I had planned!