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Aspiring Greenfield floral designer branches into wreaths

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Dec. 1, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Dec. 1, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Dec. 1, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Dec. 1, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Dec. 1, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Dec. 1, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Dec. 1, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • A chicken-shaped wreath made by Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield. It’s the first season she’s made wreaths.

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Dec. 1, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Sandra Sundstrom of Greenfield is making special horse and chicken Christmas wreaths for the first time this year. Abbe Hamilton photos / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/6/2020 4:46:32 PM

Greenfield resident Sandra Sundstrom didn’t intend to do more than dabble with wreath-making this holiday season, but the enthusiastic interest she received after putting up some prototypes is encouraging as she contemplates a floral designer certification.

“I just thought I was going to sell a couple – apparently not,” Sundstrom said, describing the local response as “beyond what I can even fathom.” In addition to traditional wreaths, Sundstrom offered decorations shaped like chickens and horse heads, which use the textures of different evergreens to depict manes, tail feathers, and even little chicken feet, which are stripped hemlock twigs, she said. Sundstrom saw the concept on Pinterest and tried out a few prototypes, and the preorders went quickly. She had already made seven of the 20 wreaths due this week by Tuesday at her home workshop, a spare room with every available surface covered with stacks of greenery. Magnolia, fir, cedar, and flowers mingled with locally sourced pine and hemlock swatches around her work table as she paused to toss a dried out prototype wreath to the goat pen outside. “They love it,” she said.

Three years ago, a severe illness following her pregnancy prompted Sundstrom to lean into arts and crafts. “I had a stroke, I was preeclamptic,” she said, and dealt with lingering complications like postpartum depression for the following year. “It was a lot to come off of,” she said. “I needed art, and something to obsess over to heal and get better,” she said. She initially took to constructing paper flowers. “When I found the flowers, it just stuck,” she said. “There’s just a happiness” in working with flowers, she said, studying and dissecting real flowers to reconstruct them in paper. “I’m a huge fan of ... flowers and greenery and that kind of stuff because they don’t judge, they don’t do anything and they’re just beautiful no matter where they are,” she said.

Sundstrom said she’s a stay-at-home mom, and hires a sitter to watch her daughter when she’s at work on the wreaths. She intends to pursue a certification through the American Institute of Floral Designers in the next year.




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