Wednesday, November 18, 2015

And on I go to New Inspirations.....

For Christmas last, I asked my dear daughter for an I owe you to make me a headboard from a window I had salvaged.  Several months ago she got it completed.  And, I've been enjoying.



But it got me started!  Recently I have been redecorating the bedroom in the basement to make a sewing room.  Tomorrow...I will show you the beginning of my journey.  But, for today, I need to keep working on it!

Live your Bucket list today....

grannie m

Friday, September 11, 2015

Creating with Flowers~Day Thirty~ Hostas and Apple Blossom Geranium Blooms

The last four bouquets for this series were all actually done in a day which meant I could choose the order I presented them.  Thinking that the final day for this series should have an awesome arrangement I debated between yesterday's and today's.  Today's arrangement didn't photograph nearly as beautiful as I think it is in the "real" world.


In Fresh Flower Arranging  by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks a similar arrangement was done with hostas, viburnum flowers, spear grass and fresh poppy seed heads in a graceful glass urn.   The inside of their vase contained the split leaves of a philodendron pressed to the sides with cellophane.
The only one of these things I had was the hosta leaves.  I didn't even have the cellophane!


My every day run of the mill vase is filled with hosta leaves.  (In hindsight I would have made sure I used the ones with the same two color green as the bouquet and left some empty spaces to add interest as well.)  Then I stuffed in some Press N Seal.  Apple Blossom Geraniums flower heads were wrapped in each hosta leaf and then added.

 
 
PInky Winky hydrangea was used as filler and Blackberry Lily seed heads were used to add to the texture. 
  

To all of this bunches of reed grass were added  here and there.

 
 From before I started to shoot the photos until almost the end I resisted adding the final flowers....they weren't part of  what I thought represented the formula for their mix. 
 
 

But I knew something was missing.


In the end, I added them and knew I had been right. It wasn't the shape or texture but a pop of lime that was needed to bring out all of the other elements.  People always tell me to believe in that gut feeling.

 
 Once I decided upon a final resting space, I was "forced" to create a bit more and added the same flowers to my watering can with the addition of some Center Glow Ninebark foliage. 
 
 

The above picture comes the closest to showing the depth of this  particular bouquet.



And that's all folks, the final arrangement for this series in its' final resting spot.  I love the contradictions of the rustic and the grace.

Now, rest for the wicked.

granniem

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Creating with Flowers-~Day Twenty-Nine ~Limes and Celosia

Seriously,  I need to borrow someone's little girl.  These girly things are so fun to put together and the grandboys would so not appreciate them!


What's more fun than a Teddy Bear's Picnic?  And yet another song lingering in my head.


Fresh Flower Arranging by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks was the inspirations again today.  This arrangement was super easy and, other than the vases, they provided the step by step for this arrangement.


Their arrangement was made with a cube inside a cube.  The cube shape did show off the limes better, but I have no cubes, so round had to do.


The limes are sliced and put between the two containers.  No water is added to the larger jar.  If there is a lot of space between the two containers they recommend scrunching cellophane to fit between the two.  Mine was tighter so I had to make sure I sliced the lime into thinner slices.


The inner vase is added and filled with water and then its just a matter or adding the celosia. 


The celosia shown here are from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and are (light green) White Amish Cockscomb and  (magenta) Amish Cockscomb.  Next year....I've got to find the true lime and some of the other colors.


Now it may "look" like I'm serving margaritas to this little guy, but it's really lemonade with lime slices in wine glasses dipped in salt.  It was super hot while I was taking the pictures and I started sipping at this point.  It's really the salt that "makes" a margarita. 



This was so simple and satisfying that I'm sure I'll repeat the bouquet again.   For now I'm watching to see how long the limes stay presentable and am wondering if the celosia will dry as is.

Don't you just want to come and  play with me?

grannie m