Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Stretching My Abilities. . .

Once the Seasonal change~over begins On Crooked Creektt,
I spend ample time in Studio One re~organizing. 

While placing the past Seasons items back inside my storage tubs,
I decided to try a floral arrangement using the guidelines 
from Faux Florals easy arrangements for all seasons
by Arturo Quintero.

all of the above florals would have been disposed of from the past Season.

So~o~o. . .
I felt this was a perfect time to try my hand at floral arranging.

* * * * * * * Tutorial * * * * * * *

I began by using a creamy ivory planter on a footed stand.

"Mr. Ed" had filled this planter with Styrofoam many Seasons ago.

Step 1 Cut the Styrofoam using a serrated knife.
              Insert the foam into the planter so that it fits snugly and rests
              1/2 to 3/4 inch below the rim of the planter.

Step 2 Use wire cutters to trim five stems to 6 inches.
              Insert two stems into the foam at the front right side
              of the planter so that the blossoms hang over the rim.
              Insert a floral stem at the back right side,
              another at the back left side, and the remaining at the left side.

* * * Tip * * *
Using one sprig, I unwrapped each section 
giving me the needed five stems 6 inches long.

The same technique can be done if you purchase a floral bush
perhaps passing a $aving onto you in the future!

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Step 3 Continue to fill in with an assortment of florals.
              Be sure to trim each sprig with wire cutters to 6 inches.

             Here, I began adding the assortment of fillers.
             I adore the long leaves on the berry sprigs!

             I used all of the green poofy sprigs, 
             a total of  six to fill out the rest of the planter.

Step 4  Continue to trim the sprigs to 6 inches.
               Insert the florals into the foam, arranging them randomly throughout.

Step 5 Use remaining florals to fill in any remaining spaces
               or holes in the arrangement.

I could still see glimpses of white Styrofoam along the perimeter of the planter.

By  adding some variegated ivy, 
I was able to the extend the arrangement and camouflage the foam.

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Since I used the same hues of florals that are in Studio One's color palette,
I now have a new floral arrangement that was totally free!!!

Using the same technique, 
you could make any Seasonal arrangement in keeping with your current decor.

But since it's always Spring in Studio One. . .
I'm thinking this "no cost" floral arrangement, that stretched my abilities,
nicely fills the space On Crooked Creektt!

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining 

Be sure to visit for you'll come away inspired
to try something new in your own home decor!



Martha said...

Pat -- that's perfect! And FREE to boot! You can't beat that! It's a beautiful arrangement!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Great job, wish I could pull things together like that!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So pretty Pat and you make it look so easy!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Your arrangement turned out beautifully, Pat! I always try to buy bushes of things and cut them apart. As far as hiding your foam, I always use moss on the foam before I start the flowers. I also use a product called John Henry whenever I do silks. It is made just for them, and much easier to insert than styrofoam! XO, Pinky

Heaven's Walk said...

Lovely job, sweet Pat! I see a future job for you in a floral shop. :)

xoxo laurie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it, you did an amazing job and great tutorial too. Isn't it fun to try something different. Hugs, marty

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Good tutorial, glad I have your new blog address. Thanks for the email with the new blog. I am running a little behind right now, so haven't had much time for reading blogs. Hope to get back in the swing of it soon.

podso said...

It's lovely, Pat. Thanks for showing us how you did it!