Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Road Trip

Dear Ones,
"Mr. Ed" and I are off a little Road Trip 
in search of white pumpkins and Indian Corn.

Who knows where the road will lead us???

Wish us 'good luck' !

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autumn's Arrival. . .

As the first "official" day of Autumn arrives On Crooked Creektt,
I've completed the Autumnal decor of the built ~ in china cabinet
within our Dining Room.

What began with a more subtle Autumnal hue. . .

has evolved into a more Traditional Autumnal color palette.

Taking the clue from atop the built ~ in china cabinet's
glorious hued ginkgo leaf spray,

I spread the same color palette to the open shelf design, as well!

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I began with placing two vintage white scalloped plates 
within my two~tier plate rack.

I added one short beaded garland 
and twisted the ends together at the back of the stand to create a wreath.

I place one of my leaf embossed bowls atop the garland.

I continued the same process on the bottom section of the plate rack.

I adore the slight continuation of the Traditional Autumnal color palette
that these beaded garland wreaths add to the over ~ all design.

I set the background for this space before continuing on with filling the plate rack.

After tying my signature 'fat' bow in a sheer copper hue,
I placed a medium size brown glass pumpkin within the top bowl.

I attached a miniature sprig of petite leaves, pine cones and pumpkins
along the arm of the plate rack, 
as an added touch to the sights of the Seasons decor.

Two smaller brown pumpkins, tied with sheer brown ribbon 
were added to the bottom bowl of the plate rack.

I placed another small sprig at the base of the plate rack,
for consistency and to fill in the void closest to the wall.

You can visually enjoy the impact 
that the addition of brown pumpkins brings to this vignette.

I direction my attention to the heirloom vintage coffee urn.

The size of a newly purchased serving tray, from my local Hallmark Store,
was the correct size and motif for this space.

I filled the tray with tan linen napkins, 
rolled and wrapped in wrought iron rustic single leaf napkin rings.

One final miniature sprig of petite leaves, pine cones and pumpkins
keeps the consistency of the design throughout the open shelf vignette.

My recently purchased Sheffield USA white swirled china serving platter,
paired with my tan edged Homer Lauglin gravy boat
atop and ironstone oval tray, completes this Autumnal vignette.

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as the Autumnal decor is completed within our Dining Room,
it's time for "Mr. Ed" and I to sit back and enjoy the 'official' arrival of Autumn
On Crooked Creektt!

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

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And. . .

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Each and every week,
seeds of inspiration bloom from these host and hostesses linky parties.
Be sure to visit and delight your family dwelling with brilliant interior design.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Autumn's Dining Splendor Centerpiece. . .

During my tutoring sessions with my private instrumental instructor,
I often heard the phrase, "Practice Makes More Perfect."

The phrase held true as I progressed with my Bb clarinet performances.

I trust the same "Practice Makes More Perfect."
holds true with my floral arranging, as well!

I've been wanting to use this oblong Italian made pottery 
as a centerpiece container for the longest time, 
but just didn't trust my floral arranging skills until recently.

A few years ago, 
"Mr. Ed" and I attended a fresh flora designing class
at Wichita Botanical Gardens. What an amazing eye opener!

During that class,
I gained knowledge in container size, height and flora placement.

My greatest challenge when designing and creating 
any floral arrangement is how to hold the flowers in place.

Did I use any of the recommendations demonstrated and discussed at the class???

N o t exactly. . .

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Join me in Studio One while I explain how I put this 
Autumn's Dining Splendor Centerpiece together.

I began with a faux piece of twig.
I placed it's spiral portion inside the pottery 
then, draped the twigs randomly around the base or spiraling into the air.

This photo shows both pieces of the faux twigs randomly placed.

The flora I chose for Autumn's Dining Splendor
all came from my Autumn floral storage bins.

Sherbet orange calla lilies,

soft taupe hydrangea,

faux gingersnap roses

and something new this Season. . .which reminds me of persimmons.

And, of course. . .
a variety of faux greenery for filler!

Those twiggy branches held the hydrangea in place 
as I slid the stem through the spiral.

I continued until I had all the hydrangea inserted within the twigs
and was pleased with their placement.

I added the heightened pieces of faux persimmons and some faux greenery.

For a more dramatic placement,
I waited to place the calla lilies and roses as the last placements.
I just kept adding more faux greenery until all the void spaces were filled.

You'll know when to stop.
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No matter which direction you view this floral arrangement,
Autumn's Dining Splendor Centerpiece 
fills On Crooked Creektt's  Dining Room with vibrant Autumnal hues.

The vibrancy of Autumn's color palette 
featured within Autumn's Dining Splendor Centerpiece
sets the mood for Autumn gatherings with family and friends.

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

And. . .

And. . .

And. . .

And. . .

Each and every week,
seeds of inspiration bloom from these host and hostesses linky parties.
Be sure to visit and delight your family dwelling with brilliant interior design.