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. . .

* * * * * * * Tutorial * * * * * * *
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. . .

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Gina said...

Your centerpiece is beautiful, Pat! It was very clever to use the twig branches to hold everything in place!

Barb @ Bella Vista said...

Dear Pat,

The centerpiece is fabulous. It is such a feast for the eyes and so beautiful on your table. A talented one...you definitely are!


Marigene said...

You created a beautiful centerpiece, Pat. Perfect colors to usher in fall.

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Pat! This is absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job of putting it all together! I loved the tutorial and would never have thought of using the twiggy things at the base! How smart! Maybe I need to go take a class! I just poke! ;) Thanks so much for popping in to see me and your always sweet comments.
You're always a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynda Brandly said...

This is really gorgeous, Pat!! I have no talent in this area and really appreciated you showing us how you did it! Beautiful!
love and blessings~
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

Janet Garon said...

It's amazing how the twiggy limbs literally were the building block of your pretty centerpiece! That's a great idea and I am not above borrowing it in the future. : ) Perfect colors for Fall!

Susan Newbigging said...

Beautiful center piece. I love all the peachy color.

Julie Reinwald said...

This is gorgeous! And how clever to use the spiral twigs as a base. Nice job :)

Carol said...

This is a stunning arrangement and looks beautiful on your table!

Sandra Lee said...

Beautiful arrangement! I've been looking for local floral arranging classes and have yet to find any nearby. I will have to also embrace the motto, "practice makes perfect" and trust that I can do it. Thanks for the tutorial!