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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Arrangement in the Making

Thanks so much to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for inviting us to play along on this Metamorphosis Monday.

Let's do a little beginning to end ~~ start to finish ~~ metamorphosis with a flower arrangement this first Monday morning in March.
This arrangement started with a designer's order. Susan came to my house, told me the customer's style of decor, price point said client was allowing for this final touch to her dining room table and her colors. She had more casual taste, but this being in her dining room it could be a little bit more formal.
We pulled several possibilities of flowers and other fun pieces and threw them in a pile. My notebook is always close to write down measurements. I always must know how much distance we have been the tabletop and the bottom of the light fixture.
Here is the container that was chosen. One with a pedestal is always desireable for a dining room table in my opinion.
Moss is wrapped around the foam, which of course is glued down first.
One by one the flowers are added and the arrangement starts to take shape. I usually start with the center and the main flowers.
A little of this ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And a little of that ~~~~~~~~~ Are you following along?? OH! I just remember the designer mentioned this customer has a little copper in the room. Not really having much in copper, I try and think how I can bring that color in. I find a brown dried pod and then start looking through my paints. I try both of my copper metalics and decide on the one on the right.
VIOLA!! We now have copper!!
This centerpiece is now ready to bring upstairs for closer evaluation. On bigger pieces, I always like to walk around it and decide if it needs anything else.
I also want to make sure the shape and form are pleasing to the eye.
I think it's ready to go. This will be delivered to the client on Thursday. I hope she likes it. It's always fun to see the finished product in the cutomer's home.
Here's a closeup. Notice the copper pods? They add just a little interest without being too overdone. I love movement and lots of texture to make things interesting. Here's is another viewpoint. I hope this step by step has helped some of you floral designer wantabees! Thanks for coming along as I try to enhance someone's home with a decorative piece that will last for a long, long time. We love faux, don't we now???? Now I'm going back to Susan's to see other fabulous makeovers from all you talented bloggers!!

33 comments:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I'm in love with the arrangement.. I'm sure your client will be as well.. it turned out "gorgeous".. love the touch of copper..
will visit with you soon darling..
hugs ~lynne~

southerninspiration said...

oooohhh, ahhhhh.....lucky client. It's oh.so.pretty!

Suzanne

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love your arrangment, it's really beautiful and what a creative way to get a touch of copper incorporated. I also love the use of an artichoke.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Donna, this arrangement turned out beautiful! So many great textures and colors, that's what makes them interesting...huh?

I have some arrangements I'm doing for a client that I will probably post later on this week. Also, I'm doing my brother-in-laws wedding. Their colors are goldish yellow and brown. I did silk because the wedding is 2 hrs. away.I just told her I wasn't going to mess with fresh!lol

I'm sure your client will love this arrangement! Kristen

Happy To Be said...

OH Donna this turned out just Beautiful girl!! now when are you going to do a "Clen you Faux Flower " post?? I just think these gals would love to see that..or at least this old gal would..you do beautiful work and I bet she just loved it...hope you have a great MONDAY dear friend..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

You know you don't have to convince me! I love silks! Your arrangement is gorgeous! I've posted some pics of my home on my blog...love for you to check out my floral arrangement that sits on a painted piece in my foyer. God Bless, Lauralu :)

susan said...

I love the artichoke in the arrangement. I love to see flowers and vegetables mixed. Alas, flower arranging isnot my forte', so it's nice to see one from start to finish!

Kathy said...

What a gorgeous arrangement!
Kathy

santamaker said...

BEAUTIFUL !

tardevil said...

I am a faux fan b/c I can't keep anything alive! That arrangement is beautiful! It's nice to see something pretty besides snow! :O) We got hammered last night.

Scribbler said...

Very pretty! I am inspired...

Scribbler

Shelia said...

Hi Donna! Oh, honey, you're good! This is absolutely beautiful! I would love this and I'm sure your client will too. Who would have thought to put some copper in there - it works wonderfully.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

kimmcl said...

Amazing Donna, truly amazing. I feel like I say this all the time, but you blog ladies are so very talented. All of you!

janet said...

wow your arrangement is absolutely gorgeous
hugs
janet

Cathy said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial.

Cathy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Donna, That is beautiful! Thank you so much for the instructions. I think it takes talent to do this even if you do have insructions. You sure have that talent. laurie

Chandy said...

Lovely choice for today's Met Monday! Sorry for the late visit; too many errands...

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Donna, you are good. I could use your expertise around my house with a few arrangemets. I love it!!

Thank you for sharing the step-by-step directions for us flower arranging challenged gals :)

Blessings,

Sher

Dawn said...

That's beautiful! I so envy you and others that are able to put arrangements together so beautifully!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment on my blog, too!

-Dawn
www.lifeateventuallycottage.blogspot.com

Lynette said...

That arrangement is beautiful - love it and the copper accents are just perfect!

I bet she's gonna love it!

Cass said...

That is beautiful...and thank you for showing the progression of steps. it helps those who are flower-arranging-impaired. Like me.

Gorgeous!
Cass

robinrane said...

You have such talent! That turned out perfect!
Robin Rane'
All Things Heart and Home

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Donna! I can't see a single reason why anyone wouldn't love this! Very very pretty! Have a great week - Sincerely, Jeannette (oh great idea with the spray paint!)

Nancy said...

Oh Donna, it is gorgeous! I am signed up to do floral classes starting in April...I can't wait!!! This is very inspiring to me! Blessings, Nancy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Ok. Your directions were great. But..I guess you didn't see what a mess I made of a vase full of...pods. Never mind. I could do..exactly as you direct..and I do mean exactly..and sad to say it would turn out looking like somebody "tried" to make an arrangement. I KNOW where my talents lay..and I will call someone like you for perfection and real beauty. But.. hey :) Thanks. I know other ladies will do great. (sigh)

Anonymous said...

Donna that came out just beautiful !!! I am sure your customer will love it.

Thank you for the tutorial :)

Kathy :)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Good Job, Donna. It turned out beautiful. I love floral paint and wood toners.

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Good Morning Donna! Making any arrangements today?! Just wanted you to know I've got another award I'm passing on to my friend and co-conspirator in faux fleur revival! LOL! Come by when you get a chance and pick it up! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

Small House said...

Oh my goodness...how pretty. Amazing how you can do this!!
Have a great day.
Sandra

Controlling My Chaos said...

Wow, that is gorgeous and you are AMAZING. I'm a little intimidated by floral design, but you gave good tips, like starting from the center. I could maybe do that.

I came over hear via your comment on my blog which you came to via Darlene. Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa Miller said...

Donna this is just beautiful!
You are sooo talented my friend! ;)

Bo said...

Hi Donna...with your great directions, you make it seem easy..
but it still takes an artist eye to select just the right pieces to go into an arrangement...and my dear, you do have that eye! This is stunning...surely she will LOVE it! ;-) Bo

~CC Catherine said...

Donna, This is a GORGEOUS centerpiece! Totally cool how you showed us the progessions steps as you created it! ~CC Catherine