Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Floral Metamorphosis





Welcome to Floral Design class!


Our first arrangement was a one-sided design. This is my instructor, the very talented floral designer, Josh, teaching us how to set the shape and height of the design. See the geometric design on the right side of the board? Who knew we would have to do geometry?! One must always work with odd numbers and triangles when designing an arrangement. Here he is starting with leather leaf fern.


The next step is to put in the "line" flower (creates and defines the shape of the design ), which is a wonderfully scented flower called "stock".





Oooops, I guess I forgot to take pics of the next few steps, but I believe he put in the focal flowers next, which are the lime green fuji mums, and then used the daisies and alstromerias (the pink ones). These last ones are called filler flowers.



So there you go...... NOW we had to make one all by ourselves!!




Here we are, trying our best to replicate his masterpiece....






I have to say that it wasn't as easy as it looked. After I was finished, my oasis (the green foam you soak in water ) looked like swiss cheese. I had poked at it so much, changing the positions of the ferns and flowers, it was amazing that it was in one piece.













But....overall, I must say that I was quite pleased with myself !!



Here is mine....









And here is his masterpiece....








So you're probably wondering about the metamorphosis? Well, I loved my arrangement, but had promised my friend that I would bring it to our "neighborhood coffee" she was hosting the following day and she had decorated her home in fall colors.






So I plucked the pink flowers off and went over to my yellow and orange potted mum and snipped off three stems, and placed them where the pink ones were.



Then I spied the pumpkin soup toureen on my counter and substituted it for the grecian urn it was originally created in.







































































































































So that is my "first" arrangement ! I know it's not perfect... but I love it!







You know you'll want to check all of the other transformations on Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch, so what are ya waiting for?








(Please scroll down to the end. I don't understand why there is such a big gap from here to the comment section. I've tried to fix it.... anyone there know how?)













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See you there!

32 comments:

Millie said...

The arrangement is lovely! I think I like the second version better, with the pumpkin container.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

It is nice to have the tecnique down, then you can just make it your own like you did, love your flower arrangement, so pretty...

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

hmmm, a first???? looks like you're a natural to me

love it, and I love arranging flowers, I would like to try a class too

sarah

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

OMG - It's gorgeous! It was pretty in the urn, but it's amazing in the pumpkin tureen! (I'm a pumpkin aholic - what can I say.)

☺♥☺ Diane

NM said...

Both arrangements look stunning but I agree with Millie-I love the pumpkin arrangement -the colours are beautiful. That class looked fun-would love to do that one day.
Best wishes, NM.

Justine said...

Girl, that looks amazing! I like the fall arrangement even better than with the pink. And putting it in the tureen was genius!

Justine :o )

Kammy said...

Love the arrangement - you look like a pro !
Kammy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is so awesome! You look like a Master already, Josh better watch out! I love the change to the pumpkin and the autumn flowers, what a beauty! Happy Floral Arranging, boy would I love to take a class like that! Cindy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You did a fabulous job. I love it both ways. I think you're a pro already. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Rose...I like your design best of all. The pumpkin tureen was perfect! And the colors...WOW...just beautiful with the orange! Happy MM!
Susan

~Country Lady~ said...

Lovely!!! I like it even better in the Pumpkin Tureen. Great job.

Rettabug said...

You did a FANTASTIC job....the arrangement was lovely to start with but I liked it even better after you changed it for the coffee. What a nice gesture on your part, too! Wish I could have been there to hear all the "oooohs" & "aaahhhs" over it.

Very nicely done!

p.s. I wanted to be a florist growing up but my Mother discouraged me, saying "they have to work every holiday". So I became a nurse instead & I STILL had to work every holiday! LOL

♥ Rettabug

Lou Cinda said...

Oh my Gosh! I love it!! And in that pumpkin tureen!! Stunning!

You are a pro! Who needs classes?

Lou Cinda :)

Valerie said...

What a fun class, I love the changes you made to make it your own creation.

EmBee said...

I agree with Millie... I like the 're-do' even more.

So when do you move on to wedding bouquets because when Sarah gets married, someday, *fingers crossed* I know who I want for her floral designer *looking at you girlfriend*
:-)

Chari said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ooooh Rose...you did GOOD, my friend!!! What fun...taking a flower arranging class...I would just have a blast doing that and could really use the help! Your arrangement turned out fabulous!!! And you know what...I think the pink flowers were pretty but I think I like those beautiful gold and rust colored mums even better and it looks so pretty in the pumpkin tureen!!! Girl, I'm just so proud of you...this really is soooo good!!!

Thank you so much for sharing with us your notes from class...that was really helpful...watching each step! I tell you what, my floral foam would have probably been in pieces with all the changing around that I would have done! Hehe! Loved your beautiful photos of the finished arrangement...it made for the perfect autumn vignette...soooo pretty!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

ImagineCozy said...

The arrangement of flowers is the perfect addition to your table. It looks just great. Don't you love it when you learn something new and it really does turn out good! NICE.
-Angela

carolinajewel said...

Not perfect? Both arrangements look gorgeous to me!!! I have to admit the pumpkin redo is my favorite though. :D Jewel

Joan said...

You did a great job! I learned a thing or two from your commentary. I knew about odd numbers, but I didn't know about triangles. And the pumpkin tureen was pure genius!

Sandy said...

Beautiful arrangement and I know everyone had to enjoy while having coffee. It was realy pretty in the urn but the I think it even looked better in the pumpkin. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

tardevil said...

I like the 2nd arrangement best, but they are both very pretty. I think you'll make the Honor Roll! LOL!

Trez said...

Good job!!

Kristens Creations said...

Great job! Looks like you are catching on really easy.

kiakai / Kelly said...

You're good at everything! You've got the touch. I love, love the fall arrangement.
Kelly

karen said...

What a fun class. Your arrangement turn out just lovely and what a clever idea to place it in the pumpkin. Just perfect!
~Karen

Lori E said...

Hi. As a Santa collector I must say I love your work.
You did a great job on the flowers too. I like that you jumped right in and changed it up to suit the fall table. Like a pro.

Now I looked for an email address for you to send you the instructions to fix your gaps but I couldn't find one. If you email me from my blog I will help you out.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Your arrangement looks magnifique! (trying to sound ultra chic here after looking at your creation!) It is truly lovely! And the color changes for a fall look turned out wonderful!

Blessings & aloha!

Good geometry skills! :o)

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

That's beautiful!!

Momof3 said...

It is beautiful. The pumpkin tureen is perfect!

Designs on 47th Street said...

You did a GREAT job and I liked how you changed it out too.

This was interesting to me to see a "real" flower arrangement come together since I deal strictly with silks.

Thanks for showing us!

Donna

Tracy Suzanne said...

What a wonderful job you did! It's so pretty. I just love fresh flowers. Both versions of yours turned out great!

Hugs...Tracy

ann said...

Just like everything you do,it is magnificent.I also like the 2nd one the best.girl-----you can just do anything.....Anniepoo