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Saturday, September 28, 2013

DIY Vintage Inspired Florals!

This fall arrangement speaks to me all wrapped up into a vintage bundle...well I'm not vintage YET!
I love antiques, items that were well loved and used so that they now show a sense history.  I also collect vintage tins and lunch boxes...I display them all around my house & like to use them in vignettes as much as I can.
This arrangement cost me a big fat $0 LOL..everything was FREE!
So use what you have in your yard and woods and see what you can create!

I have quite a few pics in this post...feel free to scroll thru.  But I'm learning how to use my new Canon Rebel T51 and so I'm having fun with it :)  Bear with me...I'm a picture kinda girl!

This is what some of my hydrangeas look like currently in my front beds.  I clipped bunches of them already to dry in the garage for later use. Tulips and Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flowers...I ADORE them.  And hydrangeas look beautiful dried so I always dry bunches over the winter.  And when fall comes my bright blooms turn into these beautiful soft, muted colors...perfect for fall arrangements.

And the woods behind our house are starting to turn beautiful fall colors as well.  So I went forest foraging and found some great dried branches from felled trees, delicate wheat grass and golden leaves to use.  And they were all FREE, nothing better than free!

I've gathered all the elements I want onto my countertop and get started.
My kitchen countertops get a lot use for cooking AND all my projects.
My studio is for my papercrafting mainly and hubby's garage is my spray paint & painting command center!  Next house I want a HUGE studio where I can have many different areas...hubby laughs when I say that..but a girl CAN dream right?

I use small plasticware containers inside my tins to hold water so the blooms stay fresh for awhile longer.

I liken flower arranging to how I make my cards...layers...lots and lots of layers and textures.
Not that I'm a professional floral arranger by any means...but I can do enough to get by for what I like.
I knew I would set this on my family room coffee table so I wanted some height but not too much that it blocked the TV viewing...gosh forbid anyone cannot see the TV in my house ;)  Especially during football and hockey season..I mean "c'mon man"..repeating a phrase often uttered by the boys and ESPN!
So I wanted some graphic branches, some fall leaves and something a bit delicate to add to the arrangement.

I love the fall colors of the hydrangea blooms, so soft & vintage feeling.

A view of the arrangement against the fall afternoon sky..loved the background for this!

How can you not love hydrangeas?  Lil' blooms of four leaf clovers I used to tell the kids when they were young.  They so believed me that Riley brought me a bundle one day years ago and said they were "LUCKY" and he picked them just for me...out of my garden...sweet boy that he was is ;)

Here is what it looks like on my coffee table.  Those fab glass blown pumpkin & gourd came from 
Pier One the amber color.  The much LOVED tv is to the right in this picture.
PS--the arrangment gets put in the study at night or when no one is home...remember I have flower eating cats that see this as a great snack..arghhhh!

Playing around with the aperture on the camera a bit...and one of my ever present lit Yankee Candles o the table.  This coffee table is getting painted soon...stay tuned for that.
The ruler crate was a fun purchase from Hobby Lobby for 50% holds all my current magazines that I haven't read yet and catalogs neatly.

Just something comfy and cozy about warm colors, wood, antiques, fall blooms and candle light that gives me a good feeling.  I always want my house to feel comfy and cozy and hope people feel that when they visit.

And some fun with Photoshop of a middle range between sepia and black/white.
Not quite either but a nice blend for a different look.

I hope this post inspires you to look around your house, yard and woods for some elements that you can use inside this fall.  Nothing better than natural elements that cost little to nothing and put together lovingly by you!


I'm entering this into the following Linky Parties:

Its Fall Y'all
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Common Ground:  Be Inspired
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Home Coming: The DIYers
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  1. This is beautiful! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers!

    1. Thanks Kayla and I did link up! I appreciate it!

  2. The arrangement says FALL! Love the container, and your photographs were lovely.

    1. Thank you so much Donna, I appreciate that...I'm working hard with my camera...its fun work!

  3. You did a beautiful job! The arrangement is lovely.

  4. Hi, I love your fall arrangement! The hydrangea is beautiful!
    Hugs Cristina

  5. How gorgeous! I'm such a fan of hydrangeas AND vintage it's perfect! I'll be featuring this post tomorrow on Be Inspired!

    1. Oh wow..thank you so much Debra, I'm so I'm speechless and that NEVER happens LOL! I sure appreciate it :) Hugs!

  6. Suzanne, What a gorgeous vignette. Thanks so much for showing us how to put one together for ourselves! Beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful hydrangea centerpiece at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

    1. Thank you so much Yvonne..I appreciate you stopping by and commenting, that means a lot. I hoped to show everyone you can use what you have around you, maybe think differently from buying a store bought bouquet from the store. Hugs!


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