Sunday, January 25

Silk Flowers, but First......


See what we received in the mail yesterday? This wonderful singing bear, from none other than Naomi of Here in the Hills. After she received one during the holidays, I wrote and asked where they were available. I had no idea that Naomi would be so kind as to purchase one for us - but here he is! The best thing about the bear is that when you press on his left paw, he sings - in the most delightful English accent - Put on a Happy Face! I had remarked to her that mr. kenju needed one of them to remind him not to be so dour. When we got it today, Mr. kenju had just opened our December power bill, which was a whopper. If he ever needed a "happy face" that was the time. And it worked! He laughed and laughed. You can't help but be cheered up by the sights and sounds of that cute bear singing in his wonderful accent! Thank you, Naomi, for being so thoughtful; we love you!


Now, on to the silks.....

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Silk flowers used to be more popular than they are now, and until about 4 years ago, I used to get calls for them all the time. My favorite clients were the ones like the woman who owned the painting above, which had been given to her by her brother. She brought me this gorgeous raku pottery container; I had to go to her home to see where it would sit. I was asked to take advantage of the height (over 5 feet from the mantel up) and to design something complimentary in color and style to the painting. I love a good challenge!


This arrangement, done in a beautiful epergne owned by a local decorator, was placed in a foyer niche in a Parade of Homes house a number of years ago. Containers such as this one inspire me, as did the confines of the niche, which was only about 2 feet wide.


The spray above was made for hanging above a frameless mirror in a client's home. It consists mainly of dried flowers, not silks, which was her stipulation. It has dried hydrangeas, gardenias, lemons, amaranthus, various foliages and some silk berries and branches to give it width and bulk. Good quality freeze-dried flowers will last at least a year, and sometimes longer if they are not exposed to bright sunlight.


This client's home was very well appointed and I enjoyed getting to see her decor, and adding to it. She requested pheasant feathers and calla lilies, and I added bells of Ireland , miniature orchids and corkscrew willow branches.


For the one above, I worked with an interior designer. She also requested pheasant feathers and willow. Do you know the word serendipity? That's what I had here. I had not seen the painting hanging over the mantel, and thus did not know about the curves found in it. When I delivered the arrangement, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the curves of my feathers perfectly echoed the curves in the painting! Another good point was that the decorator mentioned to me that she didn't know what to put on the right side of the mantel, but she knew it needed something. I told her I had seen that gold obelisk at a local gift shop, and she bought it for that mantel. Additionally, she had seen in my home the monkey table beside the chair and asked me how to get one - so I ordered it for the decorator and she used it here.

NOTE To the Spiffys (Biff and Tiff); every time I see that leopard spotted ottoman, I think of your neighbor's "porn couch".....LOL


Lastly, a wreath for a client's front door. I need to make a new one similar to this for my front porch - since I still have my Christmas wreath hanging out there. Shame on me!!

13 comments:

Joy Des Jardins said...

That bear is just too adorable Judy...now sweet of Naomi.

And those flower arrangements are beautiful. I love the colors in that spray piece. And I have a weakness for wreaths...so I just love that wreath...it's gorgeous. Cheers to you my friend...

Kay Dennison said...

Naomi is a doll -- that bear is soooo precious!!!! And the flower arrangements are fabulous!!!

JeanMac said...

Hope it cheered Mr. Kenju up immensely - bills! You are one talented lady. I love seeing the pics.

Grannymar said...

Cute Teddy!

The third arrangement looks like a wedding hat to me!

Ark Patti said...

Such a good friend in Naomi and what a timely gift (almost Mr. Kenju's birthday and electric bill buffer). Love the English accent idea.
Anyone got a hammer, I want a niche. That really sets off an arrangement.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Love the arrangements! :-)

Palm Springs Savant said...

Naomi sure is swell. So thoughtful indeed. Now onto those beautiful floral arrangements-they are so lifelike. We have a few in the house because we travel so often. The real plants in the house are hearty and can handle being watered infrequently!

Granny Annie said...

What a joy for your life to always be filled with such beauty.

Oh and that bear is a treasured gift simply for the fact Naomi thought of you guys.

Lisa said...

Awww. Cute bear. Your wreath is gorgeous!

moon said...

What a sweet thing for Naomi to do! He looks adorable!
I love all those arrangements!! especially the one that u mention has the curves that go with the painting, it fits perfectly!!
I am totally in love with the wreath on the door! How Lovely!! I need to find myself something like that this spring.

Carolyn said...

They are all lovely. I think the "serendipity" room is my favorite one though. The arrangement went perfectly! That was so thoughtful of Naoimi too :)

P.S. Are 6'+ realistic silk trees still "in?" I have one that I paid a lot for in it's day, is still in great shape, and I hate to do away with it. But I don't see them much anymore so just wondering...

Jamie Dawn said...

My son, brother, and I visited at Naomi's yesterday for just over three hours. We had such a nice time, and she told me she'd sent you one of those singing bears.
I'm SO glad it brightened your and Mr. Kenu's day!!

I think silk flowers can look beautiful. I've seen some ratty looking ones that are not lovely at all, but those arrangements you showed are really wonderful.

Christian said...

Ohh I love that teddy; It looks quite old, does it have glass eyes?