25 March 2013

Floral Fusion - Easter




Last Monday I posted the last in my series of flower arranging videos. If you missed any you can see them here.

Today I am starting a new series called Floral Fusion.

I am starting off with featuring a tulip flower arrangement as well as a few other things as inspiration for Easter.


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While growing up in Sweden I always associated Easter with certain things. We always ate a lot of eggs and I don't mean the chocolate kind! I don't remember any Easter-egg hunts in the garden - it was probably too cold up there in the north.

Pussy willow branches were always brought into the house every year, put in a large vase and the branches would be decorated with brightly coloured chicken feathers and painted eggs.

As my mother got older she developed a fondness for china chickens of every size and shape and she would bring them out every Easter to decorate her hall table.  

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Tulips - what a fantastic flower to use at this time of year - it's available to most people, it comes in an array of colours and it's cheap to buy from for example the farmers' markets or the supermarket. 

You can also easily grow tulips yourself by planting the bulbs in the autumn - either straight in the ground or in pots.

To make an arrangement all you need to do is to remove any of the lower leaves that will end up below the water level and any that are damaged or bruised. Trim the ends at an angle and put them in a vase with plenty of water as tulips are thirsty flowers and remember - they continue to grow in the vase and that is why they tend to bend and flop over the sides of the vase. If you don't like that look just trim a bit extra off the ends to allow for the extra growth.
  
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The vase I have used is a "vintage" black Pueblo pottery vase from New Mexico. Many years ago over Easter I did a road-trip with my husband and his parents through New Mexico. I bought a piece of beautiful pottery from the Zuni Indian reservation. We visited the Ranchos de Taos, an adobe church that was built between 1772 and 1816. It was made famous by the photographer Ansel Adams and the painter Georgia O'Keeffe, who said that she thought that it was one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards. We also spent time in Santa Fe where I bought this piece of black pottery and you can see some more examples here of black Pueblo pottery.


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The two little white vintage eggcups are from Sweden and they have a very minimal but bright yellow stripe at the top. They have very graceful shape but are often too small for the eggs you can buy today.I love this kind of old-fashioned eggcups and they certainly remind me of my childhood in Sweden.     


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Pussy willow, or Salix as it's called in Latin, has a long been traditional to bring into the house and churches for decoration over the Easter holiday. I am not sure where the tradition of decorating with brightly coloured feathers comes from.


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The fabric that I have used as a base is from The Village Haberdashery in North West London and it's called Spots in Leaf from the Oh Deer! fabric collection designed by the Japanese Momo for Moda Fabrics. It has graphic off white dots on a bright green background. What an amazing fabric for spring!

As inspiration I have also used a catalogue from Waitrose an upmarket UK supermarket. This is their Spring Harvest 2013 catalogue - that you get for free when you order on-line. The three images inspired me and made me think of Easter in Sweden. 


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Here are some of my mother's china chickens that I have kept for sentimental reasons.
Fun and kitsch or just plain awful? I love to hear what you think of them.


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Here I have combined the purple tulips with some very short stems of pussy willow.

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Thanks for visiting and I love to here what you think of the chickens!

Till next time - soon!

xoxo Ingrid





5 comments:

Trädgårdsflow/Garden Flow said...

Vilka härliga påskkänslor du bjuder på! Tulpaner, fjädrar, videkissar och ägg. Ja, det är påsk det :-) Tycker dina mammas porslinsfigurer är ganska söta!!

Glad påsk!
Kram
Charlotte

Kathleen said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely photos. I think the chickens are fun. I admit I have a couple sets that I mix in with my display of Blue Willow dishes. They remind me of my childhood when times were simpler and people made nice homes with out designer pieces or prices.

Wishing you a blessed Easter.

Jacqueline said...

Such a beautiful easter flower arrangement!!! I always eat alot of eggs too on easter. Happy Monday and have a beautiful week! Love to you!

jacqueline
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Randi said...

Precis vad man vill njuta av just nu! Du är sååå kreativ och jag njuter av dina skapelser!
Önskar dig en riktigt skön påskhelg!
Kram
Randi

Frances said...

Ingrid, I've got a lot to comment on after viewing this lovely post.

First of all...aren't tulips beautiful! Thank you for the advice to us all about how to preserve their beauty and stretch out the cut flowers' life as they do their own stretching.

Your vase is beautiful! Here's another example of how the internet can connect us. I have never traveled to the the SW part of my own country, but while still in college (university here in the States) I actually got to meet Georgia O'Keeffe and have the truly awesome experience of having her look at my art work and praise it. (I could tell you more in a possibly very long email.)

Your two egg cups with their colorful edging are quite beautiful. I have a small collection of vintage, and even antique, egg cups, but don't think any of them originated in Scandinavia. It is so interesting to learn that your cups are better for smaller eggs. I remember when I was growing up in Virginia ... ages ago, my Mom had an egg man who made weekly deliveries. We could have either medium or large eggs. Nowadays in the NYC shops, the choice is large or extra large.

Oh...I've written far too much in this obliging box. I do wish you a very happy Easter! xo