Monday, October 02, 2006

Last week I did flowers for the introduction of a new housing development about 25 miles north of here. The public relations company hired to do their marketing wanted to introduce it to the local real estate
brokers and sales people, with a luncheon. The mantel arrangement had to be silk, as it was to be used all weekend for open house. It incorporated pumpkins and faux berries. The table centerpieces and buffet arrangements were fresh flowers; featuring sunflowers, green calla lilies, cattails, solidago, and hydrangea, with corkscrew willow. They requested that I use flowers grown in NC, and stay within their color scheme of avocado green and goldenrod. The overlay linens were burlap, in shades of khaki and avocado, placed over goldenrod underlays.

The lower picture was taken from their company brochure; the lake, with the clubhouse, pavillion and boat house. The main dining area was in the outdoor pavillion, which was being buffeted by winds off the lake at about 25 knots that morning. I had no problem with the centerpieces, since they were in heavy glass squares, but the mantel arrangement blew off three times before I left the site, in spite of the fact that I had placed a plastic bag with 2 lbs. of sand at the back of it. We had to add rocks to that, and hope that the winds died down before the luncheon. I have not heard what happened after that. Maybe it's better not to know.....LOL!

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18 comments:

sage said...

you're good with flowers (keep posting pictures of them and leave off those starving models of a few post ago). have you read Kafka's "The Hungry Artist"?

Sissy B. said...

Those were beautiful. I just decorated my home for fall and I certainly could have used your talent!!!

Maria said...

Perfect for Fall! You have outdone yourself with these beauties.

Do have to laugh at trying to keep the mantle piece up through the winds. Your solution sounded ideal, but one never knows.

Anonymous said...

Very nice flowers and a lovely location Judy.

srp said...

These are fabulous... they would be great for a fall wedding too.

ET said...

They are beautiful.
faux berries? I don't know about faux berries, but if you ever need any help with faux pas I have expereince.

Laura said...

Love that mantel piece especially. It looks like a nice subdivison, judging from the brochure. I wouldn't mind living on a lake up there right now.

Wordnerd said...

Talk about a great place to stay ... wow! Your arrangements and work were, as always, incredible.

utenzi said...

They're beautiful, Judy.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Judy, if I ever find love again and get married (STOP LAUGHING!)will you do my flowers?

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Judy, if I ever find love again and get married (STOP LAUGHING!)will you do my flowers?

Sparkling Diamond said...

How beautiful! I love those colors! Is that Lake Gaston?

PI said...

Lovely arrangemsnts as usual. Fancy having to contend with the wind as well. Looks a lovley place.

Shephard said...

I absolutely love sunflowers. You have such a knack for fun and vibrant arrangements, Judy!
~S

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

BEAUTIFUL Arrangements Judy...LOVE how you stayed with the colrs requested for those centerpieces and also that you had to use only flowers of NC. Lovely, indeed!

Terri said...

These arrangements are just gorgeous, Judy. You certainly do have a wonderful talent with flowers. The colors are filled with autumn.

Carmi said...

It amazes me how intricate your work is. Sadly, most of the attendees probably never took the time to appreciate your artistry.

toygirl said...

Really dig the flowers. . . they're beautiful.
Michele sent me, and I read this far down!