Today....It's All About the Gourd

October 18th, 2011 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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This was great fun to do and I think the end result was a totally unexpected and beautiful Fall arrangement. Now if I had some food to put on the table to go with it Id be really happy. Mmmm...maybe some hearty chili tonight and cornbread. I think that would go nicely with this arrangement!
I started with a vintage glass pitcher, a metal bowl, a cylindrical vase, some Dogwood twigs, grocery store flowers (of course), some moss, bark, and last but not least...a handful of gourds.
I set the cylindrical vase inside the pitcher to hold water and the arrangement. The gourds needed to be in a tighter vase in order to position them correctly...so this is a little magic trick I devised.
The vase had to be held in place so I started with a layer of bark around the vase and then....
I shored it all up with a layer of moss. I love this look because it adds a natural elenment to the vintage glass pitcher and works well with the flowers and gourds.
Next it was time to give the gourds some stems. Out with the drill to punch a little hole at the bottom of the gourds!
In with the Dogwood twig. I added some super glue to keep the the twig in place and to also seal up the hole to keep any kind of insect from enjoying the gourd. Im not sure what kind of insect that would be, but I did not want unexpected guests at the dinner table.
Theres the pretty little flower. I dont have to clean the leaves off this baby!
I chose some more pliable twigs to allow some of the gourds to droop. I am the queen of the droop.
I also chose some sturdier twigs so some of the gourds would stand more upright.
Look at this gourd. Isnt she beautiful? I had some gourds with stems so they could latch right on to the lip of the pitcher to creat an even more dramatic droop.
Droop perfection!
This was great fun to do and I think the end result was a totally unexpected and beautiful Fall arrangement. Now if I had some food to put on the table to go with it Id be really happy. Mmmm...maybe some hearty chili tonight and cornbread. I think that would go nicely with this arrangement!

This was great fun to do and I think the end result was a totally unexpected and beautiful Fall arrangement. Now if I had some food to put on the table to go with it I'd be really happy. Mmmm...maybe some hearty chili tonight and cornbread. I think that would go nicely with this arrangement!


You already know that I prefer Fall-O-Ween to Halloween. I was trying to find a new and unique way to incorporate gourds into Fall displays. I started looking at them and all of a sudden it dawned on me that they really look like types of flowers...some exotic and some simple yet beautiful. Here is my take on gourds as unusual flowers in a bouquet all bundled up in a vintage pitcher.


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Comments (7)

georgiamoon writes: Sue this is so great. I love every little thing you did. Every detail just brings it all together. I always find it amazing that you can make grocery store bouquets so lovely. Good job girlfriend, Georgia Posted: 7:08 am on October 20th
gottaluvjunk writes: Love it, love it! Vase inside pitcher may work for a variety of bouquets. Thanks for sharing. Dawn Posted: 11:01 am on October 19th
westtexas99 writes: I too like falloween and I love this and I will do it myself,thanks for the idea !!! Posted: 8:39 am on October 19th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: What a novel way to use gourds! They add an interesting texture to an arrangement. Great job! ~Marge Posted: 6:48 am on October 19th
JunkArchitect writes: Gourds are so sculptural. I'm always amazed at how beautiful these crazy looking things grow. You couldn't have done a more stunning arrangement for Fall-O-Ween.

Jim

Posted: 6:02 am on October 19th
paintwife writes: Absolutely Gourdgeous! Posted: 8:32 pm on October 18th
CottageElements writes: That little gourd project turned out quite nicely if I do say so myself! Love how you put a glass within the pitcher and layered the wood chips and moss. Such a great new take on decorating with pumpkins!

Lani Posted: 8:30 pm on October 18th
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