As Homeless Sunday was celebrated one Sunday in January and having given up the word ‘procrastination’ as my only New Years’ Resolution – I was determined to throw open the doors to St M’s Parish Church and having gone to the trouble of creating a feast of tasty goulash in polymer clay for the less fortunate of the parish – I was also determined to put THOSE mice to work that day.
However, as the Mice of the St M’s Flower Guild were nowhere to be seen and with neither the time nor the inclination to teach the basics of floral design to those mice I could see who were scurrying around – I decided to take myself off to find a quiet corner in the midst of all of this frantic activity and arrange the church flowers.
Our December holiday decorations may have long been packed away but as the liturgical colours for the church are still in honour of Christmastide with white, yellow and gold; I decided to create an arrangement with the use of this fancy pedestal although they are typically used for the display of a painted egg.
Using a combination of white silk roses, some smaller paper roses in a golden yellow colour with snippets of Conifer and some other bits of fauna I snaffled from my garden and with a handful of fine silver wire and my trusty scissors; my first step was to attach a piece of DRY Floral Foam to the top of the pedestal.
I should add that Conifer remains one of my favourite faunas to work with as it has a gorgeous colour, the appearance of being ‘freshly picked’ for many weeks and a heady scent which I simply adore!
For those of you who are familiar with my floral creations, you’ll know that I love to use ‘real’ foliage when I can and that I am an enthusiastic ‘harvester’ who loves to take advantage of the free pickings from the hedgerows and bridleways around me!
As I continue to add the snippets of Conifer and Fern to the arrangement, my design takes form.
With the basic design now completed – it’s time to add the white silk roses.
And with the silk roses in place, I now ‘speckle’ the arrangement with the use of the paper roses in a delightful colour of golden-yellow.
With all the roses now in place, I continue to add more snippets of the Fern here and there.
With the design nearly complete; it’s time to add the finishing touch with some tiny pieces of fresh moss which I absolutely love working with!
I use the moss to fill in any of the small gaps that remain until I am happy with the design and after a gentle spray with misted water from top to bottom, my pedestal arrangement is now complete and ready for display.