By Glenda Wise
I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween. There were so many awesome events around our community. One of my favorites was the annual Storybook Forest hosted by Good Times Theatre. I hope you all had a chance to check it out this year, if not, you really missed out and you need to make it a top priority next year.
Now, that the last Jack-o-Lantern has been put away and your Christmas planning has begun, it’s time to turn our attention to Thanksgiving. This is one of Donnie’s favorite holidays and as much as I love Christmas, I do love Thanksgiving. I love the quality family time, the food, and I really love all the natural elements of the season.
I love seeing what I can do with my outdoor treasures. Case in point, remember my magnolia garland? Well, I had a few more branches than I needed, so I just threw them onto the empty lot next to us, but I kept them close enough I could easily get to them just in case I needed them for anything else. After I took down my Halloween decorations I needed a little something in a vase in my breakfast area, so I just grabbed a few of those dried magnolia branches and tossed them in the vase. Voila! Instant fall arrangement!
Lately, I’ve really been into color blocking. This is an easy way to add a substantial amount of color without looking too busy or too hard to arrange. Color blocking can easily be accomplished by gathering two different colors of fall leaves and arranging one color on side and the other color on the other side.
Layering is another way to get a big impact with little effort. Start with items like walnuts or acorns in a vase and then finish the look off with bunches of wheat. The items in the vase will help hold the wheat in place as well.
Gnarly branches are a natural way to add interest and an instant focal point. Simply put in a cute little vase or stone urn and you’re finished!
The best part about fall is using what you have to make “flower” arrangements. You get to think way outside the standard floral arrangement box. You know that I love fresh flowers, but I don’t always have them left in the budget, so I splurge and do a few fresh flowers mixed with the other elements I’ve mentioned. If you’re like me and still want a few fresh blooms, it is best to buy one type of flower in one color. This gives you a more fluid look when you’re only able to use a few fresh flowers. For example, if I were decorating with the gnarly branch, I would place a few little blooms in a small vase beside it. This gives it color and a bit of softness.
This weekend is supposed to be beautiful, not particularly the traditional fall day, but a great time to get outside and forage all your fall decorations.