Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Words to set the scene

Sometimes words can really set a scene. I love looking for a good poem to use on the blog that ties in with what I am writing about or the season or holiday. I found this poem in the summertime and was bursting to put it on my blog. I had to wait until the right month and am so pleased that it is finally time.

Before I share the poem, I wanted to share one of my arrangments I made up. I really love working with top quality silk flowers and fake berries and fruit. I know some of you may be cringing now. It started for me when my husband starting having too much trouble with hayfever when I had a bouquet in the house. In Holland, many women buy a weekly bouquet as part of their shopping. I loved doing this too. When our money changed to the euro everthing became very expensive including flowers. By this time, I had started building a collection of flowers and berries. I would only buy the best quality I could find. I also wanted to be able to change them to the correct flower of the season. I keep them stored on a wine rack in a closet. I just open that closet and search for what I want to put together. It is lots of fun as I can do this at the spur of the moment. I find the greatest compliment is how often friends come into my home and I catch them feeling the flowers to see if they are real or not. Some tell me they really swore they were real. If you shop well, there are great quality flowers out there. It helps me with my love of flower arrangments without having to pay the high prices for flowers. Now if you are a tried and true real flower only kind of person, that is fine too and I hope this entry did not frighten you too much. Although, it is the Halloween season.....

October's Party

October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."

~~ George Cooper ~~


Janice said...

What a delightful post! Your arrangement is stunning, Heidi! Maybe I shall not be so afraid of artificial flowers now. It really is beautiful! Thanks for the encouragement. :o) The poem is awesome...I love it!! Some people really have a way with words, don't they? Have a wonderful day!

Nancy said...

Great arrangment and I thought the apples were real. I like the poem too. You just continue to be Miss Creative.
Love you, Mom

Nunnie's Attic said...

Your arrangement is beautiful and I LOVE that poem. I wish I could write as eloquently. I think that I may have to copy that poem and keep it for my own use.

Thanks for sharing!!

Nan - said...

I love the arrangement, and I love the fall colors of your blog. You have an artistic soul, Heidi. And it won't surprise you that I almost used that poem for the October sidebar. :<) I think its so dear that you found it and couldn't wait to use it.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that poem, Heidi! I've read it before but had completely forgotten about it. Your arrangement is so pretty! Fake flowers have gotten a bad rap. The good ones can cost WAY more than fresh and they look very realistic. That's a great idea to store them in a wine rack!! ~ hugs, Lynda ♥

Kim from "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Dear Heidi, You are very talented...I can't believe the arrangement is silk...it is very pretty!

I have been working on my cupboard for my bathroom but it is going to take quite a few coats of paint (I didn't prime it). Can't wait to show you how it turns out.

Mary said...

I paid a lot for beautiful silk tulips from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago - but they were worth it because they look so lifelike. I think the stems and leaves have a lot to do with it - they MUST look real too. Of course I only put them out in Spring. Like your storage idea Heidi.

There are great faux grapevine leaves, nuts and berries available now - and of course mums which can look good if they're high quality. Yesterday I even saw faux branches of figs and persimmons in a very up market gift shop - bit too pricey for me!

Remember the old plastic flowers - now they were bad. Only since fabric has been utilized have they become attractive and almost lifelike.

Your arrangement is gorgeous and just love the poem - thanks for sharing.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

What a lovely poem, no wonder you were bursting to put it on your blog. What a lovely autumn arrangement you've made!

BTW I see that you are a fan of the books by miss Read too. It's hard to find one nowadays. A few years ago I could still buy them secondhand at De Slegte, but not anymore. snif!

Sharon said...

I love the poem you chose. Your flowers are gorgeous too. Your blog is always a pleasure to visit. You have so many great ideas. xoxo

diane said...

I love your arrangements! Does Dagi stay out of them? The poem is the coolest, I was right there dancing with the leaves, smelling the cool, fresh Wind push me around. I really want to share that with Emily, she will love it.

Mary said...

Heidi - have just read through your Mom's blog - such fun. I see where you get your sewing skills - beauty runs in the family!!

No, we try not to eat dessert too often, so hard to keep the weight off as we age! Use fruits when possible - love cooked pears, plums, apples, rhubarb - and fresh berries in season. Must admit those raspberries were still great frozen and were amazing with the plums - a new combo for me. Then of course there are the oats used to make the crumble topping - they're healthy too, ha! ha! Next time I make this dish I will try cutting back on the sugar or use Splenda instead.

Oh my, Bird's Custard - yummy! Always make the custard for my trifles at the holidays with this - and we can now get it here in some grocery stores - another item I don't have to stock up on in England. I used to return with a suitcase just loaded with British foods - now so many are available over here.

I'm not familiar with the video about Edith Holden - would love to get it, please tell me the title. I do love her dairies and recently found a used book about her life which I have yet to read. Her watercolors of Nature and accompanying notes always remind me of my childhood in the English countryside - I spent hours in fields with little notebooks writing about the wildflowers, mushrooms and toadstools, birds, insects etc. If only I'd kept them - would love to have them now! Unfortunately children today don't seem to do anything like that - they're too busy with their high tech toys - so sad that they are missing the true beauty of life.
Must go - our watering morning - we're still on restriction with the drought here in the South.
Take care Heidi.

Andylynne said...

I love Poem, it really gives a visual picture of fall.
As for your arrangement it is beautiful. I have always loved fresh flowers. But my mom never had them as I was growing up. She always used good quality silk etc. So I came to like them equally with the fresh ones. I have several in my home and also have real plant too. My sister has allergies and silk arraangements have really blessed her with the abilty to have beautiful touches in her home.

Intersting about the Euro and what things cost. I'm not sure why it made a difference but it's a shame that it did. Is it just the exchange rate from your old currency to the Euro.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

I love your arrangement and what a great poem! I use artificial flowers too and I think that they work beautifully :)


Anonymous said...

How amazing that you showcased this particular poem. I found it a week or so ago and was so impressed with it, I sent it to my sister who is a teacher. I somehow felt there was a lesson it in somewhere. She said she and the children had a great time with it. It's such a vivid poem. And talking of vivid - your display is just beautiful. I really love the wooden crate you have used for your display. The flowers and fruits are shown off to their best advantage in this. I love the way you store your stems of flowers and fruit in your closet on the wine rack, and can go and pick what you want at any time. It's like keeping a garden that's forever in bloom, in your closet :>)
Warmr hugs, Angela

yellowfarmhouse said...

Heidi that arrangement is stunning and I can't tell that there is anything faux about it. It takes a special gift to be able to do anykind of flower arranging and I admire those like you who can. I have to pay for someone to arrange for me, LOL.

Hugs - Karen