I think I heard the audible gasp from many of you when you read the word “silk.”
Yes, I did. I heard you. All you “non-silkers” who think using fake flowers is as
tacky as passing gas in church. Okay, maybe not that bad. haha!
But, I am here to fight for the silk. To be the defender of the faux. To stand tall
and sing the righteousness of the non-real. (How’s that for some preachin’?)
A few weeks ago, I shared with your my Summer Mantel.
It featured a combination of roadside-gathered Queen Anne’s Lace and some
treasured pink and white Staffordshire pieces. On one end of the mantel… in a
large. white Farmhouse pitcher… I gathered an arm load of cut greens from our
yard. Oak leaves, wild magnolia, ivy and lots of grapevine.
Mr. Buck was not amused. 🙂
But, one of the things I did not tell you was that the beautiful pink and white
blooms within the greenery was…
…wait for it…
Yep, just as fake as Barbie’s love for Ken.
(We all know she had a thing for G.I. Joe and his hot camouflage!)
But, I am not ashamed to admit it. In fact, I love flaunting it. I love silks!
Love them with a passion.
I have talked about my “Bins-o-Blooms” several times. One of these days I will
share them with you. I have about four bins of silk blooms and twigs and stems
and berries and greenery. Many of them are 10 years old or maybe more.
Now I will admit to something. I splurge on my silks. I take advantage of 50%
off sales, coupons and end-of-season sales. I am very picky and choose only
blossoms and stems that look authentic. My basic rule of thumb is a simple one.
If you have to touch it to know whether or not it is real…then it’s an acceptable silk.
My foremost “no-no” rule is that the bloom must resemble an actual color you would
find in nature. So, in other words… no hot pink buttercups for me.
I think the mistake that most people make is that they try to use all silk.
I have seen some beautiful and amazing centerpieces that are all silk. And
I myself have used them in the past. But to me, it is easier to fool the eye
when you have a combination of silk blossoms and real greenery and twigs.
I even have a secret little formula I like to stick to. I like to use a ratio of
60% real and 40% faux. (Well, I guess it used to be secret.)
I feel this is the magic number to create stunning arrangements that look as
authentic as if you carried them out of a designer florist.
My second rule of thumb…wait. I lost count. Is this my third rule of thumb?
Oh well, my last rule of thumb is to be free. A free form arrangement that
looks like you casually clipped an armful of flowers and greenery from
your cottage garden…and plopped them into a white, Farmhouse pitcher and
placed it on a white-painted brick mantel next to a rather unimpressed-looking
deer. Or… something like that.
So that’s it, folks. Two basic rules of thumb. Wait, maybe it was three?
Oh well….who’s counting. Just remember the tips and pointers I put
into place, and you will be fooling the eye, too. Well…that is unless you like
flowers that are as authentic as Barbie’s figure. 😀
Happy Flower Arranging…
Did you happen to catch my posts this past week?
On Monday I shared… How to Get the Pottery Barn Look on a Budget
On Tuesday, I shared my Lemon-Mint Funnel Cakes.
And on Wednesday, I shared my recipe for
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