one of my finds

I was thinking about creating a loose floral arrangement for our Thanksgiving table and decided to challenge myself to use only things that I have found in and around the house.  So I started with my “found” wooden box that I discovered while digging through a tent in New Hampsire a while back.  I loved it’s shape and the little scratches of pencil here and there and thought it would be my foundation.

painted box

Never one to leave good enough alone, I decided to give it a slick of Provence Blue chalk paint that I had left over from another project.  A quick little sand and then some wax and a buff and my beat up wooden box is ready for prime time.

pinecones, sticks and feathers

I grabbed my tray and went out to the backyard to collect sticks, twigs and pinecones which were in abundance.  I also added in some feathers that I have hanging around in a jar in my studio for inspiration.

nature’s centerpiece

In went the pinecones and then the sticks and the feathers were fussed with a bit more.  The result is a beautiful, humble arrangement of nature’s own that rival any store bought bouquet.  Maybe a sprig of red or organge berries can pull this right into winter.  I love it.

a natural and “found” display

I was inspired to try this when I walked in to a friend’s store not long ago.  She own’s the gorgeous Maison Decor in Reading and is an effortless decorator.  She had a few bowls and baskets with sticks and faux feathers sticking out and they made such an impression on me that I had to go home and throw something similar together.  This is my table centerpiece for Thanksgiving.  What will you be doing?

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