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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | Roses, Mums & Broom Cob in a Pumpkin "Vase"

I love traditional Thanksgiving - everything.  Traditional colors, a traditional menu, flowers, table setting, etc.  I'm not sure if creating a floral centerpiece in a pumpkin would be traditional in the eyes of generations past, but in the Martha Stewart era of holidays, it surely seems like a classic.

It has been about 6 years since I created a floral centerpiece in a pumpkin... I am not sure if I thought it was too over done, or if I hadn't had the occasion to do it.  Or maybe I got lazy and didn't want to go to the trouble of carving out the pumpkin.  This year, I've been itching to do it.  I thought about if for Halloween, then Emma's costume took priority in the project department. 

Get all of the table setting details, here >

I started by selecting my flowers and colors - getting a feel for what the colors will look like with the table setting, in the room.

I chose these apricot roses with burnt orange and deep red mums.  I needed something that would drape downward in the arrangement, so I selected the wheat-looking stems. 

As you can see (and you might remember), we received a large collection of Spode Woodland china that I always use during the Fall and Winter holidays.  I have admired them for years and am so glad to have them - and I still LOVE them every year when I get them out.

I will use this glass vase set inside the pumpkin to make the arrangement in, so I cut the top to be sure it would fit into my opening.

I cut the opening, then scooped out the insides with an ice cream scoop.

I put the vase in with a square of oasis foam, then filled it with water.

I started by putting in the best roses, trying to achieve the shape.

And then, because flowers look best in groups of the same, I bunched 2-3 flowers next to each of those roses.  I like to use different sizes of roses in these groups to add interest - and it looks more natural.

Then, I started plugging in groupings of mums in the same fashion. 

It is starting to take shape.  At this point, I realized it was a little 'tight,' so I pulled the bottom roses out by an inch or so, so it didn't look so much like a ball of flowers on a pumpkin.

To soften the entire arrangement and to add some drape, I placed the broom cob around the collar.

Done!  You can see the groupings of flowers look more appealing than if it were homogeneously arranged - it would look polk-a-dotted!

To keep it fresh, keep it in the refrigerator (or in the garage, if your garage is really cold like mine!).

Here it is on the table!  Get all of the table setting details in this post, here >

Good Morning : )
Welcome to the coziest of all collections, the Autumn Harvest Collection.  This is the nearest and dearest to my heart so far, as this is the first time I've gone beyond my box and designed and entire textile collection.

I created four designs that were handmade by woodblock printing on 100% cotton.  It was so incredible to be able to completely dictate the exact pattern, color and design.  No longer am I subject to what I can find and what else is out there, now I can create and it feels right.

The down part of custom handmade work, is that it takes a bit of time.  Months and months.  The entire inventory of this Autumn Harvest Block Print collection is on its way and will trickle in over the next two weeks.  Some of the stock is already in, the next shipment is going to arrive next week and the last will arrive the following.  I have ordered plenty (I hope!) and wanted for you all to be able to secure your items.  So, the entire inventory is available to order in pre-order status.  Your complete order will ship together when it has all arrived in stock (7-12 days).  If you need other items earlier, just let us know and we're happy to send them along first.

All of the prints are available in Cushion Covers (22" square & 15" x 26" rectangle), Table Runners (20"x108"), Tablecloths, Napkins and Tea Towels.  Contact us about yardage inquiries for special projects.  Of course, I've accessorized with cozy velvet accents, alpaca throws, 

Acorn Block Print - Tablecloths, Table Runners & Tea Towels

The Small Velvet Rectangle Covers (Amber shown) are finished with these lovely buttons along the side.

(seen as both wrap and throw)

Pumpkin Madeleines packaged in a Kraft Tin Tie Bag ($8 for 20)

Oak Leaf Block Print - Tablecloths, Table Runners & Tea Towels

For two years I've offered this candle,and I've been getting requests for it ever since.  It is the perfect Fall harvest scent - toasted chestnut, orange oil, clove, oak, cedar & fig. 

Velvet Pillows in Army & Amber

Slate Wreath Block Print - Tablecloths, Table Runners & Tea Towels

Wheat Wreath Block Print - Tablecloths, Table Runners & Tea Towels

Just like the Botanical Prints collection from earlier this season, these Game Fowl Prints are professionally printed on photo paper in 5 x 7" or 8 x 10" and go perfectly in my Gold Leaf Frames ($10-14).

The Softest Throws Collection :


  1. Thank you, Jennifer for this beautiful centerpiece. I will try it. Your Holiday Table is lovely.

  2. This is really beautiful. I know this is an older post, but do you realize your easy-to-pin strip says "DYI" not "DIY". Just thought you might want to know.

  3. Anonymous8:30 AM

    So glad to see your setting. I have a collection of turkey plates,Including the Spode ones, that I always use during the Fall,etc. So happy to see someone else doing that too. Love your centerpiece and will try it this year.

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    1. BEAUTY BEYOND BELIEF WOW. G.R.Chiranjeevi. february 18 2014 at 2.25 PM

  5. Absolutely Gorgeous!


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