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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Met. Monday - A little Fall


Thanks so much to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this fun event. I always look forward to seeing what everyone has been doing. Be sure to check out her blog to see what she's been up to and to see a list of all the participants.

I love to look through some of the higher end furniture stores for decorating ideas. Their accessories are usually stunning and very expensive. I saw a centerpiece at Ladlow's that used bronze, gold and cream pumpkins in a floral arrangement that I thought would be beautiful in my home and at $450 I thought I could create it for less. Obviously they price these pieces so they won't sell, but I liked the idea of the pumpkins in a floral arrangement.

This is what I came up with and a really close copy.


I gathered some of the pumpkins and gourds that I found at the Dollar Tree and a few springs of greenery.


I had some Ant. Bronze, Gold, Ant. White and Clear spray paint.


I used a skewer to stick in the bottom of one of the pumpkins to use to hold it while I spray painted it.


I sprayed them an assortment of the Ant. White, Bronze, Gold and then used Clear over them to finish off. I just put the skewers in a clay pot to hold them up to dry. When they are painted and then sprayed with the clear they look like they are ceramic and not plastic at all. The camera had a hard time capturing that.


Next I got out the bin of dried and silk flowers that I have and found a few things that I thought looked like the arrangement that I was trying to copy. I also added a few feathers.


This pumpkin had the speckles on it, so I just sprayed it with 3 coats of clear to give it that ceramic look. You can also see some of the small gourds that I painted white, bronze and gold.


I sprayed this one bronze and then gave it a light dusting of the gold.


Not an exact copy, but really close. I love it and it really does go with my home decorations a lot better than all the oranges and it still looks like fall.


I must have taken 30 pictures and just couldn't get the light right. In real life the gourds and pumpkins really do look like they are ceramic and have such a fabulous shine to them that it really sets the arrangement off beautifully.


This is another arrangement that I copied from a visit to Ethan Allen a few years ago. When you're out shopping, be sure to pay attention to all the accessories, they spend a fortune to dress things up for their displays, and you can usually copy them for pennies.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

63 comments:

  1. Marty,
    Your arrangement looks great! It's amazing how we can create similar arragements for so much less than the decorators get for theirs!

    Just yesterday I asked DH to bring my Halloween boxes down from the attic because I wanted to paint mine, too. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

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  2. You did a great job on this centerpiece! Thanks for showing the steps you used to create it, so people like me that don't have a creative bone in her body can do it too! I love Ethan Allen and often "haunt" it for decorting ideas. Why pay a decorator when you can copy one that already did something you love?

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  3. Hi Marty
    What an awesome job you did. It looks so much like the photo!

    I'd love for you to join in with my welcome fall party on Tuesday. You could even use this post for it!
    ((hugs)) Rhondi

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  4. It's perfect .Looks like it is worth $400 . Great job.
    http://alzheimersandmomblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. Oh Marty!
    How beautiful are these arrangements? I love the first one, and you know I can see the glaze look to the pumpkins. It is so beautiful. I want to know where you found the beautiful acorn laying on the table tho. That is what I really love. I have been searching for one of those darn acorns. I am going to find me a couple for the season is over. I so love them, and have seen them in many of the homes with their cloches. I went to Ross this past week, and found one, yes just one of the cupcake cloches, but I was so thrilled to have found even one. I will keep looking. You have me hooked my friend. I love all of the pheasant feathers in your arrangement, they are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Country hugs and love always, Sherry

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  6. Marty!! It's GORGEOUS!!! I can't get over how beautiful it is! You are a very talented lady! Your spray painting job is fabulous! It looks every penny of $450. I am heading over to Dolar Tree! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  7. Marty, you weren't kidding. This is just gorgeous! I'm so impressed with your ability to see something and then recreate it at a fraction of the cost. This really is beautiful and I bet you could sell these for quite a profit! Looks just beautiful in your dining room, and I love the way it relates to that beautiful picture on the wall. Beautiful job. Hugs, Kat

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  8. Oh Marty!!! I love this! I admire your taste and style so much! I wish I could tour your house in person and oooh and aah all over the place!

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  9. Marty this is gorgeous! I like to look at store displays too. I just might copy this idea from you!

    I made a centerpiece, copied from one a high end silks advertisement in Traditional Home or Country Home. Can't remember which. I still love it!

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  10. Great Job! You really did a fantastic display, so creative...

    If you get a chance, stop by my Blog and say hi! I just put up a new post...
    Have a great day,
    Aimee

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  11. Hi Marty!
    Where is Hobby Lobby!
    I didn't know we had one close to us? Where is it hiding? I have got to do some shopping there.
    Love ya, Sherry

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  12. Oh, Marty! Your arrangement is gorgeous. What a great idea to spray paint your pumpkins! The arrangement looks like a million! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

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  13. Hi Marty,
    This looks so so good! I can tell from your pics that the pumpkins look ceramic. What a beautiful job, you could be a florist designer!! Hugs, Cindy

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  14. So pretty Marty...you know, that is one thing I really can't do...floral arranging. You have a nack for it thats for sure!

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  15. Your arrangements are wonderful! I love how you took all of those pieces and put them togehter so beautifully!
    Penny

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  16. Gee Marty, at $450.00 I think we should all have two don't you? hee hee... NOT! You did a great job on yours. Love the fact that you spray painted the pumpkins. Clever girl. Have a great week.

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  17. Wow=- Great Job Marty!!! I tried my hands spraying a few things this weekend- a pumpkin or 2 too!

    blessings
    mary

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  18. Just beautiful Marty! I love the idea of the clear glaze to make them look like porcelain. You are always so inspirational. :D Jewel

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  19. Oh Marty, that arrangement is just gorgeous! I can't believe half of it came from the Dollar Store....I so need to make a trip there tomorrow!
    I also love that beautiful basket arrangement above the cabinets!
    You are so talented!

    {{HUGS}}

    Robin :o)

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  20. Hi Marty
    What an awesome job you did.The arrangement is just gorgeous...I love the clear glaze to make them look like porcelain....
    xoxo
    Julie

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  21. Marty this is lovely.as well as the tea box one.Smart thinking,copying the pros.Thats the way to do it.....anniepooo

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  22. EEEEWWWWW! Those turned out great! Very pretty! :)

    ~Liz

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  23. Your floral arrangement is georgous! I still don't know if I would pay $450 for it!! Dang, that's a lot of money.

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  24. Great job on doing it yourself - so rich looking too ! What would we do without the dollar store ??
    LOL !
    Kammy

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  25. what great ideas. I love the gourd idea, and what an inexpensive way of doing it, but it doesn't look inexpensive AT ALL! Way cute. Where did you find the cute tin? Love that.

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  26. Marty - Everything you do is just beautiful. I love the gourds. I bought some of them and I think I may give them a re-do. Your creativity just amazes all of us.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

    Charla

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  27. Wow, Marty! You are really good at creating arrangements. You make it look so easy, but I know it is tricky business! Beautiful! Linda

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  28. You always amaze us with your creativity Marty. I love the metallic look on the pumpkins.
    Happy Twirls

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  29. Spray paint can do wonders....I love to get ideas from decorating magazines and furniture stores. I am all about doing things for cheaper...good job Marty!!!

    Blessings~
    Tonya

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  30. I love spray painted pumpkins and goards. I haven't done any yet but did buy a couple of real pumpkins today to decorate with..
    Your arrangement is really pretty.

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  31. HI!!!
    What a beautiful job you did with that!!! You are so talented!!!I love fall and I cannot wait for fall weather!!!!
    I will be gathering all my fall decorations tomorrow as I will finally have my house back, I had new tile put in the family room and the den/game room painted and had some wainscot put up!!!! A new blog is coming!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  32. Love the colours you have used in this arrangement Marty ... you are a clever girl!
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi

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  33. Way to go, Marty. It looks really pretty.

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  34. You did beautiful work with this one. I'm going to have to go to a Dollar Tree. I keep seeing people say they get things there. I'm always copying arrangements that I see other places. Not only does it save a small fortune, it is fun! I love that tea bin of yours.

    Sue

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  35. Marty,
    Your arrangments are beautiful. The one on your table goes well with the painting you have on the wall and that tea box you have is a dream.
    Sandy

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  36. I love your beautiful fall arrangement. You are so talented to create something like this, and for such a small price too. It looks very expensive.

    Have a great week!

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  37. What a smart idea! Love it and it's giving me some ideas as well, you know I can get "dangerous" with a can of spray paint! Beautiful arrangement!

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  38. I love this idea! Your own mini version of "Double Take". I saw a fall wreath for $79.00! I sort of did the same thing with the copying. My total was $15.00. I think I'm going to try spray painting some pumpkins like you did.
    Kelly

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  39. Ha!We were both in the spray-paintin' mood! ;-)
    Your arrangement is GORGEOUS! You are so talented in seeing something beautiful and replicating it at home..for pennies!!
    In answer to your quesion..I got my paint at Michaels..be sure to use your 40% off coupon! It's where all the other spray paints are. It's suppose to be for florals, but I use it on everything to get a quick 'antique' affect..
    Have a great day!
    Blessings,
    Myrna

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  40. Happy Monday Marty!

    Whew....you are such a clever gal. What a great idea...and it turned out beautifully. I am LOVING fall.

    Hugs,
    Spencer

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  41. Hi Marty! You can go back to the furniture store and try to sell your flower arrangements for $300, LOL! I betcha yours is even prettier. Thanks for sharing the great idea! ...Christine

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  42. Marty, you never cease to amaze me. I know there are going to be a bunch of ladies at the dollar store and the paint store today trying to get the same look that you created. you are always inspiring, great job, my dear friend. Hugs Kathysue

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  43. Oh Marty!
    Both arrangements turned out awesome. They have that expensive look to them. Painting the pumpkins and gourds was such a great idea. They can be painted any color to suit any decor. That's definitely going in my idea book. Have a wonderful Monday.

    Hugs,
    ♥Ana

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  44. They're beautiful, Marty! What a good idea. Stick your pointy items in a plant pot to paint. I do love your tea box atop the cabinet!
    Brenda

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  45. Wow, Marty, your arrangement is truly gorgeous! I love how you were able to make it inexpensively with a little creativity, yet it looks so high-end!

    Jane

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  46. Wow, this is such an elegant arrangement, Marty! I love it. Simply stunning!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  47. Hello Dearheart...

    Ohhh my...Girlfriend, you did GOOD!!! I just love your new autumn floral arrangement and you're right...the colors are perfect with your beautiful home's decor!!! This is just stunning! I love how you did the pumpkins and gourds in the whites, golds, and pretty bronze finishes...it looks so rich!!! It looks so beautiful on your table...ohhh, and I love that beautiful bronze cloth too! Beautiful autumn vignette, my friend!!! Love the arrangement with the wheat as well! Ohhh my, can you believe the prices they put on some of these things in the designer stores? And I just know that your arrangement is every bit as pretty and most likely...prettier!!! By the way, have you had training for doing floral arrangements? You're so good at it and they always look so professional!

    Well Darlin'...this was such a treat!!! Also wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my autumn decor in my living room! You always say the nicest things...you just make my day!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  48. These look gorgeous, and like they would cost a fortune to buy from a store. I am amazed at your arrangement skills. Beautiful, and you have such a sesnse of balance.

    Alyshia

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  49. Wonderful job! I love to see things like this and save the money! You are really good with these creations!

    Katherine

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  50. Absolutely gorgeous Marty. Thanks for the great tips.
    Charlotte

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  51. I thought the first photo was the $450 one and then as I read on I realized it was your version so I think you did a great job. It is stunning.

    The Raggedy Girl

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  52. The more subdued tones are so elegant. You have such good taste.

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  53. Marty, you could do this for a living! Both arrangements look so pretty, and to think, the pieces came from the $ store! Brilliant. laurie

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  54. Oh, Marty! Your arrangement is gorgeous !
    thanks for so much beautiful to see. be a true artist!!!
    many, a lot of compliments.
    Rosarita

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  55. What a wonderful idea for creating a fall floral centerpiece! You did a fab job on it! Lots of inspiration ideas! Hugs!

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  56. Hi Marty. I had been wondering if my pumpkins could be painted. You answered my question, sweety. Love the white pumpkins! I love what you did!
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  57. Amazing arrangement Marty - you are so talented!

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  58. what an awesome autumn floral arrangement, love the flowers and decorations you picked for it.

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  59. Marty, you are so clever. These pumpkins are amazing. Love your fall arrangement. Already visited the tablescape and this is perfect for it. Sorry I'm late getting around to visit this week. Haven't had much time to sit at my computer. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

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