My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Thanksgiving Harvest

Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday, Oct 10, 2011
If you have even a minuscule amount in the bank
Some cash in your wallet,
A home,
Something to eat tonight

And you do not live in a war zone,

You are among the fortunate 5% in the world

Pnina Fenster

I've been making moony eyes at this pumpkin all week.
So pretty- I couldnt decide whether to let it lie just as it is snuggled in a bed of dried fall leaves or give it a cut and fill it with flowers.
In the end my fresh harvest of Chinese lanterns won- it is a time to give thanks for a good harvest, after all.

Pumkin and lantern Thanksgiving Harvest floral art design

The vibrant orange and green make such an abundant and cheerful statement that I didnt need to do much more than stir up some spiral blossoms and just glue and spear all the ingredients in place.

Spiral flowers from Physalis sepals

The spiral blossoms are cut and rolled from the papery pod (sepal) of Chinese lanterns (Physalis). The bright and shiny berries are from inside the pods. Fresh green curly willow twigs twine and curl over the pumpkin lid.

Chinese lantern on willow twigs twining around the pumpkin lid

Both the Chinese lanterns and the willow twigs will dry really well just as they are in the design.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.




Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow