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Theme - Going for the Gold!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Well I am really pleased with this the allium, siberian iris and long since finished poppys.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks Terri you are my inspiration teachin me to try new things!

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Bit closer, the gold doesn't show as well in the photo. Almost like Christmas in June!

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

And one more. Let's now see what everyone else has for this Goin for the Gold!

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Think I should have covered the metal holder a bit more thoroughly or painted it gold to match?

london England, United Kingdom

Hi Candee, What a Beautiful arrangement! Love the purple and gold colours together.
Everything you sprayed turned out really lovely, you must have used a whole can of spray paint?
The leaves look fab too! Stunning design with good height and shape!
Great idea for a new theme, your going for gold is going be hard to beat, LoL!

Thank you! and I can't wait to see everyone try this one! now where did I put my spray paint...?

london England, United Kingdom


I agree about the metal holder, but to be honest I didn't notice it until you pointed it out!!!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks Terri - actually didn't take much spray paint at all. I have been using the same can on the birdcage for several years and on one other piece that we have. Just a few waves over those allium and they were transformed and same for the poppy pods.
Can't wait to see what you and everyone else design, got that thinkin cap on already I am sure!
The leaf idea you inspired particularly as I never work with leaves much and you and your oils all work wonders, I am too lazy for the oil, it was easier to paint them and then crop them.

london England, United Kingdom


I was wondering what you were taliking about, Oh the oils!!! I haven't had any big leaves to shine up in a long time. lol
I'm diggin for gold around these parts........

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Looks like you had a successful dig my friend!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Bumpin this so somebody gets busy with going gold. Where is everybody?

london England, United Kingdom


I'm here Miss!.... found a little friend for us to talk to . lol!

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Christchurch, New Zealand

well this is not an arrangement but I wandered into the Salvation Army shop on my way to work & found a gold frog...
they wanted fifty cents for it... I gave them a dollar & feel a bit guilty because I suspect it is worth a bit more than that.
it comes apart if you twist it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

like this....

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Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

What a niffy find!!! you'll just have to arrange something in it. LoL

Christchurch, New Zealand

I am thinking if it fits into the vase MeeMum gave me I might try an underwater arrangement.
Nothing like being ambitious :)
I think I will have some fun experimenting.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Can't wait to see it. That is quite a nice bargain you got!

london England, United Kingdom


Hello Dianne, got any gold????? gold dancing shoes?? lol I'm sure I spotted some golden flowers in your garden...

Great find dalfyre! Looking forward to seeing what you make.




Christchurch, New Zealand

ok - my first attempt at using the gold frog :)

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london England, United Kingdom


Like it! Usually the frog is covered up with leaves or stones but in this case.... we are going for the gold! Well done dalfyre!

london England, United Kingdom


Going for the gold with my new vase!

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london England, United Kingdom


Gold Gladioli, gold poppy heads and golden birdie!

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london England, United Kingdom


Vase with Gladioli leaves inside.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

told you I was new at this :) Not to mention blonde ;)
... didn't know that I should or even how to cover up the frog but have had some good suggestions so next time will try hiding it.
This is so much fun!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Blond here as well dalfyre LOL! Terri will tell you I have my moments! But the frog is gold and it is the gold theme so no need to cover it up.
Hey Terri that is dazzling, that is the coolest vase I've seen. Where do you find that stuff?

london England, United Kingdom


Thanks Candee, I saw the vase in one of the shops on the High St, thought it was quite unusual. For once it wasn't a junk shop find... lol.

Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

It is a pretty vase, Terri. Now the question is, is there a liner or small tube inside to hold water???
Not junk shop - but treasure shop!!

london England, United Kingdom


There's no small tube inside or anything, it has given me quite a headache actually! The neck is very thin.
In the end I wrapped the glads in cling film and put a drop of water in there.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Well you are the clever one. It is quite a unique piece, would look great around our place.

Christchurch, New Zealand

I have a new acquisition from the local Sally Army shop...
I went looking for vases or bowls & spotted a large glass swan.
Ok so it isn't any use for floral work but I love it & it cost me a whole $7.00.
I am making a habit of paying them a bit more than they ask since it is a charity shop.
Still cheap at twice the price.
Hubby hasn't noticed it yet.
He won't mind especially when I spent so little on it.

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Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

What a great swan - and an incredible deal to boot.

Goes nicely with your collection of animals.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Now that I see that it reminds me of one we used to have - so many years ago I can't recall where we got it nor where it has gone. Thanks for the memories! Lovely wedding photos btw!

Christchurch, New Zealand

I am hoping the swan dates back to the 1970's...
I vaguely recall seeing them back then.
but it may be a more recent Chinese knock off of Murano glass.
I don't know how I ended up with a collection of birds but I guess they fit in with my love of gardening :)
One draw back to a June wedding in NZ is that it is the middle of winter & not much in the garden.

And the other draw back is that it was freezing!
Hubby was nice & warm in his kilt but I had a sleeveless dress & the mean photographer made me take my 'fur' cape off for most of the pics...
when he saw my cape my Step dad asked "how many plastic rabbits died for that?"

london England, United Kingdom



Going for the Gold with a textured arrangement!
Dried Allium and grasses contrast with the smooth twig and honesty pods.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Now that's a sparkler. Did you spray that twig as well? I really like it, BTW what are honesty pods?

london England, United Kingdom


Thank you Candee! No I didn't spray the twig, it's like a piece of smooth bark or something!
Honesty seed pod shells? the bit that falls off to expose the seeds.

Haven't made many arrangements Honesty, here's my ballet dancer!

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I didn't think you had sprayed it, it fits in perfectly.
Honestly, I have never heard of an honesty plant. I know what a pod shell is just never heard of that plant. The ballet dancer is fabulous, what a great combination of texture and movement.

Christchurch, New Zealand

I tossed Honesty seeds around my garden...
am paying for it years later.
They are weeds here!
I did get some unusual variegated ones - and I saved seed from them...why?
Because those seed pods are so pretty.
But good grief they are so invasive.
I think I will be weeding them out forever now.

london England, United Kingdom


Thanks Candee, I made the ballet dancer a while ago for the bigger is better thread but I didn't think you would like it! lol.
I lost most of my Honesty, I think that snow week was to blame!! Funny how different plants are weeds somewhere or other. I like the purple flowers in springtime too.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Oh but I do like it!

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