How was your Easter weekend? Ours was pretty laid back. Yesterday we spent some time with friends during the earlier parts of the day and had an amazing church service later in the evening. I always miss being with family during holidays like this but I am so thankful for the people in our lives that act as amazing surrogates!
Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to take you through the way I come up many times with a lot of the inspirational table settings and other decor and DIY here on the blog.
I know some of you probably think I plan for things weeks or even months in advance, and while I am definitely attempting to be a little more organized in my planning when it comes to the blog, that couldn't be any further from the truth.
Sometimes, just like the rest of my life, inspiration hits me out of and I get it all over the place. It happens when I'm just sitting on the sofa, grocery shopping, in the kitchen washing dishes or cooking...it's kind of a curse sometimes. Why? Well, because no matter what I am doing, I always feel the urge to stop what I am doing and start creating.
Last week was one of those where there were lots of those days. There are times when I am completely sapped out creatively and then there are those times when I am in absolute overload in the brain. Last week was one of those weeks. I kept a pen and paper near for the madness that would surely ensue.
As most of you know, I have kind of a thing for flowers and will shop our local grocery store and floral markets to make all of the pretty arrangements I have floating around in my head.
This one didn't necessarily start out or end the way I expected it to but I've learned that's never really a bad thing at all. Sometimes the most unexpected beauty comes out of what seems to be an absolute mess. This is the case for me most of the time when it comes to putting a table or a space together. I'm not really sure how it works but I've learned not to stress about it too much and just let the plates fall where they may. Literally. Gently and without breaking, of course.
Sippy cups and all, I spread out some butcher paper and went at it. I knew I wanted neutral tones with some dark flowers filling in spaces here and there but I had no idea that this is what I would end up with. Usually when I go to the market, I just know what I like and I pick it up.
Now, I am by no means a professional floral designer. We all know that. If I were planning for an event, however, I would have been more thoughtful about my selection BUT the fun part about just playing around in your own home for the purpose of blogging and giving inspiration is that you have the freedom to just flow. That's what I like to do the most. More than anything...
Poppy pods, ranunculus, ferns...I added them all and played around a lot with the placement of everything. I really thought that I would just leave it at that...just a fun arrangement to add some personality to the table but then I just couldn't stop there.
I couldn't really figure out what type of vessel I wanted to use so I just pulled out whatever from my closet and started the process. It doesn't really match anything or even complement the style of the setting I was thinking of putting together but I decided not to care. I think the number one rule for me right now in my creative process is, THERE ARE NO RULES. Just have fun and be free in expressing your gift. That is all.
I went from arranging the flowers to a full blown setting for our table and ultimately for no other reason than to release those creative juices that had been bound up for so long. I needed to create something! How many of you out there can relate to that?
Over the next couple of days, our table stayed this way. I had all sorts of spoons, plates, and flowers on the table until I could figure out what I wanted to do and I was determined not to spend a ton of money doing it. I decided I have more than enough just lying around to get the job done. Quite the challenge for me.
I didn't love the layers going on above so then I decided to add those sweet and inexpensive bowls that I bought at Daiso Japan about a week or so ago and fell in love.
This process span over a few days. So, what you see here isn't always a quick "oh I just threw this together" type of deal. Sometimes the creative process takes time. I'm happy these days to let it.
Here's a sneak peek of the table. I'll be sharing more tomorrow and a special surprise just for YOU.