In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Upgrades


I decided to give my harvest wreath and dried flower bucket a Christmas holiday upgrade by adding balsam fir (Abies balsamea), Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) and winterberries (Ilex verticillata)IMG_9577

Here is the before photo:IMG_9372

As you can see, the mermaid is still hanging out on the porch, keeping Buddha company (he is a bit out of the picture to the left). I think he is a good influence, helping her see that her vanity is only a reflection of her ego, not her true soul. 😉

IMG_9571I removed the gold oak leaves from the harvest wreath, then added evergreens, pinecones and a few manmade baubles to add a bit of glitz: sage green, faux eucalyptus sprigs and a couple glittery, round balls. For comparison, here is the original: IMG_8930

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly creation with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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70 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Upgrades

  1. Val Boyko says:

    That’s one super duper wreath Eliza!!

  2. arlingwoman says:

    Eliza, you never fail to amaze me. What a lovely addition the greens and the berries are! and your wreath is soooooo beautiful. I looked at it and had one of those ‘you MADE that?’ moments. But of course some talented, artistic person with a very good eye makes all the things that appear here. Wowsers.

  3. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful and I bet it smells really good too with balsam pine in it. Mmmmmm.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Balsam is the best! After it rains, the scent of the trees at the end of our property fills the air with that delicious scent. Mmmm, indeed! Thanks, Mary.

  4. maureenc says:

    Eliza the wreath is absolutely gorgeous! Please come over to Queensland and make something that will survive heat and thunderstorms.(I wonder if I can find my crow-ash cones to use)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Maureen, if I ever do make it ‘down under’ I’d be sure to pay you a visit and do a little ‘creating’ with the local flora. Wouldn’t that be fun! 🙂

  5. cindy knoke says:

    You are talented. They are beautiful!

  6. makingcamp says:

    Festive 🙂 You are very gifted with your arrangments

  7. Trini Lind says:

    I loooove the wreath so much!! 💖🎄💖🎄💖🎄

  8. west517 says:

    I love your wreath!! …and that pop of really makes your fall arrangement sparkle for the holidays!

  9. MK says:

    Very impressive upgrades, both of them. It is if they’ve reincarnated, young & fresh.

  10. Pauline says:

    Both stunning, you are one very talented lady!

  11. Julie says:

    Your wreath is absolutely gorgeous Eliza and so is the beautiful door you hang it from, the combination is perfect.

  12. I am now officially in the Holiday Spirit! Nice

  13. They both turned out beautiful. Your flower decorating skills are showing again. 🙂

  14. Laurie Graves says:

    Beautiful! And I’ll be interested in hearing about the mermaid’s spiritual progress. Vanity is a hard one to overcome 😉

  15. Kathy Sturr says:

    Just lovely! Merry merry!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kathy! How’s the weather? 🙂

      • Kathy Sturr says:

        It is divine Eliza! I have already seen several Monarchs, the Zebra Butterflies and a Great Horned Owl. Hope to get out kayaking soon. Looks pretty mild in my Northern home, too! How about you?

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Sounds wonderful! I’d love to see the monarch and zebra butterflies, as well as the owl.
        Actually, right now I’m in L.A. and it was 82 today – soooo loving it. What a treat. Fly back to the cold on Sat.
        We’ve been running about 10 degrees above normal in MA. They say El Nino will give us a mild winter for a change and cold air will stay in Canada. I am all for that!

  16. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Upgrading requires a lot of creativity, congratulations, Eliza!

  17. Brian Skeys says:

    You are very creative Eliza, very festive wreath.

  18. Beautywhizz says:

    These are stunning.

  19. So pretty. Your upgrades breathe fresh life into both wreath and basket, Eliza. Mermaid looks a little cold, though. New life and vibrant read definitely take us from autumn to the holidays! ❤ ❤ ❤

  20. ladyfi says:

    What wonderful decorations.

  21. Cathy says:

    As everyone says, you have such a good eye, Eliza ☺Your mermaid will be a changed woman (?) after hanging about with Buddha for several weeks!

  22. Hannah says:

    The addition of the berries and evergreens really dressed up the fall arrangement, Eliza. I will also have to rave about your wonderful wreath, it is so balanced and colorful, with so many interesting varied fruits and leaves.

  23. I think the bucket is my favorite. Love the addition of berries and evergreens.

  24. dorannrule says:

    You have added “glorious” with your new-addition touches. 🙂

  25. Eliza these are stunning and how clever. It is fabulous when we can turn a vase into something else with a few additions and deletions. I love using dried materials for this reason!

  26. joserasan66 says:

    Una Serie Estupenda, Llena De Colorido Y Muy Acertada Para Estas Fechas… Un Saludo.

  27. The picture at the top is one of my favorite pieces of yours, Eliza.

  28. Beautiful, as always – I am making some pots this weekend for the front and back porches (or just the front, if I get lazy). I hope they look half this good!

  29. Gorgeous! That little bit of green and red did the trick. You are so clever and creative!

  30. Cathy says:

    Wow! The wreath is absolutely gorgeous Eliza! And the facelift you gave your bucket is just amazing – what a difference some berries and fir branches can make! Very inspiring, as I may also have to recycle or facelift some of my arrangements over the next few weeks! I really love those golden leaves on your wreath – a lovely idea that I hadn’t seen before. 🙂

  31. wspines says:

    So inspiring to see what a few greens and berries do. Love it

  32. Jen says:

    These are so gorgeous!

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