and it’s all because of some root beer bottles.
I wasn’t really interested in the clear glass bottles, but I love amber glass, so I took those. Amber is the perfect color for autumn, so I decided to use them as flower vases. I’d just get some pretty autumn-colored flowers, plunk them our dining room table and we’d have some instant Autumn!
I grouped the bottles together and tried to envision them filled with flowers, but it seemed boring. The problem seemed to be that there wasn’t any variety in their height, so I brainstormed what I could do about that and remembered a wedding that I provided the vintage props for a few years ago. The bride used slices of tree branches to hold her cakes and that seemed like it would be a great way to stagger the height of my bottles and it would make a nice contrast to the bottles.
Hubby came home and I told him I wanted him to cut me some slices of a dead tree branch. After heading to the store to buy a new blade for his saw, he cut me a bunch of tree slices. Wonderful – now I just needed flowers!
Off to Walmart I went, where I selected some mums and sunflowers, but somewhere between the flowers and the checkout, I stared thinking that some fruits and veggies would look pretty by the flowers, wouldn’t they?
So, I picked some apples and a few ears of corn. Strategically placed near the apples in the fruit section at Walmart are packages of caramel wraps for apples. Caramel Apples! I should make some caramel apples! I added that package to my cart.
I got back home and started arranging my pretty flowers in my root beer bottles, and started stacking tree slices, and putting fruit around them. I grabbed a jar of apple butter a friend had given me, and another jar of honey in the comb that I bought – just because it is pretty, then I said to myself, “Self…this looks like it would be pretty as a table setting for a Harvest Party!”
But…you can’t have a party without a banner, now can you?
Out to my workshop I went to make a Harvest banner on old Bible pages. I couldn’t find my roll of twill tape to save my life, so I used an old tape measure to connect the pennants.
Banner done, I stepped back and was quite tickled with my Harvest display, but I realized something was missing…fabric and metal. I like to use lots of texture when I put together a vignette. It just adds more interest. I had wood, glass, paper, flowers and fruits, but I was lacking metal and fabric.
Back out to the workshop I headed to round up some old metal kitchen things, a doily and a seed bag. Yes…that’s what I’m talking about!
So…that’s the story of my imaginary harvest party!