Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Seasonal changes

Over the last couple of weeks all trees near power-lines in our town have all been clipped and cut back by our local council and guess who's been running behind the truck collecting all the lovely big branches before the mulch truck comes along.

Always carry secateurs in the car with you, I say! To be able to get some of those fabulous high, green bunches from the top of the tree is such a treat, oak leaves, huge gums, grey gums and many unusual trees that I often look up at and wish I could reach. Foliage is just fantastic for my flower work and I absolutely love having different style flower arrangements in my home.

I have a pair of very heavy solid brass candlesticks and I have used them at many weddings and events over the years. Sometimes I drape them in white roses, sometimes just ivy, in these images above, I wanted a total change. I covered and wired two old wicker lampshades with fresh leaves and Hellebore flowers from my garden and just let them dry naturally over a couple of months. They were so beautiful and the leaves changed into the most amazing colours.

Different seasons brings the ability to show off your home in many ways, now is the time here in Australia as we head into Autumn to start collecting as many different flowers and leaves (hydrangeas, roses etc) before winter arrives. Mould them while they're fresh into many shapes, make wreaths and fill old buckets and tubs with bunches of great stuff and just let them do their thing.

It's actually quite chilly here today in Bowral and I have just put our heater on for the first time in months and I also needed to find some thick socks for my cold little feet. I so love this time of the year.

Thank you very much for the lovely comments from my last post regarding my Aunt Mary. I feel very blessed to have such wonderful friends in this blog world.

and I have had a bit of a """"SHOCK""" tonight,
my cousin emailed a photograph to me tonight of me when I was in my twenties at his wedding. I have never seen this image before and we had been chatting on the phone regarding our Aunt's funeral this week and for some reason he had his old Album out. Anyway, this was me back then (on the left) and now (hmmmm) on the right. Boy, I'm now feeling quite depressed, what has happened to me, twenty (or so) years later, I hadn't realised how much I had actually changed. I wish I could go back to then, has anyone got any tips, and yes, I know the one about the weight and I'm off to get my eyebrows done tomorrow and try and find that great colour red lipstick that I used to wear every day back then. No one ever told me that your lips loose their shape as well. ha ha .. have a great day, xx Coty


  1. Wonderful ideas here, Coty. I too, love to dry flowers. Whole branches, I don't know I have the same need for them as you, although I did see a pretty arrangement of tall branches in an urn in a restaurant once. Oh, if only my home were larger!


  2. Coty,
    We have spoken about moving through different seasons of life. With each one, I believe we gather so much along the way. Your lovely aunt Mary lived a full life but only one day at a time & now it's her time for rest, but you know...I have a feeling she is riding along side you & helping you to continue to gather branches & so much more. Coty you are more beautiful today because of the life you are living!
    “There’s a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It is impossible to be mature without having lived.”
    xo Lisa

  3. The lampshades are gorgeous and YOU are still beautiful.

  4. Where has the summer {yours} gone? Beautiful post and beautiful you...then and now.
    xo Susan

  5. My dear Coty, You go through what I go through. You are so bold and beautiful. I can remember, when going through sadness, going through nostalgia alsa: about life, about our own life...the way we were...the way we are now, leaving out all that we accomplished for just a tiny moment, just sitting with ourselves.
    I was a dancer...I am now middle aged, overweight, I show the genes of the female line of my ancestors..why not: I belong to this "clan" you can know me.
    There is no "cure" this is what God is showing us: we are more, so much more than flesh and blood....we are Soul and Spirit and that is showing through us now. Why not ? !
    We all love your creativity, and now you are becoming more personal on your blog and that we all love too.
    We love you, Coty.
    Thank you for this post, so open hearthed...so "Grand"...and elegant.....

    Lieve groeten
    Godeliva van Ariadone

  6. Clever Coty ... you could dig through a pile of trash and come up with ingredients to create a stunning work of art! I always learn something when I stop by for a visit. I didn't know the word "secateur." I've been practicing ... saying it out loud. It sounds ever so much nicer than pruning shears!

    I'm very sorry to hear about your Aunt Mary. She must have been a very lovely person (inside and out). Speaking of loveliness ... I think you look great. Your hair and skin are glowing in the "now" picture. None of us look exactly as we did in our twenties. For visually-oriented people (as artists tend to be), I think that's especially challenging.

    You just need someone to style you, light you, and photograph you as lovingly as you do every single person, place, or thing that ends up in front of your magical camera lens. ;)

    Bye for now, my friend...


  7. Aw you're being too hard on yourself Coty - you are still a gorgeous girl & I'm sure Andrew would be the first to agree!
    Millie ^_^


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