Friday, January 29, 2010

Eco Chic~ The Great $50 Challenge

What have I been up to you wonder since I have been away so long? Loads of stuff! lol, one of them is the The Great $50 Challenge over at Sprout blog!

I originally entered an Ikebana Arrangement but wasn't too happy with it as a wedding centerpiece because I felt it was more of a guest check in table arrangement or a foyer entrance arrangement.
Here are the rules:
  1. Centerpiece value must equal $50 retail, (US dollars) – including container and labor.
  2. You must show your math. Retail price of all ingredients
  3. You must show what percentage of the $50 price is for labor.
  4. 1 centerpiece submission per designer.
  5. Centerpiece must be appropriate for a wedding.
  6. Submissions must be received by 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, January 31 2010.
  7. Voting will run from February 1 - February 28 2010. Winner will be announced March 1, 2010.
  8. Winner will be blog reader’s choice.
Cool huh?

So I decided that I would switch from this Ikebana arrangement which I really like. :)

To this eco chic arrangement, which I really love. :)

Let me start by saying that I love Green arrangements and anytime I can avoid floral foam I do.
Ikebana teaches you how to work without mechanics( sometimes you use a kenzan) but mostly I use techniques like Jumonji-dome and Soegi-dome, which are a crossbar technique and a split branch technique.

So this is a functional centerpiece that can be placed at any table that will give it height, won't obstruct the view or flow of conversation across the table, and gives it a modern element.
The branches can be any type that has maybe flower or fruits, brides now can take advantage of Quince and Cherry Blossoms, later it can be forsythia( sp?) or tomatoes, or pomegranates or kumquats, you get the idea. But the branch can be cut from anywhere.

I used Red Quince and one loooong piece of curly willow.

The bulbs are tulip bulbs that I bought at my local farmers market for about $2 each. The goal would be to replant them after wards in a garden for the guest or the couple to take home. The gifts that keeps giving(enter cheesiness, hehe!)

The river rocks came from, yep you guessed it.But you don't have to add this element, in this picture I took the rocks away and put some blooms on the bulbs inside.

The container has been reused about 5 times now, but it can come from a private collection or from a Goodwill or garage sale, and they can all be mismatched to add charm. There's no rule that says they have to match! So REUSE!

So all in all, I like it. All under $50!

Starting FEB 1st here

Sprout Blog


@Sandytables said...

I love this design! I can't wait to see all of the designs since we are trying to decide on designs right now for my daughters wedding but I will more than likely I will be voting for yours!

Bree said...

Thanks! Simple, super cute,& easy to put together : )

Janet said...

It looks like I have some totally fierce competition!

Bree said...

Janet, soooo...does that mean you're not going to vote for me?lol

Janet said...

I'll vote for you if you vote for me :)

Bree said...


ibrahim said...

very elegant design..

Bree said...

Thanks Ibrahim!