So, hopefully, it’s not too late in the day for you to make this if you want… but, nonetheless, I’ve done a couple of projects around the Parisienne Farmhouse that I am pretty pleased with this past week, and this in one of them… I just had to share!!!
We’ve moved twice since making this blog post based on an old French General arrangement I saw once. I’ve made a version of this creation every year since this tutorial. If you’d like to see a video, you might enjoy this…)
You will need:
A basket – hit the thrift store or your favorite resale shoppe – I got mine for $4.00!!!
Paper grocery bag
Herbs from your Garden (You could use Evergreen sprigs too if your herbs are completely dead! I used Thyme cause it’s still holding it’s color and sprigs of my Rosemary that I am actually going to try to over-winter.)
Place your fabric if you choose to use it, like a liner in the bottom of the basket and place a layer of foam on top of that. Stuff the paper around making everything nice and firm.
Consider what vegetables you would like to use as your foundation. I chose Gourds because I got an entire shopping bag of them for FREE at Trader Joe’s the other day! For a heavier vegetable like the Gourd I used a small drill bit to make a hole for the skewer. It really helped…hold it tight, those Gourds are tough, my bit slipped and I have a nice little hole in my hand!
Put the skewer in the Veggie and then into the foam; laying the edge of the veg on the edge of the basket.
From there, you can layer your vegetables as you choose. I chose Autumnal colors.. beets would be pretty, as would purple onions but I did not want to take any chances of a pungent odor so I used red potatoes.
For the root veggies like carrots and radish, I like to pick the ones that have not been cut. I think the curlicue of the root end is charming.
For the top, you could use a bunch of carrots with those curlicues at the very top. I chose asparagus… but, word to the wise, leave the rubber band on until you are finished with your project. They will be easier to put into place.
I also cut a small indentation into the foam to make my topper a bit more secure.
To fill in the gaps (which are more noticeable in the photographs than in real life) you could use Evergreens… especially if your home is already decorated for Christmas… that might tie it together nicely. However, I chose herbs that were still thriving in my Potager. I placed Rosemary throughout and used the Thyme at the bottom.
I didn’t want it hanging out too far so I pushed the bottom edges in, every other gourd and then took the far edges and pushed them into the openings… making a sort of wreath feel around the base of the arrangement.
Many of these things you will find around your home, especially if you are crafty!
I will be taking this with me to my Aunt’s tomorrow. All in all it took about 30 minutes… and I had “help” if you know what I mean. I think I will make some form of it every year from now on. It was inspired by a fun project in the book Homemade Soirées.
I do want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers.
I am thankful for your input, compliments, comments and friendship.
Go love on your family.
I know I am beyond Thankful for mine and we are going to have a riot tomorrow!