My friend Jorge compared my frequent creation of small arrangements to his hobby of writing flash fiction. He said I should call my mini-arrangments, “flash florals”. I like the name, so I think I’ll work on it and refine it a bit. In the meantime, I had a few small containers cluttering my workspace. I needed to fill them up so I could prepare lunch.
I really like 1930s and 1940s porcelain. It doesn’t matter if it’s a flower pot or dinnerware. The feel and color combinations get me everytime. This unlabled creamer pitcher was sitting by itself at a garage sale last week. It was worth the 50-cents price. I thought an old fashioned splash of white roses should fit in well. I wish more roses were available, but I made do with five, then used dark blue fill blooms in the spaces.
A couple of years ago, I came upon a cache of Nemadji pottery from Minnesota. The price was right, so it came home with me. I like that each piece has a unique randomized glaze. For this miniature Ewer pitcher vase, I carried the theme forward into an “organized chaos” style, just for fun.
The light green container can be used as a conventional planter or as a wall pocket. I’ll probably hang it on the wall, after I keep it on my bedroom shelf for awhile. The design may not be politically correct, but Jorge likes it, too, so I feel safe in presenting it here. I carried the Mexican theme through to the mini arrangement. It’s bold, yet simple.
I have a yen for laquered Japanese items. This beautifully finished rice bowl makes a great home for a compact Ikebana. I placed three small conch shells in the bowl for even more impact.
I hope you feel inspired to use one of your own, small containers for a beautiful accent piece. Use any of these, or come up with your own idea.
The Blue Jay of Happiness reminds you to just feel free to assemble your compact arrangement quickly, but don’t hurry, either.