The big, dusty, bent-up flower arrangement grabbed my attention right away. It was a relic of the 1980s, when pastels were chic, especially pink. Jumbo sized silk flowers of that vintage are becoming more scarce, so I made an impulse purchase.
A flat, pink centerpiece container was crammed full of the fabulous, fakes. The wire stems were coiled and crooked, the petals were crushed and covered with musty dust. I disassembled the arrangement outdoors in a medium breeze, then shook and brushed away the surface dirt. Then I discarded the old, foam mechanicals and moss. I cleaned up the planter dish and used it for a project I posted here two weeks ago.
Because the flowers turned out as non-colorfast, I had to detail clean them with an old, soft paintbrush using no water. While brushing them, I also had to straighten out and reform the flowers and leaves. This was a time-consuming process, but it was worth the extra effort.
I wanted the pink flower color to “pop”, so I decided to use a 1990s era Haegar vase. The resulting retro-inspired style doesn’t look dated at all.
The light blue flowers turned out to be my favorites of the batch, so something special was needed. I started by filling a Lancaster Colony vintage McCoy pitcher with some dried stems and artificial pink “snowflakes” I purchased in the mid-1980s. (I have a hard time throwing out old flowers.) I used those elements as the framework to hold the blue silks.
I ended up with some leftover leaves. A small, old Shawnee hound planter inspired my third project. The swept-back greenery needed one more element. I cannibalized another old project for a couple of polyester peruvian lilies.
After I finished the projects, I stood back and felt glad that I was able to recycle most of castaway floral arrangement.