For the first projects of the month, we have three thrift store vases that provide a lot of looks and value to cost ratio. All that was required was some elbow grease and a few droplets of detergent in warm water. Careful drying and polishing with a terrycloth towel provide the finishing touch. I rarely use microfiber cloth on glass because it doesn’t remove all the water residue. Also, terrycloth is more rugged and easier to care for than microfiber cloth.
The three-toned lacquered brass vase helps tame the wild and crazy stems of poppies. The contrast between smooth and unruly creates a feeling of movement.
The total height of this arrangement is 80 cm or about 31 and 3/8ths inches tall. The modernist, sheet-metal, department store vase provides the necessary support and mass to hold the tall floral elements.
The collectable “Sooner Art Glass Company” trumpet coil vase, constructed of slag glass harmonizes with the floral elements. The faux echinacea blooms have been bleached and tinted as an experiment–just for fun.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes public intellectual and writer, Gore Vidal. “I do not much care for nature, and believe that flowers belong in vases rather than loose and untidy on the ground.”