I think have a problem with saying "no".
Just because I was on a month vacation to France, went "no toilet/water camping" for the first time for a few days upon return and hosted my parents for a week right after, didn't mean I couldn't take on 10 tablescapes and decorate a vineyard in 6 days. "Sure, no problem", I said. I quickly got to work.
Today I slept in until 10 am, because it's all done!
Portland was chosen to host the National Wine Bloggers Convention. Blogging wine lovers from all over the nation traveled to Portland to dive into the glory of Oregon Wines. Conventions were held, and all were bused out to vineyards awaiting tours, tastings and fine dinners. The wonderful folks of the Carlton Business Association asked me to create eye-catching tabelscapes to compliment the superb food that was going to be served. It was indeed superb, for example, upon filling my plate, I was asked if I "would like blue cheese butter on top of my flank steak?" I think I got a tear in my eye. "Ah, yes please" (and hurry). After 10 hours on my feet including a few of those spent in a 100 degree vineyard, I looked forward to sitting....and enjoying the company of my new friends at the CBA and wine lovers from around the nation.
I couldn't post any photos of my creations prior because this whole event was TOP SECRET. None of the bloggers new where they were going. Because of this secrecy, the creative team of the CBA decided to have a little fun and conduct a pretend arrest and attempt to impound the bus they were riding in on. Hilarious. The local Chief of Police was in on the fun, and because he happens to be easy on the eyes, some of the tipsy folks hoped assumed after the scare, he was a stripper. Sorry, just a respectable escort, so to speak. Tweets on twitter went wild (this was a live twitter fed event) and we tuned in as it was happening. The responses were great fun to read. In fact, our Hashtag #WCB12 (the entire convention) was number one in the world for 5 hours. Incredible! Whoa-go bloggers, go Oregon Wine!
Carlton is about good natured fun, beautiful wines, and outstanding foods-what a wonderful event! Thanks for including DE LAVENNE DESIGN !
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Sunflowers welcome visitors to Carlo and Julian Winery.
Burlap browns, sunny yellows and apple greens were chosen for the country rustic color palette.
I made burlap corset vases. Thanks to Tracy Bumble Hill Farms, I added some artichoke blooms for added character. Thanks Tracy!
Glasses ready to be filled!
The tiny table you see off to the left gives you some perspective as to how huge this old beautiful oak tree is!
Let's walk in.
Roughly 60-70 Mason jars were tinted by yours truly and hung from the branches.
The jars were attached to the tree thanks to this guy! Thanks John! He's a big guy, but compared to this tree he looks so small!
It's hard to capture all of these in one shot!
So here are a few.
To tint a mason jar, simply add Mod Poge (aavailable at any craft store) with a few drops of food coloring and create your favorite colors. Mix with a brush inside the jar and swirl, until the glass is covered. Sit upside down to drain (on top of another jar if you are creating many) for about 30 minutes, then flip upright to air). The jar will dry clear, with color. Play around with drips and brushes for a more eclectic look!
I love how the jars let the sunlight twinkle through. It's a great way to add rustic character in the daytime, no candles, and really fun and easy to do. Just punch some holes in the top by tapping the head of screwdriver with a hammer, punching a hole through. I strung jute top down through the lid, careful not to cut yourself on the lid holes underside-they are sharp and can cut. Tie off under the lid, and you have a nice clean "loop" to cradle wrap around a branch...easy on, easy off.
I made custom sunflower signs reading "SIP, TASTE and TWEET" up the tree trunk. Supplies: Black foam core and clothespins painted yellow. Clip on and voila, done.
You can't go wrong with a view like this.
I love working with lemons-they are bright and cheery and helped make us feel cool in this 100+ degree day. The vases were wrapped with moss ribbon found at a local craft store.
The vines of Carlo and Julian Winery.
Now, prepping the restaurant planters....now, this isn't the restaurant, it's my kitchen table
! The planter boxes were custom made. They reached five feet ! (Six inches tall by 6 inches wide). My job was to fill them. I filled them with newspaper and lines with plastic to keep them light and dry. Then, I bought every succulent I could find in town. Flower bricks from Incahoots saved the day and the dahlia arrangement int he center.
Meet my pretty frriend, Heather. Heather is one of the creator's of Ruby Crab-Handcrafted Happiness and one of the most talented and impeccable seamstresses I know. Thanks to Heather and her "Better Homes and Garden's" backyard, we were able to prune away filler for our arrangements. Thank you Heather, for helping us create these wonderful arrangements and staying up with me in order to meet our deadline! It was so much fun creating with you. Stay tuned for another post about a Ruby Crab handcrafted handbag give-away!
The Dahlias were purchased from Swan Island Growers of Canby Oregon. Gorgeous! I had no idea there are so many of interesting varieties fo Dahlias. Some are on my wish list for my yard next year.
The finished scape at the Horseradish in Carlton. The Horsradish had a really great canvas of brick work and wood to work with. Exposed ductwork gives this place a cool industrial vibe and I wanted to run with that so the table scapes easily fit in. Wine bottles were re-used, primed and sprayed with chalkboard paint. They were fitted with white taper candles-but not lit since it was just too darn hot! They look good anyway, I think.
The tables were draped with white linens to the floor, then topped with Premier Print's "ZIPPY" in Arizona/ Denton colorway. This fabric was awesome and made the room. It was heavy weight slubby linen and the chevron pattern gave the room energy and movement. Overall I think it looked urban, smart, and sharp which is what I was aiming for.