Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beautiful Crab Apple Filled Vase

Hello everyone! Fall is certainly in the air here in the Kansas City area! Temperatures have dropped into the high 70s during the day and low 50s to 40s at night. The air is a little crisper and we've had some overcast/cloudy days with light rain recently so I can't help but get in the mood for fall!
As you know by my posts I am a thrifty chick, meaning I like to maximize my $ by incorporating low cost or free decor. Luckily Fall provides us with a bounty of gorgeous flowers, produce, and things like hedge apples, pine cones, and acorns that are free for us to enjoy.
The other night when I was at a friend's house for sorority meeting, I notice she had a crab apple tree in her front yard, and it was GORGEOUS! Very healthy and in full bloom, so I asked her if she would mind if I took a few cuttings. Of course she did not mind so I happily cut several small branches and brought them home to incorporate into my fall decor.

....And here is the result. A beautiful crab apple filled vase just waiting to adorn my fall mantle! I was so happy with how this turned out and the centerpiece has lasted for several days now.

Because the crab apples covered the entire stem I knew part of the berries were going to be submerged in water so I chose to put it in a glass vase to allow all of the berries and foliage to show thru.

Here is a little sneak peek of my fall mantle in progress. It is no where near complete but I wanted to show you the vase of crab apples AND while we're at it, my bittersweet plate.

You know how I love fall berries, including bittersweet, so its no surprise that I have a bittersweet plate. I found it at an antique mall roughly 10 years ago and I had to have it! It is the one piece that I make sure to bring out year after year.

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So here is my FREE crab apple vase. What do you think? Do you like incorporating fresh greenery into your seasonal decor? If so, what is your favorite greenery?



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