Monday, November 15, 2010

Foreign Influences

Now before you get the wrong idea and think this is a sensational post.  I will be the first to tell you it is about gardening. (Photo intensive post.) The one thing that fascinates me completely about blogging is that I can sit down cozy here at my computer and scan dozen of images daily of decor and gardening from around the world.  I am an extremely visual person so it is the perfect format.  (Magazines don't want to hear that.)   I often stumble upon blogs from other countries that just stop me in my tracks.  I am so taken with how they are doing something so very different from what I see here in our magazines and retail stores.  So often the materials used for these stunning arrangements are from right out of the yard.  So what can I not love about this, they are doing something different (and you know how I like something completely different) and it is usually inexpensive!  The first blog that literally took my breath away was Blomsterverkstad.  This is the blog of Minna Mercke Schmidt she is a Swedish flower
photographer and stylist.  She has been published, her book is "Blomstrande ide'er.  I will leave you with the visual images of her work.  You don't even have to have a translate button on her blog.

All images above from
Isn't her work amazing?
Okay, I found these images and I have a bad habit of saving the photo and forgetting where I saw it if it is a commercial website.  I believe this website was French and it sold herbs, of all things.  Great table ideas.

 The entire reason for this post was that, again, I stumbled across another foreign blog that I thought had some beautiful natural centerpieces.  I thought okay, Christmas is coming most of these materials we have in our yards and I thought you might get some inspiration for your decorating. 

  These images are from
So now I am really inspired I want to go create something different from anything I have ever created.  Here is my translation of the lantern above.  

 I love using natural materials and I love something completely different.  The before on this would be moss, moss rocks (HobbyLobby), cinnamon sticks, anise (grocery), twigs, pine cones, pine boughs (neighborhood yards).  If you are concerned about the natural materials with the candle you can use the battery operated flameless pillars.  
I will link to these great blogs.  Go and visit them.
Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Tabletop Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life
Centerpiece Wednesdays at The Style Sisters
Before and After Party at Savvy Southern Style
Make It yours Day  at My Backyard Eden


Debbie said...

I love your lantern and think it's EVERY bit as pretty as the inspiration.

What gorgeous pictures from that blog!!!

Sandy said...

Beautiful pictures, and your lantern looks wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Pat said...

Your lantern is beautiful Sherry. I love how you shot it with the tree in the background.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Sherry,
Wonderful inspirational photos and I love the job you did creating your own lantern! The last photo is especially nice with the lights glowing in the background! Thank you for sharing.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' all of your inspiration pics, just beautiful! The small candle holder with the acorn ornament and greenery really speaks to me! You did a great job on your lantern-enjoy:@)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful images and thanks for sharing that blog. I have not visited it before. Love your creation and thanks in advance for linking up.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What wonderful creativity! The photography is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


Blondie's Journal said...

Your lantern is spectacular...I love all of the greenery and the natural elements!! Nicely done.

Thanks for all of the inspiring images, Sherry!


Johanna said...

Hello Sherry,
thank you for your tipp. I enjoyed the visit of your post very much. I always think, Nature is a great creator. So many colors and shapes. This Swedish blog has really stunning photos. They look so pure and neat. Sometimes I think we overdo decoration. When I go shopping in this time it amazes me always, how many things are golden and sparkling. And many of the ornaments have nothing concern with Christmas anymore. It is sometimes too much pride and splendor for the real idea of Christmas. So this natural decoration is one step back on the right way. Don't get me wrong. I also love gold colored decoration and all the other nice things. Your lantern is wonderful made. It catched the right spirit of Monika's (Waldfee) idea. Thank you for showing it. Although I am a follower of Monika's blog, I missed this post somehow.
Wish you a great time. Greetings, Johanna

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, such beautiful pictues and such fabulous inspiration and eye candy. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Die Waldfee said...

Hello Sherry,
i have heart / seen that you have used some photo's from my blog with you. It's ok.
Now I'm curious about your blog and I'amnow come to you.
You show a lot of great inspiration.
You will be frequently come to visit you.
Have a great week.
Greetings from

Moni, the forest fairy
( die Waldfee )

hip-chick said...

It all looks so pretty. I am absolutely in love with that hanging wreath/greenery/candle holder thingy.

Beeutiful by Design said...

Ahh you just gave me 20 seconds of beauty in a stressed out day. Thank you! Jennifer

xinex said...

Amazing photos. so beautiful!...Christine

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Great ideas and beautiful images too!

Wendy said...

Thank you for sharing those beautiful photo's and they are all very inspiring! I love your lantern...very beautiful.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Beautiful! So many inspiring photos! I love your natural lantern arrangement!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from the Boring to Better party!! These are great ideas and I saved a couple for some future projects!!

Style Sisters said...

Total eye candy!! I am loving all these amazing ideas! Thank you for linking up and sharing your fabulous ideas!!


Honey at 2805 said...

What great creativity and artistry! And the pictures are beautiful.

Bella said...

Hello Sherry, I couldn't agree more, a few months after I started blogging, I starting looking at Shabby European blogs in complete awe!! The simplicity and beauty are stunning!! You have done a great job on your lantern recreation.. I wouldn't change a thing!
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Awesome post!

jo said...

fantastic blog, I shall definately be following it. Such creative ideas! LOVE, LOVE, lOVE IT! Jo

Lady of the Woods said...

Hi Sherry, going through some other posts here and I found this one, and yes, your inspiration is itself inspirational. I love the Forest Fairy blog of course and I signed up for hers too....its lovely! Thanks for this, Yes the Europeans have an incomparable flair for organic decor.