Saturday, March 15, 2008

And the Winner Is....

Nope...not me…ppppssssssssshhhhhhhhhhfffffffffffffffffffffff (sound of deflation).

I had my “You like me. You really, really like me!” speech all ready and everything.

The bottom line is (dramatic pause here) (drum roll please) it’s the rabbits fault. A stupid, little, miserable #*&%@!f*g concrete garden bunny. And the fact that I placed it IN the arrangement, instead of OUTSIDE of the arrangement. Which I could have easily done, if I had even ONE brain cell working. Now that I have that off my chest, I feel better.

Let me quote the judge’s comments. I think I have that around here somewhere. I’m sure I haven’t burned it yet or flushed it down the toilet or ripped it into a million little pieces. Oh yeah, here it is…

”charming interpretation, however, it is a scene. It is the placement of the components that make it a scene.”

Translation…the bunny must die.

Anyway, here is a picture of my entry with the stupid, little, miserable bunny ruining it.

A couple of close ups of the “flower” in the hat.

My idea was to recreate an amaryllis type flower mixing in the theme of the show (Spring Magic). So I thought magician top hat and pulling a rabbit out of the hat. Hence, the stupid, little, miserable bunny IN the arrangement. AAAAaaaarrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhh!

Everything sits on a bed of moss. The little stalks at the front of the arrangement are asparagus stalks (in front of the *%&# bunny). The “bulb” is an acorn squash; at the top of the bulb/base of the flower stalk are Brussel sprout leaves; the stalk is from a schleffera plant; two Chinese Palm leaves also grow from the bulb; large green flower leaves at the base of the hat are sea grape foliage, the base of the flower is a black felt top hat and the flower in the hat is more sea grape foliage (which is red when it is young).

Winner or no, I owe gratitude and love to Jenny for her encouragement, advice and support and to Bonnie (who took second place) for her perspective and for letting me cry all over her shoulder. And big, kissy congratulations to my friend Pat for winning first place. Her arrangement was to far left and Bonnie's on the far right in yesterday's post picture showing our three entries.

I had a great time!!


Friday, March 14, 2008

Morning Sickness

It’s nine o’clock and I am sitting here trying to decide whether to cry or throw up. Not a good way to start your day. Is it a case of the flu that is going around or maybe even what the title is hinting at…NOT. No, it’s floralshowentryjudgephobia.

My former friend, Jenny B., who lives next door to us in sunny, happy, no-worries, we’re all here to relax Florida, talked me into entering her garden club flower show. WHAT WAS I THINKING!?

I don’t do competition. I gave up several careers because THEY INVOLVED COMPETITION on some level.

Okay, I've decided. I wanna puke. Crying is not going to cover it.

I mean to tell you, I'm an obsessive freak. I was constructing flowers at TWO O'FREAKING CLOCK this morning. How sick is that?

So Chris just came in from walking Remy. “How’s it look?”
I dunno. I wanna puke.
Well, did you at least finish it?
Yeah, I wanna puke. Keep the aisle open to the bathroom.
What do you think of it?
I dunno. I really wanna puke.

Now for the horrible, cruel, awful part of all this. I can’t go back into the show until 1:00. I won’t know anything until 1:00. That is FOUR HOURS from now. Who are these people? Sadistic floral &%^&$#$s. I mean, is this their idea of fun? Torturing innocent flower arranging dweebs, like me?

So I guess you have to wait for the results in a later blog. I wanna puke.

Here is a look at three of the four entries in the category.

I’m taking names too!

The St. Lucie West Garden Club
“Spring Magic”
A Standard Flower Show
Outdoor Resorts of Port St. Lucie
1:00 to 5:00 today
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Today is the 101st anniversary of my mother’s birth. Happy Birthday Mom. I hope you are surrounded by love and peace.