Carving Class On Making Vegetable Bouquet

>>  8/28/2013

hoe to make vegetable bouquet and present it nicely
Vegetable carving bouquets

This story is about how clients become students. 

In April this year I did a fruit cake for the lady's birthday. Now she is taking carving lessons while her vacation and during this raining week out here.

Here are some pictures of the lady's work.

Olga with her vegetable carving bouquet

vegetable carving bouquet
Vegetable flowers in a pumpkin frame

This summer I had a bride at my carving class. She wanted to decorate her wedding reception herself. She learned how to decorate fruit plates, how to carve watermelon and flowers from vegetable. 

Here is a picture from our last lesson before her wedding. Julia said that she spent overnight carving flowers for the carving display. I answered that she had better to take a good sleep before the wedding day. But Julia was persevering on carving. By the way do you notice her wedding nail style on the photo? 

wedding fruit display do it yourself
The bride carves her wedding watermelon

Julia works on her wedding watermelon

Do you want to learn how to carve fruits and vegetables? There are lot of books, DVD's and tools for sale.


Pumpkin Fire Bird

>>  8/13/2013

pumpkin carving
Pumpkin bird
Watermelon carving display with a bird sculpture carved of pumpkin. 
The arrangement is done for a woman's 70 years birthday.

Watermelon is carved with a thai knife.
Bird's design is made with V and U knives.


Ikebana Exhibition, Summer 2013

>>  8/08/2013

Within a big event, a floristic festival called Flowers of Sakhalin 2013, Sakhalin school of Ikebana Sogetsu presents Ikebana displays made by masters and students. Beign a student of the school I participate in the exhibition with two Ikebana arrangements. 

The festival will last from 8 to 11 of August, 2013. If you stay on Sakhalin on the dates, come to see the beautiful event.
Place: The museum of Chekhov's Sakhalin Island book
Ikebana exhibition on the 1st floor
Floristic exhibition on the 2nd floor
Time: 10-00 to 18-00, August 8-11, 2013
Free admittance.

This year I did one table arangement and one large installation with seasonal plants. 
I wrote before about sakhalin bamboo plant wich I use for my carving arrangements. Now you can see it in my Ikebana installation. 
 I also used lilly flowers, tall ribbon grass and pumpkin leaves in this arrangement. The flowers and pumpkin plant were taken from my mom's garden. The bamboo and the ribbon grass were found in the forest not far from my house. 

The idea of my arrangements is to show a beauty of simple plants which express a nature of my island. 

ikebana arrangement with north bamboo
The Ikebana installation with sakhalin bamboo, yellow lillies and pumpkin leaves.

flowers of sakhalin festival 2013
Ikebana installation with Sakhalin seasonal plants.
Today I saw after visitors at the exhibition.
This Ikebana made people stop and discuss it. 

The table arrangement is made in a vase. 
yellow lilly,
dill and iris leaf,
pumpkin's vine with tiny pumpkins.

ikebana sogetsu exhibition 2013
Table Ikebana in a vase
ikebana sogetsu exhibition 2013

Collecting materials in the forest

sakhalin bamboo
Sakhalin bamboo
I like to use this plant for my work:
Beach Wedding 
Eco-Fashion Show

north bamboo
cutting plants, a day before the exhibition


How To Make Fruit Tower For French Wedding

>>  8/01/2013

This is a fruit tower made for French style wedding.
I have posted before about french macarons towers. In this article I will show what you need to make a fruit tower.

french wedding fruit tower
French fruit tower

fruit tower for french wedding

To make the fruit tower you need a stirefoam cone.
Mine was 0.5 meter tall and 0.23 meter base's diameter.

For the french fruit tower of that size I used:
 grapes 4 kg
strawberry 500 gr,
1 meduim size pineapple,
4 red apples.


1. Wash all fruits and dry them.

2. Prepare the garnish details:
Cut apples in halves and carve each half. Check out how to prevent apples form browning, method 1 and method 2
Carve butterflies out of pineapple.

carve apples for fruit tower
carve each apple half

3. Pin apples with toothpicks to the cone in random order.

4. Pin small bunches of grape to the cone.

5. Continiue placing fruits on the cone to cover its surface completely.

instruction on making fruit tower
Place fruit on the cone surface in random order
Making fruit towers is not a complicated job, but takes time to arrange fruits.

Your comments about this tutorial will make me happy!


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