Archive for the ‘Ikebana’ Category


November 20, 2010

I hadn’t had a ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) class since March of this year so I was so happy to get an email saying that we were having class today. I had missed a few due to vacations. There were four of us in different levels and it was fascinating to see what each of us had to create. This is mine with winter berries, mums and green holly. The bowl I found at Target.

The following are from my classmates.

My teacher said that my berries will keep until the New Year. I will just have to change out the flowers. How cool is that!


March 14, 2010

The colonoscopy went pretty well except for the wait. I was told when I got there that my doctor was very popular and she always ran late. That’s great! Of course after hearing this news they decided to get my vitals and get me prepped. My pulse was 102 and they were surprised at that but I told them that I was nervous. I also told them that it is hard to get a line in my veins and so they brought in their pro who still had a little trouble but found one on the second poke. Then I sat for an hour waiting.

While I was sitting (which by the way isn’t too comfortable after two days on the toilet) a guy came in and said that another doctor could “do me” right away. I asked if it was a man to which he answered ,”yes” to which I answered “no thank you, I’ll wait.”

When they finally came to get me I was glad I waited. The doctor was so nice and just wonderful. She could give Rocketman’s Dr. NBM(No Bedside Manner) some lessons! She said that since my heart was racing like a bunny she was going to make me feel really good. I don’t remember a thing until she said that she was done and then the next thing I remember was Rocketman’s smiling face.

I was really out of it most of the night. After not eating for two days, I wanted Red Lobster. I should have listened to Rocketman and passed but I can be a stubborn lass. We ordered and I ate my salad when I started to feel really bad. I asked Rocketman for the keys to the car and went to lay down. I don’t remember the ride home or much else. He did get my shrimp to go and I ate that later.

We had our 3rd Ikebana class and the first in our teacher’s home. Our next class is in April. The first one is mine.

The teacher had these plastic koi fish she had bought in Japan. They were so cool.

I’m working on a quilt right now and that is why I’ve been so quite on the blog. I really get into a zone when I’m constructing.

Ikebana – Week 2

February 20, 2010

With all the excitement with Rocketman this week, I forgot to post on my second Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) class. This week was working with twigs and how a few twigs, flowers and greens can create such a simple and beautiful arrangement. This one is the one I created with a lot of help from our instructor.

The following are arrangements from the rest of the class:

We have all had to much fun with this introduction to this wonderful craft. We all want continue so we will be meeting twice a month at our instructor’s home. I am in the process of buying all the pieces needed so I can actually create my arrangement and bring it home intact.

Update on Rocketman. The retinologist visit today went as well as can be expected. He does want Rocketman to be have his eyes parallel to the ground for a week which was not unexpected but hard to hear. I went off this morning to get the magic massage chair that allows him to and least be able to sit up. Thank goodness for his IPod Touch and Net Flix.

Japanese Ikebana

February 9, 2010

Today I took a class on Japanese Ikebana. Ikebana means living flowers or flowers in water. I recently learned about this craft and saw that it was being taught locally. The charm for me is in its simplicity where less is better than more.

We started by choosing the branch that would be the tallest in our arrangement. The length was determined by a formula based on the size of the ceramic dish. Everything was stuck into a kenzan which reminded me of a tiny bed of nails. The kenzan really holds the branches and flowers well.

Ikebana is about flow and there is a purpose on how long each branch or flower is and where it is placed on the kenzan and which direction it is to go. You can also bend the branch to get it to go the way you want.

I’m taking another class next week. It was fun and really relaxing.

This is my finished product.

The following are from others who took the class:

We all left class with smiles on our faces. I thought we were going to get to take the whole arrangement home but the class costs covered the flowers only.
This is how my flowers ended up. The teacher gave us some on-line sources for the kenzan and other Ikebana supplies. The clipper we used to cut the stems was really cool. I learned that you should always cut your flowers (and branches) underwater to make them last longer. So we would do an initial cut about one inch from where we really wanted to cut, then placed the stem underwater to do the final cut.