In preparation for the Pleasanton Rentals Tabletop Takeover for July, I documented some slices of life throughout the week. I worked for a total of 80 hours, waking up at sunrise each day. I was also caring for a friend's farm animals while she was away which was amazing and very funny. 

The ladies waiting to be let out and fed in the morning

The ladies waiting to be let out and fed in the morning

On the day of our first meeting, after being a farm girl in the morning I quickly showered and changed into business woman artiste and drove to Pleasanton to meet with Carolyn at the space. We worked together with PJ from Pleasanton Rentals and chose a beautiful color palette, style and theme. I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me when we all decided it would be awesome to showcase a paper flower wall piece in addition to 3 centerpieces.  

Choosing the colors, table and flatware for our July Tabletop Takeover

Choosing the colors, table and flatware for our July Tabletop Takeover

I had most of the materials in stock but swung by the nearest Michaels to get some specialty papers I didn't have. I have a love/hate thing with this store which I won't go into here. But how can I ever compete with a paper flower kit made in Chine sold for $4.99? 

Two words. I can't.  

DIY paper flowers for sale at Michaels.  

DIY paper flowers for sale at Michaels.  

Soon enough I began designing and making samples. This is usually a process that takes days, weeks or even months to go through with a client but since this was all up to me, I was able to dive head first into the creative process and see what I came up with! 

The first flower made. I didn't make another one after this, it took way too long. Instead I used it as the focal point in the large centerpiece.  

The first flower made. I didn't make another one after this, it took way too long. Instead I used it as the focal point in the large centerpiece.  

I have too many sketchbooks and journals. I've read things that try to get you to use only one, or to digitize everything. Not only do I not want to do that because this actually keeps my brain organized in an interesting way, but what about all the cool and beautiful journals I still have yet to buy?! 

Swatches, sketches and design ideas in the Moleskine. 

Swatches, sketches and design ideas in the Moleskine. 

This cute orange fly with yellow shoes came to visit on the second day.  

This cute orange fly with yellow shoes came to visit on the second day.  

One of my favorite things is spray paint and I had a blast with this metallic copper one. It was just the shade I was missing for the arrangements and it allowed me to get a nice gradient of tones for certain elements.  

I love having outdoor space right outside my front door to be able to spray paint in. People in NYC will understand why this is such a big deal.  

I love having outdoor space right outside my front door to be able to spray paint in. People in NYC will understand why this is such a big deal.  

May I just take a moment and say how nice it is to be able to open my door and walk outside, onto a patio surrounded by a garden? When we lived in NYC, we didn't have that. I think we actually had to walk through 3 sets of doors in our building before we were actually outside.  

 

Beautiful magnolias spray painted with metallic copper paint.  

Beautiful magnolias spray painted with metallic copper paint.  

I was really happy with the way the magnolias turned out. They are my favorite flowers and I have made several different versions. Always trying to improve. These are my new besties.  

Paper southern magnolia with creeping paper jasmine vine.  

Paper southern magnolia with creeping paper jasmine vine.  

Up before sunrise and back on the farm every morning to feed the chickens and the pig. 

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I started waking up before sunrise every morning so that I would have more hours in the day to work. Since this is also the time that my husband wakes up for work, it made it a lot easier!

A shot inside the studio.  That's my standing table in the foreground which is not an actual standing table.  

A shot inside the studio.  That's my standing table in the foreground which is not an actual standing table.  

Time would FLY by. I can't explain it but I suppose it's the only way I was able to put in 10-15 hour days.  

And just like that it's night. Working with my new Copic Airbrush. Yay.  

And just like that it's night. Working with my new Copic Airbrush. Yay.  

Another day, another sunrise.  

Another day, another sunrise.  

We treated ourselves to homemade waffles one morning over the weekend.  

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And it's back to work putting some finishing touches together. Before I arranged the centerpieces, I photographed all the flowers in individual groups, some with crystals we found from my husband's old collection. 

Paper flower studio in full bloom.  

Paper flower studio in full bloom.  

 

Paper ranunculus with clear Quartz and Herkimer diamonds.  

Paper ranunculus with clear Quartz and Herkimer diamonds.  

The Jasmine vines were really crawling that day!

I'm being overtaken! 

I'm being overtaken! 

Balinese waterlilies with spray painted copper accents.  

Balinese waterlilies with spray painted copper accents.  

When everything was finally photographed, I began to arrange the centerpieces. I love arranging, it is such a different aspect of the process and it really showcases how well everything comes together.  

I posted a time-lapse video of the flower arranging on Instagram. Click here to see it!

With the finished arrangements. 5 days and 60 hours of work logged. Do I look tired yet? 

With the finished arrangements. 5 days and 60 hours of work logged. Do I look tired yet? 

The hummingbirds keep me company for sunrise to sunset.  

The hummingbirds keep me company for sunrise to sunset.  

The next two days were devoted to creating the paper flower backdrop. Here it is taking over my kitchen wall. Perhaps it is climbing towards the beer on top of the cabinets.  

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I start to do weird things when I'm tired.  

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One week and 80 hours later I was finally finished. It was super hot that day so after work we high-tailed it to the nearest beach and watched the waves and the Pelicans.  

Finally finished! We are taking the rest of this very hot day to cool off at the beach.  

Finally finished! We are taking the rest of this very hot day to cool off at the beach.  

Relaxing at the beach.  

Relaxing at the beach.  

The installation happened the very next day back in Pleasanton.   I was so thrilled to see it all come together so beautifully. All that hard work was so incredibly worth it in the end!

The amazing Carolyn Wilson being an amazing assistant down on her hands and knees helping me mount the flower backdrop. 

The amazing Carolyn Wilson being an amazing assistant down on her hands and knees helping me mount the flower backdrop. 

Putting the finishing touches on the backdrop before it is raised up to 10 feet high.  

Putting the finishing touches on the backdrop before it is raised up to 10 feet high.  

Finishing touches by Carolyn on the table. Dynamite.  

Finishing touches by Carolyn on the table. Dynamite.  

I came home and fell asleep at 7pm and didn't wake up for 12 hours.  

Read the post about the actual install here and view the entire gallery here.

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