Our family has an old copper washtub. It is somewhat oval in shape with wooden handles. It belonged to my grandmother who used it with a washboard to do her clothes. We would like to do an arrangement in it and place it at the fireplace. If anyone could give us some direction or where to look and get some ideas it would be greatly appreciated.
What a pragmatic use for a tub-heirloom! One thing to keep in mind: unless you plan to regularly polish the copper washtub, it will no doubt oxidize and appear either dully muddy brown or fetid lime green in hue. That's not a bad thing per se… many arrangements focus on less dazzling and vivid tones. If you plan on regular upkeep of the container, you should consider deep orange and yellow shades to compliment the copper.
So, what are your intentions? What is your budget? Does the tub have a lid? Can you send a picture?
thanks for your reply concerning the copper tub. I will try to answer some of your questions . As to our intentions, we would like to make an eye pleasing arrangement to put at the fireplace. The tub does not have a lid. We have not set a limit on the amount we want to spend. Do you know where we can find any pictures or any suggestions?
I've forwarded your request for additional information to the Tub and Pot Club aesthetics committee. I assume they'll ask for the usual information: What are the dimensions of the container? What sort of mood are we shooting for? What articles, other than traditional dried floral materials are candidates for use? If you can answer those questions now, I'll preemptively send your reply off in anticipation of their typical queries. Meanwhile, I'll root through our extensive picture archive for choice examples. This arrangement - http://www.tubandpotclub.com/images/fountaintub.jpg is a little tacky, but the only non-archived tub arrangement image we have on file.
Yours in service,
Thanks for the picture of the tub. Our aesthetics team came up with a few hypothetical arrangements for your tub. As you'd mentioned that you planned to place it near the fireplace, they went ahead did so in their mockups. Alas, the guys in the art department seem to be in a bit of a rut. Their only suggestions both involved sunflowers - exclusively. This one is nice - but I like this one a bit more. Though the large sunflowers do indeed serve to unite the elements into a whole, both in scope and color, I would personally like to see a bit more variety in the collage.
Are there other heirlooms or personal items that you could see fitting into the arrangement? If so, let me know and I'll personally try to come up with something for you.
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