Monday, April 6, 2009

flowers and more...

More garage sale love!! I found these antique Japanese Kenzan - flower arranging tools (used to support flowers in traditional style vases) at a garage sale recently and have been smiling ever since. Apparently a Japanese man bought them over to Australia in the 60's, they originally belonged to his grandmother!
When living in Japan I learned Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) from one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met. We used to create an arrangement and then chat over tea & cake. I own some of the Western-style Kenzan used for Ikebana but had never seen these antique styles until I found them and absolutely LOVE them! They are now proudly displayed on our in the living room and the other in my studio.