A Just Because Arrangement


A Just Because Arrangement. . .


Because the hydrangeas are moments away from being frost nipped . . .



Because pumpkin season is coming to a close. . .


Because I found a missing urn. . .


Because the light was exceptional. . .


Because I had some leftover flowers. . .


Because fall leaf beauty is fleeting. . .


 Because the lowly seed pod needs celebrating. . .



Because The Novel Bakers return on

Monday, November 17th with The Forest Feast!

The Forest Feast

Here’s the teaser cookbook trailer:

Hope to see you then!


Thank you for your visit!

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  52 comments for “A Just Because Arrangement

  1. November 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Just Beautiful!!!!

  2. Lisa
    November 15, 2014 at 6:26 am

    a great way to start my day:)

  3. November 15, 2014 at 7:14 am

    So Pretty!

  4. November 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Simply stunning Mary~you are a master at creating these abundant arrangements! I am looking forward to another special week with the Novel Bakers and this beautiful book is sure to be full of wondrous things. It looks so happy laying on the bed of leaves and ferns…

  5. Cheryl
    November 15, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Put something in the oven…..I’m on my way over!!

  6. Peggy Thal
    November 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Just gorgeous!

  7. November 15, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Nice tribute to the end of pumpkin season! Beautiful arrangement . On another note I am making your potatoe gratin next week. Trial run before thanksgiving ! Yum!

  8. November 15, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Gorgeous tribute to fall! You tease, You! Now I need to read the Forest Feast!

  9. RS
    November 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Delightful. Thanks so much for delivering beauty to my day.

  10. Debra
    November 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Exquisite! Are you a professional florist?

    • November 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Thank you, no just an enthusiast :)

  11. mary
    November 15, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Headed outside with clippers NOW!

  12. November 15, 2014 at 8:35 am

    So BEAUTIFUL! I tried to pin the book for our new cover for the nbs and I can’t… please add this beauty in! I always have white flowers at the beach, you have me rethinking that now… love the video, excellent addition. I kept mine simple, just because I can tell you didn’t!

  13. November 15, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Lovin’ the pops of blue! Have a great weekend Mary:@)

  14. Ginny
    November 15, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Just because….I love the details of the hydrangea blossoms & the leaves too; as well as the details of the lantana leaves–the hint of burgundy around their scalloped edges. Just because….I love little pumpkins!
    Thank you for the visual pleasure this cold morning!

  15. November 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Absolutely beautiful !

  16. November 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Oh Mary!! I wish I could steal this arrangement & freeze it until Turkey day. I’m planning on using my Blue Willow dishes this year, along with orange accents & this would be PERFECT as my centerpiece. No more hydrangeas available up here…they’re all frozen & covered with snow. :-( However, the rest of the arrangement is doable for me, I think. Thanks again for all the inspiration you provide!!!!!!

  17. Annie
    November 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

    STUUUNNNNING. I want this in my house RIGHT NOW! xoxo, A

  18. November 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Opulent. Rich. A feast for the eye. Thank you

  19. November 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Reading your posts is the highlight of my day! You inspire me!!

  20. Faith Stringer
    November 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    STUNNING! I would have never thought to add blue to the arrangement and it absolutely makes the arrangement! Brilliant as always Mary!!

  21. Cheryl
    November 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Yay!…can’t wait! See you Monday!

  22. Andrea Campbell
    November 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!

  23. November 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for such wonderful “eye candy” to wake up to. You always put a smile on my face…everyday!!! Such a master of design!!

  24. November 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Wow …just stunningly gorgeous!
    Miss Bloomers

  25. November 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Mary, I can’t believe you still have hydrangeas in bloom — with their original color. I think all the hydrangeas around here have turned to muted fall colors. This is the most beautiful arrangement; it makes my heart go pitter patter. :) I wouldn’t give our first-born son or Duncan, but I would give a LOT to be able to arrange flowers, leaves, fruit, and berries like you do. You really make the most gorgeous, natural-looking arrangements, Mary! I’m in awe. I’m glad you found your missing urn.

    The light has been lovely, hasn’t it? Thanks for sharing this with us — hope you have a great weekend!

    Big hugs,


  26. Joyce
    November 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Mary….your email is ALWAYS the first one I open……I sooooo enjoy seeing all the stunning pictures you post, not to mention all the wonderful ideas you give me!
    Thanks so much….Joyce

  27. Carolyn P.
    November 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Always delightful. Ever creative with God’s natural bounty!!

  28. Terri
    November 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Mary, thank you for sharing the beautiful fall bounty!

  29. November 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    The last Hurrah for Fall colors….Absolutely stunning!

    Mary, what are the reddish shinny berries that can bee seen in the 1st and 3rd photo? …and the green berries / seed pods towards the bottom of the arrangement?

    • November 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks Sonia! They are Hypericum Berries, they come in lots of colors and the green are lantana that have gone to seed :)

  30. November 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Exquisite photos! You have truly honored the colors of this special season. You need to publish a book of photos (or have you already and I’m too much of a newbie to know?)
    Have a great weekend. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  31. November 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Wow Mary, I love your Just Because arrangement! What a gorgeous display of colors for us to feast on until the Forest Feast arrives on Monday.
    Happy weekend!

  32. Kathy Waterhouse
    November 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    So very beautiful….

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  34. November 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Gorgeous “just because” arrangement!….Cannot believe your hydrangeas are still blooming so beautifully!

  35. paula
    November 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Very pretty !

  36. November 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Perfection, Mary!!

  37. November 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    GREAT arrangement. Special and so YOU! I love “just because” arrangements.

  38. Darlene
    November 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Is there anything more beautiful than blue hydrangeas? Gorgeous Mary, as always!

  39. Mary
    November 16, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Beautiful…thanks for sharing!

  40. November 16, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Mary, Your “just because” arrangement is gorgeous! I always LOVE your eye for choosing materials..Lantana and it’s berries, leaves, and mix of fruit and flowers, and your GIFT of arranging it all.

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  42. rattlebridge farm
    November 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

    What a beautiful way to spend a Sunday! It’s dark and rainy today, and I’m drinking in your stunning arrangement, brilliant leaves and the wee pumpkins. I hadn’t seen the video–what a treat! See you tomorrow!

  43. November 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    It may be just because, but honestly, it is stunning. You always inspire me!

  44. franki
    November 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I’m such a fan of “lantana!!” I love “squeezing the seeds” and it is thee freshest scent…your creation is just perfection!! franki

  45. November 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Beautiful perfection, as always! You COULD be aprofessional floral designer. Exquisite. LOVE the hydrangeas, ours have been “frost nipped” it was 24 Sat. night on our way home:(

  46. November 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    G-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!!!!!!!! Every flower here is dead as a doornail. We got down to 6 degrees last night…in NOVEMBER!!! I don’t know what the heck is up with this crazy polar vortex, but it needs to turn around and go back where it came from. This is crazy!!! I REALLY feel for the folks up in the Buffalo, NY area! I have a friend there, and she texted to say it is truly frightening!

    Enjoy those blooms and have a wonderful week!

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