Last Ikebana Class

The last Ikebana class was last weekend.  It was the best class we had.  The sensei had a helper who should be teaching in her own right.  We made “new year” arrangements that included pine and bamboo.  Even though we all had the same materials our arrangements all look different.

Below are Lori and my arrangements.


Ikebana #3

I was not the star pupil last weekend.  I was having trouble starting from the beginning of class and it showed during the critique when my feedback was “that is not Ikebana”  because the three elements in my arrangement were not merged but three separate sections.

Granted it wasn’t that clear.  What I have learned from Ikebana in the last three classes has been sort of my watching, listening to others critiques and by osmosis.  Some of those things include:

The three main parts we are working on in the beginning class are The Shin, the Soy and the Hakai.  The Shin, is the longest part but it is not random, the length is determined by the size of the vessel.  The Shin needs to be twice the width and twice the height of the base.  Not longer, not shorter.  Then the Soy needs to be 3/4 the length of the Shin.  The Hakai is then 3/4 the length of the Soy and they all have particular angles compared to each other.

The advanced students in the class have the same materials but were on a free style day so theirs looked much more like sculpture.

Today I made an arrangement at home.  But cut everything way down from where I was starting to get the Shin measured against the size of the vase I was using.  The rest of the flowers went into a standard vase for a “western” arrangement in the bathroom, which I didn’t bother to photograph.

Mish Mosh November

Well out of 30 days I managed to blog for 28.  Not bad considering this month started with our removing the tree in the front yard.  Starting a new Ikebana class on the weekends and my friend Katherine in town for a weekend.  A trip out to Palm Springs to see friends.  Going to the Vox Womens Courus concert.  Shopping, planning and cooking for Thanksgiving.  The sudden illness, decline and death of my dad.  Let us not forget about the outside kitty.  Needless to say, the month was packed.  December is shaping up about the same way, perhaps less blogging.


Outside kitty is still there and still outside.  Until we can get her to a vet and be sure she doesn’t have feline leukemia, outside is where she is staying.  She seems to have gotten over her trauma of us trying to cage her a few weeks ago.  She now runs up when I go outside and wants to be petted.  Today she was playing through the bars of the kitty condo and our skittish cat dashed out of the frame when I went to take a picture.

Besides outside kitty still happening so is Thanksgiving, sorta.  I made a Turkey breast today before leaving for work.  On our way out on Thanksgiving night we had very near zero leftovers.  I have been wanting a turkey sandwich all week so I made us a turkey breast for the weekend.  It may actually be better than the one I made on thanksgiving.  The sandwich I made before even taking a photograph was great!



Ikebana II

Today was our second Ikebana class Although it seems so long ago it’s almost a different day. After the 12:30-2:30 class we went to the museum to use up some time before we saw the Vox Femenia show titled She Persisted. (Wonderful LA women’s chorus)

We are just getting home. Have been out for almost fourteen hours and I’m to tired to think of words.


A very packed Saturday stared out driving into LA and meeting my friend Katherine for breakfast.  She had been in town this week on a work event and stayed on to visit with us for a day.  Funny story, I sent her the address to Mel’s Diner but I sent the wrong one.  Luckily it was an ok place.

The next even was to drive over to the West side as Lori enrolled us in an Ikebana class.  For over two hours Katherine hung out watching the people in the coffee shop and then hung out in the car waiting for us to finish.

The first class was a bit chaotic but I have high hopes for the rest of the classes since the routine is now understood and there hopefully wont be more surprise students as there were today.

The first arrangement we made we focused on the Shin, the Soy, and the Hikai.  These were the three main structures in the design and the correct angles to the vase that we were working with.  We all brought the same shape vase and had the exact same materials.  We were also making the same arrangement.  None of them look identical.

Once we left there we tried to go to the LA County Museum but there was a private event.  Unfortunately the drive over there had taken a while and getting out of there was just as bad.  We tried looking up a garden or walk to go on but after moving past two hours of driving we ended up going to a very early dinner and visiting and overeating there.