How-To's

Flower Jewelry: Techniques Used for Making Flower Crowns

April 17, 2018

I am in love with flower crowns of all styles and sizes. Sometimes, the bigger the better.flower-girl-with-flower-crown

Like this one that my granddaughter Juliette wore for my niece’s wedding on Block Island!

It was so much fun watching Juliette and her cousin Abigail enjoying all of the magical moments of their cousin Jenna’s wedding. They were living their own fairy tale! When Jenna placed the flower crowns on their sweet little heads, it was truly their “crowning moment”!

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Entertainment

“Feathering the Nest” for a Baby Shower

April 17, 2018

One of my favorite themes for a baby shower is “feathering the nest,” which is really the whole point of having a baby shower.  I actually threw my daughter-in-law Lina a “birds nest” themed shower when she was pregnant with my beautiful granddaughter Olivia Grace!  It was a no brainer because Lina already had a thing for birds!  There are so many ways that you can incorporate this theme into your gathering from the invitations, to the décor, and even the food.  Here are just a few decor ideas using flowers, nests, eggs, and bird cages that you might want to try too!

purple hydrangea in a purple mason jar

We knew that Lina was having a girl, and since purple is her favorite color I started simple with purple hydrangea in purple mason jars. Continue Reading…

Flower Care & Handling

Tulip Care Tips

April 2, 2018

In honor of tulip season and tulips being one of my favorite flowers, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to help you care for your cut tulips! Check out my videos below for how to straighten bent tulips or for an easy way to arrange tulips in a vase using a grid:

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Easter, Holiday Decorations, Julie's Blog

Some-bunny Loves Carrots

March 30, 2018
Tulips and Carrots for Easter Decorations

Carrots and bunnies go together like peanut butter and chocolate, which was my inspiration for these four fantastic Easter DIYs. Whether you’re attending an Easter celebration or hosting one, these creative ways to keep all of your bunnies happy this Easter season are sure to WOW!

Bloomin’ Carrot Bouquet with Orange Tulips

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, and we are in prime tulip season! They are so easy to arrange. Just give each stem a fresh cut to the length you need for your container and remove the excess leaves. Make sure that the container is totally clean and filled with fresh, cool water before arranging your tulips.

tulips-and-carrots 
Speaking of the vessel you use to display your tulips – what bunny wouldn’t love this carrot vase! For this carrot vase I used one bag of pre-peeled mini carrots, a rubber band, and a lowball glass.
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Holiday Decorations

10 Things That You May or May Not Have Known About Shamrocks!

March 13, 2018

  1. Shamrock comes from the Irish Gaelic word Seamrog meaning “little clover”.
  2. The word shamrock refers to multiple species of three-leafed plants.
  3. The most common species marketed as shamrocks are the white clover and the wood sorrel (oxalis).
  4. Because of its ease of cultivation, indoors and out, oxalis is the plant most often labeled and sold as a shamrock during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, in the United States.
  5. In Ireland, the plant most often referred to as shamrock is the white clover.
  6. Shamrocks that have four leaves are rare an are the traditional “lucky charms”.
  7. There is only one mutation of the four-leaf clover for every 10,000 clovers.
  8. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish during the 5th Century.
  9. Because of their creeping design, Shamrocks (clovers) can cover grounds easily and quickly.
  10. In an uncontrolled environment, Shamrocks are considered weeds!

 

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
-An Irish Toast

Holiday Decorations

Display Your Irish Colors Proudly for St. Patrick’s Day

March 8, 2018

Creating an Irish tricolour (as the flag of Ireland is frequently referred to) centerpiece is very easy and will last for a few weeks! This works out great for anyone (like me) who likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for the entire month of March!

Irish Flag Made Out of Flowers
The simplicity of the flag’s design of three colors in three equal parts makes it easy to recreate in flowers. The meaning behind it, however, is deep and captures the desire for peace during conflict. Here is what each of the colors in the flag represents: Continue Reading…

How-To's

Repurposed Beauty

February 20, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if the beautiful blooms someone has sent you could last forever, especially if there’s a special sentiment attached to them? There are a few ways that you can preserve and re-purpose your flowers, allowing you to enjoy them for much longer than you would think! There’s drying and pressing, but one of my favorite methods of preserving flowers is waxing. I’ve written about waxing flowers in the past and loved all the feedback and questions the post generated, so I thought I’d let you know about my recent find that makes waxing flowers even easier to do!

This Wilton candy melt machine is literally a “plug & play” dream.  Below are a few simple steps on how to use it to preserve your blooms. Continue Reading…

Flower Care & Handling

Farm Fresh Flower Arrangements

February 9, 2018

When you send someone flowers,  you instantly make their day, no doubt about it! Flowers have an almost magical quality about them that just makes people feel good. And it couldn’t be easier to show someone how much you care: order online or by phone, pick up a bouquet at your local florist or market, pick a few stems from your own garden–any way you do it leads to a smile!

Bae BouquetOf course, with so many options, it can get a little confusing sometimes. For example, at 1-800 Flowers.com there are 2 distinct floral categories. There are flower arrangements designed & delivered from a local florist in the town where the recipient lives and there are fresh-cut flowers picked on our premier partner farms, right here in the United States and around the world, that are cared for and inspected to make sure they meet our 100% Smile Guarantee®, and shipped fresh to ensure lasting beauty and enjoyment. Continue Reading…

How-To's

Naturally Romantic Flower Arrangements with Wood Burned Planters

February 6, 2018

OK I have officially moved on from pallet wood to birch as my go to obsession.  Birch fits in so perfectly with my home décor style, bringing in natural texture and personality.  Birch trees and birch bark are in themselves works of art with limitless uses and opportunities for combining with other elements to create even more beauty!I have several different size and shape birch vases and planters and have been dying to try burning a heart into as you would see on a real tree where someone romantically declared their love.  Being a florist in February I am thinking love and romance 24/7 these days.  And my daughter is just starting to plan her wedding which she envisions in a tent with lots of natural décor elements.  So, if not now when? Continue Reading…

How-To's

Beautiful DIY Winter Centerpieces

January 18, 2018

Instead of bemoaning the cold winter with all of the icy and bare branches, why not just celebrate the beauty of the season!

winter branch arrangement centerpiece

I think it’s magical when the bare tree branches become covered with ice during winter.  You can easily create that same dramatic look in your home using birch branches and acrylic icicles.  I filled the cylinder with a strand of clear lights and pinecones before inserting the branches, which gives this arrangement a more dramatic impact. Continue Reading…