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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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A Gift of Flowers That’s a Flower Present?!

January 9, 2018

Giving someone flowers as a gift is a wonderful thing to do.  Giving flowers that look exactly like a gift is not only wonderful but also a very creative and fun thing to do!  And it’s so easy!!

flower present arrangement

Start with a piece of floral foam cut to your desired size.  Thoroughly soak the foam before placing on a tray.  It is important to let the foam drain after soaking to eliminate excess water.  Place in a low disk or tray. Continue Reading…

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RED WHITE AND BLUETIFUL

September 20, 2017

Last week Crayola announced their new crayon color – Bluetiful – replacing Dandelion which was recently retired. As soon as I heard about this bluetiful, I mean beautiful, new color I immediately thought of one of my favorite flowers – the hydrangea!

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How to Make a Flower Crown

September 8, 2017

Floral crowns seem to be blossoming everywhere you turn these days… and with good reason!  They’re delightfully charming, they’re romantic, and they can be worn anywhere from a wedding to a birthday celebration to a music festival. They’re also surprisingly easy to make. There are just a few basic steps to creating your own amazing flower crown!

Two Flower Crowns- Completed

I’m going to show you how to “wire and tape” using a single floral variety (in this case white waxflower) that can be worn on its own.

Flower Crown on Girl

And how easy it is to take it up a notch simply by gluing in your choice of additional flora (and even “fauna”)! You can also do a combination of wiring and gluing. Wire the larger flowers and glue the smaller ones. So let’s get started! Continue Reading…

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Still “Thinking Outside of the Vase”

September 7, 2017

Here are a few more ideas to inspire you to “think outside of the vase” to create floral arrangements that are uniquely yours!

FARM FRESH STYLE

Look no further than the produce department or your local farmers market for the most innovative and interesting vessels for your fresh cut flowers!

I have been making “asparagus vases” for many years for events both big and small.  Everyone is always so impressed and excited to see how easy it is to re-create.  A single bunch of asparagus can make the simplest bouquet, like these Black-eyed Susan’s straight from my garden, a stand-out star! Continue Reading…

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“Think Outside the Vase” for Unique Summer Flower Arrangements!

July 18, 2017

Whether you’re cutting flowers from your garden or picking up a pretty bunch of blooms from your local florist, here are a few “vase hacks” that will take your summertime arrangements to a whole new level!

Kitchen Colander

New or vintage, I think colanders make great containers for fresh, farm-to-table-looking arrangements.

Flower Arrangement in ColanderFirst, choose a variety of colorful garden flowers with different textures.

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Sunflower Decor Ideas

July 7, 2017

The sunflower has been adopted as a symbol of happiness, strength, a love of the sun and sunlight. Because the sunflower always turns its face to the sun, it has also come to symbolize faith and the constant search for light, or enlightenment. Everybody loves sunflowers!

Here are a few ways to incorporate the irresistible beauty and warmth of the sunflower into your next summer get-together.

Vintage Sunflower Tabletop

Sunflower Tablescape with DIY Placemats

Use Antique Single Flower Vases

For an updated twist on a traditional centerpiece, an assortment of vintage-style green and yellow bottles, each holding a single sunflower, are lined down the center of the table creating a garden of sunflowers with their faces looking up to the sun!

Sunflower Tablescape Top View

How to Make Sunflower Placemats

Sunflowers come in many different colors and sizes—from mini to giant. Our super-size sunflower placemats make a big impact and are easy to make!

Supplies for DIY Sunflower Placemats

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard circle – approximately 10″ in diameter
  • Salal leaves – 20-25 leaves in various sizes (fake leaves can work too for a longer lasting placemat)
  • Glue
  • Yellow spray paint
  • Brown paint
  • Sponge

DIY Sunflower Placemats Step-by-Step

Step 1

Cut one cardboard circle for each placemat. (This is a good use for old cardboard boxes!) Each circle should be about 10″. I used a dinner plate as a template to trace a circle onto the cardboard, which worked perfectly. Use the sponge to add brown paint to your circle, leaving a bit of the original cardboard color showing through to create a textured look for your sunflower center.

Step 2

Cut all of the salal leaves from the stem and spray paint them yellow. Once they have dried, glue the wider end of the larger sized leaves to the edge of the cardboard circle.

Step 3

Glue the smaller leaves between each of the larger leaves.

With fresh salal leaves, the sunflower placemats can be made a day or two before you plan to use them. Keep them flat and in a cool place.