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I had my first official request for a flower arrangement recently.  From my mother-in-law . . . that’s pretty official right?  She was having a garden party to celebrate the grand opening of her department store, Harrell’s.  Well, it was a miniature version of a department store (miniatures have been one of her hobbies).  But it was Grand none the less.

Her party colors were bright pink and lime green.

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I used dahlias, hydrangeas, snap dragons, and carnations . .

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Since it was a garden party I thought the I’d make an arrangement that looked like I picked a bunch of flowers from my elaborate garden and simply clustered them together in a basket.

First, I tucked a glass bowl inside a square basket that I had on hand.  Then I filled the bowl with small river rocks (as a substitute for wet floral foam) to secure the stems in place.  Then filled with water.  A deeper glass bowl and more river rocks would have been perfect, but this is what I had on hand . . .

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I also ended up using a floral frog to secure the thicker stems and the weight of the hydrangea . . .

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I pushed the hydrangeas one by one into the floral frog in to form a cluster.  Then I clustered the dahlias together by pushing them gently one by one into the river rocks . . .

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The snap dragons were a little top-heavy so I took some floral tape and wrapped it around to make a small bunch.  Then I pushed them into the river rocks.  I repeated the same technique with the carnations . . .

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I tucked in some of the greenery from the bouquets around the base of the arrangement and viola!                     Basket-o-flowers.  And a very happy customer I might add (phew)!

Until next Monday!

Jennifer

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Pretty simple gift of flowers

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A while ago I started to save the empty jars of almond butter I used for the toddler plumping shakes I was making for my little girl.   It felt like a waste to just keep tossing them in the recycling.  Now I have a little stock pile of “go to” vessels for impromptu flower deliveries for friends or family.  Adding a simple ribbon or even some yarn can really dress up this repurposed jar.

All you need is

  • a jar
  • ribbon, twine, yarn, or even paper
  • flowers
  • scissors

It can be tricky to get those labels off after you wash out the jars, so just soak them in very hot, soapy water for a couple of hours or overnight.  Most of the label will fall off.  I use rubbing alcohol to get rid of any of the sticky residue.  Works like a charm.

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I cut six pieces of yarn long enough to fit around the jar and to be tied into a bow.  The bow knot would have been a bit too bulky if I used more than 6 pieces..

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Then lay the pieces of yarn flat and tie your best bow….

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Then trim your flowers to fit the jar.  Just size them up next to the jar.  I like the blooms to be just at or slightly above the lip of the vessel.  These flowers are called Anemones.  I like their rustic look …

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This was strange, there were two stems fused together . . .

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And here you have it…

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These jars also come in handy if you wan to break up a larger bouquet of flowers and divvy them up.

P.S.  I only had one tiny project in mind a couple of years ago when I bought this yarn, but I’ve used it in so many other projects since then.  . . .the hair from the Friendly? Doll, the swing from the yarn wrapped tree, the fishing pole from fishing for fishies, the birthday banner from the Dora birthday brunch.  I’m sure I’m leaving a few others out too.

Also, saving jars is not a form of hoarding (I don’t think?)

Until next Monday,

Jennifer

*video* :) Fun with grocery store flowers

It’s so easy to swing by the floral department on a trip to the grocery and pick up a couple of bouquets for under $20.  But then what do you do with them when you get home?  Here’s a little video to show you what I do with those simple grocery store flowers:

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The dozen orange roses were only 9.99 and the other bouquet with the fun cabbage flower was only 5.99.  I thought the orange would go nicely with the pop of green from the cabbage flower.  Believe it or not I used a CorningWare casserole dish as my vase.  I was in the mood for a low floral arrangement and this dish worked perfectly.  I used wet floral foam because I think it makes working with flowers so much less of a fussy affair.

What I used:

  • flower bouquets (1 for a smaller arrangement, 2 for a medium-sized like the one in the video)
  • wet floral foam (you can find it at craft stores or sometimes even hardware stores.  Very affordable, $1 to $2 each depending on where you go)
  • a container to accommodate your bouquet  (since the flowers are arranged tightly with floral foam, you usually need more flowers than you think for your container)

How I did it:

  • Soak the floral foam (fill a large pot or sink basin with water and just set the foam on the surface of the water.  Let it soak up the water on its own.)
  • Trim stems to fit height of the container
  • Group flowers by color
  • Start with the largest flower … or the “statement flower” and go from there.  I usually like to group similar colors together.

Note:  If you want a long-lasting arrangement (4-7 days) then you might want to avoid using roses in wet floral foam.  The petals tend to droop after 2 days.

Floral foam isn’t just for fancy wedding arrangements.  Give it a shot with grocery store flowers.  You might surprise yourself with the results.

P.S.  This arrangement took me 6 minutes in real-time.

Until next Monday!

Jennifer

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