Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Here’s a little project that literally took minutes to create (minus battling the grocery store crowds).
Carve out a cabbage, put a bit of water in the carved out hole, then insert some grocery store flowers, like these Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian Lily.
Who says cabbage is just for coleslaw.
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Busy weeks call for some downtime. A good book, my sketchbook, and a cup of tea or coffee brings me back to earth. At the grocery store, I picked up these tea roses but instead of plunking them into a vase, I placed them in a small terracotta flower pot. A while back a local greenhouse was throwing out these tiny pots which I rescued and painted with acrylic paint. They look great with any flower and they look great on my desk.
Line the pot with a grocery store plastic bag (we all have loads of those), insert floral foam (wet of course), then cut away the excess plastic with a scissors. Now cut and insert the flowers until the entire opening is filled. I tucked moss around the edges to hide any hint of plastic.
You can find the supplies needed for this project at your local craft or floral shop. And, note to reader, most craft stores have a great selection of small terracotta pots.
These would make great place card holders, get-well and birthday gifts, or gifts for other occasions like Valentine’s Day! Hint, hint — THAT day is right around the corner.
Relax, take time to smell the roses, and happy crafting!
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Tagged acrylic paint, design, DIY, florists, flower arranging, Grocery Store Flowers, Moss, Plastic Shopping Bags, roses, Tea Roses, Terracotta Potts, time to smell the roses, valentine s day
Who would think roses and tangerines get along. Well I’m here to say that they make the perfect playmates.
I found a wood tray at the crafts store, painted the tray orange with some acrylic paint, lined the box with a plastic bin bag (cut down to size of course), inserted wet floral foam into the box opening, then inserted the oranges and roses into the foam. To hide any hint of the plastic liner, I tucked in some moss and tied it off with some twine.
Looks pretty, it’s tasty and smells divine.
All supplies can be found at your local crafts store and florist shop.
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Tagged acrylic paint, centerpieces, design, DIY, floral foam, florist shop, florists, flower arranging, Oranges, roses, Tangerines, twine, Unusual Centerpieces, Wood Tray
This past weekend we packed up the car and off we went to visit my family. Since I hadn’t seen them over the holidays, I wanted to take them a little creation that was easy to make and something they would enjoy for a long time. I found potted Daffodils at a local nursery and knew that was just the ticket but they needed some editing. Did you know that the Daffodil symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings?
Here’s what you’ll need for this easy project and how ya do it:
- Daffodils or other early spring bulbs.
- Baskets. Come on folks admit it, we all have a secret stash of baskets lying around somewhere.
- Plastic basket liners. Okay, you probably don’t have those but any florist can help you out. Or you could use plain old trash bin liners.
- Moss – florist or craft supply store.
- One bag of potting soil which you can find at any florist or nursery.
Now for the how-to:
- Place a basket liner inside the basket. If you’re using plastic trash bin liners, cut the bin liners to size and place inside the basket.
- Carefully remove the Daffodils (or bulbs of choice) and the soil from their nursery pots by turning the pot upside down. Be careful that you keep as much soil with the bulbs as possible.
- Insert the bulbs into a basket. Use potting soil to fill in the space around the bulbs and the basket.
- Insert some moss over the bulbs to cover the exposed soil.
Your done! Seriously, the whole project for three baskets took me about 30 minutes. I attached some homemade gift tags to some twigs and out the door we went.
The care instructions are easy too. Water when you feel the soil is dry, but don’t over water. Keep them out of direct sunlight and they’ll burst open before you know it. After the flowers have wilted and the greens have browned, simply place the bulbs in the soil outside and next Spring they’ll start their little cycle all over again.
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Tagged baskets, centerpieces, Daffodil, design, DIY, florists, flower arranging, Flower Bulbs, Gifts, Moss, New Beginnings, Rebirth, Soil
MARIE SAYS, 'YOU'D BETTER STICK TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS!'
Let’s be honest, we’re all making resolutions, having revelations, and making giant to-do lists about our new year. I suppose mom’s DAILY resolution was to keep her sanity. My guess is that raising five boys wasn’t a cake walk.
My resolution every year is to bring spring indoors every chance I get. I love spring…the trees coming to life, tiny snow drops poking up through the last bits of snow and the smell of fresh soil waking up from a winter snooze. I realize it’s a few months away but even now the days are getting longer and spring will be here before we know it. I’m ready!
During the harsh winter months, Tulips are my go to saviour. In fact, the other day I noticed large colorful bunches of them in our local grocery store along with other floral beauties. Yea! So why don’t you go out, pick up a few bunches and let me show you a simple way to arrange Tulips to brighten your home.
Please visit the Rodale Institute’s website here to learn about their organic tulips! Yep, you heard me…organic Tulips! They purchase the bulbs from EcoTulips…the only American source of organic pesticide free Tulips bulbs. To learn more about the EcoTulips folks, you can visit their site here. You know where I’ll be this spring…sissors in hand.
Think Spring and Happy New Year!
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Tagged centerpieces, DIY, EcoTulips, florists, flower arranging, Flower Bulbs, Organic Gardening Magazine, Organic Tulips, Resolutions, Rodale Institute, Spring
How’bout a quick and simple holiday flower arrangement how-to? Okay.
- Go to grocery store.
- Avoid crabby grocery folk.
- Pick up flowers of choice. I chose roses; hypericum berries; hydrangea; gerber daises; alstroemeria; and asian pears.
- A round vase (okay vase people why the need for so many sticky labels…enough already!)
Place four rows of rubber bands around your vase. Stick with me folks.
Now, using small sprigs of pines (I chose arborvitae) insert the sprigs under the bottom row of rubber bands.
Continue inserting the sprigs of pines around the vase then start on the next row, and the next until…
To conceal the rubber band at the bottom of the vase, I added a couple rows of twine. Okay, you’re almost done. Add some water, your flowers and you’ve got one unique holiday centerpiece! The asian pears were added last by inserting food-grade skewers into the pears then I placed the pears into the arrangement.
Happy Sunday and Happy Holidays!
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Tagged alstroemeria, arborvitae, asian pears, centerpieces, christmas, design, florists, flower arranging, hypericum berries, roses, Sticky Labels, vases