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Simple Flower Arrangements & Flea Market Finds

 

Last week I had the privilege to do some floral styling for a video shoot. The photographer we worked with was photo journalist and Pulitzer Prize recipient, Matt Rainey. The images he captured are exquisite and Matt was kind enough to share these photos with me so I could share them with you.

For this assignment, I used simple and elegant thrift store vessels to compliment the freshly cut spring flowers. There’s really no need to spend big buck on vases … let the flowers express themselves.

How To Make A Unique Spring Wreath

Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than to make this unique and elegant garden wreath. Simply gather nature’s gifts and start creating!

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With the exception of the plants, I found all my project ingredients at A.C. Moore craft store.  You’ll need:

  • A wreath – an inexpensive and sturdy grapevine wreath will do just fine
  • Small plants of your choice – I am using a tiny fern and two Forget-me-not plants
  • Sheet moss
  • Green florist wire

Here’s how you do it:

Expand the wreath by pulling apart the vines to create a nest for the plants.
Remove the plants from their pots and gently remove most of the soil from the root ball. Not to worry, these little guys will survive just fine.
With your hands, create a small ball at the base of the plant by molding the roots and the remaining soil.
Cover the root ball with sheet moss and tie it securely with florist wire and insert into your wreath.
Your done!

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It’s so simple and to keep your creation fresh, simply water when the moss surrounding the root base is dry to the touch.

Happy spring and happy crafting!

Hallelujah – 12 Days Till Spring

Colorful flowers are a great way to say goodbye to winter and hello spring! This combination of light pink tea roses, orange kalanchoe, blue grape hyacinth, and thistle in a birch bark vessel are the perfect combination of color, texture and fragrance.

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If you’re looking for one of these custom creations, please look me up at Rodale’s General Store. I would be delighted to create one of these lovelies just for you!

Gussied Up Glass Cylinder Vase

Want to know how to dress up a plain glass cylinder vase?  Simply buy some decorative paper from your local craft store or download and print a vintage wallpaper image from the web.  Then cut to size and slide it inside the vase.  Your done!  Obviously this only works when you are arranging dried flowers.  No water needed for this beauty!

This arrangement features craspedia, brunia, thistle, hypericum berry and scabiosa.

Enjoy your weekend!

A Fall Wedding for Jessica & Ryan

About a year ago I was asked by my dear friends to help plan and style their fall wedding which they were planning to have on the magical Rodale Institute Farm.

The day was perfect. All of the prop hunting, hard work and support from my loving friends and family, coupled with the beautiful Jessica and her dashing husband Ryan, made for an absolutely enchanting day. And, Rodale Catering & Events‘ fried chicken, mac & cheese, and scrumptious pies and desserts were to die for.

Enjoy a few snaps shots from Jess & Ryan’s special day.

The altar by the pond.

Guest seating by the pond.

Vintage church pews and comfy pillows.

A special wedding guest.

Bar menu in vintage encyclopedia.

Bar menu in vintage encyclopedia.

Scrumptious organic apple pie.

More scrumptious organic pecan pies.

The beautiful couple.

One of two giant photo display tables in the barn.

Saturday Flowers

Recently I provided the flowers for a Garden of Hope event hosted by the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. It was an outdoor event filled with inspiring stories of courage, hope and inspiration from a cancer survivor and a Salsa performance by Lehigh Valley Salsa.

The flowers I used were a few of my favorites: golden rod, hydrangea, chrysanthemum, voodoo roses, zinnias and hosta leaves to line the interior of the clear glass vases.

This little fella was still feasting and wasn’t quite ready to give up its tasty meal.

And here are the creations.

Happy Saturday!

Sunday Flowers

This is going to be a quickie post but I wanted to share my latest creation. Today I whipped together two giant arrangements like the photo above using only free floral bounty I could collect locally — no store-bought flowers here! And no, I didn’t break any laws.

In a galvanized bucket, I arranged hydrangea, anemone, red wheat-head celosia and crab apple.

Happy Sunday!

Summer Flowers

 

Recently I created this summer flower arrangement for a dinner organized by Rodale Catering & Events.  The container is a round glass jar, wrapped in hay (yes hay), then tied off with a generous portion of twine.  It is filled will all sorts of locally sourced flowers and ivy from my back yard.  It makes a casual yet elegant impression for any table or outdoor gathering.

River Rock Place Card Holders

You may see a pile of rocks, but I see place card holders (well maybe this time).  Simply place a dab of E-6000 Epoxy (found at craft stores) between two rocks of similar size and let dry overnight.  Remember to leave enough space between the two rocks to hold a piece of paper or leaf.

You can also use some small rocks found in your back yard or pick up a bag at your local craft store. To write my guests’ names on the leaves, I used a white Sharpie pen purchased at Dick Blick Art Materials. Super easy and elegant.

Happy summer and happy crafting!

Pretty in Pink

Happy Monday and happy birthday Shaina! Actually, her birthday is tomorrow but we celebrated her special day early. This pink creation I arranged for her includes passion roses, gerber daisies, stock, carnations, lilies and eucalyptus. All of the flowers I collected at the local grocery story!

The arrangement is in a square glass container purchased at AC Moore Arts and Crafts.  The vase needed some texture so I placed a wide rubber band around the vase then tucked curly willow between the vase and the rubber band. Then I covered the rubber band with twine.

Easy, unique and she loved it!