Facile Flora

I love the feel of live plants in the home though I am quite terrible at live plant care.  Low maintenance plants such as succulents, airplants, and ferns are great options for us hurried horticulturists.  Since these plants require so little care, creative options are abundant.

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DIY Mini Centerpieces

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Welcome back!  I  know it has been a while.  This past weekend I was honored to create mini centerpieces for a dear friend’s baby shower.  She is having a baby girl, so lots of pink and purple were in order.  I thought I would share with you my typical arranging method.

What you will need:

1 mason jar or small flower vessel

floral clippers

fresh-cut flowers

greenery

chicken wire/floral tape

flower food

1)  Select your desired floral vessel.  For this project I just pint-sized mason jars, as they are mini in stature.  Then choose your greens and florals.

2) Fill your 3/4 of your vessel with a mixture consisting of water and flower food.

3) If your vessel has a large mouth, create a grid at the top of the container using chicken wire or floral tape.  This grid will be used to keep the arrangement in place.  For this project, I did not create a grid, because the mouth of my jars were small keeping the flower stems tight and in place.

4) To begin, trim your greenery to a desired length.  The shorter the stem, the more tightly packed the arrangement.  The longer the stems, the looser the arrangement.  Personally, I like the look of looser arrangements with greater movement.  Typically when creating floral arrangements I opt for 3 different types of greenery.  The more greenery used, the less pricey the arrangement as greens tend to run cheaper than flowers.

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5) Once your greens are placed, begin trimming your focal flowers (cut stems on a diagonal to assist in the drinking process).  Your focal flower is generally the largest flower in your arrangement.  For this arrangement, pink peonies were used. Usually in petite arrangements only one stem of your focal flower is needed.  In this case, I used two as I had one fuchsia and one light pink peony remaining from the baby shower project.  If working with a larger vessel, you may want to consider using additional focal flower stems (3 or 5).  Odd numbers are always best.

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6) After placing your focal flowers begin preparing your secondary flowers.  These florers are your small blooms.  For this arrangement a variety of spray roses were selected as well as a sweet mini gerbra daisy.  A soft hybrid mum was also used, though it is not in view in these images.

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7)  Start trimming and adding details to your centerpiece.  These details can be in the form of nuts or berries, colorful sprigs of lavender or neutral strands of wheat.  As a general rule, I like to include 2-3 details as they tend to add interest and texture to your creation.

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*my sincere apologies for the iPhone pictures and lack of manicure.

Jockin’ a JuJu

Elaborate headdresses traditionally worn by village chiefs in Cameroon, African Juju hats have found their place in the hearts of interior decorators throughout the world.  I must say, I am smitten with the juju. Whether bright and bold or neutral and subdued, a juju can flatter the drabbest of rooms.  The soft intricate hats are an easy way to add texture and interest to any space in your home or office.

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Weekend Send Off

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Locker Love

My love for old metal lockers was realized when we first purchased our home.  Shortly after signing away our savings  we realized our new little nest had virtually no storage on the first floor.  Vintage metal lockers are the perfect cure for this home affliction.  I searched long and hard for the perfect set and about a year ago I thought I had found them.  One snowy day while perusing the very large antique store in which I spend my weekends, I noticed the most beautiful set of turquoise lockers tucked away in a well hidden spot.  I immediately called my mom who helped lug them to the truck and then into my house.  Needless to say, I had found the perfect lockers for the wrong house.  I hung onto the set for a few days testing them in my foyer and then in my dining room, but there was no hope.  My blue beauties were just too big for our pint-sized abode.  Back to the store they went leaving me lockerless.

I still have high hopes for a set of these in the future, potentially to be used for storage in child’s room…I guess in the meantime these images will suffice.

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Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as I did.  We kicked off our weekend with an epic surprise 60th for my wonderful father-in-law (FIL).  The gathering was filled with great food, drink, friends, and even featured a well choreographed dance number performed by a group of grown men.

A few months back, my husband and I sent a letter to almost everyone my FIL has ever known.  In this letter we asked his loved ones to kindly recall a memory they share with the birthday boy and to document their recollection in the form of a hand written letter.  The response was remarkable.  We received numerous letters from old friends and new, family members and neighbors.  Some were funny, some were heartfelt, and all were a true testament to what an amazing man we have in our lives.

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I placed each of the returned letters in separate vintage air mailers adorned with vintage postage.  When all the letters were received, the air mailers were bundled together and tied with red baker’s twine.  
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The project was definitely a labor of love and in the end, it was well worth the work.  Kevin and I thoroughly enjoyed reading each letter we received.  I know my father-in-law will as well!

Happy Birthday!!!  We hope you enjoy your 60 years of memories!