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.

Weekend Send Off

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Perfect for your next party

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My Weekend Anthem: Lorde – White Teeth Teens (listen below) 

Great Pretenders

If the idea of time-consuming and labor intensive wall writing makes you shiver, these great pretenders just might do the trick.  Script wallpaper is an option which will yield the same look and feel without all the planning and man hours associated with the handwritten displays featured in yesterday’s post.

Script Sewn Text - Tracy Kendall

Midsummer Night’s – Anthropologie

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Script by Albany – Wallpaper Direct

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Oversized Ode to Love

I have a weakness for pretty lettering.  To me, nothing compares to beautifully handwritten correspondence.  There is something so special about the handwritten quotes and love letters below, which have been creatively featured as wall art.    I would love to have the lyrics to our wedding song (Ray LaMontange – You are the Best Thing) or the letters we drafted for each other on our wedding day carefully drawn on our bedroom wall.  Words so sweet and so true, would act as a great reminder each morning upon waking and each night before closing our eyes.

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To Scale or Not to Scale

As you may know I have a side job in an antique store.  A while back I came home from work with a large, antique butcher’s scale.  At the time it was a great idea, but now I’m not sure how to incorporate the piece into our home.  I’m afriad the scale may be too large for our petite kitchen.  Also, I’m not really sure how I feel about nonfunctional kitchen decor any way!  Any thoughts?

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