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.

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Two Down Forty-Eight to Go…

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Studio Atticus Photography

I decided to take a risk and create another personal post as yesterday was a big day in the Deegan house.  Yesterday we celebrated our two-year wedding aniversary…kind of.  Our celebration consisted of me working late and Kevin watching sports, USA soccer to be exact.  Dinner consisted of chips and salsa and whatever refrigerator concoction we could create and to tell you the truth, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Many people say their wedding day was the happiest day of their lives.  I can’t say I agree.  While our wedding was a wonderful day, I tend to favor the days when it’s just me and my husband lounging, laughing, and enjoying each other’s quiet company.  Those days typically begin with breakfast at our favorite diner, followed by a little house cleaning, my favorite recorded on the record player, and of course a whole lot of goofy dancing.  Those are the days that get me through each busy week, work deadline, and life stress.

In honor of our two years married, I thought I would share some memories of our wedding with all of you.

Our wedding featured in Style Me Pretty

Some Wedding & Engagement Photos

And if you’re really into it…our full length wedding film (my favorite 14 minutes and 2 seconds)

Cheers!!