Floral Design Parade

I had planned on sharing a new craft I have been working on this week but, time got away from me and here we are at the end of the week and I am still not done!  Life sometimes gets in the way of our best laid plans~~in a good way, of course ;).  I hope to share the finished product next week.  Until then, I thought I would reminisce a bit and share some of my non-wedding floral designs from the past.

~Presenting the Floral Design Parade~ 

I purchased the flowers for this bouquet at Trader Joes.  I loved the colors together and wanted to play around with them in a bouquet.  It's so vibrant.  I like that :).

You may have remembered my Instagram Photo Shoot a few months ago.  I thought the orange of this blossom was just gorgeous against the gray-greens of the fall.  I am a sucker for seeded euchalyptus too!

This was a fun bouquet made again from grocery store flowers.  The bouquet is one I made a long time ago but I still come back to it time and time again.  I love the daintiness of the design.  It reminds me of Gramma's house.

~Soft and Creamy~that was what I was going for~
Hydrangea, Queen Anne's Lace, Roses and White Burlap

~Much more dramatic.  I seem to go from one extreme to the other!~
Sunflowers, Stock, Alstroemeria, Statice, Yellow Daisy-like Flower and a Little More Burlap

I had so much fun creating this veggie floral arrangement.  For some reason it remains one of my favorites.

I know this isn't the best picture but I wanted to show that simplicity in floral design can be beautiful too.

I included this photo just because these are such a beautiful blossoms :).
~Artichokes, Hydrangeas and Roses~

More simplicity in design

This arrangement was one I made for a friend.  Anemones are among my favorite flowers, as well.


This asymetrical design is another one of my favorites.  It was quirky and sophisticated all at the same time!

Well there you have it--- a Floral Design Parade.  I hope you've enjoyed it!!

*Have a fun weekend~~See You Next Week*

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St. Patty's Day Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everybody!!  I apologize in advance for the randomness of this post.  I am kind of all over the place with this one. I wanted to create a vignette of sorts for St. Patrick's Day and  found an assortment of floral containers in my house I thought would work well for a nice display.  However, I wasn't exactly sure how to incorporate all of them.  I had a brand new hanging plant holder, an old square emerald green vase, green flowers pots, little green goblets and a cabbage!  What should I do with all of this?!  I wasn't quite sure!

I own a curio-type bookshelf and thought it was a good place to start.  It can hold a lot of "stuff".  Slowly I placed and replaced all these items on the shelves until I began to be happy with how they looked.  As you can see the predominate color was green; all in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The miniature castle shown here isn't overly green but it seemed like something that would sit very naturally on the Irish countryside.  So, I determined it was OK to use.  My friend, Michelle, had given me the shamrock ornament after she had travelled to Ireland with her husband.  I just HAD to use that!  Turns out I liked it so much that I used it everywhere :).

I really wanted to use the hanging plant holder I had received as a birthday present from my daughter-in-law, Jessica. I thought green would stand out nicely next to the crisp white of the planter.

 I think I was right.  The green does look striking against the white of the planter.
 Jessica actually had given the planter to me to place out in my shed .  It will make its way out there as soon as the weather gets warm enough but until then, it looks just as pretty inside.

Now to the randomness of this post~ While I was collecting "St. Patty's Day Green" items for the above vignette, I had totally forgotten about the cabbage.  I really wanted to use it---somewhere.  After all, what would St. Patty's Day be without cabbage?   Yes, it is usually supposed to be eaten on St. Patrick's Day but, I wanted to use it in an artistic way. At this point, the cabbage was not going to be used in my shelf vignette, so I decided I would try it in a floral arrangement.  I liked that idea. 

The cabbage is in there under the flowers.  You will see it better later since there are more "cabbage" photos to come~~ just randomly placed here and there.  The shamrock ornament will make more appearances, as well :).


(Now back to "St. Patty's Day Green")

I continued to try to bring in as many green items as possible.  The fern and spider plants added some natural greenery, as well.

I rummaged through my yard to find some moss.  Somehow I thought moss was an Irish thing too.  I'm not sure why :).



Here is the shamrock ornament again along with my square emerald green vase.  The color of that vase was just perfect for St. Patty's Day.


 This photo of the Cabbage Arrangement ended up on my Instagram.  Mixing flowers and vegetables can be interesting--at least it is to me.  Let's hope the folks on Instagram think so too!

Well, there you have it---my version of "St. Patty's Day Green".  I hope you haven't minded the scattering effect of my random thoughts and ideas.  At least, everything was as advertised--predominately green!

Something that is not random at all~~Wishing You a Happy 
St. Patrick's Day!  Hope You Enjoy It!!

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St. Patrick's Day Favors

For some reason I don't usually do much in the way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day but, I was restless to find something springlike lately and discovered a recipe online for St. Patrick's Day Rice Krispie Treats.  It inspired me to create these favors.   You can find the recipe here.  I'll be showing you some of the steps I took to make the treats but, you will get the whole recipe on the above website.

This St. Patrick's Day recipe is similar to the traditional "treats" recipe but, with a few changes.

The biggest change and surprise ingredient is the addition of the charms from Lucky Charms cereal.  You need to pick 3/4 of a cup of charms out of the cereal box and set it aside.  This takes a little bit of time but, after all it is the secret ingredient and the treats wouldn't be magical without them!
The other ingredient is green food coloring, if you want to add it.  I wanted my treats to be green for St. Pat's Day but, I know some people don't like to use food coloring.  It's all your own choice.

So, here are the usual suspect ingredients.  (Just a side note, one 10-ounce package of marshmallows is all you need for this recipe.  I always seem to overbuy, if the recipe isn't specific.  I guess I'm not good with measurements.  A 9-ounce box of Rice Krispies is exactly enough also.  Luckily I figured that one out !)
I'm not sure if I did this step correctly or not.  After mixing in the "charms" they seemed to get lost in the mixture.  Perhaps, you are supposed to put them on the top after placing everything into the pan.  Not sure.  Of course, everything is so messy by this stage that you just do the best you can!
Here they are in the pan.  By the way, this is a 9" x 13" pan.  I don't think the recipe tells you that.  I guess you can still see some of the charms, although not as much as I would have liked.
Next I cut the treats into squares, placed them in a cellophane bag and tied them with a green ribbon.

Thinking the bags needed "something else", I added a handmade tag.  I cut a circle from cardstock and put a shamrock sticker on it.  I also edged the tag with green marker.  I wanted the shamrock to be more pronounced and the green edging helped a little.  I punched a hole in the tag and tied it with more ribbon to the favor bag.

Here we go...the finished product!
Very, very easy and quick to do, if you need a last minute St. Pat's party idea!

I loved the color of these spider mums and thought they would be pretty and finish the look sitting next to my "treats" :).

Well, there you go with a last minute St. Patrick's Day party favor idea.  Easy, fun and pretty--all at the same time!

Hope you have a fun and festive St. Patrick's Day!!!

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A Beautiful March Day Spent "Working" in My Shed

Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day even after some morning showers.  I had decided earlier in the week to participate in a #Thursdaytrays "contest" on Instagram.  I posted my entry this morning.

  My plan was to use a new tray I had recently purchased from Homegoods.  I had already used my other various trays many times on other projects so, it was time to try something new.  As I was thinking about the design, I realized I needed some flowers.  So, I ran out quickly to my local grocery store and hoped I could find something appropriate.  How lucky was I when I found these beautiful anemones?!  This store usually only has tulips, mums and roses...and the roses are usually not in the best of shape.  But, as it turned out, these lovely anemones became the basis of my whole design.  How can you go wrong with flowers like this?

Since it was a beautiful, warm day I thought taking the photo outside would work well.  But, as is the case with so many things in life, it didn't turn out to work as well as I had hoped.  The photos were dark and the trees behind made everything too busy.
As I was trying to decide where to go next, I remembered my lovely shed that had been taking a nap for the last two months since it has been so cold.  "Maybe that would be a good place to take some pictures," I thought.  Such a joy to be back out there again.  It was very inviting, warm and cozy.
I found myself sitting on the stool looking out the window taking in the view of the pond across the street for a few minutes before starting my "photo shoot".

Since setting up the tray was quick work, my next job was to find "just the right spot" for the photo :).
I started with the work bench, set the tray on another woven tray and then placed it among my shelves and vase rack.  I didn't really like the look.  It wasn't the clean look I was going for, still too busy.

So, I thought using the white, rustic walls of the shed as my background could work.  I set the tray on the stool I had used earlier to take in the view and started taking pictures.  I like the rustic stool top against the rustic shed walls.

I think I should mention there is one thing that can happen with buying grocery store flowers--they might not be of the best quality.  This flower came home with a busted stem but, I decided to make lemonade out of lemons and used it in the design anyway. I'm actually glad things worked out the way they did.  I think the little broken-stemmed anemone looks like it was always meant to be in the photo.  Lemonade out of lemons:).
These little books are from a very old set of Hans Christian Anderson books I haved owned since childhood. They were the perfect size for the tray.  I covered them with brown mailing paper and tied them with twine. I was going for rustic style--one to match the style of the tray.  An old set of glasses finished the look, or at least I hoped so.

I just love these anemones!

These were the three finalists for the Instagram post.


This was the photo I submitted.  I liked the clean look of the totally white background.  I hope I choose the right one. 

I'd love for you "like" this photo for me, on Instagram, if you have an account :).  You can find it here.

Back to the grocery store...this time for real groceries!  Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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