Last weeks red inspired arrangement came and went untouched. The past week has been a blur of busy! So this weekend, I am doing an early Mothers' Day arrangement. I tested out the grid tape technique of arranging. My flowers were pink Roses and pink Spider Mums purchased at Fresh Market. Upon placing those in my dish, I found that I needed more materials, so I went into the yard and picked some Ajuga, a ground covering perennial, and a few boxwood stems.
The arrangement was perfect for our Saturday night family dinner!
In honor of my boyfriends much anticipated graduation today, the theme for this weekend is Red! He is graduating from the University of Cincinnati whose colors are Red and Black (we'll skip the black). Check back for photos of my creation...I'm thinking a bouquet!
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"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow"
- Audrey Hepburn
Today, my creative sidekick, Ali, and I tried our hand at making flower crowns. It was a first for both of us and the process definitely had a bit of a learning curve, but the results were well worth the time we put in. We started our morning at Findlay Market, in Cincinnati. We headed straight for the one floral stall, and after choosing our flowers, we popped over to our favorite Belgium waffle stand for our daily quota of yummy sugary goodness!
And then the real work began...All we used was floral tape, floral wire and flowers. First, Ali photographed me making my crown for her. I began by measuring her head with the wire and then wrapped the wire around three additional times for durability. After that, I took little bunches of flowers at a time and taped or wired them onto the base. Continue layering on small bunches until you make it all the way back around. If you don't want to go all the way around, you can just cover the front and then wrap the remaining back wire with floral tape for a more finished look.
Berries, Wax flowers, Ranunculus
*Fun tip that we learned today from our local florist: If your ranunculus' are not as open as you would like, simply blow as hard as you can on their centers and they will open right up!
And now, Ali makes a crown for me!
Ranunculus, Wax flowers, Lisianthus, and Pussy Willows
Stay tuned for our post-creation photo shoot!
Finally, the warm weather seems to be sticking around! With the weekend right around the corner, I am getting prepared to make my first flower crown! My trusty creative sidekick/ roommate will be joining me for a trip to a local flower market and then an afternoon of crown crafting. We will end the afternoon with a photo shoot, so stay tuned!
This evening, my roommate and I hosted our first book club dinner. We were discussing the books Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn and Proof of Heaven, by Dr. Eben Alexander. I arbitrarily decided on a theme of miniature food for our meal. To incorporate some florals into this dinner, I saved a few miniature jam jars from a recent vacation. They worked perfectly as individual arrangements at each guests' place setting.
Our next book is Your Voice in my Head by Emma Forrest!
One of my dear friends Ellen married her high school sweetheart, Eugene last night. I went to school with the couple (who had been dating for a decade) so needless to say, I was very excited to see them finally tie the knot! It was a lovely celebration, accompanied by gorgeous flowers! Ellen chose Cincinnati florist Del Apgar for her wedding. Please forgive my photography, my trusty iPhone did not do these arrangements justice! Enjoy!
See more of Del's work @ http://delapgarflorist.com/