Last Spring my daughter and I were honored to be asked to put together a large-scale floral arrangement to be displayed at the pulpit of our church for an important meeting. We were given a modest budget and instructions that it would be on a shallow shelf, so the arrangement couldn’t be too deep. Other than that, we were pretty much on our own to design and put together whatever we chose.
I have really been loving the more natural garden-like trends I am seeing a lot in modern floral arrangements. I wanted to use garden roses and other large blooms in spring colors. I used to do flowers all of the time, but things have changed quite a bit in the last decade or so. I first had to find a place to get wholesale bunches of flowers that is open to the public. The guys at Arizona Flower Market were great to work with (This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share their info because I know others are looking for the same kind of business). They could’ve ordered what ever flowers I needed, if I had given them a little more time. As it was, we were able to select many beautiful varieties from the stock they had on hand. I love the floral cabbages and dahlias for the texture and garden feel they provided. I also love using hypericum berries and bells of ireland. Or course, we used roses (not technically garden variety–per our budget–but full heads that mix well with the garden feel) and the dark scabiosas provided just enough contrast in color and texture to bring our arrangement to life
This was my first time experimenting with this shape of arrangement, but I love how it turned out. The look we wanted was asymmetrical with kind of a lower center and more fullness on the sides. I kind of makes it look like the flowers are just spilling out of their container. I do use floral foam (oasis) so that I can have more control over where the flowers end up, but didn’t want this arrangement looking as stiff as a lot of the funeral sprays and such can end up looking.
Although we don’t want symmetry, we still want balance, so I mentally used a triangle type shape to help me position the line flowers–in this case Stock and Bells of Ireland, to give a little structure to our looser style arrangement.
We then positioned the largest flowers–the cabbages, then dahlias and roses–so that they would be balanced throughout the arrangement. Then filled in the gaps with the smaller flowers and berries.
It was so fun to get to work alongside my beautiful daughter and create a thing of beauty together. Do you have a favorite flower? Or a favorite trend in floral design?
I currently am an assistant Cub Master. Assistant is the operative word here. There is much about Cub Scouts that I still have to learn, but basically, I help make Pack Meeting a party each month. February was our Pinewood Derby (maybe a post to come?), so we are getting ready to have our Blue and Gold Banquet this week. As I am making preparations, I referred to last year's banquet which was a lot of fun and wanted to share some of what we did with you. We went with a western or cowboy theme for last year's banquet. We served BBQ sandwiches and chips. I spent a lot of time on the Chuck Wagon table you see above. In theory it should have been really simple, but to get everything to stay where it was supposed to be was a little harder. We attached PVC poles to both sides of the table with duct tape, I believe, to create the curved top of the "wagon." We attached a white sheet to give the appearance of a … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
I had a moment of bloggy brilliance last Easter, inspired by the butterfly-tattooed Easter eggs from a previous year, and my love of adding a little gold bling to everything these days whenever possible. I figured that if other temporary tattoos would stick to colored eggs, then the metallic tattoos I had picked up at a favorite things party, would be the perfect way to glam-up this year's eggs. I simply dyed my eggs with solid colors to the desired intensity. Both neons and pastels can work well with gold. I went more neon, but played with getting a little bit of an ombre effect on some eggs. Then I picked the best tattoos for each egg. The peacock feather was perfect on the bright blue. You know I love pink with gold, so used a chunky bracelet-style tattoo to wrap around this egg. The word "dream" looks dreamy on the pale pink and white egg. Apply the tattoos according to the … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
I sat down today to figure out my plan for this years' school Valentines, and realized I had never shared my printable watercolor valentines from last year! These were really fun to put together for me and for my artistic daughter. Step 1: Print out my free printable Valentines (see below) and cut them apart. Step 2: Use liquid watercolors to fill in the three hearts. Do not water down the paint on these. Let dry. Step 3: Use PenBlade or other sharp knife to cut slits to hold the paintbrush. Step 4: Write a secret message using white crayons. Step 5: Address the Valentine and give it to your friends. Step 6: When your friend receives their valentine, they simply need to get the paintbrush wet to use the watercolor hearts to paint over the white space and reveal your secret message. If you are looking for other School Valentine ideas, I have lots more! Products … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Are you still looking for inspiration for setting your Thanksgiving table? I'm feeling cozy plaid for this fall and not just for fashion. I had the opportunity to share my Thanksgiving ideas on 3TV's Your Life A to Z a few weeks ago. You'll have to watch the video to get all of the details. I am the first segment after all the intros. But here are some sneak peaks. Plaid napkins and DIY burlap cornucopias. Colored mason jars with burlap ribbon. Wood slice placecards Easy gourd centerpiece. And easy DIY marquee pallet art from a Stencil kit at Joann. I hope you feel inspired to make your Thanksgiving a little cozier this year! Disclosure: I was hired by Joann Craft and Fabric stores to shop at their stores and present a segment featuring their products on Your Life A to Z. This post is not sponsored. As always, the insanity featured is … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
We are in the throes of assembling our latest collection of themed family costumes this week. I will not reveal them just yet but will give a few clues. As many of you know, we have a long-standing tradition of dressing up together as a family for Halloween. It is a bit of work, but we have fun with it, and it doesn't have to be as much work as you might think. It just requires a bit of creative thinking and resourcefulness (it doesn't hurt to be a bit of a pack-rat). To achieve a coordinated family look for Halloween you can try one of the following approaches: Buy it all! Shop early since less popular costumes might only be found on-line. Don't forget about shipping time. Be prepared to spend some decent money if you want decent looking costumes. On the plus side, if your budget is unlimited, there is probably an Etsy seller or Costume Shop overseas that has created your dream get-up. Sew it … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]