Friday, May 30, 2008

West Elm Glass Vases and Pots on Sale!

West Elm has a sale going on right now. These artisanal vases and pots are all on sale. The top row vases come in a group of three: orange $34.99 (previously, $49.00); white $44.99 (previously $69.00). They have a set of blue vases and a set of small bulb vases for sale too. The bottom row pots also come in a group of three: large pots $29.99 (previously $34.00); small pots $19.99 (previously $34.00).

orange white
pots pots small

Click here for more.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sewing and Flowers

Floral patterns are all the rage this season on the fashion runways. For another way to blend fashion with flowers, check out this photo of some beautiful astrantia set inside vintage wooden sewing spools.  To get you hands on the spools, check Ebay and Casey Wood's Products.


[image via color line]

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More Wedding Inspiration



I stumbled across the Southern Wedding Style blog last week. This site has tons of beautiful pictures of southern weddings. Take a look!



Friday, May 23, 2008

Memorial Day

Enjoy the long weekend and take some time to remember those who have died serving our country.

memorial day

[image from Sister72]

Colorful Carnations

Check out this tutorial on dying carnations - perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend.  Take some white carnations, put them in cups or vases with red and blue food dye and see what happens! Click here for the details from Make and Takes. As an added bonus - someone responded to the post and suggested splitting the stem of the carnation in half or quarters and then putting each piece of the stem into different colored water to get multi-colored flowers. This could be a fun little experiment to do with your kids.

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Pictures via Make and Takes and found via Lovely Little Things.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Group of White Vases

More vases to help with the single-stem-grouping flower arranging style! Available from Graham and Green in the UK in either a 7 or 12 stem group. 


Found via Lovely Little Things

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Founds some new (at least to me) beautiful pictures of unique bouquets on Martha Stewart's Wedding website today.  Gorgeous Inspiration!

yellow rose

I have seen more and more of these beautiful roses.  According to MS, this is Michael George's signature bridal bouquet - the Couture Rose.  It is made by removing the petals from a bunch of roses and then wiring them into one bloom - 6 to 7 inches across.

herbs lambs ear pink shells

Some unique additions in the bouquets above.  In the first one, herbs - thyme, rosemary and sage - compliment the lily of the valley, grape hyacinth, scented-geranium foliage, and lamb's ear.  And in the second one, small shells work their way into pink bouquet.


Succulents, succulents, succulents! They are everywhere, and I love them! What a beautiful combination with the orchids and ranunculus.

white carnations anemones calla

One flower bouquets here - carnations, anemones, and calla lillies!

Click here for even more pictures.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Flower Arranging

While I was out last week, the New York Times published an article about simple flower arranging. Apartment Therapy (AT) posted about it this past weekend, which is how I came across it. AT ran a poll to see whether or not people were intimated by flower arranging. Most people had no problem arranging their own flowers! Yeah!

The NYT article features De Juan Stroud, a New York floral design company owner. Stoud describes some simple arrangements to make at home. Click here for the article and here for the slide show. The main take away is to keep it simple, with groupings of some vases and flowers of the same color.


[via NY Times]

About carnations Stoud said, that because they are considered trite "only his most sophisticated clients are willing to use them" :). Carnations generally do get a bad rap, but if they are used well, they are wonderful flowers!

Unique Vases

A Cup of Jo recently asked her readers for tips on unusual vases.  We have covered some of the ideas posted, (like the test tubes, egg cups, tea tins, and toothbrush holder ideas) but here are some additional ideas people posted:

  • French Coffee Press
  • Martinelli's Apple Juice Bottles or Orangina Bottles
  • Old Blender
  • Shot Glasses
  • Silver Trophies
  • Candle Sticks
  • Rain boots
  • And...Sandwich bag in a pair of jeans

This is a little more than what the poster was suggesting, but just to give you an idea!


via hong kong daily photo

Click here and here are some other ideas.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Back to our regularly scheduled program

...later this week.  In the meantime, check out some of these amazing flower photographs from flickr - here and here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mother's Day Special! Stargazer Lilies

55 We have Stargazer Lilies in abundance, and we are offering them to you at a special price of $3.50 per stem.

The royal Stargazer Lily is a floral jewel of extraordinary beauty and fragrance. Paired with red roses or by themselves, these large bloom Oriental lilies make a statement to remember.

Shipped to us straight from flower farms in South America, they are fresh, beautiful and the perfect gift for Mother's Day.

Call us today to order! 404-303-0530

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Fields of Flowers

moss phlox japan

Check out these beautiful pictures of fields of Moss Phlox flowers in Hitsujiyama Park, in Chichibu, Japan.    Picture by Issei Kato.  Click here for more. (via Apartment Therapy)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mother's Day! May 11th

Mother's Day is just around the corner.  Don't forget to plan something special for your mom.  Here are some great ideas for how to use flowers to make mom smile!

hanging basket  

I love this idea!  Surprise mom before she wakes up in the morning. When I was little, we would celebrate mother's day by making our mom breakfast in bed.  We would write up a menu, and then, run upstairs to take her order.  My dad would make up the breakfast with us helping (washing the blueberries and pouring the orange juice).  We would then bring the meal up for her when ready.  We would have really pulled this together by placing a little arrangement of flowers around her bed post!   


I also like the idea of using real flowers to accent gift wrapping.  It is easy to do and adds a special touch to your gifts.  I have seen more elaborate arrangements placed on top of larger boxes, but I think the single rose pictured above works really well too!

write stuff spices of life

Another idea for Better Homes and Gardens is to place flowers inside the present that you are giving to your mom.  If your mom likes to write, you can give her a hand-made pencil holder (like this, this, or this) filled with some of her favorite blooms.  Or if your mom likes to cook, take a mortar and pestle set and fill the mortar with some flowers. 

Just some ideas to get you started - we will post more throughout the week!

[pictures from Better Homes and Gardens]