Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Internet Blues

Sorry Folks for the lack of posting here. I have had intermittent Internet access. But I am back online here and will really get back to the regularly scheduled program. Today is a catch-up day, and the rest of the week we will be on a family vacation. So, we will be back next week! In honor of the Internet Blues - here is a blue arrangement using ranunculus and muscari from Martha Stewart. Click here for instructions on how to put it together.

ranunculus and muscari

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Vases by Alyssa Ettinger

Alyssa Ettinger has some really nice white porcelain vases for sale in her etsy shop. I have a soft spot for old milk jug style jugs - so I just loves these! (Right: Milk Collection, $30; Left: Set of Three, NYC Theme, $110)

dairy bottles nyc antique bottles

I also love the detail here for the knitware vase (Flat Mod Cable, $150).

cable knit vases

Found via PoppyTalk and click here for more designs.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Upside Down Callas

Check out this gorgeous arrangement from Hotel Murano. I love the calla lilies hanging down inside the vase - some good floral engineering to accomplish that one!

hotel murano toby weiss

Hotel Murano is located in Tacoma, Washington and is inspired by glass art.  For more photos of the hotel, click here.  [Found via Apartment Therapy and photo by Toby Weiss of the B.E.L.T blog.]

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Modern White

No wonder Preston Bailey is tops when it comes to floral design.  This stunning bouquet just says it all.  Perfect for the modern bride!


This bouquet was made for J.J. Philbin (Regis Philbin's daughter) and is filled with white cymbidium and dendrobium orchids, white peonies, and mini calla lilies.  (via InStyle Weddings)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Simple Summer Flower Arrangements

Real Simple posted an article with eight simple flower arrangement ideas. The main tip is to use a unique container with one or two different types of flowers. My favorite from their bunch is the gerber daisy table runner with wheat grass - very simple and summery. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
I also like the idea of using beach pales or terra cotta planters as containers too. These are things you have lying around the house - why not put flowers into them to give them new life! Click here for some more ideas.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Home from Vacation!

We have arrived home.  So, we will be back to our regularly scheduled program next week!  We had a wonderful trip and saw many exciting sights!  Here is one lotus flower picture that I took from our first stop in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  I love how they folded the flower petals!


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Brights - Yellow and Pink


yellow bouquet


tropical 2

Here are some beautiful arrangements from the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!  I love the bright colors, especially the yellow.  Click here for more pictures and arrangements.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Real Simple Flowers

I have already featured two arrangements from this Real Simple Flower slide show, but I just could not resist a few more. Check them out!

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Click here for some more.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

July 4th! Patriotic Flowers

diy_fourthjuly_1 Can you believe that July 4th is tomorrow!?! Hope you have some nice plans to celebrate the day with friends and family.  Here, many Atlantans celebrate by running the Peachtree Road Race - so if you are running, GOOD LUCK! :)  And don't forget to have some fun!

After the race, if you are going to a barbeque, think about taking a nice arrangement of red and white flowers in some blue vases.  Or just a few small blooms - one of each color to use in a small bud vase. 

Enjoy the fireworks displays!

[image from Rachel Ray]

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Orchid Details

Orchids, orchids, orchids. Delicate, elegant, and interesting. For a small wedding or even a bridal shower, I love the idea of using these orchid cones as escort or place cards that double as favors.  Just add the guest's name to the ribbon or cone with some more ribbon and a little piece of paper. A water tube is placed inside each of the cones to keep the orchids hydrated.  [via Martha Stewart]

 orchid cones

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Flag Arrangement - 4th of July

Here is one floral arrangement idea you could use to celebrate July 4th!

Take 6 or more small, short cube vases, a bunch of red and white flowers (roses, carnations, or tulips) and your favorite blue flower (dyed blue roses, hydrangeas, cornflowers, anemones, or even irises).  Line up all the cube vases in a rectangle on your table.  Fill one cube with the blue flowers and put that in the top corner, and then fill the other cubes with alternating rows of red and white.  Final result - flag of flowers!  You could even sprinkle in a few small white blooms to make the stars for the blue cube.  You could also due this with a box, glass baking dish (with short stems and floral foam), or whatever else you think of!

Similar to this, but on a smaller scale!


[photo by Neil Rickards]