Category Archives: Permanent Creations

This is a section where I share and teach different techniques for creating artificial (silk) arrangements as art forms for visual pleasure

BAMBOO RISING

Permanent Goblet 1 It’s the little additions we come up with in our designs that make a difference.  Financially and artfully.  These don’t have to be earth shattering.  Just enough to give visual dimension.   A little more time can give a whole lotta soul.

En suites in most houses probably aren’t embellished with permanent designs.  Or if they are, might be a good idea to throw it out.  Change up asked for, I oblige.  Continue reading BAMBOO RISING

Vintage Embellishing

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Sharing is my way of living longer, giving back to a career that’s been creatively awesome while making money as a cool by product.  Designing floral art is tremendous, but making money from it is even better.  Take this vintage spring for example.  An opportunity to add my touches while giving the client an outdoor visual in her patio….and a few bucks for me. Continue reading Vintage Embellishing

Melaleuca Bark For Incredible Creating

With my motto “Nature provides, we accept!” my harvesting continues with one of my faves, bark from the ever-generous melaleuca tree.   With different varieties around the planet,  I’m fortunate that many grow right in my area of California.

This tree has incredible benefits for our physical health  (the Melaleuca line of products has amazing healing powers) but my love is using this wonder different ways in my designs. Continue reading Melaleuca Bark For Incredible Creating

Faux loggn’

Permanent Design Birch log incurve protea birch branches (11)I’m a designer that enjoys having tons of materials around me to choose from.  Many times I can’t define a design until I get the first object into place.  In this case it’s a birch log from a bundle I purchased 1/2 off at Michael’s that I happen to see close to check out.  These babies were perfect specimens, a great price, so what the heck?!  Yup, sometimes  I “let go and spend a little dough”.

The flowers and greens were purchased at permanent flower supplier in LA, International Silk Inc. that has incredible deals.  They buy left overs from major manufacturers, so you get quality product at a great price.  They ship as well with a $100 minimum (easy to get there!).  I was in the area so I stopped by.  I was definitely a kid in a candy store!  The product from this supplier is what I used in this permanent design, although you can find similar items at Michaels.

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Willow Gives Just The Right Touch!

These two prints are the perfect size for any area in your home,  a bit contemporary in their interpretation of nature while maintaining the love of birds we all seem to gravitate to.  With nature as the base adding willow and moss gives the prints more of a 3-D feel.  These goods were purchased at World Market, quite a find for the price I might add.

After placing the units,  grab your willow, moss, and glue gun.  This is such a simple way to give your wall pieces more dimension which will turn these little gems into visual art for you or your client to enjoy for years.  Go for it, and create with wonder!

A Ficus Creation

Chuck Merrill Ficus (6)When duty calls, we rise to the occasion!  That’s exactly what happened when I had a request to fill an entry niche with an artificial plant.   Did I cower with fear, that fear of not knowing what to design for the space, the amount to charge while making sure I came out on top financially?  Well, maybe just a little…..but that’s when we learn, grow and show what we’re made of! Continue reading A Ficus Creation

A Trio of Faux Gerbera

These little faux gems are fun and quick to make.   They can be used clustered together on a dining or kitchen table;  separately on an end or bedside table, or anywhere you need just a splash of color.   Here’s the back round on these designs:

  1.  The containers are from our friend, The 99 Cent Store.  This place always has 4″ 100 (3)ceramic containers of all styles, usually in seasonal colors.  These happen to have the red edge to pick up the gerbera color…..that kind of thing excites my brain!
  2. The silk gerbera are from Michael’s, half off the day I went…..so they were 50 cents apiece!
  3. Cut the dry foam to fit snugly in the container, raising it about 1/2″ above the edge.
  4. Cut the gerbera head off the stem with your trusty wire cutters, leaving  a few inches so you can push the stem into the foam.  Now you have the stems to loop around the gerbera…..cool look, and no waste!
  5. Measure how much of the stems you’d like to add to the design and use a bit of glue on the ends, pushing them into the foam.  Time to add some reindeer and Spanish moss to hide the foam while giving the designs some added texture.  Using the glue gun for this is easiest, although I’ve used my pan glue as well.   If you’ll notice on the image of the 3 arrangements (using various green and gray hues) I’ve placed the reindeer moss in different parts of the design so each one is a bit different, yet works together to complete the scene.

Take this design and change it up with sunflowers or any larger flower you’d like.   Succulents are perfect for this look!   How about gluing blue stones instead of moss around the flower you choose?  or bark?  How about a poinsettia bloom nestled  with a log for the holidays?  The possibilities are endless…..now go create and keep me posted on your progress!

Faux and Beautiful

Orchids on upright logs
Vertical log “tower” I gathered from felled trees with white orchids for unique contemporary styling

Today’s Permanent designs ain’t your mom’s “silk” arrangements……the awesome product available from local retailers such as Michael’s Crafts, JoAnn Fabric and Craft, and Beverly’s Crafts make these designs become floral art pieces for your or a client’s home and office.  They are a passion of mine; just something about the way you can add  natural touches such as branches, pods, and mosses that gives these arrangements incredible style.

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Ficus from Walmart embellished with branching to enhance the natural appearance

We’re going to explore this design medium in various posts so you can look at them in a new light.  Permanent arrangements are great money makers as well, customizing the designs for each customer’s décor style.  From Shabby chic to contemporary, there is a world of product available from your local retailers.  Michael’s Crafts, Beverly’s Crafts, Jo-ann Stores have almost anything you could ask for.  They’ve got the flowers, greens, dried foam, mosses.  And we know that the nature around you has got some wonderful things to pick up on your daily strolls.  I’ve gotten so many different types of logs and branches when I’m out and about on my walks…..totally exciting to find these treasures!  Looking forward to sharing this wonderful design medium so you can create lasting floral art.

Permanent designs Roseville
Vintage Roseville containers with dried items purchased at Dollar Tree and Michael’s Crafts
Permanent Design Birch log incurve protea birch branches (11)
Ceramic container with birch log and branches