I started this site to help anyone who would listen how to design flowers and decor for fun AND profit. How to take something from nothing, create it into a viable design that will capture your audience (and those audiences do vary around the world) in the cheapest way possible that will turn an exceptional profit for the product, time and energy spent. Continue reading Heads Out of our Bummies…
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.
Rose arrangements are still one of my favorites, and loved across the globe. There’s just something about this flower that most see as upscale or valuable, while having beauty that they also see in their gardens. This rose design is airy with grace and creative touches that give the arrangement interest for the viewer. The tight lily stems will open to reveal a beautiful orange tone to blend with the light peach roses, both purchased from our local farmer’s market. Always a great deal and just happen to be from local grower Eufloria Flowers and Skyline Flowers. Continue reading Simple Rose Design
Making a statement with your rose designs really captures an audience. We all love to see showy arrangements, and they are totally exciting to construct. This creation uses two dozen “Goldstrike” roses from my local grower Eufloria Roses, who grows the most beautiful California roses. They’re only available through wholesalers, but you can get great long stem roses at Albertson’s, Von’s markets or another outlet that you have locally and still create beautifully. All the other greens and product are from my love of harvesting: birch logs, Australian Flax, nandina (heavenly bamboo), podocarpis, sea foam statice, blade grass (loriope), fox tail fern, variegated pittisporum. Continue reading Grand Rose Arrangement
Centerpiece arrangements can be a bit confusing when you’re first learning floral design, even after you have some experience under your belt. Just remember to keep practicing, listening, and learning; then it will all come together and you’ll be an expert at centerpiece construction. There are so many occasions where these are needed and asked for. So, proper construction is the name of this game and I’m here to nudge that along in a way that is educational and rewarding.
This design is free flowing and easy to assemble once you understand the “why” and “how”. It’s the perfect flower arrangement for bride’s tables, dinner parties, sideboards, just about anywhere a centerpiece is needed. You can scale it down or make the design much larger. Always remember that you’re the captain of the ship that takes direction from YOU. What I love about this sharing is that once you learn these design techniques, adjustments can be made for whatever occasion or area you need the arrangement for. Let’s get to work! Continue reading Floral Centerpiece Mojo
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
This flower arrangement is one of my favs. The flow and architectural elements capture your eye, taking it up, around and through the design. Did I have this planned? No way! My little pee brain can plan, but most of the time I take my product and put it together the way it happens. Continue reading Quirky Cool
I’m crazy for using logs in flower arrangements. They beg to be used in designs with beauty for years to come. These nature’s gifts create a focal area to work from, something to start your design with, then continue from that point on. Continue reading Those Logs Are Calling…..
Clustering (grouping tight and low) flowers and greens in an arrangement gives such a lush, focused appearance with visual interest spreading through the design. This flower design has a great mixture of texture and depth, using some things from my yard: succulents, heavenly bamboo, flax, variegated pittisporum and melaleuca bark (that I gathered from trees in my area). The beautiful flowers were all purchased at Trader Joe’s: orange calla lily, roses, sun flowers, gladiolus (I used the blooms or “florets” for the punch of color). Here’s the lowdown on my design approach: Continue reading Let’s Cluster Some Flowers!