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Off Your Butt, Change It Up!

 

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If you’re happy with old school designs, this site ain’t the place for you.  Business survival while making money is what I’m about, and changing up flower designs is how to do it to keep those newer generations coming back for more.  If you don’t believe me, shoot me an e-mail at joe@diyfloralanddecor.com and I’m happy to share more insight about this fact.

6 roses in a vase might be okay for some, but I will fight to the finish not to design that way.  So taking the organic feel of a bark basket and giving those roses a special place to shine is why I’m here sharing this article.

Since 6 roses is what most guys think they need to order if not a dozen (why not 4, 5 or 8?) creating the design with two clusters of 3 works well;  one taller, one a tad lower.  I do dig the dimension this gives to the arrangement;  keeps everything proportionate while adding graceful height for our eyes to enjoy.  If you want to make a difference with your designs, getting out there and cutting your own greens does make for a better design.   That’s where grand profit comes in.  I litterly go around my yard daily and snip to my heart’s content so I can create with honor and $’s in my pocket.  With a variety of harvested greens and filler (broom grass, privet, Japanese boxwood, sea foam statice) and tucking in some Melaleuca bark using curly willow to frame the creation, your designs can come to life telling an awesome story to your viewers.

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Taking a few kangaroo paw and attaching them into the corner of the design sure ups the ante with more intense color.   These babies are growing everywhere in our town and they can’t hide from me!Fresh design foliage kangaroo paw closeup 6 roses

And I’m going to make this clear again:  have no fear of designing roses in foam, they will survive as long (or longer) than designed in a vase.  Just make sure the roses are well cut at a slant and placed deep into the foam; any design is only as good as the mechanics used to create it.

Please don’t say that “they” expect the roses to be in a vase.  Show some creative spunk and go to the edge to make a difference.  I don’t gain new customers everyday because I’m a total YES man…..what I do is let them know (with the kindest tone) that I’m capable/trusting telling them “let me do my job and create value that she will thank you for big time!”

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A DIY Wedding Arch Creation

Independence is something I cherish in our world, the ability to create with our own resources gathered from local stores like Home Depot, allowing to act on our design impulses without waiting for shipments.   Their availability of goods enhances our skills beyond what we think we can do proving how resourceful we can be with our thoughts and our awesome hands.  Happy creators make for happy clients!Wedding ARCH (6)

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The Psychology of Men and Flowers

The other day I was thinking about what factors motivate men to buy flowers.  Are they just trying to be nice guys?  Do they think that flowers make the world a more beautiful place?  Or is there a hidden agenda?  My little brain came to the conclusion that masculine flower buying focuses around the three things that I think drive our productive beings:  money, power, sex.   Sometimes one, two or all three.

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Foxtail Asparagus: Our Architectural Friend

This fabulous green is one I cherish and include in my floral designs whenever possible.   Sturdy and long lasting with the ability to be swirled, trimmed, spray painted and left out of water, this member of the asparagus family grows everywhere in warm weather regions.   Foxtail Asparagus (named obviously because it does mimic a fox’s tail) is a favorite of mine to cut wherever I see it….I even break if off with my fingers if I don’t have the trimmers with me!

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Rose Designs For The 21st Century

There ain’t no doubt about it:  Roses are still a huge favorite in our floral world.  Centuries have proved their sustainability and I still get comments like “Will the arrangement have roses in it?”.   It’s that ever lovn’ perceived visual value that gives roses their place among today’s admired flower choices.  Continue reading Rose Designs For The 21st Century

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Naturally Wreathn’ it….

1381Nature is definitely all around us, begging to be recreated into beautiful floral designs to capture our audience.  These  birch branches, succulents, and evergreens became the focus for this primitive, Native American designed wall piece…..along with a few faux touches for accent.

Using fresh birch gives this piece it’s arching movement (you’ll need a few thinner pieces to add for thickness) to bend into the shape you want using pieces of 22 gauge wire to attach together.  I added a somewhat horizontal branch to help the design keep it’s shape and to have another surface to dangle items from;  the more visual movement the better! Continue reading Naturally Wreathn’ it….

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6 Roses Are Fine!

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Woow, love getting my floral mojo revved!  Changing up a 6 rose design fascinates the heck out of me, motivates my inner soul.   Who knows what we can come up with?  Let’s all inspire each other while we keep the world more and more beautiful with our floral designs.   Educate, motivate and definitely create my friend!

 

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Be Green and Create

20150627_124216-1 (3)Artful plant designs are right up there with creative fresh flower arrangements; don’t think of them as “dish gardens” or “potted plants” but as Garden Designs that lift someone’s spirit for years to come.   I’m such a fan of this Eco Décor that I hope I can get your plant mojo revved up! Continue reading Be Green and Create

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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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DIY Wedding Bouquet Holder

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I’ve gotten a bit bored with regular hand tied bouquets, so this boy decided to make a bouquet holder of his own, something cheap, cool, with enough mechanical savvy to hold the flowers in place with a good water source.

I took my cue from the manufactured bouquet holders from companies such as Oasis Floral trying to think of a different way to have a water source without having stems hanging out that I needed to put the bouquet into a vase, worrying about wet stems and bride’s dresses.  And I do love a challenge!  Looking around, I saw my bucket of harvested curly willow and said “That’s it!” and got to work figuring out how to have the stems be a handle with adding a floral foam water source. Continue reading DIY Wedding Bouquet Holder