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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

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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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

Grand Rose Arrangement

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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

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

Quirky Cool

Fresh arrangement cool look (7)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