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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

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

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.

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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