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Off Your Butt, Change It Up!

 

Roses designed in Bark Basket

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 Little Slice of Bamboo

Fresh Design, birds, angled cut in half bambbo

With day in and day out floral work,  you might not realize the impact you have on the world.  Creating floral gifts does make a difference in someone’s life, the “shock and awe” that someone thought so much of the recipient to send them flowers.  It’s your honor to go the extra mile with your talent.  Taking the time to saw, cut, and re work items to enhance the design gives them so much more to elevate their soul. Continue reading A Little Slice of Bamboo

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Tropical Trio Delight

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Trio of tropical designs

Tropical flowers brighten any table, and this trio is the perfect setup for a glass topped unit.  Small with creative interest, these are the kind of designs that capture our eyes with vivid hues and multiple textures .  With  clustering of different product you can achieve this style using anything you have on hand. Continue reading Tropical Trio Delight

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Cut Flowers Need Love

Taking care of the awesome cut flowers you just purchased is so important for your floral design career.  The better they are processed (cut, cleaned, placed in water) the longer they will last and stay beautiful for your friends or clients.  It is amazing how well flowers and greens hold up in designs if they are chosen fresh with continued proper processing.   Some people just don’t get it because they’re lazy and let them lay around on the counter for an hour or so.  UH UH, NO NO!  Be good to them, they will be good to you! Continue reading Cut Flowers Need Love

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Your Tools For Floral Success

The saying “the right tool for the right job” is so true!  There is no question that it’s a must to have the correct tools to create flower arrangements and all types of designs. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have quality tools, just the knowledge of how to use them properly for different design elements. Continue reading Your Tools For Floral Success

Sympathy Flowers….The Last Goodbye

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Open heart created from curly willow with trailing ribbons.

Creating sympathy designs is one of my favorite parts of the floral world.  I look at these floral arrangements as a new adventure, allowing me to be part of someone’s journey to the next stage.   It’s so gratifying when I get to work with a family to design creative flowers that represent their loved one’s wonderful life, interpreting that life with flowers.

Learning proper mechanics and styles takes some practice, and I’ll be teaching you these skills through various posts.  The mechanics (as with any part of flower arranging) is as important as using the freshest flowers.  Some of your sympathy designs will be larger (constructed on easel stands), and bit awkward to move around.  The better they are put together, the easier these arrangements will be to deliver, and the happier your customers or family will be.

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Cowboy casket spray

Along with my educational posts, I have a great book for you to learn how to design sympathy arrangements from beginning construction to finished creation.   The book is titled Sympathy Floral Designs: A Professional “How To”  and is available on my My Books page.  Once you learn the different techniques and proper mechanics of arranging these designs, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful arrangements your hands will create.  Now let’s get that creative mojo goin’!