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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 24, 2007
11:29 PM

Post #3775246

What's in yours?
BDale60
Warren, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 25, 2007
10:13 AM

Post #3776748

Well, for one thing, I suppose you need a good reliable pair of scissors (or "shears" if you prefer). But do you need anything beyond the standard household scissors and, if so, why?

Edited for clarity: I'm sure you need more than a pair of scissors. What I'm wondering about is what kind of scissors are best or necessary and why?

This message was edited Jul 25, 2007 6:45 AM
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 25, 2007
7:27 PM

Post #3778522

1. florist knife
2. hand pruner
3. wire cutter
4. wires
5. glue gun
6. florist tape
7. u shaped florist picks
8. sheet moss

BDale, I use a pair of sharp pruners when gathering my flowers. But when I'm actually arranging, I switch to a knife. I've been told that shears/pruners cut stems in two directions causing more damage to the flowers, thus, decreasing the life of the arrangement. Don't know the validity of that, just makes sense I guess. I don't know brands or anything...I just think as long as they're sharp, they're good to go.
BDale60
Warren, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 27, 2007
9:28 AM

Post #3784746

Hi karma,

Your comment about scissors/shears makes sense. Might be something I need to consider. I don't know that I'm too handy with a knife when it comes to cut flowers, but perhaps that is a good skill to learn.

Okay, what is a "u shaped floral pick" and how/where do you use it? (Maybe gently strumming a guitar while considering how to place the flowers...?) :)

BDale
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 27, 2007
12:19 PM

Post #3784985

Haha bdale, I use it to secure moss to oasis foam. Also, remember the asian arrangement with the canna leaves? I used it to secure the leaf tip to the foam after I folded it under. Does that make sense?
BDale60
Warren, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 27, 2007
12:29 PM

Post #3785003

Hi Karma,

I'm not sure I know what this tool/device looks like ("u shaped" I guess, duh, but beyond that...).

I tried to "Google" to see a photo, but when I put in "floral u pick" I got about a hundred websites of places which have "U Pick strawberries, U Pick blueberries, etc." LOL.

BDale
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 27, 2007
12:44 PM

Post #3785047

Sorry bdale, I sort of made up that name. I don't even know what it is called. You can actually just make them from wires or even paper clips. I bought it for convenience. Here's a pic, but the quality isn't so great. Cheap camera.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 27, 2007
3:12 PM

Post #3785524



We call them 'hairpin' hooks or 'german pins'

I use a stub wire and bend it into a hook shape !

and when you want to attatch a hook to plant material that's called a double leg mount.
BDale60
Warren, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 27, 2007
3:18 PM

Post #3785546

From the Flower Arranging event at the 2008 Olympics...

"...and here comes Terriculture in for a..it appears to be...YES, a double leg mount...the crowd goes WILD!!!"

terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 27, 2007
6:11 PM

Post #3786158

BDale, not being funny but, did you take your medication today? LoL!!
BDale60
Warren, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 27, 2007
7:50 PM

Post #3786490

It is the caffeine from the coffee. Finally getting to me after all these years.

BDale
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 28, 2007
5:24 AM

Post #3788251

Better switch to decafe , mate! (only joking) !

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2007
7:48 AM

Post #3791642

BDale, this is my bodyguard, so watch out. LoL!!




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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
1:40 AM

Post #4102739

My floristry toolbox, sorry it has taken me so long to get round to showing you!

It was a good excuse to have a tidy up!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
1:45 AM

Post #4102760

contents list will follow but the main tools I use are,

floristry scissors
string
wire
pot tape
oasis fix

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
1:48 AM

Post #4102771

toolbox contents,

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
1:53 AM

Post #4102812

Accessories,

coloured decorative wire
pearl pins
beads
feathers
ribbons
raffia

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
1:55 AM

Post #4102821

glue gun

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
1:59 AM

Post #4102832

floral foam
pot tape
knife
plastic trays

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
2:06 AM

Post #4102863

posy pad

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karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2007
3:24 AM

Post #4103108

Have a question. Went to buy a glue gun today and found out there was a high temp gun and a low temp gun. Bought both. Which one used for what?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
5:17 PM

Post #4104444

I don't know Karma, I bet crafty Traci will know!
lucky you got both to be on the safe side , haha!




Accessories, include fabric netting and ribbons

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
5:21 PM

Post #4104454

orange ideas...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
5:29 PM

Post #4104472

Gift bags, transparent coloured papers and sprayed plant material

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 20, 2007
5:34 PM

Post #4104491

Hand tie in gift bag

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pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 26, 2007
4:51 AM

Post #4124643

Sorry I just now saw this thread. Thanks for showing the essentials. Here comes the question of the hour. What is Oasis?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 26, 2007
5:21 AM

Post #4124663

Oasis is a brand name for floral foam, usually the green stutt ,but you can get other colours!
They also supply lots of floristry products.
Here's a crazy one I did with pink floral foam.















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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 26, 2007
5:24 AM

Post #4124664

container,frog oasis

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 26, 2007
5:26 AM

Post #4124668

adding flowers

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 26, 2007
5:29 AM

Post #4124670

layering like a yummy trifle.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 26, 2007
5:31 AM

Post #4124673

almost edible!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 26, 2007
5:36 AM

Post #4124684

Birds eye view, hope you like trifle!

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pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 26, 2007
6:18 AM

Post #4124713

Terri, check out the new shop and see what you think.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

October 26, 2007
4:06 PM

Post #4125829

I think the new shop is great Traci, I will be getting all my flowery things from there!
Belle's so friendly and she really knows her stuff, someone said she used to do demos! (of the flower club type)
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 13, 2008
12:07 AM

Post #4530261

I got a new product! It looks like little beads at first.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 13, 2008
12:10 AM

Post #4530276

Sprinkle some in a vase of water, leave to swell for 6hrs.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 13, 2008
12:14 AM

Post #4530286

coloured balls appear!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 13, 2008
12:18 AM

Post #4530303

When the balls are in water you cannot see the clear ones, like the vase on the right.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 13, 2008
12:23 AM

Post #4530330

flowers can stand up in these balls.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 13, 2008
12:30 AM

Post #4530363

The flowers just stay where you put them, I think it's great stuff!

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PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

February 24, 2008
2:07 AM

Post #4579698

Wow that is cool, Terri! Are they expensive and can they re reused?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 24, 2008
2:33 AM

Post #4579813

Hi Donna,
On the packet I have it says they last for two years. I have noticed if they are out of water after a few days they start to go small again. I put them back in the water and hey presto, back to normal size.
They were given to me as a christmas present, not sure of the price.
Nice to see you around again!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 8, 2008
9:49 PM

Post #4639125

I got a new wire wnd bead collar...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 8, 2008
9:52 PM

Post #4639137

It can be used to sit on the top of a vase, flowers placed through the holes.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 8, 2008
9:57 PM

Post #4639158

easy to place flowers...

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karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 9, 2008
12:22 AM

Post #4639703

Neat new tool Terri!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 9, 2008
12:33 AM

Post #4639746


Hi karma, I was lucky to get it, as it was the last one on the stall!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 1, 2008
5:16 PM

Post #4741062

You are lucky to find on like that. I got 2 from a catalog but they are flat and the beads hang just outside the vase, not nearly as versatile as the one you display. I'll have to take a pic of it.

BTW, where do you purchase your rainbow oasis foam.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 14, 2008
11:48 PM

Post #4809250

Sorry I missed this post... Oasis sell the coloured foam. It takes much longer to soak up the water, usually about 20 minutes. It is fun to experiment with it, I have tried pink and yellow so far.
I used it here with yellow roses

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 14, 2008
11:49 PM

Post #4809262

Quite good for making an arrangement without foliage.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2008
11:18 AM

Post #4811384

I found it online, but looks expensive and bulk purchases for flower shops. Still looking and Terri, I went to the bridal shop, had no idea about the pins so I visited another craft shop and they had some pearl ones, now are those that you used above clear crystal?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 17, 2008
11:10 PM

Post #4824154

I think those are the clear crystal ones, I have some diamond ones too, which look the same on photos!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 21, 2008
4:15 PM

Post #5137802

I use a 'lazy Suzy' it's very handy for sitting your container on when making arrangements!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 21, 2008
4:17 PM

Post #5137810

It spins around so you can work on your arrangement without lifting it up to see the back.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 21, 2008
4:18 PM

Post #5137817

the back...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 21, 2008
4:19 PM

Post #5137819

spin to the front!...
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 21, 2008
4:20 PM

Post #5137823

hi.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2008
11:22 AM

Post #5145927

Now, how clever are you Terri with your lazy susan. That is perfect
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 11, 2008
3:26 PM

Post #5399352

Got a few bits and pieces. A long tray (for a parelle line) which holds 2 blocks of floral foam.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 11, 2008
3:28 PM

Post #5399366

Shallow wicker basket, glass beads and white stones

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 11, 2008
3:29 PM

Post #5399374

Coloured wires

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2008
3:29 PM

Post #5399375

I bet I know what you are working on. Can't wait to see it. Where do you get your oasis foam that is colored? I purchase what you have shown here of the floral foam that soaks in water, but no colored except online for florist shops.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 11, 2008
3:40 PM

Post #5399438

I get it from the flower club stall, some florists sell it, but you don't see it very much.
I think it might be going out of fashion already!!! It takes so long to soak up the water unlike the green stuff.

Couple of frogs and some small oasis rounds. Oh and wire ribbon from the hand tie I won!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 11, 2008
3:43 PM

Post #5399456

Just had to play!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2008
4:55 PM

Post #5399785

Lovely, would look good on our pool table, it is covered in purple felt. That would just set it off if I can shoot the balls around it as a trick!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 10, 2009
3:04 AM

Post #6117932

OMG!!! WHAT A GRRREAT THREAD! I just found this and this is awesome..

Here is something I just got.. still new in the box, but dying to try it! It is called a BOWDABRAH!

For making what else, but bows! I got two sizes! the big and the mini!

I am all thumbs when it comes to bow making. I love using pull bows too, so wil generally have some of those on hand!

Here is the big bow maker

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 10, 2009
6:01 PM

Post #6120277

...and the mini Bowdabrah!!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 12, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #6130248

Ohhhh lovely! Haven't seen those before Blossom! I'm useless at bows.
Hurry up and get bow making so we can see what they look like!!
You will be able to use them for easter baskets, bouquets and allsorts... GREAT!

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2009
3:44 AM

Post #6131620

Will see what they whip up.. I am new to the bow "machine"!!

I love the pull bows...but yeah, I am kinda useless at the handmades.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 14, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6135809

Hope the bow machine is easy to use!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2009
9:37 PM

Post #6143314

Ok, this is absolutely UG-LEE!

Hand tied bow just to show you I was not kidding on how bad I am!!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

February 15, 2009
9:39 PM

Post #6143322

Very hard to see in that pic blossom, but I will put my awful bow tieing skills next to yours any day of the week, LOL, I can barely tie my shoes!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2009
9:47 PM

Post #6143350

That bow was soo baaaad I could not even correct the color on it with trick witchery!! LOL!

The vase is lovely, but plastic.. it has a pearl irridecent look in reality..

I tried and tried to do a better shot of it too.. today is just not my day!! LOL!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 15, 2009
10:21 PM

Post #6143457

You mad it UGLY on purpose Blossom... you told yourself it would be ugly and you couldn't do it. Thats what happens when you say you cant do stuff and you made it with NO LOVE!!!! How about some soft silky ribbon? not the hard papery stuff and something not so wide.

still friends? LOL!!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 16, 2009
1:00 AM

Post #6144000

Still friends of course!!! Nah, the love is there. I just got no talent for hand made bowies!

Hey Terri... new tools for the HIS and HERN tool box! Check it out! The MAN ROCKS!!!

Ok, I am going to have to break out the new bow maker...I have had it.. My fat fingers making bows just is not getting it.. That bow diddly better be my answer!

Now if I could muster up some ribbon!

OWIE!!! Whoooo poked me in the ribs??!!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

February 16, 2009
1:10 AM

Post #6144060

I'll look forward to seeing your new bows when I get back from my Mum & Dads!!

Look in that box where you keep your ribbons...LOL!
Great when you find a solution, your hubby rocks!!

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 16, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #6144124

Ahhhh man, I thought you was gonna show us your ribbon!

Im still reading the instructions on the bow machine!! LOL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2009
3:01 AM

Post #6149373

I found a frog in my box...
but no ribbon...wanna see?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2009
1:12 PM

Post #6150461

Well, you are just gonna have to go here... come on, hop to it!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/953765/
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2009
8:54 PM

Post #6152265

OK...been reading the BOWDABRAH BOOK...this is gonna be a new thread! 18 pages to go...this is gonna be a project!

The big bow maker came with a pile of instructions for making different styles of bows...a CD and special wire they have.

When I get done taking a course in spanish, German and the other half dozen languages (not) the pamplet alone is in.. I will be back!

No bows today! Good thing I am not doing this for hire, they would go broke paying me for the time I am slow! This bow thingee hoping it is wonderfull should make less work out of fat fingers though!

So.. as soon as I get the link up.. heres the page I am on!! LOL!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2009
9:18 PM

Post #6152375

Thread to the BOW DABRA!! C'mon in!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/953887/



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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 24, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #6184290

Whatchamacallits!!

(Orchid picks... or perhaps you know them by another name!!)

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