Well, it seems that the winter has brought new friends into the warmth of the Flowerpot Cafe'. So glad to see the many new faces. So pull up a chair, order a cuppa of your favorite libation and let us continue to learn, share, and most importantly, make new friends.
This is a wonderful cafe' where novice and experts alike can show their works, provide floral concoctions, and have a fun and relaxing time.
Hope you continue to help decorate this wonderful shop.
My daughters use to love My Little Pony as well.
I'm going into the city now to buy stuff. I don't know where I'm going to be able to work and store my supplies, since I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with 4 other people. And now I have to buy teapots as well. LOL.
Get a child's set like Teensy's. lol. Did I tell you I found a glue gun very valuable and cheap. Check out the toolbox thread on here before you go. Terri has lots more that I don't. Oh, ribbon, to hide all those little mistakes.
Teensy plays with My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake. Two of my fav's growing up.
Oh, let me introduce you to Teensy (not her real name. lol. People ask me all the time).
You said no pushing, no shoving in line, and I didn't. Thank you for making a new thread. I been silently slipping under the door cracks through the cafe for quite awhile, stopping and sniffing the flowers and checking out the new arrangements, which have been gorgeous folks. I do have one complaint though. I find teapots all over the place, but haven't foudn a place to refill my cup of coffee. Getting hard to sneak and out to get refills for my cup especially since it cold outside.
Just wanted to let ya all know that there is another flower nut out here in the cyber florist cafe that enjoying your shop.
Hey starlight. Glad you spoke up. Yes, they can get a little rowdy in here. Karma protested the last change and what a sad sight she became.
This is a fun thread as we get to play with FLOWERS!! If you have been slipping under the door cracks, then you know I am the newbie. Karma and Terri are the professionals. Sooo, since your hear, wanna play. It is lots of fun, a little frustrating, but very entertaining. Have you ever done arrangements before?
I'll find you some coffee. Terri doesn't like tea either. The first one is on the house.
Thanks for the cup of coffee. I feel refreshed. I am a little over an hour from Auburn ( War Eagle! ) over by Phenix City/ Columbus Ga.
A couple of years ago I took the flower arranging clas s at Auburn. I enjoyed the listening and looking at arrangements. I afraid I had the most pathetic looking arrangements. Was just lucky that the teacher never graded on talent. Some of my attempts were pretty pathetic looking. I just don't have that creative eye when it comes to making arrangements. I just love seeing the talent here and the creativity. Love looking at seeing all the pretties. Feels like your walking through a florist shop here. : )
Good Morning Everyone,
Yesterday, my sister and I went to the manhattan floral district (crazy crowded) and took a bus to my sister's house in N.J. to create our first floral designs.
I made this arrangement.
This one was inspired by the design Contemporary Christmas (located on the last thread).
Welcome Starlight, Thankyou for joining us! No need to sneek out with your coffee cup anymore.
We don't consider ANY arrangements 'pathetic' here. We have fun, crazy ideas sometimes (my little pony)
but all our acceptable and enjoyed! The fun is in the 'making' process, not really how perfect it turns out!!!
We will be starting on a serious course soon, but even then, some of us don't have to stick to the rules!
Traci, Great idea using the little pony teapot.Thanks for the fun 'set'. Lovely flowers and your finishing touches are brilliant.
Hi Adele & Sis,! WOW, Love your contemporary, it's beautiful! Nice idea to use the wickerbasket and honesty. Well done, it's really good. (very neat) and you got great materials. Thanks for bringing these to the cafe.
I hope your Sister is going to join us too! I like her style, love the jug and ornamental gourds? Is that a huge vanilla milkshake for me? THANKYOU so much!
Karma, Hello dear! Lovely to see you. Isn't it a great christmas present for our flowerpot cafe to have new friends join us? I did last minute shop and found some fresh roses !
Merry Christmas EVERYONE! I will show you my new vases or containers (if I get any for Christmas)!!!
What a lovely 'group' display, they all look great together. I haven't done mine and you are already thinking about the next one!!!
Nice selection of flowers, do you have any more or will you re-use some of these for your next project?
It would be a shame to take apart the Christmas one!
I have presents to wrap and a house that is a mess with flower stuff everywhere, that I need to tidy up!
If you want to make one of the other Christmas arrangements and need the instructions, just let me know which one. I really like your jug with the yellow Chysanths too. I spied a cocktail, save that for Traci!
Please don't worry if people don't pop in over the next few days, I know some will be away for Christmas.
We will be back!!!!!
We are always looking for tea or coffee pot arrangements for this cafe!! Karma makes a lovely oriental brew, with the most beautiful teapot.Unfortuneately it only comes out for 'special occasions'
I found these glitter sprayed tulips, see Traci, you are 'cutting edge' and 'Ultra trendy' !!!!!!!
Hi Adele! Your contemporary piece is awesome. I'm so happy you are joining us. We need someone who can keep up with Terri. Love your energy. . .it's as great as Traci's. I'm afraid you all will be leaving me behind very soon. Don't worry, I will try to catch up. Keep up the good work. P.S. I love your bathroom sink.
Terri, love your pineapple arrangement. The assorted foliage is great.
I don't have any flowers in the yard, but I was able to take a picture of the one picture of an arrangement I made, so I offer this to all of you with wishes of a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May you have a day filled with love, peace, friendship, warmth and happiness
Starlight, thanks for the holiday wishes. A belated Merry Christmas to you and everyone else. . .and a Happy New Year! Your arrangement is lovely. I like the way you have the seeded eucalyptus cascading out of the basket (?). Is that a basket with a handle or is that a branch of something that you curved over? Nice touch if it were the latter. Thanks for sharing. Did you say pathetic? I DON'T think so!
Good morning everyone! I can't believe Christmas is over. What's everyone doing today? Returns or more shopping? I'm staying at home today and doing lots of laundry and cleaning. I've neglected my plants for 2 weeks now. . . I hope they are still alive. I bought a bulb kit with amaryllis and paperwhites about a week ago that is coming up right now. Something to look forward to now that Christmas is over. I'm going to start a new thread on wedding flowers if anyone is interested in joining me over there. Will come back here with a link. Well, thanks for the coffee. . .I have work to do.
I made that arrangement when I took the floral arranging class. Been carrying the pic for a year. Was the only thing that I made that looked worthy of even taking a pic and saving and it isn't even what it looks like.
Funny you mention wedding flowers Karma cuz that what it was supposed to have been. Pity a poor bride if she ever got one of my arrangements. LOL We was given a few flowers and one of them foamy things with the handles ( don't know what they called) and told to make a wedding bouquet out of it. When ya had to hold it by the handle thingy all the eucalyptus stuf f hung down and there was holes all aroudn the bottom of the foliage to the flowers. The whole thing was lopsided and out of balance think that the term for stuf f moving smoothly or a pattern.
I had books to carry and my seed gathering bag that day and didn't have enough arms so put it in a basket that was sittign in the room to carry home. That the basket handles. I not that creative to make one from sticks.
yep, holiday over here for the most part. tryign to catch up on tons of laundry and find my kithen table to I can more seed started. Then it will be time to tackle the dishes. ; (
Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a lovely time at Christmas.
Thankyou Starlight for coming back with your lovely arrangement! I agree it is a delightful basket of flowers.,and given with such warm wishes.
Thankyou all for the kind comments about my arrangements!
Adele, I used to take front, back and side view pictures listing all the plants and flowers, I will try to remember! I don't really know the names of the tropical bunch.I have only one dogwood,they are great sticks for arrangements.
Karma, Thankyou for starting a new thread with wedding fllower arrangements. I will go and check it out!
Did you get any floristry or gardening stuff for Christmas?
Hi Adele, What have you got in your wired wreath, moss? or foam?
The wheat would be tricky to use because it breaks easily, so it would be better to make bundles (4/5) wired together. Without seeing the wreath frame, it's hard to say!
Karma, I seem to remember, a while back ,you said you would make a wreath! or am I just imagining that?!!!!!
Karma... I took a whole semester course, 4 months of floral design. Every week we learned how to make something new. The general priciples involved with each type of arrangement. I liked the class, and I liked the learning and the playing with the flowers. There was about 30 of us in the clas s and we even had a couple of males. I didn't think I did to bad until I saw what everybody else made. Then I would get kinda depressed. There was some real talent and creativity in that room.
I'm a grower and a wood crafter. I love sprouting seeds and growing plants and had been watching the cafe for a long time and had decided to grow more cut flowers this year and se e if I maybe I couldn't learn how to maybe make some simple small cute arrangements for what I grow that could go to the market too.
Diggerette.. What you and your sister working on now? Lovely arrangements. : )
Starlight, a wood crafter? Did you know we have a gallery for arts and crafts at the cafe,? Please show us some of the handmade crafts you have made, if you have any pictures.That would be lovely.
We all love to grow flowers, and somehow the arrangements are special !
Starlight, could you be my mentor for growing seeds then? I have been wanting to winter sow, but first i have to get all my bulbs in the ground. Just wishing for some time in the garden. Tomorrow, I will spend all day in the garden. Can't wait for spring. . .we can all play with our home grown flowers!
Hi Traci. . .a belated Merry Christmas is better than no greetings at all. Have fun with Teensy this week and have a great New Year's!
Terri, I probably did say I would make a wreath. I probably said many things. . .bit more than I could chew. How was your Christmas?
Oh now I know what kind of wreath!!!!!
This is a sheaf wreath! and you have made a beautiful job of it.
Love the way you have layered the wheat and the lavendar, as a background to the roses.
Also a very natural and fitting use of the string both for pratical and decoration purposes.
I think it is lovely and it doesn't need to be improved. Well done and thanks for bringing it in.
You could use your wire wreath for something else, if you have it handy I would like to see the frame!
karma, I had a lovely day, great watching the girls opening their presents and being 'Happy' with everything. We had a big dinner and christmas pudding, mince pies, lots of chocolates and I still feel full today!!! Thanks for asking, how was yours?
I got some seeds too!
SNAP! (that means we typed at the same time)
This is the HARDEST type of wreath to do, hahaha!!! good luck.
Moss would be best for this wreath, and you have to cover the back with tape and pin on your plant material.
Alternatively, you could layer dried stuff and berries around it,
either way you have to wire everything onto it.
Sorrry! I didn't mean to put you off. If you want to use it I can get my book out and show you how to make it step by step!
Has your sis made anything since your flower day together?
I meant to say earlier, the wheat you used is very expensive here, that amount would cost a fortune here. It looks in really nice condition.
Terri, I forgot to thank you for your kind words about my wreath. Thank you. Its a big confidence booster.
Also,you didn't put me off. That wire frame did. I ordered a grapevine one.That's easier to work with,right? I'll wait to make a wreath until then. A bundle of wheat was 5.00. I used 2 bundles with some left over. Is that a common price? All the materials for the sheaf wreath came to about 25 dollars. This is an expensive hobby. Is floral design your job? I'm thinking about it becoming my new job when I retire in 3 years.
My sister(Teri)made a few more things but her camera is not working. She's coming over tomorrow. We'll make more then.
Karma... be glad to help you with your seeds, any way I can. Been looking through all the seed cataogs to see what might be good and a bit different to grow. When I figure it out and get the seeds in would be glad to share any your interested in.
Terri.. nope didn't realize there was an artisans place til ya mentioned it. When I get out to the shed and get more batteries for the camera will try and take some pics. I take loosey pics too : ) Feet , fingers and off center usually make it into the pics.
Diggerette.. Your broom is really pretty. Like how the flowers all in place around the outside . Your daughter did a really good job. I love eucalyptus, just which I wasn't allergic to it. Give s me a migrane headache when I work with it.
Starlight, thank you for your offer. I have loads of seeds too! When I have some time, I will give you a list. There was this round robin "deejay" hosted and she sent me all kinds of seeds that I've never heard of before. Perhaps there are some that you will be interested in.
Adele, that arrangement is fantastic. I adore that vase with the frogs! Great job Emily. You have a family full of talent there Adele!
Terri, what kind of seeds did you get? We had a great Christmas. Spent Xmas Eve with my family and Xmas Day with dh's. Peyton had lots and lots of presents. We have toys just everywhere. Clean up will be a lot of work from now on, but will be worth it as long as he's happy.
I sure do miss here, that's for sure! She called me just as I was on my way to get the boys from their Dad's on Christmas day and never called back. :( I know she and Teensy are just having a ball! Guess my little Teensy will have to do for now! :)
I think we have different names for the floristry materials! I haven't heard of a grapevine wreath! Does it have foam in it? The foam ones are the best to start with when making a wreath. I have a picture of one in
the Belle's florist thread. Since christmas is over now they are not used that much, only in sympathy tributes.
I agree! it is an expensive hobby, so buy bargains and re-use whenever you can bring yourself to take apart something you have taken HOURS making!! it's the only way, during the winter when there's not much to snip in the garden!
If you have greenery in the garden use that instead of buying the expensive florist stuff.
Hope you and your sister (my namesake) have fun again making something exciting for our cafe!!
Thankyou Emily, for making a pretty arrangement for our funny little cyber cafe!
I also think you did a nice job making the 'fan shape'. It must run in the family having a natural gift for flower arranging.! Already you have mastered one big floristry rule, which is to put the larger flowers at the bottom, getting smaller towards the outside of the design. Also, the shape of your pot complements the shape of your arrangement. Fabulous and very well done. Thankyou, Traci puts all the arrangements in place at the cafe, I'm sure she will find a beautiful spot to show it off at it's best!
There is the Artisans flowerpot cafe on the Artisans forum, you are welcome to go there and show your art to other artists. After all it is our sister cafe!! We also have a gallery right here in the flowerpot cafe, so please show us here too!
I get a headache when I work with conifer for a long time. some plants have that effect on you and you don't even realise it for a while.
Has anyone got any ideas for what you would like to make with flowers next?
Thank you starlight,Karma and Terri for your compliments! it really helped my confidence in flower arranging to hear that you liked my piece. It was a little frustrating sometimes. I never realized how hard it is to arrange the colors, shapes and to add pieces without destroying it. Thanks again. Emily
Goodnight Karma! one of these days we will be here at the same time!!!!!!!!
welcome to our teeny weeny cafe Misty! We all miss Traci, coz she brings us stuff to eat and drink!!!!!!!
But thats not the only reason we miss you Traci!
Emily, the more you make the easier it gets!!!!!
Misty, the first drink is on the house!
Available tonight are... Shy dahlia cocktail , pineapple cocktail , Shakes or smoothies , tea , coffee, hot chocolate .
If there is no one around when you call in help yourself!
I know it what about a month and a half away yet, but what about some ideas for some simple things for Valentine's Day. I got a case of 12 clear flute glasses that 5 and 3/4" that I picke d up for two bucks. I saw them and thought they would be nice to make some sort of arrangemnt in, bt have no idea what or where to start or what supplies I should get. I have floral wire and floral tape and the wholesale shop not too far away and will going in that direction in about a week and a half if somebody has some ideas.
Made a fresh pot of coffee if somebody wants a cup, now if I could just find the sugar. : )
I'll have some of your coffee, starlight. . .although it's almost 5 hrs old. Can you post a pic of your flute glasses? The opening is 3/4"? Is it the size of a champagne glass? If so, we should all have one around the house and we can start our first project?
Good Morning Everyone,
Valentine day project! I'm in!
Terri,Sorry I couldn't respond last night. Too tired. Here's a picture of a grapevine frame. I wire and hot glue gun the materials on to it. That's what they said anyway,in the video I watch on Better Homes and Gardens. It's probably a lot harder than it looked. I think you are right, reusing materials is a smart economical thing to do. Take apart one beautiful piece to create a new beautiful piece. That could only be good.
Also, Thank you for teaching me. "...one big floristry rule, which is to put the larger flowers at the bottom, getting smaller towards the outside of the design. Also, the shape of your pot complements the shape of your arrangement." I didn't know that about putting the larger flowers at the bottom. Is that a rule that cannot be broken?and how do you compliment the shape of the pot? Is there a rule for that?
Good morning all!
Did you find the sugar yet? Gonna need some, and some cream, for that cup a coffee. :)
Will try to get more pics of the little fatty's today. :) Tuxedo started opening his eyes yesterday, so maybe there will be a surprise from Teensy today. :)
Hi Adele and Misty. Funny Terri about your daughter not wanting flowers. Poor Mum!!! Have FUN anyway!
Last year for Valentines, I gave my co-workers bottles of tulips filled with kumquats. Not a tradtional rose bouquet, but then, I'm not in love with my coworkers. You know, I never get flowers on Valentines. I buy them and give them away or as favors for other men's wives. What's up with that? DH doesn't dare to order me flowers, especially when I can get them much cheaper. The prices of flowesr skyrocket right before Valentines!
Hi Tammy, your hot chocolate is ready!
Karma, while you are over in the tropical forum, check out my tropical Island, I go there when I need some sunshine!
Bottles of tulips and kumquats sounds different Karma! you are creative.
Adele, I do know the rules, but don't always follow them!!!
As far as the container goes, usually it will have some connection with your design, either by using plant material of the same colour, or by creating a shape to compliment it. Like in your Contemporary Christmas display. The shape of the basket was long and quite thin, which worked well the shape of your design , tall and slim. The height should be roughly twice the size of the container, to help with visual balance. The actual balance is the tricky bit ! When some stems are heavier than others and it topples over.
Starlight, were you planning to fill those up and give them out as gifts for Valentines? I would like to cluster some roses right at the brim. I will see if I can find a fluted glass to show you what I'm talking about.
Adele, I like the way you layered the roses. . .lots of visual interest. Terri, I'm heading over to your tropical island.
Thanks Starlight! mmmmmmmmmmm what ARE we going to do with your glasses!! Hope they survive the tornado for starters, and you of course! It must be scarry when you get weather warnings like that.
I am guilty of drinking far too much coffee myself!
Adele...hey you are doing great making pretty things for us, Thankyou !
I like the combination of roses and lavendar, at least if the roses don't have any fragrance, there is still something to smell with the lavendar. I think it's really important to have at least 1 thing that has scent in any arrangement, if possible. So many florists flowers looks great but just have no scent at all, shame because it's the first thing people do with flowers is smell them. Rosemary is also a good choice for fragrance.
I like the way you have incorporated a tray of other related assessories which link up with your vase.
only one tiny weeny suggestion... take out the pink flowers, they aren't needed!!!! (in my opinion)!
Karma dear, I know you love the exotic plants, but please note it is a holiday Island and make sure you remember to come back!!!! we need you here... Can't wait to see what you make with the fluted glasses!!
Hi all. I actually have time to read and post. Teensy is with her Grandi (my mom) until Sunday and then she goes for a week with her Dad. So next week, I should be around a lot more and HOPE the course comes in!!
Hey Starlight, did it get bad in Seale. We were under the watch, but just got rain, thank goodness. Much needed rain at that. Hope you are well!! Love the glasses and know these ladies can come up with some great ideas.
Misty and Terri, tell the kiddies Happy Birthday from me!! Misty, has Teensy opened her other eye yet?
Diggerette, amazing arrangement, again. Have you taken courses (sorry, I haven't been able to read all the thread)? I love the lines in relation to the vase. And I love the vase!!
Oh, and the wheat arrangement and your daughter's arrangement are fantastic as well. Hope I got them all. :^)
Starlight, your picture of a picture was great. Please don't be hard on yourself. I don't know what in the world I am doing and have made some doozies. Some have a natural talent and some of us (me) have to work on it. All that matters, when you get down to it is, did you have fun and did you like it. No need to compare, just have a great time. I worried myself to death before I posted my first one, and then realized, hey, I had a great time, so don't sweat it.
Terri, as usual, fantastic. I love the purples!! Ah, cutting edge with the glitter. I knew that. lol. I do love the way the leaves look on the tulips. Great idea!! Classes will begin soon!!!! Does the ice cream come leaded? If not, I will just have one of these. Please feel free to join me in one...
Karma, as soon as I catch up on the 50 other threads, my first stop is the bridal arrangements. Can't wait!!
Terri, I like what you said about flowers with fragrance. You are totally right. Garden roses are so much more fragrant than florist roses. You really have to close your eyes and get really close to smell the florist roses. Why is that?
I looked everywhere for a champagne or wine glass, and there is none! I just realized my wine cabinet is empty. Bought it a year ago and never filled it I guess. Will put those on my shopping list. Sorry Starlight and Terri.
Traci is back. . .yay yay yay. . .hooray. Did you have a beautiful Christmas with Teensy?
Morning all! Felt like the beginning scenes from wizard of oz here for a bit, but once the wind settled down we got some rain and just had a downpour from out of nowhere just a bit ago.
I had thought about filling them up some how and taking them to the market for Valentines Day and seeing if I couldn't earn a few extra pennies. Gotta go to store today and get some batteries so I can show ya a few of the other types of little glas ware and coffe cups I have picked up from flea markets that I thought would be good for arrangement s but never knew what to do with them.
Diggerette.. Lovely roses and lavender. Gonna add some lavender seeds to my growing list. Thanks for the idea. : )
Terri... Awesome ice cream cone. Never seen anythign like that. I just had a thought, looking at it ya all remind of that colestrol commercial te one where it says some of your colestrol comes from the family , but the other part from the foods ya eat. You all have that talent of thinking of something and using flowers to create it. It amazing to watch and se e unfold before my eyes.
Traci... Are ya tryign to get us a bit tipsy. LOL Got what three days before New Years. Oh well, might as well start early, but if my seedlings all get transplante d upside down I gonan bame it on you. : )
Karma... No problem. I am in no rush. heck have glass wear and bits and pieces of stuff sittign in the craft shed for years. I cleaned most of the stuf f out a year or so agao, gave it to somebody who had time to play with stuff and donated alot for Bible school projects, but need to get back out there and get stuf f moved out and about again. Can't walk in the junk room.
The reason florist roses don't smell is becaus e of all the hybridizing. They have been breed for stems and bloom color , size and hardiness and after years and years of messign with the genetics, the smell has all but just about disappeared a real shame for other folks. What frustrating for me is my love of plants and nature and not being able to smell any of it. If I work with anythign fragrant I have to have somebody tell me what it smells like in comparison to taste. gets rough sometime s when ya have things that clash and ya don't know it til somebody tells me.
Well gonan go see if I can run though the rain drops and get to store and hope I don't forget batteries again. Maybe if I write it backwards on my forhead enough people will stare at me to remind me this time. : )
ROFL starlight. Thanks for letting have a good laugh. And thanks for explaining about the hybridizing process. You are the gardening master. I need to get off my butt and do some mopping. . .been moping about mopping all morning. Say that 3 times fast.
Starlight, you got rain today? Not fair. Glad everything is ok. I figure, if the plant is potted upside down, it will sure it's true hardy nature and find the right side up. Now that would be a keeper.
Hello Everyone, glad to hear you are all well, and to see that you are enjoying our cafe!
Traci Darling,,welcome back!!!!!!!
First things first, I cannot find any flute glasses either!
Hope your feet have warmed up misty!
Yes the commercial growers from holland 'make' most of the flowers we buy in florists. Standard colours, shapes and sizes.
BUY BRITISH!!!! our homegrown growers sell the most fragrant flowers anywhere.
Obviously they cost more.. which sounds crazy! It is more expensive to buy British flowers than the ones imported from Holland ... but you pay for the freshness and all have the most wonderful fragrance.
I'll be back later with some of my Christmas presents to show you. don't yawn.. you'll like them honest!!
Fresh Coffee for you!! (made last summer)...
Terri, i forgot to mention that adding rosemary or I would imagine any herb(correct if wrong) to an arrangement for fragrance is such a brillant idea.
Staright, I read the best lavender to grow is munstead lavender.
Pupil. Hi and ..."I love the lines in relation to the vase." Thank you and I didn't even know there were lines in relation to the vase!:) So much to learn.
Hi Karma and Misty!
It was about 50 degrees out so I went out to the gardens at my canoe club and made a raised bed for my flowers. I used bricks for the frame. It felt good to be in the garden and fussing about. Also, I bought a book-Paula Pryke's Flower School. Anyone else read it? I'm going to look at it now.
I like the look of that project, do-able I say, if you have a big candle handy. I have a red one that I could use.
Smaller ones could be taped together for the same effect. Also if you haven't go the pins for the candle you can use toothpicks.
Great project, Adele. Not sure if I can participate, but I'll try. That's 2 projects already. Lots of energy here now. . .hope to keep up with you gals. New Year's is approaching. . .I may go MIA again. Hi Terri! Misti, I'm jealous of your long hot bath. I don't think I've had one in 2 years. I do take showers once in a while though. :P
Terri, You're are so creative and funny. And why do you seem to have an endless supply of fresh flowers?
I can't even figure out how to write "bath" with a Brooklyn accent.
I read more of Paula Pryke's book and it has such beautiful arrangements but I can't afford to make them even if I had the ability to. I'll just have to improvise. The first lesson is to hand tie a bunch of flowers. Here's how.
That was one great bath. . .I fell asleep in it and now look like a prune. I didn't realize I was so hot. . .Angelina Jolie would die for my lips. Question Terri, what are you doing with a bratz doll? Tell me you don't collect them!!! Not that anything would be wrong with that. . .
Another great spread Adele. Beautiful hand tie. . .now who's going to try it? I won't be able to afford that one!
Ya ll are soooooo bad. LOL seeing and hearing about roses I went to wally world last night and looke d at what flowers they had. Floral shop not open yet for holidays. Thought I woudl get a bunch and se e what I could do beside s make a mes s of them. Good grief! They wanted $15-25 bucks for a bunch of half dead flowers. What ever happened to buying a bunch a poseys for a coupel of bucks.
Well, one thign led to another and so I headed for the craft department. Never shoudl of went back there. Got brushes and paint and just as I was heading out the department I saw these. Had to get em. They looked so pretty sitting there. Only problem is now I have no idea what I gonan do with them. Sheesh, all it take s is a pretty color and flower to turn my head and in the cart it goes. Well her e what I got. They plastic or silk, not real, but maybe I can play with some plastic til I can get the real stuff.
Diggerette.. That sure a pretty arrangement. I have a hard enough time tryign to wire two flowers together let alone a slew of them.
Boy spring better get here soon and flowers to growing or the supply house open up, cuz ya all are makign my hands sweat and itch wantign to play. : )
ya gotta look at my bad pics. I am just learnign how to take pics and so far can only do outside pics. Have no idea how to take ones of still life indoors.
I agree, I can't afford to use real roses either.
I tried making the hand tie bouquet with strawflowers on wire stems,rose leaves and a plastic bag for a tie.It looks terrible but I practiced the technique. I should practice with flowers on real stems and buy some ribbon.
I thought this was an interesting idea to remember,Paula Pryke stated ,"...design should never be allowed to overpower the natural beauty of the flowers.
Pupil, Thank you for your kind words and believe me the strawflower bouquet is ugly.
Here's a natural container i made. Not very functional because if you touch it the lavender flowers fall off.I have it by my computer filled with incense sticks and a couple of pens.
Hello everyone, how are you all today?
Misty, Thanks for the bath idea!
Karma, I don't collect bratz dolls, but Katie has loads of them, including a tour bus!
Traci, it's not really how I imagine Karma either but I thought she was nicer than the blondie one!
Adele, Thanks for the handtie picture. There must be about 30 roses in that bouquet!!!!!
Nice improvisation on the natural container design.It must smell lovely right next to your computer.
From what I have gathered ,flowers seem to be far more expensive in America.
The yellow roses for Karmas Bath were £1.99 for a bunch of 10.
Starlight, it looks like you have a good collection of artificals there to make something. I'm not sure what yet, but it's something to think about!
I made a handtie, without the leaf collar, I didn't have any aspidistra.
No wonder you have a steady supply of roses. In my neighborhood roses when it not a holiday affair going on run here $10-15 dollars for a dozen. What they run where everybody else at?
Now that I see the above beautiful arrangements I gotta go back to the store and get some more flowers, with colors to complement the ones I picked out. I gues s I need to learn not to be so afraid of mixing different types of flowers.
Terri... love that material that you have used for a backdrop. Very slinky and really shows off the flowers.
Terri,I love your hand tie bouquet!! An important lesson that I learned from this design is that stems are as important as the flowers.
Also, flowers are more expensive here in NYC. Carnations are $1.00 a piece and roses are about $3 or $4 a piece from a street seller, more if they come from a store or a florist.
Thanks Starlight, the material is just a small bit of fabric I picked up in the £1.oo shop!
Most of the designs in the mags can be done without actually getting the same flowers. It's the shape we are trying to achieve! The trouble with handties is , you need lots of flowers to get that 'round posy'' effect.
Do your artificial flowers have long stems?, it's hard to see.
It's a good idea to have a shade darker and a shade lighter of your chosen colour. different shapes and textures of flowers will help to create a more natural look too.
This is one of my christmas presents, a little indoor display. I think it would look nice in the cafe.!
phewwwwwwww got in there first this time!
Hi Adele, The stems are very important, you need them straight and strong so that the handtie can stand alone. I did think it was a bit strange when you said you used your wheat, they are too flimsy, unless you used with other strong stems.
I was hoping one of you could tell me what is the deliberate mistake on mine?
Well, I just had to 'play' with my indoor plant collection. I pushed test tubes into the soil and added the yellow roses to brighten it up a bit. If you hadn't already noticed, Karma makes 'calm' elegant displays and I just have to cram everything in there!!!!!
Komancho? or something like that. I was thinking of making it a permenent house plant display. I have the ivy and some Swedish ivy as well. I could also dig a small plug of varigated monkey grass for the greenery height. We'll see...
BINGO Traci it's the stems. They should be shorter like Paula's. The length should be the same from the tie point to the bottom of the stems as it is from the tie to the top. ( if that makes sense)
I didn't want to cut them any shorter... I have plans for them!!!!!!
I didn't know that term either. That a mouthful to try and say. Have to break it down to one word at a time with a pause in between each words to get it out right. The combination of those volwels and letters gets the cheeks in a bunch and the tongue making weird motions trying to say fleur. LOL
Adele, neat idea to accent your pen holder with dried lavender and roses. So glad you've joined us.
Starlight, those silk roses look lovely. Can't wait to see what you have in store for them.
Terri, your handtie is so pretty. Love the soft colors and the ribbon with the pearl pin gives it such a nice touch. I like the way you've spiraled the stems. Your pot et fleurs is lovely. We called it a dish garden at the shop. Not as elegant as "pot et fleurs".
Pupil . . .komancho. . .close enough. Lovely trophy you won there! I'm always too late!
love the way you make the heart shape, how? Happy Birthday to your son today! My daughter was born at 10.22 am., 18 years ago! Makes me feel a bit old today! We went out for and Indian meal last night to celebrate, (she loves vegetable Korma)
Thanks Karma, for the praise on my hand tie, it means alot coming from our wedding guru! I always called it a tray garden, until our floristry tutor told us about Pot et Fleurs!
Starlight, anyone can win the novice shield here, you just have to get arranging!!
Adele, good morning! It makes life easier if your tools are in a toolbox, I have 2, one for scissors, tape, wires etc and the other for accessories, like decorative coloured wires, beads, pins, feathers,etc. most of the other materials I have are in storage boxes, (floral foam, wraps, glue gun) and my containers and baskets are in the greenhouse.
Hope you can all make it later for our New year's cafe party... bring a bottle, fix your hair nice! and come along. Can anyone help me to blow up the balloons please?!!!
I think Traci is too shy to collect her award today folks!!!!!! ahhh she's such a sweet pea!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FLOWERPOT CAFE!
Happy gardening and arranging in 2008!
Thanks Terri, and Happy Birthday to your daughter as well! Brandon was born at 8:46 PM, and I, too, feel old! LOL
Ok, to do the heart, press the alt key, then the #3 on your number pad cause the ones across the top won't work. ♥ You have to hold the alt key down at the same time as the 3.