I have always had a real affection for the old Shiny Brite ornaments that were part of the Christmas tree décor of almost every American home throughout the 1940’s and 50’s. These colorful and charming ornaments were first introduced in the United States right before World War II when Max Eckhardt, a German manufacturer [...]
I’ll be sharing lots of ideas and inspiration with you from now until Christmas on how to decorate your tabletops for everything from lunch with the girls to family holiday dinners. I look at the surface of the table as a blank canvas providing limitless opportunities for my creative expression.
Let’s start with…
Mad for Plaid
Posted: Nov 18, 2008 02:11:36 under Holidays, How-To's, Party Ideas, Table setting, Thanksgiving Ideas, Uncategorized.
Tags: fabrics, holiday decor, How-To's, plaid, tablecloth, tabletop
Who knew?! I can’t take credit for this unique design. Believe it or not, I found this put together at a garage sale at an old house. This garage sale was like a scavenger hunt! There were piles of the most interesting stuff (well maybe not interesting to everyone). At garage sales, [...]
I think the most interesting floral arrangements are the ones that are in a unique or unexpected container. You’ve seen the seasonal veggie and flower arrangements that I’ve posted recently and how great they look. So why not use old tin cans, bottles and more. Look around in your kitchen, garage, or attic [...]
Posted: Oct 29, 2008 10:10:57 under Floral Containers, Flower Care & Handling, How-To's, Uncategorized.
Tags: floral arrangement, floral container, flower containers, How-To's, lifestyle, tin can
Just as I promised, I am unveiling my tips for making a super-sized cupcake.
Making a super-sized cupcake is very easy! Obviously it will take quite a few chrysanthemums (‘Football’ mums), but it is a statement piece that will last for at least a week or maybe even two! The super-sized cupcake shown below was [...]
You don’t have to choose just one! Make a stunning statement by filling up a traditional English gathering basket with an array of seasonal veggies on one side, and an exquisite profusion of autumn blooms on the other.
Simply place floral foam in a plastic dish or liner on one side to create [...]
Posted: Oct 09, 2008 08:10:05 under Fall's Flowers, Floral Containers, Fruits & Veggies, How-To's, Uncategorized.
Tags: decoration, flowers, Fruits & Veggies, How-To's, lifestyle, vegetable, veggies
The artichoke is really a natural vase. Again, using what’s in season, I decided to go with dahlias and lavender. Using fresh lavender sprigs as accents make it smell delicious too. Here are some simple steps to follow to create your own artichoke arrangement:
Cut the bottom stem so that the artichoke sits [...]
Posted: Oct 06, 2008 12:10:40 under Fall's Flowers, Floral Containers, Fruits & Veggies, How-To's, Uncategorized.
Tags: artichoke, decoration, flowers, Fruits & Veggies, How-To's, lifestyle, vegetable, veggies
There are 3 ingredients that are helpful when trying to keep your flowers fresh and long-lasting. They are:
Sugar – provides nutrition
Citric acid – acts as an acidifier and lowers the ph level of the water
Bleach – prevents bacteria growth
Here are a few do-it-yourself options that I have come across:
One part lemon lime soda (7-Up, Sprite) [...]
I believe that having flowers in your life on a regular basis, no matter how simple, makes your life a little nicer and a little more special. I will be sharing many ideas and tips on creative ways to bring flowers into all aspects of your life. Hopefully you’ll also be the recipient of many [...]