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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bouquet of the Month!

This is the time of the year for one of THE most popular wedding flowers ever! Although I started seeing some peonies here and there in the last month, they are finally coming in strong. The flower market is filled with thousands of them in beautiful shades of pink, white and coral.
Due to our latest clients request to give this traditional bouquet a bit of a modern twist we did so by adding some bright orange ranunculus (another Spring favorite).
Very simple but stunning! I officially declare this bouquet that I have created as one of my favorites!

Petite Butterfly Nosegay DIY project

Items Needed:
10-15 ranunculus                  
black spray paint
8-10 poppy seeds                  
super glue
floral wire                            
floral tape
fishing line                            
black paper
butterfly hole puncher          
black spray paint

1. To create this charming little bouquet you need some wire, floral tape, fishing line, black paper, a butterfly hole puncher, super glue and black spray paint.

2. Buy 1-2 bunches of white Ranunculus at the local flower or farmers market, along with some dried poppy seeds.

3. Because the handle of this little bouquet is supposed to be very delicate you should wire and tape each of the ranunculus and poppy seeds individually. For the ranunculus, you want to start by pushing the wire through the head or stem and bend the wire down.

4. Wrap the ranunculus stem and wire with floral tape

5. Cut the poppy seed stems to about an inch and spray paint them black. Once they are dry wrap the wire around the stem, then wrap floral tape around the entire stem and wire.

 6. Use the butterly hole puncher (available at an arts and crafts store) to punch several butterlies out of black paper. Attach pairs of butterlies to the fishing line (back to back) using dots of glue. 

7. Now you are ready to take all the wired and taped florals and poppy seeds. Put them together in a small bouquet. Take floral tape and wrap all the wires together. Cut the handle of the bouquet  to the preferred length.

8. Lay the strand of butterflies loosely over the bouquet using a few dots of glue to attach.

9. You did it!! Congratulations!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Decorative Bottles with Knob Bottle Toppers (how-to)

For the Inspiration to Reality photo shoot we created a Scotch Bar with a personal touch. Bottles were wrapped with twine or French striped ribbon to coordinate with the overall color palette of black and white. Knob toppers had a graphic element to them and were selected for their unique patterns and icons. Another special detail, the word “groom” written on one of the bottles, was added to designate the man’s drink of choice for the evening.

These bottle toppers could be custom tailored for all kinds of events and collected in an assortment of styles and colors. There is such a large selection of knobs on the market and the flea market is a great place to find these treasures.

Items needed:
Ribbons, twine or yarn (collect an assortment of ribbons or yarn that work well with your overall theme/color palette. Textures, patterns, stripes, dots…they are all fun to combine).
Glue gun with glue stick or fabric glue
Bottles (these could all be the same style or an assortment of shapes/styles/colors)
Corks (make sure that the corks fit the bottle openings, you can always cut the corks down in size if needed)
Knobs (these could be all the same style or an assortment of shapes/styles/colors)

Step 1:
Select the assortment of ribbons/yarn/twine that you would like to wrap around the bottles. Place a dot of either hot glue or craft glue on one end of the ribbon. Secure ribbon to the bottle exactly where you would like it to be displayed. It can be fun to have a row of bottles with the ribbon displayed at exactly the same height for a more tailored look or positioned at a variety of heights for a more eclectic feel. 

Step 2:
Pull the ribbon taut and wrap completely around the bottle. Fold the ribbon for a finished edge and secure with another dot of hot glue or craft glue.

Step 3:
Select the assortment of knobs that you would like to use as the toppers. If you are going to write words on any of them, use a permanent sharpie pen and add before going on to the next step.

Step 4:
Holding the knob in one hand, screw it into the cork stopper. If you’d like, secure the knob to the cork with a dot of glue. If the screw is longer than the cork, you can shorten the screw with a small hacksaw.

Step 5:
Fill the bottles with your favorite beverage, candy, notes, etc., and add the knob topper.

Step 6:
Pick the perfect spot to display your bottles. Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

AJ on Martha Stewart & Style Me Pretty

We love, love, love Style Me Pretty & Martha Stewart, and were thrilled to see one of our weddings featured on both of their sites. Yay!!! This was one of our favorite weddings to design last year. It was so much fun. To see lots of fun photos click on these links:

Spring is in the Air

When daffodils start blooming you know that spring is in the air. They are such a happy flower and what's great is they are pretty inexpensive so you can get alot of bang for your buck. This is one of my favorite spring arrangements that Priska made for a little spring cheer.

Featured on Martha Stewart: How-to Create Yarn Heart

We're so excited to have a follow up article featured on Martha Stewart. They wanted us to share with them how to make the yarn heart we created for Jean & Devin's wedding. 

learn how to make this heart...