Monday, February 7, 2011

Flowers for Monday, better late than never!

Week before last, one of my favorite bloggers and my absolute favorite floral designer (and let's not forget most importantly all around fabulous lady!) came up with a super fun idea. She suggested everyone post pictures of the flowers and plants around their houses the following Monday. Well, I missed it. Go figure. 
Making up for missing the fun-ness had by many, here is my week late and a dollar short post. 

This past weekend was by BFF's baby shower and I decided rather than call Jane I'd try to do the flowers myself. While they are in no way shape or form as lovely as the masterpieces she comes up with, they turned out just dandy.

Pictured above are the flowers I picked up at Trader Joe's. I bought 3 bunches of hydrangeas, a dozen white roses, a bunch tulips, a bunch of alstromeria, a bouquet Joe calls 
"Lucky Ladybug", and bunch of assorted greens. 
All in all it came to $60.92 before tax! Not too shabby.

The first thing I did was pull out the bright pops of color and pop them in some antique bud vases. I always always always have cut flowers in my closet. I wanted the arrangements for the baby shower to be primarily white and green, perfect excuse to freshen up the slightly saggy week old flowers my room was sporting.

Next up, soaking some wet floral foam in my kitchen sink. You can pick up floral foam at just about any craft store. I got mine at Michaels for $6.99 and used a 40% off coupon. Then I lined the copper tins with some plastic wrap, just in case. The tins were gifted from my friend Myra, not sure exactly where she got them, but she reassured me they were very inexpensive. The foam cuts really easily, I used a steak knife, but you could probably even just use a butter knife! After I put the foam in the tin, I used some scissors to trim the plastic. Finally I recruited my assistant Audrey. 
As you can see, she was a great help.

I don't really have much advice on how to put them together. I just kinda wing it until I feel like it's done. I think they turned out really well! I even got some compliments on them from guests. Maybe I should forget about the whole being a computer super nerd and be a floral designer instead...