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Last weekend I turned 31. I've only just started to wrap my head around turning 30! How does time fly by so fast? I don't understand!?!?!!
What I want for my birthday is more TIME. Time is a luxury. Time is money. I'm constantly running short of it.
One thing I've learned about time, is that it doesn't wait for you. It doesn't wait for you to get your $h!t together. it doesn't care if you're ready or not. It just soldiers on.
So while I cannot make a day 26 hours, I can work on prioritizing my time. That is my birthday gift to me.
We celebrated at Flemings, Morton's, and Cafe Renaissance. They all did special things for my birthday. Flemings gave a box of truffles with a $25 gift card and a picture of us. Morton's gave a picture of us and a free dessert (which we just gave to the kids), and Cafe Renaissance / my parents, gave a bouquet of flowers, balloons and a Ketogenic friendly sugar free jello birthday cake. Hubby took me on a shopping spree and splurged on nice clothes. Hubby also watched the kids so that I could shower for as long as I wanted (one whole hour!!!!) Overall, it was a great birthday and I was definitely spoiled.
A few days ago my husband comes home from Costco with a surprise:
That seriously made my day.
Once babies were napping, I submerged myself into the wonderful world of roses and calla lillies, and made these:
I bet you can tell that I used some hydrangeas too. They are fake. I bought them from Michaels and I have them lying around to enhance any flowers I'm playing with. They look real though, no?
And this is Caspian just hanging out, waiting for dinner.
Making floral bouquets take some practice and patience. They aren't the easiest to make, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes very fun.
Here's step by step insturctions on how to make a floral bouquet, wedding bouquet, bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet, or whatever you want to call it.
Step 1: Get your supplies ready. Get some floral tape. You can get these at Micheals. You may think you got the wrong kind since it's not sticky, but don't worry. It only becomes sticky when you stretch it and wrap it around the stems. To make any bouquet you need this tape.
You will also need your choice of flowers, ribbon, floral clippers, and some pins.
Step 2: Take 3 flowers and bunch them together. This will be the center of your bouquet.
BTW- from this picture you probably can tell that I'm using fake hydrangeas. I couldn't find any hydrangeas at the grocery store, and hydrangeas are always the first flowers to die in a bouquet. So I just bought some from Micheals.
Step 3: Keep adding flowers around the center flowers. Hold the stems tight in one hand, and add the flowers with your other hand. At times it may look lopsided or like one side has more flowers than the other. Keep adjusting them until you get the look your after. Don't rush this part.
Step 4: Once you are happy with the shape of your bouquet, hold it tight with one hand, and start wrapping the stems really tightly with the floral tape in your other hand. You need a really firm grip for this part. Before I wrapped mine up, I spruced it up with some pearl-wire-thingys I found at Micheals.
Step 5: Clip the stems to your desired length.
Step 6: Wrap your ribbon around the stems. Start wrapping from the top then work your way to the bottom. Wrap it very tightly. When you're done wrapping, cut the ribbon and secure it with a pin.
Oops I didn't cover some of the tape. Make sure to cover all the tape with your ribbon.
Step 6: Prettify your ribbon. I pinned a little flower on mine, but you can put anything you want, like multiple pearl pins in a verticle line, a trinket, a locket, a tiny frame with a picture in it, a bow, or more ribbon flowing down.
And that's it! Admire your finished product.
This bouquet used up 3 fake hydrangeas and around 16 roses from the grocery store. I had some leftover roses that used to make other arrangements. The whole thing costed me about $45. Purchasing a bouquet like this one from a florist would at minimum cost you $150.
Floral spheres are among my favorite floral centerpieces. They are perfect for any occasion- wedding, party, dinner, etc. They are also super easy to make! Seriously, there's no way you can mess them up. It's THAT easy.
I'm going to show you how to make a floral sphere arrangement out of roses.
Buy a 6 inch floral wet foam ball.
Get your supplies ready. You will need the following:
- 6 inch wet foam ball
- floral clippers
- big bucket or bowl filled with water
- roughly 5 dozen roses, or flowers of your choosing
Drop the foam ball into the water. DO NOT push it down. Let it soak up and submerge itself. If you push it down or try to rush the process then you will get pockets of air in the foam and your flowers will die faster. Let it soak for about 10 minutes. If your bowl or bucket is too small for the entire ball to submerge (like mine is) then just flip the ball over to make sure all parts of it get submerged well in the water.
Remove the ball from the water. Slice a bit of the foam off with your knife so that it can sit. Then put the foam in the middle of your plate.
Take your roses, and cut the stem at an angle. Leave about an inch of the stem so you can put it through the foam.
Push the stem through the foam. Repeat until entire foam covered in flowers:
And voila! That's it, you're done!
You can leave it on the plate and keep it just like that, or you can put the plate on top of a vase:
You can put something or another in the vase to make it prettier....I filled it up a bit with water and stuck two roses in it:
This centerpiece used up roughly 60 roses. My roses had bigger blooms, but if the roses you get are more bunched up then you may need to get more than 60 to make sure you don't run short. It took me a little under an hour to finish it.
I bought these roses from the grocery store, and all in all (including cost of the foam) this arrangement cost me no more than $100. Something like this purchased from a florist would cost, at minimum, around $400+
I only had roses to work with as the grocery store didn't have any nice fillers, but this arrangement would have been even prettier had I added floral fillers to it. My favorite fillers include baby's breath, dusty miller, white phlox, queen anne's lace, green hypericum and white bouvardia.
To lower the cost of this arrangement, you can buy half the roses I used and instead fill the rest with greens, baby's breath or carnations. All of which are much cheaper than roses, and it will still turn out looking amazing.
A few tips for brides to be who may be reading this and thinking about making their own wedding arrangements:
- DO NOT attempt to make all your floral arrangements yourself. Get help. Throw a flower making party and invite all your bridesmaids and have them all help.
- Arrange the flowers the night before your event to ensure they are fresh and do not wilt.
- Transporting arrangements such as these are extremely difficult, so plan for it and get help.
- If you want to use other flowers, beware of the hydrangea. This flower does not do as well in the foam, and they tend to die faster than the other flowers. You also have to cut the stem differently than you do any other flower as they have a thick stem.
Hope this was helpful.
I'm kind of obsessed with flowers. A few years back after I quit my job as a social worker, I would spend my days creating beautiful arrangements with my mom, at first just for my parents restaurant, and then for friends and family. I'm so obsessed that given the choice between a Tiffany's peice of jewelry or a flower-spree, I will definitely choose the flower-spree.
I used to think I could make a business out of this as we would often get asked by friends and family to arrange flowers for weddings and funerals. We would get all excited, quote an extremely low price (because after all, they are friends and family!) and we would stay up all night slaving away getting no sleep and pricking our fingers with thorns.
Then we thought ok, this is totally not profitable. Let's just make arrangements for ourselves to enjoy rather than trying to turn it into a business.
Below are some flowers I've arranged over the years