Saturday, 14 September 2013

Flower arranging by vase, a how to

Flower arranging always makes me smile. 

I have an ever-growing collection of vessels. From old passatta, condiment and spice jars, jugs, big tall vases to crystal vases from our engagement and wedding. My favourites though, would have to be the gorgeous old style crystal vessels and pottery style ones which I've picked up from various St Vincent de Paul shops over the last few years. They are so very handy for a small friendly arrangement from the garden to put on a bookshelf, the children's table, next to some icons, the entrance, to my favourite spot on the kitchen windowsill and even in the bathroom. A little display of flowers is a simple pleasure. A reminder of beauty and wonder in nature.

I wish to thank a very dear reader for emailing me this informative link Flower arranging by vase and I felt compelled to share it with you. I hope you enjoy!

Pottery vases, the far right one belonged to my dear Grandma xx

















You can view a range of vases from a previous post here

Monday, 2 September 2013

Spring in bloom!

It was a glorious Spring day. The children drew with some new giant chalk sticks out the front on the pavers after lunch and later on we all enjoyed some flower collecting and arranging. Technical issues didn't allow for more 'around the home' shots of finished vases, although I did manage to get one in!

Enjoy!

Azaleas on the dining table
My son takes the flower scissors and tray for collecting his selection


Pansies
Carefully cutting a daisy

Flowers being arranged

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Flowers and the Joy of Giving

I've always loved flowers. I loved them in a different way when my husband began sending bunches to me at work. I'd receive a call from the mail room on level 6 and off I'd go to collect them. I loved receiving mail room calls! On my birthday in the first year of us knowing each other - before we started officially going out, he sent me an arrangement so big I had to take a cab home and the flowers took up the whole back seat!! Many people heard about the arrangement throughout the day at work and came to admire the flowers. They were stunning. I'd never seen an arrangement like it! It was such a wonderful feeling. I felt the love. Needless to say we started going out soon after that!

Whilst I was expecting my son, I attended a 'Floral Art' course through a Community College, just for fun. The course included payment for flowers, so each week I'd bring home a bunch or an arrangement in a box that I'd created to enjoy or give away. absolutely loved it. I'm by no means an expert now but I thoroughly enjoy the creative side of arranging flowers and filling our home with beauty from outside as well as sharing the joy in giving.

Early last week I experienced an intense stomach pain and coupled with an excessive physical exertion leading up to and after my daughters birthday party led to a overnight hospital stay under the doctors orders. My mother-in-law arrived late that night and heroically looked after the children whilst my husband took me to the hospital and waited patiently with me for the test results for potential appendicitis. Today in appreciation, I arranged a bouquet to give to her. My husband made a thank-you card with the children and they had a wonderful time drawing their own thank you message inside. Simple and inexpensive (compared to a florist prepared bunch) the flowers and hand-made card were very well received. A bonus, we even have leftovers for our own home!

Geraldton wax, ranunculis and yellow bells

























Tomorrow, the children will do their flower arranging activity as mentioned in the previous post!

Flowers sourced from Harris Farm Markets

Floral Art courses are done at a variety of Community Colleges, the above link is just an example of one advertised at the moment.

The end of Winter has arrived

The vases are out and ready for Spring!

In Australia, the first Sunday in September we celebrate Father's Day. A beautiful way to welcome Spring! The children have both prepared hand-crafted gifts to give him. Breakfast in bed is the only way to start the day for a Dad! Later in the day, a flower arranging activity to source and fill the vases and bring Spring inside and around the home. Looking forward to sharing our flowers with you tomorrow. Happy Father's Day to you! x 

Vases lining the windowsill of our kitchen waiting to welcome
Spring!



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