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Roses Being Arranged in a Vase

January 16, 2017

Because roses are the number one Valentine’s Day gift, I wanted to share a few tips that I have learned over the years to help you to get the maximum vase life from your fresh cut roses.

My Favorite Rose Secrets

  • Hydration is what’s it’s all about so be sure to get you roses in water as soon as possible.
  • Fill a clean vase ¾ of the way with warm water.
  • Add a packet of flower food according to package directions. Flower food contains a biocide to kill bacteria, an acidifier to help stems drink water, and a sugar to nourish the blooms. If you don’t have any commercially prepared flower food you can make your own recipe at home by adding three teaspoons of lemon-lime soda (non-diet) and one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water. The soda provides the food source (sugar) and the acidifier and the bleach will help prevent bacteria growth.
  • Another way to prevent bacteria growth in the water is to remove all foliage from you flower stems that would fall below the water line, before placing your flowers in the vase.
  • Right before placing your flowers in the prepared vase give the bottom of each stem a fresh cut – on an angle. Cutting the stem on an angle prevents the stem from sitting flush on the bottom of the vase thus allowing maximum water intake.
  • Check the water level in your vase on a daily basis and add fresh water as needed.
  • After 3-4 days repeat these steps for optimum vase life!

Red roses arranged in a vase.

Learn how to arrange roses with step-by-step instructions in my latest blog post here.

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Happy Birthday Snow People

December 28, 2016

Who better to deliver birthday wishes on a chilly winter day than a happy little snowman? Think about it: Have you ever seen a snowman who didn’t have a smile on his face? Snowmen are a celebration of winter, unexpected snow days, and family fun. The best part about the snowmen (or “snow ladies”) in this post is that they can stay inside, sharing birthday smiles without melting!

DIY Snowman Without Snow

This happy little guy is the finishing touch to a birthday vignette of floral cakes and cupcakes. And you won’t believe what I used to create him! At a recent Design Council held at 1800Flowers.com headquarters, one of our talented florist-franchisees, Mimi Lee from 1-800 Flowers|4GiftSeattle, showed us how to make a snowman using corn starch and hair conditioner! When I started working on this story I did some research and found many snowman recipes that call for corn starch and shaving cream. I did a little experimenting and went with the shaving cream version but both work great! It’s a fabulous fun sensory activity to do with kids too! Continue Reading…

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Flower Jewelry: How to Make a Fresh Orchid Necklace & Earrings

September 1, 2016

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this stunning blue orchid necklace and earring set!

I don’t know about you, but I have tons of costume jewelry. I can’t help myself! When I see a great piece at a great price, I buy it. I find great deals at garage sales in particular. (Maybe after this post, when people see how simple it is to transform these vintage finds into stunning one-of-a-kind accessories, those deals will be harder to find!)

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Flower Jewelry: Techniques Used for Making Flower Crowns

August 17, 2016

I am in love with flower crowns of all styles and sizes. Sometimes, the bigger the better.flower-girl-with-flower-crownLike this one that my granddaughter Juliette wore for my niece’s wedding on Block Island!

It was so much fun watching Juliette and her cousin Abigail enjoying all of the magical moments of their cousin Jenna’s wedding. They were living their own fairy tale! When Jenna placed the flower crowns on their sweet little heads, it was truly their “crowning moment”!

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Fresh Flower Fashion: Techniques Used To Make Flower Jewelry

August 8, 2016

Adorning oneself with fresh flowers is an age-old custom that’s been around for centuries and practiced all over the world. There are many examples such as flower crowns, prom & wedding corsages, and Victorian posies. And many famous women, from Frida Kahlo to Billie Holiday, have used flowers to set themselves apart from the crowd. Indian celebrations have always incorporated flowers in their celebrations, not just as décor but also as headdresses, necklaces, rings and bracelets.

I’m so happy to see a new interest in this practice. One of the big influencers of this trend has been music festivals—especially Coachella! But why stop there? With a little imagination and the following tips, tricks and techniques, you just might become the next trendsetter in fresh flower fashion.two-girls-with-flower-crownsThere are a few basic techniques that you should be aware of. As you start to create you’ll find that you’ll use these techniques in multiple ways and may vary your style and tools from piece to piece. Taping, wiring and gluing (and even sewing) are all acceptable methods to make shapes and attach flowers.

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Sneak Peek:
Fresh Flower Jewelry Inspiration

July 27, 2016

Eloise, on our Public Relations team at 1-800-Flowers.com, recently saw a tweet from Rodarte featuring Kirstin Dunst wearing a pair of fresh orchid earrings, thought it was a really cool idea, and asked if I would do a post about fresh flower jewelry. I also thought it was very cool, so I immediately started brainstorming with a few of the floral designers on staff. I asked a friend of mine who has been making her own jewelry for the last few years to add her skills to the mix… and the results of this collaboration are simply amazing!

We shot everything on location last week, and I can’t wait to share it all with you. It was one of those photoshoots where everything just falls into place—which means I have hundreds of images to go through and so many ideas and how-to’s to share with you that I am going to break it down into multiple posts! Get all the techniques for making flower jewelry here: Flower Jewelry Techniques. Also, here is a sneak peek behind the scenes:

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