Archive for April, 2012

I’M Back !!

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So sorry it’s been awhile since I posted anything. My daughter broke her leg and I’ve  been taking care of her two little ones, her, and her household everyday, all day!!!! Believe it or not, I’ve managed to do the flowers too! ( I just take my grand babies along with me on deliveries!!!)

One thing I’ve managed to do is to attend three professional workshops on weddings. They were, for the most part, highly informative. The first picture above shows Renè van Rems, AIFD. What a fascinating speaker! He is highly informative, funny and very professional. He introduced Kim Morrell who is one of the leading trend watchers in the U.S. She was spectacular. What a pair!!

A trend in not only wedding bouquets, but any bouquet, is the use of succulents. The addition of these wonderful plants makes for great texture as well as a surprise to grab your attention.

I’m sure you crafters know this, but I didn’t! To glue something to glass (a vase) place double stick tape first, then glue the object you want to attach to the tape. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will. If you do, let me know if it works!!!

‘Tis the season (coming up) for hydrangeas from the garden. Here are some tips to help you help them last longer. Before you put them in your arrangement, immerse the whole head in luke warm water for about 20 minutes. When you are ready to use them, recut the stem (because the cells have closed up) and immediately put the stem in hot water. This will help the cells to open up even more. Then use in your arrangement. If you are using Oasis® (floral foam), after cutting the stem (at an angle!) dip the stem in alum and then insert into the foam. The alum helps the cells take up water.

At these seminars we are introduced to new ideas in arrangements, use of color, texture, types of  flowers, new flowers on the market, and more. Hopefully, these ideas will appear in my work as well, with my take on things. Remember, if you have any questions, let me know! Just ask!

Here’s hoping you had a wonderful Easter holiday

Pipper

P.S. Ohhhh boy. I just jumped into the big pond. At this point all I can do is dog paddle!! Face paging. For some reason I don’t understand I have a personal one (my daughter set this all up), and the one I thought (think) I needed (need) ( see how confused I am????) the one for Pipper’s Flowers is the one I want to work with.  Oh boy, for an English major that was an incredibly terrible sentence!!  Onward. Anyone reading my blogs can go to this Facebook page and ask questions and actually receive an answer – hopefully – if I can figure out how to work the darn thing…. oh well. It will be a challenge, but I also think it actually might be FUN!