What Is Her Rose Style?

Here are a few more “rosey” ideas for Valentine gifts that speak from the heart. Nothing is more romantic than a gift that says that you know who they are and what they’re about.

If she reminds you of Taylor Swift (lucky you), a romantic gesture like this fresh rose heart would hit the right chord.

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A Rose is a Rose… Or Is It?

The rose has been a symbol of love for thousands of years. And even though giving roses to someone to express your love is an age-old tradition it has never lost its power to touch the heart of the recipient. But does it always have to be given in the same age-old traditional way – a dozen red roses in a bouquet or in a vase? Do they always have to be red or a dozen? And can you or should you give roses to a guy?

I posed these questions to some of my co-workers at 1-800-Flowers.com and found their answers both surprising and delightful! I hope sharing a few of them with you will inspire you to be creative in how you tell someone that you love them with roses this Valentine’s Day. If you aren’t up for a DIY, share your ideas with your local florist. Florists are talented artisans and will be more than happy to create a one of a kind expression of your love.

carly-rose-shirtCarly, who is a Fine Arts major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, works part-time in our photo studio. She said that she actually has given roses to her boyfriend in the past – she left the bouquet on the hood of his car for a sweet unexpected surprise! This time she was ready to kick it up a notch!

DIY Heart Top Made of Roses

Carly’s heart tube top was created with the petals of a dozen fresh red roses and glued right onto her red shirt! Of course this arrangement of roses won’t last for a week but then again it doesn’t have to! Another option is using fake petals should you wish to go that route.
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Setting the Mood with Food, Flowers, and Candles

Set The Mood on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about love and expressing your feelings, so I prefer to keep the event itself low key and comfortable. At the same time the mood should be sensual, encouraging contact and communication. There are a few key elements that definitely help you to create this vibe: flowers, candles, and food that can be eaten (and fed to each other) with your fingers!

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DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

Learn how to make Santa’s hat out of strawberries and flowers!

Everyone loves Santa and everyone loves Santa’s Hat! Put one on and it’s an instant party! Anyone can wear one – young or old, big or little, animal or human! Don’t believe me? Check out our truly original Santa Paws a-DOG-able and see for yourself!
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I decided to have a little fun with Santa’s hat and make one entirely out of fresh flowers to complement the mini hats that we made out of fresh strawberries. These are great ideas that are so easy and will make you look like quite the “hostess with the mostess” at your holiday brunch for the girls! Include a little spiked peppermint hot chocolate and let the merriment begin!
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Seasonal Autumn Harvest: Rose Hips

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I don’t think that there is a flower or plant that I don’t like. I am lucky to be in the flower business. I get to enjoy and experience unusual varieties that most people don’t have the opportunity to be exposed to. Each season produces its own unique little gems. While spring time is flush with bulbs and flowering branches, the fall has lots of berried branches, vibrant foliage, and fluid grasses.
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How to Make Your Own Homemade Christmas Wreaths

One of my favorite traditions during the Holiday season is taking a day to decorate the house. While it may feel like a chore for some, I have always enjoyed putting a lot of creativity and effort into my décor this time of year.

Personalizing the front door wreath is one of my favorite ways to help set our home apart from others in the neighborhood. Years ago, people would put wreaths on their front door featuring different floral arrangements or crafts to identify their individual families and house—similar to the way we use house numbers today. Once I learned this, I couldn’t wait to create a few different Christmas wreaths for my friends and neighbors!

The wreaths shown below were inspired by each recipient’s hobby, but you could create one for just about anything—a new baby, a friend’s favorite movie or even a family’s heritage.

DIY Christmas Wreath for Knitters
Christmas Wreaths for Knitters

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DIY Apple Dessert Bar with Caramel & Chocolate Covered Apples

A do-it-yourself caramel and chocolate apple bar is a fun idea for any gathering this time of year and it works for kids and adults alike! Using apple slices instead of whole apples makes it easy for guests to create different combinations. Plus, it’s easier to eat one slice at a time anyway. No double dipping allowed!

Here are the basic steps to get you started. Just remember to have fun with it and make it your own! Fresh fruit, whether dipped or not, is a great gift to send as well.
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Take Home A Treat

As soon as I spotted this fantastic old wooden crate at one of my favorite antique spots, I knew that there were tons of fun ways that I could use it!

I had friends over recently for our first fall get-together and treated my guests to a pretty bunch of flowers at the end of the party. They had to wait until they were leaving because I used the crate with all of the paper bag bouquets as a decoration on one of the buffet tables!

How to Make a Paper Bag Vase

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Vacation Memories

Turn Vacation Souvenirs Into Home Decor

Part of the fun of traveling and visiting new places is sampling the local foods and beverages.  In California I enjoyed locally brewed beers and home grown wines.  I enjoyed the artwork on the various labels as much as I enjoyed what was inside of them!  I kept a few samples and brought them home with me to enjoy and to keep my vacation memories alive.

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Trend Spotting: Copper

Copper is the Look for Fall

Copper has an ageless appeal that has transcended centuries. And as the saying goes “everything old is new again!” Copper seemed to start popping up everywhere this spring, and now it truly is “the” metal for Fall!

You can find old pieces such as the Old Dutch teapot or the hammered water pitcher in antique stores and flea markets. Due to the renewed popularity there are many new items that you can pick up to add warmth and an elegant glow to your home this holiday season.

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