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January 2009


Add a Burst of Color to a Grey Winter’s Day

January 15, 2009

One thing you can say about New York in the middle of January is that it’s so grey outside! Everything from the air to the ground and also the buildings look grey. I love the various changes from season to season. The one thing I like about the dead of winter is that it makes us really appreciate the other three seasons!

The explosion of color during spring isn’t too far away, but why wait! Color your world now with a simple assortment of colored glass bud vases. Displayed on a windowsill with a single bloom or branch in each one will add just the right touch to your home or office.
burst of color

Holiday Decorations

DIY Vase – Bring on the Bling!

January 9, 2009

Here’s a pretty project for a cold winter’s day. Add a little sparkle to someone’s day and create a dazzling arrangement using a glass, some beads, and fresh flowers. Take this initial idea and make it your own. These vases can be customized to any size, shape, and color. These vases make fantastic centerpieces for weddings, showers, and other celebratory occasions. Or just make one for your own pleasure and enjoyment.

Jeweled Vase

Measure and cut elastic thread to a length that will encircle glass, plus several inches to tie off. Thread first group of beads on elastic thread, test for fit and tie off. Now you can pre-cut a number of pieces of thread and continue threading until vase is completely covered.

Jeweled Vase

Fill vase two-thirds full with water and floral preservative. Cut stems of flowers (here I used lisianthus) to correct length so that the flowers sit just at the top of the rim of the glass. Continue until the vase is full.

Jeweled Vase


Flowers Make the Perfect Gift!

January 6, 2009

I know from experience that flowers are a great gift to give to anyone. Flowers are usually unexpected and unfortunately not something that we usually buy for ourselves. Flowers also make people feel good.

The next time you run into an occasion where you need to give a gift, why not make it a real surprise and give a present that is made out of flowers. It’s simple, fun and will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Fresh Flower Present

Step-by-Step Directions:

Fresh Flower Present

Glue a piece of floral foam to a plastic tray or liner and thoroughly soak the foam.

Fresh Flower Present

Stems of button poms have multiple blossoms on them. Cut the individual flowers from the main stem leaving about 2” of the stem on each bloom. Insert the button poms directly into the foam so that the flower is just touching the floral foam. Continue until you have covered the entire piece of foam creating the “present”.

Fresh Flower Present

Tape a piece of ribbon to the bottom of the plastic tray/liner. Make a bow with the same ribbon and attach to the center of the present using a pearl head straight pin.