Holiday Decorations

10 Things That You May or May Not Have Known About Shamrocks!

March 13, 2018

  1. Shamrock comes from the Irish Gaelic word Seamrog meaning “little clover”.
  2. The word shamrock refers to multiple species of three-leafed plants.
  3. The most common species marketed as shamrocks are the white clover and the wood sorrel (oxalis).
  4. Because of its ease of cultivation, indoors and out, oxalis is the plant most often labeled and sold as a shamrock during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, in the United States.
  5. In Ireland, the plant most often referred to as shamrock is the white clover.
  6. Shamrocks that have four leaves are rare an are the traditional “lucky charms”.
  7. There is only one mutation of the four-leaf clover for every 10,000 clovers.
  8. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish during the 5th Century.
  9. Because of their creeping design, Shamrocks (clovers) can cover grounds easily and quickly.
  10. In an uncontrolled environment, Shamrocks are considered weeds!


May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
-An Irish Toast

Holiday Decorations

Display Your Irish Colors Proudly for St. Patrick’s Day

March 8, 2018

Creating an Irish tricolour (as the flag of Ireland is frequently referred to) centerpiece is very easy and will last for a few weeks! This works out great for anyone (like me) who likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for the entire month of March!

Irish Flag Made Out of Flowers
The simplicity of the flag’s design of three colors in three equal parts makes it easy to recreate in flowers. The meaning behind it, however, is deep and captures the desire for peace during conflict. Here is what each of the colors in the flag represents: Continue Reading…


Repurposed Beauty

February 20, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if the beautiful blooms someone has sent you could last forever, especially if there’s a special sentiment attached to them? There are a few ways that you can preserve and re-purpose your flowers, allowing you to enjoy them for much longer than you would think! There’s drying and pressing, but one of my favorite methods of preserving flowers is waxing. I’ve written about waxing flowers in the past and loved all the feedback and questions the post generated, so I thought I’d let you know about my recent find that makes waxing flowers even easier to do!

This Wilton candy melt machine is literally a “plug & play” dream.  Below are a few simple steps on how to use it to preserve your blooms. Continue Reading…

Flower Care & Handling

Farm Fresh Flower Arrangements

February 9, 2018

When you send someone flowers,  you instantly make their day, no doubt about it! Flowers have an almost magical quality about them that just makes people feel good. And it couldn’t be easier to show someone how much you care: order online or by phone, pick up a bouquet at your local florist or market, pick a few stems from your own garden–any way you do it leads to a smile!

Bae BouquetOf course, with so many options, it can get a little confusing sometimes. For example, at 1-800 there are 2 distinct floral categories. There are flower arrangements designed & delivered from a local florist in the town where the recipient lives and there are fresh-cut flowers picked on our premier partner farms, right here in the United States and around the world, that are cared for and inspected to make sure they meet our 100% Smile Guarantee®, and shipped fresh to ensure lasting beauty and enjoyment. Continue Reading…


Naturally Romantic Flower Arrangements with Wood Burned Planters

February 6, 2018

OK I have officially moved on from pallet wood to birch as my go to obsession.  Birch fits in so perfectly with my home décor style, bringing in natural texture and personality.  Birch trees and birch bark are in themselves works of art with limitless uses and opportunities for combining with other elements to create even more beauty!I have several different size and shape birch vases and planters and have been dying to try burning a heart into as you would see on a real tree where someone romantically declared their love.  Being a florist in February I am thinking love and romance 24/7 these days.  And my daughter is just starting to plan her wedding which she envisions in a tent with lots of natural décor elements.  So, if not now when? Continue Reading…


Beautiful DIY Winter Centerpieces

January 18, 2018

Instead of bemoaning the cold winter with all of the icy and bare branches, why not just celebrate the beauty of the season!

winter branch arrangement centerpiece

I think it’s magical when the bare tree branches become covered with ice during winter.  You can easily create that same dramatic look in your home using birch branches and acrylic icicles.  I filled the cylinder with a strand of clear lights and pinecones before inserting the branches, which gives this arrangement a more dramatic impact. Continue Reading…


A Gift of Flowers That’s a Flower Present?!

January 9, 2018

Giving someone flowers as a gift is a wonderful thing to do.  Giving flowers that look exactly like a gift is not only wonderful but also a very creative and fun thing to do!  And it’s so easy!!

flower present arrangement

Start with a piece of floral foam cut to your desired size.  Thoroughly soak the foam before placing on a tray.  It is important to let the foam drain after soaking to eliminate excess water.  Place in a low disk or tray. Continue Reading…


“Feathering the Nest” for a Baby Shower

January 5, 2018

One of my favorite themes for a baby shower is “feathering the nest,” which is really the whole point of having a baby shower.  I actually threw my daughter-in-law Lina a “bird’s nest” themed shower when she was pregnant with my beautiful granddaughter Olivia Grace!  It was a no brainer because Lina already had a thing for birds!  There are so many ways that you can incorporate this theme into your gathering from the invitations, to the décor, and even the food.  Here are just a few decor ideas using flowers, nests, eggs, and bird cages that you might want to try too!

purple hydrangea in a purple mason jar

We knew that Lina was having a girl, and since purple is her favorite color I started simple with purple hydrangea in purple mason jars. Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

A Welcoming Holiday Centerpiece

December 1, 2017

Here’s a traditional holiday arrangement that has its roots in the south, in Colonial Williamsburg.  The pineapple has long been an iconic symbol of hospitality, welcome, and friendship starting in the Carib and spreading to Europe before coming to Colonial North America.  While the pineapple is a key element in a traditional Colonial Williamsburg style arrangement there are others that are just as important to create the right look.  Here’s a list of just a few that you might want to choose from:

  • Magnolia leaves
  • Assorted evergreens
  • Apples
  • Oranges (especially decorated with cloves)
  • Roses
  • Ribbons
  • Burlap

pineapple holiday centerpiece

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Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

November 29, 2017

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!
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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