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Holiday Decorations

Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

November 21, 2017

Here are some of my favorite last minute ideas for decorating and entertaining this autumn season. Whether your hosting the big event on Thanksgiving Day or just having a few friends over during the long holiday weekend these ideas are really easy and add that extra touch that your get-togethers always have!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Pumpkin and SucculentsI have a few season specific decorative pieces that I reuse every year like this gorgeous ceramic pumpkin. You can get one from 1-800 Flowers.com with a beautiful fresh Thanksgiving flower arrangement for yourself or a friend. I filled my pumpkin with flowers, grasses, peppers, and succulents in a farm fresh palette. Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Why Are Marigolds the Official Flower for Day of the Dead?

October 27, 2017

Besides the Sugar Skull, the marigold is probably the other element that is most associated with the Dia de los Muertos celebration.  The marigold, and flowers in general, represent the fragility of life.  It is believed that the spirits of our departed loved ones come to visit during the celebration and marigolds are used to help guide the spirits with their vibrant color.

orange marigolds

Day of the Dead décor is all about the vibrant color, so just have fun with it when setting your table.  Little touches can add up to make a big statement:

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Holiday Decorations

Celebrating Grandparents Day

September 8, 2017

Being a grandparent is the best excuse to be a kid again! At least one afternoon a week I plan some type of creative activity to do with my granddaughter Juliette – watercolor painting, calligraphy, planting a fairy garden, and one of my all time favorites – coloring! According to Digital Trends website, adult coloring books are the latest, and definitely least techy, method that people are choosing to help relax! In the past few weeks anywhere from four to eight of the top 20 best selling books on Amazon are coloring books!

Grandma Coloring with Granddaughter

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Holiday Decorations, Valentine's Day

Make It Personal

January 26, 2016

Customize Your Roses With A Unique Vase

Gertrude Stein’s famous quotation, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” is often interpreted as meaning “things are what they are.” But I like to shake things up a bit and put my own spin on them. And when it comes to roses—the # 1 gift for Valentine’s—there are so many ways that you can make yours a truly original, one-of-a-kind gift from the heart!

We all know that red roses say, “I love you,” but so does giving someone a bouquet of colored roses in an unexpected “vase” that has special meaning.

Coffee Rose Arrangement

I’m a big fan of anything vintage. I love the colors of this old Maxwell House coffee tin, so I created a similarly-hued bouquet of “coffee break” and “Florida” roses to give to a special friend. We try to get together at least once a month to catch up over a cup of coffee, and I truly cherish our friendship and our monthly “coffee tawk.” I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time reach out to all of the special people in my life to let them know how much their love and friendship means to me. (You could also send this arrangement to a loved one with a card that reads, “Our love is good to the last drop!”) Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Rose-Merry & Bright

December 23, 2015

I have SO many favorite things about Christmas, but what I love the most is getting to spend time with family, especially my grandchildren. And my granddaughter Juliette was more than happy to help me create this video greeting from our family to yours!

Holiday Decorations

Labor Day: A Time to Honor the American Worker

August 6, 2015

The History of Labor Day

While Labor Day signals the end of summer for many—and the weekend is often filled with beach parties, barbecues and picnics—I’m guessing that most people don’t think about the historical and lasting significance of Labor Day.

Celebrated since 1882, Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894 to honor the contributions of the working men and women who built this country. Indeed, laborers are the backbone of this nation, and Labor Day is a time to recognize the dignity of work and the belief that honest, fairly-compensated labor gives meaning and structure to our lives. This is, and always will be, a core American value.

Celebrating the American Worker

This Labor Day, I want to honor Mary Doyle Keefe. As the model for Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter,” Mary Doyle Keefe became the symbol of American women working on the home front during World War II. Ms. Keefe died recently at her home in Simsbury, Connecticut at age 92.

There was another image, similar to that of Rosie, at the same time that was part of a nationwide campaign to sell war bonds. While not the same character, the message was the same: “We Can Do It.”

Rosie the Riveter Flower Arrangement

I created this beautiful bouquet for Mother’s Day one year using an old galvanized toolbox as the container and filled it with a variety of garden flowers. There are many versions of the original “We Can Do It” image. I loved this version with the baby being held in the strong arm of the working woman. To me, it says so much about the many roles a woman plays.

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Sister’s Day and Friendship Day

July 30, 2015

This Sunday—August 2nd—is both Sister’s Day and Friendship Day. Peggy is my sister, and she’s also my best friend… and I can’t imagine my life without her. One of the things that I love most about Peggy is her laughter and how much we laugh when we are together. She’s just like our mom was in that way.

Sisters Day Quote and Flowers

This post is in honor of my sister. The photo was taken on a recent road trip along the California coast. Our husbands are the two men in the picture who are oblivious to the fact that Peggy has fallen! Peggy and I were laughing so hard we could hardly breathe, but I did manage to capture the moment! The fresh cut flowers in a vintage blue mason jar and the Sandra Magsamen artisan plaque are the perfect way for me to send a smile to Peggy this Sister’s Day!

Let your sister(s) and your very best girlfriends know how important they are to you.
1-800 Flowers.com makes it easy with a collection of gifts starting at as little as $10 including delivery! Here are a few of my favorites. Go to our Sister’s Day or Friendship Day Collections to see these products and more!

 

Blue flowers, sandra magsamen quote plaques

Holiday Decorations

Cinco de Mayo Decorations & Party Ideas

April 21, 2015

Our country is rich in many different cultural traditions, with celebrations focusing on specific groups growing and becoming more popular every year. And who doesn’t need another reason to party!

Cinco de Mayo is one of my new favorites! The food and the colors of Mexico are made for celebrating – bright, spicy, and flavorful! Here are a few ideas to try for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

fiesta-pitcher

Fiestaware pieces are the perfect container for a few cut flowers. While dahlias are pictured here and are the official flower of Mexico, they aren’t available until late summer. Any colorful bloom will work perfectly.

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Easter, Holiday Decorations, Julie's Blog

Burlap Bunny Wreath

March 19, 2015

bunny-burlap-wreath

Burlap continues to be a very popular material for home décor and crafting. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and there seems to be an endless number of ways to use it. Case in point – this Easter themed wreath was inexpensive and easy to make. And with a few simple changes this one wreath base can be updated throughout the year to celebrate the season, a holiday, or any special occasion.

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