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Happy Birthday Snow People

January 2, 2020

Who better to deliver birthday wishes on a chilly winter day than a happy little snowman? Think about it: Have you ever seen a snowman who didn’t have a smile on his face? Snowmen are a celebration of winter, unexpected snow days, and family fun. The best part about the snowmen (or “snow ladies”) in this post is that they can stay inside, sharing birthday smiles without melting!

DIY Snowman Without Snow

This happy little guy is the finishing touch to a birthday vignette of floral cakes and cupcakes. And you won’t believe what I used to create him! At a recent Design Council held at 1800Flowers.com headquarters, one of our talented florist-franchisees, Mimi Lee from 1-800 Flowers|4GiftSeattle, showed us how to make a snowman using corn starch and hair conditioner! When I started working on this story I did some research and found many snowman recipes that call for corn starch and shaving cream. I did a little experimenting and went with the shaving cream version but both work great! It’s a fabulous fun sensory activity to do with kids too! Continue Reading…

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Plant Care 101 – How to Repot a Plant

August 8, 2019
Family Holding a Young Green Plant in Hands

With all the “plant love” happening these days I thought it would be a good time to share this little plant care video demonstrating the step by step process for repotting a plant.

Back in June my daughter Meggie, a special education teacher, asked me to do a planting activity with her 6th grade class, I thought why not turn to the experts at Smile Farms for a little help? Smile Farms Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide developmentally disabled adults with meaningful work opportunities at farms, urban gardens, greenhouses and farm stands where they can grow and sell flowers, plants and produce in their local communities.

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Tulips: How and When You Should Plant Tulip Bulbs

March 4, 2019

If there’s one way to know that Spring has finally arrived, it’s by the amazing blooming tulips you can find in your garden, your neighbor’s garden, or even the landscaping of commercial properties in your community. In fact, some people even believe that Spring doesn’t officially begin until the first tulip pops out of the ground. But regardless of how you associate them with the Spring season, one thing’s for sure – tulips are one of the most beautiful flowers you’ll see all season long.

Now, we know what you might be thinking – for tulips to thrive in Spring the way they usually do, when do they originally need to be planted? Let’s find out.

Colorful Cut Spring Tulip Flowers and Flower Shears

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Taco Love

February 7, 2019

Love – That’s What I’m Taco ‘Bout!!

There are at least three reasons coming up to celebrate love & tacos or just your love for tacos – Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo!  And let’s not forget Taco Tuesday!  So, I put my thinking cap on and came up with some very easy and very inexpensive ideas that can take any one of your parties from just another reason to get together with friends and loved ones for tacos and tequila shots, all the way up to the next level!  Trust me!

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Naturally Romantic Flower Arrangements with Wood Burned Planters

February 5, 2019

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…

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DIY Sunflower Votive Candle Holder

September 18, 2018

Here’s another way to design using the sunny and versatile sunflower. I’ve found that both their large centers and hardiness make them the perfect vessel for holding a votive or tea light candle.

These are two methods that I’ve used and both work great!

1: Painted LED Votive Light

What you’ll need:

  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • White plastic LED flameless tea light candles
  • Sunflowers

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