Yes, I’m 4 months late on posting this. Lunar New Year 2017 has come and gone! Better late than never!
Tet as my family would call this awesome holiday comes by once a year marking the start of a new year. 2017 is year of the Rooster/Chicken. How do know if you are a Rooster? If you were just born or turning 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72…keep adding 12… then 2017 is your lucky year. Your Zodiac animal repeats every 12 years.
SOME FACTS ABOUT LUNAR NEW YEAR
The most important social and economic holiday through out all Asian countries. This holiday is even more important than Christmas.
Lunar New Year (Chinese New Years or Spring Festival) is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.
This holiday is a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting.
Elders will give out money to children in little red envelopes called lai see for good fortune. In fact, many of the rites carried out during this period were meant to bring good luck to the household and long life to the family, particularly to the parents.
The entire house should be cleaned before New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment are put away. Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year’s Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away.
My flower design inspiration for this post was inspired by this wonderful event called Tet (Lunar/Chinese’s New Year).
Traditionally during the 3 days of Tet/Lunar New Year, I am suppose to bring a large serving platter consisting of various food/treats to my relative’s house for the gathering, but this year I am bring flowers. Who doesn’t love a beautiful fresh flower arrangement! Enjoy and Happy Lunar New Year!
I must admit that making flower arrangements for baby boys are much harder than baby girls! This is probably because finding flowers in shades of blue can be a major challenge. Fear no more, here are 3 baby boy themed flower arrangements that will definitely be a hit. All flowers were purchased from my local Krogers in Wylie and Plano, Texas.
WRAPPED FLOWER BOUQUET, FLOWERS IN A BOX & WHITE FLOWERS IN A ROUND VASE
Optional: cellophane paper or use the mylar wrapping cover that was used to hold the flowers when purchased from the store.
2-3 paper towels soaked in water
1 sandwich size ziplock bag
water spray bottle
ASSEMBLING THE FLOWERS
Clean and remove all outer petals from roses and remove 50-75% of all leaves and foliage from all flower stems.
Set up your flower work space by sorting each flowers by same kind: roses with roses and carnations with carnations….etc
Start the bouquet by building a bottom foundation using the white alstroemerias and mini white carnations. I always use filler flowers for this step because I want the prettier flowers such as the roses to be the focal/center point.
Then select about 3-4 roses and stack them on top of the bottom layer ensuring to place the roses 1-2″ down from the very top of the previous layer. The goal is to build the bouquet by stacking and placing the flowers 1-2″ from the previous layer. (REFER TO EXAMPLES BELOW)
Keep repeating layers until you have used up all the flowers. The amount of flowers per layer will decrease as more and more layers get added.
The amount of layers will varies depending on the size of your bouquet and the amount of flowers you want to use within the bouquet.
When flowers are completely assembled, use either twine or rubber bands to hold the bouquet in place.
Now cut the flower stems evenly to your desire length. I like cutting mine 4″ to 6″ from the flower base of the final layer.
Soak about 2-4 paper towels in water. Wrapped the wet paper towels around all stems of the bouquet.
Use a sandwich size bag or larger and place stem of flowers wrapped in the wet towels inside the bag in order to keep the flowers hydrated.
Optional: You can add some wet floral foam to the flower stems 1st then wrap the wet paper towels around the floral foam covering the stems. The floral foam method will keep the flowers hydrated for longer periods of time.
Use several layers of clear tape to wrap and seal the top of the ziplog bag around the bouquet.
Optional: You can use clear cellophane paper or the same mylar bag from your flower purchase to make an initial flower wrap of the bouquet. This process reinforces the bouquet and catches any water that may leak out from the wet paper towels/floral foam.
Cut 2 pieces of the table vinyl cover into a square about 1.5 times the size of the bouquet. You can cut smaller layers if wrapping around the bouquet with multiple layers.
Cut 1 long narrow piece of kraft paper ranging about 12″ in width. Then cut an additional 3 smaller pieces about 6″ in width.
REFER TO EXAMPLES BELOW for paper cutting and placement order.
Wrap bouquet following the order sequin of the 2nd diagram above then use a ribbon to tie bouquet together.
Your wrapped flower bouquet is now complete.
For a final touch, spray flowers with fresh water from a bottle. This process help hydrates the flowers faster since the bouquet is not placed into a water filled vase.
#1.5 – LEFT OVER FLOWER CREATION
I created this arrangement from the left over white carnations.
Nothing is more awesome then a beautiful flower bouquet wrapped in kraft paper! Both elegant and rustic can be found within this one bouquet. I created this bouquet for a very special friend’s upcoming birthday. What is even more exciting that this wrapped flower bouquet only cost about $25 dollars.
1 dozen of pink or various pink roses
1 bunches of purple alstroemeria
1 bunches of pink spray roses
All flowers purchased from my local Krogers in Wylie, TX
Kraft paper (I used some that I already own but have seen rolls of it at The Dollar Store within the packing and shipping aisle)
Twine or rubber bands for holding the flower bouquet together
Better late then never! I finally have business cards. Not sure why I waited so long to do this!
Below are some of my Holiday florals for this year using beautiful red roses, white hydrangeas, white alstroemeria, green mini poms, green and red hypericum berries, balsam firs, juniper blueberry cedar, bamboo sticks and preserved Spanish moss. All flowers were purchased at my local Krogers in Wylie & Plano, Texas.
Fall is finally here in Texas after months of 90-100 degree weather. Sorry, I have been absent from blogging since Mother’s Day. Just moved to a new house and still trying to get my new craft room into working order. To hold you over until my next flower creation, here’s another of my flowers in a box creation using beautiful Fall colors of oranges, reds and greens.
Please check back soon as shop will be reopened for the holidays! Due to popular demand, I will be creating a tutorial on how to create these wonderful arrangements and not have to spend a fortune.
Ok, so Mother’s Day is suppose to be my day of being appreciated as a mother but I find myself working harder during this day than any to other day! But that’s a good thing if it’s doing something I love.
Here’s where the magic happens at my flower shop!
Psyched that I finally received my stamp just in time for these Mother’s Day flower arrangements.
Below is a gallery of everything I have created for Mother’s Day. All flowers were purchased from Krogers and Tom Thumb. I hope this inspires you to make a beautiful arrangement for that special someone. Please enjoy!
I love the Spring time because it is the last few weeks before it gets over 100 degrees in Texas. While shopping at Krogers on my lunch break, I had to walk by the floral department to check out the florals. At that moment, I knew I had made a mistake. The floral department had ton of their floral bouquets marked down to half price. These Wahoo prices are like crack to someone like me.
So after looking at a dozen Wahoo priced bouquets, I decided to settled for this purple and peach mix bunch. I am normally not a fan of mix bunch flowers because these bouquets contents a lot of cheap filler flowers. Since these were half off at $7.99, I thought why not!
I decided to go with a modern contemporary arrangement to ring in the Spring. Sorry, I should have taken some before pictures of the bouquet and all the supplies needed. I will make a note to myself to do this for future arrangements.
1 bouquet of mix flowers (large & small purple mums, orange sprayed carnations, peach snap dragons, orange/yellow astromeria and ruscus leaves)
Half a block of wet floral form
A square 9″ plate
A piece of the mylar wrapping from the floral bouquet to line the plate before adding the foam (This is optional. I like doing this for the ease of cleaning the plate)
I hope you enjoyed this floral arrangement and get inspired to create one!
Since I started flower arranging less than a year ago, this is by far the most inexpensive budget friendly flower arrangement I have created. It only costed me $2 in flower cost. You are probably thinking how is that possible? My local Krogers have what they call the”Wahoo” prices for items that are marked down at least half off the original price. Since flowers are a perishable item, it gets the wahoo price after it hasn’t been sold within the recommended date.
1 bundle of white astromeria and 1 bundle of pink astromeria with each bundle costing $1 each. For the focal point, I reused some of the cut stems from the astromeria in order to mock some bamboo sticks. I used rosemary from my yard as my greenery and a sphere vase that I have already owned.
Wahlah! A gorgeous budget friendly flower arrangement.