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Death to the Mason Jar

ves·sel

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noun

noun: vessel; plural noun: vessels

noun

noun: vessel; plural noun: vessels

1.a ship or large boat.

synonyms:boat, ship, craft, watercraft; More

literarybark/barque

"a fishing vessel"

2. a hollow container, especially one used to hold liquid, such as a bowl or cask.

synonyms:container, receptacle

 

Ok. Guys, it is officially official.

  We have lost the war on mason jars.

The demise of beautiful containers everywhere might quite possibly

be the fault of one single competitor:

The Mason Jar. 

Now, before I get on my high horse, let me be very clear that I do not detest the mason jar.  There are plenty in my basement safe and secure in bins and labeled very clearly so as to not disturb them unwittingly. I absolutely think there is time and place for them.  Their resurgence was refreshing.... five years ago. 

But, come on! 

There are sooooo many options out there. 

Pinterest overfloweth with wedding centerpiece ideas.

  So rather than gripe and moan behind closed shop doors, I'm gonna tell it here. 

I'm over it. 

This blog is introduce the many and abundant options to contain

pretty, pretty florals for your big day and along life's way.... 

 

Click on each picture to go to the source and see more inspiration!

 

The pattern addict in me adores these floral tins!  Vintage tea canisters are another tres cool option if you like this vibe...

Buzz words: vintage, shabby chic, English, European

 

 

     

 

 

 

Neutral bridesmaids' dresses have been all the rage for a couple of years now.  I love the simplicity and freshness of taking that idea to the table. Check these out:



Love how it either keeps the look soft and romantic or allows the flowers to pop in contrast.  Even having some fun patterns on the container is okay as long as the colors are neutral tones. The ombre container is also another perfect example of tweaking a trend.  Instead of having gradient tones in the flowers, have the vase reflect the concept.... a bit more subtle.

 

Will metallics ever get old?  I hope not.  Love how they shine....Easiest and most cost effective way to add elegance and glam to your event. Shine on...

Go Woodland with some.... well, wood of course! This doesn't necessarily equal rustic or old world.  The smooth surface of treated wood can give a polished look to your tables.  Perfect for a sweet homage to Mother Earth. Or a nod to a South Western heritage.  Or go Cali with some grapewood.. Coastal with driftwood.

But if want to tap into your inner nymph...

Or bring the farm to the table...

It's all so lovely... right?

And I gotta admit... I'm a sucker for some color ....Especially if it's jewel tones!

Or be Bold.  be Striking.  We painted this sweet, unassuming pedestal vase a Bright Blue and love what a statement it makes! Matching the container to the table creates an infinite, seamless illusion.

 

Think Boho.  Morocco.

Hobnail and Gemstones.

Santa Fe Fiesta,  Gumdrops and Gum Balls.

And whoops!  Would you look at that mason jar that snuck into this picture! 

Doh!!  #@?!*#:)

 

How about these specialty pieces...

Love it.  So fun and unexpected. 


And finally, the unadulterated white vase with no bells and whistles...

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Ok.. I'm jumping down from my soap box now. 

Hope this post was enjoyable and inspirational... and I hope I don't receive any mason jar lover hate mail. :/

xoxo.....

-K






Ribbons and Bows: Personalize your Bridal Bouquet!

The Bridal Bouquet. 

It's the tone setter for the entire wedding.  Sets the mood for the rest of the flowers to follow.

It's perhaps the most photographed floral aspect of the day.

You may have the luxury of holding a sample bouquet while you twirl

on the pedestal in the bridal gown shop. 

Or perhaps you've chosen specific flowers for specific meanings

that hold sentimental value for you. 

Often, it's the first key component discussed in a floral meeting.  And yet when I ask my brides how they would like their beautiful bouquet wrapped, I often get an indifferent shrug as a response. 

So... this is my attempt to persuade all brides to consider putting a little extra thought

into this detail of the wedding. 

I am a self-proclaimed texture addict.  Growing up in a quilting family, there was no way I was getting out of there without learning to sew.  My love for fabric and stitches began early on and has carried into my adult life.  You can see my love for patterns in most aspects of my life. So it's only natural that it would carry over into my weddings.  When my great-great Aunt Ila gave me a hand-made quilt, it meant she loved me.  I can still feel it in the folds, see it in the stitching, and I recognize it in the careful arrangement of triangles and squares. 

The bridal bouquet is usually the first thing I put together when I start my floral order for a wedding.  I can't wait to get it together.  I lose myself in it thinking about how my bride is going to feel when she holds it for the first time.  I wonder if she'll notice all the little things, if she'll hold it this way or that, and if she'll notice that I put this one bloom here, just so.  I'm thinking that this one here might be only seen by her...that when held at this angle it's especially, specially just for her.  When it's complete, it goes into the cooler sans wrapping, and we move on to all the other pretties for next day's adventures.  The following day's last minute touches include lots of things.  But usually the very last thing I do is go back to the Bridal Bouquet.  It is the last thing I do for a reason.  I feel like it's the period to the sentence.  So you can imagine that putting that last something extra special on there is what brings me pure joy.  

In my attempt to gather some excitement for this small, but potentially super elegant detail,

I've compiled a few images to move and inspire.  Enjoy!

 

You can click on any of the pictures below to gain more inspiration from each of these weddings.

Nothin' but trails.  You cannot ever go wrong with a simple, satin ribbon.  Add a few extra layers to it though, and suddenly it's luxe.

Nothin' but trails.  You cannot ever go wrong with a simple, satin ribbon.  Add a few extra layers to it though, and suddenly it's luxe.

If you're dress is long and flowy, why not allow some soft billows of multi-colored trails to contrast against your skirt? Super soft, uber-femme.

If you're dress is long and flowy, why not allow some soft billows of multi-colored trails to contrast against your skirt? Super soft, uber-femme.

See how the trails accentuate the lines in her skirt and add some weight to the lightness of the skirt? so. stinking. pretty.

See how the trails accentuate the lines in her skirt and add some weight to the lightness of the skirt?

so. stinking. pretty.

This is truly one of my all-time favorites.  Choose multiple prints of silk scarves to match your bridesmaids' character (read: attitude!)  and then adorn each bouquet with this thoughtful and sentimental gift. This works regardless of whether all their dresses match exactly or not.  Also a super fun and easy way to pull in color if you're flower color palette is neutral. LOVE, LOVE, ......LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

This is truly one of my all-time favorites.  Choose multiple prints of silk scarves to match your bridesmaids' character (read: attitude!)  and then adorn each bouquet with this thoughtful and sentimental gift. This works regardless of whether all their dresses match exactly or not.  Also a super fun and easy way to pull in color if you're flower color palette is neutral. LOVE, LOVE, ......LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Theres the twist and pin.

Theres the twist and pin.

The metallic sequins.

The metallic sequins.

Grandma-ma's vintage lace.

Grandma-ma's vintage lace.

and the applique....

and the applique....

You can go au natural....

You can go au natural....

or butt- naked.

or butt- naked.

Add some bling.

Add some bling.

Or Be Bold.  BE STRIKING.

Or Be Bold.  BE STRIKING.

or.... stripey!

or.... stripey!

The point is... Have fun! 

Think outside of the box to make your bouquet stand out!

  Make it frame worthy! 

Make it YOURS.

 

To see more, visit my board!

 

xoxo,

k

 

 

THE FLOWER EFFECT


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It’s really no secret that flowers make people feel good. It’s the one absolute go-to when you want to make someone feel better. It’s the #1 gift for Valentine’s Day. Screwed up in a big way? Give ‘em flowers! Sad for a loss…..definitely deserving of a bouquet. 

But there’s more to it that. It’s scientific. So much so that the good people at Rutgers and Harvard are now (well not just now -more like 2005, but I’m just getting to this post so…) suggesting it become part of everyday life–that having flowers near and around you can actually increase your quality of living, make you happier -longer, improve productivity (whaaaat?!), and even drastically change how your morning plays out.

So it is possible to manage your day and emotions au natural, sans prescription. Mind you, they’re not suggesting you become a farmer.  You don’t have to know how to fancily design a masterpiece. You don’t even necessarily (though why you wouldn’t if you’re able and not allergic would be a mystery) have to smell the them! Just sit near them.

Perhaps catch a glimpse of them out of the corner of your eye.

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Just know that they are there. Sound too good to be true? This may be the one thing in life that isn’t! 

As a floral designer, I have realized that I may take advantage of this little perk. I may not always realize the effects of being literally surrounded by blooms all day, but I can promise my emotional health is a true testimony. I am happy.  Truly. Is it because of the flower? Why not? Certainly can’t hurt.

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But let’s switch gears here.

Did you know that the effect of giving flowers is just as interesting? Studies show (same researchers as mentioned above) that givers of flowers tend to be, “successful, caring and emotionally intelligent people?” That’s right. If you’re not sharing your love and affection through flowers you are fundamentally going against your sensitive, sweet, smart, successful self. Apparently, giving flowers also proves that you have taste, can appreciate nature and beauty and all things lovely. “Gee I wish I had bad taste,” said No One Ever. In fact this study even says that, while giving an actual gift is awfully kind and thoughtful, flowers… well they’re just even more so. The effect of getting a gift vs flowers wasn't as profound! This is amazing to me.

So instead of standing in line at Christmas for something that will be outdated and obsolete in six months flat, you should just send flowers.

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It’s true that orders I take over the holiday season tend to make me judge the person ordering in the best kind of way. I mean they must be awesome (both giver and receiver) to think past the cookie-cutter gifts, to put a different kind of thought into their season, to get something organic instead of…well…a scarf.

So in summary…

Getting flowers= Good

Giving flowers = Good

So giving yourself flowers = Great!

 Simple deductive logic here, my friends-which by the way was the only “math” course I aced in college.

Click here if you don’t believe me:

http://www.aboutflowers.com/health-benefits-a-research/emotional-impact-of-flowers-study.html

Talk soon…

 

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