I created this centerpiece for an online magazine shoot. This isn't for How Did She Do That?! section because it's a bit complicated. Basically I started with one type of flower and then creating sections on two silver dishes. I used folded red ti leaves to divide off certain parts. I like the monochromatic and lush look of this. What do you think?
Being overwhelmed is being unproductive. I've tried to get myself back to the Pura Vida lifestyle. See my "Costa Rica Chronicles" under Writing for an adventure filled journey you can live through.
What am I overwhelmed with? Finishing the book proposal, organizing weddings for the 2012 year, meetings with vendors, relaunching our online ordering, creating new partnerships for the website, networking events, revamping the floral design classes, creating press, writing articles, working a social media/writing job in between, blogging, and all that jazz.
Tomorrow I'm going to take a day to cross off the things on my list. Priorities include press for the upcoming Huffington Post article about the 2012 Flower Trends, which I came up with! Then working on an accompanying tv show pilot that coincides with my book.
Fabulous news- received the official TRADEMARK for my Flower Chef brand! I'm pretty proud of this because I did it all without a lawyer. Yay!
Even I, a professional florist, buy flowers at the grocery store when I'm in a rush. Usually these flowers are the lower-end varieties. It's obvious that the flowers are not properly cared for as a lot of them will wilt faster. I usually stick with roses and alstromeria when I buy them. As I talk about in my book, there are many ways to arrange flowers for a bouquet to give to someone. I learned this first at the Empty Vase florist, and really honed my skills while working at Rita Flora. Ah, that seems like a lifetime ago! It seemed as though one day people started wanting me specifically to create their bouquets. At one point, people would form in a big line on Friday night Shabbat to bring flowers as they walked to dinner at someone's house. It was really quite odd, and flattering for me, and this is probably when I started arranging on my own, going from sales girl to a wannabe florist.
When you go to the grocery store, have the florist take the flowers out of the package and use cellophane and ribbon to make them look high-end. I always ask to do this myself because it's fun! You should do this for practice!
First, take a large piece of cellophane and place brown paper or tissue paper on it, and then fold over the cellophane so that the paper is in between to prevent water for destroying it.
Buy two bunches of flowers. Strip the leaves off half way. Layer by rows, using odd numbers and placing one type of flower staggered between the other type.
When you are finished layering, cut the stems on the bottom even so that you will be able to fold the paper together.
Bring in both ends of the paper and squeeze together. Use one staple to hold.
Take a piece of ribbon, and tie it tightly so that the cellophane and paper will bunch together in a pretty way. Tie in a bow.
Bend back the one side of the cellophane and paper to expose the bouquet. Voila! Gorgeous! (I was at a Ralph's)
The feast I attended! Pot roast, salad, cauliflower, potatoes and butternut squash soup. Oh, and about four or five bottle of wine:)
To be honest, I'm not super happy with these videos. I'm bland and flat. We did ten videos with only one take and I improvised the whole thing without a breakdown of each point, which is pretty obvious! A good lesson and reminder that when you're on film, you gotta be 110%. The camera catches everything.
My website will only allow YouTube videos, so here's the link to e-how
What are your thoughts?
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