Well, I took the advice of many of my readers and I am starting Floral Friday!
As I stated previously, I love making floral arrangements because the results
are simply smile makers!
So today, I bring you the first Floral Friday – A Jewel Box Arrangement.
While strolling (or is it trolling) through the aisles of HomeGoods
looking for some Christmas pillows, I came across a table of pretty mirrored and glass
lidded boxes. One caught my eye as it was a great size and I anticipated
placing lots of pretties in it. So I filled it during the Holidays with strands
of gold beads and pretty ornaments. Today, I am presenting it with other pretties . . flowers!
I was asked if I could show a bit of a tutorial on how I go about making an arrangement.
So here you go!
A plastic food container was the perfect size for the box.
I placed floral foam that was soaked in water for about 30 minutes in the container.
Here are the flowers that I used for the arrangement.
Not all of the flowers and filler were used.
The remaining flowers and fillers were saved for another arrangement.
I usually start with the filler, if needed, first.
The filler I used was the seeded Eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s.
I love the way it drapes and the movement of the stems.
You can see that I also used some shredded material that is often used in
gift bags and baskets to use as a liner between the plastic container of floral foam
and the sides of the box.
Because I chose 2 small bundles of a variety of flowers,
I took out the largest flowers, in this case hydrangeas, and placed them
where they would have the most impact . . . and yes, that is the Christmas tree
in the background. . . I am still de-Christmasfying!
So here’s the arrangement partially done and starting to take shape.
Following the shape of the box, I began placing the flowers into the floral foam,
choosing the flowers I wanted as more of a focal point in the front
and filled in with some of the pink roses.
With 2 small bunches of assorted flowers at $3.99 each, a partial bunch of seeded eucalyptus,
and a partial bunch of pink roses, I was able to create this arrangement.
for less than $15.
I love working with hydrangeas . . . as they do not have to be one large poof of a flower.
The stem has many stems of blooms at the top and I try to insert flowers in between
those stems, giving the look of multiple stems of hydrangeas in the arrangement.
After I filled the box with the flowers,
I then began to trim the eucalyptus . . . clipping the leaves that I considered
excess and giving it a more airy look.
The jeweled box was placed on a silver tray
with a long strand of pearlesque beads tied together with pretty gold wire.
The strand was actually found at Hobby Lobby in the ribbon department as trim.
I actually have a necklace very similar to this strand of “pearls and gold”.
Here is the top view of the arrangement:
Not too long ago, I ordered this book by Charles Faudree
with Toni Garner, Country French Floral Arrangements and Interiors.
I believe it was a closeout for a great price. It’s a great book!
The arrangement was the starting point for the coffee table vignette
for the month of January. I wanted to keep the vignette simple
to go with the sweet and simple arrangement.
Candlesticks from Pottery Barn (Champagne Gold)
were placed on the table. Luminara candles by Balsam Hill.
One candlestick placed on some vintage books to create more height
to bring the pair within the correct scale.
Hint: to create even more height . . . use the smaller candle on the taller candlestick,
and the larger/taller candle on the small candlestick.
So there you have it . . . my first Floral Friday!
I am already thinking about the next arrangement.
I surely hope this arrangement made you smile,
as it made THIS Shirley smile!
And speaking of smiling . . . if you haven’t already entered to win my book giveaway
of James T. Farmer’s “A Place To Call Home” . . . you can enter
by clicking here: A Place To Call Home – A Giveaway
One lucky winner will receive a copy of this amazing book
of Timeless Southern Charm. The giveaway ends Midnight, January 24th, 2018.
Have a most beautiful day and weekend and don’t forget to make someone smile!