DIY Spring Flower Arrangement For Under $10.00

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement For Under $10.00

It is lilac season!! It doesn’t last long so NOW is the time to make this bouquet. I have mixed $10.00 worth of grocery store flowers that are readily available in spring with some fresh garden lilacs and hosta leaves. What you will need for this arrangement is the following: – one bunch of purple tulips (any shade will work) – one bunch of white alstroemeria (I love when the freckles coordinate with the palette) – 3 to 5 stems of lilacs (depending on how many blooms are on each branch) – 2 hosta leaves (the bright green variegated ones from my garden really pop) After you have chosen a vase, start by placing all the lilacs in first. Next add the hosta leaves. Then two or three alstroemeria stems. There are usually five in a bunch so you will have some left over. Or at the end feel free to add more and make a larger arrangement. And finally the tulips. Here I used a very deep purple parrot tulip which sometimes can cost slightly more than regular tulips but totally worth the splurge! When they open they are magnificent! I find it most effective to clump the tulips in twos and threes instead of as singles which you may be more inclined to do. As soon as I finished this arrangement, I remembered I have a gorgeous purple footed glass vase from my grandmother. I don’t have any purple in my house but I have started to use this vase every spring. I will forever think of my grandmother every spring as I fill it with aromatic...
Garden Wedding – Victoria, BC

Garden Wedding – Victoria, BC

My first post for the new year highlights a special wedding from this past summer. On a warm and sunny July day, my best friend Kendi married an incredible guy named Ken in a beautiful garden here in Victoria, BC. The venue was a private residence. The property was full of winding garden pathways that toured you through a mix of fruit trees, lavender and poppies. With no sit down dinner, guests were free to explore the property while drinking, grazing from food stations and playing games on the lawn. My daughter was the flower girl so I was very excited to make her a beautiful flower crown. The ring bearer carried the sweetest old book (Kendi is a big reader) tied up with twine along with the rings. The great room of the house was used for the bar, speeches, eating and dancing! All the wedding signage was painted by a girlfriend on old cedar fence panels. All the chalkboard signs we made from thrift store paintings. We sprayed them gold and used chalkboard paint over the existing painting. Kendi and I punched out beautiful paper tags and then they were tied to beer and wine glasses in hopes people would use the same glass all night. Instead of the traditional guest book we thought it would be fun to have guests write down “words of advice” for the couple. I just had to share this fun shot of the groom and his best man shortly before everyone started arriving! Nothing like a refreshing swim before you get married. So I have to say that this was a...