Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Wrap Up-

Inexpensive Flower Suggestions For Wintertime!

These are some of the flowers in our area that are affordable and available during the wintertime if you choose to get married this season, or just want to give someone a gift! They are:

Hydrangea* ~ Roses ~ Amaryllis ~ Freesia ~ Carnations* Magnolia* ~ Lilies ~ Mums*
Snowball Chrysanthemums ~ Poinsettias

Accents to use on these bouquets and possible centerpieces are:
Pine Cones! Eucalyptus, Holly, Berries, Evergreens, Ivy
Wheat, Pomegranate Branches, Ornament Balls and our new favorite: Gypsophila!

If you choose red or burgundy for your wedding colors, using red roses, carnations, calla lilies, and other red flowers in their bouquets with accents of silver, white, and green could work. You can add berries, iridescent, glitter and frosted glass. Be sure to bring along a sample or picture when selecting your flowers. The wrong shades can clash with the bridesmaid’s dresses and bridal gown (gro!)

White is another popular winter color with flower choices including roses, mums, freesias, hellebores, and tulips. White flowers can be used to accent your bouquet of dark flowers as well as lightening up the whole room if your setting is dim. Be careful, white flowers come in different shades from pure white to ivory and even a pinkish white.

My favorite colors for winter; blue and purple flowers combined with gold, metallic silver, and glittery white accessories. There aren’t many flowers in these colors but freesia, iris, statice, and heather would work awesome. That’s why blues or purples are used more as accent colors, such as the ribbons, candles and glasses used to make the arrangements.

Over the weekend, I hosted another bridal expo in Matteson, IL and it was all about blues, purples with gold baby! It was fun and exhausting, and I had a lot of brides into the whole purple flowers with silver accents. I took a lot of pics, Pats posted them below. Thanks for your support! You have fabulous taste!

Monday, December 21, 2009

sunday fades to monday

Going over show notes, I think that purples, lavenders, violets, plums and anything on the right side of the ROYGBIV scale will be HOT next year. Here are some pics of a sample bouquet for Karem who gets married in January and the show on Sunday. By the way snow provides the perfect lighting for camera incompetent people like me. Ciao til Wednesday!

Friday, December 18, 2009

royal palette, you say?

For a bridal show this Sunday we decided on shocks of violet, creamy white and rock-it gold. Y-UM! It's a pity the show is in the middle of NOWHERE, but oh well, gotta start somewhere. This is Danielle's first show solo so it should be interesting. Girl can smile the face off a statue.

On a side note, we'd like to start snow-shoeing; any suggestions?

Currently listening to:
Lady GaGa

Sunday, December 13, 2009

i. just. had. to.
here is a preview:

I LOVE this stuff! It makes me laugh everytime.

Friday, December 11, 2009

winter whites

I always love a bride that says "white roses, hydrangea and orchids, easy and no frill- can you do it?" of course! and under budget. :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I've got spurs that jingle jangle

got these....

which led to this...

which is why these are a little fuzzy...

and we really like fuzzy pics sometimes.

how about another Jack Daniels Manhattan?

Friday, December 4, 2009


Hi everyone,

Some of you know me, others of you dont. Im Danielle, Pattys younger sister. She got me into this crazy world of hers about a year ago. I've always liked flowers (ladies, c'mon) but i'm useless for naming any of them! My nitch is more in sales. Patty has the gift and love of creating amazing flower arrangements, where as I have the drive and persistance to keep that love growing. Although not really good at naming species of flowers, I do have an eye for fashion, style and color. Im open to any simple, or crazy ideas that you may have when it comes to making plans for your special event. I couldn't tell you what my favorite flower is yet, but when I do find out, you'll be the first to know. I'll be blogging here and there when I find some really good topics to talk about. It'll be fun

Monday, November 30, 2009

close up and maybe a little blurry

We are very much over the name "boutonniere" and prefer to call it a buttonhole. Considering its one of our favorites, we'd like to not be annoyed after saying it a million times.

So happy the ranunculus is back (without being super expensive) because we really like those little heads.

And lastly, like any proud mother, I love looking at photos of my kids, Ranger and the Brut. We are off to make dinner before spending hours googling "purple patent boots with zipper trim"

Friday, November 27, 2009

whats up ma' sista

danielle. daniela. dani. bones. bonewar - whatever.
I'm the other, other half.

mums, pine, alstro, rovers, euc, queen annes and some pretty wax.
all inexpensive but beautiful.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Another day, just breathe

I've been teaching yoga for about two months now.
what an unbelievably satisfying way to spend an hour of the day, to think of your breathing, your alignment, tiny movements along the skeletal frame, the expanse of your diaphragm, the quiet of the mind as you trapeze through asana.

Apart from working with flowers, I can think of nothing more fulfilling to the soul.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

All the time in the world

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."
Erma Louise Bombeck

Friday, November 13, 2009

Eco/Eco Bouquets

Eco- Eco- ECHO? Yes my dears, ECOlogical and ECOnomical.
We had these pretties for a bridal show last week and being as how the world is still mending itself after falling apart last year, I think the word "economical" is really important. Of course, so is green and fair trade and local and organic and ahh!, all of these new things we have to worry about. Anyway, I made these using only locally grown roses, potted alstroemeria and mums, along with pine, stems and branches Ranger and I cut from the forest that morning. You don't have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to have a beautiful event. Just shop smartly. Buy locally and independently when possible (help the little guys too!) try to buy what's in season, be creative and use texture to your benefit (pine cones, shells, feathers, etc, look awesome!) and most importantly- trust that your florist is acting in your best interest. Have a budget and keep to it- you will enjoy your event more knowing you didn't have to give up your first born to pay for the thing!