Monday, December 23, 2013


It feels like it's been snowing here in southeast Michigan for nearly a week and today, as I sit her writing this we're bracing for a possible ice storm.  Winter has just arrived and I'm already waiting for spring.  There are no flowers in sight except for the bulbs I've planted indoors.  The only one that has bloomed is the paperwhite so far.  I have an amaryllis bulb that I planted before Thanksgiving but, it hasn't bloomed yet. My original plan was for it to bloom so that I could use it in a design for Christmas.  That's the wonderful and frustrating part about flowers, like everything in nature - it's unpredictable.  I still have a few days left before Christmas so, I'm still hoping that the amaryllis blooms in time.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  I'm going to take a little time off from the blog so that I can spend time with my family and friends during the holidays, so you won't be hearing from me for a while.  I hope that all of you enjoy holidays and I'll see you in the new year.  I'm ready to say goodbye to 2013.  I can't wait for a fresh start so, bring it on 2014.  I'm ready for you.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Evergreens

Hey there!  I've been busy preparing for the holidays around my home.  Both of my trees are up and I'm hoping I don't find anymore boxes of decorations.  A few years ago I started hosting Christmas brunch at my home and with that I started collecting items to style the table.  Although the table is decorated, I also like to add some special touches to the chairs too.  I've seen the chairs of brides and grooms all gussied up for weddings, but why not for other occasions like the holidays too?  I gathered three types of evergreens, from my yard, my in-laws' yard and a friend's yard to create this mini swag.  Beware - if you become my friend, chances are I'll be heading to your house with my pair of clippers in hand.  Don't let your table have all the fun.  Pay attention to your chairs too and try this at your home.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Colorful Fall Bridal Bouquet

I was practicing making wedding bouquets when the flowers were still blooming this year.   I ended up with this colorful beauty that I completed with a deep purple ribbon.  Wouldn't it be lovely for a late summer or fall wedding?