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DIY Mother’s Day Craft: How to Make a Floral Hot Air Balloon for Mom

Mom does so much for the family throughout the year: No matter how long her to-do list is, you know you can always count on her for anything. Because she means so much, let her sit back and enjoy herself … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Dramatic Candle Centerpiece

Think Fire and Ice Why purchase a centerpiece when you can create your own dramatic candle centerpiece?  This is a fabulous look for any special occasion during the winter and creating the dramatic effect of fire and ice couldn’t be easier. Here’s … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Fall Wreath

Wreaths can be used in so many different ways to decorate your home and are very easy to make. Here are three options, in three different sizes, using three different bases. Which one are you going to create this Thanksgiving? … Continue reading

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How to Preserve Flowers with Wax

Create Your Own Wax Flowers Just when you thought your Valentine flowers were done here are two more tricks and tips to make the last few blooms more then just a memory. Waxing fresh flowers is a craft that dates … Continue reading

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Make The Most Of Your Graduate’s Corsage

Tips on Choosing Your Grads Corsage! The summer weather is here and that can only mean one thing; graduation time! Whether graduating kindergarten or college, it is a blissful, bittersweet celebration. This is their day to shine, and what is … Continue reading

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How to Dry Flowers

Create Your Own Dried Flowers There really isn’t any easier way to preserve flowers then to just let them dry. I think flowers look beautiful when they are dry; they take on such a romantic vintage feel. And while the … Continue reading

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How to Preserve Flowers

Waxed Flowers Just when you thought your Valentine flowers were done here are two more tricks and tips to make the last few blooms more then just a memory. Waxing fresh flowers is a craft that dates back to the … Continue reading

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Arrange Your Own Bouquet With The Perfect Pitcher!

Pitcher Perfect! Now that you’ve put all of your holiday decorations away doesn’t your home look so plain, empty, and boring? Arrange your own bouquet starting with a simple bunch of fresh flowers! Try it – you’ll be amazed at the … Continue reading

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Give A Personalized Wreath

Inspired by the ancient tradition of featuring a different floral arrangement in front of a home to identify the family and profession of the resident, I created these one of a kind designs. These are the kind of arrangements that … Continue reading

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Tips and Ideas For Creating Your Own Wreath

Here are a few basic tips and ideas for creating your own wreaths either as a gift to yourself or for a friend. TRANSFORMED BARGAIN WREATHS Keep your eyes open for bargains with possibilities. I always check out the clearance … Continue reading

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Great Holiday Flower Tree Ideas

The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer, Mark Carr, hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and 20 years … Continue reading

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“Talking Pumpkins” and a Sweet Treat

You can carve more than just a happy faced Jack-o-Lantern into your pumpkins. Why not use these ubiquitous fall orange squash to spell out a special message? I set this vignette up to congratulate my niece and her then fiancé … Continue reading

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Trending: Spring!

This spring there have been many great new styles for florists to take and interpret into their décor. My favorite trend by far is the vibrant colors and rainbow collections popping up all over! The best part about this trend … Continue reading

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Holiday Flower Tree Workshop

1-800-FLOWERS.COM and I recently hosted a DIY Holiday Flower Tree Workshop for some of our friends and fellow bloggers! I am so proud to be a part of this amazing community of women. The workshop was low key and intimate, … Continue reading

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Cupcake Inspired Centerpieces

As if a cupcake wasn’t a great thing already, along comes Cupcakes for A Cause by CancerCare for Kids. I first learned about this wonderful cause from my friends at Cupcakes Take The Cake. We first met at the launch … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget About Grandparents Day!

The Traveling Grandma! Grandma and Grandpa are always willing to help baby-sit for the grandchildren whenever they’re in town. You’re really happy for them. They’ve worked hard all of their lives and deserve it, but that doesn’t mean you’re not … Continue reading

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM Floral Design Council

This week I was invited to attend a design council presentation by the BloomNet, division of 1-800 FLOWERS. In their continued pursuit of excellence in the world of floral product development 1-800 FLOWERS reaches out to leaders in all areas … Continue reading

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A 60`s Centerpeace

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” John Lennon “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” The … Continue reading

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French Floral Designs

There are many styles of floral design. The one that I am naturally drawn to and inspired by the most is the French Country style. I think I enjoy this type of design, because the designs themselves are so artistic … Continue reading

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MLB Bouquets!

Let’s Go Mets!! Or Yankees, or Marlins, or whoever your home team might be! It’s easy to honor your favorite team with a few simple flower arrangements using branded items in unexpected ways. If you’re having a few friends over … Continue reading

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K.I.S.S. Centerpieces

Did you ever hear the expression “Keep It Simple Stupid”? Well I prefer to say “Keep It Simple Silly”, but that’s beside the point. I created these centerpieces using one (yes, that’s right, only one) gerbera daisy and a couple … Continue reading

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The Perfect 4th of July Centerpiece

Impress your guests or wow your hostess with the ultimate 4th of July centerpiece – a fresh flower flag! How To Make A Fresh Flower Flag This flag can be made in many different sizes. Choose a container that has … Continue reading

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Family Photo Tree

Giving a Mom of a Mom a beautiful bouquet of flowers is a no brainer – she deserves them! Here’s a way to really personalize that bouquet. Use flowering branches so there are lots of areas to hang photos of … Continue reading

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The Pet Lover Mom

Today and tomorrow I would like to honor all of our Pet Lover Moms out there in the world. To all they may not be the traditional form of a Mom, but when it comes to their pets – they … Continue reading

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Fun Gift Idea For a New Mom

SPOTTED NEW MOM: Liz from Mom-101. Funny Mom, Liz, is a busy working mom who blogs about her two daughters and her husband, the stay-at-home Dad. Liz shares stories about her life and adventures in parenting. She jokes that she … Continue reading

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Orchid and Candle Centerpiece

As we end our On-the-Go Mom stay-cation, I have one more On-the-Go Mom I’d like to recognize. Emily from Busy-Mommy.com: You’ve Been Spotted! Busy-Mommy.com provides helpful hints and tricks aimed at making Mom’s life a little easier. Emily posts everything … Continue reading

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Spotted: Floral Lei How-To

Erin from Queen of Spain – You’ve Been Spotted! Erin is an award winning journalist, contributing editor, avid blogger and a non-stop On-The-Go Mom. Visit Queen of Spain and tell me what you think! Erin is definitely an On-the-Go Mom … Continue reading

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Spotted: Every On-The-Go Mom Needs a Cup of Joe!

Is there a mom who isn’t an On-the-Go Mom? Whether you are a stay at home mom or have another job too, there never seems to be enough time in the day! I’m spotting Katja from Skimbaco Lifestyle as today’s … Continue reading

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Spotted: Confessions of a Craft Addict

Congrats! Mary from Confessions of a Craft Addict, you’ve been spotted as a DIY Mom. I see that beading is just one of your many mediums (I can so relate!), so I thought you would appreciate this stunning beaded vase. … Continue reading

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Spotted: A Toolbox Full of Creativity

Laurie from Tip Junkie: You’ve Been Spotted! Laurie is the perfect example of a DIY Mom. Tip Junkie is a non-profit blog that promotes women and their creative ideas. Laurie’s mission is to improve women’s lives with unique, fun and … Continue reading

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Flowers Make the Perfect Gift!

I know from experience that flowers are a great gift to give to anyone. Flowers are usually unexpected and unfortunately not something that we usually buy for ourselves. Flowers also make people feel good. The next time you run into … Continue reading

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Williamsburg Centerpiece

The people of Colonial Williamsburg began decorating with fresh greenery and fruit in the 1930s. At that time the pineapple was already a well-established design element in architecture, ceramics, and art. It only stands to reason that beautiful fresh pineapples … Continue reading

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Tabletop Trees with Personality

Three trees, three different materials, three different stories. What’s your story? Tie A Yellow Ribbon A small way to keep the troops in our hearts and minds throughout the holiday season is to decorate a tree with yellow ribbons and … Continue reading

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“A Christmas Story” Inspired Vignette

If I had to choose my favorite holiday movie it would probably be “A Christmas Story”. But I do have to say, the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” certainly runs a close second on my list. Just thinking about the … Continue reading

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Floral Snowman

Who doesn’t love a snowman? There’s something so innocent about them. This year create a snowman of your own to enjoy throughout this festive season or to give as a gift to someone you love. The best part of creating … Continue reading

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Have a “Shiny Brite” Holiday

I have always had a real affection for the old Shiny Brite ornaments that were part of the Christmas tree décor of almost every American home throughout the 1940’s and 50’s. These colorful and charming ornaments were first introduced in … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Tabletop Ideas

I’ll be sharing lots of ideas and inspiration with you from now until Christmas on how to decorate your tabletops for everything from lunch with the girls to family holiday dinners. I look at the surface of the table as … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Leaf Placemats

This is the last Thanksgiving video to complete the tabletop look. Watch the video to learn how to make simple leaf placemats. They are easy, inexpensive and fun to do with the family. They go great with the Colored Bottle … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Sunflower and Fruit Candle Holders

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! I’ll be posting videos with ideas for setting a creative Thanksgiving table. Look out for them during the upcoming weeks. I hope they inspire you to add a few unique touches this … Continue reading

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Ink Bottle Decoration

Who knew?! I can’t take credit for this unique design. Believe it or not, I found this put together at a garage sale at an old house. This garage sale was like a scavenger hunt! There were piles of the … Continue reading

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Keeping it in the Tin Can Family

Canisters with herbs I had been using this set of vintage kitchen canisters for a while. Then I saw another set of the same canisters at one of my favorite haunts, Barntique Village in Moriches, New York. I couldn’t resist … Continue reading

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If It Can Hold Water, It Can Hold Flowers!

I think the most interesting floral arrangements are the ones that are in a unique or unexpected container. You’ve seen the seasonal veggie and flower arrangements that I’ve posted recently and how great they look. So why not use old … Continue reading

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Make a Super-Sized Cupcake!

Just as I promised, I am unveiling my tips for making a super-sized cupcake. Making a super-sized cupcake is very easy! Obviously it will take quite a few chrysanthemums (‘Football’ mums), but it is a statement piece that will last … Continue reading

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Flower and Veggie Gathering Basket

You don’t have to choose just one! Make a stunning statement by filling up a traditional English gathering basket with an array of seasonal veggies on one side, and an exquisite profusion of autumn blooms on the other. Simply place … Continue reading

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Artichoke Vase

The artichoke is really a natural vase. Again, using what’s in season, I decided to go with dahlias and lavender. Using fresh lavender sprigs as accents make it smell delicious too. Here are some simple steps to follow to create … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Asparagus Vase!

The asparagus vase is always a hit! Everybody loves it and it’s so easy to make. Simply take the rubber band from around a bunch of asparagus and put it around a clear beverage glass. Take a stalk of asparagus … Continue reading

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How To Choose Fresh Flowers

Look for flowers that are not yet fully developed. Most cut flowers, with the exception of some tropical flowers and fresh orchids, will continue to open after they’ve been put into the vase. A flower bud should be just slightly … Continue reading

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Fun Finger Foods

A bright tray of Columbian and Mexican foods in a splashes of various colors: Arepas Electric Chimichurri Sauce Empanadas Paisas Tortilla chips All of these are fun finger foods. Garnish with fresh cilantro, peppers and sliced limes. You can get … Continue reading

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“Lost” Viewing Party Mini Palm Trees

These came in plain white plastic pots. I sprayed painted them gold as a nod to the Emmy Statue and painted one of the six significant numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) on each. It will be interesting to … Continue reading

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Daisies and Wheat Grass Centerpiece

What you’ll need: A tray that is a least 1” in height. A tray of fresh or faux (that’s what I used) wheat grass. Oasis – if using faux wheat grass Daisy poms Step x Step: I bought a wooden … Continue reading

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“The Office” Pencil Vases

What you’ll need: A tall cylindrical beverage glass 25-20 pencils for each glass 5 rubber bands flowers Step x Step: Put at least 1 rubber band around the middle of the glass. Insert the unsharpened pencils between the rubber band … Continue reading

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