Monday, 31 March 2014
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Posted by George Karboulonis on 11:55 with No comments
If you are planning an early spring wedding, you will have all kinds of great greenery to choose from because everything will be budding and blooming! We found these kumquat branches at the flower market and knew we had to use them! So here you have a springtime wedding swag that we made just for you! These types of arrangements can be great for ceremony backdrops, to hang above entryways or use to adorn interior or exterior barn walls. You could also design one to decorate the front of your sweetheart table. Since you are designing it yourself you can make it the perfect size to fit a hearth, doorway or table depending on how far you want to build out the side branches. One of the best things about these is that you can use florals that you otherwise might not like these awesome kumquat branches! Happy building!
What We Used : Amaranths / Flowering Eucalyptus / Kumquat Branches / Purple Limonium / Floral Wire / Floral Tape / Shears / White Ribbon
First, cross the stems of the Amaranths and secure with wire. Leave a small open space between where the spires will fall down.
Next, build out from the center, adding stems to either side and securing with wire as you go. You may want to use some floral tape too to keep stray stems from poking up. The more secure the better. It is ok if some of the wires show as you will be covering up the base in a later step.
Step back and see how the arrangement is balanced. Add and takeaway until both sides feel even. You may want to hold it up to see how the spires fall naturally.
Next, add in your kumquat branches. Secure the branches with wire first to one another, and then attach them to the back of the base. Make sure they are secure as they can be heavy.
Once the kumquats are secure, add in the purple filler to the open spaces by slipping the stems under the wires or adding additional wires.
Then, taking your flowering branches, lay them over the base so that they cross and the center. Arrange them so that you cannot see the wires on the base and it feels like a lush archway. If you want to angle them down on either side to create and arch, you may or if you want a straight base for a table or a heath keep them straight.
Next, using some small pieces of the flooring branches and the purple filler, creat a small swag on the side that will be the front piece. Make it large enough to cover the kumquat stems but no so long that it will cover up the fruit.
Secure the smaller swag to the front of the base and stand back to asses the symmetry of your arrangement.
Once it feels right, try hanging it on a wall. Once you see how it falls you may want to make some changes, clippings or additions to make it feel balanced.
At this point you may also want to add some ribbon. We tied some simple white ribbon the the stems of the smaller front swag and turned the knot the face the back.
We left the ribbons hanging down to compliment the drooping spires.
Once you have it perfect hang it in your desired place using extra wire to create a strong loop on the back of the base.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Posted by George Karboulonis on 13:31 with 2 comments
We love the look of a bare stem wedding bouquet! It really allows the flowers to pop and have a strong presence and it is a great option whether you are using bold flowers or minimalist flowers. Today we have put together a rustic wedding bouquet that makes our eyes so happy! If you are making your own bouquet, you get to pick everything you want and we suggest going stem by stem like we did to end up with the perfect arrangement. Happy arranging!
What we used : Tall Glass Vase / Clippers / Floral Tape / Ribbon / Boutonniere Pin / Lots of Flowers
Start by filling your vase with a few inches of water so that the fresh cut stems will be happy while you work! It is best to use a vase that has an opening that is about the same width as you want your bouquet handle to be. That way you can use it as a guide as you go.
Then, starting with your base flowers, trim all leaves from each stem as you go. Add your base flowers one by one to your vase. You may want to lead extra length on the stems so that you have room to trim them later.
Once you have added some of your base flowers with clean stems, you can start adding in your interest pieces.
Fill in the spaces as you go, turning the vase to get an ideas of how it looks from all sides as you add stems and move them around. You may want to trim stems once the vase starts to fill up so that the heights are correct.
Once you get it to a place where you love the arrangements of all of the stems, grasp them stems and lift the flowers out of the vase. Holidng the flowers tightly, trim the stems to the same length.
Then, take the floral tape and wrap the base of the stems very tightly multiple times. Make sure all of them stems feel secure.
Once the stems are secure, return the bouquet to the vase and add greenery and final flourishes like berries. To do this, slip the stems under the floral tape. This will add to the security of the bouquet by making the tape extra tight.
We added some large pieces of eucalyptus at the end to give our bouquet a rustic feel.
When your bouquet is finished, take a white ribbon and wrap the stem a couple times over the floral tape, and secure the ribbon with a pin, sinking the end of the pin into a stem. You can also tie the ribbon instead if you want to keep the ribbon long, like in the picture above. If you pin it in place it will be barely visible like the picture below. Keep the bouquet in water until you are ready to use it! When you take it out of the water for the last time, just pat the stems dry with a towel to keep you and your dress dry!
And there you have a wedding-ready bare stem bouquet!
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Posted by Goran Spasojevic on 08:49 with No comments
Turn ordinary candles into shining stars with family photos and embellishments. Print photos or digital designs onto tissue paper and cut out the images. Wrap the candles with the tissue paper and keep it in place with straight pins. A heat gun will melt the wax until it saturates and coats the tissue paper. A hidden brad embedded in the candle secures the flowers.
Surround any pillar candle with zigzags of wire. Choose colorful buttons that will match Mom's favorite room.
Small containers used as candleholders make striking mantel arrangements or centerpieces when grouped together -- perfect for Mother's Day.
(Better homes and gardens)
(Better homes and gardens)
Monday, 24 March 2014
Friday, 21 March 2014
Posted by George Karboulonis on 12:43 with No comments
The latest kitchen trend? Cupcakes in a jar! Or so it was said. I love it! And then I had to think about it. Cupcakes in a jar? Sounds fun. Sounds simple. But as I started to ponder this foodie phenomenon, I began to have more questions than answers…
How do you get the cupcake in the jar? Do you bake the batter in the jar? Will the jar hold up to the heat in the oven? Do you bake the cupcakes separately and then place them in the jars? How do I get the cupcake out to eat it? How long can these cupcakes last? Do I need a big jar or a small jar? Where do I find a small cupcake-sized jar anyways?
..And then I decided to stop thinking and start playing. I liked the idea of “cupcake in a jar” but I wanted to put my own spin on it – the result is my Cupcake Crumble in a Jar. With this recipe, leftover cupcakes get an instant dessert makeover. It’s a cupcake-lovers go-to recipe for “in a jar” fun..
Leftover Cupcakes Get a Makeover.
If you love cupcakes, and really who doesn’t, you probably bake them by the dozen, share the freshly made delights, keep them for a day or two and then the fun is over. But sometimes you end up with two or more cupcakes a day later and since cupcakes can dry out rather quickly – you are faced with a terrible predicament: do I toss these cutie cupcakes?? Now you don’t even have to let that thought cross your mind because you can easily whip up my Cupcake crumble in a jar to refresh and moisten leftover cupcakes.
Here is what you will need:
* 2 or more leftover cupcakes – pop off the frosted flat tops (set aside) and crumble up the cake bottoms
* whip up your favorite vanilla or chocolate (or both) pudding
* a clean medium sized glass jar with lid – not too tall (I used a short and stout roasted red pepper jar)
* optional additional crumble ingredients (fudge sauce, nuts, marshmallow creme, canned fruit, berries and more)
Now you start layering.
First add some pudding.
Then the cupcake crumbled bits.
Then another layer of pudding.
Then one of the frosted cupcake flat tops.
Then more pudding.
(Add additional ingredients along the way if you’d like)
Last layer is one of the frosted cupcake flat tops.
Close the jar lid and chill in the fridge for a while before serving. This way the pudding will help moisten the crumbles.
Serve by spooning into dessert cups.
There! You just turned your leftover cupcakes into a snazzy new dessert treat – fit to please those “cupcake in a jar” enthusiasts!