flower homework no. 4 | bridal bouquet + boutonnière

pink mums and garden roses | via: bekuh b.

It's been four weeks of flower gorgeousness at my house, but sadly this is my last flower homework post. For our final homework assignment in Flower Arranging 101 we were tasked with creating a bridal bouquet and boutonniere. When I think bridal bouquet I think large luscious roses, delicate sprays and airy greens- what was available to me however was not quite the stuff of dreams. 

mum + garden rose bridal bouquet | via: bekuh b.
white + green rose boutonnière | via: bekuh b.
bridal bouquet | via: bekuh b.
wild bunch | via: bekuh b.

I did my best with pink fluffy mums, white and green spray roses, wildflowers, and seeded eucalyptus and the results surprised me. Though not as full as perhaps I'd hoped the final bouquet felt lush, organic, and feminine. Something I would have carried at my own wedding. For the boutonniere I paired the spray roses with the wildflowers and seeded eucalyptus to subtly nod to the bridal bouquet without all the girly-ness.

I'm proud of these final projects and think they showcase perfectly how much I've learned in this class. I look forward to using these newly acquired skills for years to come. Our Thanksgiving centerpiece will be a sight to see. - b.

see the rest of the homework:  1  |  2  |  3  

flower homework no. 3 | flower crown

rosebud flower crown | via: bekuh b.

I’m well into my final week of Flower Arranging 101, but let’s take a moment and bask in the assignment that was last week. For our week 3 homework we were asked to create a flower crown using delicate fresh flowers. I decided to use this opportunity and really let my girlie-side shine through.

rosebud flower crown | via: bekuh b.
rosebud flower crown | via: bekuh b.
rosebud flower crown | via: bekuh b.
rosebud flower crown | via: bekuh b.

I was a little crestfallen when I first learned this would be our homework assignment, I mean what girl in her twenties hasn’t made a flower crown for one event or another? And let’s be honest the trend is a little played out. BUT, Chelsea taught us a really amazing technique that made the whole flower crown making experience go a lot faster. Her tip was to make lots of mini bouquets wrapped in floral tape first, then you attach those to the wire base for your crown. It made the whole crown sturdier, cleaner looking, and easy to assemble. If only I’d known sooner...

For my take on the traditional flower crown I decided to use blush bud roses, chamomile flowers, and yellow solidago. The result feels very springy, sweet, and feminine. It reminded me of these dried flower crowns my mom would buy me at the Yankee Peddler craft fair every year growing up- very maid marian if you ask me. - b.

rosebud flower crown | via: bekuh b.

See the other assignments: 1 | 2 

little vintage finds

little vintage finds | via: bekuh b.

I spent a good bit of last weekend digging through bins, and shelves, and racks full of vintage. I used to do this several times a month but now I'm lucky if I make it to the thrift store once a quarter. It felt good to be back in the game and I scored big time!

I've not really been in the mood to shop for clothes lately, instead focusing my efforts on finding unique household items. Things I can use for flower arranging, crafting, and decoration. Here's what I found:

+  4 flower frogs

+ 2 rolls of crushed velvet ribbon, one red and one biege

+ 3 2yd lengths of silk ribbon in navy, hunter green, and cream

+ 4 carved wood napkin rings

+ 1 hand-carved wood tray

+ 4 small amber glass vials

+ 3 bottles of essential oils- lime, violet, and rosemary  

Funny how they all turned out to be little things, nothing larger than a dessert plate. I can't wait to use all of my goodies in a few upcoming projects ranging from Christmas gifts to photoshoots. - b.