OMG. omg. As I think I’ve mentioned, my good friend Lizz (aka buttsie) is getting married in September. I am SO happy for her and I know she and her amazing boo, Adam, will be in love foreva eva.
Not to be all “me, me, me, me” about it, but this is a big deal for me because she is the first of my close friends to get hitched.
It’s also a big deal because Lizz has graciously included me in nuptials. I’m helping out with the flowers and am now making a crazy paper crane chandelier-type thing to hang up at the reception.
I have to fold like a bazillion of these little guys so if anyone wants to come over and help me fold, I’d love the company.
This wedding is also a big deal for me because she just asked me to do a reading during the ceremony! I am so honored. I got a little weepy when I read it.
I <3 love, and Lizz.
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This week’s office flowers! Funkyfresh, no?
And, since I’m now the master of flower names, I can tell you that those red tropical guys are Anthurium. Uh-booyah.
My latest class at with the NY Botanical Garden was Flower Identification from A-Z. After two three-hour classes, I know pretty much everything about everything. Far too much to share here, so the below is just a sampling.
First of all, the instructor was super fun as you can probably tell:
Here he’s holding Bupleurum and gushing about how much he loves the color. Also, the booklet at the bottom of the pic is the official guide for purchasing flowers on the Dutch market. This is one of the reasons that knowing the proper flower names is so important—they’re not listed by common name.
These are the flowers we worked with the first day. Some highlights:
-Baby’s Breath = Gypsophylia
- Snapdragons = Antirrhinum (litteraly means, “like a nose”)
- Those tall purple guys = Delphinium
Here, the instructor is all, “girl, let me tell you about Veronica!” (Not verbatim, he’s more saying it with his eyes).
Here are the flowers of the second day. Some highlights:
- Sunflowers = Helianthius
- White Lilies = Lilium (Oriental Lily variety)
- Crazy red guys = Scabiosa (commonly known as Pincushion flowers)
We also learned about the different categories of flowers. These are more general, fluid classifications but are very important when composing an arrangement.
Line flowers: Tall, straight or curved. Ex. Snapdragon, Gladiolus, Billy Balls
Form flower: Interesting shape. Ex. Iris, Lily, Orchid
Mass flower: Round, take up space. Ex. Hydrangea, Rose, Sunflower, Peony
Filler* flower: Usually small delicate flowers, to fill in space: Ex. Baby’s Breath, Status
* There is a movement in the industry to rebrand these as “accent flowers”—sounds more expensive.
So that’s that. Feel free to hit me up with questions.
Disclaimer: I’m a lover not a hater.*
But today, I’m hating. On mustaches.
I’m not gonna lie, I have pictures of me and a friend doing the fingerstache thing (where you draw a little mustache on the inside of your index finger and hold it up to your lip) and we thought we were hilarious. We actually were pretty hilarious.
At one point in the famous “night of the fingerstache,” as the bouncer was checking my ID at a bar, I leaned in and slyly said, “you may not have recognized me without my… mustache!” and then I quickly put my finger to my lip and basked in my awesome* sense of humor.
But that was like four years ago when mustaches were still ironic and silly. The joke is over. It’s lost its je ne sais pas. Move on.
But even though the joke is, in my opinion, the bloody carcass of the proverbial dead horse, the mustache trend is so popular in weddings. I can’t take it. Get out of here with that.
On the bride and groom…
On the bridesmaids…
On the groomsmen…(also, are those Tevas?)
On your grandma…
On your funky socks…
I mean, I get it. Mustaches can be kinda funny in certain situations…
Buuuut, some situations should be mustache-less…
So that’s what I have to say about that.
This is the first post in a new series called Monday Office Flowers (I couldn’t think of anything catchier). A florist comes into our office every Monday and does little arrangements for the week. She’s super nice and Hungarian or something. I talked to her for like 30min the other day, pumping her for information about becoming a florist and apparently, she studied in Holland for 2 years. TWO years. I probs can’t do that. But the series should be fun—adding a little color to dreary Mondays.
Now just because I’ve been on a blogging hiatus doesn’t mean that I stopped floralisting completely. Below is a collection of shots of projects that have popped up since December.
This masterpiece was painted by my best* friend, Cody, a great American.
*Yes, Taylor you are also my best friend.
These are some shots of my work at Little Flower Shop’s winter citrus class. Love poppies. Hate winter.
Option two. Not exactly what I would go for, but I thought it fit her criteria pretty well.
She ended up going with FAKE FLOWERS.
She said it was because of the cost but it felt like a dagger to my heart. </3
I was also tasked with designing centerpieces for a family friend’s wedding. Her colors were purple and black and she wanted something simple yet dramatic. This is option one.