Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last Years Christmas Arrangements

I am slow with my posts but I think this beats the rest. These were done last winter but I think they are still nice to see again.

I wanted to take this one home with me because this arrangement would have looked very different. The forsythia, mini roses and acacia were all in bud form. In a few days, the roses would have opened and the acacia would turn into tiny yellow fluff balls that have to aromatic scent hard to forget. I guess only people without allergies to pollen apply here.

With the winter flower rush, lots of time pincushion proteas have one side crushed. But I found this perfectly formed protea that takes centre stage. I have to admit but I forgot what the name of the silver balls are called. Will get back to you on that one.

I think this one would make a lovely piece on a side hall table or by itself on a large empty dining table. The branches seems to command your attention to come give it a closer look. And you would find delicate green cymbidiums buried in with green leucadendrons within the magnoila leaves and red berries.

Last but not least, yellow mokaras with yellow roses and green cymbidiums. White star of bethlehem, silver bells and winter greens finish the rest.

Winter is a busy time for flowers but I have to admit that I can do without all the sap. At the end of the day my hands is all black. You can forget about nice nails, let alone clean nails. Guess it's a good thing that it is only once a year.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Centrepiece for a Winter Wedding

I had another wedding flower request last month for a wedding in December. However, this was not your typical wedding flower request. I was only asked to make a table arrangement. No small posy or body flowers were required. Oh well..happy to do any floral arrangement.

Never did talk directly to the bride to be, only through forwarded emails. She was not particular about color or flowers except no roses. I have to admit, she has to be the first girl who does not like roses. She also didn't want any winter greens. So this is what I came up with.

Since bride to be was not particular of colors or flowers, I chose one of my favorite color combos. Purple, red, white and light green. Purple mokara orchids are always the perfect intensity of purple without it being over powering. I would have gone for a more "fire engine" red asiatic lilies but i think it has enough pink hues to blend well with the mokaras. If I could have used roses, I would have put mini white roses instead of alstromerias. But alstromerias will never disappoint. The picture doesn't show the red stripes in the alstromerias but it ties into the red tulips and the reddish hues in the lilies.

That top lily bud had a weird curve to one of the petals. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds.

Back view

I had planned this elaborate weaving of the tulips in the back but the boxwood covered it all. I didn't plan to use boxwood to cover up the foam but there were no ming fern at the store. And this boxwood variety was not very nice to work with. It was not as full and very thin stems.

Top view

You can see the bells of Ireland more clearly in this picture. I pulled some of the blooms off the stem to show more of the stem. I really want to do this arrangement again but with the flowers I want. However, I might try a different color scheme. Maybe purple, blue, red and white and minus magnolia leaves.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

What Did You Do This Weekend?

What did I do this weekend? Arts & crafts. So much fun and never gets tiresome.

The final product. A homemade book to surprise mom and dad on Christmas. Don't worry, mom and dad are computer/internet illiterate so I'm safe. It started off as just a card but this was much more fun and filled my Sunday night.

So be patient little ones, there will be posts of our adventure to the Olympics in the new year.

Mme. Chorizo

Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Christmas Flowers

This was a very simple winter greens wreath but classic. I used all the left over greens I had from the hat boxes arrangements expect boxwood. Boxwood is not as hardy as winter greens. I was going to add gold or red round ornaments but I wasn't sure if it would suit the recipient's taste/decor. I gave this to a dear friend E. I hope E. and his family enjoy it. I told E. that he can make the wreath more versetile by removing the bow and place it on the dinner table. Prop the center of the wreath with a small container and place the prized turkey on top of it. Instant centerpiece!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Party Flowers

The weekend of the work Christmas party has come and gone. The clean-up (all the sap and pine needles) is finally done. Here are the pictures I took hastily before they were loaded into the car. Thanks so much B. for helping me move them. I know I would have gotten stuck in the snow and wouldn't have been able to get all the flowers to the party on time.

Here is a close up of the hat box. There would have been more purple alstromerias but they did not open as fast as the red ones.

Friday was a long day as all 30 arrangements had to be finished. I covered our basement floor with the flowers that Agent Chorizo wasn't able to get to his computer desk.

All that work was all worth it. I enjoy creating them for people who truly appreciates them. I wish I remembered to take a picture of them on the dinner tables. But I was in such a hurry to get home that I forgot. Oh well, hopefully next time.