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    Flower Arranging With Hello Honey Flower Co.

     

    As we continue to welcome the warm months and there’s still a week or two left in peony season, Amy and I thought it would be fun to give you guys some tips on how to take grocery store bought flowers and elevate them to the next level! Amy is owner of Hello Honey Flower Co., a full service flower design company based right here in LA (lucky for me). Her work is both elegant and whimsical. Her arrangements are not old fashioned and stuffy but instead she allows the unexpected patterns of nature to show off their wild side with unsymmetrical arrangements, whispy tulips and wonky ranunculas.

    She and her cutest pup of all time, Lemon, came over one afternoon and she shared all of her tricks for us. Watch the video for her inside scoop and read below for the basic steps of flower arranging as well as some additional pro tips.

     

    1. 1)Start by taping the vase into sections with floral tape in a “#” fashion. This gives a bit of structure for the flowers to rest on and will keep them right where you want them. Floral tape comes in different widths and colors and can be purchased at a variety of places like Michaels and Amazon.
    2. Begin arranging with your greenery. This gives your flowers more of a visual base and helps to fill in bare spots below the flowers.
      • Always cut off leaves and flowers below the water line of your arrangement. Leaves and flowers in the water can pollute ¬†the it causing the flowers to die more quickly ūüôĀ
    3. Next place your focal flower. This is the largest flower you will be putting in. Some good examples are: peonies, dahlias, garden roses; etc.
      • Use the vase to help determine how long the stem should be. Hold the flower next to the vase approximately at the height you want it to stand above the vase line and cut slightly longer.
      • As you place the stems in the vase, insert them so that the stems are going in at an angle allowing them to cross. This, along with the floral tape, helps to keep the flowers in place.
    4. From there you are just going to fill in with your filler flowers and additional greenery; read below for some additional tips and hints!
      • Some ideas for filler flowers are: spray roses, stock flower, queen annes lace, freesia or typically any flower smaller than the focal flower.

    • FORAGE! Amy says that one of the best ways to have natural looking arrangements is to forage for both greenery as well as flowers. You don’t have to go out and buy everything – the arrangements we made were done with both store bought flowers and foraged flowers/greenery.

     

    • Have a good pair of snips- Amy recommends having a nice pair of sheers to cut your stems with. They can be purchased many different places but¬†here is one I found on Amazon. Target also has some really cute garden tool sets that include sheers.

     

    • Keep in mind that nature is never symmetrical. Amy likes to mimic this by having free formed arrangements that are often higher on one side and slightly lower on there other, sometimes even with cascading foliage over one side. Inserting flowers like tulips and ranunculus with slightly longer stems can help an arrangement appear more organic and whimsical.

    • If flower arranging is something you really love to do you may want to purchase an inexpensive lazy susan. Here is a $10 option I found on amazon!¬†This allows you to easily see all angles of the arrangement with a ¬†quick spin.

     

    • It’s OK to edit the arrangement as you go! Amy said that sometimes she will even cut a flower off if she decided she doesn’t want it rather than trying to pull it out of all the criss-crossed stems.

     

    • Don’t be afraid to cut off leaves, sometimes too many varieties of leaves can start to look busy. You can keep the flower but cut off its leaves to save it from looking too disheveled.

     

    • Our favorite flower arranging book? The Flower Recipe book. It is beautiful and ¬†informative. It gives specific tips on different types of flowers, how to keep them alive longest and how to arrange them best.

     

    • Have fun with it!¬†Amy tells us that while there are some guidelines to arranging flowers, it is really all about creativity and personal preference! So have at it because you can’t do it wrong ūüôā

     

    Now, if that ^^ doesn’t inspire you I don’t know what will.

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    DIY: Wood Plank Picture Hanger

    Several months ago I printed a large painting of mine at 36″x48″. I wanted to get it hanging on my wall but frames that size were a) hard to come by and b) really expensive.¬†Neither of which were¬†in my favor, so, I got to thinking about alternative ways to frame it and I came up with this DIY 30 minute (plus dry time) project!

    Really, the sky is your limit with this frame, just about every aspect of it is customizable. You can stain it or paint it how ever you like and make it any size to suit your need! In the tutorial I am using 10″ pieces of wood but that can be changed up easily without changing the process. Best of all, even my 36″ version was only about $25!! It is great for accent pieces if you want a change from standard framing. It is also a great money saving alternative for irregularly sized pieces that would otherwise need a custom frame ($$$).

    I sized down the frame for the purposes of this tutorial but if you would like to see my original large version scroll all the way to the bottom ūüôā

    Two 10″ pieces of 1.5″ W x 0.25″ H¬†furniture grade wood (I used oak)
    ** you probably will need to buy a 4ft plank of wood and cut it down,
    you can do this yourself or have them do it for you at the hardware store**

    Multi-purpose glue for wood AND metal (I used this one)
    ** TIP: make sure the glue is non-foaming**

    ¬†Heavy duty magnets like these¬†1.25″ Neodymium magnet

    Washi tape

    Pen

    Saw tooth picture hanger & nails OR a couple of command hanging strips
    ** if you chose the picture hanger make sure the nails are shorter
    than the height of the wood**

    IMPORTANT MAGNET INFORMATION

    • first and foremost – keep these magnets far away from each other. They are STRONG and they will snap together pinching any fingers that get in their way.
    • They should be marked with a red line on one side to indicate which side is positive and which side is negative. It doesn’t matter which you put on either side you just want to be sure one side of the frame has the lined side up and the other has the lined side down.

    ASSEMBLING THE FRAME

    1- Decide which side of wood you want to be the front of the frame and mark it with wash tape.

    2- On the reverse side – glue 2 of the magnets on either end with the lined side facing UP.

    3- Use washi tape to hold the magnets in place while they dry. I found out (the hard way) that it is actually better to use 2 strips per magnet in a “+” formation rather than just one across. You really want to be sure the magnets won’t slide around while they dry. When the two sides of the frame are put together the magnets¬†will align themselves to their counter part – if they are not even the wood will be offset as well.

    4- Grab the second plank of wood & line it up to the piece with glued magnets. Mark a line where the center of each magnet is on the new piece. (see photo above)

    5- Glue the other 2 magnets to the 2nd piece of wood with the red-line side DOWN in the middle of your drawn lines. (see photo above)

    6- Use washi tape and repeat step 3 on the second piece of wood.

    7- Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours and keep the wood planks at least two feet away from each other, I know it sounds ridiculous but as you may have already found out, they are really strong and if they are too close they will try to attract one another and ruin your project!

    8- Once the glue is dry you can screw the picture hanger on or attach the command strips (I recommend command strips, honestly).

    9- Place your artwork on the back piece of wood and carefully lay the front piece of wood on top. Try to align it but the magnets should align themselves РWATCH YOUR FINGERS!!

    10- Hang on the wall & voila!

     

    Below is the 36″x48″ piece I framed. I added a plank¬†across the bottom to frame it in a bit more, which is also an option. Such an inexpensive way to get large pieces framed and on the wall! The magnets used in this tutorial hold 8lbs per magnet, which should be fine in most cases, but in the instance you need to hang something really heavy they have stronger magnets available.

    DIY, Watercolor Tutorials

    Tutorial: Watercolor Geometric Heart

    I always love a homemade gift. Like, I really love love them. It’s more than just the gift, ya know? Most of us barely have time to wash our hair regularly so when someone takes the time and energy to make something especially for me it¬†makes me feel like¬†I’m really something special.

    While¬†making and¬†distributing¬†beautifully packaged cookies¬†is an excellent way to make people feel like the bees knees, sometimes we need something with a little bit of a longer shelf life..can you guess what I’m talking about? YOU NAILED IT – home made cards (with thoughtful and affirming words inside)! It’s¬†the type of thing people stick on their fridge and don’t take it down for years. No pressure though…. ūüôā

    Today’s tutorial is on painting a geometric¬†heart (it’s really kind of a gemstone heart but I didn’t like how that sounded..) It can be used to make beautiful cards for any occasion (or even wall art for your home or as a gift!). Below I have a printable that is the basic structure¬†for the heart. Go ahead and click the button and print it out. For the purposes of this tutorial I will be focusing on making cards but feel free to blow the template image up to any size if you want to use it for wall art instead.¬†Because it’s February I went with red/purple¬†hues¬†but¬†any colors would and be beautiful – just make sure they blend well¬†so you don’t end up with a muddy heart!

    1- Pick 2-4 colors that will blend well on the page. I used 3 different red hues (cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson, rose dore) and a purple (quinacridone violet). You’re also going to want a small-ish brush with a nice and pointy tip; I used a size 3 round.

    • Remember the color wheel? Pick colors that are next to each other and you can’t go wrong.

    2- Trace heart template onto watercolor paper – this can be done placing the papers against a well lit window, or against a lightbox if you happen to have one. Don’t have a printer? You could actually even hold the paper up against your computer screen and trace it without even printing it!

    • For a standard A2 size card, prior to tracing heart, cut paper to a 5.5″x 8.5″ and¬†fold in half along the long side (hamburger style).
    • If you would like to leave room to write words underneath¬†position the top of the heart about 1/2″ from the top of the card
    • If you want to paint wall art – feel free to blow up the image to the size you want and print.

    3- You want to paint each section of the heart individually, leave just a small white space between each one Рlet the pencil lines guide you in this. Allow water/paint to go almost to the pencil lines without touching them. Remember, paint only goes where theres water.

    • First paint alternating sections so that it can dry before painting the adjacent space. This minimizes the chance of them blobbing together if they accidentally touch (although accidental touches are inevitable and give character so don’t stress ūüôā¬†¬†).
    • Begin with the center section. First dampen with plain water, then paint the top left portion with one of the reds, the bottom left portion with another red and then use plain water to blend allowing the right side to remain light.

    4- Moving on to the outside sections; you want the stone to look like it is reflecting light and the colors around it. The easiest way to go about this is to start with one color and paint one side of the section, grab a different color (or hue) and paint the other side and then blend with plain water. You can also paint part of a section with paint and the other part with plain water and let it gradually blend. Continue until heart is fully painted.

    HELPFUL HINTS:

    • Should you want to make a portion of a section darker after it has been painted (but is still wet), just dab a little bit more color in a corner and let it spread.
    • If a section gets darker than you would like, just dab a paper towel on the wet paint to lift it up and lighten it. (see below)

    5- Write in words if you choose. Below I have some ideas for Valentine’s day!

    Valentines Day Wording Ideas:

    I Choose You
    You’re Mine
    XOXO
    You’re Pretty
    I Like Your Face
    You’re A Gem

    6-¬†let everything dry,¬†erase pencil lines, and you’re done! Be overly cautious in waiting for it to dry, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been impatient and smudged my work!