March 26th, 2013
So I’ve been wanting to make a flower crown for the longest time. I guess I just never had a justified reason. But then one of my best friends was having a bachelorette party and I thought it would be fun to create something for her to wear as a crown…a flower crown! Who doesn’t want to be a flower child princess for the night?
At first I was going to use real flowers, but who was I kidding. That would have been way hard and I wanted her to be able to keep it after the party. I went to the craft store and picked a bunch of fake flowers that I thought would look good – mostly romantic blooms in white and pinks, with a few touches of greenery, and making sure to get smaller flowers to mix in as well. I bought about 15-20 stems of various sizes.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
fake flowers (about 15-20 stems)
thick floral wire
thin floral wire
hot glue gun
While I don’t have photos of the process, it’s really quite simple. First, cut desired length of wire (about the circumference of your head plus six to eight inches). Create a circle that lays loosely on your head (the flowers will take up some space) and wrap the excess wire tightly around the back of the crown, using a pliers.
Next, cut / separate all of the larger flowers off of their stems. Lay out your desired design and arrangement for the crown. Using a combination of floral tape, floral wire, and (mostly) hot glue, attach flowers to the wire and each other, making sure to pack them tight. Wait for glue to dry between flowers so that you can attach to the glue itself, if needed. Continue doing this until you have it just the way you’d like! The back will look like a hot glue mess but it’s perfectly fine and secure once it dries. I went over it with hot glue twice just to make sure. I liked to mix the colors and sizes throughout but it could also look cool to have some sort of fading ombre effect! There are so many options with colors and types of flowers.
My friend looked beautiful and it was such a fun handmade gift. But before I let go, of course I had to wear it around the house to feel like a princess. It may have been a day or two of this… :)
What do you think? Would you ever make a flower crown…perhaps for spring? Plus you could definitely make it with fewer flowers for a more subtle effect. :)
June 1st, 2012
Happy weekend! Posting has been light this week because I’ve got such a big weekend ahead. I’ve been planning a wedding that takes place tomorrow and I’m also styling a grand opening party for a coffee shop on Sunday. I cannot wait to share photos with you – I am so excited about these projects! I’ve been working like a busy bee and I just know all of this hard work is going to pay off. I can’t wait to share photos! Next week I’ll be ready to hit the ground running with regular blog posts again so be sure to check back.
Have a wonderful June weekend!
(Photo by Ben Blood)
May 29th, 2012
How was your weekend? We had the most wonderful, relaxing long weekend with my my in-laws, brother and sister-in-law, and one year old nephew. Also, Nick and I decided we really love ninety degree weather (with a breeze). It felt kind of amazing.
I have a busy week ahead, but for now I’ll leave you with some photos from our weekend. These gorgeous peonies from my mother-in-law’s garden took my breath away (I just wish I had thought to snip a few to bring home!)
Here are a few photos I took of our precious nephew, Axel. (I still remember when he was this big.) He is such a joy and we love him to pieces.
Oh, and baby butts are the cutest.
May 1st, 2012
I feel so cliché saying this, but… can you believe it’s May?! I feel like the days, weeks, and months are flying by as I’m just trying to remember what day it is. Some good things happened in April, but I’m also ready to leave some things behind. I love the possibility and new beginning of a new month and a fresh start. It’s what we all need, right?
This month I’m going full-speed ahead and focusing on this blog and my goals (they’re pretty closely connected). Stay tuned for some fun changes. Oh and I’ll also be launching two new series this month! Pretty darn excited.
Happy May Day to you! What are you most looking forward to this month?
Come back later today for a new Granola Files!
P.S. There are still a few spots left for sponsorship in May, so if you’re interested, please email me right away! And if you’re waiting for an email, it’s coming soon! :)
(Photo by Chelsea Fuss for Frolic!)
April 27th, 2012
Happy Friday! Aren’t flower crowns just so pretty and feminine? They are surely the perfect look for a dreamy spring. I wonder what kind of looks I’d get if I just walked around with one on my head all day…ha!
Also, the one on the top right is actually made of fake flowers and there’s a lovely tutorial here! Happy crown making. : )
P.S. The rummage sale that we were going to have today and tomorrow is postponed. We’ve decided to have it when it’s a little warmer so stay tuned! xo
(Photos, from top to bottom: Holly by Natalie J Watts for Vecu Spring 2011 via FGR, Kelli Murray, threadscence via modern romance, Ben Sasso and The Conservatorie)
April 19th, 2012
Amy Merrick is seriously cool. She’s made a name for herself as a talented floral stylist in Brooklyn with a rapidly growing freelance career. She’s also a contributing writer for Design*Sponge. Amy seems like the kind of friend you would go thrift shopping with, followed by a trip to a cool secret wholesale florist to make beautiful creations in her Greenpoint studio. Did I mention she’s inspiring? (Also, is it just me or does she look a lot like Feist?:)
I recently came across the website Industry of One, a website that interviews and photographs freelance artists, showing peeks into their work, lives, and style. These photos took my breath away…the flowers, the moody lighting, her vintage style…gorgeous! Check out the full interview here and if you haven’t seen Amy’s stunning website, you’re in for a real treat.
You must see her most recent work for BHLDN!
Doesn’t it just make you happy? xo
(Photos at top: Industry of One, bottom: David Meredith)