At some point I’ll gather all the scattered little shreds of paper I’ve written my goals for 2014 upon, but this is not that point. We’ve just returned from four utterly relaxing days on the Oregon coast and I’m not quite ready to give up my vacation mindset and jump into goal-making mode.
However, on a goal making note, one of the things on my list this year was to take a flower arranging class so that I can put together arrangements for my events. I like to work with friends who are florists for bigger events that have the budget, but for smaller shindigs, it’s nice to still be able to have a botanical touch.
So, despite that fact that I left my motivation on the beach, I did muster up the wherewithall to complete my first week’s flower homework. I’m taking Chelsea of Frolic’s Flower Arranging 101, which is a month long course covering a few different types of arrangements. My mom, who lives in Spokane is also taking the course, and (of course) had her beautiful homework in far before me. She’s an overachiever.
This week’s lesson was a hand-tied bouquet; a shorter, fuller arrangement tied (by hand) with twine. The stems of the bouquet create a kind of spiral so that it can stand on it’s own- at least in theory. Mine was a little tipsy. She taught us how to prep the stems for use, how to make arrangements last longer and how to pack them up for easy transport. I learned so much and it was just the first class! I was actually pretty tickled with how mine turned out, despite the fact that it’s January and looks a bit Easter-y. Hoping I can find a more local, seasonal source for my flowers next time. Any ideas?
What do you think? Do you have any experience arranging flowers? I’m totally addicted, and thinking that an apartment full of fresh blooms in one of the dreariest months of the year was kind of a genius idea.