As Easter is this weekend, it seems a good time to reflect on the positive changes I have made in my life lately. The main one being giving and sharing more. Helping those in need or those who are less fortunate and sharing my knowledge and flowers has given me more purpose in life.
Since relocating my studio two months ago to the Hornsby area, I have felt so welcomed and have been very impressed with the close community that is thriving here. I cannot help myself in joining in the spirit and helping where I can.
Last month was the launch of Dragonclaw. Australia's only online community supporting 450,000 sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Juvenile Arthritis.
I was delighted to be a sponsor of their event held at Parliament House and donated floral arrangements for all the guest tables.
Blue is the theme colour for Dragon Claw so I used blue dyed orchids. Long lasting and perfect for what was a sticky, humid day! Below are some images with a step by step guide on how one can create such arrangements.
How to create simple floral table arrangements
You will need;
Oasis (floral foam)
No. 6 bowls with guards
2 x Monsterea leaves per arrangement
2 x Happy plant leaves per arrangement
2 x bunches of Singapore Orchids
Step 1. Base up. Soak a full brick of Oasis and slicing 1/3 off, place into bowl.
Step 2. Attach guards onto bowls to secure correctly to bowl by following groove lines.
Step 3. Use large leaves such as 2 x Monsterea leaves to cover bowl, cut stem half way and place into centre of bowl, fan in opposite directions.
Step 4. Add 2 x Happy Plant leaves curled. Trim vertical a edge at the bottom of the leaf to create a thinner stem to insert.
Step 5. Insert stems of Singapore Orchids into bowl, arrange in and around the leaves creating a dome like shape.
Step 6. Spray Orchids with water and you are finished.
This is a simple design which looks quite effective with the right flowers.
The Gift of Giving
Another good flower deed was for an Arbonne make up master class. Held to raise funds for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter, but also to have a bit of fun with the ladies and a bunch of amazing make-up products.
I donated this unique floral piece I created to match their logo. Using two Tortured Willow wreaths I had left over from Christmas, I cut to open them up, then angled the wreaths into the "a" symbols. Using a heavy wire I bound the "a's" together as mirror images. I covered the base with many bright and colourful hardy flowers and some leaves, using my trusty glue gun.
The guests were delighted and lucky me got to be the model for the night!
$500 was raised in donation that night to the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter.
I hope you too can go out there, make your mark, bring happiness in your own way and share the love!
Fun Activities for Easter Weekend!
Create a gorgeous floral table setting for your Easter lunch
Using recycled jars and bottles from your home and pretty flowers and/or foliage from your garden.
Cut stems on a 45 degree angle with secateurs or sharp scissors. Ensure lengths are roughly 2/3 (more than double) the height of the container and place into jars and bottles.
Ensure containers have plenty of water and change with new water every 2 days to maximise flower life.
Find some fallen branches or leaves and place through the centre of the table.
Add your flower arrangements in between your branches and leaves display for a beautifully rustic look.
A stunning and natural table setting that won't cost you a thing!
Decorate Easter Eggs (add amongst your table setting)
METHOD: Using hard boiled eggs -
Make a dye bath (for each colour), combining 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 tsp vinegar and 10 drops of food colouring in a bowl.
Dip hard-boiled eggs in dye bath for 3-5 minutes, extend time for richer colour.
Use tongs to remove eggs and place on newspaper to dry, blot any excess with a paper towel.
NOTE: Decorate each egg before dyeing if you intend on adding features. If wished, you can draw on the eggs with crayon, or place rubber bands or dot stickers on the egg. Covering parts of the egg with tape, stickers, crayon wax from drawing, or rubber bands will result in the covered parts of the egg not being coated in the dye you are about to dip the egg in but will create their own cool effects.
Some traditions never dye! ;)
Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing Easter break, full of yummy goodness! As Autumn is really setting in now, its a great time to stay indoors, get inspired and get creative.