Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Anticipating Spring!!!

What in the world have I been up to? I'm so sorry I haven't posted lately! It's been crazy. I have been in volunteer overload. I had a reader email me and ask me what volunteering I do that keeps me so busy. This week it's been the physician's alliance that I am the president of this year, the fall shopping bazaar that our Junior League produces in November, 1st grade Parent's Association Rep, JK room mom, and helping plan a rehearsal dinner for a friend. Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it!

To make things more interesting, I was a single parent last week while Dr. Daddy went skiing in Jackson Hole, WY. He had a great time skiing and I had a dog that wouldn't stop pooing and peeing in her kennel. Nice.

Last Sunday our school had it's annual JK/Senior Buddy dinner. Each year the JK students get paired up with a senior. It's adorable. They meet once a month and play games, read stories, etc. The dinner is done as a way for the parents of the JK kids to get to meet the parents of the seniors and gain a new perspective on the school. I had done some flowers for another event that weekend so I was able to recycle them for the dinner. They turned out so cute! Our school colors are black, red and white.

The grass centerpieces are easy...

What you'll need:

wheat grass seed (available at most organic food markets)
8 inch plant drainage tray (.89 at wal mart)
metal bucket container (these are from JoAnn Crafts)
floral wire
three gerbera daisies
floral oasis

What you'll do:

two weeks prior to your event you'll need to grow your grass. Soak seeds overnight. Place an even layer of soil in the bottom of your drainage tray. Add a generous layer of seeds (they should completely cover the soil and should all be touching one another). Place another layer of soil on top. Sprinkle with water and set in a window or somewhere that you'll have good light.
Water each day. The grass grows quite quickly.

The day of the event, cut a rectangle of floral foam in half. Soak foam. Add foam to bucket. Remove grass from drainage tray and place on top of foam. The grass should fit snugly in the container. Wire your gerbera daisies with floral wire by wrapping the stem with the wire. Push the daisies into the grass and all the way through until they are firmly stuck into the oasis. Then you're done! Water if needed.

The other arrangements are simply daisies placed in glass rectangles. I used grosgrain ribbon (two widths) and placed them on the vases with double sided tape. So simple!

I loved these arrangements...they make me excited for sping!


Cool Gal said...

I discovered your blog while visiting "The Activist Next Door." Love it!

The flower arrangements are beautiful! I'm going to give them a try. :)

MM said...

It sounds like you definitely have your hands full! I love the arrangements :)

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Sheila said...

These are beautiful and so sweet- I'm copying for sure (I am definitely florally challenged)

Mona said...

I love those simple yet colorful arrangements!

Anonymous said...

Ugh. I miss my friends from JL in Wheeling, but the responsibilities - NOT AT ALL! Sounds like you are incredibly busy - that's what those three glasses of wine at night help with. :-) (Missing wine right now... sigh...)

Loved your list of 25 things... agree with so many of them. Except for Diet Coke. I know for a fact (having had friends and a sister who were addicts) that it is an addictive substance,but I can't get past the taste somehow... I cut myself off from soda entirely with the pregnancy, but have been consuming ABSURD amounts of seltzer. Like 6 cans a day.

Mrs. Potts said...

I love daisies & seeing the picture pop up definitely made me smile!

Allison said...

Those are both fantastic looking! You have a great eye!

carolinagirl said...

Such great arrangements!!! Thanks for the ideas. I love those square vases...I also use those for silverware during parties with ribbons tied around them.

ilovepink said...

Those are beautiful! I will definitely try the grass centerpieces.

Legallyblondemel said...

Glad you're back! And, goodness, best of luck with that volunteering schedule. The League placement alone would be enough to end me.

And is there any chance of my morphing into a crafty type when I become a mom, such that I will magically be able to create darling centerpieces like that?

Jen said...

I love these arrangements! I am a martha stewart wanna-be-as well and I just wanted to stop by and say that I love your blog. It is a VERY fun read. P.S. "Sippy Cups are Not For Chardonnay" is one of my favorite mommy books :-) Very catchy title :-)

Anyway, I see that you are an organization junkie like I am and i am giving away something fun on my blog if you ever want to stop by. Take care!

Denise said...

I can certainly feel spring in the air when I see these pretty flower arrangements!! Love them!

Have a great day, Denise