Florally Simple

It’s amazing what getting up early can do for the start of a productive day. Anyone who knows me well knows that I’ve always been more of a morning person than a night hawk. Don’t get me wrong I can stay up late with you, just as long as you have either interesting conversation or bopping music flowing my way. But at the end of the day or should I say at the start of the day, I’m a morning early bird. I think clearer in the morning. I’m more chipper in the morning. Plain and simple I’m just a better me in the morning.

This past weekend was no exception. After calling it an early night on friday (although it was hard considering I was out with great friends) I was able to rise early the next morning at 7:30, yes, I was up this early even with my current non-parent status. My to-do list was not long but it involved deadlines and creative thinking for my advertising class, and the ideas never flow just because you put a pad and pencil in front of them. They have to be coaxed out of you, and sometimes it takes a shot of espresso, sometimes YouTube surfing, sometimes magazine scanning, or what worked for me this past saturday morning, putting together some flower arrangements inspired by my GOOP newsletter.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve always loved flowers. And when I first moved into my current apartment I would regularly buy flowers on the weekend to place all over. My floral habit sadly died off as my focus on finishing school sooner than later intensified. But as I approach graduation day, I’m glad this one old habit dies hard.

I’m lucky to have an open 24hrs flower stand down the block from me. I know, isn’t it amazing to be able to go down stairs at let’s say 3:29 am and know you can buy a bouquet of peonies? Not that i’ve ever done that but it’s good to know. Anyhow I love how the stand is always open and always ready to supply me with fresh flowers.

This weekend I opted for a mixture of roses which coincidentally are my least favorite flowers and carnations which happen to be in my frequent buying program. Carnations are totally underrated. They come in all kinds of colors and sizes. They are inexpensive. And they last a long time, which makes me happy camper.

A while back, I mentioned in this post, how these mason jars would soon be filled with chutney or pickles but lack of time has left them in my cupboard collecting dust. So for now, I’ve decided to use them as cute mini decorative vases.

I wanted this first arrangement to have a very simple and elegant touch. I started with 3 of these roses and decided they would be all the same height. Tip: one way to make sure your flowers will stand in your vase with a proportionate height is to place the vase at the edge of a table and hold the flowers in front and trim them where the base of the vase meets the stem.

You can leave your flowers spread out like here, but I wanted a more regal look. Since this was an impromptu floral DIY, I didn’t have any green floral twine on hand,  so I tied them up with a rubber band.

I then used clear scotch tape (try using the clear glossy kind, not the opaque kind, so it’s less visible) to hold the roses in place so they stand up in the center of the vase without toppling to the sides. TIP: make sure to dry both the inside and outside of the rim so that the tape adheres to the vase or else the tape won’t stick. You’ll need for pieces of tape to create a tic-tac-toe cross-hatch to fit the roses snuggly in the center.

For the next arrangement I went for a pink monochromatic finish. I really liked how the roses and carnations added their own textural definition to the color ensemble.

I was then left with all roses and decided to put them in a mini round vase with the fillers the florist added to the original bouquet.

You can either keep your arrangement together to make a statement like the one on my windowsill or you can spread them throughout your home to enliven multiple rooms. Either way it’s a great way to make use of one bouquet in 3 different ways.

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day

like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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