Today we have Patricia from the UK for a fun visit and post here at The Thrifty Groove. Patricia doesn't have a blog but, she has some fun and pretty tips for flower arranging to share with us. And of course, some great thrifty advice!
Take it away Patricia......
Vintage Floral Decoration Trends for your Home
Flower arrangements always add a decorative feel to the home and are a joy to homeowners and guest to view nature indoors in any weather. Those living in warm climates have the best of both worlds with the added ability of having flowers year round from a garden to enhance the beauty of the home.
When cultivating a garden, consider adding vintage flowers such as peonies, dahlias, sunflowers or delphiniums. Although there is no set protocol to what is considered vintage flowers, think of the flowers an aunt or grandparent grew, which probably included the above and of course––roses. If gardening is not your favorite hobby, consider having flowers delivered by your favorite florist.
Just about anything may be used as flower containers. In days gone by, jelly containers or drinking glasses were used to place flowers along a windowsill or on a dining room table. Today, more unique types of flower containers are available to produce an authentic vintage look.
Peruse thrift shops and yard sales for old tins, such as tea tins, dry mustard tins or flour tins. Teacups, especially if they have a floral decoration or a unique teapot make for interesting and distinctive containers. Look for colorful bottles, such as an old perfume bottle.
Bottles are abundant in thrift shops and a great value for money because they can be used repeatedly. Bottles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from tiny to large, from old Coke bottles to apothecary bottles and unusual perfume bottles.
Wooden crates that once held goods delivered to a business are great for flower settings. A medium sized crate with peonies in different hues of red and pink look beautiful on a coffee table. Using a soda crate that once held 10 or 12 sodas and placing one or two flowers in a small container in each nook is a neat way to add to your patio décor. Another do-it-yourself option is to line the nooks with a plastic before adding water and place your flowers. The liner will prevent the wood from deteriorating.
Mason jars are versatile containers because there is just so much you can do with them. Place water inside the jar, poke a few holes in the lid and place flowers inside with the heads of the flowers poking through the lid. Add a piece of strong wire and hang them on each side of a fireplace or between windows.
If you prefer a more decorative look, add a piece of lace to the outside of the jars with a glue gun.
Cut the heads off the flowers and place in water in a Mason jar. Add a couple of floating candles and you will have a wonderful setting of an evening dinner or party.
Flowers in the home give it a warm ambiance and calmness. Those who are able to grow a flower garden year round are very lucky; however, many simply are not living in a climate that will allow them to have a garden all year, unless they have a greenhouse. This is where a florist comes in. Check out the florist in your community and check what the best buy of vintage-type flowers are. You may be able to make arrangements with the florist to purchase cut flowers at a lower price if you purchase flowers often. Wholesale florists often have cut flowers available at a lower cost.
Keep your flowers by drying them either by hanging them upside down in an unused closet with a string or a rubber band if you want a bouquet. Remove excess foliage and keep the flowers out of the sun. Leave the flowers hanging for at least three weeks. Once the flowers are ready, spray with hairspray or spray lacquer to strengthen the flowers. Then place them in containers. Dried flowers look great in-between cut flowers or as an added decoration to an entertainment center and gives a great vintage style to your home.
The same applies to cattails. Cattails grow around water in fields usually in late July and August. Pick a few cattails and spray liberally with hair spray otherwise the brown flower part of the plant will burst revealing a cotton-looking substance. Place in a large old-fashioned milk container for a wonderful vintage look anywhere. Add a few small tree branches for an added distinctive touch, such as birch.
About the Author
Patricia Hall works part-time for Serenata Flowers UK an online florist and loves to surround herself with flowers at any given point of time. Even in her free time she loves to involve herself with everything flora and fauna.
'To me there is nothing more beautiful and global as the language of flowers - it is the easiest to understand all around the world in the same way. That is one reason why I truly admire flowers for what they represent in some ways - unity of all mankind!'