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DIY Flower Maven Floral Design Workshop

You’re at the grocery store and you push your cart right past a bank of jaw-dropping, colorful blooms. They are just too pretty to pass up, so you grab three bunches wrapped in cellophane and place them into the child seat of your cart. You get home, unpack your flower haul, grab a vase, a packet of flower food and start snipping stems. After jamming them all in the vase you notice that you trimmed half of them too short, there is a big hole in the back of the arrangement and that one dang flower just won’t cooperate. Ugg. I’ve been there!

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Flower arranging can be downright difficult and sometimes even overwhelming. So many questions! What kind of flowers should I buy? How many bunches? What kind of vessel should I use? Do I use flower food? It would be so much easier to just buy a finished arrangement, but who has the time or money for that?! Ummm, Not me!

Well, my “flower arranging luck” was about to change (is that kind of luck even a thing?). I connected with Stephanie, the owner of DIY Flower Maven, based out of Yorkville, WI. A new, one-woman business that specializes in teaching others simple and stress-free flower arranging. Whether you are a bride that wants to save a little cash and do your own flowers or a group of girlfriends that are in dire need for a quality “girls night in”, Stephanie’s flower workshops are the perfect fit!

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Earlier this month, I had Stephanie from DIY Flower Maven come to House Fenway for one of her floral design workshops. I thought it would be a great way to spend a sunny Spring afternoon with some of my girlfriends. Stephanie came fully prepared for the class, with all of the flowers, vessels, tools, and buckets of patience (with us, this was needed. 😊 )

 

What to expect at a Floral Design Workshop

We began the workshop with a brief overview of the variety of flowers Stephanie brought with her and continued by setting up our workspace — prepping for the flower magic!

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Stephanie did a great job teaching us about what kind of vessel to choose, dependant on the flowers we are going to arrange, how to prep the container for the bouquet to keep its shape, and how to maintain the bouquet after the arrangement is complete.

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Starting with the greenery, we built the foundation for our gorgeous bouquets using two varieties of leaves.

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Working on the focal point, we added some stunning Protea (super popular in the floral market right now), followed by a couple stems of Hydrangea and some intense Blue Thistle.

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To add texture and help fill in space, we tucked in some spikey and naked, seeded eucalyptus. The smell was AMAZING!

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Next, a punch of color and some elegance — sprigs of bright pink tea roses and some large cream roses.

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Finishing off these beautiful bouquets, we added some dainty pink tulips, which not only added height but another punch of color.

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Our Finished Arrangements

The finished floral arrangements turned out absolutely fabulous! We were all pleased with the outcome (and swooning over what we all created!). Stephanie at DIY Flower Maven did an amazing job teaching us the basics and assisting us all along the way. She was patient, personal, informative, and it’s reflected in the finished product.

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Want to do your own Floral Design Workshop?

DIY Flower Maven will be hosting two half-hour workshops at the upcoming Spring re:Craft & Relic Show, April 5th & 6th. Hurry, space is limited!

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Floral Design Workshop with DIY Flower Maven

Location:
re:Craft & Relic
Milwaukee County Sports Complex
6000 W Ryan Rd
Franklin, WI 53132

Dates & Times:
Friday, April 5th 7:00-7:30 pm
Saturday, April 6th 1:30-2:00 pm

Your Workshop Registration Fee Includes:
– Entrance Fee to re:Craft & Relic ($7 Value)
– Supplies needed to make your flower arrangement ($45 Value)
– Laminated Recipe Card with Photo Instructions
(so you can replicate the design at home)
– Thank You Gift From DIY Flower Maven

Enjoy for just $37
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Where did these pretty shots come from?

Seriously, how pretty, right? These amazing photos of our workshop day were taken by the talented photographer, Jacob Hicks of J. Hicks Photography. He specializes in wedding and engagement photos and his business is based in the greater Milwaukee area. If you’re in the market for a photog…Jacob’s your man! Check out his biz >

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

There is nothing more comforting than a fresh batch of oatmeal raisin cookies in the cookie jar. This simple recipe, brings back all the feelings of childhood.  The flavor, the texture and the faint scent of cinnamon.

Ingredients

1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons water

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats

1 cup raisins

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How to make


STEP 1
Heat oven to 350°F.

STEP 2
Combine brown sugar and butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Incorporate eggs, water and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining ingredients except oats and raisins; blend with hand mixer at low speed until completely mixed. Fold in oats and raisins.

STEP 3
Form tablespoon-sized rounded balls and place 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely and store in air tight container.

 

Have a sweet tooth?

I’m a dessert lover myself. Here are a couple other dessert recipes from my blog I recommend:

Double Fudge Brownies

Yummy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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House Fenway Market

There is no denying it, I love to create! As long as I can remember, I have always gravitated towards art. Paper and pencil, markers, chalk, canvas, computer, you name it, I’ve used it as a creative outlet. This blog is a prime example. Not traditional art mind you, but art constructed with feelings and words. I wanted to share with you today my creations. They are a melt of my art and my love for home decor. Attached to this blog, I have a small shop. It’s a little piece of me, my art and my step to share my creations with the world (because my house can only hold so much!). Here are a couple of the prints  available to purchase. I’m so honored to be able to share them and continue to improve and grow my craft. Enjoy!

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Love Block Print
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Love Black Print – Black

 

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Coffee Botanical Print

 

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Tea Botanical Print

 

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Farmhouse Hen Print

 

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Farmhouse Sheep Print

 

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She Shed Print
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Hen House Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Fresh Home Project To Work On

Now isn’t this something to get excited about. If you say no, then you haven’t worked on a home project before. It allows you to use your creation and your imagination, and turn a room from nothing, into something. But of course, you really do have to have the eye for it. A fresh home project to work from only comes by having a blank canvas, and for those of you who are completely bored of your homes at the minute, we’re sure you can agree that this year is the year to decide whether a move should be on the cards. If not, well you’re going to have a lot of stripping of your home to do. But no matter how you get your fresh home project, you still need to have those design ideas that will help you to turn it into something beautiful. If the only time you’ve done it before is when you moved into your first home, well you might need a bit of help! Keep on reading, and find out how you can have a fresh home project to work on, and what you can do with it!

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A New Home To Work On

A new home to work on is only going to come if you up and sell yours, which a lot of you might be itching to do. But although you’ll be itching to do it, it doesn’t mean that the process is easy to manage. However, we think companies such as William Pitt can really help you to get the ball rolling by telling you how much your home is worth, it’s then up to you to scour the market to find a home that you like the best! There are plenty of options out there for you, you just have to know what you’re looking for. Is it more space to be creative with, and ultimately to grow your family with? Its it the perfect location that your current home is lacking? Take some time to find what you’re going to love, and keep your creative eye in mind all of the time.

Design Ideas We Love

Sometimes it’s easy to struggle with design ideas, especially when they’re so many of them about! But the one we’re loving the most at the minute is the warm oak toned one. It can be used throughout the home, but is best using in the living room. Websites such as Pinterest will show you plenty of design ideas around this color scheme. As for the kitchen, we think the contrast of dark grays and whites work perfectly! It helps give that sharp and modern finish. For the bedroom, the white, grey and black color scheme is holding strong, and we’re glad it is!

Would You Consider Property Flipping?

Property flipping would become a hobby, as well as giving you that creative outlet that you need. It’s taking a home that’s super cheap and run down, and turning it into something beautiful. Plus, it’s a great way of being able to make those all important pennies!

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7 Ways To Prepare Your House For Unexpected Visitors This Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and chances are you’ll be absolutely nowhere near ready. If that’s the case, then you’re definitely not going to be prepared for any unwanted guests over the festive season. Whether it’s your parents visiting on Christmas Eve or an unexpected present drop from a friend, you want your house at it’s best just in case.

With that in mind, here are 7 ways to prepare your house for unexpected guests this Christmas:

 

Clear Out Any Unwanted Items

 

If you’re anything like me you’ll have lots of junk that has accumulated throughout the year. Whether it’s things you don’t need anymore or something you’ve been trying to get rid of but don’t have the time, this is the perfect time to get rid of it. Spend a few hours having a big clear out of stuff you no longer need and your house will already start to feel incredibly different.

 

Have A Big ‘Winter’ Clean

 

Massive house cleans are not just for Spring! Making sure your house is looking and smelling incredible before Christmas is important and you never know when anyone could walk through your door. Whether you’re cleaning your entire kitchen from top to bottom, clearing out the spare bedroom or using a central vacuum service throughout the whole house – you’ll feel so much better for it.

 

Buy Lots Of Stunning Decorations

 

There’s nothing better than a well-decorated house at Christmas. Even if you’re not expecting guests it’s nice to go all out and decorate your house in stunning Christmas decorations just for you and the family, but when other people see them and compliment you on how incredible they look it’s definitely a great feeling. So, treat yourself to some new decorations and make your house look amazing!

 

Decorate Any Areas That Need Attention

 

If you have any areas in your house that need some TLC, then thinking about redecorating them quickly before Christmas could make a whole lot of difference to the look and feel of your house. Whether it’s painting the skirting boards, putting up a new wallpaper in the guest bedroom or simply fixing a squeaky cupboard door – getting them done before Christmas will make you feel so much better about your home.

 

Buy Extra Beddings For Emergency Sleep Overs

 

Just in case anyone ends up having a little too much to drink and has to stop the night, extra bedding and towels and incredibly handy. Stock up and if you don’t need them now, at least you’ll have them for the future.

 

Make Your Garden Look Clean And Presentable

 

Although no one will be going in your garden, they’ll still be able to see it through your back windows. Making it look clean and presentable, even if it’s not, gives off your a little more put together than you may be. If you do want to show off your garden, and impromptu firework session on New Year’s Eve could do the trick!

 

Stock Up On Candles And Wax Melts

 

There are so many beautiful scents that are centered around Christmas that you can have your house smelling incredible in no time. Keeping yourself stocked up means you can pop one on as soon as anyone pulls into your drive too!

How are you planning to prepare your house for unexpected visitors? Let me know if we missed anything in the comments!