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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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Sign up today! >>

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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DIY Projects: Garden Ponds

Have you ever looked at a garden pond and wondered how much it would cost to get one installed? With the price of digging out and building a pool in people’s backyard, a garden pond must surely cost quite a bit as well – but the truth is that people tend to make these themselves.

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Garden ponds are actually not that difficult to make as you won’t be swimming around in it yourself. Just find a weekend or two where you have all the time you need to get your hands dirty and get started so that you’ll be able to enjoy it before spring.

Here is a handful of tips in terms of building your own garden pond so that your neighbors can be glancing over at your garden with envy.

First: Repurpose or buy

First of all, you need to consider what you’re looking for. The bigger the pond is, the more money you might have to spend on it as smaller ponds easily can be made out of repurposing a very large flower pot or sink a rubber container into your garden. You could sink the flower pot in as well, though, but it will look pretty as it is just standing above the ground.

If you’re not that into repurposing stuff to make a pond out of, there are many alternatives to buy online instead. They will, of course, cost a bit more but may also look even fancier; have a look at this article, for example, to get started and consider your options first.

Keep in mind that any watertight vessel will do, really, so have a look in your garage before you decide on anything final.

Next: Mark out the area

Before you start digging, it’s best to mark out the area where you’d like to have your pond and lay the water circulation pipe that goes from the pump to the waterfall on the ground. Throw some soil on top of it, by the way, to save you the time of digging a trench to bury the pipe.

It’s a good idea to have everything you need for the job ready at hand before you start to do this so have a look at these sump pump prices right away. This will usually be the most expensive thing you have to buy so it’s better to get it over with as soon as possible.

Digging out the pond

After this is over with, you can start to dig out the pond. Terrace both shallow and deeper areas for plants, and remember to remove everything that might puncture your pipes such as sharp rocks, roots, and anything else you might find down there that isn’t pure soil.

Now you can place a layer or your container into the terraced area. If you’re using a liner, remember to simply spread it loosely within the pond and don’t stretch it tight as you might find that you need a bigger sheet.

Line the pond sides with rocks and place the pump container before installing the pump and filling the pond with water. Remember to decorate with some plants, rocks, statues and whatever else you might like.

Now you have a beautiful garden pond to make the time you spend out there even better.

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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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Restore Your Historic Home To Its Former Glory

Homes with character are rare and highly sought after. Unlike many generic modern homes, they can make you feel as if you live in a unique and special place – somewhere you can truly call home, rather than just a place to live.

But historical homes are problematic: they’re difficult to look after and hard to keep in good condition. As anyone who owns one will tell you, things can and do go wrong on a regular basis, leaving them in need of repair.

Do you own a historic house? Here’s what you can do to restore it to its former glory.

Learn About Its History

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One of the major draws of owning a historic home is, well, the history. We like the idea that a particular building wasn’t just generated en masse by a national developer, but was instead the product of individual effort and strife. If you want to restore your home to its former glory, the first thing you need to do is find out more about its history. Take a look at information in the public records office, and seek out previous owners to find out more about who built it and why. Check the internet for title databases to see whether you can glean any information about the lifestyles of the people who used to live in your home, and then consider this during the renovation.

Use Modern Upgrades With Care

Often it’s not possible to replace some features in a historic home, like for like. The original businesses that made them have either gone out of business or have updated their products considerably. What’s more, you probably don’t want to replace the boiler with an original replica – you want something that’s not going to let you down on long winter nights.

The trick is to find suitable replicas that are both reliable and maintain the house’s historical charm. Don’t change the architecture if you can avoid it, just use features, like fireplaces, which hark back to the original. Companies like Doiggs can also help you to protect particularly sensitive items, especially if you think your home may be at risk of external damage.

Use Period Materials

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If you own a historic house, you’ll want to avoid “modern” materials, such as vinyl, MDC, PVC and other monstrosities. Instead, focus on the type of materials available at the time. For many Georgian or Victorian houses, this will be hardwoods, brass, crystal, and slate. Often, you’ll want to update materials in your home because of wear and tear, but this is easy once you have an inventory of suitable ones at your disposal.

Hire Craftsmen To Retain Original Features

Rather than producing homes at the lowest possible cost – as many modern developers do – older builders used to pour a lot of effort into bespoke craftsmanship. The result is stunning features and decor in many historic homes, especially in communal areas and around staircases. Restoring these critical features helps to update your historic home, but it must be done correctly. Only hire skilled artisans with experience working with complex features.

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Autumn DIY Pumpkin Succulents

Pumpkin Succulents

It’s Autumn! As the days get shorter and the nights colder, making your home into a warm and welcoming space is essential. There is nothing better than coming home to a
cozy bedroom after a long day or getting compliments on your fall home decor when hosting friends over for dinner.

To help you transform your home into an autumn retreat, FTD
has a pumpkin succulent DIY for you to try. They walk you step by step through how to create this cute planter. The best part? It can last all fall and doesn’t need much care.

Once you understand the basics of creating this pumpkin succulent, you can get creative with design. Try out different patterns or alternate colored glitter to make a unique piece of decor for your home.

Let’s get started!

How to make a pumpkin succulent tutorial

 

Love this? Check out these Fall recipes perfect for a fun family weekend!

Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumble Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds