Yes, You Too Can Grow Orchids!

Contrary to popular opinion, orchids are fairly easy to grow once you know what they like. And if you're the type of indoor gardener who forgets to water her plants, then the choice to grow orchids is perfect for you!   Watering Requirements Orchids don't like wet feet and won't live long if their roots are always damp. Water them once per week and allow the potting media to dry out between watering.   Lighting … [Read more...]

Martha’s Flowers: Book Giveaway

I'm determined to instill the love of gardening and all things green into my readers - even if it's just a small leaflet of desire. Of course, many of you are avid gardeners both indoors and out! To celebrate the love of flower gardening, I'm giving away a copy of the book, Martha's Flowers - a practical guide to growing, gathering, and enjoying!   What immediately caught my eye in this book is the gorgeous photography of beautiful … [Read more...]

13 Ideas for Decorating with Store Bought Flowers

It never fails. Shortly after a New Year begins I always find myself longing for my garden flowers. Although I prefer flowers from my garden beds, our cold Midwestern winters force me to settle for decorating with store bought flowers. Following are 13 ideas to turn store bought flowers into beautiful decorations for your home. Roses are always plentiful and look pretty as a simple arrangement in an enamelware pitcher. Photo by … [Read more...]

Make a Beautiful Silk Fall Flower Arrangement

Do you love the fall season? The colors are so amazing and I couldn't wait to make a beautiful silk fall flower arrangement for my home! Today I'm sharing the instructions for creating your own bouquet of posies in a basket! (This post contains affiliate links.)   First, let me give a shout-out to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing today's Fall Craft and DIY tour as part of the "Seasonal Simplicity" blog series. Visit my … [Read more...]

19 Sweet Summer Flower Arrangements

Summer is carefree and beautiful, with its riotous palette of flower colors all over the landscapes and fields. Put those pretty petals to good use with any of these 19 summer flower arrangements. Photo by Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.   Clip flowers from the garden and tuck them in pretty decoupaged pots. I've shared how to decoupage garden pots using floral print napkins. They're so easy to make! By Callwey … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Summer Floral Wreath

The first wreath I ever made was back when I belonged to the Geneva Young Mother's Club. A local florist came to a club meeting for a hands-on tutorial. She said she liked my wreath but I wasn't so sure. I've always envied people who can make pretty wreaths, and I think I finally figured out how to make an easy DIY summer floral wreath. If I can do it - you can too! I promise! First, I'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to Krista at The Happy … [Read more...]

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement

  Arranging flowers used to intimidate me, but not anymore. Look at fields of flowers and you'll realize their appearance is haphazard. I used to feel like floral arrangements had to be perfect, but realize I was wrong. You can make a beautiful spring flower arrangement with just a few tips.   Today I'm joining a group of bloggers to bring you a variety of spring crafts and DIY projects. A special thanks to Krista at The Happy … [Read more...]

13 Fall Flower Arrangements

In my opinion, one of the easiest ways to add seasonal decor to your home is through flowers. In the spring, we think of tulips. Summer is filled with a wide variety of flowers in a range of colors. Fall brings its own assortment of the floral species in warm colors. Gather a bunch of flowers and grasses like the examples below to create beautiful fall flower arrangements. Create a loose and pretty arrangement by tucking dramatic sunflowers in a … [Read more...]

Fall Floral Chandelier: Make Your Own

Kids are back in school and my thoughts and creativity have turned to fall projects. Today I'm joining four blogging friends to bring you a collection of autumn DIY projects. Thanks to Taryn of Taryn Whiteaker Designs for organizing this crafty event. I'm sharing how to make a fall floral chandelier with beautiful silk flowers. Even if you think you can't arrange flowers, you'll be able to tackle this project successfully! (This post contains … [Read more...]

A Year in Flowers: Book Giveaway

These days it seems more and more of my blogging friends are publishing books! I'm so proud of all of them and it's always good news for you, because I like giving away a copy of their books! Kelly from My Soulful Home recently launched her new book, A Year in Flowers. It's filled with gorgeous photography and inspirational ideas. Following are photos from the book. To enter for a chance to win a copy of her new book, simply leave a comment at … [Read more...]

How to Arrange Flowers: with Matthew Robbins

Today I'm going to show you how to arrange flowers using tips from event designer and planner, Matthew Robbins. Matthew has been a contributing editor for Martha Stewart Weddings for over 15 years, among other popular publications. After watching his video, which you'll see at the end of this post, I realized the mistakes I was making with my own flower arrangements. I prefer floral arrangements that aren't perfectly symmetrical. My favorite … [Read more...]

DIY Rustic Flower Vase

Are you enjoying your summer? I sure hope so! Today I have a quick and easy home decor project for you that I think you'll enjoy. It's a DIY rustic flower vase that makes a cute centerpiece - perfect for a dinner party, a bridal shower, a wedding, or just every day use. Another bonus is that it doesn't cost much to make. (This post contains affiliate links.)   To make your DIY rustic flower vase, all you need is a glass cylinder vase, … [Read more...]

Decorating with Flowers: 12 Easy Ideas

When spring rolls into summer, I find less time for decorating inside. Warm weather beckons me outside to enjoy the flower beds and vegetable gardens. Lazy afternoons and long walks are more enjoyable than spending time indoors. For quick decorating, I turn to simple flower arrangements to add color and softness. Today I've rounded up some of my favorite tips for decorating with flowers. Garden Flowers By far, the most economical way of … [Read more...]

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