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Another Weekend of Prom 2010


Orchids & Ivy

And I love designing prom flowers!! Have I said that before?  I do really enjoy the tiny little details. I even made a wrist corsage for myself and wore it all of Friday night to celebrate with all the prom-goers.(My cats thought me quite a sight!)  OH… I didn’t get a photo of it! Rats!

But… I was in the paparazzi that caught Amanda and Matt as they were leaving the house. Amanda and her family were so sweet to let me intrude on their celebration. I had a blast! AND THEY LOOKED GORGEOUS! But you don’t have to take my word for it – here is the proof!

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Proms 2010

Wrist Corsage & Pocket Boutonniere of Orchids

I just can’t begin to tell you how excited I get about prom flowers.  I love all the little detail work involved.  And all of the new resources – new bracelets, new trinkets to add “bling”.  Prom-goers are now considering exciting and exotic flowers in addition to the traditional mini-roses.  Oh… and new colors!  Metals – both metal colors and wires.  Oh… see!!!! I can really get excited!!!!!

So here are the first pictures in from Prom 2010.  Meet Kyle.  Agreeable to trying something new in boutonnieres – the pocket boutonniere!  What a fun piece to design.  Had a blast!  See what you think???

I am so thankful to his Mom, Kimberly, who shared these great photos with me.  And I wish that I could acknowledge his date but I do not have her name.  Hopefully she will sign in here and let us know how she liked PROM 2010.   And while you can’t actually see the flowers in this photo, I just love the look on Kyle’s face as his Grandmother makes sure that the details are all attended to.  Priceless!!!!

My Favorite Photo... so far this season

Both of these pieces were phaleanopsis orchids.  One of my favorites for many reasons.  First, they are so unusual.  Second, they have a long life as a cut flower.  Third, they are grown in such cool colors and combinations of colors.  They are also known as the “butterfly orchid” as they sort of resemble butterflies.

Yes, I’m excited about the flowers and the way that they looked on these perfectly beautiful “models” but I’m most pleased that all reports indicate that they had a marvelous  time at PROM 2010.


PROM 2010

PROM 2010.

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After the Lunch for 400

Just received these photos from my friend Alyssa.  Since my camera battery gave out after just a few photos, Alyssa was kind enough to snap a few quick shots during “cleanup”.  Just thought I’d share them with you…

My Favorite - Just a little tuft of muscari

In addition to the

flower centerpieces

we had 4 of these

candle pieces.  Alyssa helped make these…

Tulips - Another Favorite

Did you know that tulip stems continue to grow – even after being cut from the plant???  True.

Quince from my back yard had to be "forced" into budding.

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Prom Time for 2010

I’m so excited that prom time is just around the corner!  I just love all the detail work.  (Wonder, huh? Since I also love all the HUGE stuff?) But you’d be surprised how creative you can be with these little flower designs.  And there is so much chic new “accoutrement” this year.  I can’t wait.  If you want something unusual… bring it on!  And… yes… I still remember how to do traditional, too.  And even retro – for all those who are my age or older… remember the huge orchids we used to wear???  But for my proms – nosegays were the rage.  Remember that?

Tell me all about your dress for this year???  I love to hear.  Better yet, send pictures or post them here.  ( OH!  Better not post them until after the prom.  Don’t want to give away any secrets.  )  But be saving your photos and let’s have some of mom’s and daughter’s.  Fun, don’t you think?

What’s the IN color?  The pros in the world of color say this year’s IN color will be TURQUOISE.  Okay with me!!!   Can’t wait!

Here are some photos from last year…Prom FlowersProm flowersProm flowers

wrist corsage and flower bracelet

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Lunch for 400

I had a blast creating floral table decor for our pastor’s farewell retirement luncheon last weekend.  Sorry to see him go but… Godspeed Dudley.  We had 400 people in attendance and the organizing committee for this luncheon is to be commended.  I’d mention all of their names but I don’t have their permission to do that.

I had (for the first time) allowed enough time after delivery to take a few pictures but had failed to consult my camera battery about the plan.  Battery only lasted through a few pictures so here they are. 

My thanks to all who enjoyed the flowers.

It was certainly my honor to create them for this occasion.

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the Baptism of Baby Sadie

Last week Baby Sadie was baptized – how adorable she was in her white gown.  I only wish I had photos of her to show you.  The only photos I have are ones of the flowers that were specially created for the centerpiece at her first “official”  luncheon.  It was an honor to create for her on her very first Valentine’s Day/2010.  “Tiny Roses and All My Heart”  for Baby Sadie.

Flowers for Baby Sadie

Tiny Roses and All My Heart for Baby Sadie

"Tiny Roses & All My Heart" for Baby Sadie

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Bridal Gown Needs a Bride

This beautiful Gloria Vanderbilt wedding dress really needs a bride.  It was abandoned at my cleaners and, to me, that’s so sad.  So I thought I’d ask around for a new home.  It looks like a Size 12.  Has tons of pearls, a stunning neckline and a nice long train.  High quality details like the little pearl broach-type piece and the satin hem.  Lovely!!!All for only $350.  Isn’t that a great price?  I haven’t shopped for a wedding dress in QUITE some time but it seems like a very low price to me.  And it’s really quite a dress!!

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Twigs, Leaves & Flowers at the grand opening of The Morrow Center

How beautiful the new Morrow Center is!  I had no idea that this project was underway but they have converted a space in a shopping mall (that was formerly Macy’s) into a conference center.   It is complete with a 4700 square foot ballroom, which is where we were located for the Grand Opening event.  I was invited by Affairs by Pinehurst to add flowers to their display.  They are one of the six Preferred Caterers for the new facility.  So… you know I was excited.  We met several new brides there.  And a lot of long-time Morrow residents.   The caterers and a couple of musicians were in the ballroom while there were florists, bakers, travel agents, photographers and a  magazine publisher  throughout the main thoroughfare around the ballroom.  Even though it rained,  it seemed to me that there was a good crowd.  My thanks to Lynda Dubbs (Pinehurst) for taking me along.  Here are some of my photos.  Hoping that I’ll have more to from the “real” photographers who where there taking pictures.

Hope you enjoy.  Wish you’d been there!



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Last Look at Christmas 2009… I promise

I know, I know… Christmas 2009 is long gone.  But I have to tell you that I had SO much fun decorating that I’ve had a hard time seeing it go.  (And I’ve also had a hard time getting everything “un-decorated” .)   So please indulge me as I share some photos.  Last time, I promise.  More photos on Facebook Fan Page – Twigs, Leaves & Flowers.  Thanks for taking a look.  Christmas Cards on the mantel 2009



Parting Shots of Christmas 2009

Table Set for a Beautiful Evening Christmas 2009

My Christmas has been glorious.   Even though the “crud” accompanied me this last week, it has still been wondrous.  Just thought I’d share some parting thoughts and photos.   About these spectacular amaryllis… when I arrived with the flowers, the dining room was all set for  the next day’s party guests and it was splendid.  I couldn’t resist asking for a photo op.  What gracious hosts they are.  They could/should write a book!!!  It was beautiful!

Want to see more photos?  How many can I add here?  If you would like to  see more, check my Facebook Fan page, too.

Arrangement of Amaryllis, Mini Callas, Green Anthuriums, Holly Berries and even Maidenhair Fern

This table surely didn’t NEED flowers to make it gorgeous but it was my honor and pleasure to have added something to this gathering of good friends.  May all our Christmases be as lovely…

More parting thoughts to come.