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a little bit of flora... 11 Jul 2012

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I just about died when I came across these images by photographer Chaunté Vaughn. The series of test images that Chaunté shot for her portfolio features beautiful little Kayla rocking some amazing floral headpieces. The entire thing is just stunning and looks like it could be pulled right from the pages of a magazine...  — Joy

ps. This is a great example of something I always encourage creatives to do—make self-initiated work that you feel passionate about as it's the best way to grow your portfolio and show clients what you can do {if you're not already doing it!}.

{Kayla photographed by Chaunté Vaughn, florals, hair, and makeup by Jessi Butterfield.}

this week's farmer's market flowers... 9 Jul 2012

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It's been a while since I picked up some flowers from my Sunday trips to the Hollywood Farmer's Market and had to get these gorgeous dahlias {mixed with other little beauties} this week from the Silver Lake Farms' floral stand. They have the most amazing assortment of blooms which went straight into my favorite quirky vessels... — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy. Vases by Jonthan Adler and Joanna Mendicino}

{fashioned florals} a wildflower posey ... 14 Jun 2012

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It's summer here in Texas, which can only mean one thing...zinnias! Our local grocery mart stocks some wildflowers from a nearby flower farm, and I scooped these up alongside some other blooms to put together a little arrangement that looks perfect for a weekend brunch. How about some tips and tricks on putting together an easy and effortless little arrangement? {I know, I know, it often looks a lot easier than it is. I've got some notes up my sleeve to help you along!} Here's how...

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{fashioned florals} a pink flower crown... 25 May 2012

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It's no doubt that flower crowns are popular these days and with plenty of reason! They're feminine, whimsical, and really, so much fun. I recently made one for a friend's bridal shoot and realized that I needed to put a DIY together for this, just because. 

Hop on down for the steps ... 

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1. I started with some blue thistle, some tiny white blooming spirea, an unusual peach and pink carnation, two camellias {one pink, one white}, and one stray vine from my yard, and I got to work. {If you don't have any vines at your disposal, grab some ribbon, metallic elastic, floral wire, or even a headband. All can work in this scenario!}

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2. Work through all the blooms by cutting their stems short, as we'll wire them next. The greens or "backing" should be an inch or two long while the vine's base should get cleared of any leaves on its bottom inch of length.

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3. Now it's time to wire! We've covered it before in previous fashioned florals posts, but go through and wire each bloom with floral wire. Next, tie two pieces of greenery {I used spirea} that will be the base that the flowers are attached to. 

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4. It's now time to use all these beautiful blooms as you attach them by wrapping their individual wires around the base of greens to create a central piece. It's good to have a couple of large blooms {one to three} which will be framed by smaller blooms, pods, or seeds. Picking a range of scales in elements helps a lot. I also used a quick duo of short floral wires to tie the vine into a crown shape. 

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5. Now the best part! Affix the large piece to your crown of vines by using short pieces of floral wire and twisting everything together.

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6. The finale! Make sure to use some bobby pins to keep things steady, even if you end up with an asymmetrical piece like mine is. You could also continue this further by attaching a series of small pieces together which will create an even bigger statement. Either way, they're a super fun accessory! — Liz

{All photos by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} a spring wristlet ... 3 May 2012

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We're back with some wearable flowers! This time with a easily customizable bracelet that uses some leftover ribbon, a quick bloom or two, and—presto— you have an instant accessory! 

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1. Gather up your supplies...including some ribbon strands {I made sure to keep one longer that will end up tying and securing the whole thing} that coordinate with your flowers. I included a spray rose, white rice flower, some greenery and lilac. 

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2. Wire it all up...pull the greens, rice flower, and lilac together with a small piece of wire, while also wrapping the the spray rose individually with wire so that you can easily attach it where you want.

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3. With the ribbon, make a little bracelet out of three strands to give it a bit more heft than a single strand. Quickly braiding it all together, I left the purple ribbon longest to become the tying pieces and trimmed each at their ends. 

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4. A quick twist of the spray rose to the larger bunch, and then into the ribbon braid helps secure everything together, and we're done! This would be so easy to adapt and be a great little addition to a girl's brunch or a night out, yes? — Liz

{All photos by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} mini wreath place card... 5 Apr 2012

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Here's a sweet and simple place card idea for this week’s Fashioned Florals—perfect in time for an Easter brunch, don’t ya think? I’m also jazzed that this requires nothing but scissors or floral shears to put together {not to mention that I rounded up everything up from my yard}! Free is always appreciated, especially when Spring's bounty is in high force here in Texas!

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1. Supply time! This week's project literally took me only steps outside my front door to gather up some herbs and wildflowers—including lavender foliage, rosemary, primrose, blooming sage, blue bonnets, ventana, and finally, those stunning orange blossoms from my pomegranate tree.

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2. Start with your hardiest branch {it was the pomegranate for me} and any other main blooms you'd like to incorporate. Don't worry about trimming any leaves from the larger branch, you'll want as much foliage as you can get for the wreath.

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3. Wrap your branch into a circle by "tying" the loose end around some of the leaves. It stays, I promise! If it doesn't, just keep wrapping that loose end around and around until it sticks.

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4. Next, wrap your second bloom {or third, fourth, etc...} around your main wreath, tucking the stems around the leaves to disguise any loose ends. 

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5. Once you have a good start, move it onto your plate or place setting. You can then incorporate additional foliage {I used rosemary} around the outer edge, or tuck additional blooms into the mix. 

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6. Finally, add in a personalized tag with your guest's name, and curl the paper a touch so that it tucks under the left side of the wreath. Voila! In all, this took me about 10 minutes or less for each place setting, and adds a little jolt of color to an otherwise ho-hum table setting. You could add some hardier herbs for a mini wreath that would look {and smell} delicious! — Liz

 {All photos by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} a 15-minute flower garland ... 29 Mar 2012

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Today, we have the easiest little flower garland you've never made {Or maybe you have?}. Regardless, garlands might seem a little intimidating for those of you who haven't delved into the world of flowers. And this vertical edition takes no more than 15 minutes!

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1. Start by gathering your supplies. I had some geranium, rosemary, white astrantia, pink astilbe, hot pink ranunculus, and those giant football mums as the stars of the show. Gather up your scissors, some of your trusty floral wire, twine, embroidery string, or wool to hang everything on.

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2. Make your first bunch by twisting a small length of floral wire around some geranium, astilbe, and astrantia to make the sprigs for each bloom. Next thread a short bit of wire through the base of one of your big, beautiful mums—they're going to cover up the greenery bunch's wire, so don't worry about making it perfect!

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3. Attach the mums to the base of the small greenery and sprig bunches by twisting your bloom's wire around the bunch. Repeat for the rest of your bunches, and feel free to vary it up! I alternated between the football mum and ranunculus bunches and threaded some single blooms with wire to attach on their own.

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4. To finish things up, I would recommend pinning the string to a wall and working from the top to bottom. Starting with your first bunch, tie it to the string by looping it and forming a small knot. I found that this went really quickly as there are a lot of little wires in the back to help give extra traction and keep things sturdy. This would be so easy to reinterpret in so many ways, like adding extra bunches for a fuller look, or repeat the whole strand and create a "curtain" of garlands for a festive gathering. I think this would be perfect for a festive bridal or baby shower! — Liz

 {All photos by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} a corsage pendant... 16 Feb 2012

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Let's change things up, shall we? I've got a fun little twist on wearable flowers that might interest you with nimble fingers and a little imagination! Let's take the usual corsage, but imagine it attached to a chain necklace {that you already own!} to put a little spin on a colorful pendant. Here's how...

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You'll need: Three stems of carnations, a pink garden rose {nice and short}, as well as three sprigs of purple astrantia, some rose foliage, 4 to 6 short lengths of light gauge floral wire, and a gold strand from your jewelery collection.

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Next, wire the larger blooms by taking a piece of the floral wire {flat and straight} and "thread" it through the bottom of the bloom, until it's positioned with equal amounts of wire on either side. Bend both sides down {bottom two blooms} and then twist the two wires together until they end {like the top two white carnations}

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Now, with each of the larger blooms now pliable, group them together as you'd like. I took the three carnations together, with the intention of using the garden bloom as the top "finishing" piece. 

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Next, attach the astrantia and the foliage by twisting a small length of wire around the new stems as they lay on top of the grouped carnations. There's no need to wire each individual piece. 

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Finally, trim the astrantia stems as short as they can go, place the wired rose bloom on top and in the center, and eventually use that longer length of twisted wire to attach to your necklace. Blooms are a lot hardier than you'd think, and this will happily last throughout the day...perhaps for a colorful Sunday brunch outing? — Liz

{All photos by Liz for Oh Joy!}

a pop-up flower shop... 9 Feb 2012

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With the biggest flower sale day of the year coming up next week, I love seeing Valentine's Day options that are out of the ordinary. I've never been a red roses kind of girl, and instead would far prefer loose and wild florals like these by Saipua & Nicolette Camille. For you lucky New Yorker's, they're having a pop-up Valentine floral shop starting this weekend! See here for more details and to pre-order. — Joy

{fashioned florals} pink and poppy... 2 Feb 2012

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While searching for a new dress for an upcoming wedding I'm attending, I came across this See by Chloé dress that was the perfect mix of pretty and dramatic. Knowing that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I figured this group of stunning pink garden roses, delicious-smelling white sweet peas, Italian poppies, blush ranunculus, and bush ivy from the flower market would be perfect in this pink and punchy arrangement. Set in a low silver plate bowl and photographed against a black backdrop to make the most of the contrast, it makes the everything look straight out of a painting...yes?  — Liz

{left photo from Net-A-Porter, right photo by Liz for Oh Joy!}

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