Flower Crowns (and Big News!)

Hello, my name is Michelle Julianne Gallagher Gonzales, and I am a flower crown addict.

One of my friends, Meg, asked me to make a set of simple flower crowns for an upcoming photo shoot-and so of course, I said, “Of course!”

I made quite a mess making these, and I didn’t really bother cleaning up between shots. So, behold, flower crown making in all it’s messy glory! When you’re done here, trot off to Megan’s website and check out her beautiful work at Willow Tree Photography.

Oh, and big news! I got a job at Lindy’s Floral Boutique on Main Street in Stouffville! How exciting! I can ride my bicycle to work, which is a complete dream come true. I am profoundly thankful and I know that I will learn so much from working there.

Right, let’s crack on with the post!

Let's get started!
I feel the need for a “getting started” sort of photo. So here it is.
I love love love Israeli ruscus. A romantic name for a lovely bit of foliage.
I love love love Israeli ruscus. A romantic name for a lovely bit of foliage.
Your standard baby's breath.
Your standard baby’s breath.
I used 22 gauge floral wire to make a form (as per the head measurements Meg sent me).
I used 22 gauge floral wire to make a form (as per the head measurements Meg sent me).
Then I wrapped the forms in floral tape. Big crown and baby crown.
Then I wrapped the forms in floral tape. Big crown and baby crown.
Then I wired on bunches of baby's breath.
Then I wired on bunches of baby’s breath.
Time to fire up the hot glue gun!
Time to fire up the hot glue gun!
I clipped off the ruscus leaves and used them to line the inside of the crown.
I clipped off the ruscus leaves and used them to line the inside of the crown.
I'm having a very hard time keeping this off my head.
I’m having a very hard time keeping this off my head.
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A Bout of Bouts (and Miranda)

Boutonnieres: SUCH FUN!

On that note, this past week or two I watched all three seasons of Miranda. Miranda is a BBC comedy starring (and written by) Miranda Hart, who is, what I call, “a flipping comedic genius”.

Just watch:

Besides making me laugh hysterically when I was feeling a little down and warming my heart with it’s sweet-hearted message of real beauty and confidence, Miranda has changed the way that I talk. Now I mostly talk in a poshy British accent. Even my laughter is now trilly with posh-ness.

On to the point: making boutonnieres is a smashing good time, so I made a bevy of them last week (partly for fun, partly for Foxwheat‘s show at the Earl). Do peruse, and have a jolly time doing it.

Assembling materials.
Assembling materials.
Finished product.
Finished product.

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Spring is Coming

It’s been a tough winter here in Southern Ontario. I can’t remember ever being so cold-except for one time while skating on the canal in Ottawa during an unusual deep freeze.

When I made bouquets earlier this week, I put them out in the snow for some pretty photo ops. Winter may be hard but it certainly is beautiful. Enjoy, and keep a look out for spring! It always comes.

 

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Dropping Bills at Fortinos

If you are not a licensed florist, it can be very difficult to find nice floral material at reasonable prices. I have access to one supplier, but must buy flowers in bulk from them. Clearly this is not practical if I just want to make up a bouquet for my own personal enjoyment.

Thus, earlier this week, I found myself at the Burlington Fortinos (which is not anywhere near my home, but I was in the area) standing stock still in their large flower cooler. After mentally trying to add up the prices for individual roses, stems of waxflower, and bunches of freesia and hydrangeas, I decided it would be wiser to cease my mental calculations before I exited the store with no flowers at all.

I made my purchase as speedily as possible. I won’t tell you how much. After a quick trip to Metro for a bunch of “intermediate roses” I brought my spoil home and dumped it on the counter. And now I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

*Disclaimer* I do not suggest buying flowers from a grocery store unless you are in a tight spot-like I was. My Fortinos roses only lasted a few days before they drooped, and I didn’t save very much money in the end. Whenever you can, get ye to your local florist and buy a nice bouquet! It won’t cost you much more, it will likely be more beautiful, and undoubtedly it will last longer!