Sometimes I Pretend to Be Martha….

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In my next life, I will be a lifestyle guru with a magazine.  Magazines won’t be in print then, but it will be my commitment to traditional values and style.   I love to have fresh flowers in my home.  I find it relaxing to arrange them and group small vases together.   One of the best gifts my loving husband ever gave me for Christmas one year were special scissors for cutting flowers.   I also love to find odd things to use for vases.

To this day I still buy wedding magazines just to get ideas for interesting flower pairings.    I am a NERD.

I was told that when you go to another person’s home and bring flowers you should bring them in a vase, so as to not add work for your hostess.  It makes perfect sense now that I think of it.  There is nothing a hostess needs less then to break from what she is doing in order to arrange flowers in her own vase (that in my case I would have to go to the basement to locate).  Plus if you just pluck them in water quickly with no effort, it could look like you do not value the gesture.   FULL DISCLOSURE:  “Countess LuAnn” from RHONY made this statement this season…and it stuck with me.   Say what you want about her…it was a good tip.

I went to a neighbors house for a meeting, and felt like I should bring her a little something for hosting.   I keep mason jars and milk jars of all sizes to use to bring flowers as hostess gifts or if I want to give flowers that I have arranged to a friend.   I wanted to do a little more on this particular night, so I decided to wrap the jar in burlap, and then add a bright yellow ribbon.

Michael’s sells burlap by the square now, in a great size to wrap a jar in.   I used a rubber band to secure it to the jar, and the ribbon to cover it up.

For the flowers, there are so many options in the summer!   I paid very close attention to my wedding florist years ago, and he mentioned that when doing small and tight arrangements (my favorite), it is best to pick a “strong” flower to use as a singleton and then an odd amount of another smaller flower to pair with it.  He said when clients don’t want to break the bank this works well.  Makes sense!  I only needed to buy two bunches of flowers. He also said small arrangements of all one color, but different flowers make nice table pieces as well (but that will cost you more when you are doing it on your own)

I chose sunflowers and pale green roses!   The bonus was that I ended up with a few small arrangement to put around my house.

She loved gesture….and even posted on her own blog the arrangement.  Since she has a Art and Design background and I totally took it as a compliment.

I also think just a simple ribbon around a mason jar looks pretty as well.20140812-105542-39342400.jpg

So feel free to copy!