The Gifted Blog

August 16, 2010

Wrap Story: Flower Arranging 101

This Wrap Story is part of a mini-series, documenting every present I’ve wrapped since the launch of The Gifted Blog. Click here for the whole series!

Have you ever read a blog post and thought, "How do they do it?" There are so many creative people out there, sharing amazing bits of their lives online. Sometimes it looks too good to be true.

Case in point: have you ever browsed through Heart of Light's posts about flowers? She posts about whichever arrangement she happens to have in the house almost weekly. I really admire her ability to incorporate beauty into her everyday life, to count a bunch of flowers from the farmer's market as a staple, not a luxury.

Me, on the other hand? I'm cheap when it comes to flowers, and not so hot at arranging them. But I gave it a go anyway for a friend's birthday. We were going out for a Chinese seafood dinner, and I thought it would be fun to bring along some mini-arrangements for the table.

I picked up a bunch of alstromeria at the grocery store and pulled out a few clean baby food jars. Making a nice flower arrangement is much more manageable on a small scale!

I looked to our patio 'garden' for greenery. You'd think an arrangement is all about the flowers, but the odd fern makes all the difference. Feeling adventurous, I clipped some mint and baby spider plants, too. You can see them in the all-green arrangement below!

It turned out that the table was overflowing with luscious food, and the flowers were actually a bit in the way. But they gracefully transitioned to drinks at the birthday girl's house, quietly adorning the dining table.

So, you won't find me posting about flowers every Friday á la Heart of Light, but I'm glad that I tried something I would otherwise just admire from a distance. What about you? Are there any bloggers you view with awe? What would it be like to try something they do for yourself?

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  2. Those flowers are amazing! Love the simplicity! :)

  3. I can 100% relate. Flower arranging is not my thing. Some people seem to have such an eye for flower arranging though I do not. As far as being in awe or inspired, I think I learn a little bit from every blog I read. :-) I feel like I'm being corny, but it's so true. I feel like I pick up little things here and there.

    As a side note, I'm not sure if you have/had my blog in your RSS reader, but if so you may need to update the feed. I didn't realize when I switched over to feedburner that my old subscribers would no longer be updated so just wanted to send out the FYI. I have the link to the new feed at the top of my blog. :-)

  4. @Lorajean - Thanks so much! I'm so glad you commented - I'd seen your wallpaper origami boxes some time ago but couldn't remember where I spotted them. They are beautiful - glad to rediscover your blog!

    @Kelly - It is a little overwhelming how much information and inspiration is out there in blogland. I can definitely see how you can pick things up everywhere!

    Your blog is looking great, by the way...I love the idea of approaching the Farmer's Market like an episode of Iron Chef!


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