Friday, November 9, 2012

Re-purposing The Flowers After The Big Day

Since I work with only artificial flowers, I've had a number of brides ask me what to do with the reception centerpieces, aisle decorations, church/altar flowers after the big day. With real flowers, they die a few days afterward, and they easily get discarded. But, with artificial flowers, since they never die, you get more for out of the money that you spend. They continue to brighten your day, and remind you of the fun you had during your celebration, for years to come. Since this is a question that I get pretty often, I decided to list some "after the celebration" ideas.
  1. Reception Centerpieces - Brides and grooms often give guests wedding favors, well, what if, along with those favors, one member from each table gets to take home the beautiful centerpiece? You could have the winner's napkin, chair, or even favor tagged to let them know that they can keep this amazing part of your big day. The guest then has an arrangement to put on display in his/her home, and you can see it each time that you visit. 
  2. Aisle decorations - Depending upon the complexities of your aisle decor, they can usually be easy changed into bouquets or arrangements for the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom to always have. These ladies are close to your hearts, and will love the surprise of having this extra special part of your big day.
  3. Church/Altar Flowers - These arrangements tend to be on the larger side, as they need to be easily viewed by every guest at your wedding. Because of this, unless you have a large front entrance in your home, these may look out of place. If you choose not to keep them, most churches are often looking for flowers that they can use to decorate their altar through various times of the year, and would openly accept the donation of the flowers. Another option is to break down the arrangements into smaller pieces after your big day, and use them through your house, or donate to other organizations in need.
There are also couples out there who have a very limited or near non-existent floral budget. You could also donate (or sell) any of your flowers to one of these couples, to help them decorate their wedding as they had always dreamed.

As you've seen before from previous posts, I used artificial flowers for my wedding, and some of my bridesmaids still have their bouquets on display in their homes (6.5 years later!). Artificial flowers look, and sometimes feel, incredibly realistic these days. Why not use your money on something that will last for years to come, always reminding you, and others of the amazing time that was had at your wedding?

Please feel free to comment with other ideas for reusing the flowers from a wedding.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Flauxers First Craft Show

As of August 25, I have officially had a table, as a vendor for a craft show, and for a first attempt, I'm rating it as a huge success. We realized after getting there that we should have had a clipboard for email newsletter signups, and that we should have had a way to display the jewelry, so that it wasn't all laying down. Crystal, my sister-in-law, helped me with the table on Saturday, and came up with a brilliant idea to use the boxes  (that I had on reserve) for the magnets to prop hold the earrings/necklaces in an organized and accessible way. Other than that, we were set. I've already made a note to myself to include more of these boxes and a clipboard for my next show. 



About 6 - 8 months ago, I made my first Flauxers custom greeting card, and have been wanting to elaborate on this idea, and make the cards available for purchase (The first ones will be online later this week!). So, what better time to start creating these, then my first craft show? They'll be a great addition to the unique items that we offer, and can be customized to fit any occasion or personality. 



After spending a number of hours making the items, we set out to make tags for each individual item, so that the price was prominently displayed.



I also created about 4 different variations of "To Do" lists and items that I wanted to take with me to the show, resulting in just 2 large bins, 2 flat bins, and a couple of boxes, containing everything that we needed for the day. These boxes and bins included everything from the tablecloth, banner, and newsletter sign up list, to every piece of Flauxers merchandise that we had with us.



I've requested information on a couple more shows, but will be definitely at the Montoursville High School Craft Show on 12/1/2012. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Baby Headband - In Use

Photo  courtesy of Bethany K Photography. 
Isn't she precious?

Relatively recently, I was asked by Bethany of Bethany K Photography, to create a couple baby headbands to use in photo shoots. I can't tell you how excited this made me. I created 4 brand new headbands, varying in width and styling for her, and she also purchased one of the headbands that I had already had listed in my online stores. I have been anxiously anticipating the photos and was elated yesterday morning when I saw a post on Facebook to Flauxers of one of the headbands she had purchased.

Thank you, Bethany for sharing this amazing shot with me!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Handmade Fabric Tea Roses

Faced with needing a flower that I was unable to find through my normal suppliers, I decided to try my hand at making it myself. The below photos/process is what I used to accomplish this. I used a dark green fabric, as it is what I had on hand, but could use any color or pattern, as long as it is available in a sturdy cotton. Here is a photo of the finished product:

The first thing I did was make a pattern with regular printer paper.

I then pinned these to the fabric, and cut out each individual piece. 

The next step was putting these pieces of fabric together on a stem, securing in place with a hot glue gun (Sorry, but the photos of the in progress steps didn't turn out.). And once I finished gluing each of them into place, I had a dark green cotton Tea Rose.

I'm really impressed with how these turned out, and may end up eventually making something using a bunch of these handmade beauties.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Corsage Season Is Coming - Are You Ready?

Prom and wedding season is just around the corner.  Corsages and boutonnieres will soon be a focus to everyone involved.

Daisy Corsage: $13
Often, girls are excited to see the flower corsage they receive for their prom, and fantasize about how well it will go along with the dress that they spent hours picking out.  And like the dress, they want the flowers to be perfect. At my prom, I had a beautiful white rose wrist corsage.  After the prom, I kept in the corsage case, in the refrigerator for days.  I would frequently visit the refrigerator, opening the box, and looking at the beautiful flowers.  Once the flowers wilted, I was depressed with the idea of having to dispose of it.  I wanted to keep  the corsage as a souvenir of the beautiful night, and now wish that I would have had an artificial corsage, as I would still have it today.

Tiger Lily Boutonniere: $8
Thankfully, I learned my lesson about wanting the flowers as a keepsake, long before my wedding day.  The boutonniere that my husband wore on our big day, nearly 6 years ago, is part of my living room decor.  It sits, adding a splash of color, gracefully placed on my entertainment center.  I walk past it multiple times a day, every day, and it's a constant reminder of the special day to us both.

I currently don't have a section on my site for corsages/boutonnieres, as they are a special item that should be customized for the individual, or outfit.  If you are interested in ordering one, email me: tanya.hofford [at] flauxers [dot] com.  And remember, you don't have to be going to a prom, or a member of a wedding to wear a corsage or boutonniere - just plan a special evening, and make her feel elegant and appreciated with a sweet floral gift for her (or you both) to wear, and keep as a reminder of that special evening.

*Also available, but not pictured: wrist corsage.  There are a number of elegant bracelets that are available to make your day/evening even more special.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What do May flowers bring?

Lilac Rose Arrangement - $65
(including Lilac scent)
"April showers bring May flowers." This is a rhyme that we all grew up hearing and reciting. However, this year we've had an unseasonably warm winter, early snapshots of Spring, and sneak peeks of Summer. So much so, that my May flowers have started to bloom already, and I am finding inspiration everywhere that I turn.

Now don't get me wrong, we all know that I work with artificial flowers, but I still do love my flower gardens that are filled with real flowers. The only problem is that their beauty is limited, and only lasts for a short time. Artificial flowers don't need watering, extra care, and won't wilt away in a few days. These are just a couple of reasons that I prefer to work with artificial flowers.