Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

04/21/14

Adventures in Ventura + LA

Good morning! I hope you had a happy Easter yesterday! I’m back at it this morning, sharing some photos from a recent trip, but I hope you’re having a relaxing start to your week…

A couple of weeks ago, I flew into LAX and headed down to Ventura with Kelly and Kelly (Studio DIY and Design Crush) to speak at Craftcation. It was such a nice day for a drive AND I got to sit next to buckets of fresh flowers because that’s how I roll, apparently. Actually, I taught a flower workshop at Craftcation and Kelly was SO amazing to pick up all the flowers I needed from the LA flower market before picking me up from the airport. Is she the best or what? I can’t even begin to tell you what a huge help that was!

Once we got to the hotel and settled into our rooms we had a work powwow, which may or may have included pizza and a whole lots of giggles.

The next day, I taught a crash course styling workshop and a flower workshop. Emily, the photographer behind Anna Delores, taught the photography portion of the crash course and I set up some mock styled vignettes for students to photograph and play around with afterward. Like this Easter-inspired one, below, featuring a DIY letter shaped box that Kelly made…

Alphabet Candy Styled for Craftcation

photo by Anna Delores

Immediately after the styling workshop, I taught a flower workshop, which was probably my favorite part of the trip. I had 30+ students in the workshop and every single one of them created something completely unique from the next. It was great.

We made fresh flower rings, like these, and hair accessories – with ranunculus, peonies, roses, thistle, and more.

Flower Workshop at Craftcation

More Flower Workshop from Craftcation

Floral Headpiece Workshop

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Flower Workshop Craftcation

first three flower photos by Matthew William Photography

That night, we went to the opening party and Lisa Congdon was the keynote. Loved her talk.

The next day, pretty much flew by – I spoke on two panels with friends (which is the best), had an awesome picnic lunch, and went to a crazy Mexican restaurant for dinner (complete with bras hanging from the chandeliers and a very drunk girl wielding a trophy). It was great!

Speaking at Craftcation 2014

photo by Matthew William Photography

The next morning, we drove back to LA. Brittany, Kelly, and I squeezed in a little shopping (Heath Ceramics + Garde) before attending the Oh Joy + Land of Nod product launch.

The launch was held at The Fig House, which is absolutely gorgeous. And Joy’s new line with Nod is so cute. If I had a kid, I would be all over it.

Heath Ceramics LA

Garde Shop in LA

Oh Joy + Land of Nod

The Fig House

All and all, it was a short trip BUT packed with fun + friends. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

And I’m hoping to get back on the travel wagon again soon, only this time it will not be a work trip. Yay for a real vacation, in the not so distant future.

04/17/14

Make This: DIY Flower Easter Eggs

Easter is just three days away and I have one last egg project to share before it’s too late. Naturally, it’s super easy…and may even involve flowers. Hint: It does!

As a last minute way to decorate eggs, I picked out some baby’s breath and a hydrangea from a bouquet I already had and made these flowery polka dot eggs (along with some striped options).

If you’re looking for something simple and pretty, versus campy and kiddish, this is the way to go. They’d look great as decoration for an Easter dinner party as well – as a centerpiece or nestled into each napkin as a pretty treat for guests at the table.

Supplies for Flower Easter Eggs

Here’s how to make your own…

Materials: Hardboiled Eggs // Craft Glue // Baby’s Breath + Hydrangeas (Aster and Button Poms also pictured above, but not used in the tutorial)

How To: Cut small flowers off the stem and glue them onto hardboiled eggs in a random pattern. That’s it! It’s really that simple. If you’re really in a hurry, you can use a hot glue gun instead of regular craft glue, as well.

Decorate Eggs with Fresh Flowers

Baby's Breath Easter Egg DIY

DIY // Baby's Breath Easter Egg

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Admittedly, I’m not typically a big fan of baby’s breath or hydrangeas. BUT in this case, the small blooms work well for the eggs, scale-wise, and the fact that they each have a flat back makes them easier to attach with glue.

So, what do you think? Will you try making these polka dot flower eggs for Easter?

For more DIY Easter ideas, visit the Easter project page.

04/14/14

Teeny Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

This weekend was pretty packed for me. Still playing catch up, actually. BUT I do have a DIY to try this morning…

I made these spring boutonnieres for Project Wedding recently and I was thinking they would be perfect as tiny bouquets for Easter and Mother’s Day as well. What do you think? You could use them for the surprise bouquet bombing idea too to say happy spring to a neighbor or friend.

The full tutorial is right here, but here’s a couple of photos to give you the gist of it…

How To // Tiny Spring Bouquet DIY with Tulips

Yellow, pink, and green scream spring to me. What about you?

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring, Easter, and Mother's Day

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

04/08/14

Alright, so one thing you probably don’t know about me is that I love surprises. Some people hate them. I am not one of those people.

I love surprising other people with little things and I LOVE being surprised as well.

Soooo, I wanted to do something along those lines for Easter this year with a surprise bouquet bombing. The thought is that you could whip up a few of these mini bouquets, along with a card, and go bomb friends’ and families’  doorsteps with a little card and flowers to say Happy Easter.

Bouquet with Juliet Garden Roses + Willow Eucalyptus

This would work just as well for Mother’s Day, birthdays and general ‘thank you’s too. It’s like sending a card in the mail, only WAY more awesome. Here’s how to make your own…

Supplies: 

I used a variety of flowers from Flower Muse, which is my absolute favorite place to get flowers. Can you tell? I use them a lot.

Here’s the list of flowers I used: Juliet Garden Roses, Ivory Garden Roses, Parrot Tulips, Thistle, Lavender,  Willow Eucalyptus. In addition to flowers, you’ll also need floral tape, a card with envelope, pen, scissors, and ribbon. I used this velvet ribbon from Minted.

How To Bouquet for Easter or Mother's Day

How-To:

1. Create a small bouquet of flowers, similar to how I’ve made DIY bouquets in the past. Some of my past tutorials for bouquets include: budget friendly spring bouquetmini message bouquet DIY, and Mother’s Day bouquet. Then secure with floral tape. Cut the stems at the bottoms so they are all the same length, if you wish.

2. Add a long ribbon, so you can use it to tie to the door handle if needed.

3. Write a quick note or card and head out to deliver your bouquet.

4. When you arrive at your friend’s house, quietly attach the bouquet and the note to their front door. Knock or ring the doorbell and run!

Knock, knock, run // surprise flower bouquet bombing

small bouquet for Mother's Day or Easter

Leave a bouquet of flowers on someone's doorstep

DIY Idea // Leave a Bouquet on Someone's Doorstep

So, what do your think? Are you willing to give this bouquet bombing surprise a try for Easter? Mother’s Day? Or any other special occasion?

Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff // Photography by Kelly Lanza and Brittni Mehlhoff

04/02/14

'Make Your Day' Bouquet

Last week, I shared a quick and easy way to say thanks to someone special (ombre + color blocked donuts), and today I have one more idea to share.

So I partnered with Makr (an awesome design app for the iPad) again, to create these ‘make your day’ fabric wrapped bouquets. Just like last time, the concept is something easy (but unique) that you can make in a hurry to say thank you to a friend. Thank you cards are great, but flowers are better. 

Here’s how to make your own…

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Materials:

How-To:

1. Start by creating a simple bouquet, with anywhere from five to ten stems.  Instructions for making bouquets can be found here and here.

2. Next, wrap some floral tape around the stems, to keep them secure.

3. Then, cut a piece of fabric into a square. Turn the square so that it looks like more of a diamond shape, then sit your bouquet into diamond (one of the points of the fabric will stick up slightly beyond the bouquet.

4. Fold the bottom point in to form more of a line at the bottom and bring the two side points in and wrap around the bouquet.

5. Tie with twine or string to secure. Add a tag and you are done.

Make Your Day Fabric Wrapped DIY Bouquet

Makr Tags for Bouquet

Pretty easy, right? I have a stack of these Makr tags in my craft closet for the next time I want to say thanks to a friend with a bunch of flowers.  The tags say, ‘ Hope I Can Make Your Day With This Bouquet’.

I designed these little guys in a hurry. This app is so simple to use! I started with a design template that is in the Makr library already and then changed some of the colors and added my phrase in the typeface I wanted. That’s it. Like I said, so simple. You can have finished designs shipped to your house or print them off on your own. You can download the Makr app for free right here, if you’d like.

Fabric Wrapped Bouquet

Mini Anemone Bouquet

Yellow Fabric Wrapped Bouquet

DIY Make Your Day Bouquet

Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

***Special Makr Offer for Paper & Stitch fans: Enjoy a free Makr credit AND 20% off a print order! Just register with the referral code PSTITCHFAN and enter same code at checkout. 

Download the Makr app here (it’s free) to customize your favorite designs and make ‘em yours.

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