Good friends of mine just adopted a newborn baby girl. I was attending a celebration party for the new arival and wanted the gift to be and look special.
Her mom loves to read so I decided to get baby Lia a stack of books. I also included a book for the parents.
I didn't have much time to wrap the gift, so I relied on my collection of interesting papers, ribbons and embellishments. I was in such a rush that I neglected to include a flower. Imagine that.
Yes, I know I could have gone to the store and bought a baby shower shopping bag. But to me, that wouldn't have been special enough. And even when I cave in an buy a ready-made gift bag, I nearly always replace the "handles" with my own ribbon, embellishment and tag.
If I'd had any idea, I'd be posting on this, I would have taken pictures showing each step. Anyway, here's what I did:
Creative Gift Wrapping Using Your Own Stuff
1. I wrapped each board book in different yet coordinated colored papers. One of them was a tiny multi-colored print so I used it as my inspiration. It's the same process I often use when I'm designing a flower arrangement.
2. I tied each book with an interesting piece of ribbon. Why bother if the books are going to be stacked? Because I wanted each little gift to be a piece of joy. Gift wrapping creatively for others is something I love doing. I like making people feel special. It's not just about the real gift for me.
3. I embellished some of the books with hand-made paper. I make these papers out of paper towel, scrap paper, paint, glue, glitter, water and other stuff lying around not moving. But, that's for another post I think.
4. I stacked each wrapped book on top of each other. To make it a bit fancier, I sort of twisted each book a bit so they weren't lined up in a neat pile. Why? It's just how I roll. Always on the hunt for the unique twist. No pun intended.
5. I wrapped this twisted bunch of books with a wide, mocha colored lace. I had no idea why I bought this lace, but knew it would come in handy some day. Prior to arriving on this approach, I must have tried using 10 or 12 different ribbons of varying textures and widths. Grosgrain, velvets, double-faced satins. Each of them stood out too much and actually took away from the overall look of the package. But, when I tried this tulle lace it looked right with the vintage style of the gift tag.
6. I made a vintage-style tag. I found a black and white photo of a baby. I glued it to several layers of paper and backed it with some cardstock. I hot-glued a tiny tulle bow onto the baby's dress. I could have substituted a little millinery flower here. The leopard paper is actually a little paper bag. When I realized it was open on the right side, I cut a piece of cardstock into the shape of a tag and wrote this little message on it:
"If you believe, you will receive, whatever you ask for in prayer."
Matthew 21:22 NIV
It was a lot of funny assembling this baby shower gift. I hoped they liked the wrapping as much as I did. Oh yeah, and the books featuring one of my all time favorites, "Good Night Moon." A pleasure both the parents and baby will enjoy for many years to come.
Summer is the perfect time to sit back and make paper flowers. While you're relaxing around the house, invite a few friends over to make flowers. This is a great idea if you're have an event coming up where you'll be using paper flowers to decorate. Here are 3 links to get you started:
Ever see those creative displays of flowers and books in stores or online and wonder how to make one? Since I love flowers and books, I thought I'd show you some interesting vignettes I found around the web. And teach you had to make one yourself.
Customers at Fly Me ToThe Moon often comment on the flower and book displays I create in our boutique flower shop. Truth be told, I began using old books to elevate objects on display, because I didn't have anything else.
Making a vignette of flowers and books is not as hard or easy as it seems. The key is having interesting looking books and a few coordinated knick-knacks, I mean decorative elements and fresh flowers of course.
Try placing your book(s) in various positions then add your flowers to the display. Most vignettes look best with at least 3 items. Locate other decorative elements to add to the display. The additional items should be of varying heights and texture.
Her mom was pretty strict. She would be so mad at her for getting out of the car without permission. But she simply couldn't get the thought out of her mind. She figured if she was fast enough,she could leave and get back before her mom even found out.
Heart thumping, she jumped out of the car and sped down the block as fast as her long legs could carry her. Glancing over her shoulder once, she carefully crossed the street. And kept running until she reached the door.
She explained that she had exactly $9 and wanted to buy some flowers for her mom. I assembled a small yet special bouquet for her. As I wrapped the flowers, I glanced at the sweet little message she'd written from her and her brother. I smiled as she took her flowers and left to the sound of the tingling of little bells on the door.
A few minutes later, a woman burst into the store telling me how worrried she had been when she discovered her daughter was missing. I reminded her that her 9 year old daughter was safe, lovely and thoughtful. The kind of person we wished all our children would be. Though I doubt the girl would ever do something like that again. It was a memory neither of them would soon forget.
Brides often stop by Fly Me To The Moon to ask the price of a bridal bouquet. I understand why. It's the most important floral element in a wedding and the prices can vary widely. It must be a work of art and there's little room for imperfection.
Over the years, I've created numerous bridal bouquets. So I thought I'd write this post to explain why it can be hard getting a straight answer from your florist.
How much does a bridal bouquet cost? It depends on a number of key factors:
Size of Bridal Bouquet - Larger bouquets typically require more flowers. If the flowers have large heads like a foot ball chrysanthemum you may not need too many. But if you're using smaller flowers you're going to need plenty of them to create the look you want.
Style of Bridal Bouquet - A simple round floral bouquet will generally cost less than one that cascades.If the bridal bouquet of your dreams is created with flowers that have to be individually wired by hand it will cost much, much more.
Flower bombing - the insertion of a ridiculous amount of fresh flowers into an unexpected place.
It's the brainchild, I think, of the folks over at Design Love Fest. They were thinking about ways to show gratitude to their friends and came up with the idea of filling the front seat of a car with flowers.
Check out the other images they posted on the blog and learn how they pulled it off.
This idea can work in a variety of places like a closet or even the trunk of the car. You just have to be certain that the person will actually go where the flowers have been stashed in a timely manner. Dead flowers will send a completely different message.
Where would you place a flower bomb? Let me know in the comments.