Ice Bowl

Head over to My Crafty Spot for my latest guest blog for a DYI Ice Bowl 

 

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Life is short.  Moments fly by in seconds so fast and days so full, time simply slips away from us.  Try as we might, it’s hard to slow down to take it in and remember how sacred and extraordinary each moment in this life is.  Sometimes it’s good to do something for the sheer beauty of it.  It may not be practical, or very useful, or last very long but gosh darn it, it’s pretty and it should be enjoyed. Not to philosophize too much but life is like an Ice bowl.  What I love most about these delicate bowls of ice are their fleeting nature and the natural whimsy of the patterns that come out.  There is a certain amount of unpredictability with how the items freeze and the shape that the bowl will take on that I love.  They melt though.  It’s one of two things ice does best, liquefy and make things cold.  I loved how this DYI made me slow down taking the time to pop the blueberries in my mouth one at a time and watch the ice slowly melt away.  It made me remember that life is transitory and this moment will never be repeated, no matter how much you want it you can never have it again.  Now it’s here, all crystallized in its icy wonder and when it’s gone, all we have left are the memoires.

 

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So, in the honor of the ephemeral nature of life, I give you the Ice Bowl.  Its beauty lies in its fragility and impermanent nature.  It’s as striking in its display as it is in its design.  I recommend taking the time to make one, serve with fresh fruit or creamy ice cream, or simply use it as a summer time  centerpiece to remind us all of the momentary nature of beauty and life.

 

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In the words of the new Disney Ice Queen, let it go…but make sure you take the time to enjoy it before you do,

Marcella Rose

 

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Bloom by bloom

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Who doesn’t love fresh cut flowers?  There is something about having them in your home that makes every day just a little bit better.  I simply love to have some fresh-cuts by my bed to make waking up a little bit easier and having a bunch of blooms on my table to greet guests.  Fresh flowers will brighten your home and heart and between Trader Joe’s and your local farmers market, they are more affordable than ever.  But what do you do when you bring them home?

Throwing them in a vase and calling it quits is just dandy, and quick for sure, but taking the time to select the right vase to showcase your blooms and then taking the time to arrange them can be truly therapeutic and one of my favorite creative outlets.

Today I am giving you three easy ways to showcase your fresh-cuts.  Whether they are a bunch of single blooms from your local grocery store, a visit to a florist for a monochromatic bouquet of beauties, or a special order of extravagance for a hostess gift, I’ve got you covered!

Single bloom bouquets:

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This time of year I am obsessed with tulips.  Nothing says, “Hello Spring!” Like a bright bunch of tulips.  I picked up this $6 bunch when I grabbed my weekly groceries.

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These beauties combined with my affinity for vintage bottles make an easy, stunning arrangement that will make you smile just looking at them!  Just snip each tulip under water at a sharp angle and place in a mini-vase for simple arrangement that is sure to wow.

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Monochromatic bouquet:

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I visited my local florist Eufloria Flowers to create this beautiful bundle of blooms.

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They were so helpful and kind, if you live in the Ashland, OR area I highly recommend this florist!  I chose 2-4 stems of anything and everything she had in this color; spending around $25.  Once I brought them home, I removed all the leaves; this keeps the water fresher and makes the flowers last longer.  Then, adding one flower at a time, I built a round bouquet in my hand.

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Once I had created the arrangement, I snipped them to the length I wanted, just skimming the top of the square vase which I had lined with a large leaf (also purchased at the florist).  The result a stunning eye-popping statement for any dinner party or living room decor.

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The Show Stopper:

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Whenever I am a guest at someone’s home, whether friend or family, a hostess gift is the most important thing on my mind.  This year when I went home for a family gathering I stopped at the local farmers market to purchase some flowers for a show stopping center piece that would last long after my visit.

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I choose blooms that hung low and had a richness to them in order to create the overflowing opulence of this arrangement.  For the vase I chose a low bowl and placed some floral foam in the bottom to hold the stems in place.  Then, one flower at a time, starting from the middle, I worked my way out to create a center-piece that was the center of attention.

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Here’s to being creative and having fun with flowers!  There is always an opportunity to turn something simple into something extraordinary.   Happy arranging!

– Marcella Rose

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