Monday, May 16, 2011

Back to School

It's my biggest arrangement yet!  Had a fabulous time on Saturday in flower school with Remco van Vliet and Cas Trap, the floral designers from Van Vliet & Trap.  I wanted to bring the team some treats, so I made some lemon poppy mini muffins.
And wrapped them in a fat quarter of fabric called Boys will be Boys by David Walker.
The staff brought in loads of branches for everyone in the class to use.
Beautiful azalea, crab apple, lilac, scotch broom and snowballs
and they kindly helped us cut the fat branches: they made it look so easy!
It reminded me that so many jobs can be surprisingly physical.
Remco shared tips from his many years of creating designs for events, weddings and for every Monday in the Great Hall of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
where he stands on a painter's ladder to make the huge arrangements there.
So of course his demonstration arrangment was gorgeous.
I was struggling a bit and he showed me how to hold the clippers (I got the purple ones! although though I was holding them upside down).
And the class buzzed happily creating their own arrangements.
Here's mine!
Remco says that each arrangement showed its creator's personality.
Somehow I got it home.
And the lilacs smell really wonderful here.
Today I pared the piece down a little to weed out some branches that didn't make it
and put some lilacs in the bedroom
and made room in the kitchen for baking a few cookies.


Koru Kate said...

Oh la la! Your arrangement is so grand & pretty!!

Helen said...

so I totally had a jen moment yesterday... I was helping my mom was arranging my bouquet for graduation, and it was super crafty! I'll put up pics soon

Craftiness NOW said...

thanks, Koru Kate, it was crazy to carry it home. i have a few bruises, but it was worth it :-)

awww, Helen, "jen moment" that's adorable, thank u. can't wait to see the pics!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

These flower arrangements are all so gorgeous! That's it. I need to get my hands on some flowers -- lilacs if I can -- ASAP.

Craftiness NOW said...

thanks, brandi, hope u find some gorgeous flowers today. when are you moving closer? :-)

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