The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Flower girls and weddings!

Last night I had all my supplies gathered ready and so I put together the flower girl baskets. I had already sprayed them white so they were ready to go.

Really it was a lovely job and very pretty with ribbons and flowers everywhere!

It seems anything ordered from a florist is hugely expensive. Once again I looked at a bunch of sticks in our local florists when I went past the other day and yep they were $60. This bunch of sticks consisted of 8 sticks. So then you get to stunning blooms, real or silk , and arrangements and construction things just go crazy.

Many things are really easy to do yourself. Florist supplies are available and I have found much cheaper online. There are You tube tutorials and blogs to show you how to do just about everything.

Now these baskets hardly qualify but still they would have been another few hundred to ask the florist to do them. 

I had a test run with one of the flower girls. The idea is the ribbons are as long as possible so they flow in the breeze without hitting the ground so my little model helped me work out how long I could have them. She is so excited! These little girls are so cute and lovely.

The baskets will be filled with rose petals. The girls are taking this like a university degree... the art of delicately sprinkling petals!  I love this, taking ones role so seriously and with such enthusiasm!

My Nan started floral work in her teens. She first made wreaths for funerals and then eventually made flowers up for weddings and shows. She won every ribbon imaginable in the Royal Adelaide Show. She was featured in a book for her floral carpets! A floral carpet is really making a picture or design on a tray all of flowers, greenery and moss. It is like a thick carpet. Hours would go into these creations. Nana was always happy. I now think it was between her flowers and afternoon naps and general attitude on life that made her so content and happy. Immersing yourself in beautiful things is lovely after all.

Lucky I finished this as the tennis came down to a nail biter and thriller and by then I sat back with these complete and loved the brilliance and good sportsmanship I was watching. And just to add to the experience I remembered Nana would stay up all night to watch the tennis as she loved it so much! So there I was being my grandmother all these years later. 
If I needed any more proof that what we do now,  our attitude and our work,  affects not only those around us now but for generations.


  1. Annabel, are the baskets part of preparations for your DDs wedding?? We had to have artificial flowers arranged for my DD's wedding as her now DH and both bridesmaids have terrible allegies/hayfever so fresh were out of the question. We were very happy with the result and ordered online them from a wonderful Japanese girl who operates out of Queensland. My DD had purple bridesmaids, so it was difficult getting (artificial) flowers for the tables. I prepared all of the flowers for the church and for the wedding reception - it was just the bouquets etc we had prepared. I found various purple flowers, and used a lot of white and green as well.

    1. Kaye yes all towards the wedding! Seriously these days we all see artificial flowers and don't even know it. I am always feeling and sniffing arrangements in foyers and displays to try and figure out if they are fresh or not! It is almost impossible to pick! And you get to keep forever the silk ones! I would think even on very hot days or in the outback fresh flowers would also be difficult. I would go with silk in many instances! Your DDs wedding sounds lovely! xx

  2. Annabel, we all did DIY weddings too. So much fun, if a bit stressful. Bouquets, bonbonniere, the lot. Your flower girl baskets look gorgeous...x

    1. Mimi hi, I am doing a few things and so is Chloe towards the big day so it's a combined effort. It's all getting full on now! I think I will breathe a sigh of relief when its all over! xx

  3. Annabel, how lovely the baskets look. It will be a beautiful wedding. I loved hearing about how sweet and serious the flower girls are

    1. Thank you Helen. The little girls are so sweet and it is very endearing that they take it as such a great responsibility! I cant wait to share photos with you! xxx

  4. They look lovely, Annabel! Your comments reminded me of my first wedding, when I was just 21 and in the last year of Uni. I spent every free moment making ribbon and organza roses for my bouquet and those of my two bridesmaids. I also made a corsage for my mother and (then) soon-to-be mother-in-law - as well as many, many paper rose bouquets for the table. I really enjoyed that work.

    1. Thank you! You have gone on to be creative in lots of ways, Im thinking of all the lovely sewing! xx


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