Intro to Flower Arranging
I recently went over to my friend Ms. Marianne’s home to learn how to arrange flowers. I’ve always wanted to learn how to properly arrange flowers and I knew that Ms. Marianne would be the perfect person to teach me. She used to teach interior design and flower arrangement at The University of West Georgia, and her house is always impeccable. I believe something that my generation has lost are some of the basic, old fashioned you might say, hobbies. Ben always teases me that I have the hobbies of a grandmother because I can crochet, knit, sew, quilt, embroider, you name it, if your grandmother does it I’ve probably at least tried it. While flower arranging may not be an essential technique to make it through life, there is something valuable in knowing how to create something beautiful for your home or a special occasion.
What I loved about the way Ms. Marianne showed me how to arrange flowers was that she didn’t just show me the “how too’s” of flower arranging, but she had a whole philosophy behind her way of creating an arrangement. Before I get into the logistics of exactly how to arrange flowers I want to begin by sharing her advice on the mindset behind arranging flowers.
1. Use what you have.
I love this first point because I don’t have to go out and buy expensive flowers in order to have a beautiful arrangement. I can go to my back yard, my neighbor's garden, or drive around town, and pick greenery that I find interesting or flowers that are in season. I don’t have to stick to just flowers. I can use sticks, branches, leaves, wildflowers, anything that catches my eye.
This applies to arranging flowers and vases as well. Ms. Marianne opened my eyes to the fact that any container in the house can be used as a base for a flower arrangement. Toys, baskets, soup tureens, bottles, these are just a few of the containers I can experiment with when decorating with flowers. Experimenting also helps me find my likes and dislikes and I'm able to develop my style and creativity through this process.
3. Three types of arrangements
These three types of arrangements are catchy and easy to remember when I am thinking through the type of arrangement I want to create.
Stuffy Aunt Sally- These arrangements are tight, dense, compact, and have limited colors.
Adventuresome Ann- this is a more casual look with spaces between blooms, and has more variety in the plant material.
Wild Wilma (my personal favorite)- this is a larger arrangement (sometimes very large). It has more weepy, floppy foliage, especially around the base of the container. This arrangement can also have a variety of colors.
Ms. Marianne ended our time by saying that everyone may not like the way I arrange flowers but that should not deter me from creating what I love and what I think is beautiful. She said that it just another way of reminding us that our identity is in Christ and not in others opinions of what we create.
Check back soon for more tips and tricks for flower arranging!
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