Friday, March 27, 2009

Home made spring bouquets

Ok so spring isn't here yet so I decided I needed to make my own spring bouquets. I think I will make an additional six tonight, as there was frost on my windshield and snow on the ground this morning.

Step 1: Take off white paper and cut out a basic flower shape. This will be the bottom layer.

I used a 3 inch flower with my cricut machine

Step 2: After cutting out the bottom layer the top layer will be a spring colored paper either a solid or print will work. I also cut out and chalked some leaves.
Step 3: Chalk the edges of the bottom layer. You could use a solid color for the bottom layer and skip this step but I liked the softer edges.
Disclaimer this can be a messy step...I highly recommend putting scratch paper or newspapers underneath.
Step 4: Tape a floral wire between the two layers...double stick tape was not strong enough.

I used a scrapbook adhesive.

Step 5: Put and Easter colored kiss, using a pop dot, as the center and add some of the leaves.

Step 6: Fill vases (I got mine at the dollar store) with spring colored M&Ms and insert flowers

Optional step: I made matchbook cards and clipped them to the vase.

This was the inspiration for my project.

I gave these two my friends who were in the community play this year. It always amazes me how many flowers and gifts are given at the play.

Here you can see two tables filled. There were eight tables in all.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Color Continued

Unfortunately the color for tonight will be white. This winter never seems to end. The last snow has melted, the 12 inches in the street is gone. The warmth of yesterday left puddles which are now frozen ice ponds. This isn't a fun fluffy snowfall that will lead to snowmen and snowballs.

White can also lead to thoughts of purity the christening dress, promising to raise a child with the knowledge of Christ. The confirmation dress when youth are ready to make the commitment for themselves and the wedding dress when two are joined together as one under Christ. So many beginnings with hope and dreams of the future.

The symbolism of Easter. It is a powerful message that people would like to condense into a short Easter lesson. Isaiah 1:18"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Scarlet, crimson, burgundy, ruby, rose, rouge, brick, blood red, blush, fire engine red, flame. Red is hot. It's a strong color that conjures up a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passionate love to violence and warfare. Red is Cupid and the Devil.

Red is sweetness like a candied apple or a big fat red juicy strawberry.

The fullness of another's lips pressing against yours.

Red is good.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Tonight I've been thinking of colors, mostly because I'm blue.
It made me think of a song sung by Lorrie Morgan "Something in Red" It travels thru her relationship with her husband. I'm looking for something in red. Something that's shocking to turn someone's head. Next comes the color of green. Jealousy comes in the color of jade. Before she walks down the aisle she is looking for something in white. As the relationship progresses she needs something blue. Something real tiny, the baby's brand new. And the circle comes full circle when she is again looking for something in red. I do appreciate that it is just a size larger that I wore last year.

Colors take on so many meanings depending on mood, symbolism, individuality...

Take green for example: this time of year I'm thinking of the greeness of spring.
With the economy the way it is right now many are thinking of the lack of green in their wallets or savings.
And there is always the fun factor in green M&Ms

Then there is blue, the color that started this particular blog. As I looked for a photo to express how I feel I started looking for something cute, like with big puppy eyes. But that isn't how I feel. My current sadness isn't cute.

With two boys in my household I often see the black and blue of bruises and bumps that come with roughousing.

God in all His majesty has outdone Himself with blue.