Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

 Hanna Sain

I’m impressed with Hanna Sain! You will be too. Hanna married her high school sweetheart Brian, and they have two preschool age boys, Jacob Solomon, and Benjamin Keith.  Hanna is a busy wife and mother, and attends Liberty University. You can become further acquainted with Hanna at www.myinsainlife.blogspot.com. Hanna is also the director of MOMS – Mothers of Many Seasons at Salem Baptist Church in Dobson, NC.  All moms of any season or age are invited to join us for devotion, snacks, and great conversation! Connect with this network of moms to be encouraged in your faith and life! Child care is provided. If you are interested in knowing more about MOMS email Hanna at hannasain@ymail.com Hanna can also be found on facebook and LinkIn.

This beautiful, young woman happily shares recipes and creative decorating tips with me, and I want to share a few with you.

At the Rags to Riches Women’s Tea, at Salem Baptist Church, this table caught my eye with all the red, and complimentary cream and green colors. Turns out that it was a table that Hanna had done. The centerpiece was beautiful. As you can see, the rim of the bowl is peeking out from the full flowers. I was curious as to how Hanna managed to get the flowers to stand up. It was so simple and easy once Hanna explained it to me. You can do it at home without buying a thing. Such a great idea for those times when you need a centerpiece on the spur of the moment.

Select the container you wish to use as a centerpiece. Hanna made a grid with scotch tape. She dropped the tape low enough into the bowl so that it wouldn’t show around the edges. Sticky side down. Non-sticky side up. After attaching the ends of the tape to the sides of the bowl, she has a perfect grid pattern. Any tape will work, just be careful not to let it show.

Hanna placed the full, red flowers around the base of the bowl first, keeping the center of the grid open.

She filled the center of the grid with white flowers and greenery. The centerpiece was the perfect height. It was full and just the right scale for the center of the round table. The table seated six, and the guests could hold a conversation without straining to see each other.

While at the Tea, some of us noticed these pretty flower centerpieces as well. Guess who created these? That’s right! Hanna! She took simple things from around her house to make these arrangements. She says she likes to use what she already has. This is another one of her creations that you can put together in minutes.  Fill quart size canning jars half full or so with pinto beans. Place your flowers of choice (she chose spring pastels) into the bean base, which serves the same purpose as the grid she makes. Tie a pretty ribbon around the jar, and you are ready to entertain with this stress free, effortless, conversation provoking, centerpiece. Who knew? Imagine that!


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Adding Drama to Your Ten Minute Flower Arrangement

by Aggi Stevenson


This is the same flower arrangement I put together literally in about ten minutes. This arrangement is beautiful on a table except when we are having dinner. It is much too bold and large. Yesterday we discussed the correct size flower arrangement to use for a center piece during dinner. Remember, if we can’t easily see every guest at our table, we would be better off with no centerpiece than one that is too large.

When this arrangement is not on the dinner table, I place it on a buffet in front of a mirror in the breakfast nook of my kitchen. It gives the illusion of having flowers on the table when in actuality the arrangement is nearby. By placing the arrangement on a buffet, it is now at eye level. The beautiful vase is more prominent. The added bonus is the mirror reflecting the foliage making the arrangement seem even more grand than it already is. Wallah…instant drama!

The arrangement will appear to be a different or new arrangement just by setting it in a different place and/or at a different level. We can get a lot of mileage from this arrangement because it lasts much longer than cut flowers. Mirrors positioned to reflect light from a door or window help add drama to the flower arrangement also.

Now go have fun. Make your mirrors do double duty!


Just when you think there is nothing more you can possibly do with the ten minute arrangement you have assembled…there is more!

Tomorrow I will show you how to take that same ten minute arrangement and create cheap and beautiful artwork for your home.

Coming soon: Using what you already have for a centerpiece. Do the unexpected. Say you have a collection of little brown jugs…great! I will show you how to make a centerpiece from that collection.

Coming soon: Think outside the box when it comes to home furnishings. I will show you how we made a buffet for our dining area from a bar.

Coming soon: “I can’t entertain because all I have is mis-matched dishes.” Oh that is wonderful! I will show you how to make a mis-matched table shine!

Coming soon: “I can’t entertain because I can’t afford table cloths and napkins.” No problem! I will show you how to make those with things you already have!

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Easy, quick, cheap and beautiful flower arrangements

Easy, quick, cheap and beautiful flower arrangements

Ten Minute Flower Arrangements
by Aggi Stevenson
You don’t have to be a florist to create beautiful flower arrangements for your home. There really is no substitute for live flowers. I have very little money in the flower arrangement above. I picked up the vase at a yard sale for a couple of dollars.  I simply go outside and clip some of whatever is growing around my house. You will see a couple of clippings from my Japanese maple tree, red burning bushes, green and yellow Eponymous and the green and white gaiety variety, Rose Glow and Crimson Pigmy Barberry bushes, Boston Ferns, and purple Dyanthus. Sometimes I have no idea what a plant is called but if it has pretty colors I will use it. I don’t spend a lot of time trying to make it look like it came from a florist. I let it take on it’s own personality. If you love it…that is all that matters.
Who says you can’t use sprigs from your shrubs and trees in a vase? They make beautiful free style arrangements and last longer than cut flowers. I get lots of compliments on my arrangements. Unless you have a landscaper or florist in most people will never know the difference. Even if you do have a florist or landscaper in, it just may give them a different perspective on what you can put in a vase and display. Just select a variety of colors. Fill the vase with water and presto…you have a live arrangement.
This arrangement is big, bold, beautiful and cheap!  It is not intended to stay on the table during dinner. You should never have an arrangement that your guests cannot comfortably see over. Many people think this rule does not apply to bud vases. Nothing is more annoying than constantly having to lean and peek around a flower arrangement to converse with your guests. I was at a dinner recently with eight people at a round table with a high bud vase of flowers in the middle of the table. The arrangement was nice but someone finally laid the vase on it’s side so we could see each other. It is better to have no center piece at all rather than a tall arrangement.
Now go have fun. Make your own arrangements!
Tomorrow I will show you what I do with the same arrangement to make it even more dramatic.
The next day I will show you how to capture the beauty of your arrangement and make cheap and beautiful artwork…even a series!

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