Sunday, August 26, 2012

Custom Colored Cymbidium Orchid Hair Flowers

My 2nd cousin's good friend is getting married this coming weekend and Natana was very interested in the clay flowers I make. My cousin Danielle asked if I could help her. They had tossed around several ideas, but the final decision was to make cymbidium orchids in the colors of the 6 different fall colors the bridal party would be wearing. Mind you, I am always worried about having to do deep hued shades and worry whether it will turn out well. I'm happy to say that they almost perfectly match each of the pocket swatches Natana gave me to work from. While the orchids may not come in those colors in real life, I think they will be a perfect accessory for each of the bridesmaids. 
Natana also wanted to have some rhinestones in each of the flowers so instead of adding the pistil accents in clay, I handwired rhinestones in the middle to take the place of the clay ones. :) Just adding a bit of sparkle to the flowers.

Friday, August 24, 2012

White and Navy Blue...

I have been quite busy the last few weeks. Sorry for the lack of posts. I'm busy finishing up a big wholesale order, but I wanted to share this picture of 40 mini white anemones with navy blue centers. Simple, clean and breathtaking! These are for a client who requested flowers for her 2 inch favor boxes. Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 6, 2012

1920s Vintage Glam Inspired Wedding Flowers

My client, Susan, contacted me to see if I could create her wedding flowers for her wedding later this month in beautiful Cambria. Her dress is breathtaking. A 1920s vintage inspired gown. She told me that the colors she wanted were a deep eggplant purple and a burgundy red. She wasn't really picky about the flowers, but had a few favorites. Since it was vintage/glam, we agreed to use feathers and crystals to accent the look. I used different crystal embellishments for her bridesmaids and groomsmen.
I was fortunate the day I went to the floral supply shop to get my hands on these new crystal embellishments and frilly/playful feathers. They really added to the look I was going for. The flowers I agreed upon with Susan were gerbera daisies, anemones, dahlias, calla lilies, lilacs, sweet peas, and roses. 
Just before I started working on the order, Susan asked if I could make each of the boutonnieres slightly different. So, I chose one of the flowers and paired it with another one in the bouquet. Since Susan asked for gerberas, I felt having a burgundy gerbera paired with purple sweet peas would be nice for the groom, while the groomsmen would have a main purple flower with an accent of red lilac. There were also 2 special boutonnieres she wanted so I used the red as the main flower and purple as the accent. 

 She requested a ring pillow as well. I just love the crystal in the center! I've got her corsages left to assemble and a last minute hair flower to make, but wanted to share these photos with all of you!

Lots of Peonies...

An Etsy buyer contacted me several months ago and wanted to purchase a dozen long stem peonies for her best friend. Her best friend apparently grows a huge garden of peonies in all sorts of colors and varieties. That would be an awesome site to see!
Here are a few photos of the peonies I made. All are roughly 6-6.5 inches in diameter in shades of pink, red, coral, yellow and white. I'm really happy with the way they turned out. This was actually prior to accent painting them.