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Flowers in Jewelry

Flowers may well be one of Mother Nature’s most inspirational elements for the art world, along with sunsets, landscapes, birds and wildlife. Paintings in all media range from one bold flower blossom like Georgia O’Keeffe’s work to many blooms in a field, on a pond or in a vase. Among the most creative pieces of jewelry are those with flower themes. From dried petals and pressed flowers to flower shapes and floral components, the attraction of jewelry as a gift can be enhanced with flowers. Some buyers will choose their birth month flower, their favorite flower or something in a particular color.

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December 4, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Handcrafting Flowers for Fun

Handcrafting anything delivers a sweet sense of satisfaction for the effort, and the world of flowers may well be limited only by your imagination. There are many materials from which to make flowers starting with the humble tissue and a bobby pin.

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November 28, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Friendship Day

Having friends is one of the greatest joys on the planet. They come in all shapes and sizes in all kinds of places and creep into your heart and soul with unconditional acceptance. The value of special people in our lives prompted Friendship Day, which was designated a holiday by a Proclamation of the U.S. Congress in 1935. It falls annually on the first Sunday in August, which this year is Aug. 6.

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August 2, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Pressing Flowers to Preserve Summer Beauty

Everywhere you look, there are flowers of all heights and sizes, textures and colors. Buttercups and dandelions live in the lawn, cosmos and poppies along the highways, daisies and black-eyed Susans in neighborhood gardens, butterfly weed and coreopsis in fields and more. With every sighting, there is a small sigh of wishing it could last year round or at least much longer.

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July 12, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Your Own Home Hotel Room: Preparing for Father’s Day Guests

It’s summertime and those lazy hazy days that call for ice cream, fresh lemonade and backyard BBQs also bring overnight guests. Maybe Dad is coming for Father’s Day, or perhaps a high school chum is passing through, or a family who moved away is back for a visit, or even a business colleague you know well enough to offer accommodations. Whoever it is, you can easily prepare a charming guest room that will rival your local hotels and B&Bs and embrace a wow factor for your visiting friends.

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June 13, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Daisy Tell Me … Does He Love Me? Does She Love Me?

He loves me, he loves me not, she loves me, she love me not — what better way to be assured of someone’s true love than pulling petals off a daisy? Probably not the most accurate way to measure love, but no doubt daisies have passed through many a hand the world over seeing where the last petal lands for “loves me” or “loves me not.”

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April 5, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Spring Trends Begin with Flowers

Spring is a glorious time of year for revival, refreshing optimism and happy frames of mind for warmer weather and plans for hiking, picnicking, sightseeing and noticing all kinds of flowers come to life. Crocuses and daffodils are among the first to herald the arrival of spring, and many fashion and interior decor trends line up with flowers this time of year.

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March 29, 2017 / Blooms Today
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The Flower Celebration of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, has a convoluted history starting as a Christian holiday in Rome. It spread throughout Europe and came to America with French explorers along the Gulf Coast, on both sides of New Orleans. The “fat” part refers to partaking of great food prior to Lent, the austere time observed by many Christians between Ash Wednesday and Easter. But, like many a celebration, it was expanded considerably and become heavily commercialized, neither of which diminishes the fun and frolic.

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February 23, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Having a Ball Decorating with Ball Ornaments

Decorating for the holidays is a fun adventure in adding beauty, glamour and whimsy to any home, front porch or office. There are tons of traditional red and green ornaments, garland and lights, as well as what could be dubbed contemporary colors that pop with personal preferences for pink, purple and turquoise.

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December 12, 2016 / Blooms Today
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The New Darling in Plant Decorating: Succulents for Style

Succulents have been around for centuries, and they have grown in popularity recently, taking center stage in homes, offices and cafes for stunning colors, unusual shapes, inexpensive cost, interesting textures, easy care – The largest are the saguaro cactus, native to Arizona and small sections of California and Mexico. Its blossom is Arizona’s state wildflower, and its life span can exceed 150 years. The largest one tops 45 feet tall.

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October 25, 2016 / Blooms Today
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The Wreath ~ a circle of harmony

Once upon a time, fresh, green Christmas wreaths were hung upon the front door for the season. Homes in Colonial era-style may have had smaller green wreaths on the front facing windows. Fast forward, and we find wreaths year round, not only on the front door, but as decorative accents throughout the house.

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September 28, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Doing Something Grand for Grandparents Day ~ Sept. 11, 2016

Just around the corner rests the opportunity to honor the wisdom, counsel, love and compassion of grandparents and older folks who have contributed like grandparents in your life and the lives of your children. It’s a blessing of magnificent proportion to show appreciation with one of Mother Nature’s most exquisite, most stunning displays of beauty: Fresh flowers.

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September 8, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Fall into Fall Decorating

It’s that time of year when evening temps sink a little and mornings have a refreshing coolness to them. It’s not yet sweater weather, but the autumn transition between summer and fall is one of the most glorious decorating opportunities for its casual style and warm colors. All shades of red and crimson can promote energy and a sense of well-being, while orange is incredibly warm and versatile wherever it rests.

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August 25, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Flowers in Art: Great American Flower Painters

While there have to be almost as many artists who paint flowers as they are kinds of flowers, only three Americans grace the list of top flower artists in the world. The remaining 16 are European.

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August 4, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Outdoor Entertaining & Alfresco Dining

As outdoor spaces are being cleverly transformed into casual living areas, homeowners are raising the bar on furnishings and accoutrements. Once a charcoal grill, now a built-in gas range. Once a trip to the indoor kitchen and fridge, now outdoor countertops, bar sinks and mini-fridges. Once folding, web chairs, now cushioned seating with matching toss pillows. It’s easy to create a relaxing outdoor environment.

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June 29, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Tickled Pink ~ National Pink Day

It’s a color. It’s a word in a movie. A movie character ~ Mr. Pink in “Reservoir Dogs.” A rock star (who took her name from the aforementioned movie character). A British band ~ Pink Floyd. A message supporting breast cancer research. Pink is in the little girl’s nursery and in the big girl’s cowboy boots or a senior’s scarf. Pink cuts across boundaries, cultures and countries for a sweet, feminine color in everything from clothing and cars to appliances, linens, furniture, jewelry and paint.

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June 23, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Through the Ages: A History of the Florist

Florists are the professionals you see working in flower shops buying, cutting, arranging, and selling beautiful flowers that are both locally and internationally grown. The profession requires skills in customer service and in art. Some have been taught by another who has worked in the industry, while others are trained by local colleges and flower arranging societies.

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June 3, 2016 / Blooms Today
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So You Want to Be a Floral Designer: Advice for the Aspiring

Arranging flowers is a living art that changes every day and has the ability to evoke feelings and memories from the people who see or receive the arrangement. It is a job that may be passed down through the family or that someone develops a passion for during life. If you are interested in becoming a professional floral designer, there are many different approaches you can take to become part of the trade.

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May 31, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Easy Daisy Bouquet: Creating a Simple Daisy Display

Daisies make lovely arrangements with their bright colors and small, overlapping petals. They are also very forgiving flowers for anyone who wants to try his or her hand at creating a lovely spring or summer bouquet. With many different types of daisies to choose from and a range of supportive greenery and small flowers, you can make any flower bouquet look great.

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May 19, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Flowers in Your Home and Office Decor

Surely some creative cave woman carved flowers on her rock walls. If we cannot always have fresh flowers on our desk or table or nightstand, then we can enjoy the beauty – if without the fragrance – in interior decor that ranges from wallpapers, tiles, curtains and rugs to pillows, art and tapestries.

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April 25, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Best Indoor Plants: Increasing Efficiency and Air Quality in your Office

There is a grant out there to study almost anything, and evaluating the value of green plants in office settings is on the list. Professors at Texas A&M University, Washington State University and Surrey University in England have all concluded that plants do lower stress and enhance work productivity. Workers are less tense and more focused with fresh, live, green plants in their work environments.

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March 29, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Terrariums ~ busting the winter blues with a tiny indoor garden

Just as cabin fever is invading homes and spirits in much of the country with cold, snow, ice and winter doldrums, and you can’t yet garden for cold or mud, it might be just the time to brighten your home or office with a terrarium. These little tabletop gems are perfect for the frustrated gardener as winter lingers on.

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February 25, 2016 / Blooms Today
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Winter Events & Centerpieces

Blustery cold winter weather can have a cozy effect on indoor events, making them all the warmer for the contrast. Hot chocolate, woolen mittens, après ski parties and crackling fires evoke images of inside glow and charm that only winter can bring.

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December 29, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Creating a Beautiful Garden Fresh Centerpiece

In the spring and summer months and even into fall, a garden centerpiece can elevate your occasion from a nice gathering to a great event. The trick is deciding on what to include in your centerpiece and how to present it. There are so many options for your garden fresh centerpiece that you can have a new presentation every time you have guests to entertain.

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August 11, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Working With Silk Flowers

Silk flowers are a lovely way to create a permanent piece of floral art for dresses, hair, and other arrangements meant to last longer than their fresh counterparts. High quality artificial flowers are much more than the mass-produced flowers that you see in a craft store.

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June 15, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Designing the Perfect Wedding Bouquet

Ah, the wedding bouquet: the symbol of the bride’s good luck and the piece every lady longs to catch. In old England, the wedding bouquet would actually be carried by the bride as a decoy!

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May 21, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Incorporating Spring Colors into Your Bouquet

Now that Spring is here, what better way to celebrate it than with a colorful bouquet of seasonal flowers as a center piece on your dining table? Treasure the warmth and season of new life and renewal with some popular spring flowers.

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May 20, 2015 / Blooms Today
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The Best Flowers for Wedding Decorations

Among the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, choosing flower arrangements may seem low on the priority list. Coordinating flowers for the cake, centerpieces, and dining room seating may seem like an arduous task, but it doesn’t have to be.

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May 12, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Creative Flower Arrangements for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day flowers don’t have to come in a traditional cellophane bouquet or basket. You can still demonstrate your love and appreciation while tapping into your creative side. Consider changing the shape of the bloom, style of the vase, or incorporating uncommon flowers for a customized gift.

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May 8, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Flower and Garden Activities for Kids

The garden can be a great place to get your kids outdoors to learn about plants and how to work with their hands. One of the most fun features of a garden for kids is the flowering plants. This offers a variety of gardening and crafting options so your kids can happily turn off the TV and get their hands a little flowery.

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March 30, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Totally Steal-able Centerpiece Ideas

There is always that one friend who pulls out the perfect centerpiece for any occasion. It’s original, it’s unique, and it’s relevant. So what are some ways to make your own enviable centerpiece? A few helpful hints can get the ball rolling toward centerpiece glory.

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March 19, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Making Flowers Out of Veggies

Carving vegetables can be a fun and nutritious way to pass the afternoon. But how do you get started? Here are some great tips and ideas to get you on your way to making your very own beautiful and edible bouquet!

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March 16, 2015 / Blooms Today
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The Process of Drying Flowers

Flowers are beautiful gifts. They are welcome accompaniments at all events, occasions, times of year, and just to say hello. Live specimens will only remain vivid and healthy for a period of time, and then the gift is gone.

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March 11, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Reusing Your Flower Vase in Decorating

Many people simply store their vases in a cabinet, give them back to a local florist, or take them to a donation center. However, there are many other ways you can use your vases daily and while hosting events. Here are some of the most unique uses for your flower vase:

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March 4, 2015 / Blooms Today
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6 Ways to Use Roses

Roses are among the most popular flowers. They are symbolic of romantic love, staples of Valentine’s Day and anniversaries, and cherished by virtually every culture on every continent. In fact, the rose has been cultivated by the Chinese for thousands of years, and in the United States alone over a hundred million roses are grown just for February. But beyond compiling bouquets and handing them out on dates, few know of additional applications for roses

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February 13, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Bouquets on a Budget: Quick and Easy Bouquets From Your Yard

Flowers make wonderful gifts and are great additions to dinner parties and date nights. They’re also an integral tradition at weddings, baby showers, and other special events.

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February 10, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Fresh Ideas: 3 Unique Ways to Use 3 Types of Flowers

Everyone loves flowers, and everyone can name occasions where they’re used in great quantities, such as weddings or funerals. However, not everyone knows what to do with flowers on a regular basis except let them sit in vases and look pretty.

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February 6, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Decorating With Flowers: Creative Decorating Ideas

Everyone loves flowers; arranging them, smelling them, and even using them for medicinal purposes. However, not everyone knows how to use flowers decoratively beyond the normal floral arrangement in a vase. Flowers can be used in and out of containers to brighten a home or other indoor space. Today, we’ll look at a few key […]

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January 29, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Fall Is In Full Bloom!

It’s October now and fall is in full bloom. The leaves are beginning to change colors and fall off of the trees, the weather is starting to cool, and everyone is in the fall spirit with sweaters, pumpkin flavored foods and drinks, and new, seasonal flowers.

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October 2, 2014 / Blooms Today
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Celebrating Fall with Colorful Arrangements

Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox, which marks the first day of fall. Along with the first day of fall comes some chilly autumn weather. Some people are ready to break out their sweaters, go apple picking, start choosing their pumpkins, and begin celebrating the season.

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September 23, 2014 / Blooms Today
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Order Flowers to Add the Finishing Touch to Your Home

Maybe you recently bought a new house, just finished redecorating, or are trying to make your house look nice because you are expecting guests. No matter what the occasion, having that perfect finishing touch to tie everything together and make your home look complete is important.

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September 3, 2014 / Blooms Today
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What Makes a Skilled Florist?

Those who are unfamiliar with the skills necessary to create beautiful flower arrangements may believe it’s as easy as tossing flowers together, putting them in a vase, and setting them out for display. The truth is, florists have a very particular skill-set when it comes to flower arranging.

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July 25, 2014 / Blooms Today
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Tips and Tricks to Ordering Flowers Online

With all that is available to us through technology online shopping has become one of the easiest and fastest ways to buy almost anything you need, from clothing and cars to insurance policies, and even stars.

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July 15, 2014 / Blooms Today
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What are the Most Beautiful Flowers?

Flowers are a great wonder of the world and the most magnificent gift to humanity. The sight of a beautiful flower triggers a feeling of happiness and serenity. Flowers are a subject of poetry and hardly a poet can refrain himself from using a reference of flowers in his work.

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July 4, 2014 / Blooms Today
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How to Get the Best Quality Lilies

Lilies have been growing for centuries all across the world. They grow across Asia, from China and Japan to the Middle East, in southern Europe, as well as in North America. The genus, Lilium, has over 100 different natural species.

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June 13, 2014 / Blooms Today
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