A Curated 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Flower Lovers
From Kit & Casey of Flower Duet
Faceted Terrariums Source: WestElm.com
Every year we like to curate a list of gift ideas for the Flower Lover in your life. In addition to these ideas, make sure you check out our book recommendations in this newsletter down below.
Gift Ideas from Shop Terrain
Shop Terrain is a perennial favorite of ours for gifts that are botanically inclined.
Pressed Metal Flower Garland — from Shop Terrain
Pressed Metal Flower Garland. Source: Shop Terrain
Geometric Porcelain Vase
Geometric Porcelain Vase. Source: Shop Terrain
Bauble Bud Vases
Bauble Bud Vases. Source: Shop Terrain
Cone Trio Vase
Cone Trio Vase. Source: Shop Terrain
Aged Iron Waves Urn
Aged Iron Waves Urn. Source: Shop Terrain
Golden Lilies Wreath
Golden Lilies Wreath. Source: Shop Terrain
Habit + Form Rectangle Trough
Habit + FORM Rectangle Trough by Shop Terrain
Floral Holiday Gift Ideas from Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is a charitable organization based in Pennsylvania that sells handmade products from around the globe in order to help the artisans create a better life. Their mission as stated: “We create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.”
We have a Ten Thousand Villages store near to us in Redondo Beach and love perusing the wares seasonally. On “Shop Local Saturday” last week, Kit and her daughter found some great holiday decorations for the house! The shops are all staffed by friendly volunteers and are located throughout the country.
Bronze Bloom Bowl — From Ten Thousand Villages
Bronze Bloom Bowl. Source Ten Thousand Villages
Recycled Sari Flower
Fine sari material finds new life in the creation of this flower from artisan group Hajiganj. Crafted with bendable wire, this flower is easily wrapped or maneuvered into the shape of your choosing. Because each piece of fabric comes from a real recycled sari, no two flowers are entirely alike. From Ten Thousand Villages.
Posy Dazzle Jewelry Set
There are many jewelry choices available from Ten Thousand Villages including this Posy Dazzle Jewelry Set. Source: Ten Thousand Villages.
Fire Flower Scarf
Colors warm and bright emerge in a pattern inspired by the vibrant designs of a sari. Source: Ten Thousand Villages.
Happy Holidays Gifts from West Elm
West Elm was born in Brooklyn in 2002. A branch of Williams–Sonoma, Inc, the company brand is focused on modern design.
Wood + Glass Terrariums
Wood + Glass Terrariums from West Elm. Source WestElm.com.
Waterscape Vases. Source WestElm.com.
Embroidered Poppy Square Pillow Cover
Poppy Pillow Cover. Source WestElm.com.
Red Berries Wreath
Fresh Green Wreat with Red Berries. Source WestElm.com.
Holiday Gifts from Bambeco — Sustainable Home Goods
Bambeco designs, creates and provides responsible home goods that inspire sustainable design and enhance the way people connect with our planet.
Bloom Candles by Bambeco. Photo: Bambeco.com
City Cedar Coasters — Set of 4
City Cedar Coaster Set of 4. Choose from 8 different cities including Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, DC, LA, Manhattan, Paris and San Francisco. Offered at Bambeco.com — Sustainable Home Goods
Artisan Root Wood Vases
Artisan Root Wood Vases are made from discarded remnants transformed by artist’s hands into something extraordinary—the essence of nature, hand-touched. From Bambeco. Free CarbonFree Ground Shipping for orders over $100.
There are No Bad Flower Arrangers, only Bad Vases
By Kit Wertz
These recycled glass vases from Pottery Barn make good choices for beginning flower arrangers because of their gathered openings which help create a natural shape to florals. Photo: PotteryBarn.com
It’s all about the vase.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…there are no bad flower arrangers…only bad vases. If you constantly struggle with making flowers look pretty in a vase from your grandmother or from an estate sale down the street, maybe it’s not you…maybe it’s the vase.
Wide Openings = Lots of Flowers
Vases with wide openings require a lot of flowers and it’s harder to make a great floral design in one of these vases unless you have a huge backyard cutting garden. If you do have a vase you just love with a large opening, experiment with lots of different types of greenery including tree branches to make up the bulk of an arrangement, then add a few choice blooms for impact.
Vases with wide openings like these can be problematic to design in because they require a lot of flowers to fill them up! 3D Eyelet Vases. Source: West Elm
Leave the Bubble Bowls for the Goldfish
Bubble bowls are truly one of the most difficult vases in which to design. These vases, shaped like goldfish bowls, are better kept for the gold fish. They can make great terrariums! So don’t toss your entire collection! Just place a nice long-lasting Tillandsia in there and it will be quite happy with the natural humidity created by the slightly enclosed top.
It’s tough to make an arrangement in a bubble bowl and the thin glass of the lip can make it difficult to transport. Photo: Save-On-Crafts.com
Cylinder Vase Alternative Uses
Cylinder vases are quite chic and still trendy, but are best left for very minimalist designs like a gathering of Calla Lilies or one Monstera Leaf. Otherwise, keep the cylinder vases for your pillar candles or tall terrarium design.
Cylinder vases are sleek and slender, but difficult to design flowers in with flowing shapes. These vases do well as terrariums as shown here or containers to display collections like the antique keys. Photo: PotteryBarn.com.
Here are some tips on how to choose a vase that will make arranging flowers a little easier on you.
Tip 1: Pick a vase with a gathered opening and a large base. Think hourglass shape.
Narrow vases with wide bases make for easy designing. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Tip 2: Pick a narrow-topped vase if you have a small budget for flowers. The narrower the opening, the fewer flowers you’ll need to use.
Gilded Fig Vases from Vivaterra.com.
Tip 3: Footed containers give an arrangement a natural elegance. Use floral foam or a floral frog to secure the stems place.
Footed centerpiece in gold container with red roses, burgundy scabiosa, purple lisianthus, hypericum berries, red hanging amaranthus and red celosia. Flowers by Flower Duet, photo by Kit Wertz.
Most importantly, have fun and don’t be afraid to keep trying to see if a vase will work. If you’ve tried to design in a vase more than five times without success, it’s time to put the vase aside or take it to your next floral design class and ask the instructor on how best to design in it!
Real Wedding by Flower Duet
This wedding took place in Long Beach, California. All flowers by Flower Duet. All photos by Jessica Castro Weddings.
The theme was Citrus. All types of citrus colors and fruit were integrated into the flower designs. We used mums, dianthus, roses, ranunculus along with lots of citrus!
Flower Duet is Florist for WIPA Gala Dinner
A Gem of a Night — Third Annual Gala Dinner at Hotel Irivine, November 30, 2016
Casey (left) and Kit (right) of Flower Duet pose in front of their gilded flower wall they created for WIPA SoCal’s Gem of a Night Gala Dinner at the Hotel Irvine on November 30, 2016. PhotoBooth: SocialLightPhoto.com.
We were asked to create the floral designs for the 3rd Annual WIPA SoCal (Wedding International Professionals Association Southern California Chapter) Gala Dinner and were delighted to add to the gem-filled theme of blue agate geodes and gold.
Taking a cue from the invitation, we gilded two types of Ruscus greenery and mixed the gold with non-gilded greenery along with a variety of white flowers from Roses to Amaryllis. We’ve sponsored three WIPA SoCal events in 2016, but this was the first event we were able to attend together as a team and it was so nice to see the reaction of people to our floral designs.
Lovely work by all the sponsors, especially Hotel Irvine and de LUXE Events!
We’ll have more photos when they are published by WIPA, but here a few sneak peeks from the evening as we were setting up for the gala.
Kit and Casey collaborated on this design using over 30 long-stem Denbdrobium orchids and two types of Ruscus gilded and non-gilded. Photo by Kit Wertz
Roses, Wax Flower, Hypericum Berries and Amaryllis were the stars along with White Denodrobiums and gilded Ruscus in this design by Flower Duet for WIPA SoCal’s 2016 Gala. Photo by Kit Wertz.
We created many different sizes of arrangements for the evening. Roses, Wax Flower, Hypericum Berries and Amaryllis were the stars along with White Dendrobiums and gilded Ruscus in this design by Flower Duet for WIPA SoCal’s 2016 Gala. Photo by Kit Wertz.
A Donut Wall by Lavish Candy had a flower wall background created by Kit of Flower Duet.
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Books Recommendations — Comfort Flower Books
From farmers’ markets to speakeasies, delectable drinks made from foraged and grown ingredients are the latest trend to hit mixology. Full of mouth-watering color photos, this handy guide to imbibing the great outdoors offers 40 inspiring recipes, divided into seasons, as well as tips on how best to forage and preserve the freshest and tastiest berries, herbs, flowers and more.
40 down-to-earth ideas for inspired garden crafts, including containers, handmade gifts, outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, and more.
Blending the pleasures of gardening with the joys of crafting, Garden Made showcases over forty projects to adorn your garden, beautify your home, or give as gifts. Following the natural cycle of the garden in all its seasons—yes, even winter!—these garden-inspired projects, made by hand and finished with finesse, are the perfect way to express your love of the garden in fresh ways. With full step-by-step instructions, as well as gardening tips and advice, Garden Made will inspire seasoned and novice gardeners, and everyone in between.
From the forward: “This is a book of herbs. There are sweet herbs — basil, angelica, pandan — and tart herbs — sorrel, bergamot, sassafras. There are minty herbs and oniony herbs and bitter herbs. There are tall herbs that whisper, and small herbs that shout. There are herbs to eat and herbs very much not to eat; some of them heal, but there are a few that could kill. Not all herbs are green, although there are a lot of green herbs.”
The Aromatherapy Garden explains how fragrant plants can be as therapeutic as they are intoxicating, and how easy it is to add this captivating element to gardens large and small. It reveals the scents, secrets, and science behind fragrant plants, and how to optimize the full benefits of fragrance. Hone your powers of concentration with lemon verbena. Beat the blues with wintersweet. And use rose geranium to relieve anxiety and stress. Revealed here are the scents, secrets, and science behind plant aromatherapy, and how to optimize its full benefits. Detailed plant profiles will help you create a beautiful source of restorative aromas, oils, sachets, teas, and more. The nose knows—and with Keville’s expertise, now you too can create your own sanctuary of health and happiness
Flower Tool Recommendation — Garland Making Tools
Garlands are all the rage for the holidays and we thought it might be nice to let you know the right tools you’ll need to create your own. We use a lot of garlands in our wedding and event work. Sometimes we create them ourselves and other times, we outsource the garlands if we need A LOT of them!
They are all built the same way…with one continuous rope (hemp rope) and one coninuous wire (paddle wire). Basically, you gather stems of greenery and wrap them together onto the hemp rope and then overlap the next gathered group of greenery with more paddle wire until you reach the end.
Here is a wedding by Flower Duet. The garlands on the table were accented with fresh florals including roses. Tools for making garlands are simple…rope, paddle wire and shears. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Hemp Rope - Can be purchased online or at hardware stores.
Paddle Wire — Can be purchased online or at craft stores like Michaels.
Pruning Shears - Bunch Cutters or pruning shears work best for cutting large stems like Douglas Fir.
Pruning Shears by Fiskars
Here is a great step-by-step garland making tutorial from Bob Vila of This Old House fame.