Florist Design Challenge: Tulips

And the battle of all florist battles is on again! Vote for your favourite in our #battleoftheflorists challenge for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone!

Pitted against each other this week are the Flowers for Everyone florist team from Rouse Hill versus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.

THE CHALLENGE

To design a flower arrangement incorporating tulips.

Value: $100

Sydney CBD Theme: French Provincial

Rouse Hill Theme: 1950’s Retro

THE BATTLE

Rouse Hill won the second round of #battleoftheflorists against our Balgowlah store. This week they are up against past champions from our inaugural challenge, the Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone store.

Now into our third round, we have enlisted Sydney-based stylist Daisy May from Pretty Up to do a styled photo shoot of our gorgeous entries (see below pics). Vote for your favourite design to win here.

FRENCH PROVINCIAL

French provincial style tulip flower arrangement
French provincial style tulip flower arrangement by Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD

1950’S RETRO

1950's Retro Tulip Flower Arrangement
1950’s Retro Tulip Flower Arrangement by Flowers for Everyone Rouse Hill

Will it be our florist team from Rouse Hill florist shop or our Market Street CBD store that will win this week’s design challenge?

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VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Stay tuned. The winning #battleoftheflorists florist team and lucky prize winner will be announced Wednesday 6th July before 5pm!

About Flowers for Everyone

Rouse Hill Flowers for Everyone is located GR 5 Rouse Hill Town Centre, Windsor Rd

Phone: 61 2 9629 9266

Email: rousehill@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone is located in the Allianz Centre, Corner of Market and Kent Streets.

Phone: 61 2 9264 4033

Email: sydney@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Flowers for Everyone also has florist stores located in Balgowlah, Merrylands, Blacktown Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and has been delivering flowers since 1999. Shop online at www.flowersforeveryone.com.au

About Pretty Up

Daisy May from Pretty Up is a brand marketer, events and product stylist, and  interior decorator who loves to “pretty up” life. Whether it be an event, interior space or a photography shoot, she is forever styling to make it more pretty.

Follow Daisy May from Pretty Up on Instagram @prettyupblog  or Facebook, or check out her inspiring blog www.prettyup.com.au.

 

Hydrangeas on Manly’s Shelly Beach

Flowers for Everyone recently held a ‘Battle of the Florists’ among two of its retail stores. Our Balgowlah team had a beach theme with the design condition of incorporating ornamental kale.

The girls went all out, photographing their stunning floral arrangement on Manly’s Shelly Beach. Plenty of passers by stopped to comment on how gorgeous it was, but one of our Facebook fans took it a step further, and, after seeing the photo on our page, painted the most amazing still life of the flowers.

Hydrangeas on Shelly Beach
Hydrangeas on Shelly Beach by Terri Maddock, acrylic and pastel on matboard, 25 x 35cm.
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The original photo taken on Manly’s Shelly Beach, featuring ornamental kale, hydrangea, Scottish thistle, Eucalyptus foliage and monsteria leaves.

Curiousity piqued, we checked out Terri’s portfolio listed on Redbubble and were wowed. An accountant by day, Terri’s humble confession to art and textiles being a ‘sideline’ is understating her talent.

About Terri

How long have you been painting for?

I studied art at high school & part-time evening at TAFE (over 30 years ago, how embarrassing!). I started again 9 years ago after children etc & have really enjoyed being able to focus on painting again – mostly with pastels & oils.

How did you learn how to paint? 

I started back at art learning pastel painting with Bernard Devaux at Forestville Community Art Centre.  Bernard is a wonderful artist & our group at Forestville was great.  Since moving to Bonny Hills on the Mid north coast in December 2013, I’ve been painting with the Hastings Valley Fine Art Assoc & enjoy plain air (outdoors) painting on a Monday morning the most. We have a gallery in Port Macquarie overlooking Oxley Beach where I exhibit.

What is your favourite flower?

Roses are my favourite flower – doesn’t matter what colour, although I do like the old fashioned roses that have a beautiful perfume the best.

How can people buy your art? 

My original artworks are available from my home studio in Bonny Hills, as well as the Hastings Fine Art Gallery in Port Macquarie. Redbubble has a portfolio of paintings that are available as prints & other merchandise, with the descriptions indicating if the original has been sold.

Terri can be contacted via email at bonnyviewstudio@gmail.com if you are interested in her work.

We are so glad Terri spotted our photograph on Facebook and took inspiration from it to produce such a gorgeous painting. Thanks Terri for sharing!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the next #battleoftheflorists competition announcement and the chance to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone!

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Florist Design Challenge: Ornamental Kale

Welcome to the first of our Sydney inter-store Battle of the Florists!

Pitted against each other for this inaugeral floral design challenge are the Flowers for Everyone florist team from Stocklands Balgowlah versus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.

THE CHALLENGE

To design a modern flower arrangement incorporating ornamental kale.

Value: $100

Sydney CBD Theme: Appropriate for an inner city industrial style apartment.

Stocklands Balgowlah Theme: Appropriate for a modern beach side home.

THE BATTLE

And here is the outcome. Vote for your favourite design to win here.

Modern Flower Arrangement
Modern flower arrangement incorporating kale by Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD store

BEACH THEME

Beach Themed Flowers
Beachy flower arrangement incorporating ornamental kale by our Stocklands Balgowlah team.

Will it be our florist team from Stocklands Balgowlah or our Market Street CBD store that will win this first design challenge?

VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Stay tuned. The winning team will be announced Monday 6th June after midday!

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About

Balgowlah Flowers for Everyone is located in Stocklands Balgowlah, Shop 29, 197 – 215 Condamine Street.

Phone: 61 2 9907 6988

Email: balgowlah@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone is located in the Allianz Centre, Corner of Market and Kent Streets.

Phone: 61 2 9264 4033

Email: sydney@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Flowers for Everyone also has florist stores located in Rouse Hill, Merrylands, Blacktown Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and has been delivering flowers since 1999.

5 Ways to Decorate your Home with Roses

Love the look of roses in your home? Don’t bother waiting for someone to buy them for you. One simple bunch of fresh roses each week shouldn’t be considered a luxury. A standard bunches of roses (as is, not arranged as a bouquet) from your local florist usually averages around $20. These bunches nearly always come in stems of ten, and are available in a variety of lengths ranging from around 20cm upwards (the shorter the length, the cheaper the bunch).

Roses are one flower that really add a luxe vibe to the home. But not everyone is a natural floral stylist. Below are some of our favourite styling and decorating ideas for roses in the home that anyone can do. But first….you must prepare your flowers to ensure maximum longevity.

PREPARING YOUR ROSES

First of all, remove any thorns or leaves from the section of stem that will be sitting in water (usually 1/3 to 1/2 from the base of the stem). If the rose has lots of tiny little thorns, use an old teatowel in your hands as protection, then holding the rose gently below its head, use the other hand to run the teatowel down the stem. This will remove all the tiny thorns without pricking your skin. Otherwise use a sharp pair of secataurs to snip off those gnarly thorns!

Then using your secataurs, trim 1-2 cm off the end of the rose stem at an angle, make sure your vase or pot has been cleaned with warm soapy water, then fill with fresh cold tapwater.

DECORATING THE HOME WITH ROSES

  1. That ol’ Yarn

Take balls of natural string and arrange them on an occassional table. Place a short shot glass (or similar) in the centre of the spool. Cut one to three rose heads down so their heads sit just above the twine. Add a spring of greenery from your garden if you wish.

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2. Painted Mason Jars

This idea isn’t only exclusive to stylish brides for decorating their wedding tables. Get hold of plain glass mason jars from a $2 shop and paint them with a can of spray paint in your favourite colour. Arrange a ‘grouping’ of jars in identical sizes along a window sill or mantlepiece and divide your roses evenly between. Voila, your room will look just like the pages from a Home Beautiful magazine.

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3. The Humble Tin

Short tins, tall tins, modern coffee tins, Twinings tea tins, vintage soap and biscuit tins. Easily accesible and economical. If using a short squat tin, cut your stems down so the heads sit just above the rim and work in odd numbers when arranging roses (the natural foliage of the stem will help support their position). Alternatively place your roses in a medium to tall tin and make sure your stem height is at least the 1 x times the height again.

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4. Antique Pewter Jugs

Hunt around for an antique pewter jug or teapot in second hand stores. Cut your stems short to sit sweetly in a little jug or place them in a larger vessel. Look for bunches of roses that still have plenty of healthy green leaves on them, as the foliage will help to fill spaces and assist your roses to behave beautifully.

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5. Bottled Roses

This is so easy to do and gives a designer look to your home. Create a display of short and/or tall clear or coloured glass bottles and put a rose stem in each one. Stagger their position and create variance with different height stems. Ideal for when a rose head breaks off – just pop it in a tiny bottle and continue to enjoy!

Roses in glass bottles

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Photo Credits: https://au.pinterest.com/ffeaus/decorating-with-roses/

 

 

 

 

The Floral Works of Artist Sarah Gabriel

As florists we draw inspiration for floral design from many sources, art being one of them. Australian artist Sarah Gabriel’s drawings capture the ‘energy’ and ‘spirit’ of her environment in the country, through her distinctive line work and use of pigmented inks.

Sarah’s original works on paper are created from her regionally based working studio in Lauriston, Central Victoria and are distributed to nominated galleries, both interstate and overseas. Sarah prints and hand colours limited edition drypoint etchings and opens her studio for small group workshops in drawing and printmaking.

Here is a glimpse of some of her fabulous works on paper….

Win a Sarah Gabriel-inspired floral arrangement from Flowers for Everyone!

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TO ENTER

Scroll right down to the very bottom of this article where there is a ‘Comments’ box under ‘Leave a Reply’. Type in the name of your favourite flower into the comments box and press the submit button.

Please note this prize is only for delivery in the Sydney metro. Winner will be notified and the prize draw announced on Friday 22 January 2016 via social media.

Sarah Gabriel’s gallery and shop, can be found on Piper Street in Kyneton, Victoria, just over one hour’s drive north east of Melbourne. She also runs small group workshops throughout the year from her private studio. More information about Sarah can be found here.

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarcely see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake

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Spotlight: Ikebana Master Toshiro Kawase

It’s amazing what you can discover trawling on Pinterest. Ikebana master Toshiro Kawase is one of them. Searching for beautiful pictures of ikebana floral designs, I couldn’t help but notice the name Toshiro Kawase cropping up on pins. And what stunning pins they were.

Portraits of Japan in Flowers…

Born in Kyoto in 1948, Kawase earned a degree from Nihon University College of Art. After graduating, he tripped over to Paris  to work in theatre and film, which no doubt had a major influence on his perspective and poetic style. Returning to Japan in 1974 he continued to study many forms of floral arranging, his amazing talent receiving much acclaim, and his ikebana designs being described as capturing ‘portraits of Japan in flowers’.

Toshiro Kawase ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

What is Ikebana?

Ikebana is characterised by ‘extreme discipline and minimalism’. An intense study of a floral specimen to reveal its essential form. It is a balanced, contemplative, ‘meditative’ art.

As one website describes,

‘Go too far in stripping the details and the piece looses its vitality. Not far enough and the energy is obscured. To achieve such a delicate balance is the ultimate expression of humankind’s harmony with Nature, and the mark of a true master’. (1)

There are a multitude of Ikebana schools and styles that have emerged over centuries, yet Toshiro stands out as a modern day master of this ancient floral art form….

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Kawase’s work convey the delicate balance of body, mind and soul that is an integral basis to the art of ikebana. Elemental vases play an equally important role as the floral forms themselves in his compositions.

Described by art blogger www.designskool.net, Toshiro Kawase’s designs are;

‘They are like epiphanies, embodying all the tension and fragility of a state of grace. Small and yet hugely evocative, they are haikus in flowers. They are limitless energy barely contained in a halo of quiet. They are nature manipulated by man. Man in harmony with Nature.’ (2)

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana    Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

To some these examples of Toshiro’s work may appear simple, easy to execute. Yet their simplicity belies the eye. A lifetime of study and intense practise has gone into these floral compositions. His work is inspired. Pure art. Take a look at more of Toshiro’s work on our Pinterest board here.

Make sure to follow our blog for further stories about the art of ikebana, and all things floral and beautiful.

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References

1. http://www.gardenista.com/posts/required-reading-secrets-of-an-ikebana-master

2. http://designskool.net/toshiro-kawase/

Photo Credit

https://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/ikebana-master-toshiro-kawase/

Top 10 Flower Tattoos to Consider Getting This Spring

Whether they are permanent or temporary, if you are going to go down the body art path, flower tattoos offer a huge variety of style and design options, whether it be a classic or avant-garde look.

In no particular order, here are our top ten favourite flower tattoos for spring if anyone is looking for ideas and inspiration!

1. Simple and Discreet

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2. Floral Ankle

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3. Forget Me, Not

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4. Watercolour Poppies

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5. Lady Rose

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6. Walking Flower Apothecary…

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7. Intricate Floriography

flower tattoo 8

8. Ahoy Petal!

flower tattoo 9

9. A Little Japanese, A Little Avant-Garde

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10. Summer Meadow

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To view more flower tattoos, check out our Pinterest board here.

Photo Sources/Credits: https://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/flower-tattoos/

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Flowers for a Winter Wonderland Theme Party

Planning a winter wonderland theme party? Whether it is a wedding or special event, take a look at these fantastical ideas to create a winter wonderland using flowers.

BLOSSOM & HYDRANGEA

This white blossom and fluffy white hydrangea has ‘winter wonderland’ written all over it. Keep in mind though, the availability in Australia for these flowers is more likely to be in spring. Love the added touch of the suspended tea light candles from the arrangement, and the vase is a beautiful shape (a little curved at the top and bottom, compared to a standard straight up and down cylindrical vase).

winter wonderland

ICE CRYSTALS

A ‘crystal and orchid’ winter wonderland table arrangement featuring sparkling branches of crystals with pure white snowflake shaped phalaenopsis orchid stems en-masse. Grouped in three different height elegant vases with cut crystal posy vases containing orchids around the base, the design is lifted to even greater heights with the use of a high quality crystal table setting and the reflection from white candles in cut crystal goblets.

winter wonderland

A BLOSSOM FOREST

Masses of white blossom branches create a snow covered forest effect on a grand scale – simple and striking all at the same time. Again, the availability of white blossom in Australia is more likely to be in spring.

winter wonderland

winter wonderland

FLUFFY FLOWER SNOWBALLS

This white hydrangea and babies breath concoction is like a big fluffy snowball floating on top of a slender, ‘ice-like’ candelabra. A forest of branches create a backdrop of privacy around the table setting for an added winter wonderland touch.

winter wonderland

SIMPLICITY = ELEGANCE

You don’t need to use massive flower arrangements to create an effective winter wonderland theme party. A simple square posy vase with willow wound inside and a ‘nest’ white roses clustered in the centre is equally as effective and beautiful. Team with square glass tea light candles to tie in with the shape of the vase and you have an elegant low table centre.

winter wonderland

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Inspired? Check out our Pinterest page for these photos and more: https://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/winter-fantasy-2015-inspiration/ 

Photo Credits: https://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/winter-fantasy-2015-inspiration/

Eggs-quisite Easter Ideas Inspired by Flowers

Check out these gorgeous Easter ideas for the sewing fans, cooks and crafters out there. Enjoy and Happy Easter from the Flowers for Everyone crew!

LINEN BUNNY

easter bunny

Learn how to make this super cute linen bunny decoration with a flower tail here.

MINIATURE EGG VASES

easter decoration

Learn how to make this amazing miniature egg vase for Easter here.

DECOUPAGE EASTER POTS

Easter Pots

Learn how to make these decoupage Easter pots here.

CARROT &  HOMMUS EASTER POTS

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Do you have any great craft or recipe Easter ideas to share? Post them to our blog in the comments box below!

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Spring Racing Carnival Floral Fantasia

With the spring racing carnival upon us what better time than to explore the world of fashionable head gear incorporating fresh flowers? Frida Kahlo was a front runner in this department with her simple yet effective use of flowers in her hair to achieve maximum wow factor.

Take a ‘leaf’ (or flower) out of these design ideas below and make a splash at the races this season…

Pretty in Pink

Carnations, hydrangea, pepper berry, roses…pretty enough to eat it!

pink floral headpiece   fresh floral headpiece

A Little Avant-Garde

Stand out from the crowd with these avant-garde style statement pieces. Fluffy chrysanthemums, gerbera daisies, roses and orchids… Rich, jewel like colours, veils and bold make up make these absolute race day show stoppers!

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Haute Couture Race Hats

Okay, the mask may be a little over the top for race day, but the exquisite incorporation of orchid blooms onto this headpiece is a standout. As are the blown roses in this ensemble designed by Philip Treacy for McQueen.

floral headpiece    Philip Treacy headpiece

Fashion Forward Frida Kahlo

Braid and loop your hair up off your face and rock those flowers with attitude. Make it bold from the blooms to the jewellery, the make up and clothing.

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Mother Nature Hat Goddesses

Go green using succulents, twigs, roses, berries and interesting foliage…

floral race hat floral headpiece using succulents

One Flower En-Masse – One Big Statement

A dome of babies breath? I think Audrey Hepburn might have approved of this one.

babies breath race wear

These floral headpieces are pure works of art. Collaborate with Flowers for Everyone and your favourite milliner to create something that will turn heads and attract butterflies (okay, and maybe bees) this Spring Racing Carnival.

Photo sources: See Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/innovative-floral-headwear/