Kangaroo Paw and Cataroos

Hold up your paw if you are a fan of Kangaroo Paw!

Kangaroo Paw is one of our top picks of the bunch when it comes to Australian native flowers. Here are some interesting facts you may not have know about this furry little flower…

  1. Kangaroo Paw is native to south-western Australia but has been developed as a cut-flower crop in the US, Japan and Israel. In Israel the plants are propagated from tissue culture imported from Australia.
  2. The flower has unique, bird-attracting appeal. A bit like Lynx for birds…
  3. Its flower resembles kangaroo paws. No, really.
  4. Most kangaroo paws are from the genus Anigozanthos. There are additional species in this genus that resemble kangaroo paws, but are actually cat paws. I wonder what would happen if you crossed a kangaroo paw with a cat paw? A cataroo paw maybe? Are we onto something here?

This is a Cat’s Paw…..

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We love using kangaroo paws for their interesting flower shape, texture and height. The dwarf variety are also divine in posies too, including the pretty dusty pink kangaroo paw favoured by many an Australian bride.

Kangaroo paw colours are both vivid and bold or soft and subtle, including a magnificent two-toned bright red and green kangaroo paw, which also happens to be the emblem of Western Australia. You can get paws in a deep rich red, golden yellow, mustard yellow, soft pale green, an amazing black and lime green, burnt orange and a two tone orange and yellow.

Kangaroo paws make wonderfully long lasting cut flowers (as do native flowers in general) and work really well in modern corporate office installations and vase arrangements that need height and colour. Like these rather brilliant designs created just this week out of our head design studio…

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You can find kangaroo paw in our native flower arrangements available online or request them in a custom bouquet by calling our consultants on 1800 66 66 46 or emailing sales@flowersforeveryone.com.au

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References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_paw

 

 

 

Flowers for our Rio 2016 Athletes

Rio 2016 is in full swing and Flowers for Everyone are going green and gold to celebrate!

We can’t be there is person, but we are dedicating these green and gold inspired flowers to the amazing Aussie athletes competing in the Olympic Games. Get into the spirit of Rio 2016 with this lush collection of Australiana inspired blooms. And go Australia!

First up on our flower podium are these legend 4 x 100m gold medalists. This pretty bouquet of Cymbidium orchids, roses, poppies, carnations, and sunflowers is for you girls!

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Dedicated to Cate, Bronte, Brittany and Emma. Well done girls!

Waiting next to mount the Olympic flower podium is this smart green and gold number starring golden blooms such as Vanda orchids, lilies, heliconia and Banksia. Dedicated to the lads on the Archery field who won bronze in the Archery teams event. Well done guys!

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Alec Potts, Ryan Tyack and Taylor Worth show off their hard won spoils. Photo Credit: The Daily Telegraph

 

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Let’s hear it for the boys! Alec, Ryan and Taylor this beauty is for you!

If we could have handed Matt Horton a bouquet on the Olympic medal podium, it would have been this brilliant golden sunflower, freesia and orchid (with a touch of native Banksia and Eucalyptus) Our Rio 2016 inspired number is a shout out to golden boy Matt Horton for winning gold in the 400m Men’s Freestyle. Go Matt!

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Congrats to Matt Horton! Photo Credit: www.smh.com.au

 

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Golden sunflowers for our golden boy Matt Horton

Gosh there is quite a pool of medal winners to choose from already and its only the start of the Olympic Games! These fab sunflowers, Magnolia and Eucalyptus are dedicated to the absolutely amaaaaazing Women’s Rio 2016 rugby sevens team and their golden win against New Zealand.

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Go Team! Australia has made history by winning the first gold awarded in the women’s rugby sevens. Photo Credit: www.abc.net.au

Rugby sevens is among the fastest growing sports in the world. And with this victory, we predict the number of women participating in the sport in Australia is only going to rise!

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Bold and brassy like the strong women playing in the Olympic women’s rugby sevens team.

And our last dedication on the flower podium? These brilliant yellow tulips are for you Catherine Skinner, for winning gold in the Women’s Trap against New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney.

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Congrats to sharp shoot Catherine! Photo Credit: www.abc.net.au

 

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Tulips for Catherine. Our equivalent of a gold medal congrats!

These beautiful winter bouquet blends are as hot right now as the stars of the Rio 2016 Olympics. It’s all about bright yellow sunflowers and poppies, golden orchids and roses, orange lilies and bushy Banksias, happy yellow tulips, Eucalyptus gum and glossy green magnolia leaves.

Like what you see? Give our Sydney-based team a call toll free on 1800 66 66 46 or email them directly to sales@flowersforeveryone.com.au

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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!

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

 

 

 

 

Floral Notes: The Ancient Art of Perfumery

‘Jasmine petals might be petite, but their powerful aroma sparked the birth of a centuries-old perfume industry that still thrives today’.

Country Style Magazine November 2015

The waft of jasmine through my bedroom window on a summer’s evening brings back a myriad of sweet childhood memories growing up in Queensland.

Sensual, warm, sweet, illusive, narcotic, intoxicating…. this delicate white flower is widely considered to be the most exotic and wonderful of all floral scents, its properties central to the perfume industry for centuries. Hence the expression ‘no perfume without jasmine’.

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Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt were the first to begin experimenting with the art of perfume making, innocently ignorant to what would ultimately become a US $28 billion dollar a year plus global industry.

The world’s first-recorded chemist cum perfume maker is considered a Macedonian woman named Tapputi. However it was a Persian chemist who discovered the process of floral distillation, using the rose as his muse to create delicate rose water.

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Rene the Florentine took the art form to a whole new level. In fact the 16th century Italian ‘personal perfumer to the Queen of France’ set up his laboratory with secret passageways to her apartment so no formulae could be stolen en route.

Thanks to demand from the wealthy to mask their stinky body odours, the societal influence of the Queen of France Catherine de’ Medici, and the likes of Rene, France quickly became one of the European centres of perfume manufacture.

Did you Know?

  • Louis XV’s court was called “la cour parfumée” (the perfumed court). King Louis demanded a different fragrance for his apartment every day.
  • Napoleon ordered two quarts of violet cologne to be delivered to him each week, and he is said to have used sixty bottles of double extract of jasmine.
  • Josephine was partial to musk. She used so much that sixty years after her death the scent still lingered in her boudoir.

The use of perfume in France grew steadily. By the 18th century, aromatic plants were being grown in the Grasse region of France to provide the growing perfume industry with raw materials

For three days of every year, the quaint town of Grasse on the French Riviera celebrate the Grasse Jasmine Festival after a tiny fragrant flower that shaped the town’s history.

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Known as the ‘Perfume Capital of the World’, the fields surrounding Grasse produce some of the most prized raw floral materials in the perfume industry. Expert noses believe the precise aromatic compounds in the flowers grown in Grasse cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

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The raindrops a rose has collected, the sun it has soaked up, even the time of day it is picked, are all significant to perfumers.

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Did you Know?

  • All of the jasmine and May roses that go into Chanel No 5 are grown in protected fields around Grasse. Chanel doesn’t use flowers grown anywhere else.
  • Jasmine is picked at night, right through to morning, when the sun drives the scent from the flowers. This is why it is often called “Queen of the night”.
  • It takes about 7.6 million flowers to product one kilogram of jasmine essential oil
  • It takes 50kg of rose petals to yield around 100g of rose oil, that is a lot of picking.

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One day I would love to travel to the Grasse Jasmine Festival and bury my nose in their jasmine. But for now I’ll just stand under my bedroom window and drink in its luscious scent – the floral notes of summer. It may not be good enough for Chanel No 5 but its good enough for me!

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References

  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/11710365/Grasse-Jasmine-Festival-flower-power-wins-in-Provence.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfume
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_perfume
  4. Country Style Magazine November 2015
  5. http://www.kafkaesqueblog.com/2014/02/20/the-global-fragrance-industry-world-markets-popular-fragrances-sales-figures/
  6. http://timnoonan.com.au/resources/health-and-wellbeing/jasmine-story-aromatherapy/

Zodiac Spring Flower Meanings

Flowers are the music of the ground.
From earth’s lips, spoken with sound.
Edwin Curran

Born in the months of spring? The Chinese zodiac flower symbols for September to November reveal an insight into a ‘typical’ personality of one born during these months. Can you relate to the personality profiles described below? *Extract from ‘What’s your Sign?’

Morning Glory

“I bring you clarity.”
August 22 – September 22

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Morning glory zodiac flower signs are thoughtful and reflective. You tend to think and plan first before you take any action. You are organized and very observant. You have a natural eye for detail, and can be very analytical. You love to help people, and often use your organization skills to help others who struggle in “getting their act together.” You bloom beautifully right where you are planted, and you have a neat way of making things right and tidy. People come to you for guidance and healing.

Rose

“I will balance you in my beauty.”
September 23 – October 22

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The rose zodiac flower sign exposes the truth in all things. If you have this flower sign you have a unique ability to see the hidden meanings in things and expose the underlying evidence for what it is. You have an eye for classic beauty, and you love to surround yourself with beautiful things too. You are attracted to philosophy, poetry and art. Because you see the beauty and truth in all things, you do not tolerate injustice or cruelty. You are most happy when you are with friends and family – taking a walk and enjoying nature.

Chrysanthemum

“My mysteries are forever unfolding.”
October 23 – November 21

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You have many layers to you, and just as soon as someone thinks they have you identified, you pop out with another blossom of surprises. You like clarity and honesty in all things. In fact, when situations are murky or unhealthy you are the perfect sign to come in and clear the air or heal the situation. You are focused and tend to be serious in your emotions, but you are very intuitive and help others identify areas they need to work on for their own emotional growth. You are active and amorous with no end to suitors.

Narcissus

“Escape into my dreamy depth.”
November 22 – December 21

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Narcissus zodiac flower signs can be very influential and enjoy sharing their philosophical ideas with others. You are direct, to the point, trustworthy and honest. You are naturally wise, and you also are gifted with good luck. You come on strong, but have a sensitive side you don’t share with too many people. You have an active imagination and love to dream the days away.

Born during other months of the year and curious about your flower zodiac sign meaning? Click here to learn which one you are and what it may say about your personality.

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Sources and Photo Credits:

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/zodiac-flower-signs.html

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Why We Love Our Mums

Katy Perry sings about it. It is the most fabulous gift our mother’s give us other than life. It’s unconditional love.

When we rob our mother’s of sleep for years on end, they still love us.

When we throw tantrums and scream ‘I hate you!’ in hormonal teen angst, they (admittedly feeling hurt!), still love us.

In our youth we are often guilty of being thoughtless and ungrateful for all the sacrifices our mother’s make for us. It’s only when we start to become more responsible for our lives, have children of our own, or go through hardship and realise the precious value of our mother’s love and support, that we realise how absolutely amazing and special they are.

There are many ‘commercialised’ days of celebration in the western world, but Mothers Day is one of those days that represents such an important person and reason for celebrating, it transcends the ‘commercial pessimism’ over the likes of Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

It may be enough to simply give your mum a big hug and whisper in her ear ‘I love you’. A homemade card each Mothers Day is a gift as precious as rubies. You might take her out for morning tea or cook her dinner. Buy her flowers. Or a new handbag. However you choose to appreciate and celebrate the awesomeness of your mother is a personal choice. And at the end of the day, what is attached to any of these gifts, whether humble or extravagant, is the unconditional love you return back.

So this Mothers Day Sunday 10th May, wherever you may be in the world, take the time to say thanks to your mum, for all they have given, and all they will continue to give. There’s no expiry to a mother’s love.

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Five Ways to Spoil your Mum on Mother’s Day

Attention mums! What is your idea of the perfect Mother’s Day? With exception to a proper sleep in, an entire new wardrobe, a full time cook/cleaner and resort holiday?

We’ve put our heads together and come up with what we believe are the top five ways to spoil your mum on Mother’s Day. Anything you would change/add to this?

1. Mothers Day Flowers (naturally!)

As florists we are a little bias, naturally we are going to choose Mothers Day flowers as our number one way to spoil mum! Delivered to your door or collected from the florist shop while you do a run into town for takeaway morning coffees. They really do make mums feel pretty special 🙂

2. Breakfast in Bed (after a decent sleep in)

Although going out for brunch is a treat too, breakfast in bed is something that doesn’t happen that much throughout the year. Maybe with exception to your birthday. And it’s something the kids can participate in too. Might involve some under-boiled egg disasters but it’s always the thought that counts, and the fact you don’t have to get up and do you hair and make up to go out for a bite. A hand-made card on the tray is always an extra special touch.

3. A Massage, Manicure or Bubble Bath

This is a mums-only gift that can occur while the family clean and tidy the house, do all the chores etcetera. And if that’s not possible, then run mum a post-brekkie bath, put on some relaxation music, and make her another cup of tea. Finally, hand over some of her favourite magazines so she can simply chill out and soak in bubble bliss to the sound of the vacuum cleaner getting pushed by someone other than herself!

4. Lunch Out

I say lunch out, because although BBQ’s and picnics are fun for the family, unless they can be fully catered and coordinated for 100% by everyone else, it’s not all that much fun for mum! Lunch out could be family fish and chips at the beach followed by a stroll, or a family-friendly pub with a playground for the kids. Either way, it doesn’t involve any cleaning up. Like!

5. Gold Class Movie

The perfect end to the day. Hire a babysitter and enjoy a kids free date night to put your feet up and indulge in a movie of your choice, dinner served to your reclining chair, and one or two glasses of vino.

So there you have it. Our top five ways to spoil your mum for Mother’s Day!

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The Best Mothers Day Movie List

Mother’s Day picnics are great. But so is lying on the couch watching a good movie. Which mums don’t get to do very often. So why not snuggle under a blanket on the couch all together with some chocolate and cups of tea, and have a movie marathon? Mum’s choice of movies of course. Here are some of our suggestions for the best Mothers Day movies to look for in your local DVD store.

Mrs Doubtfire, Beaches, Grey Gardens, Mamma Mia, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Kids are Alright, Bridget Jones Diary, Mermaids, About a Boy, The First Wives Club, and Chocolat.

Plus check out these other classic recommendations for a Mothers Day movie list below. We confess, many of them are tear jerkers, some you may have already seen a hundred times 🙂

1. Steel Magnolias

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The movie that shot Julia Roberts to fame. Also starring big Hollywood names Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Sally Field. And one that requires a box of tissues. Revolving around Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. (172 mins)

Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross that stars Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts.
The film is about the bond among a group of women from a parish in the Natchitoches, Louisiana, area. The movie is based on a 1987 play Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, which in turn dealt with the playwright’s experience with the death of his sister.
The title suggests the main female characters can be as delicate as magnolias, but are as tough as steel. The magnolia specifically references a magnolia tree they are arguing about at the beginning. – lankalion

2. Mother India

In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code. (172 mins.)

Mother India (Hindi: मदर इंडिया, Urdu: مدر انڈیا) is a 1957 Hindi film epic, written and directed by Mehboob Khan and starring Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raaj Kumar. The film, a melodrama, is a remake of Mehboob Khan’s earlier film, Aurat (1940). It is the story of a poverty-stricken village woman named Radha who, amid many other trials and tribulations, struggles to raise her sons and survive against an evil money-lender. Despite her hardship, she sets a goddess-like moral example of what it means to be an Indian woman, yet kills her own criminal son at the end for the greater moral good. She represents India as a nation in the aftermath of independence.
The film ranks among the all-time Indian box office hits and has been described as “an all-time Indian blockbuster” and “perhaps India’s most revered film”. The film won the National Film Award for Third Best Feature Film in 1958. Mother India belongs to a small collection of films, including Kismet (1943), Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Sholay (1975) which continue to be watched daily throughout India and are considered to be definitive Hindi cultural film classics. The film was India’s first submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958 and was chosen as one of the five nominations for the category.  – lankalion

3. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer. (112 mins.)

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen son across the American Southwest in search of a better life, along with Alfred Lutter as her son and Kris Kristofferson as a man they meet along the way. This is Martin Scorsese’s fourth film. The film co-stars Billy Green Bush, Diane Ladd, Valerie Curtin, Lelia Goldoni, Lane Bradbury, Vic Tayback, Jodie Foster (in one of her earliest movie appearances), and Harvey Keitel.
Ellen Burstyn won the Academy Award for Best Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance, and the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Film.  – lankalion

4. Terms of Endearment

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma’s marriage the movie follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter’s family problems. (132 mins.)

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 drama film adapted by James L. Brooks from the novel by Larry McMurtry and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, and Jack Nicholson. It covers thirty years of the relationship between Aurora Greenway (MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Winger).
The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson, and Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine, and four Golden Globes.  – lankalion

5. Step Mom

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A terminally ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her former husband’s life who will be their stepmother. (124 mins.)

Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris.The film was successful.Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and Harris won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor  – lankalion

6. Hope Floats

Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life.(114 mins.)

Hope Floats is a 1998 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker, and starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr. and Gena Rowlands.
Birdee (Sandra Bullock) is an unassuming housewife whose life is disrupted when her husband (Michael Pare) reveals his infidelity to her on a Ricki Lake-style talk show. She goes home to her mother and the small town in which she grew up where everyone knows of her televised marital collapse. Things only get worse as a family tragedy brings her ex-husband back for an official divorce. Meanwhile an old friend, Justin (Harry Connick Jr.), has entered her life, sparking a romance. While Justin’s intentions are clear and good, Birdee struggles with the decision to let him fully into her life.  – lankalion

7. Stella Dallas

A low-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future. (106 mins.)

Stella Dallas is a 1937 American film based on the Olive Higgins Prouty novel of the same name. It was directed by King Vidor, and stars Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, and Anne Shirley. Stanwyck was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Shirley for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.  – lankalion

8. Places of the Heart

In 1930’s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends. (111 mins.)

Places in the Heart is a 1984 drama film that tells the story of a Texas widow who tries to keep her farm together with the help of a blind white man and an African-American man during the Great Depression. It stars Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, and Terry O’Quinn.
The film was written and directed by Robert Benton and filmed in Waxahachie, near Dallas, Texas. – lankalion

9. Sophie’s Choice

A mother has to make a very difficult decision. (150 mins.)

Sophie’s Choice is a 1982 American romantic drama film that tells the story of a Polish immigrant, Sophie, and her tempestuous lover who share a boarding house with a young writer in Brooklyn. The film stars Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Peter MacNicol. Alan J. Pakula directed the movie and wrote the script from a novel by William Styron, also called Sophie’s Choice.
This is widely regarded as one of Meryl Streep’s finest performances[according to whom?], and it won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography (Néstor Almendros), Costume Design (Albert Wolsky), Best Music (Marvin Hamlisch), and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Alan J. Pakula). – lankalion

10. Erin Brockovich

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An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. (131 mins.)

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film is a dramatization of the story of Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts, who fought against the US West Coast energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Roberts won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors’ Guild Award and BAFTA for Best Actress. The film itself was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Steven Soderbergh at the 73rd Academy Awards. It is based on a true story, and the real Erin Brockovich has a cameo appearance around 9’10” as a waitress named Julia, her first name being Roberts’ first name.  – lankalion

11. The River Wild

Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river. (108 mins.)

The River Wild is a 1994 thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, and Joseph Mazzello. The story involves a family on a whitewater rafting trip who encounter two violent criminals in the wilderness.  – lankalion

12. Mrs Miniver

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. (134 mins.)

Mrs. Miniver is a 1942 American drama film directed by William Wyler, and starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright. Based on the fictional English housewife created by Jan Struther in 1937 for a series of newspaper columns, the film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director.  – lankalion

13. The Sound of Music

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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is based on the Broadway musical The Sound of Music, with songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and with the musical book written by the writing team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Ernest Lehman wrote the screenplay. The musical originated with the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. It contains many popular songs, including “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, and “The Lonely Goatherd”, as well as the title song.
The movie version was filmed on location in Salzburg, Austria; Bavaria in Southern Germany; and at the 20th Century Fox Studios in California. It was photographed in 70mm Todd-AO format by Ted D. McCord. It won a total of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and displaced Gone with the Wind as the highest-grossing film of all-time. The cast album was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.  – lankalion

14. Gypsy

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose. (143 mins.)

Gypsy is a 1962 American musical film produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay by Leonard Spigelgass is based on the book of the 1959 stage musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable by Arthur Laurents, which was adapted from Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee. Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for songs composed by Jule Styne. The film was remade for television in 1993.  – lankalion

15. Forest Gump

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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic comedy-drama romance film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a naïve and slow-witted native of Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century.

The film differs substantially from Winston Groom’s novel on which it is based, including Gump’s personality and several events that were depicted. Filming took place in late 1993, mainly in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Extensive visual effects were used to incorporate the protagonist into archived footage and to develop other scenes. A comprehensive soundtrack was featured in the film, using music intended to pinpoint specific time periods portrayed on screen. Its commercial release made it a top-selling soundtrack, selling over 8 million copies worldwide.
Released in the United States on July 6, 1994, Forrest Gump was well-received by critics and became a commercial success as the top grossing film in North America released that year.

The film earned over $677 million worldwide during its theatrical run. The film won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing. It also garnered multiple other awards and nominations, including Golden Globe Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Young Artist Awards, among others. Since the film’s release, varying interpretations have been made of the film’s protagonist and its political symbolism. In 1996, a themed restaurant opened based on the film, and has since expanded to multiple locations worldwide. The scene of Gump running across the country is often referred to when real life people attempt the feat. In 2011, the Library of Congress selected Forrest Gump for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.  – lankalion

So there you have it. A selection of (mainly tear jerker) films to put on the Mothers Day movie list marathon this Sunday 8th May.

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Sources:

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls004417458/

http://www.homelife.com.au/how+to/galleries/20+best+ever+mothers+day+movies+,30255?pos=10#pagetop

 

Mothers Day DIY for Kids

Mother’s Day will soon be upon us and what a worthy celebration it is! Now in addition to all the gorgeous Mothers Day flowers you can spoil mum with, there are some fabulous Mothers Day DIY for kids craft projects that will keep them busy and add a special, personal touch to mum’s day.

Here are some of our favourite kids DIY Mothers Day gift ideas below. We’d love to see pictures of your completed work if you would care to share them on our Facebook page!

Don’t Forget Grandma on Mother’s Day

Four generations of mothers and mothers-to-be in a photo for Grandma on Mother’s Day. What a great idea by Moose Photography. All you need is a camera and a frame. Take a photo of your granddaughter holding the frame. Print out the picture and put inside the frame, then have a photo of your daughter holding the framed picture. Print and put the new photo inside the frame. Then have one taken of yourself holding it. Print out, put inside frame, then give to grandma to have another photo taken of her holding all three generations. Confusing? Just look at the picture below and you will get the gist.

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 Vintage Tea Cup Candles

A fun craft for older kids to try. You can purchase candle making kits from most art and craft shops (or online) and spend fun Saturday looking for the perfect tea cup in a local op shop. Detailed instructions and video tutorial can be found on this website.

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Finger Print Pendant

A simple, special Mothers Day DIY gift idea for kids. All you need is some white air dry or oven bake clay from an art supply shop and your child’s fingerprint to make a pendant necklace for mum to cherish. Instructions on how to make can be found on this website.

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Cute Mother’s Day Card Alternative

This idea on Pinterest is cute and simple to make. A wooden peg, glue, paper and pens is all you need to write a secret message to mum for Mother’s Day. Cut out a little rectangle square of paper, fold the middle inside the end of the peg clip and then fold the outer layers onto the top (then glue to secure). You can always trim around the paper to have it fit exactly to the shape of the peg once glued. Using a marker pen, draw the outline of an envelope, then open the peg and carefully write your message inside (or you can do this first before attaching to peg). Cute.

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Love Heart Fried Egg

So the website I found this on is in Spanish…but the concept shown in the photograph looks straightforward enough to follow! You will need an egg ring and a love heart shaped metal cookie cutter to create this Mother’s Day breakfast with love. Spray your frying pan with oil, get it to a medium heat, then separate your egg yolk from your egg white. Pour the egg yolk slowly into the heart so that it doesn’t leak out from underneath the heart. Once it starts to set, remove the cookie cutter and crack the egg white into the surrounding space of the egg ring. Getting the temperature right so the yolk doesn’t leak out will be key to making this fabulous Mothers Day DIY idea work!

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So there you have it – cute Mothers Day DIY for kids to make mum this Sunday 8th May. And don’t forget the flowers!

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Celebrity Sons & Their Mums

Not every man is close to their mum, but these famous celebrity males have always been known to have a special relationship with their wonderful mothers. We wonder what it would be like to be the mother of a movie star or singer the calibre of George Clooney, Brad Pitt or Justin Timberlake? We’re 100% sure these men would buy Mothers Day flowers each year, no doubt about it. Oh, would love to be the florist of choice for these stars! In fact, we’d be guessing that flowers would be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to showering these deserving ladies with Mothers Day gifts!!!

A new car or private jet to an island resort? Shopping on Rodeo Drive or Paris? Or in the case of the lovely David B,  traditional British pie and mushy peas maybe? 🙂 Either way, these boys obviously think their mum’s are the bomb.

Ryan Gosling – What a Sweetie Pie!

Ryan Gosling out and about with his mum Donna. Just another reason to herald Ryan Gosling as a total honey 🙂

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Brad Pitt – Ever Devoted to His Mum

Family oriented Brad with his mum Jane, often seen as his date at red carpet events. Who needs one of the world’s most beautiful women on your arm at all times when you have your mum to step out with?

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Robbie Williams – Loving Angels

“Rumour has it Robbie wrote his most celebrated song, Angels, as a dedication to his loving mum Jan, because she ‘offers him protection, a lot of love and affection.’ Clearly, the singer is a man who loves his mother dearly.”(1)

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David Beckham – And His ‘Soccer Mum’

David never seems to have forgotten his roots, or the support he so obviously received from his mum Sandra during all those years of football training growing up (and ever since). What a mum!

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By George – The Devoted Son

George’s mum Nina has often attended this ex-eternal bachelor’s red carpet events and you can just tell by the way he is looking at her in this photo how much he adores her. She was always going to be a hard act to follow!

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Grounded Leo – Orbits His Mother

You can clearly see the family resemblance in this photograph of Leonard with his mother Irmalin. “The Hollywood star is well known for being a bit of a mummy’s boy, once claiming: “My mother is the center of my life”. (2)

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Justin Timberlake – R-E-S-P-E-C-T

You can see where JT gets his blue eyes and curly locks from. “She’ll always be my mum, you know,” he told Contact Music. “When I go home, she’ll still tell me that I wear my pants too low.”

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