All my life I have been attached to old things, antiques. I love decorating my house with them, collecting them, & depending on what it is- restoring them!
I want to show how I have used my thrifted items for The Sodus Blossom!
I love collecting old jars & vases of all kinds. On the far right is a glass amber goblet probably from the late 60's early 70's. I remember my grandmother having these exact glasses in green. I have found them in sooo many different colors, but this amber one is certainly my favorite!
Then the newly popular milk glass. I have been collecting milk glass vases for awhile and within the last year or so they have been disappearing off the shelves of thrift stores and antique stores because everyone wants them!
Next is the not so popular milk bottle. You've seen the old school movies where the milk man would come to the house and deliver milk in cute little bottles-- that's it!
Photo found on http://www.athomewiththefarmerswife.blogspot.com
On the far left is thee oh so popular blue mason jar. I still love this jar & I use it in my house for dry ingredients, but as far as weddings go - it is so over done folks (i did it at my wedding to so no judgement).
Another favorite thrifted item of mine to keep flowers in is old coffee cans!!! They are becoming more popular, but I have loved them since I saw my Opa (german word for grandpa) using old coffee cans to organize his work shop!
I love the look & style of these cans, I can't get enough!
Lastly, is an item that I have received from my mom after my grandmother passed away- handmade tea towels and doilies. These are very special to me not only because they are from my grandmother, but because she hand stitched them all! I use them to help add to the vintage look in my house.
Do you have any thrifted items that you love? Send me a photo or tell me in the comment box below, I would love to know!!
Not only do I love arranging flowers, I love growing them! Over the past several years (before I was married, living with my parents) I would watch my mom grow all sorts of different flowers. Both of my grandmothers had huge green thumbs. Both were on the Floral Committee's at their churches and my grandma Lee was in a garden club for years (which can I just say sounds awesome! This is what the Garden Club in my head looks like...)
Photo found on Pinterest
ANYWAYS even in January there is things to do for the upcoming spring garden. I have a checklist hanging by my flower pots & seeds to keep me on track. It's much too early to start planting seeds but developing a plan for what, how much, & where is very much a necessity!
This is almost my favorite part! I love planning out what flowers I want to plant, where I want to plant them, & how many!
Every year after Christmas, we take our Christmas tree down and put it on the front porch and there it sits for the better part of two months. This year I decided to up-cycle my tree and turn it into a “natural-wintry” wreath. Normally when I make wreaths I don’t use a form, but recently I have made a few wreaths for some friends and used forms; well now I’m hooked! Here’s how I made this wreath…
What You’ll Need:
First You want to start connecting your pine branches to your foam. You only need about two pieces of wire/twine per branch, if you tie down every inch it's going to look too perfect.
Keep repeating this step until you have gone all the way around your form, like this…
Start by connecting your pine tree branches to your form with no more than two pieces for wire. If you tie down every inch, it’s going to look too perfect.
Next, you want to trim away all the pieces that seem out of place. For me, I like the “wild” look so I didn’t trim too much.
Now comes the fun part, adding your extras & “do-dads”. Normally, I would go outside and look for branches, wild flowers & what not to decorate my wreath, but in the dead of winter it can be a bit hard. There are many ways to style your wreath, but I like the “one-sided” wreath (I’m pretty sure I made that up). I tend to favor one side of my wreath more than the rest.
Now I always try to have some kind of berries on my wreaths so of course I stayed true to myself and found some large berries (like a kumquat sized berries) to add for a pop of color.
You really can’t mess up a wreath too much, just keep it somewhat simple and keep to one theme (i.e. wintry, rustic, spring, natural…). Here I added pinecones to stick with my “natural” theme. Also don’t add to much color when you’re making a live wreath, it’s going to look like someone threw up mike & ike’s all over it. Stick to the color wheel that we all learned about it elementary (like colors with a pop from the opposite side of the wheel).
After I saw my wreath in the morning light the next day, I decided that it needed “something” else so I added more pine cones and some other plain branches from my yard to give it more texture. You can always tweak your wreath later if you decide it’s not to your liking. Here’s the end result…
Have fun making your next wreath!
I have been working so hard toward my goals of someday becoming a florist that I have lost sight of the main objective. FLOWERS. So starting now, I am working on “Project Rearrangement”. Not only do I need to do some “rearranging” in my personal life (more on that never), I need to rearrange my goals. Sure social media is important in order to get the word out, but I am in need of some real hands on time. As I am growing and learning (very humbly admit; I have much to learn!) I am really excited where this new project has taken me. Straying from all of the boasting and posting and getting back to the reason why I want to become a florist. I Love Flowers, every part of them. I love how they can be so plain and simple, sometimes unbecoming, but when you put them together it transforms into something so beautiful & wonderful.
I will continue to post what I am doing for this project, but to remind myself the main objective!
I also love something as simple as this, mini white tulips & pink carnations in a mason jar.
I'm Kelsey Lee, a 24 year old Michigander, business owner, and lover of all things floral. The Sodus Blossom is my floral design co. that I have started from the ground up. Please feel free to leave a comment & follow along as The Sodus Blossom blooms and grows into something wonderful!