I have a lot of grandiose ideas for gift giving, cooking and decorating, but the only things that ever get accomplished in a timely manner around here are ideas that can be executed in a matter of minutes.
Last week I had a friend who lost her Grandmother and another friend who finalized the adoption of her son. I picked up a large bouquet of wildflowers and split it in two. It was actually kind of strange to think about how we give flowers for mourning and celebration. Taking the flowers from the same bouquet got me thinking of how our lives bring both joy and sorrow, sometimes simultaneously, and it is ok to rejoice in the midst of mourning.
This is one of my favorite ways to throw together a quick bouquet. I always keep simple glass jars around. You know, the ones that sauces, jams, olives and dressings come in? I have a box in my laundry room full of them. You can find spools of twine at estate sales or hardware stores or you can use a scrap of fabric from around the house, a piece of ribbon or just whatever you have. The arrangement on the left (below) I tied with a scrap piece of leather from a purse I made. When you use wildflowers, you don't have to do much to arrange them, they are supposed to look messy. Easy enough?
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