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Thanks to the wonderful and talented women over at Plum Sage we were able to turn these Geronimo balloons into the focal point for Adelyn, my daughter’s, 1st Birthday dessert table and add to the garden feel of her party.  The Juliette garden roses were a bit of a splurge but I loved them too much to settle for anything else!  They are so soft and feminine – I just love them.

What you need: 

  • 1 bunch naked seeded eucalyptus
  • 1 to 2 stems of long Italian ruscus
  • 3 or 4 peach Juliette garden roses from your local florist (the Juliette’s may need to be special ordered in advance)
  • Floral clippers
  • Green floral tape
  • Floral wire (easily obtained at a craft store)

Step 1:  Clip small pieces of the eucalyptus pods off of the main stem for garland accents. Clip the Juliette rose stems down to about 1.5-2″.

Step 2: Place a floral wire through the Juliette stem, as shown, and thread about 3″ through. Bend the 3″ side down, back towards the stem, so that the two pieces of wire are parallel. Clip the remaining wire off about 1-2″ below the flower stem.

Step 3: Take green floral tape and start from the top of the stem (right under the neck of the flower), wrapping it tightly around the wire and stems. Continue to wrap tightly down the stem length and onto the bare wire.

Step 4: You should now have a rose head with about 2″ of taped stem/wire and a bottom about 1-2″ that is only wire and tape (so it is flexible).  Repeat this process on the other three roses.

Step 5: Take the remaining wire scraps (2-3″ pieces are ideal) and wrap floral tape tightly and smoothly around it (this may take some practice, try to pull the tape tightly as you wrap) so that the wire is covered.

Step 6: Place the long stem of ruscus on the table and line up a rose head on the stem of the ruscus so it is parallel. Gently manipulate the bottom of the rose stem (the malleable part with the wire/tape only) around the ruscus stem to secure the flower to the garland.

Step 7: Use a piece of your tape wrapped wire like a twist-tie, wrapping it around the top of the rose stem (right under the heavy flower head) and the ruscus stem. Clip any wire that is sticking out after the twist is secure.

Step 8: Take the small pieces of seeded eucalyptus and place them together in a cluster. Use a small piece of taped wire and twist it around the euc stems, at the base of the rose neck, to attach them.

Step 9: Adhere the other Juliette roses further down the garland and add clusters of seeded eucalyptus to them, as well as to other areas of the ruscus stem as accents.

Step 10: Line the top of the ruscus stem up with the top of the balloon string. Use an additional taped wire piece and twist the wire tightly around the ruscus and string, securing the garland to the string. Do this again at the middle and bottom of the string and in any other spots where the garland is not aligned to securely adhere the garland to the string.

You are done!  Enjoy your beautiful balloons!

A big thanks to Melanie over at Calluna Events for helping me paint and assemble these fun and beautiful do it yourself party hats for Adelyn’s 1st birthday.  They turned out so cute and were a hit at her party.  Speaking of, more photos to follow!

Supplies needed: Paints/watercolors/markers, paintbrushes, scissors + x-acto knife, party hat template (we found ours here) and a few clean up items in case of a spill!

Step 1: Use your biggest brush to cover the watercolor paper in a thin layer of water.

Step 2: Dip your brush in water and then cover it in a thick layer of watercolor paint.

Step 3: Spread the paint with strong, confident strokes. Feel free to experiment by adding additional colors, flicking water onto the paper, and blotting the paint with a paper towel to add texture. Let dry completely.

 Step 4: Print and cut out your party hat template, trace the template onto your painted paper and cut it out.

Step 5: Make a slit in the paper with your x-acto knife so the tabs will fit together and close the hat.

Step 6: On each side of the hat make criss crossed cuts, push the elastic in and secure with knots.

You are ready to party!

Party hat inspiration from: Oh Happy Day

I woke up early this morning with my head racing – there is just so much to do and pieces to come together before this baby is born (Jan 18th!).  At 5:30am I went straight to work.  Putting things away, responding to emails, even doing a little bit of editing.  By the time my husband woke up I was stressed and ready for a nap.  From there a series of events took place that ultimately lead to disrupting our plans to re-carpet and paint the baby’s nursery later this weekend… something I have been anxious to do the last couple of months.   Jason offered some suggestions to workaround the hold-ups – all of which were no where near ideal.  In a huff I decided I needed a shower and time to myself.

With our Thanksgiving happiness hanging on by a thread, Jason took me in his arms when I got out and asked if I had things to be thankful for.  I responded, “yes, of course I do.”  Then he asked, “do you feel thankful for them right now.”  Honestly, no.  But why not?  I am not getting what I want and it is definitely an inconvenience to our life but does that mean it has to make me less grateful for what I do have?  That it has to change my attitude about the life I am living now?  Be sad about something I have no control over?  Of course not, what kind of day – or life – would that be?

So today I am grateful for a husband that helps me remember what is really important and has the ability to shake me out of moods that really don’t add value to my life.

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I am also grateful for:

  • Some really darn amazing clients.  And I am not just saying that.  Recently one of my second shooters commented how wonderful all of my wedding couples are – that they really go above and beyond in our relationship.  I completely agree, there isn’t a single one of you I would have traded for anyone else.
  • A roof over my head that has enough room for my growing family – even if I would prefer to be in a cute little house instead.
  • Family and friends who support me and invest their time and energy in me.  I was particularly reminded of this at my baby shower the other weekend.  I can’t express how much it meant to me to be surrounded by so many wonderful people in my life at such an important time.
  • A puppy who lived a long and happy 15 years as one of the best companions I have ever had.  He passed a few days ago while Jason and I were out of town; but I am grateful I didn’t have to make that decision for him, that I don’t have any memories of him in death and that, when it happened, he was being held by people he trusted (my folks).
  • A healthy baby growing and kicking who has humbled me by reminding me that I can’t control everything.
  • I am grateful to be doing a job I love and to have the unconditional support of my husband to do so.

Much love to you and your family this Thanksgiving!

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