My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Biomimicry

  • 22 March 2017

A design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design group in South Africa exploring how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design problems.

Wedding Welcome

  • 15 March 2017

My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

Piece of the forest

  • 8 March 2017

Standing roses upright in a shallow container

Gumusservi

  • 1 March 2017

To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:

Perfect!

  • 22 February 2017

Tulips are so perfect just as they are all that is needed is to simply drape their graceful leaves around the flowers

Step Along

  • 15 February 2017

Create twig steps to display the orchids

It could hold

  • 8 February 2017

A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids

Not yet Spring, Spring but a spring

  • 1 February 2017

Coil wire and grass to create a spring

What is in a basket of spectacular?

  • 25 January 2017

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

Look at you!

  • 18 January 2017

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

As special as an almost never find

  • 11 January 2017

Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design

New Year's Wreath

  • 4 January 2017

Decorate an artificial wreath with fresh flowers and frosted twigs

A Jingle Cotton Christmas

  • 28 December 2016

Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design

A Gleaming Cotton Christmas

  • 21 December 2016

Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature

A Candy(cane) Cotton Christmas

  • 14 December 2016

A floral cotton candy cane

Oh! So clever

  • 7 December 2016

My article and Bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Worth a second look

  • 30 November 2016

This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Another perspective

  • 23 November 2016

This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Snipped into Sections

  • 16 November 2016

This was the second design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Loosen Up

  • 9 November 2016

This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

Pick your poison

  • 2 November 2016

A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals

Harvest Moon

  • 26 October 2016

Fold a fine twig wreath in half to create a moon shaped armature

There are Octobers

  • 19 October 2016

Autumn wreath

I found it this way: Bird nest design

  • 12 October 2016

This was the fourth design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

I found it this way: Leaf nest design

  • 5 October 2016

This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

I found it this way: Wasp nest design

  • 28 September 2016

This was the second design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

I found it this way: Spiderweb design

  • 21 September 2016

This was the first design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

Hang on!

  • 14 September 2016

Macrame inspired handing seahorse vases

You are all invited!

  • 7 September 2016

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

Leftovers

  • 31 August 2016

Using bits and snippets to create an everlasting moss and succulent design

Details

  • 24 August 2016

Glue twigs to create a vase shaped armature

Strangeness

  • 17 August 2016

Weave a wreath to display air plants on

Saved up

  • 10 August 2016

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

Practice

  • 3 August 2016

Weave a willow bird nest

Too Hot!

  • 27 July 2016

Leaning floral stems to stand on their own in a shallow container

A Shade of Summer

  • 20 July 2016

Twist and weave a lily grass summer hat

Woven

  • 13 July 2016

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature for orchids to perch on

The oh no factor

  • 6 July 2016

My article and Floral Monogram Seating Plan designs featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

Make the design

  • 29 June 2016

Weave a reed cradle to suspend orchids from

Perfection

  • 22 June 2016

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids

One tug

  • 15 June 2016

Weave willow bark strips into a nest and weave a bird from flax

When the wind whisper

  • 8 June 2016

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips

The ties that Bind

  • 1 June 2016

Bind a lily to create a trumpet shape as it opens

Half the Fun

  • 25 May 2016

Cut a cabbage to create a design platform

Because I think I am making Progress

  • 18 May 2016

Create a floral ceiling

Pour

  • 11 May 2016

Glue a twig vase and melt some plastic to create a tumbling design

Ring-a-round

  • 4 May 2016

Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container

Sprout

  • 27 April 2016

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

That Will Be

  • 20 April 2016

Freestanding willow twig armature design

It keeps me going and I love it.

  • 13 April 2016

Hang a veil of Tillandsia Usneoides to create an armature

Take it for a Spin

  • 6 April 2016

Make a clear grid to suspend plant material on

A Point of Support

  • 30 March 2016

My contemporary floral art design demonstrated at the Canada Blooms flower show in Toronto.

Celebrate!

  • 23 March 2016

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show

Creative Expectations

  • 16 March 2016

My article and a floral parasol design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

Take your time

  • 9 March 2016

My article and Japanese paper flower armature design featured in the March issue of The Academy Leader- Academy of Floral Design, published by the The Floral Art Society of New Zealand

Beginning

  • 2 March 2016

Glue a Midelino Cane Coil Globe Cup to display beautiful Gloriosa lilies

How to make an early Spring

  • 24 February 2016

Roll and set willow twigs into a spring

Where would you put it!?!

  • 17 February 2016

Tie a twig armature enclosure for fresh flowers

Be My Twig-Heart

  • 10 February 2016

Glue an upright twig heart for a freestanding Valentine's display

Connect the dot

  • 3 February 2016

Connect snippets of grass to create a shelter for your flowers

Well, I'll be

  • 27 January 2016

Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems

A lots of stuff and things

  • 20 January 2016

Sticks and twigs create a resting spot for palm and rose butterflies

Once Upon A Time

  • 13 January 2016

Stack and glue a Grass Pyramid Armature

Hey there

  • 6 January 2016

Moss and succulents cover a mask shape to create a woodland inspired mask

Achoo! Season

  • 30 December 2015

Fold and roll a rose from Eucalyptus leaves

Dear Santa,

  • 23 December 2015

Gift boxes from skeleton leaves

Christmas Waves

  • 16 December 2015

Twist a Kalanchoe and Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

On a Grand Scale

  • 9 December 2015

My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

Stacking the odds in your favour

  • 2 December 2015

Cover a wire frame for a winter kissing bough.

So white

  • 25 November 2015

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath

Autumn is a mosaic of them all

  • 18 November 2015

Easy to assemble fall leaf and tissue paper gift bag

Balancing Act

  • 11 November 2015

Bend dried fall leaves to balance on the edge of a glass container

Delicate

  • 4 November 2015

Bleached Gypsophila wreath with delicate autumn touches

On Pumpkin Coloured Days

  • 28 October 2015

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

Watch the leaves turn

  • 21 October 2015

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

What a find!

  • 14 October 2015

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

Down-bubble

  • 7 October 2015

Add grass "bubbles" that can be repositioned to your design

So

  • 30 September 2015

A willow sphere to display your first Autumn treasures.

Pretty Spicy!

  • 23 September 2015

Hang fruity wire garlands to display Gerbera daisies

Pointing In

  • 16 September 2015

wrap and glue a ring armature to create a decorative wreath

Fall Treasures

  • 9 September 2015

A sisal mat armature for fall twigs flowers and leaves

Happy Dance

  • 2 September 2015

Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids

Bent

  • 26 August 2015

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

Growth Medium

  • 19 August 2015

Design a bark and moss pod for a mushroom mini farm

Catch of the Day

  • 12 August 2015

Weave a loose basket to display a single flower... or three

Wear it Well

  • 5 August 2015

Wrap a ribbon around an up-cycled plastic ring for the most comfortable wrist corsage

Beautiful Things

  • 29 July 2015

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

Fluffy

  • 22 July 2015

Fluff out Washi paper to create a delicate armature

So Fine

  • 15 July 2015

Use transparencies to create floating devices for the flower material

How To Catch A Dream

  • 8 July 2015

Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature

At a Stretch

  • 1 July 2015

Glue a paper tube floral art structure

Staying connected

  • 24 June 2015

My article and a floral cell phone re-charge station design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

This Summer

  • 17 June 2015

Weave slip on summer sandals

Gotcha!

  • 10 June 2015

Hana Kubari lily stems

A watcha call it

  • 3 June 2015

Weave a sphere armature

Limelight

  • 27 May 2015

My RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Limelight Floral Art Design.
My Limelight design was inspired by a slice of lime. But I wanted it to look like it was spun by a butterfly. I used Sisal, silk and loads of Lisianthus flowers and 9 grapevine plants. Each tiny stem was placed in a water filled glass seahorse or test tube to keep it hydrated.

Up on

  • 20 May 2015

Tie a bundle of grass as a floral mechanic

Encased

  • 13 May 2015

Design Three from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary corsages

Tape and Wrap

  • 6 May 2015

Design Two from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary corsages

Layer

  • 30 April 2015

Design One from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary corsages

Toiling

  • 22 April 2015

Convert a dowel stick into a container for delicate flower stems

Bowled Over

  • 15 April 2015

Weave a sphere armature to complement delicate oncidium orchiods

Just think!

  • 8 April 2015

Weave a nest for chocolate Easter eggs

The Space Between

  • 1 April 2015

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

Pulling some Strings

  • 25 March 2015

Braid a twig blind armature

Spring Dreaming

  • 18 March 2015

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

What is your Currency?

  • 11 March 2015

My article and stir stick fan design featured in the Spring issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

Oh!

  • 4 March 2015

Wrap and weave grass to create a rose sphere

Just So

  • 25 February 2015

Twirl a few willow twigs to create a balanced armature to display orchids

Snail Away

  • 18 February 2015

Spiral roll a snail to add to this sunny design

Love Spell

  • 11 February 2015

Weave willow to create a heart shaped wand design

collywobbles!

  • 4 February 2015

Fold foliage butterflies

In a State of Flow

  • 28 January 2015

weave some willow to use as an armature

Tiptoe through the Tulips

  • 21 January 2015

Braid Tulip stems to set in water

Take a load off

  • 14 January 2015

Weave slippers from foliage

Any Which Way

  • 7 January 2015

Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container

The sound of a kiss

  • 31 December 2014

Stack and glue twigs into a table top heart

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

  • 24 December 2014

A bark Christmas stocking glued to a frame

Star of Wonder

  • 17 December 2014

Glue pine needles into star shapes

Let It Snow

  • 10 December 2014

Use floral foam to create a pine needle cube

Finding Common Ground

  • 3 December 2014

My article and twig boutonniere design featured in the Winter issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

Late Autumn Early Christmas.

  • 26 November 2014

Glue a ground foundation for a late autumn design

Forest Floor

  • 19 November 2014

Glue a autumn leaf rosette armature

The Thing Is

  • 12 November 2014

Use a glue mixture to shape skeleton leaves into a lacy bowl

All In One

  • 5 November 2014

dry autumn leaves into an acorn shape

Frightfully Pretty

  • 29 October 2014

Weave a single strand Spanish Moss spider web

Stand Around

  • 22 October 2014

Fold and roll leaves to create an Autumn swirl

Thanks-Weaving

  • 15 October 2014

Weaving a hat with an autumn leaf and rose hip garland

Pluviophile

  • 8 October 2014

Float grass snippets in water

Treasured Treasure

  • 1 October 2014

Twist a flat top wire ring to wear the treasures of Autumn

Leapfrog

  • 24 September 2014

Fold and weave a frog from grass

Still

  • 17 September 2014

My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine

Creativity will come

  • 10 September 2014

My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the New Zealand Floral Design Magazine

What's done is done

  • 3 September 2014

My article and lace fine wreath design featured in the Autumn issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

Brought Together

  • 27 August 2014

Loosely weave blades of grass together

Summer

  • 20 August 2014

A quick and easy design for summer

A leg to stand on

  • 13 August 2014

Create a upright design by supporting the flowering stems

A sprinkling of magic fairy dust

  • 6 August 2014

Hard to believe but designers are already busy preparing for the Christmas Season. This is my article and design featured in the Inspired Florist, Christmas Edition

See you around

  • 30 July 2014

Weave a few spheres to create a simple design

Chain of Thought

  • 23 July 2014

Knot small stems into decorative chain garlands

Unraveling fast

  • 16 July 2014

Weaving foliage to create a lush water scene

Us two

  • 9 July 2014

Wedge a twig into a container to grow your air plants on

Clearly contained

  • 2 July 2014

Clear containers need clear grids to keep the flowers in place

Fine Tune

  • 25 June 2014

Thread cane through sticks to make a music inspired armature

Stuck stick

  • 18 June 2014

Glue a few sticks to create a hollowed out crescent armature

To

  • 11 June 2014

Make a quick and easy twig disk armature

All white, just not quite

  • 4 June 2014

My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

Be Silent And Listen

  • 28 May 2014

Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature

Square

  • 21 May 2014

Glue a stick cube to fit a cube vase

Say "I Do" to design decisions

  • 14 May 2014

This is my article that I wrote for the Bridal Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

Serendipity

  • 7 May 2014

Be inspired by traditional Ikebana techniques

Scattered

  • 30 April 2014

Scatter some dried grass to make a floral armature

Bound to Keep

  • 23 April 2014

Weave and tie a decorative catcher to suspend flowers

Never saw such a lovely day...

  • 16 April 2014

Weave a palm thorn garland to decorate for Easter

To think of that

  • 9 April 2014

Create a natural, swinging test tube holder to keep flowers hydrated

Apricity

  • 2 April 2014

Turning a stand-by floral technique sticky side out

You are not done

  • 26 March 2014

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

One of one of everyone

  • 19 March 2014

Float flowers using a bubble wrap raft

Petrichor

  • 12 March 2014

A minimalist design in a shallow tray

From Something Old, Something New

  • 5 March 2014

My article and succulent floral crown design featured in the spring issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

Hatching a plan

  • 26 February 2014

Early spring floral nest design

Come on Over

  • 19 February 2014

Weave an open foliage flower frog

Easy does it

  • 12 February 2014

Rip foliage to sprinkle as a light as air flower frog

Treasured Time

  • 5 February 2014

This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

Glued to stay just so

  • 29 January 2014

Wire and glue a twig armature

How do you do?

  • 22 January 2014

Snow and twigs winter design

Love at second sight

  • 15 January 2014

This is my article that I wrote for the Valentine's Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

It's stick season!

  • 8 January 2014

Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature

It's the moment you recognize the greatest source of strength in something... oh, so fragile

  • 1 January 2014

Fragile ice baubles, cyclamen and moss design

A gift for gifting

  • 25 December 2013

Christmas gift design

Jingle Belling

  • 18 December 2013

Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath

Glistening and glowing out in the snow

  • 11 December 2013

Glue twigs to create a snow scattered dome

Red, Redder, Reddest!

  • 4 December 2013

My article and flower girl net basket design featured in the Red!issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

'Twas right before Christmas

  • 27 November 2013

Fold leaves to create a support to float orchids on

Excogitate

  • 20 November 2013

Ornamental cucumbers and air plants, with just a touch of green.

Foraging

  • 13 November 2013

This week's design is part of a challenge issued by Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio and Flirty Fleurs, Alicia Schwede, owner of Bella Fiori and Chuck Graham, Floral designer at BLOOM by Anuschka to create a design with anything I can pick up close to my design room. And no flowers allowed...

This is the Fragrance of November

  • 6 November 2013

Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design

As the leaves melt away

  • 30 October 2013

Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers

Their work well done

  • 23 October 2013

String Autumn leaves to fall down in a design

All To Myself

  • 14 October 2013

Cut and stain old books to create a paperback nook pumpkin armature

Have a heart!

  • 12 October 2013

This is my article that I wrote for the Sympathy Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

Whisk

  • 9 October 2013

Bend and glue a open basket to display fall leaves and flowers

Prickly

  • 2 October 2013

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

All that glitters is gold

  • 25 September 2013

Phalaenopsis Orchid made from Autumn leaves

One foot at a time

  • 18 September 2013

Delicate ballet slippers from the first Autumn leaves

Making it last

  • 11 September 2013

Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower

Been there, Seen that

  • 4 September 2013

My article and woven heart basket design featured in the third anniversary issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

Losing some of that Muchness

  • 28 August 2013

A barely there sisal Mad Hatter's floral hat

Hold on to the knot

  • 21 August 2013

Bend and knot wire into a heart shaped armature

Something Like This

  • 14 August 2013

Stack and glue a large twig rectangle to hang as room divider

Over the Blue

  • 7 August 2013

Glue a twig rainbow to sit over a vase

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

  • 31 July 2013

A tiny orchid stem ladder keeps the orchid suspended just above the water line

Getting into the competitive spirit of things

  • 24 July 2013

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Christmas. This is my article that I wrote for the Christmas Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

Once, twice, thrice

  • 17 July 2013

Bend a few stir sticks to cover with wool to make a few floral bracelets

Pink

  • 10 July 2013

Weave an invisible grid to float the plant material on

Of trust… and belief… and stars…

  • 3 July 2013

Weave and wrap and twirl and knot a summer floral nest

All it needed

  • 26 June 2013

Clean, simple and restrained elegance: a single jasmine stem in a wine glass. All it needed was just a few extra blades of grass to tie it all together. And wings, of course!

This Moment

  • 19 June 2013

Create an armature design outside the vase

Watching that lazy town bee

  • 12 June 2013

Spiral curl tiny bees to zoom around fragrant peonies

Just not Flowers!

  • 5 June 2013

My article and woven ring-box design featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

The day came

  • 29 May 2013

Weave a tiny rattan basket

Avoiding Decision Fatigue

  • 22 May 2013

This is my article that I wrote for the Bridal Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

Natural, naturally

  • 16 May 2013

Weave a armature to rest a lily on

So happy together

  • 8 May 2013

Glue a sisal bubble for a few delicate flowers to rest in

An invisible line to cross

  • 1 May 2013

Weave a strip to slip around a candle

Hanging Space

  • 24 April 2013

Suspend small bud vases with Macramé-like knotted wool. This design is featured on The Fusion Flowers Magazine Fusion Links page.

Hide-and-go-peek

  • 17 April 2013

Create a soft light by making a leaf cocoon for a flameless candle

Unthinkably good things

  • 10 April 2013

Oncidium orchids hiding in a woven grass cup. This Design Tutorial is featured on The Conna Flower and Garden Club (Ireland) website. It is part of their Floral Art Lessons program that demonstrates new techniques, ideas and principles of Flower Arranging by International Designers.

April showers bring May flowers

  • 3 April 2013

After a long winter it is always fun to use the first spring bulb flowers!

In one basket

  • 27 March 2013

Weave a nest for an Easter design

Today I'll be

  • 23 March 2013

Silhouette design using glasses filled with water

The power of reinvention

  • 20 March 2013

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

Than you have to

  • 13 March 2013

Weave blades of grass to create a cover for a glass vase

Carry the comfort of winter textures with you into spring

  • 6 March 2013

My article and bridal bouquet designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

Just Meshing About

  • 27 February 2013

create a mesh to drape over the design to create a soft veil.

Designing with Mother Nature

  • 20 February 2013

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Mother's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

Making it work somewhere between a rock and a hard place

  • 14 February 2013

Sometimes creative blunders becomes creative inspiration

Swimmingly

  • 6 February 2013

Fold a grass fish for an easy going underwater design detail

It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques

  • 30 January 2013

This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques

  • 22 January 2013

This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques

  • 14 January 2013

This was the first two designs for my Floral Art and craft demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club

A quirky kind of Love

  • 10 January 2013

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Valentine's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the December 2012 Valentine's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

A Pocket full of Starlight

  • 31 December 2012

Knot a grid to place over a glass bubble vase to keep plant material in place

Please have snow… and presents under the tree

  • 24 December 2012

Wire a Tiny Twig Treasure Trunk for small Christmas gifts

So this is Christmas, I hope you had fun…

  • 18 December 2012

Capilano Flower Arranging Club Designing for Christmas Workshop: Yule log

It's a swell time…

  • 12 December 2012

An exceptional moment frozen in time… 12:12:12 12/12/12

'Tis the Season

  • 4 December 2012

My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

The glories of Christmases long, long ago…

  • 27 November 2012

Weave a wire and twig Christmas chandelier

there’s a feeling

  • 20 November 2012

Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas

Leaves by Hundreds came

  • 11 November 2012

A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn

Mr. Stalk, the Seriously Terrifying Scarecrow, on his Day Off

  • 6 November 2012

An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.

Frightis Botrytis!

  • 30 October 2012

Weave a Midelino cane coil harvest basket to display ghost pumpkins and frightful woolly "botrytis" in. Have a fun Halloween everyone!

Everlasting

  • 23 October 2012

Design Inspiration Video: Take a few twigs, snippets of air plants and succulents and combine both traditional wire and tape techniques with more contemporary methods to embed a Boutstix Magnet Stix right into the foundation of the design for a strong and secure way to attach corsages and boutonnieres.

Bright, brighter… brightest!

  • 16 October 2012

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns

Growing Gratitude

  • 8 October 2012

Thank you.

Making an effort to appear effortless

  • 8 October 2012

Effortless is hard work! Effortless is difficult to achieve! Effortless takes years! The reward is exactly that; your work will be without effort. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

How to catch a dew drop:

  • 1 October 2012

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

Turning of the leaves

  • 22 September 2012

An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again

Tying the knot and loosening those curls

  • 18 September 2012

Romantic rose centerpiece with just a bit of an edge featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

Tying the knot

  • 10 September 2012

Gypsophilla design with Celtic love knots featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Own It!

  • 7 September 2012

My fourth design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting

Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Just Right!

  • 5 September 2012

My third design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting

Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Too Hard!

  • 27 August 2012

My second design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting

Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Too Cold!

  • 21 August 2012

My first design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting

A Twist on Tradition

  • 12 August 2012

August is the month for retail florists and wholesalers to start designing, ordering and preparing their product range for the Christmas and Festive Season. This is my article that I wrote for the August 2012 Christmas design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

Stringing in the rain

  • 8 August 2012

A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies

Grown Glamour

  • 31 July 2012

Delicate cherry twig, rosary vine and oncidium orchid enchanted forest masquerade masque.

A little bit of Art and Soul

  • 24 July 2012

A twig structure with roses

So far so green

  • 17 July 2012

The only thing I needed to make these avocado green arums perfect was a small admirer...

Sticktoitness

  • 10 July 2012

Glue a heart shaped design made from bark and wood.

Twig-a-tude

  • 3 July 2012

Stack and wire twigs to create a twig mushroom with attitude for summer

Diamond Jubilee Waterfall

  • 26 June 2012

To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and Great Hall of Government House in Victoria, Canada entitled British Columbia Blooms.

Designing a Feeling

  • 19 June 2012

The emotions your designs inspire give real meaning to your work. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

Wish Upon a Dandelion Star

  • 11 June 2012

A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds

Flower Girl’s Butterfly Net and Ring Bearer Bug Box

  • 5 June 2012

Two fairy tale design details that will capture the imagination of even the youngest members of your wedding party. A tiny bug box to carry your rings in for the ring bearer and a small butterfly net filled with confetti petals for a small flower girl to scatter down the aisle. This DIY projects were fashioned for the DIY Weddings Magazine

The Beauty in the Sleeping Woods

  • 30 May 2012

As a floral artist I am inspired by the endurance of nature and my work is still re-creating the Sleeping Beauty Castle of my imagination.

Lean

  • 22 May 2012

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

On the first warm day in May

  • 16 May 2012

A ripped flax, Ranunculus and Mikado Reed drop shaped nest

Skipping stone

  • 8 May 2012

Weave a grass pebble for the orchid to nestle in.

Center the more adventurous design ideas on your centerpieces

  • 1 May 2012

Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

Words Matter.

  • 24 April 2012

Braiding and plaiting and knotting hair is a huge trend in hairdressing at the moment. Intricate little plaits are draped over long flowing hair to add complexity and quirk. It’s a lovely design trend to add to floral art.

In a nutshell

  • 19 April 2012

Sunday April 22 is Earth day and a tiny floral fridge magnet is a wonderful reminder of just how beautiful our planet is.

Spring Has Sprung!

  • 13 April 2012

The sprouts are sprouting and the bees are being and the birds are birding. Tempting as it is new growth is hard to condition. Hard, but not impossible

Spring Clean

  • 7 April 2012

A clean Easter design. The tiny blossoms are Kalanchoe 'Calandiva Pink'. Tucked low in the paper eggs are a few Cymbidium orchids and the twigs are contorted hazel. The feathers are made from Kyogi or shaved wood.

Designing Body Blooms

  • 3 April 2012

Designing Contemporary Floral Accessories and Body Flowers Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

A Floral Fable: Floriograpy Design

  • 29 March 2012

This is the fourth and last design I did for my Floral Fable demonstration.

A Floral Fable: Approach Design

  • 27 March 2012

This is a detailed look at my third Floral Fable design. When you design, every detail you add matters and the smallest element can change the design completely.

A Floral Fable: Colour Design

  • 23 March 2012

This is a detailed look at my second Floral Fable demonstration design

A Floral Fable: Mood Design

  • 21 March 2012

This is a detailed look at my first Floral Fable demonstration design

A Floral Fable Design demonstration Floral Art Structures

  • 15 March 2012

I did a Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club. Over the next few weeks I will show the designs in detail and add the design tutorials. This week I’ll look at the concept, the basic mechanics and the Floral Art structures, constructions and armatures used in the demonstration.

To have your centerpiece... and eat it too

  • 10 March 2012

This was my design for The Capilano Flower Arranging Club workshop. We were exploring designs using all things edible: fruit, vegetables and a bit of herbs.

Round and Round

  • 6 March 2012

Instead of weaving a platter try stacking the twigs from large to tiny small

Design-time saving tip sheet for a demanding Mother’s Day

  • 28 February 2012

Time Saving Tips and Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

Nuts and Bolts of Floral Art Mechanics

  • 22 February 2012

My design entered for evaluation at the Floral Trends Design Group meeting in South Africa

Blue Harlequin

  • 15 February 2012

A small hand held design as an alternative to a corsage.

Grow Love

  • 7 February 2012

Love grows!

Steeling yourself against stealing creativity

  • 1 February 2012

I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!

Three Drops of Floral Chocolate

  • 25 January 2012

The design drips down in three tiers each celebrating life, love and connection.

Winter’s Green

  • 18 January 2012

This contorted hazel twig reminded me of an ancient and wise bonsai tree. It definitely has a story of its own to tell. I wanted to capture that in my design. All it needed was to be aged with a beard of lichen and moss. And I couldn’t resist adding a lighter touch of fragrant paper white snowflakes to swing gently on its bare winter branches in the chilly breeze.

Designing Your Way to Profits

  • 5 January 2012

Floral Craftsmanship Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

Going Cold Twinkle Turkey

  • 3 January 2012

Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?

All in the same boat

  • 1 January 2012

Bubbly New Year’s Sparklers

  • 28 December 2011

Delicate glass bubbles filled with the midnight blue African violet flowers, purple ornamental capsicum and spilling down the design are a few stems of rosary vine

Our finest gifts we bring,

  • 20 December 2011

A small, all natural gift box woven from palm

Rocking around Three Candle Trees

  • 15 December 2011

Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table

Forest Filigree Christmas Wreath

  • 7 December 2011

I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and dried flower bud clusters and operculum of Eucalyptus.

Jack Frost’s Christmas stocking

  • 29 November 2011

I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids

Earthly Angel

  • 23 November 2011

Christmas Flower Trends 2011 starts with a Floral Craft Assignment from the Floral Trends Design Group to make an Earthly Angel garden decoration.

Winter formal

  • 16 November 2011

The elongated heart shape Echeveria waist corsage is meant to be worn low around the hip as a trailing ribbon clasp.

A snowball’s chance

  • 9 November 2011

I designed my posy to be light and feathery but also earthly, like a fresh snowball gathered from a forest floor.

On The Street Where You Live

  • 1 November 2011

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

Trick a levitating Treat

  • 26 October 2011

A fun Halloween ghost pumpkin design

In an Oriental Manner

  • 19 October 2011

I wanted my parasol design to be thoroughly me, and thoroughly contemporary yet respectful of the guiding rules and methods shared by the different schools of Ikebana.

Direct Contrasts

  • 13 October 2011

I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.

Thanksgiving Harvest

  • 7 October 2011

Thanksgiving pumpkin with Chinese lanterns and spiral blossoms

Pick-Up Sticks

  • 29 September 2011

A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

All things being Equal

  • 21 September 2011

The fan is made from 18 coffee stir sticks and dressed with a veil of grass, fall leaves and Viburnum berries

Cool, Collected and Contemporary

  • 14 September 2011

My take on harnessing elegance, simply looped from lily grass. Cool, as in attention-grabbing idea. Collected, as in held together. And contemporary as in the latest thing

When Autumn Fall

  • 6 September 2011

Autumn leaf composite flower

Ichi-go, ichi-e

  • 30 August 2011

Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.

Touchstone

  • 24 August 2011

A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept.

Cherry twig cocoon

  • 16 August 2011

Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect.

Pleated Pleasure

  • 10 August 2011

Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric. I absolutely love the tight buds of Allium and they represent the "pleasure" part of my design

Magnetic Fields Forever

  • 3 August 2011

The heart shape of my corsage is woven from shaved wood and then decorated with green strawberries. I used corsage magnets to place the corsage on the lapel of a jacket

Echeveria ring

  • 26 July 2011

Succulents are really trendy right now. Not just as potted plants but also in designs. All the way from floral accessory to fashion accessory- right on trend!

Tradition and Technique, Technique and Tradition

  • 21 July 2011

When you need inspiration for a design problem study a Traditional Craft- you will be amazed!

Blown Away

  • 12 July 2011

Kyogi Paper and Phalaenopsis Orchids Blown Away in the wind

Iris Tuft Tassel

  • 5 July 2011

Throughout their dangling history tiny to robust tassels were universally used as a finishing feature in fabric decoration and symbols of standing in religious order and nobility and military ranks.

WAFA 10th International Flower Show in Boston USA: This Glorious Earth

  • 21 June 2011

I wove my Zipper from just over 300 short, dried rose twigs with tiny thorns on them. The delicate "fabric" at the back of the design is woven rose bush roots. Aranthera and Aranda orchids in tiny test tubes covered with rose stem bark are placed in the Zipper design.

Floating Boat Orchid

  • 7 June 2011

The name Cymbidium or boat Orchid is derived from the Greek word Kumbos meaning "hole or cavity", referring to the hollowness in the base of the lip of the flowers.

Cymbidium Friendship Arrangement in a Papier Mache Container

  • 2 June 2011

The Asian Cymbidium is considered a gift of respect and friendship. The florets are also considered symbols of "virtue" and "morality" in many other cultures.

Apples and Orchids

  • 28 May 2011

This is a wired bridal bouquet.

Boat Orchids

  • 20 May 2011

These dramatic sprays of orchids have thick, waxy flowers with five pointed sepals and petals (of approximately the same dimension) on each bloom and will last 2-4 weeks as cut flowers and 2-3 months as flowering plants.

It's Tulip Time!

  • 11 May 2011

Tulips continue to grow once the stem is severed from the bulb. More often than not you can use this growth to create an ever changing design. But sometimes you want that tulip to stay in the position it is placed.

Copper wire Spiral pot scrubber becomes a Tiara

  • 29 April 2011

Design 3:Wedding Tiara. This is a real Cinderella design, one moment scrubbing pots and the next getting ready for the ball.

Drinking straws become flower test tubes

  • 25 April 2011

Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.

The plastic inside of a roll of Florist tape becomes a Wrist Corsage

  • 24 April 2011

Up-cycle the inner plastic ring from a roll of floral tape to make a wrist corsage. This design was also featured in the Italian floral design magazine Blossom Zine

Happy Easter!

  • 21 April 2011

Spring "Ice cream" posy with a Banana Leaf "cone"

In the Bag

  • 14 April 2011

My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids

Harnessing the Wind

  • 13 April 2011

Forest Experience

  • 12 April 2011

This was a Flower Fantasy Competition Design staged by the Helderberg Flower Club, Western Cape Association of Flower Arrangers

Intimate Dinner For Two- Table Setting Competition Class

  • 12 April 2011

Floral Sushi Dinner, for two

"On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... two turtle doves"

  • 12 April 2011

Flax Christmas tree "cake" for the Floral Trends Design Group end of the year function.

Oh, What Twisted Tales We Weave

  • 12 April 2011

"What Twisted Tales We Weave" design 2010 Floral Trends Design Group, South Africa.

Glass

  • 11 April 2011

A small pane of glass connects the top and the bottom of the design

Kitchen Garden

  • 11 April 2011

Kitchen Garden Design. South African Horticultural Society Show 2009

Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

  • 11 April 2011

Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions

Simplicity

  • 10 April 2011

Durbanville FlowerClub Arrangement: Chincherinchee on a wire spiral

Feeling Funky

  • 10 April 2011

I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered Oasis

Mud!!! Floral Art Demonstration at the Rondebosch Flower Club, Cape Town, South Africa

  • 9 April 2011

So much goes into one stage design that I thought it would be worthwhile to break up the design elements and explore each in more detail.

Vanilla

  • 9 April 2011

Vanilla Design for the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

Large Open Weave Twig Basket

  • 8 April 2011

Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration

Floral Art Demonstrations

  • 7 April 2011

When I demonstrate I focus on sharing the art of contemporary floral design, as I see it.

Weaving with Flax

  • 7 April 2011

Here are a few more examples of woven flax. I also use Typha, palm, iris leaves, Kyogi paper, boat orchid leaves and aspidistra to weave with.

Butterfly Net

  • 6 April 2011

Create a Butterfly Net to suit your design "personality"

Mud Proverbs

  • 5 April 2011

I prefer not to drape fabric over or hide my designs behind a screen before a demonstration. Instead I create a "diversion" that will capture the audience's interest.

Floral Carpet

  • 5 April 2011

Durbanville Flower Club: Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa

Flower Festival, Methodist Church Hall, Durbanville, South Africa: Floral Kneelers

  • 5 April 2011

As a club we always include one group project in large Flower Festivals.

"A New Age" Child's Midnight Meander (Avatar)

  • 4 April 2011

A New Age Child's Midnight Meander

its a wrap!

  • 4 April 2011

Banana leaves used to wrap flowers instead of Tissue paper or Cellophane

Bark Wreath

  • 3 April 2011

I needed the wreath to be as light as possible to make sure it would "dance in the rain" on the flexible metal stand.

One Singular Sensation

  • 3 April 2011

Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.

The Plant Material used in the Demonstration

  • 1 April 2011

I wanted my design to feature mostly growing plants- creating a natural display on the supernatural wreath.

Mud!!!

  • 30 March 2011

When I started researching mud as a possible enhancement to contemporary floral art I was thoroughly inspired by the possibilities.

Spider web covering the design with drops of glittering rain

  • 28 March 2011

Weaving hot glue spider webs

and to share with your Flower Friends on your birthday?

  • 23 March 2011

Because it was my birthday I wanted to give the audience each a slice of birthday cake to celebrate with me. For obvious reasons I settled on dark chocolate Mud Pies.

SHAPE

  • 18 March 2011

Chrysanthemum Hourglass

MOULD

  • 14 March 2011

A mould is a hollow container or profile used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material as it cools and hardens.

ANTI-BACTERIAL

  • 8 March 2011

Waxed fruit and a Hot Glue nest

FLOAT

  • 1 March 2011

Reflex Tulip and Passion Fruit Tendrils in a wax disk

A Rock by any other Name...

  • 25 February 2011

It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.

Crossing Boundaries

  • 19 February 2011

Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis

Hanging Garden

  • 17 February 2011

Hanging garden Design using Rainbow Oasis Powder

A Work of Heart

  • 11 February 2011

Carving hearts out of Rainbow Oasis to create an under water design

Prickly Oasis

  • 8 February 2011

Create the two or more coloured details with Rainbow Oasis.

I've got my head in the clouds

  • 3 February 2011

Wax and Rainbow Oasis keep the flower heads in place.

Ground Breaking

  • 29 January 2011

Water stream breaking through ground in an autumn forest.

The last Vine Wreath

  • 20 January 2011

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an attachment to my vine wreaths. This post features four designs using the same wreaths.

Inspired by Nature

  • 14 January 2011

Flax leaves are ripped with a kenzan and wrapped with copper wire and small blue beads to create a rope to weave into a delicate spider web.

Protea Composite

  • 5 January 2011

To create this huge Protea I took apart nine Protea flower heads and glued the tepals and bracts back on to a polystyrene ball to create a large Protea composite flower that is similar in shape to an African clay vase used in wedding ceremonies.

South African Flower Union Calendar 2011

  • 1 January 2011

My design "Desalination" featured in the 2011 South African Flower Union Calender

Flower Festival: Methodist Church Hall, Durbanville, South Africa

  • 11 April 0201

Six wall designs staged for the Durbanville Flower Club Flower Festival.