My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

A snowball’s chance

We had our first dusting of snow on Grouse Mountain here in Vancouver. The snow did not stand much of a chance and it soon turned to rain. Most of it melted away. But we have had a taste of the beauty, winter promises to bring.

Gypsophila forest floor snowball posy

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

Forest floor snowball hand tied arrangement

All twigs and sticks but at the same time also incredibly soft and ethereal

Sparkling beads in a Gypsophila posy

As a focal point I grouped two rosary vine ( Ceropegia woodii ) hearts with two sparkling beads nestled softly in a bed of Gypsophila

Alstroemeria flowers nestled between the twigs

Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily or Inca Lily) flowers curl softly around the design

Gypsophila stems tied together

A posy of Gypsophila (baby's breath) can be tricky to tie- it often looks rather flat. I puff the flowers out by using the dried twigs of a ball of hydrangeas, almost as a flower frog. See the tutorial below to follow what I mean.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.




Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts


Baby’s breath, soap wort, Gyp, Gypsophila


African Lilies, African blue lily and Lilies-of-the-Nile