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FRAGRANCES & FLOWERS

DO IT YOURSELF: FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS


Do you have your own flower garden and would like to make some use of it? Are you fond of crafts and do it your self-decorative projects? Would you like to make some homemade floral arrangements to further accent your home or to give away as gifts? If this sounds like you, then please read on for some tips on making beautiful floral arrangements.

To start your floral arrangements, you will first need something to put your flowers in. Get a vase or some other container that is decorative and also holds water. Before you start your floral arrangements, you may want to consider further decorating the vase or container by spraying it with gold or bronze spray paint. Let it dry for 24 hours and then spray on a coat of clear enamel spray. This will give your arrangement a more decorative feel.

Next, you need a base for your floral arrangements. The base is used for the flowers to have something to anchor to. You can use a ball of willow branches, grapevine, or floral foam that you can buy at a local craft store. The floral foam is called Oasis. If you use Oasis, be sure to soak it in water and poke holes in it with a pen before you put flowers it so that it doesn't break the stems.

When cutting flowers for floral arrangements, try doing so early in the day or morning. This is because the stems have more water in them at this point of the day and the flowers are not drooping. Be sure to only use cold water in the flower arrangement because warm water tends to make the flowers open up too soon and not last as long.
If you want your flowers to last longer, you can places apple and lemon wedges in the water at the bottom of the floral arrangements. The apples have nutrients that will help feed the flowers, while the lemons prevent premature rotting and browning. It also adds a more decorative touch to your flower arrangements.

When designing your flower arrangements, try to pick colors that go with the environment the arrangement will be placed in. First use taller flowers to create the vertical part of the arrangement. Then use full blooming flowers with bright and bold colours for the center and sides of the floral arrangements. Then fill in the small gaps with tiny flowers.

If you use all of these tips in conjunction with each other, you are sure to have a long lasting floral arrangement.
 

WHIPPING UP SWEET SCENTS


Making potpourri at home is fun. A few basic ingredients like flowers and leaves, essential oils, spices and fixative agents and you are ready to flood your home with sweet scents!

How to proceed:
• Collect ingredients (flowers, herbs and leaves) early in the morning, once dew has evaporated.
• Make sure that the ingredients are healthy and free of insects.
• Collect larger amounts than what you think you will require, as the quantity shrinks after drying.
• Place ingredients on a newspaper near window sill. The material will be completely dried within a week. Alternatively herbs and flowers can also be dried by hanging them upside down.
• The petals should feel rubbery and not crisp dry (when dried). Place a layer of petals/herbs at the bottom of a glass jar and cover with a layer of non-iodized salt. Repeat this alteration till jar is almost filled.
• Add weight to the petals, shut lid tightly and store the potpourri in a cool dry place.
• Keep stirring the mix every two-three days.
• Once this is done for a fortnight or so add your choice of aromatic or fixative oils.
• Cover the mix once again and keep stirring for two more weeks.
• At the end of the second week you are ready to use this super smelling potpourri.
 


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