Flower Power! Lovely Lilies

Happy Friday, guys! So, this is my third post (or possibly fourth if you include this post) centering around displaying flower arrangements, so I decided to go ahead and make it an actual series entitled “Flower Power!”. Hopefully, this’ll help keep the posts more streamlined and easier to find (The other two can be found here and here).

As I mentioned in my first flower post, my husband Joey and I don’t usually make a huge deal of getting gifts for each other for traditional holidays, but he’s pretty awesome at surprising me with random flowers every so often.  And this was one of those occasions.  Ya see, Joey recently got a new position at work that he’d been hoping for. It’s a GREAT opportunity for him, but will lead to us seeing each other less during the week.

So, the other night, I got home from work and decided to go for a jog since Joey wasn’t home and Lucas was with my parents.  Which is when I tripped and completely busted out on the concrete.  I’m fine, but ended up scraping up pretty much every appendage, plus my stomach. Nice, right?  It’d been about 6 months since I’d last fallen on my face while jogging, so it was probably about time anyways.  :/

After sitting on the sidewalk for a few minutes, I got up, waddled back home, bleeding and whining, and walked into the house.  Which is when I discovered that Joey had planned a little surprise… Flowers, sushi, chocolate, The Walking Dead, AND he took the night off work so we could hang out before he started his new gig.  I had no clue that he was doing this, so it was really nice.  And it definitely made me feel better after my recent tumble. Of course, I couldn’t believe that my innate klutziness and gift for pristine timing had allowed me to fall on this of all nights (…nothing like whetting your appetite for sushi by removing gravel from flesh, huh? Yeah.). But, alas, this is me and as I’ve said before, I tend to be the poster child for Murphy’s Law (I hereby dub this “Exhibit A”).  In any case, he definitely succeeded in making me feel special and the extra time together was awesome.

As for the flowers, he gave me a large bouquet of purple and pink lilies.  Gorgeous.  He always picks good ones, I’ll tell ya.   I decided that a centerpiece change-up was well overdue, so I grabbed some galvanized buckets that I had laying around the house, a white platter from the kitchen, and a bamboo table runner…

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I wanted to keep it simple to allow the flowers to take center-stage and I feel like I succeeded.  They’re friendly and purple.  I mean, what more can a girl as for? …well, what more can a girl ask for, you ask?? …Why, pink flowers, TOO! So, to spread the pretty, the pink lilies got a little glam makeover with a metallic honeycomb vase…

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I love the blingy, glittery vase in contrast with our rattan coffee table.  It just happys up the living room to no end.   Now, if only I could keep the arrangement here all the time…  Unfortunately, having a three-year-old requires glamorous flowers to be relocated to the kitchen island after picture-taking time.   Just keepin’ it real, here.   I will say that I enjoyed their eye-candy-producing time on the coffee table, no matter how short the period. So, that’s my newest adventure in flower fun. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Second Vase

The other morning I woke up to a super sweet surprise. Flowers from the hubs. We don’t usually make a big deal of traditional holidays like Valentine’s Day, but he’s great at bringing home “just because” flowers every so often. Those are my favorite kind of flowers, anyways.

I forgot to take a before shot (I know, wake up, newbie blogger!! Geez.), but it was a cheerful mixed bouquet of lilies and roses. I decided to split the bouquet to share the pretty amongst the house. So, I started walking around in search of vases. Then, I remembered these….

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They’re leftover Belgian beer bottles, the contents of which Joey enjoyed a few years ago. I really liked the bottles, so I washed them out and saved them. And then I forgot about them. Until this day, anyways. I thought the lilies might look cool in them. So, I simply cut each stem down a bit, filled the bottles with water and stuck one lily stalk into each vase. ….And Im pretty sure they rock my world.

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The contrast of earthy, masculine bottles with delicate, girly pink flowers make me smile.

So, with the lilies happy in their new homes, I needed a plan for the roses. There were only four blooms, so I wanted something somewhat small so the vase wouldn’t look too empty. I ended up using the base of a stainless steel martini shaker. Since we do use the shaker upon occasion, I decided to line it with a plastic solo cup.

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I filled it with water, cut down the roses and stuck them in there. I stacked the arrangement on top of two wooden carved bowls to give it a bit more presence. And here they are, chillin’ out in our kitchen….

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So, there you have colorful flowers and makeshift vases. I love how they cheer up the space and add color and texture. Fun, fun, fun. 🙂