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  • Easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by inspiring ideas in a gorgeous and gifty package.
  • Perfect gift for new homeowners, newlyweds, mother’s day, anyone who needs a “lift” – it’s an empowering and fun gift that keeps on giving.
  • Of value to flower lovers and interior decorators everywhere because the author uses accessible and inexpensive flowers from the garden, farmers market, or the grocery store.
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  • Author’s mantra is: “A great life isn’t about great huge things; it’s about small things that make a big difference!” and this book demonstrates that.

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Publié par
Date de parution 14 avril 2020
Nombre de lectures 2
EAN13 9781513262895
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 3 Mo

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Exrait

JUST ADD
WAT ER
CYNTHIA GA YL IN BIGONY
PHOTO GRAPHS BY VIVIAN JOHNSON
EASY TE CHNIQUES & EVERY DAY IDEAS FOR INSPIRING FLO WER ARRA NGEMENTS
Tex t © 202 0 by Cyn thia Gayl in Bigony
Photographs © 2020 by Vi vian Jo hnson
All ri ghts re serv ed. No pa rt of this bo ok may be reproduce d or transmitte d in any fo rm or b y an means , electr onic or me chanical, including pho tocopyi ng, re cording, or by any infor mation st orage and retrieval system, w ithout writ ten perm ission of the publisher .
Librar y of Congre ss Cata loging- in-P ublication D ata is on fi le ISBN: 9781 51326288 8 (hardbou nd) | 978 15132 62895 ( e-b ook) Indexed by Sam Ar nold- Bo yd
Proudly distri buted by Ing ram Publisher Serv ices
Printed i n China
1 2 3 4 5 Published by West Margin Pres s
WestM arginPress.c om
WEST MA RGIN PRESS Publishing Direc tor: Je nnifer Newens Marking Ma nager: Ang ela Zbornik Editor: Olivia Ngai Design & Prod uction: Rachel L opez Met zger Design Inter n: Mi chelle Mo ntano
To Randy , Kendell, Court ney, T ay lor , and pups Ch arlie & Lola
You are my ever yth ing.

GETTIN G STA RT ED 11
EASY TECHN IQU ES 29 EVERY DA Y IDEAS 71
RESOURCE S 118 INDE X 124

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walk on the b each, a good book before bed, or fresh fl owers i n my
home. A g reat life isn’ t a bout great huge thing s; it’ s about small things
that make a big diff erence.
Wor king with flo wers i s very nurt uring. It trans port s me to a z one o f joy I don’ t w ant to leave .
I remember my fi rst “ ah a” momen t. It w as a lat e aft ernoon and I had just f in ished unloading gr oceries. I t had been a lo ng day and I w as tired. Looking ov er at the flo wers I just purch ased still made me smile , so I ga thered my energy , picked up the blooms, an d began pre pping. I removed the leaves, careful ly recu t the stems , and placed ea ch fl ower int o a vase i n a way t hat looke d pretty to me.
How was th is diff erent fr om any o ther time ? I became awa re of the profound calm I felt as I worke d with my hands. As I claim ed this momen t for m yself , the noise of three young children playing wit h our dogs gr ew faint . I had foun d peaceful minutes of resto rative jo y, an active med itation t hat energi zed me!
I am grat eful fo r these simple moments and appreciat e them oft en. Howev er , I also know that w hen it come s to real life and my hectic sch edule, fa st and easy fl owers are a must. Of cours e, I lov e sitt ing down w ith an elabo rate book showcasin g over - the- to p part y ideas . Howeve r, this is not that book.
This is a book with beautiful yet sim ple designs that any one can rec reate i n a pinch . It encourag es you to set asi de personal t ime to re charge y our soul by working w ith your hands. T ou ching nat ure to n urt ure.
So many people I meet say , “I’ m terrible at arrang ing fl owers. ” This si mply is no t true! I wrot e this bo ok to demy stify the proces s of cr eating pro fessional -lo oking arrangement s with ea se. If you can hold a pair of scissors , I promis e you can c reate beautiful f lo wer arra ngements. Keep i n mind that when it co mes to cr eativity , the number one rul e is there ar e no rules. So with simp le techniq ues to gui de you and easy ideas t o try , you can put your ow n spin on t hese, or ju st copy w hat you s ee and e njoy.
My goal fo r you is t o open this book with curiosit y and close it by sa ying, “I can d o that!” Because it ’s the small th ings in l ife that r eally mat ter , and sometimes all you need to do i s just ad d water !
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This book i s about si mple designs for every day livin g— and that’ s for your tools and materia ls too! Y o u don’ t need anyt hing fancy , just some eas y items found in your home fo r quick ac cess. Th ere are als o some handy optional mat erials t hat you c an fi nd online o r at you r
local cra ft store.
SCISSORS A pair of sharp f lo wer sci ssors is ideal, but I will adm it, I us ually gr ab kitc hen sci ssors. Th is is a must for cutt ing stems and removin g lower l eaves to k eep the
water cle an.
RUBBER BANDS I like saving the thick r ubber bands that come w ith the asp aragus fro m the groc ery store as well as b uying diff erent si zes o f clea r hair band s. A varie ty
of bands will be u seful t o have.
TAPE Tap e is my s ecret w eapon when c reating i nvisible grids to keep fl owers a nd stems i n place. Wa terproo f
tape is ni ce, but regular t ape works fi ne.
RAFFIA I always have raff ia in my g ift -w rapping drawer . I love t he organic , simple e ff ect, whic h works perfe ct for fl ower desi gn. I use it in arr angements to
hide rubber bands or to secure leaning orc hids.

ESSENT IAL
tools & materials

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I used to h ave a pant ry full of vases from fl owers I had received as gift s, or that I bought just beca use they we re
pretty . Here’ s what I lea rned: keep o nly what y ou love.
Each roo m in your home has one fo cal point . I tend to grab the sam e one or two vases for these s pots beca use I know the scal e and ligh ting are perf ect for them . When you buy a n ew vase, m ake sure you know w here it will go and then edit w hat you h ave. Le ss is more, which
makes li fe less compl icated.
On that not e, fl ower vases are hidden al l throughout your home. T ru st me, I have so mu ch fun t hinking outside the box and w hat’s already in my house t hat can be repurposed for fl ower con tainers . It’s fun, cr eative,
and unexpect ed!
So where can you fi nd them ? The kitc hen is a g ood place to s tart . How about a copper meat loaf pan or white cass erole dish ? A white water p itcher , a glass w ine
carafe, or a silv er ice b ucket ? Start saving yo ur glass

VA SES
& containers
creamer bot tles so that when you hav e enough, yo u can parade them down the dining table or mak e a c ircle wit h them and f il l with ga rden fl owers. Candy and nut dishes are great for fl oating fl owers. Seeing the roots from several small herb plant s placed inside d rinking g lasses
work perf ect for an in side garden .
Look around yo ur living r oom and not ice the cand le holders. The se come in ma ny size s and colors and always loo k prett y for sm all bouquets . My go- to glass hurricane candle holder lo oks beautif ul for f lo ating flo wers. And if I li ke a pretty retail bag, why not reu se it
for a fl owering plant ?
Don’t forget the bathroo m. I’v e used a dec orative trash can and a to othbrush holders as f lo wer vases because
they’r e the perf ect siz e for a sweet bouquet on t he sink.
Yo u can fi nd vases any where. If it ca n hold fl owers,
that’s all you really nee d.
CHOOSIN G
the container
Cute bags , box es,
baskets , trash b ins
Milk bot tles, dr inking g lasses,
yogurt cups
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Here are some fun con tainers hidden aroun d my house that I li ke to use for flo wers. R epurpos ing home it ems prov ides endless opt ions to d isplay f lo wers
in unexpe cted wa ys. It’ s convenien t and eas y. Give it a try !
Glass bow ls and hurr icane
candle holders
Too thbrush holder s
or any small container
Water pitcher s,
carafes, ic e bucke ts
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A bag is perf ect for a po tted plant. If the bag is too deep , put something inside to raise up the fl owers s o they
just peek ov er top.
These milk bo ttles dis played together i n a cir cle are a clever wa y to brin g your ga rden
into your home.

FILLIN G
the container

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