Category Archives: October

Two Bridal Bouquets: My Induction Into The Canadian Association of Floral Artists – CAFA

On October 19 I became a student member of the Canadian Academy of Floral Artists. In order to become a CAFA member, I had to complete a test where we were given a bucket of flowers, a few accessories , a theme and 2 hours to create an original, technically accurate floral design. I think that was the shortest, most intense and exhilarating 2 hours I have experienced in a long time. As a CAFA student member, I will be mentored by a full member for the next 2 years. What a fabulous opportunity to take my passion for floral design to the next stage.
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Alstromerias in a Monochromatic Autumn Arrangement – Week 11

I love alstromerias! It’s so much fun to work with a flower that has such versatility, colour and texture. I use them in elegant and classic centrepieces, compact posies, simple hand-tied bouquets and oversized, flowing arrangements. They are fabulous massed into a tall clear flute shaped vase where the stems become part of the design, and equally smashing when bordering brightly coloured gerbera daisies tucked into a funky striped bowl.
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Celosia – One Cool Looking Flower – Week 10

I used the “cockscomb” variety of celosia for this arrangement. I found it to be quite top heavy so decided to create a design that was tight and low. I love the combination of variegated spray roses and heavily textured celosia and the rugged stone container. Rustic, yet contemporary; you can find spray roses at supermarkets and floral shops. Celosia is available from a floral shop. If you can’t find pittosporum, ivy is a perfect substitute when cut into short sprigs.
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