Chase Away Winter Blahs with Flowers

O.k., so the first day of Spring isn’t until March 20th, but actually here in Phoenix we start enjoying Spring weather quite early.  It was up in the 70’s all week and looks to continue in that same vein for a while.  Oh, we may get a few more cold days, but my guess is that we’ve already had our winter this year and although short-lived it was much colder than usual.

We had about a week straight with temperatures getting down below freezing at night and our plants in the front yard are pretty pathetic looking as a result.  I won’t bore you with those ugly photos, but I’ll share a little inspiration for those of you who might be stuck in the cold country and want to find a way to chase away those winter blahs.2010.Flowers in Spice jars

Here’s a great way to perk up your home with flowers and make a little bit go a long way.

Not long ago I was helping a group with decorating for an event.  Our budget was very tight or more accurately, it was non-existent, so I was trying to find a way to dress up the room without spending a lot of money.  So. here’s what we did.

I went to the local Goodwill Store and found this set of 10 spice jars that came with their own metal storage/carrying rack for a few dollars.  They were  dirty and some still had worn and torn labels on them.  Each one also had a silver screw-on lid, that isn’t in the picture.

I brought them home and washed them well.  Had to use a little bit of Goo Gone to get all the adhesive off the glass from the labels, but that didn’t take long.  Soon they were sparkling clean.

When it was time to use them for the event, I filled each jar with water, put the lid on and put them back in the holder that they came in.  You see the cool thing about having a carrying rack and lids for the jars was that I could transport all 10 of them with water without spilling a drop.  The event that we were setting up didn’t have easy access to water to fill them there, so I brought it with me.

Then I bought just one inexpensive bouquet of flowers at the local store.  Being in the city, grocery stores are great, but if you have a Costco nearby their flowers are always beautiful and very reasonably priced.  Of course, during growing season in the cold country you may have them growing in your backyard or available at a farmer’s market or roadside stand.  I trimmed the stems at home, then carried the bouquet in a plastic pitcher to the event and inserted the flowers in the mini-vases after we arrived.

With ten mini-vases we were able to put one vase of a few flowers on each table to add just a touch of fresh scent and color and make the ladies feel pampered.  I mean really – who doesn’t love fresh flowers!

And of course, you can use those precious little beauties all together for more impact (like in the photo above) or in any combination or groupings you can imagine.   What fun, right?  Imagine them lining your windowsill or scattered throughout the house to brighten up each room.  Or place them in front of a mirror for double the impact.

If you had these mini-vases how would you use them?  What other ideas do you have for spreading the wealth with your flowers?

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So I guess my posts must be getting pretty boring because the volume of comments has come to a screeching halt. Sad for me…I miss you, my visitors.

These photos are from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine. We stopped there on the way from Bar Harbor to Portsmouth, NH. It was a gorgeous spot! More to come…

The reception that I’ve been coordinating is coming up this weekend. I’m looking forward to it for several reasons:

  1. It will be the first event where I’ve had a reasonable budget and have not had to do absolutely everything myself, so it should be more relaxing than other events that I’ve coordinated.
  2. We hired a “real” caterer (Fabulous Food) and we’re serving Norwegian food in honor of the bride and Mexican food in honor of the groom. I can’t wait to see how the food is displayed and how it tastes. I’m really hoping to have time to take some pictures.
  3. The hosts are stringing white lights all over the yard and we’ll line the driveway with special luminarias, so it should be quite magical (more photo ops)
  4. The RSVP guest count actually ended up being almost exactly the original target number. We had the potential for double that amount and I was a bit nervous.
  5. Once this event is over, my schedule is wide open with no big activities until our vacation in December, then the holidays. I’m looking forward to being able to concentrate on home, family and friends for the rest of the year. That includes more blogging time as well.

More news!

  • Check out Amy’s news about her photography business. Great things are happening so you’d better book her before her prices go up any more.
  • We had a fun time with Terry’s mom this weekend. I wish she lived closer so we could do more with her.
  • My brother, Pat is back in town from Ohio. That’s a long story. He is looking for a one bedroom apartment or a room to rent so let me know if you hear of anything.
  • Kevin has moved on to the western U.S. for his training. He’s busy, busy – training 7 days a week. Sounds like he’s still on track for going overseas in the next few weeks. I wish we could see him before he goes, but right now it’s not very promising.
  • Our ladies’ bible study meets for the last time next week, then we’ll break for the holidays. We haven’t decided for sure if we’ll continue in the Spring, but it’s looking like a possibility.
  • I’ve committed to organize the food for an upcoming ladies retreat at church at the end of January. I’ve already got some fun ideas, but need to get my budget before I can do any definite planning.