here's the thing about me: i think i'm pretty smart. i know that i'm not perfect and i can imagine that a bunch of nasty insults have probably been slung behind my back, but i kind of don't think i've been called stupid too many times. i am a smart girl.
and the greatest manifestation of my genius is my choice in husband. he is golden. and i know everyone thinks her husband is the greatest, but really...i won.
david brings me home flowers from time to time. usually for our anniversary or when i've overreacted and called him an asshole but sometimes just for the heck of it. and every time, it makes my heart swell! i am a romantic like that. flowers and walks on the beach and handholding and candlelit dinners under the stars. hi, that's me.
so what to do with those dozen red roses? how do i do these God-crafted beauties justice by magnifying their gorgeousness and not just plunking them in a vase, all awkward and straight and all (you know what i'm talking about?)
floral arranging for dummies: the 10-minute arrangement
1. de-leaf. here's a little rule of thumb: don't let the leaves hit the water. leave the first one or two sprigs of leaves on the stem and take off the rest. do this before you begin the arrangement!
2. cut stems different lengths. you need to create a shape in your arrangement and you do this by cutting each stem a different length. longer stems go in the middle, creating height, and shorter stems go on the sides. you get me? this creates a round, traditional shape. start your arrangement with the long stems and build around them.
3. cluster. create clsters of different flowers. you see the little pockets of tiny white roses and the random dahlias throughout? you don't want equal proportions, you want it to look natural. here's another general rule of thumb for ya: make your clusters odd numbers.
4. put away your ocd card. this is not a project for the perfectionist. you want it to look like you picked all these gorgeous gems from your garden, not like you bought it at macy's. let the flowers be free. let one hang loose. you don't want the flowers to be evenly spaced or too proportionate; let it be!