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Today: Floral Arranging 101 (Week 1)

I recently came across Nicole’s Classes, a selection of online video classes on topics like photography and design, while headed down a spiral of late night Internet consumption, when I should have been trying to get back to sleep.  Which reminds me, the next person who encourages me to “sleep when the baby sleeps,” … well, you don’t want to be that person.  Just kidding.  Kind of.

Back on topic: I’ve always been enchanted by flowers.  I worked for a florist when I was younger and loved watching the designers carefully choose their flowers and artfully arrange them.  When I saw that a Floral Arranging 101 class was about to begin (and would wrap up just before I head back to work… cue all of the nervous, excited, conflicted and overwhelmed feelings), I bit the $125 bullet and signed up.

The class, taught by Chelsea Fuss, spans four weeks and features one project per week.  Each project is supported by video tutorials, recommended materials and flowers, and access to the instructor for feedback.  This week’s project was a hand-tied bouquet, along with an aqua pack for transporting the bouquet.

I’m having so much fun with the class, and figured I’d share my weekly progress here.  We like looking at pretty things, right?

After a few failed flower shopping trips, I found this selection at my favorite Whole Foods in Cambridge.  I would have loved a bit more greenery, but I’m happy with how it turned out.  And those tulips that could possibly pass for peonies or cabbage roses?  I am obsessed.

I really get so much satisfaction from seeing a project through to completion (I can’t tell you how many things I’ve started only to get distracted and stray… okay, I can: a lot.), having a chance to engage the creative part of my brain, and work with my hands (on something other than the ancient art of diapering) a bit.

Also On Tap for Today:

Got a favorite flower? 

Today: Make your own snow globe.

It’s snowing.  Again.  I made it back to Southie early enough this evening to snag one of the good parking spots on our street (if you’re from around here, you know how we treasure our spots), while Clark claimed his own parking spot.  On the sofa.  We’re planning to stay put for the rest of the evening, practicing our favorite new duet, “What U Want With My Body.” Clark called dibs on the Gaga parts… so I’m stuck being R. Kelly.  Rude.

If you’re looking for something more normal to do this evening, I’ve got an idea… provided you have a bag of buffalo snow laying around.  I was first introduced to this magical material at #WFMEtsy, a holiday event hosted by Whole Foods River Street in partnership with Etsy, Boston Handmade and local artists.

And no… buffalo snow is not made from real buffaloes.  Buffalos?  Who knows.  (Apparently, either one is okay.)

After perusing local crafts and meeting vendors at the event, I had the chance to make my own snow globe.  As soon as I got my hands on that fluffy, sparkly faux snow, I knew I could make some really fun messes with it at home.

Make your own snow globe

All you need to make your own snow globe… or snow bowl… or snow jar:

  • Some sort of container (I picked up a few latched jars and shallow cyllinders at A.C. Moore)
  • A bag of buffalo snow
  • Random figurines (the weirder, the better)

(Super obvious) directions:

  1. Place figurines in container
  2. Add buffalo snow
  3. Sprinkle some on your dog and transform him into an arctic fairy

New Balance celebrates another season of clear paths along the Charles

If the thought of making your own snow globe picking up tiny scraps of glitter for the next six months sends you running… I get it.  And if you’re really running, New Balance has you covered for the fifth winter in a row, having renewed a sponsorship agreement with the DCR to ensure area runners and walkers have clear and safe running paths along the Charles River during the 2014 winter season.  

Having trained along the Charles through a particularly snowy and cold Boston winter, I know how valuable this partnership is to our city.

Enjoy those clear paths… while Clark and I enjoy the sofa.  And the glitter.

Also On Tap for Today:

Made anything cool lately?