Fridays – I don’t think there is another day in the week that makes me smile with anticipation and makes me a little frantic all at the same time.
As we all rush to beat that clock, countless last minute errands, cappachino & friends, cooking & cleaning all are packed into a day that no matter how much time we have – it never seems enough!
But Friday nights are like no other, it is when the clock stops,and so do we. It is the first moments of the week, we all get a chance to breathe in, relax and “smell-the-flowers”, so to speak. Realize that no matter how hard and difficult or crazy this past week was, this moment, on this night, with our loved ones besides us – Life is GOOD!
I really make an effort to go out and buy my Friday Flowers for Shabbat. Those few minutes of pleasure picking them out, arranging them and setting them down in the center of my Shabbat table, reminds me of all the things I have to be thankful for.
So I decided to restart my Friday Flower post for all of you who have been asking & to round up the week with a HUGE THANK YOU to all my fantastic KS fans who have really made this whole blogging website so worth all the countless of hours and effort that it takes to produce. For the record lots of BIG Exciting Changes Coming!
My dear friend Lauren Ancona – A flower master who got her skills from her late grandmother Sheila Bibi (who was a true flower maestro) posted this pic of her Friday Flowers.
Simple. Gorgeous. In Season. Easy to Recreate – The Perfect Friday Flowers for Shabbat.
She used stock, anenomies, raunoculous all in a different shades of purple.
Shabbat Shalom All!
I came across this website that had this gorgeous fall flower how-to that I am crazy for. So this is what I am going to try to recreate today.
This project requires only a few tools:
- wooden floral stakes from any floral supply store
- thick waterproof floral tape
- thin stretchy floral tape
- floral knife or clippers
- your succulents
Although floral stakes are already pointed, we need to make them into sharper spears in order to poke them into the base of the succulents. Use your clippers or knife to carve the end into a finer point.
Now you can spear into the center of the succulent’s base, creating a stem for the succulent “flower.” Be sure not to poke all the way through the succulent. Just about halfway into the bloom is the way to go.
If you are lucky enough to find a succulent with a little tail, even better!
Take the floral stake and tape it right to the tail using the thick waterproof tape.
For either technique, start the process with the thick waterproof tape. It creates a more solid foundation. Follow that step by wrapping over the thick tape with the thin, stretchy floral tape. This yields more security and a smoother feel. Now you are ready to use these succulents like you would any flower with a nice, sturdy stem! The beauty of floral stakes is that they can be cut with clippers just like a floral stem, so while designing, you are not constrained to the height of the stake.
Now back to the philodendron — tuck them into any bountiful arrangement. Here I used a mix of tropicals (like mini callas) with more traditional/garden-y parrot tulips, brassica and hydrangea. Couldn’t you go bananas over that luscious violet antique Dutch hydrangea? I used the philodendron throughout the arrangement — as an accent around the neck of the vase, nestled in with other blooms, up high for some flair . . . whatever suits your fancy, please do!
And look at how the majestic succulents can masquerade as any full “face” flower.
Despite what you may have heard, never be afraid to mix tropicals or unusual foliage with more typical garden flowers. The trick is in your palette selection and the way you design. When in doubt, if you keep all the elements on relatively the same plane, the results will look clean and modern.