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DIY Mother’s Day Arrangement – a step-by-step tutorial

Spring has sprung (hopefully) and nothing makes your home feel “spring fresh” more than a fresh flower arrangement. Recently I had a coffee meeting with Rachel Christy, owner of Alaska Blooms Peony Farms,  and she pointed out that I’m a DIY bride’s florist. Indeed, many of the brides who hire me order the main floral pieces from me and then save money by creating centerpieces themselves. Since I’m a business of one person, I am completely fine with this arrangement. When a bride orders centerpieces I usually hire an assistant.

During a phone consultation with a Kentucky bride, she told me my floral business reminds her of small-batch whiskey makers. These are folks in Kentucky who make whiskey on the side of their normal jobs that are different from the standard whiskeys. I love that comparison.

Anyway, since Mother’s Day is the next floral holiday on the calendar (and often the busiest day for florists) I thought I would share a step-by-step tutorial on how you can make your own flower arrangement. Whether you’re a son, a daughter or a DIY bride, this should be helpful for anyone who is looking to be florally frugal.

If you’re in Anchorage, you can purchase beautiful greenery by the stem at Alaska Wholesale Flower Market. They range from $1.89-2.99 a stem. They also have gorgeous blooms there, but in an effort to save money I purchased grocery store flowers using a buy one, get one half off coupon.

DIY Mother's Day arrangement | Make a beautiful floral centerpiece in just a few simple steps using eucalyptus, baby's breath, alstroemeria and football mums. Tutorial by alaskaknitnat.com

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Alaska Weddings: a winter reception

In Alaska, winter solstice is kind of a big deal. It’s the shortest day of the year. In Anchorage we had a little under five and a half hours. It becomes part of the daily winter grind. The sun doesn’t rise until well after you arrive at work and it’s already set when you drive home for the day.

After December 21 we will gradually gain more daylight. It’s a celebratory time for Alaskans.

Recently a friend of mine got married and decided to have her reception around solstice time. When I was hired to make some centerpieces for her I was thrilled to create more wintery pieces.

Purple and lavender carnations, white chrysanthemums, eucalyptus and spruce sprigs were all I needed to bring some winter cheer to her reception.

Winter Weddings: Purple carnations, white chrysanthemums, spruce sprigs and eucalyptus create a soft, festive look for any winter celebration | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

The couple loves Italy so it was fitting that many of the bud vases were little limoncello glasses.

Winter Weddings: Purple carnations, white chrysanthemums, spruce sprigs and eucalyptus create a soft, festive look for any winter celebration | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

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Alaska Weddings: Amy + Joe

Last-minute weddings are sometimes the best. When my high school friend Amy called me last week to ask if I’d make her bridal bouquet for her wedding this week, I couldn’t say no.

Amy asked for plum and white colors. Alaska Wholesale Flower Market had the most precious Moody Blues roses and deep purple mini carnations. Amy was sold.

Alaska Winter Wedding | purple roses, plum mini carnations, burgundy carnations, white roses, dusty miller, eucalyptus and wax flower. Bound with white ribbon and a purple corset. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Winter Wedding | purple roses, plum mini carnations, burgundy carnations, white roses, dusty miller, eucalyptus and wax flower. Bound with white ribbon and a purple corset. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Winter Wedding | corsages made with white spray roses, statice, sage, mini myrtle, eucalyptus and purple mini carnations. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Winter Wedding | boutonnieres made with white spray roses, statice, sage, waxflower, Sitka spruce, eucalyptus and purple mini carnations. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

I love presenting the corsages and bouts in a pretty way. My first step is to use grocery store doughnut boxes. They have the clear window on the top so you can peek inside and they are big enough to hold several boutonnieres at once. I happened to have some purple tissue paper that was perfect for this occasion.

Alaska Winter Wedding | boutonnieres made with white spray roses, statice, sage, waxflower, Sitka spruce, eucalyptus and purple mini carnations. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

I had a few leftovers so I made myself a little flower crown. I was able to stop by the reception in the evening and ran into all my old friends. It was a fun reunion. And, of course, I had Ivan model my crown.

Alaska Winter Wedding | flower crown made with white spray roses, statice, mini myrtle, waxflower, Sitka spruce, eucalyptus and purple mini carnations. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
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Alaska Weddings: Alyeska promo photo shoot

Anchorage may be the biggest city in Alaska, but nearly every day I think of it as a small town. Kevin Bacon has nothing on Anchorage — we’re all about two degrees separated.

I recently reconnected with high school mate Peter Luchsinger of Pal Photography. When I told him I was a florist on the side he asked if I would contribute two bridal bouquets to a promotional photo shoot at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

Without a bride providing me style guidance I was giddy with the prospect of having complete creative control. This proved to be a challenge as I had so many ideas — I have to hand it to brides. I forgot how tough it is to make a design decision!

I ended up with  a soft palette of cream, pink, white, peach, sage green and deep burgundy.

Winter weddings: a bridal bouquet with eucalyptus, alstroemeria, roses, spider mums, carnations and wax flower. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Pal Photography
Winter weddings: a bridal bouquet made with peach roses, burgundy chrysanthemums, carnations, alstroemeria, carnations and wax flower. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Pal Photography
Winter weddings: a bridal bouquet made with peach roses, burgundy chrysanthemums, carnations, alstroemeria, carnations and wax flower. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Pal Photography

View more photos from this shoot here.

Alaska Weddings: Chelsea + Lee

I love how small Alaska is even though it’s the largest state. When groom Lee told me he was from Unalakleet I was positive he would know our old family friends from there. Turns out Lee is their nephew. After making a couple of other personal revelations I felt an instant connection to this couple.

Chelsea and Lee wanted winter wedding themes without it looking like the Queen of Hearts. With burgundy, white and gold as their theme colors I knew I could provide them with festive florals on a budget.

Alaska Winter Wedding | White and red roses, white and burgundy carnations, eucalyptus, red snapdragon, red hypericum, plumosa and spray roses. The perfect holiday bouquet from alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Joe Connolly of Chugach Peaks Photography

Carnations get a bad rap. I love their ruffles and color versatility. They are excellent filler without making an arrangement look cheap. Thankfully Chelsea likes carnations because there aren’t  many burgundy blooms available in Alaska in November.

Alaska Winter Wedding | eucalyptus, spray rose, white statice, mini myrtle and a touch of feathers make an elegant, festive boutonnière. Designed by Natasha Price from alaskaknitnat.com

A touch of gold ribbon with these dainty boutonnières was an elegant choice. Made with white and red spray roses, white statice, mini myrtle, white wax flower, eucalyptus and some natural feathers.

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DIY Flower Crown – A video tutorial

Flower crowns are my thing. I love making them and I certainly love wearing them. After months of working with Meringue Studio Boudoir and having a couple of booths set up with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, I’ve had lots of people ask me if I have a tutorial for my flower crowns.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

This is Week Two of the Halloween Blog Party with AK Shopgirl, Tessie Style and me. I’m happy to announce this week’s theme: Woodland Creatures.

Check all three of our sites this week for costume ideas, décor, music mixes and more.

My flower crowns are no trade secret (although you do have to have a florist business license to acquire the light green floral tape). I’ve been held up by simple technological difficulties (I don’t have a tripod that allows for bird’s eye view).

I asked my husband to figure it out. Five minutes and some duct tape later, he had rigged up a suitable bird’s eye camera. Thanks to The Alaska Life for the free selfie stick — I finally found a non-silly way to use it ;).

Whether you’re dressing up yourself or your little girl this Halloween, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a fresh flower crown to compliment your fairy costume.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Weddings: Charlee + Marc | Photo by Rhae Anne Photography
Photo by Rhae Anne Photography

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Photo by Kerry Tasker
Photo by Kerry Tasker
DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Laura Stennett Photography

DIY Fresh Flower Crown

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Materials:

Directions:

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Measure your wire around your head and cut the wire with four inches extra length.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Tear off pieces of floral tape about six inches long. You’ll need several, but I usually tear off five at a time.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

In this time lapse video I show you how I construct a partial crown, which is worn off to the side. I usually start in the middle of the wire and work my way toward the edge. If you want a full flower crown, start about three inches from one end and work your way toward the other end.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Prepare your flowers and greens by leaving two inches of stem remaining. Trim away any excess leaves or buds.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Starting at the middle of the crown, lay a green against the wire and tightly wrap the tape around it, working your way down the stem. Add a new flower to the wire and position it to cover the first wrapped stem. Tightly wrap this stem with the floral tape.

Work your way down the wire, positioning the flowers and greens in a herringbone fashion. I usually wrap a green tilting toward the left, then a flower tilting toward the right, a flower tilting toward the left and a green tilting toward the right.

Use your best judgment to nestle greens and flowers together. Pay attention to the natural curve of each flower and place them so they are featured in a pleasing way.

When you have about three inches remaining on the wire, stop adding more flowers. Wrap the ends of the wire around each other so it fits your head well.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Store in the fridge whenever you’re not wearing it. It should last for a few days.

Here is a one-minute time lapse of my making a flower crown. Pretty neat! View the long version here.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Weddings: Emily & Dan

When I was asked to pick up a last minute wedding gig this week, I was more than thrilled to accept. A chance to work with white peonies and garden roses? Yes, please!

Bride Emily wanted a forest look to her arrangements, so I did the sensible thing and I foraged from the forest. I gathered dwarf hemlock from Glenn Alps, which I incorporated into the woodland fairy-like crowns, the delicate boutonnières and corsages and the perfectly-sized bridal bouquet.

Wild geranium, wood ferns and forget-me-nots mixed perfectly with the centerpieces of queen Anne’s lace, veronica and lisianthus.

Emily’s biggest desire was to have a big bridal flower crown of peonies and garden roses. When a fully bloomed peony is the size of a large grapefruit, a large crown is LARGE. My first draft was a little too big, I could barely hold my head up. After I downsized, I made Emily a smaller crown in case the original was too gigantic.

Alaska Weddings: Emily & Dan; bridal bouquets of garden roses, peonies, hypericum, lilac, thistle, eucalyptus, and wild hemlock sprigs | Flowers by Natasha of Alaskaknitnat.com

 

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Alaska Weddings: Charlee & Marc

Last fall I attended a networking getaway in Homer hosted by The Boardroom called End of Summer Camp. It was a weekend full of meeting and making new friends. During that time I met Crystal and Carrie, owners of Toast of the Town event planning. I told them I was a flower lady and they said they would keep me in mind for future events.

Six months later they set me up with Charlee, a whimsical bride who wanted her flowers colorful, unkempt and carefree — just my style!

Alaska Weddings: Charlee + Marc | Photo by Rhae Anne Photography
Photo by Rhae Anne Photography

I had so much fun putting together the florals for Charlee and her fiancé Marc. I got to work with nearly a dozen different types of flowers from the most fragrant mauve garden roses to my favorite accent flower, craspedia.

I got to do something new, which I’m calling “hair flair.” Charlee had wanted hair combs with fresh flowers for the bridesmaids, but after a hair trial with another bride I discovered that the plastic combs I was using were not easy to work with. What I decided to do was make teeny flower bouquets with wire and floral tape to be pinned into the bridesmaids’ hair.

Alaska Weddings: Charlee & Marc | Flowers by Alaska Knit Nat

Alaska Weddings: Charlee + Marc | Photo by Rhae Anne Photography
Photo by Rhae Anne Photography

My niece and I made about 35 pieces of hair flair so the bridesmaids could pick and choose the flowers they liked best for their hairstyle. It was a lot of fun.

I delivered the flowers to Glory View Farm in Wasilla where Crystal and Carrie were setting up the most magical hootenanny.

Congratulations to Marc and Charlee and I wish them all the best!

Stock, garden rose, snapdragon, hypericum, solidago, peony, carnation, myrtle, craspedia (billy ball) -- ingredients for a wild, carefree wedding bouquet | by Alaska Knit Nat

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Lina + Bill: A Midsummer Kaleidoscope

Last year my knitting friend Lina asked if I would design the flowers for her wedding. When she described the colors she wanted there was no way I could say no. She envisioned a wild, rainbow bouquet.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

 

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

 

I created a slightly unkempt bouquet of peonies (from her own garden), Japanese asters, mini sunflowers, green trick dianthus, bupleurum, gerber daisies, spray roses, wild daisies, wild grass cattails and wild yarrow.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Lina had saved pussy willow branches from the spring, which I used on the boutonnières.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat
The groom’s boutonnière mimics the bridal bouquet with a small band of lace wrapped around the fuchsia stem.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

 

 

Billy balls are the perfect accompaniment to fuchsia spray roses and iridescent fuchsia ribbon gave everything a polished look with great pops of color.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Because the bride selected so many types of flowers I was left with an excess of product. I decided to make flower crowns for her daughter and niece who were flower girls. My mother models it here.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Marigolds and pale pink rosebuds from my garden were a necessary addition to the garlands.
Marigolds and pale pink rosebuds from my garden were a necessary addition to the garlands.

I had yet even more product, including a full peony (no way I was wasting that!) so I created a draping arrangement in an antique orange vase, which I left on the dining table in the wedding party’s bed and breakfast.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Pink, fuchsia, orange, green, purple and yellow — a magical array of color for a perfect summer day.

Congratulations, Lina and Bill!

I was lucky to find pale pink yarrow growing wild in field by my local grocery store.
I was lucky to find pale pink yarrow growing wild in field by my local grocery store.