Idea 6: Bring some colour into your home with flowers
Be a total modern domestic goddess and arrange your own flowers. It can be so rewarding when you create something beautiful, and brings much needed life and colour into your home at this time of year. It’s been so miserable outside lately that even something simple like having some freshly cut blooms in your home can make a big difference in elevating your mood. Colour coordinating flowers with your decor is a simple way of adding a stylish touch, and is very inviting. It’s much cheaper to buy bunches from the market and arrange them yourself that buying ready bought bouquets, and you can use all sorts of nice containers to display them in – jugs, dishes, shells, even teacups.
I’ve always wanted to do a flower arranging course, but that can be expensive, and involves leaving the house – totally not the point of these indoor activities! So follow my tips below, have a look on the internet – You Tube has so many good videos, and take a look at the pictures of the arrangements I have done below. It really is a nice creative and simple activity that will make you feel like the perfect domestic goddess.
Here are a few of my tips for arranging your own blooms:
- Decide which colours go with the room you want to put your arrangement in and stick to 2 or 3 primary colours. Unless of course you want to go multi.
- Cut the stems at an angle, a good inch from the bottom
- Use jugs, teacups, dessert bowls, anything! to display them.
- Use oasis for table decorations – it is so easy to use, simply soak it, place on a shallow tray, stab the stems of the flowers into it, and keep it watered. It looks so professional and holds a display in place.
- Use clear cellophane for wide vases – scrunch some cellophane up and use to hold the stems in place at the top of your vase. You can’t see it, and the vase will look full.
- Use pebbles, glass nuggets, marbles, shells, or beads in the bottom of your vase to add colour and interest.
- Layer rose stems over one another to create a neat looking arrangement.
- Buy some big shells and use them to put the stems into, whether at the bottom of a clear vase, a shall dish, or on their own if they are big enough.
- Use a flower powder (it usually comes in sachets with shop bought arrangements) to keep the water fresh, or add a mix of sugar and a few drops of vodka to the water instead – yes this works!
- Experiment with grasses and bamboo – flower arranging doesn’t have to mean pretty floral blooms, you can use thistles, grasses, tropical leaves and other interesting stems to make your arrangements stand out.
- Cut flowers off the stems and float them in a shallow dish for a different table arrangement or coffee table center-piece.
Idea 2. Use Edible Glitter!
Edible glitter is awesome, and loads of fun to use. So instead of the usual scones or cookies, make some cupcakes and go to town with the decoration! Use any recipe you like. I love Loraine Pascale’s cupcake recipe from her book Baking Made Easy and used that for my cakes, and added my own flair to the decoration!
My Sister’s boyfriend christened my attempts as ‘The Only Way Is Essex Cupcakes’ and that kind of makes sense. They are done-up-to-the-nines, attention grabbing, over the top cakes and I think I’ll find glitter in places where I least expect for a long time to come!
Please excuse the picture quality, but you get the idea!
So try your own glittery cakes. I love http://www.edible-glitter.co.uk for the glitter. They have so many vivid colours. My favourites are Rose, Sapphire and White.
White glitter available from http://www.edible-glitter.co.uk
Silver edible balls £1.59 from http://www.lakeland.co.uk
Glitter Crystals, £2.49 from http://www.lakeland.co.uk
Pink cupcake cases, £2.89 from http://www.sprinklesandco.co.uk
And if you enjoyed those and still hungry for more (nice pun, thanks!) try these babies and bake yourself some unicorn cookies. Unicorn. Shaped. Cookies. Yep.
Unicorn cooking cutter, £6 from http://www.topshop.com
Enjoy baking and may your house be filled with glitter!
I am currently so enthralled by the wonderful autobiography Elizabeth by J. Randy Taraborrelli that I have been sneaking off to bed somewhat early. I have a real thing for Elizabeth Taylor, when I say thing, I mean she is my ultimate idol. I don’t especially like the word idol, I find it too immortalizing and romanticized, but I do use it here as she depicts to me the epitome of Goddess, and for this reason she is an idol.
I am working on my first novel, and my main character is loosely based on Elizabeth Taylor, her loves and her allure. In addition to researching everything Elizabeth I have set myself the delightful task of reading a biography or autobiography of some of the other golden greats of her era every few weeks; women with natural allure and a great depth of intelligence that cannot be hidden despite the natural beauty and polished fashion. The look? Polished, clean cut, luxurious, and finished with a string of pearls and spritz of Chanel No. 5.
Today I began my Modern Goddess fashion and beauty post, that I will hopefully get finished soon. The feature is my exploration of the style of the modern woman who takes us back to Taylor and Monroe, but in a fresh way. She looks more natural, is never seen undone, and always looks perfected. She slips into something comfortable yet luxurious; has perfected quick yet striking 5 minute make-up; and manages gently teased yet fixed hair: Think perfect brows, a strong lip and dazzling eyes: Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian and Penelope Cruz.
So tonight channel your inner Goddess; slip into a silk chemise, pop on a sleep mask and dream of being wrapped up in Richard Burton’s arms.
From Left: Modern Goddess make-up, Estee Lauder Night Repair Eye, Delarom Neroli Flower Face Oil, Elizabeth by J. Randy Taraborrelli, and Sleep Mask from Zara Home.
Be sure to keep a look out for more about The Modern Goddess soon.