Sunday, September 7, 2008

Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!

My first successful (I think) attempt at flower arrangement!

I am so proud of myself...hahaha. This is the case of 'get into the basket in a lift and press the button yourself'! Just like gardening, I used to limit my own capability, that I'll never be good at flower arrangements. I always envy those who can effortlessly create a beautiful masterpiece out of the floral pieces. Not that I want to be a professional florist, although that is not a bad idea, but I'd like to create one or two I can call my own.

Actually the one I did was fairly easy. Nothing to shout about. You just get some combinations of stalks of sticks, and flowers on sticks, and just stuck them into the flower pot. That's all!

And in view of the coming Raya festival, I decided that my house needs more floral touch, as the only decent bouquet that I have is over 7 years old! And that was from a hand bouquet I received as a welcome gift. Then I just got the old white vase and stuck it in without any foam inside. If there's a strong wind, the whole bouguet will fall off...hahaha.. no kidding!

Then I got this 2 pastel pale rustic looking flowers from a wedding door gift, I just don't have the heart to throw it away, so I stuck it in a small decorative basket and it became another floral piece until now. 5 years old!

Another simple arrangement was an idea from my friend when we went to a floral shop, bought 3 stalks of red tulips, a simple glass reactangular vase and glass pebbles, and walah..! 3 years old!

Another is a 12 years old basket arrangement, still beautiful but I put it in my powder room, I'm not even gonna show the picture here.

And last June when we went to Cameron Highlands, I was persuaded to buy some dried flowers, which I just stuck in the vase. It looked funny and unkempt. Only this morning I rearrange it nicely, and cut some stem off so it fits in the vase nicely. Not a professional result, but I think...OK la...

Yesterday when I bought the stalks, I also bought some ready made flower arrangements in case the one I intended to arrange doesn't look presentable.

There's another set of flowers that I need to arrange, but I haven't got a suitable vase yet. And there's a fish bowl that I am yet to arrange the small cactus plants from Cameron Highlands later. And I got this book on floral arrangement and hopefully in future I will be making my own bouquets instead of buying ready made ones.


Littleflame said...

Just a sweet hello~

Ydiana said...

Hi Littleflame

Hello to you too! Thanks for dropping in! :)

Chahya said...

I could see that yr house is also very cantik, bagusnya u decorate...(read: boleh dtg beraya? :) )

Just to let u know, I went to Subang Parade today to catch the book and yess, MPH still has it.

Have a good week ahead and take care.

cakapaje said...

Salam ydiana,

Psst. When you invite chahya over for raya, invite me too...I oso want to see your house (actually, the piano...but don't tell a soul about it) ;)

U.Lee said...

Hi YDiana, judging from your outstanding floral creativity, I must say you are creative as well with the touch of classic elegance.
And again, with this kind of beautiful handiwork, it can come only from one who is elegant herself.
Ydiana, your arrangements are beautiful.

What are your fees like to make three arrangements, using dried roses as well silk ones? Ha ha.
You keep well and keep it up....they're beautiful, Lee.

Ydiana said...

Hi Chahya

Thanks! You're most welcome to datang beraya. Great that you found the book! I'm still trying to get mine back..haha!


Ydiana said...

Salam Shah

Sure, you're most welcome too. You can even play a tune or two! :)

Psst...ok, I won't tell the world! ;)

Ydiana said...

Hi Lee

Thanks for the encouragement and compliments! And for that, I can arrange your flowers f.o.c. Psst..don't tell anyone ya! ;)

jaflam said...

Hai Ydiana,
That was beautiful and cozy flower arrangements you did. I like it and the interior decor looks neat too. Maybe you can open flower shop where clients can enjoy life piano play while waiting.

Ydiana said...


Hee hee.. florist with live music. Itu kena double charges tu. Oklah..make it complimentary. nanti orang tak nak beli susah. :)

Thanks! So far so good. I just completed my cactus arrangements too. Will post soon.

Littleflame said...

The Free Rice Program/Game never ends so we can continue to give rice to feed the hungry all the time.

Thanks for coming to my blog.

Eskapisminda said...

Dear Diana, I envy your creativity with flowers. Seriously. I was so bad at arranging flowers that I was once laughed at for not having any 'flower-sense'. I especially love the tall arrangement. Very minimalist (maybe thats why i liked it very much). My house takdak bunga langsung. I'm inspired maybe I'll start soon... ;)

Ydiana said...

Hi Intan

Yeah, that's what I thought too. But if we allow ourselves to 'broaden the mind' further, and think of various possibilities, we can actually do anything we want. Just a question of how bad we want it! :) My case is almost desperado coz my house was so 'empty' without these flowers...hahaha!

Try it! The ones I did was really simple, I'm sure you can do it too.