bringing the outside in: my first flower arrangement


I wouldn't have done this if it wasn't for the fact that I signed up to decorate our chapel for church on Sunday. We all take turns, but in my entire adult life I've never been asked to do it (and I never volunteered) until now. It's not much really, just something on each side of the podium and something for a separate class. You can do whatever you want, but most people do flower arrangements and I decided to try my hand at it.
I don't know what these flowers are called, but I was drawn to the color and the simplicity of the petals. I picked up one bouquet of each color.
These flowers had really long stems, and since I didn't buy a ton, I decided to cut them short and pack them close together so they would look more full. Plus I had these two matching bowls, so I decided a short arrangement was the way to go (never mind the chapel's big and these little babies will probably go unnoticed. Hey, I did it right?
 I used wet sand from the back yard to hold the flowers in place, which also resulted in some bent stems, but it all worked out in the end. If I was smart, I would've mixed the plant food in with my sand but I forgot. I guess I could still sprinkle it in anyway.
I placed purple flower in the middle of the bowl, and then added the green flowers around it working my way from the center out to the edge of the bowl. So easy, and it really does look like there's more.
Putting the arrangement together was so soothing. I'm definitely going to do this more often. Maybe take a class. There's something so rewarding about taking a bunch of naturally beautiful things and putting them together to make one beautiful whole. I LOVED creating these arrangements just as much if not MORE than my final result.
I'm pretty proud of myself. These make me smile. Scratch that. These make me GRIN from ear to ear. Keola said it reminded him of a swamp. What he meant to say was it reminded him of a lilly pad that you might find in a swamp, but you know how guys are with words sometimes. Nice try hun.
Do you like to have plants in your home? How does it add to the atmosphere indoors?