What’s happening in 2018

what's happening in 2018Hello! Happy 2018. I hope your Christmas and New Years holidays went well. Ours did. It is always so nice to take the time to reflect on what is truly important.  I thought I would give you a quick peek at what happening here at Midwest Cut Flowers for 2018! Like always I have a hundred and fifty things I would like to do, but will probably only accomplish a few. Oh well, I am who I am right?

Branding

I finally had a professional logo made! I was so excited with the outcome!! Check it out.

 

The logo combines my flowers and my Etsy shop.  I had Liz from just artin around design it. She was awesome to work with. I would recommend her! I can’t wait to order my business cards, stickers and tags.

Etsy shop

Speaking of my Etsy shop…. I have been lacking in keeping it updated and stocked with wonderful new and exciting items…..That however is supposed to change here in 2018! My plan is to add market bags, aprons and pot holders as I get them finished. My hope is to have a lot of inventory so I can be ready for the fall outdoor market at Mama’s Happy. This was such a great event that I am already in planning stages for it!

Cut Flowers

I have just ordered my flower seeds and dahlia bulbs. Most of my seeds are from Johnnys Seeds and this year I ordered bulbs from Swan Island Dahlias. Here are a few of the new dahlias and seeds that I ordered this year.

September Morn Dahlia Swan Island Dahlias
September Morn

 

Amber Queen Dahlia Swan Island Dahlia
Amber Queen
Johnnys Seeds Queen Lime Orange Zinnia
Queen Lime Orange Zinnia

 

Johnnys Seeds Costa Mix Snapdragons
Costa Mix Snapdragons

I am still hoping to get an order into Floret for some seeds. This is such a great website. It has been fun to follow them as their business has grown. Very inspiring.

Venues

I have another place that I am going to bringing my fresh cut flowers. It is right here in our small town of  Delano.  Red Rooster Soaps  is an occasional shop that just opened in December. Exciting stuff.  Stop by and check it out next time you are in town.

Blog

As for my blog, I am going to try hard and post at least once a week. If I don’t have time to ramble I will just post pictures of what is going on around here.

 

 

 

 

DIY Pumpkin centerpiece with dried flowers

With fall upon us and the cut flower season almost over, I thought I would share a post using the flowers I have dried. This DYI pumpkin centerpiece will be the talk of your thanksgiving table.  Nothing says fall like orange pumpkins and the leaves changing colors. The muted colors of the dried flowers go perfect with the fall palete of pumpkins. Use your imagination and have fun. This is  great project to do over coffee with your friends.

Supplies

Above is a picture of the supplies you will need for the DYI pumpkin centerpiece. –

  • pumpkin
  • flower foam
  • a knife for cutting
  • craft glue (any brand)
  • a variety of dried flowers
  • grapevine wreath that your pumpkin will fit into

Wash the pumpkin with mild bleach water and wipe dry with a towel. Keep the stem attached. Cut an appropriate sized piece of the foam and press onto the stem. If the stem is really small add a drop of glue on the stem before pressing on the foam.

Cut the dried flowers into groups of various lengths and put your leaves and filler in separate piles.

Starting with the taller stems poke a hole into the foam with a sharp thin object. A wooden skewer works great, dip the end of the flower stem into the glue and insert into the hole.

Keep adding the flowers tallest on the top to shortest around the bottom of the foam until you have used all your dried flowers. Use the leaves and filler you have chosen to fill in where you can see the foam until covered. Look at the dried flower arrangement from all angles.

Thanksgiving centerpiece

 

This is such and easy DIY thanksgiving centerpiece project. Enjoy!