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Make a Votive Candle Luminary Out of Skeleton Leaves – Video

When Spring isn’t quite shining her light…. make your own with this diy votive candle luminary.

This Skeleton Leaf Votive will bring a fun and effortless touch to your parties– or your fairy shrine, it depends on what you’re doing I suppose! This lovely little votive is our last feature from our spring Moth Fairy photoshoot and in case you’ve missed it, we’ve had three other DIY projects from this shoot; a floral centerpiece, a floral frame, and a branch chandelier!

After waiting far too long for Spring to show up, our fairy’s guest finally arrives and better yet– with some sunshine and blooming flowers.

This project requires:

-leaf skeletons
-mod podge
-tall vase
-small balloons
-foam brush
-spray oil
-saran wrap
-spray dye or spray paint

Now its your turn to make some votives! Jump over to our Youtube Channel  for the full tutorial! Don’t forget to show us your creations!

Make a Branch Chandelier with Moss Kokedama / Embrace the Hoarder Within – Video

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I must admit, not becoming a hoarder is something I struggle with. One could say that one perk of being an event designer is that you can keep all the pretty things on a shelf, and call it ‘rental inventory’ rather than a crazed obsession. Luckily, this photoshoot embraced my hoarding tendencies. We went deeeep in the bins to pull items for this unusual branch chandelier with moss kokedama.

This chandelier is featured in our Moth Fairy Waits for Spring Photoshoot; a charming photo story about a subterranean moth fairy who is bored out of her mind for spring to get here already. And she’s a hoarder collector, too. Stay tuned for the feature of the entire shoot:)

You don’t have to load your floral chandelier up with trinkets (but I dare you) as the grapewood branch frame is a versatile structure for whatever goodies you decide to use. Plus the kokedama are super fast to make and impactful… and just fun to say. The moss wraps the plant rootball so moisture is retained- so with a little attention, your branch chandelier with moss kokedama with endure.

Do you have an extra string of pearls or charming trinkets laying around? Great. Got a bird? Put a bird on it.

Maximalism is a thing.

Our friends in hoarding collecting at Vintage Ambience supplied us the quirky bells and whistles for the finishing touch!

branch chandelier with moss kokedama detail- crocus

This little cutie crocus right here is a kokedama. No worries, we show you how to make these in our video (link below). Kokedama are one of our go-to methods for adding plants to arrangements or elements. And the moss ball (pssssht), the moss ball is the ticket to foam-free flower arranging. Well… one of the tickets at least. a good ticket. Like…a window seat.

Anywho, if you’ve been following our DIY trail (i.e., our DIY Foliage Cage Centerpiece and our DIY Floral Frame), then you might have noticed that our Hoarder Fairy has exceptional taste in decor– however, we may be biased.

branch chandelier with moss kokedama feature

 

branch chandelier with moss kokedama detail

Maidenhair fern, daffodil, and jasmine. 
branch chandelier with moss kokedama detail

Raise your hand if you collect fungus!!! No? Really? Just me? Well… lemme tell you. You’re missing out.

So, what to do now?  Swing on over to our Youtube Channel to watch our five minute tutorial! Then make your branch chandelier (it’s easier than you think), some kokedama, and go nuts. Show me how it turns out!

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Perhaps you’d like to be a part of our inner circle. Yes? Yay! Type in your email! You’ll also get access to our hour long floral centerpiece video. You can watch it while tending to your fungus collection… or  as you convert all your houseplants into kokedama.

Here is how we used it in our recent photoshoot.

And this is pretty much how I feel right now if the rain doesn’t stop. Srrrrsly.

Designing Events, With A Pinch Of Wonder

I was going through images last week and came across this book arch we created a few years ago. I always thought this was so cool, and people went crazy.

designing events

With wedding madness in full swing, I thought the book arch would be a good reminder of how powerful this business can be.

Much of the time we get caught up in running the business:

  • Has everything been ordered?
  • Is everything ready to go?
  • Are all the subcontractors prepped?
  • Is there enough staff?
  • Etc.

And for set pieces like the Book Arch:

  • Do we have the materials?
  • Do we have the welding equipment?
  • Are we sure it’s going to be stable?
  • How does it look?

It’s easy to get caught up in the mundane–albeit necessary–aspects of getting the job done.

When I come across images of events that really worked–and that had such a wide impact on people outside the event–it is a good reminder of the purpose of what we’re really doing: we’re adding that wee pinch of wonder that makes the difference between a serious yawner and a “I can’t stop gawking at how amazing this is” experience.

When we’re at our best, we take a profound moment in someone’s life and insert a bit of magic. It’s incredible what can happen when everything lines up.

Tips To Communicate With Your Designer

Recently, a fellow designer asked me the following…

“How do you help your clients feel less intimidated in telling you their ideas.”

Whuuuuuh?

I was blown away. It had never occurred to me that people might be intimidated to tell their true thoughts to the designers they hire.

Once this designer said that, I immediately thought how dangerous this situation could be.

To let a free-associating, visual stimuli addict run wild is just dangerous.

People could be wasting money, ending up with a design related to my favorite color of the day (orange) mixed with the origami something I made out of my pastry napkin from my morning coffee mixed with the slick detail from an airstream lunch trailer. However cool that may be, it may not relate to you. Somewhere down the road, you may look at my design and suddenly think…

“What the hell is that?”

Nobody wants that, so here are some tips on how to communicate with your designer to ensure you don’t have any “what the hell is that?” kind of moments.

Inside Every Designer’s Mind

In order to prevent such disaster, allow my to explain how a designer’s mind may work (ahem).
And this doesn’t just go for me, but most designers I know (and, therefore, it applies to every designer everywhere).

We view everything as if it has some useful information. For that reason we inspect how things are made, how colors change in different light, how long it takes for a pumpkin to rot…  All potentially useful information. These things zip around, running into things, tripping over each other, or sometimes just waiting. They are in there because we know that one day we will be sitting in front of you.

You will say something that will connect with something else and BANG, a great idea for you.

Or so we think.

Your Willingness To Be Open With Your Designer Is Critical To Your Happiness… Seriously

I’m not saying you won’t be happy on an existential level. You still might be happy, deep down. But you might not be happy when you see the results… know what I’m sayin?

Sometimes an essential part of design is just figuring out where your brain is at.

What will freak you out and what won’t. In that case, we may throw out a lot of ideas. Don’t worry, we will not jam pack your event full of nonsense. We’re just gauging your reaction.

What Can I Do?

Over the years, I’ve gained confidence that I am pretty darn good at nailing someone’s design boundaries and style. But what makes this process better for both of us is the following:

  • Bring images of rooms, clothes, events, flowers, hairstyles, vacations, whatever that reminds of the vibe you want to achieve. It can really be anything that helps us learn about you.
  • Tell us what you love, and tell us what you DON’T love and why. (it’s okay if you don’t know why)
  • Come with an open mind.
  • You can’t hurt our feelings, so just be direct if you have any reservations about a path we are taking.
  • Let us know what your priorities are.

That’s it, pretty simple. If you bring an open mind along with some of the above items, you can be sure your design experience will be that much closer to dream-making–and not of the nightmare variety!


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