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Bring Fall Inside


Even though it’s Make-It Monday, I don’t think you need the how to on this one… Go outside and bring the last little bit of Fall inside with you to enjoy for just a little bit longer!  These branches were huge, making such an impact in a room.  Easy, inexpensive, stunning!

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How to: Kusudama Origami Flowers

We’re excited to introduce Make-it Mondays!  Each Monday tune in for a new DIY project from the ladies of Haute Papier. First up is a little origami with one of our favorite papers from our friends at Smock.  We carry their full line of flat papers in Leesburg – come by the retail store to pick some up for your very own paper folding projects.



  • 5 square pieces of paper (you can actually use any size you like as long as it’s square)
  • glue or double-sided tape

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May Day, May Day

No, not in the sense you’re thinking…

As you may know, and according to Wikipedia, “May Day was  celebrated by some early European settlers of the American Continent. In some parts of the United States May baskets are made. These are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged.”

As children, we loved May Day – we’d make little baskets out of paper to use as a vase to hang flowers on our door and then run away and hide – thinking my mom wouldn’t know who the flowers came from – we loved it!  Design*Sponge has a great tutorial to create your own May Day Basket here.

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A Green Thumb Gift

If you’re like me and sad to have the winter really upon us, here’s a great gardening gift that you can make inside for the green-thumb in your life.

Begonias are one of the easiest plants to propagate; most varieties only need a little water to start new roots. They come in infinite varieties (I love the leaves as much as the flowers) and stand up incredibly well as city house plants (requiring relatively low light, rather infrequent waterings (a once-a-week soaking will suffice in a pot with good drainage), and they are undeniably gorgeous.  Click below for the how-to.

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How to: Grow Hydrangeas

Susan Poneman, owner and head floral designer of Heavenly Hydrangeas Floral Design has shared five tips for keeping your hydrangeas happy in the DC area.

Plant properly. Hydrangeas love well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. THE most important step for successful growth and showy flowers for hydrangeas is to prepare your soil well and properly. Our DC area clay soil must be amended with peat moss and compost or other organic matter. Buy a bag of each at your local nursery (American Plant Food on River Road is a great source) and mix the two together in a bucket or wheel barrow. Or if you have a compost pile, perfect to use. Select a location that receives some sun or alot of sun. My 70+ bushes are in full sun. (There are some varieties that are shade tolerant but most like some sun during the day.) After digging your hole (does not have to be 3x the size of the root ball – I have never done that and my hydrangeas are heavenly!), add some of this clay to your peat moss + compost mixture. Pour some of this mixture into the hole. This is hard work and messy so make sure to drink alot of water and wear old cloths/shoes. Then place your hydrangea plant in the hole. Fill the surrounding area in with you peat moss + organic matter mixture to cover the root ball completely. Pat down lightly to hold in place but do not smother it. Plants need air. Then turn your hose on to a very very slow trickle and place it at the stem and leave it there to soak for an hour or so. If you would like to put some mulch on the top, that will help retain water and keep the roots cooler. Or you can use dried leaves – the perfect, natural mulch.

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Heavenly Hydrangeas Serves Up Thanksgiving Flowers

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to help out with an incredible workshop at Susan Poneman’s (owner of Heavenly Hydrangeas) house in McLean. Susan hosts these small (less than 15 people) and intimate floral arranging workshops a couple of times a year and they are not to be missed! She started off with a demonstration full of tips for the average person trying to put together a nice vase with flowers they pick up at Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market as she was putting together a beautiful basket full of autumnal flowers. Then each of the participants was free to put pick any basket, vase or tray out of Susan’s large collection of supplies to start arranging. The results were incredible…

It’s hard to make have a final product that isn’t beautiful when all of the supplies and flowers that we started with were of the utmost quality.

A shot of the arrangement I put together after helping.

A beautiful long arrangement to lengthen the Thanksgiving table.

Another long arrangement that came out beautifully!

For more information on Susan’s workshops, check out her website and send her an email to be included on the mailing list.


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