Floral Arranging 101 with Chelsea Fuss

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My lovely and talented blog friend Chelsea Fuss of Frolic Blog fame, recently invited me to be a part of her month-long Floral Arranging 101 class that she teaches for Nicole’s Classes. After being bitten by the floral design bug while dabbling in arrangements for my sister’s wedding, I had been wishing for some solid training to further my interest in this fun and rewarding art. This class couldn’t fit that bill any more perfectly!

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I started class on Monday and am loving it so far! Each week we will be taught a new lesson and then given homework for hands-on practice. This week we learned how to create a hand-tied bouquet and a sweet and functional “aqua pack” paper wrap to keep the flowers moist (and make them gift-worthy)! I’ve already learned a ton!

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I was a little bummed by the flower color choices available at our local Trader Joe’s and grocery store (I might have been spoiled by the variety of blooms I worked with from Flower Muse for my sister’s wedding). But if I look past the palette, I’m pretty pleased with how my first week’s homework turned out. I would have preferred a more “wild” look, so I’m going to get feedback from Chelsea to see how I can improve upon things for next time.

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Incase you are interested, the flowers and greens that I used here are: Protea Pincushion, African Rose, Chamomile, Gypsophilla Million Star (Baby’s Breath), Bells of Ireland, and California Poppy Greens (foraged from my yard).

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Our cat is obsessed with flowers, so I had to keep scooting her away to take the photos for this post.

Chelsea’s class starts over again every month, so if you missed out for March, no need to fret. Hop on over and enroll in one of her upcoming classes right here. You’ll love it! xo Ez

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16 Comments

  1. Ann Louise / / Reply

    Wow! I’d give your homework an A+! What a lovely arrangement!

  2. Deby / / Reply

    You look like a Pro already, so either this is a great course, or you are a natural! Beautiful!

  3. Mary / / Reply

    I actually love the colors you used. When you are working with the Bells of Ireland, are you just using the top few inches of the long stem they grow on?

  4. Kristin / / Reply

    What a lovely arrangement. I love Trader Joes as well, it is a bummer they didn’t have much of selection from you to choose from. But you did a marvelous job.

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  6. Ann Martin / / Reply

    I’m happy to learn about this class as it sounds right up my alley. Your arrangements and photos are sublime! (btw, so jealous you already have poppy greens in your yard; mine are cooling their heels under snow!)

  7. Nan // Simply Elegant / / Reply

    What a beautiful arrangement! So great to hear that you are enjoying your class at Nicole’s classes, I have taken their indesign and photoshop classes which I really enjoyed. And I have been considering taking the floral class, so it is so helpful to hear your great review of the class!

  8. Alice / / Reply

    Beautiful!

    And flowers are a cat’s favourite! I brought a bouquet home yesterday and all my cats started following me around, trying to get to it. :)

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