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The Bud of the Joke

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

I am refusing Florida’s separation from the sun. I know they are having a fight right now and the sun has decided to give Florida the “cold” shoulder, so I have the heat cranked and some country music about warm summer nights going. In Florida, we only have two seasons: Summer or Winter, there is no in between. I am going to be planning my next flower arrangement for my church.

Topic, has been dropped. I love flowers!!! By flowers, I mean the ones I could not possibly kill. Fake flowers are my friends. I love arranging them, it is almost therapeutic for me. So, I wanted to discuss today about the flowers that I previously arranged for my church.

This particular arrangement was rather interesting. I had in my head this image and I was not about to stray from it. Even if that meant ordering from JoAnn’s site for the correct flower vase and waiting for awhile.

When I started planning this project, I knew I wanted an arrangement that would be able to look great from August through all of the “Fall” months. Here in Florida, we pretend it’s fall by going to Starbucks and ordering those delicious Pumpkin Spiced Fraps. Also, we flavor just about everything we eat or drink for those months with pumpkin. I also had a vacation coming up and Monkey’s school was getting ready for its busiest part of the year, so I knew I would not be able to change the flowers out for awhile. Having something that was going to make sense long enough was on the top of my list.

Sunflowers to me are beautiful! I love how they always make me smile every time I see them. I knew I wanted to work with them and I knew that with those came a bit of a southern/country feel. I looked at Michaels and JoAnn’s for vases, but I found my self unsatisfied with what I was finding. Normally, before a type of flower comes to my mind, I have a vase picked out. This was not the case, those sunflowers were in my mind to stay.

In my mind, I could see those beautiful sunflowers in a tin vase. It took some digging, but I finally found one at my local JoAnn’s. However, they only had one. I needed two. JoAnn’s online had all that I needed, the wait was going to be six weeks! Grudgingly, I placed my order and prayed that there was a miscalculation and I would be blessed with them sooner. God answered my prayers. They came just one week later.

Off to JoAnn’s I went to get flowers. When I got there, the price of sunflowers had nearly tripled. Even with coupons, the price would have been a bit out of my budget. I knew that while I wanted sunflowers, there would have to be other flowers involved and decided to try Michaels. Thankfully, they had just about every flower I needed at a reasonable price. Thank you Michaels!

While I was in there, I had a little white flower catch my eye and the vision in my head of this arrangement changed (just a little). I saw those flowers around the brim of the vase with some wonderful rope wrapped around the bottom portion. Thanks to a ton of hot glue and a lot of mumbling under my breath, the wonderful vision came to life. I was very pleased with the look of the vases and I was excited to start arranging.

I had bought the very annoying green foam blocks and was quickly on my way home to begin the process of arranging. I started putting flowers in the vase and quickly realized that the green foam was not going to work on this project. The vases were too high for the flowers. I had to improvise and fast. I had some pretty rocks from a previous project that I thought would give me the height that I needed. Praise Jesus, I was right!

Once all of the flowers were in the vases, my happy behind went straight to the church to set them up and wait for the reactions of those attending church on Sunday. Yet, when the flowers were set on the little stands, I was not particularly pleased. It was like country meets city, only badly. In comes the wonderful husband to the rescue!

I asked for simple crates, only two. My husband made three. He did a wonderful job and once the flowers were set on top, I was a happy camper. That Sunday rolled around and the members were elated with the results. Their reactions alone, made my heart sing with joy! I do love giving my crafts to people for that wonderful look on their face.

This project, like many of my projects, started a little rocky. I kept going. Why? Because I knew I was not only doing this craft because I love it, but I was doing it for God. In my belief, we are suppose to do things for Him to show Him our love. I show my family and friends love, by making them gifts; so that is how I show the Lord my love.

Even with the hiccups and the worry that this project would not be done when I wanted it to be done, I still had an amazing time making this arrangement. The flowers came together and everything looks amazing. My dad (also my pastor) absolutely loved the flowers and I love that! Working through struggles is apart of life. Having difficulty with projects, only teaches us new things. For instance, it was with this project that I learned that the vase I buy doesn’t have to be vase I deal with. I can alter it and make it what I see in my mind. I can have fun with it too. It truly was so much fun.

When you start a project and it seems as though it just isn’t going right, keep trying. It is far worse to just give up and only wish you could have finished, than to have a little bit of disappointment and work through it for a beautiful end result. Life is not always easy as you all know, that is why us Krafters, have to make beautiful things.

If you do flower arrangements, what are some arrangements that came to mind while reading about my experience? I would love to read them in the comments.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you did, feel free to give this a like or comment letting me know. Also, feel free to share this with your friends and family so they can join in the fun as well! Until next time,

Thank you and God Bless!

Happy Krafting!


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