A Year of Flower Arrangements: August

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

My August flower arrangement turned out to be one of the more simple ones I’ve done, but I love the overall modern look of it. It was inspired by this pin, except I used more cost-effective, available, and long-lasting carnations, rather than orchids. The succulent I used was a faux one I picked up from Hobby Lobby. I made this arrangement as a gift for my best friend, Karin. It was part housewarming gift, birthday gift, engagement gift, and congrats-on-starting-your-dream-job gift. I’d say that combination definitely deserves a flower arrangement!

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Flowers, fillers, & greens used: green dianthus, white carnations, green carnations, lemon leaf, and a faux succulent (The green hydrangea didn’t end up fitting in, so I got to pop those in a vase to enjoy myeslf.) 

Tools & vessel: Floral scissors, floral foam soaked in water + plant food, knife, pot from Hobby Lobby

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Placing the faux succulent on the front.

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Adding the dianthus and some lemon leaf.

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Adding the green carnations behind the dianthus.

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Placing white carnations on the opposite side.

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Adding more lemon leaf as filler.

Ready for some glamour shots?!

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

Tulle and Trinkets Simple and Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

If you love this, why not check out the rest of the year’s arrangements? January | February | March  | April  | May  | June  | July

Happy National Dog Day

Border Collie

Right as I sat down to write this post, our border collie Gauge came over and laid his head on my lap and my heart swelled. Thinking back on the past 15 months with Gauge reveals a lot of ups and downs. Gauge can be high strung, overprotective, and downright annoying. He likes to chase cars, bark at everyone and everything, and he sheds like crazy. Until just recently, I couldn’t even take him on walks because of pulling, lunging at cars, and barking at everyone. All I wanted was a dog I could take on a walk or run, and I couldn’t with him. Talk about discouraging. (I promise this is a positive story! Just keep reading…)

The lowest of lows was back in March when he got hit by a Jeep. I will never, ever be able to erase that sequence of events from my memory. He almost didn’t make it, but our Gauge would never let something like getting hit by a car slow him down, so he pulled through with a bruised and collapsed lung, a bruised liver, and some scrapes.

After that, we told ourselves that we needed to get him some proper training. Our tactics weren’t cutting it with a dog that’s just too smart for his own good. The thing about border collies is, they’re very trainable — for better or worse. It’s easy to train them with bad habits. We loved the dog, though, and couldn’t give up on him.

Earlier this month, we sent Gauge away for a two week boot camp with Greg of Indiana Working Dogs. During our consultation, we laid out our laundry list of issues with Gauge. Greg told us, “No problem.”

I won’t lie, the two weeks Gauge was gone were pretty nice. It was so quiet around the house. I didn’t have to sweep up dog hair every day. I didn’t have to worry about which of Christopher’s toys Gauge would destroy while I was out. I didn’t have to worry about Gauge barking at and jumping on our guests. But I also missed him and was excited to see what kind of work Greg could do with Gauge.

When Greg brought Gauge back to our house two weeks later, it was our same lovable, goofy “Gauge Monster,” but instead of the obstinate, hardheaded dog we sent away, we were greeted by a dog that’s eager to listen and please. Greg told us that Gauge loves to work (He’s a border collie, of course!) and that we need to be his bosses and put him to work. And that’s just what we’ve been doing.

Yesterday, Gauge and I went out for not one, but TWO jogs down the street without incident. He heeled, listened, and stopped and sat on a dime whenever I stopped. We still have work to do when it comes to the whole car-chasing thing, but let me tell you, the progress we’ve made is incredible.

PersonalCreations.com Pet Overnight Bag

While Gauge was gone for training, PersonalCreations.com sent Gauge an email asking if he would like one of their Pet Pouch Overnight Bags in honor of National Dog Day. (Yes, the email was addressed to Gauge, and it was the cutest thing ever.) They asked Gauge what his dream vacation would be. The exciting thing is, we can actually take Gauge places now. I think he would love to go hiking in Brown County, swim in Lake James, and play Frisbee on the Indiana Dunes shoreline.

Border Collie

Happy National Dog Day, Gauge! We love you!

Border Collie

 

 

A Year of Flower Arrangements: July

Sunflower Hydrangea Flower ArrangementAhhh, the baby’s down for a nap, and I’m finally finding time to post my July flower arrangements. Yes, arrangementS. Plural. I made two nearly-identical arrangements this month and gave one of them to my mom as a thank you for babysitting.

One of my favorite exercises from my flower arranging classes a couple years ago was when we replicated a sample arrangement two times. We got to keep one of the arrangements, and the florist, JP Parker, used the other arrangement for an Indiana Business Journal event. I felt big time knowing one of my arrangements would be used for an actual event! Making these arrangements reminded me of that exercise, although these are slightly different, as I had an odd number of sunflowers.

Flowers, fillers, & greens used: sunflowers, hydrangea, delphinium, green dianthus (The green fuzzy one. So cool, and actually part of the carnation family.), purple statice, leather leaf

Tools & vessel: Floral scissors, floral foam soaked in water + plant food, knife, recycled Anthropologie candle jar

Anthropologie Candle Jar Flower Arrangement

Cutting the foam to fit the jar.

Flower Arrangement How To

Greening the arrangement.

Flower Arrangement How To

Establishing the height.

Flower Arrangement How To

Adding a front focal point.

Flower Arrangement How To

Adding dianthus to the back.

Flower Arrangement How To

Adding hydrangea to the front.

Flower Arrangement How To

Adding delphinium.

Flower Arrangement How To

Adding the filler flower, statice.

Flower Arrangement How To

Voila! Nearly-identical arrangements. (Fraternal twin arrangements?)

Flower Arrangement How To

The back.

Sunflower Hydrangea Flower Arrangement

There’s something about sunflowers that just makes me smile.

Portulaca Flower Time Lapse Video

My favorite annual in our flower garden this year is our portulaca, also known as moss roses. It has succulent leaves and really vibrant, hot pink flowers that open each morning and close each evening. This past weekend, we set up the camera to capture a time lapse of the portulaca’s morning ritual. Mother Nature is pretty spectacular, don’t you agree?

She Sells Seashells

Preppy Casual Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Outfit with Madewell Jeans

Seashell Top — Brooks Brothers (Sold out, but here is a dress on sale with the same fabric.)
High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans — Madewell (Purchased secondhand via Poshmark)
The Sightseer Slide Sandals — Madewell
Le Pliage Bag — Longchamp
Fieldcrest Series Wood Watch — C/O Jord

Preppy Casual Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Outfit with Madewell Jeans

Preppy Casual Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Outfit with Madewell Jeans

Preppy Casual Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Outfit with Madewell Jeans

Preppy Casual Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Outfit with Madewell Jeans

I told you the other week that I’ve been craving a beach vacation. My obsession continues with this outfit. Except rather than the tropical beach vacation I described last time, this outfit reminds me of a preppy Northeastern vacation, perhaps in Maine, complete with lighthouses and lobster rolls.

Preppy Casual Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Outfit with Madewell Jeans

Speaking of vacations, Chris and I are planning on taking a mini vacation in August or September. We probably won’t make it to the ocean, but I’ll settle for a lake!

Tulle and Trinkets Jord Watch Review

What’s that beauty on my wrist, you ask? Say hello to my new timepiece! It was kindly sent to me by Jord, a company that makes beautiful, modern, and sustainable wood watches.

Tulle and Trinkets Jord Watch Review

There are many gorgeous watches on Jord’s site, but I selected the Fieldcrest Series Maple because I liked the light wood and its clean, simple, and natural look. I’m not a fan of oversized, glitzy metal watches, so I love that this watch makes a statement — but isn’t too flashy. It’s also surprisingly lightweight on the wrist!

Tulle and Trinkets Jord Watch Review

I’ve never gotten into the habit of wearing a watch because I always have my phone. I’m trying to change that, though, with this watch. I don’t want Christopher growing up thinking that phones and gadgets are the way to know the date and time. So, this mama will always try to have a calendar on the wall, a planner in her purse, and a watch on her wrist.

Tulle and Trinkets Jord Watch Review

I’ve said it on here before several times, but I’m a sucker for good packaging. Jord nailed the packaging with the tweed pillow and wooden box. A wood watch from Jord would make a fabulous gift for any person who loves a natural look or a unique timepiece.