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Judged by the Flower Counter Lady

I have been away for so long.  Sorry blog.  I even had things to write about…and yet I didn’t. 

I’ve been playing along with Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, always a day or so behind, but hey – at least I’m doing it.

I was so busy cleaning and organizing this weekend that I missed the weekend assignment.  Day 3: Weekend Chores – Flowers, Floors, Green Cleaners & Outbox.  The outbox piece happened naturally when I went nuts over adding new shelving to the basement, so I pawned off gave away an old shelving system via Facebook to fellow organizing addict Lyz Lenz and I hope she blogs about what she does with it.

I’m pretty big on green cleaners anyway, but my cleaning system will always be a mix…for some stuff I need hard core tools – like the bath tub scum.  But I’m flirting with the idea of making my own laundry soap…flirting.  Method also seems to work just fine. Floors on the agenda for tonight.

The big thing for today was flowers.  LOVE the idea of having fresh flowers in the house anyway and now I have an excuse.  After Waldo and I went to the dog park this morning I stopped at Hy-Vee for some flowers.  And totally got judged.

I picked up some tulips, then grabbed the el cheapo flower market daisies and those chrysanthemum like flowers that I don’t really know the name of but that I get all the time because  I love their vibrant green color.  The lady at the floral counter clearly thought I was insane with this combo.  That or I was a cheapass.  Or maybe she thought it was just wrong to pair the tulips with these other flowers.  She didn’t explain what offended her, but she was clearly judging.

Then she asked if I wanted some greenery to go with them.  Not free, mind you, which it’s been in the past, but I could buy some.  Oooookay.  She ended up grabbing some stuff out of the back and I was standing there thinking tick-tock, I just wanted flowers.  She comes back with three different types of greenery that aren’t ye olde waxy ferns.  And explains what each one is…. tick-tock.  So I say I’ll take them all, yep, sounds fun… another funny look and more judging.  Then she has to tell me what each costs…like I care, wrap ’em up, charge my card, giddyup.

When I got home I created three bouquets for my house for the challenge.  One in the dining room (hopefully out of cat eating range) one for my bedroom and one for the bathroom.  I wish I’d actually had some floral foam to get the exact layout I wanted but I was going old fashioned and re-usable by trying some antique floral frogs I picked up last year instead.  I also picked out some of my favorite vases from my hoard collection.

This is the bouquet for the dining room.  I used the flower frog to arrange the tulips.

Definitely could’ve gone brighter in the bedroom, and lighting sucked in here – it looks better in real life.
Shhh…. this is my favorite.  I have always loved these wired vases and I really like the casual thrown together look.

I don’t think I did too badly – I probably could have chosen more vibrant colors for more contrast, but I think they turned out ok.  (And yes, I should grow up and buy a real camera too – the walls in two of these rooms are green…but prettier green than the flash washed them out to be.)  What do you think?  Was Judy Judger right that I made poor choices?

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5 comments for “Judged by the Flower Counter Lady

  1. January 8 at 6:56 pm

    I think they look gorgeous. And I suspect you won’t ever be inviting over the Hy-Vee floral lady, so forget about her!

    So inspired by your efforts. I’ve been all about the refresh at the new year too, though without the help of the January Cure. Will have to check it out.

  2. January 8 at 6:59 pm

    I love you! Do check it out – so far nothing has been overwhelming as long as you don’t let the need to finish exactly on the day they send the email bother you.

  3. January 9 at 3:41 am

    You have to go with what you like. I think flowers (as living things) inspire an emotional response that goes beyond simple rules of color contrast and form. And I like the cheap flowers too!

  4. January 9 at 3:24 pm

    I like them!

    The greenery that’s sticking up out of the second one? I always forget what it is, but I love that stuff! It really smells good.

  5. January 10 at 1:18 am

    I think the first big floral display has that professional “I just bought this as is from a florist” which suggests to me your amazing flower arranging skills. KUDOS! But even though the last arrangement is not as dramatic or traditionally beautiful, I like it the best. I think it is the bottles tied together or it is because you used bottles which I just think is lovely in its simplicity or because I love daisies (which I guess I’m mistaking the chrysanthemums for daisies maybe?) or all of the above. I love having flowers in my house too.