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Halloween Time!

I have to say, I love the fall and nothing kicks off the season like decorating for Halloween 🎃 👻. This past weekend that’s exactly what I did and now I’m just going to enjoy the season.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite decorations.

This guy I’m so wrapped up in. He’s new to the house and he’s already crate trained. Lol! I think he needs a name…any suggestions?

On top of the “mantel”…ok TV cabinet…is a haunted landscape. I love that Dad can get us manzanita branches.

So I actually saw this idea in a grocery store display but I happened to have this cute-as-sin vase and an air plant so I made it myself. So freakin’ cute!

When you don’t have enough storage space for the projects you are working on, then you use them as decor. I just simply gathered all my faux fall flowers and foliage together and placed them in this wooden vase. To make it Halloween-ish I added the flight of bats. After Halloween I’ll just take the bats out and I’ll have a lovely fall arrangement.

As I’m getting prepared for my upcoming classes I’ve collected a few trick-or-treat jack-o-lanterns (wow that was a lot of hyphens). So I made this totem of pumpkins. Not the greatest of designs but ya gotta do what ya gotta do when space is limited. You can take them off my hands by taking my Halloween Design class! Click above on the class schedule link to sign up!

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my decorations and are now inspired to get your Halloween on. Share pictures of your designs with me, please. I love seeing them.

Reminders:

October 27 Classes – I’m holding two classes on the 27th. The morning class is using fresh flowers in the jack-o-lantern buckets (shown above) in a fun and spooktacular design. The afternoon class is a beautiful sugar pine cone with a festive fall ribbon design with a few embellishments and then we do it all over again in a Christmas design. One pine cone, two designs.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Orders – get your orders for your Thanksgiving centerpieces by Saturday, November 16. I look forward to being a part of your holiday festivities.

Holiday Subscription Services – Fresh seasonal flowers help keep a festive feel to your home. Sign up for my November or December Monthly Subscription Service. Each consist of one bouquet a week leading up to the week of the holiday, that week will be a centerpiece style design perfect for your holiday table or bring a design as a hostess gift. Sign up for both months and you’ll get an extra New Years bouquet for half the price. Delivery fees included within Sonoma County.

Faux Get Me Nots – looking for something to last the whole season? Take a look at my line of faux designs to find that perfect fit for your holiday decor. They make great gifts too. Keep checking back frequently as I’ll be adding more items in the weeks to come.

If you have any questions or would like something specific, please contact me via email at marmaladeskyfloral@gmail.com.

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May your day be filled with flowers!

edible flowers, Flower Designs, food, recipes

Edible Flowers

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of a cocktail with a pansy laid gently on top of it. So delicate and pretty. This picture inspired me to write a little about edible flowers.

With the farm to table and craft cocktail movements (not sure if movement is the right word here but seems it isn’t just a trend) we are seeing edible flowers more and more in restaurants and bars. They aren’t just for decoration on a plate either. Squash blossoms are used in recipes and hibiscus is infused in vodka. There are so many uses.

I’m not saying this is a new thing, just a resurgence of their use…in more modern ways. The use of edible flowers have been used for centuries. Just think how long tea has been around.

Southern Living published an article on the top 10 edible flowers. I’ve listed them below. Click here to read the full article.

  • Borage Blossoms
  • Calendula
  • Zucchini Blossoms
  • Hibiscus
  • Lavender
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pansies
  • Roses
  • Sage Flowers
  • Violets
  • I thought it might be fun to post a few recipes for you. Mind you, I have never made these but if you try them let me know how they are…or if you need a taste tester you know how to reach me.

    If you are a baker maybe adding a few candied flowers to the top of your cupcakes would be a lovely touch. Here’s a recipe from allrecipes.com for candied flowers. Just note this takes 8 or more hours, so plan accordingly.

    Now that you’ve had a delish dessert adorned with edible flowers, how about something a little healthier? (Notice how I put dessert before savory…yeah, that’s how I roll.). This squash blossom frittata looks so yummy and pretty. A great brunch dish or for a bridal shower. This recipe is from Honest Cooking.

    So now I think it’s time to sit back relax and have a cocktail. Because…it’s always time for a cocktail. I have to say, I’m a bourbon girl but I couldn’t pass up this recipe for a hibiscus margarita by Life In Pleasantville.

    I hope you try some of these recipes. Be sure to tell me how you liked them!

    Don’t forget I have two classes coming up on October 27. The morning class is a fun, festive Halloween fresh arrangement (see below for sample). Maybe your arrangement will have eyeballs in it, or spider webs, or skulls. Whatever you decide to use you know it will be a spooktacular!

    The afternoon class is for a decorative sugar pine cone. We will decorate it in time for your fall decorating and then remove that and apply a Christmas theme. This is so you can keep the pine cone up through both seasons. Here is a version I did last year. Sorry the quality is so poor…I will get a better picture posted this weekend.

    Both classes are $45 each but if you sign up for both you receive $10 off the total price. Sign up with a friend and spend the day being creative and getting into a festive mood. I look forward to seeing you.

    Last day to sign up is Friday, October 18.

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    May your day be filled with flowers!