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Thursday, December 31, 2009

And the Color of the Day is......Red!

Hi everyone!  Hope you are all enjoying your seasonal time off from work. 

I have to say I immensely enjoyed the "After Christmas" sales this year.  I wasn't feeling well but I dragged myself out to the mall knowing I needed a winter jacket.  After all, a thin fleece jacket with New York plastered across the front wasn't cutting it in the increasingly chillier evenings of So. Cal.  (Yes, I'm a wimp - I don't like being cold)  So off we went to the mall where I found a gorgeous leather jacket in a sort of dusty teal color for a steal!  Another steal was the clothing steamer we found at  Macy's; a $79 steamer for $35!  I've always wanted one of those things and I have to say it beats setting up the ironing board (though there are times when only that will do).  After finding a few more bargains for both the hubby and I, it was time to come home and get down to the business at hand.  My orders.

Here is a jewelry box that was made for a gentleman whose other half was sporting an engagement ring with a diamond flanked by two rubies - hence the color arrangement of the roses.  I lined it inside with a soft red fabric and white ribbon.


The next order is a cake top for a 25th anniversary.  It was requested that there be one gardenia on top surrounded by 3 red roses.  I hope I they send a pic of it in use.
So what's with all the red requests?  Let's see what red roses mean.  

Red roses are the traditional symbol for love and romance, and a time-honored way to say "I love you." The red rose has long symbolized beauty and perfection.and continue to be the most popular way to say "I love you" to someone special. They are the definitive symbol for romantic sentiments, representing true love, stronger than thorns.  For the budding relationship, a red rose bouquet can also signal the beginning of romantic intentions. They can send a message of commitment and an invitation to take the next step. Even the simplicity of a single red rose can elicit a powerful response. Whatever the occasion, red roses have an allure that is hard to resist!

So there you have it, the meaning of the red rose.  But what about the other colors?  Here's a brief overview:

Pink: As a symbol of grace and elegance, the pink rose is often given as an expression of admiration. Pink roses can also convey appreciation as well as joyfulness. Pink rose bouquets often impart a gentler meaning than their red counterparts.
Yellow: The bright, sunny color of yellow roses evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness. The warm feelings associated with the yellow rose are often akin to those shared with a true friend. As such, the yellow rose is an ideal symbol for joy and friendship.
White: White roses represent innocence and purity and are traditionally associated with marriages and new beginnings. The white rose is also a symbol of honor and reverence, and white rose arrangements are often used as an expression of remembrance.
Orange: With their blazing energy, orange roses are the embodiment of desire and enthusiasm. Orange roses often symbolize passion and excitement and are an expression of fervent romance. A bouquet of orange roses will send a meaningful message.
Lavender: The unique beauty of the lavender rose has captured many hearts and imaginations. With their fantastical appearance, lavender roses are a perfect symbol of enchantment. The lavender rose is also traditionally used to express feelings of love at first sight.


Who knew colors had such meaning.  If you want to make a statement, research what the color means.  If you really want the msg to hit home, include that information on the enclosed card.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wedding and Illnesses


There's a title for ya. But it pretty much describes the past 3 weeks or so. All focus was on the wedding I've been babbling about for so long and my little friend has finally gone from Ms. to Mrs.

It went off pretty much without a hitch which was a good thing since I've been sick with this virus everyone has for three weeks now.  I felt quite poopy and the only verbal help I could offer was to squeak.  My voice was completely gone.  Not just for the wedding day, but for 8 days total!  That's the longest I've ever been without a voice and believe me, trying to be the planner/other mother of the bride was hard to pull off in whispers, grunts, and frantic pointing. (I'm finally back in speaking mode and am thankful)  Anyway, here is the cake top in it's final place of glory...




The bride and I sharing something funny that I don't remember.......   and Steve and I after my rear end finally hit the chair. 















With no time to spare, I managed to get some orders done in time, one of which is shown here:
I here have a few more orders to fill but here is one of my pre-made little arrangements in a beautiful brown glass vase which (miracle of miracles) is now available on my website. Yes, the site's finally finished..almost.  But take a peek at it and let me know what you think.  I know it's pretty generic but I hope it's still pleasing to the eye.

Now I'm off to nurse this enormous cold sore on my upper lip that's growing so big I fear I won't see my feet soon.....



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Choosing Colors for your Wedding


One of the first and most important things a bride must do upon taking on the planning of her wedding (besides having a fiance) is choosing her colors. Think about how many things colors play a major part in:


-Bridesmaids gowns - Cake - Flowers - Linens - Napkins - Invitations - and the list goes on.

You don't have to be a bride for color to play an intricate part in your life; clothes, jewelry, home decor and well, basically everything. Color is even important in businesses. Why? Because they use it to work on your subconscious. For example when you see brown, what might you think of? UPS hopes you'll think of dependable, steadfast delivery service, at least on some level of your thinking. So what color do you want your guests to remember you by?

All the weddings I went to while I was growing up consisted of four colors; yellow, blue, green or pink. Or worse yet, a combination of all three. One of my cousins had 16 bridesmaids whose dresses were all alternating in the colors I just listed. I felt like I'd fallen into a vat of rainbow sherbert. Of course that was in the early 70's. (I feel it necessary to stress how very YOUNG I was at the time)

Modern brides thankfully have gotten over the "basic 4" and now choose colors of all sorts. But how do you choose a color?

Realize that color sets the entire tone of your wedding. If you're getting married in autumn, perhaps choose colors such as feds, burnt oranges, deep yellows.



 For a spring/summer wedding, try choosing lighter colors; peach, soft pink, etc. For a winter wedding don't fall into the red and greens just because of the season. Think about what winter might look like. Don't be afraid to think white. Bright white, winter white, diamond white, off-white...a lot can be done with that. 
Speaking of roses, remember to research what color flowers are in season during the month of your wedding. You might want purple hydrangeas in December but they're not in season and you can't get them anywhere. You might be able to find the color you want but you'll pay through the nose to have them imported. Unless of course, you choose to work with me at Designs of Destiny. With the clay flowers (explained in earier posts) you can get any flower in any color at any time of year.

Be sure you pick a color you truly like. After all you're going to be seeing that color in just about everything! Don't choose a color based on the fact that it looks good on you. Remember, you're wearing white. Choose a color that works for all your bridesmaids.

Another good point - Make sure your color complements your venue. This is so important unless you have the resources to completely cover the ballroom walls. Is your wedding going to be outdoors? Make sure the color your choose fits in with nature and blends nicely. And don't be afraid to use more than one color. An  dditional color may make your favorite color really pop and come alive. For instance if your color is pink try using brown as an accent.  This site has a list of possible color combinations  And don't forget to tweak shades. Maybe you love blue but the cool color looks terrible on your bridesmaids. Try warming the color up with aqua or using a deeper color such as teal. Play with contrasting versus complementing colors. Make the $2 investment in a color wheel - you'll be glad you did.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Catching up...

People laugh at us in So. California.  When we have a little bit of rain, the local news consists of nothing else but weather.  It's often termed Storm Watch San Diego and this photo indicates the severe damage from said storms:
However last week we did have a pretty good storm.  I was actually nervous as the wind ripped around and through everything and the rain came down in torrents.  Even the cat was scared and he usually sleeps through everything.  I feared I would look out the window and find this scene:
And I hear on the news that we're in for another dose.  Kudos to you folks who live in areas where you experience severe weather!

With the weather being nasty, there was no better place to be than home, working on the cake topper, etc for my friend's wedding.  I did manage to finish the pomanders (kissing balls)...Every petal was glued on one at a time and the ball on the far right is made of silk hydrangeas and roses.  Each hydrangea stem was pulled out and replaced with a wire so I could stick it into the styrofoam.  Tedious, yes, but I do the results.  Will post pics of them in action at the wedding.

Last weekend I had an intense clay flower class.  We worked on perfecting things such as poppies, gerbera daisies, hibiscus, gardenias, etc.  It was a 2-day class so we decided to get a hotel rather than do the drive.  I tell you, whoever designed this bathroom wasn't thinking clearly that day.  God forbid someone open the door while you're on the throne...kiss your knees goodbye!  There was literally 1"  between the edge of the toilet and the door.  Brilliant.  At any rate here's a sample of some of the flowers:
Still working on the website.  I desperately need about 12 more hands!

On another note:  Thanks for dropping by.  I know there's a lot of you out there that come to visit cuz I can see it by the little widget on the right.  See it?  I can even see where you came from.  Some of you visit from places I've never even heard of.  Since you took the time to do a drive by blog peek,  please take a moment and leave a comment, won't you?  Be it good, bad or otherwise, it would be great to log on and see that someone took a moment to stop and say hi.  Leave me your link, so I can drop by and check out your site/blog, just say hi, tell me my work stinks or is great or give me some ideas.  I'm becoming the Lonely Blogger.  :-)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cake Topper and such...


I spent the better part of yesterday working on a cake topper for a friend's upcoming wedding.  Her colors are eggplant purple, sage green and ivory and it's a garden wedding theme.  She's pretty particular about what she likes and she does NOT like the 'cheesy' cake toppers.  Can't say I blame her.  When we went to look at them, they were mostly plastic and protrayed a bride and groom with mishapen features or of the bride dragging the groom to the alter by the collar.  Worse yet were the sheep and cow bride and groom.  Serioulsy?  This topper is going to be on a small cake that's going on top of a cupcake stand. It's not don't yet, but you can see where it's headed.
I decided having some cute little memory boxes on hand would be a good thing and a coworker of my husband's is having a baby girl.  That's what prompted this little box.  I put polka dotted ribbon on the bottom but I think I'll paint the top edge with a pink stripe.  What do you think?  Help me out by taking the poll located on the left side of the page. 
Of course I got sidetracked and decided that I needed to make a purse, the first in a series of miniature purses.  Hey, if I can't keep buying purses, I'll make 'em instead, right?  I'll be listing these very soon on my new website, http://www.designsofdestiny.com/ (but that's currently a work in progress.These are just some flowers that are drying and awaiting placement on different projects...Hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Love the Long Weekend!

It's been a really nice weekend so far and we still have one day to go.  Steve is sick though and we spent some time at the Minute Clinic (Minute?  I beg to differ) because he was really feeling badly.  He was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection.  Here's a hint if you have an HMO: before you go to a minute clinic in CVS be sure they're in your network or you'll fork out over $60!  Ouch.

I didn't do the early Black Friday shopping this year, but I did hit my favorite store, Michael's, with the 25% off entire purchase coupon.  Did anyone else find any good deals out there?

I spent a few hours today making flowers.  I'm doing a cake topper for my friend's wedding and finally managed to match the eggplant color she's after.  Who knew it would take red, blue, brown and yellow?  In it's completed stage, it will have the deep purple roses, cream roses and sage green hydrangeas.  I think it will be quite pretty.  I enjoyed making my petals while watching it rain.  (Yes, I said petals.  These flowers are made one petal at a time and then assembled into a flower.)  We really needed a good dose of water and I'm sure it's not near enough.  I'll have the photos up soon, hopefully tomorrow if I get some time to work on it (between running errands).  So tell me, what's your favorite flower? 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Roses, roses

Yesterday I had my first Deco Clay class.  It was so much fun and I learned so much.  My instructor, Sumi, has been using this medium for 3 years now and the first thing I saw when I entered our workroom was shelves filled with wedding bouquets, little figurines, miniature purses...it was like a claymaker's Disneyland. 

I was there from 9:15 to 4:30 and loved every minute of it.  Sumi is all of 5'3" and maybe 90 lbs soaking wet but my, oh my, the talent she has is bigger than Bigfoot himself.   She is somewhat of a perfectionist and I ended up making and remaking several roses.  She explained that because we're paying for the course, she wants us to get the best out of it.  She was so sweet and patient and I can't wait to go back for my second trip.  During the next class, we'll be making teddy bears from clay and they're actually pretty cute!  Then it's on to daffodils and gerber daises (one of my favorite flowers).  I have to admit, I never thought I'd be walking out of there with a wreath of roses and seashells! 






Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My First Gardenia



guess the blog title gave it away but, yes this is my very first gardenia.  Not too bad.   I'm so in love with this whole clay flower thing! 

I also tried my hand at some miniature cakes.  





On another subject -  It's good business practice to use social networking sites to promote your business; Facebook, MySpace, Twitter....  Speaking of which I have a Twitter account.  I occasionally update it but when I log in I'm overwhelmed with all the tweets from my followers.  I feel like it's a bit impersonal.  Does anyone out there use Twitter for business purposes?  Do you find it helps draw people to your business?  Or do you feel it's just a numbers game, meaning people are only trying to see how many followers they can get?  I tend to feel it's the latter.  But if you have lots and lots of followers, how do you keep up with all the tweets?  Anyone have any comments about the use of Twitter as a business tool? 

Monday, November 16, 2009

What is Deco Art Clay?

Since Deco Art clay is my latest medium of choice and flower design is quickly becoming my passion,  I thought I'd take a moment and give you a bit of background on it and let you know about some of the things you'll be seeing in the near future.

This clay has been around for about 30 years in Japan. It's slowly made it's way to Hawaii and now is showing up in the mainland.  This air-dry clay allows for extremely detailed flowers, the petals of which can be made paper thin and yet harden to a durable form that will last for many, many years and won't fade - or die!

  The Deco Art Academy is based in Honolulu, Hawaii and offers intense curriculums on flower design as well as supplemental curriculums on tropical flowers, theme creations and even figurines.  When I complete the curriculums, I will be certified by the Acamdemy as an instructor which  I'm very excited about.  I look forward to be able to teach others this amazing art form. 

So how are these flowers made? These are not flowers of the 'cookie cutter' variety, rather each petal is created by hand and then formed into a flower, then each flower formed into am arrangement.  Any details such as the freckles on day lilies are then painted.  No two flowers will ever be alike. 

I was shopping with my friend last week for flowers for her wedding.  She is getting married in December however wants colors that are extremely difficult if not impossible to find at this time of the year; eggplant purple and sage green.  She loves hydrangeas and also is looking for round flowers such as button mums for "pops" of color among green hydrangeas.  The only problem is.....well, there just isn't anything in season with those colors.  It was hard for me to see her disappointment when she found that if she wanted real flowers, she had to settle for ivory hydrangeas and a color purple other than that of her dreams.  Enter the wonder of clay flowers!  Any flower -in season or not- and in any color you can dream up (real or not) can be made and in any design you wish. 

Something else I like about this clay is that it air dries overnight so it's more "green" than the general polymer clay in that it doesn't need to be baked or fired.  It's not just for flowers either.  It can be made into things like decorative cotoure, cake toppers,  shadow boxes and the list goes on.  Take a look at what others have made - this will give you an idea of what's coming to Designs of Destiny very soon! 

(PS - I will be keeping you posted on my clay designs and classes in this blog.  Many of you enjoyed reading my random ramblings which will now be contained in my other blog, Down the Rabbit Hole. )





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