If you’ve been here for awhile you probably know that I’m just an old fashioned apron wearing girl…. down to earth and a ‘what you see is what you get’ type.
So, it may surprise you to find out that sometimes… I fake it!!
I know it’s hard to believe and I certainly didn’t set out to deceive anyone, but over time the deceit grew!!
Today I’m coming clean and sharing my cheating ways…
In fact, I think you’ll like this too!!
[fresh azaleas from our garden]
Let me take you back to when I was a newlywed. We built our own home and had quite a big garden. It was a cottage garden filled with plants that flowered all year through.
I’ve always believed that fresh flowers make a house a home. It’s the little touches… right?
Not florist type arrangements, but more your posy of fresh flowers in a vase, jug, teapot…or whatever you’ve got.
[just to confuse you, one fresh and one fake]
So that’s how it started out. I picked flowers every other day and filled the vases around our home. Over time my posies got bigger and better and everyone just expected them. It was kind of my thing I guess.
Then there were times when there just wasn’t enough in my garden to meet my needs, so I’d pick up a bunch of flowers from the grocers and added them to my own home grown flowers. That worked and all was well.
[fresh, but heat wilted roses]
Next came a move to a different state with a more humid and coastal climate. The gardens were different. The cottage plants I loved just didn’t thrive here and the humidity killed off any thoughts of buying fresh flowers… in fact, flowers just aren’t available here like they are in the city. I was struggling to fill my need for fresh blooms around my house.
This is when I had to get creative!!
[Fresh bouquet with a couple of fake flowers in the mix]
I had a few tropical flowering plants in the garden, but not enough to make big posies, so I compromised… I purchase a few good quality silk flowers to ‘fluff’ out my arrangements.
And, no one noticed.
As time went by I got even bolder. I purchased more silk flowers and in the heat of an Aussie summer, I managed to fill my home with beautiful floral posies…
And still no one noticed the fakes!
[fresh greens with fake flowers]
In fact, people often lean over to sniff my pretty flowers in the office… and I say, “oh they don’t have a strong scent”.
Are you wondering how I get away with faking it?
[fresh tropical bouquet with 3 fake stock stems]
Well, I think it is all due to the greenery. I live in a rainforest and literally have acres and acres of fresh greenery at my disposal.
I simply make a posy using whatever flowers I’ve got fresh, add in some fakes and fill the rest with fresh greenery. Easy peasy!!
My deceit is so good that I’ve picked up a few extra tips;
- like dusting a little brown eye shadow over the odd outer petal of a silk flower so they don’t look too perfect,
- or having a couple of loose fresh petals scattered below the posy… just like they fell from a withered bloom,
- never let your fake flowers get dusty!
- have realistic colours,
- some fakes are more realistic than others eg. stocks, roses, peonies, gerberas.
I know, I know… it’s very naughty of me,
But I’m sharing these tips so you too can fake it if you need to.
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Happy crafting my friends,
Hugs – Kerryanne
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