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Pearls and Proteas

Pearls and Proteas

November 17, 2011


I love accessories.  I really do.  It’s rare to catch me without at least 1 piece of jewelry on. I think they have the power to make an otherwise boring outfit absolutely fabulous, and they can be an inexpensive way to keep up with trends. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my all time favorite movies. A story about a woman who, when all else fails, always heads to Tiffany’s to gaze at lovely things in order to feel like all will be right in the world.  Ok well it’s about a lot more than that, but you see what I mean. I am pretty much a magpie…inexplicably drawn to sparkly things.

How does all this relate to flowers you ask?  When you think about it bridal bouquets, corsages, and boutonnières essentially are accessories.  They are there to compliment outfits, distinguish important guests, and add to the over look of the wedding party.  It’s no different than pinning on a brooch, or carrying a great handbag.  They all add a little something special to one’s look.

We make beautiful bridal bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres all the time for weddings, but one day I thought why should we get to adorn ourselves with flowers only at a wedding?  So I started to think outside the box on the idea of floral accessories…

I made a headband out of ribbon, the leaves of silver leaf protea, and then added a white phalaenopsis bloom to make it extra special.  And using the same leaves, some wire and a pearl bead I created a ring.

I suppose I should note that I like to make jewelry in my spare time, mostly just to add to my growing collection of accessories, or as gifts for family and friends.  So I have at my disposal hooks for earrings, jump rings, chain, ect.  However, all of it can be found at most major craft stores.

I used soft silvery dusty miller leaves to create earrings and a matching pendant.

Silver Mist Leucadendron made a perfect pair of dangly earrings.

All of these items, except for the phalaenopsis bloom, will actually last for quite a while. And in fact if you’re careful with them can be worn once they’ve dried as well.  This just scratches the surface of all the lovely accessories that could be made from leaves, blooms and buds!

Happy accessorizing!

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