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Decorating for Fall

October 15, 2018, posted by Gina – We are looking forward to hosting this month’s Floral Design Workshop this Tuesday evening in the shop. The theme is Inside Out Pumpkins and we’ll demonstrate how to design two very different floral arrangements using pumpkins.

We love this time of year and we especially love decorating with pumpkins, mums, sunflowers, gourds, Indian corn, etc. Decorating during the Fall can be as easy as setting out some potted mums and a pumpkin or two or putting a few stalks of Indian corn on a front door. What makes Fall decorating so appealing is that it’s casual, natural and makes a space warm and cozy.

If you’re looking to do a little easy Fall decorating, we have some ideas to share with you:

Urns: If you have a pretty urn or two, fill each with corn husks, arranging the husks like a wreath on the top edges of the urn, then place a pumpkin on top to hold them in place.

Dough Bowl: Place pinecones, leaves and acorns in a wooden dough bowl and place a large orange candle in a glass candleholder in the center. Or use three smaller candles; we like using orange, white and yellow candles, it’s reminiscent of Candy Corn. For an elegant take on this, use small white pumpkins, dried or faux hydrangea and white candles.

Round Bushel Basket: Stand several ears of Indian corn up in a small bushel basket, be sure that the basket is low enough so that some of the pretty kernels are visible. Add a few stems of faux red berries in among the stalks. Finish off by tying a burlap ribbon around the basket.

Cake Stand: Place jack-be-little pumpkins, pattypan squash or other gourds on a three-tiered cake stand. Fill in with dried hydrangea and pinecones.

Simple Glass Vase: Fill a large glass vase with little pumpkins (orange or white or both!) and add a few branches of curly willow for height, interest and a little spookiness!

We have many more seasonal decorating ideas and items in the shop to help you create your own special decorating projects. Stop in and see us!

Also, we’d love to hear about some of your decorating ideas, so please tell us about them in the comment section.

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History of Corsages, Wristlets & Boutonnieres

September 12, 2018, posted by Gina – Fall is almost here and we look forward to this particular season more than any other. The cooler weather, Fall decorations, Halloween, Thanksgiving and football season are just a few things we love about it. Another fun Fall event is Homecoming season. It is upon us and we have been making pretty wristlets, like the one pictured here, and handsome boutonnieres. We started wondering about the history of wearing flowers and we found some interesting things about this lovely tradition.

The term “corsage” is French and originally referred to the bodice of a dress. The reason the flowers worn to adorn formal attire are now called corsages is that women once wore flowers pinned to the bodices of their dresses. These flowers were known as the “bouquet de corsage,” and over time this phrase was shortened to just “corsage.”

The wearing of a corsage at weddings dates to the time of the ancient Greeks, who believed that the fragrances of flowers and herbs warded off evil spirits. Not only the bride but other females at the wedding held flower bouquets or attached them to their clothing.

Eventually, the meaning of the corsage shifted and they became a luxury item offered during courting. A gentleman would offer his date a corsage as a gift for attending a special event, such as a dance. He would show respect to his date’s parents by offering a bouquet of flowers and would usually pin a flower from the bouquet to the date’s dress. In this sense, corsages symbolized attachment to another person.

In the 20th century, it became common for escorts to present their dates with corsages, particularly for formal dances and proms. As women’s dresses have changed to styles with spaghetti straps or no straps, it has become more common for women to wear the flowers on the wrist.

Sources: www.onlineathens.com, www.gardenguides.com

As for the boutonniere…

French language uses the word boutonnière for the buttonhole on the lapel of a man’s suit jacket.  The buttonhole is reserved specifically for this purpose and there is no corresponding button on the other side. There may be a small latch on the underside of the lapel which holds the stem in place (this is usually the sign of a higher end garment). This is located on the left side just above the heart of the wearer.

Modern day history regarding the origins of the boutonniere begins with the 15 century War of the Roses. During this significant campaign battle, the House of York was represented with the white rose, while the soldiers for the House of Lancaster wore red roses. As modern military clothing was not available during this time, most soldiers from the same area appeared similar and required something to differentiate which side they represented.

Men’s jacket styles have continued to evolve through the centuries, with folded lapels now the norm. This provides the perfect display area for lapel flowers and pins, adding an air of sophistication and flair.

The boutonniere was commonly worn by men when they went on dates, at work and, of course, for formal wear for decades, although they became less common after WWII. They remained popular with entertainers such as Dean Martin, The Commodores and Frank Sinatra, contributing to their classic and classy style. The boutonniere is still considered de rigeur for formal occasions such as weddings, funerals, proms and homecomings.

Source: www.bespokeunit.com

Please give us a call if you are in need of a special wristlet or boutonniere for your upcoming Homecoming! 601.707.7806.

120 Depot Drive (behind Strawberry Café), Madison, MS. Tues – Fri. 10 – 5 and Sat. 10 – 2

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Wish You Had A Green Thumb?

August 22, 2018, posted by Gina – We conducted a poll on Instagram yesterday asking people if they have a green thumb. A little more than 50% of poll takers responded “no”. Some people may think that gardening or caring for houseplants is too time-consuming and difficult. Gardening is definitely an endeavor that requires both time and patience and houseplants can be finicky. However, the benefits of a pretty garden or a few beautiful plants scattered around the house are worth the trouble. Of course, bringing home a bouquet of fresh flowers from time to time is another great way to add life and beauty to your home. If you’re looking to try your hand at gardening, caring for houseplants or keeping fresh flowers looking pretty longer, we have included a few of our past posts on these topics that we hope will give you some guidance…and inspiration!

Tips on Keeping Houseplants Healthy and Happy

Container Gardening

Make Grocery Store Orchids Look Special

10 Things to Know About Succulents

Keeping Fresh Cut Flowers Looking Pretty Longer

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A Big Thank You

August 14, 2018, posted by Gina – I want to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all of the wonderful people that helped make the Grand Opening of Gina Diamond’s Flower Co. a great success. I am honored that so many people came out to help us celebrate as we embark on this exciting adventure. I am also a truly blessed woman to have a team of such wonderful and dynamic people. They have worked hard to help get the shop up and running and they are as excited as I am to welcome you into the shop. This is only the beginning! We are looking forward to building lasting relationships with our customers and serving the community for years to come.

We are ready to serve you in so many ways:

Designing made-to-order fresh floral arrangements and permanent botanicals

Helping you create a beautiful setting for your next celebration

Finding the right gift for someone special in your life

Being your go-to source for home décor when you’re looking for some new accessories to freshen up your space

Hosting fun floral design workshops that will teach you some of the basics of floral design – click HERE to see the upcoming workshops and events.

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Ribbon Cutting and the Countdown Begins!

August 9, 2018, posted by Gina – We had a wonderful ribbon cutting ceremony this week and we are finally ready to open! We’ll see you in the shop in less than 24 hours! Open Friday and Saturday, August 10th & 11th, 10 am – 5pm. 120 Depot Drive, Madison, MS.  601.707.7806

Regular store hours beginning August 14th:  Tues. – Fri. 10 – 5 and Sat. 10 – 2

 

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Celfie Vase Giveaway

 

August 5, 2018, posted by Gina – Isn’t she pretty? I just love these whimsical celfie vases and coming up with all kinds of flower ‘hairstyles’ for them. The possibilities are endless! To celebrate our opening later this week, we’re giving away a large celfie vase filled with fresh flowers to one of our followers! Head to our Facebook page where you can enter to win!

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Dear Readers,


August 1, 2018, posted by Gina – I appreciate you, my subscribers and readers, and I hope you feel like you’ve gotten to know me a little over the past few years. I have enjoyed reading all your comments and suggestions. As you know, I’ve been designing floral arrangements for all kinds of parties, events and ceremonies for many years. I started laying the groundwork for opening a retail store quite a while back (years ago, actually!) and I’m happy to say that the doors to Gina Diamond’s Flower Co. are opening in less than two weeks!

My team and I hope you are able to stop by and tell us what you think of the shop! We are excited to have the opportunity to see you in person and tell you how we can be of service to you. We hope to quickly become your trusted source for fresh floral arrangements, home accessories, table linens, gifts, seasonal door wreaths and more.

 

Grand Opening
August 10th & 11th, 10am – 5pm
120 Depot Drive
Madison, MS 39110
(behind Strawberry Café)
Ph. 1.601.707.7806

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Meet Two of Our Team Members!

July 28, 2018, posted by Gina – We are busy getting Gina Diamond’s Flower Co. ready for our Grand Opening, but we wanted to take a moment to feature two of our team members. Sonya Loper (standing) and Georgia Sckiets (sitting) have been working diligently to help get things up and running. We are all looking forward to welcoming you into our shop! Opening August 10th.

Grand Opening August 10th and 11th, 10am -5pm

120 Depot Drive, Madison, MS.

Flowers   |   Home Décor   |  Gifts

Gina Diamond 

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Gina Diamond’s Flower Co. Grand Opening! 2 comments

July 27, 2018, posted by Gina – As many of you know, I have always wanted to have my own shop and I am excited to announce that Gina Diamond’s Flower Co. will be opening soon! We will offer custom order floral design, unique table linens, beautiful home accessories and gifts. We will also host floral design workshops and hope to share our passion for gracious entertaining with you. We’ll post a few updates in the coming days to give you a sneek peek of the shop. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Baby Shower for a Baby Girl

April 24, 2018, posted by Gina – This past weekend several of my friends and I hosted a baby shower for a sweet Mom to Be. There is just something so fun about a baby shower. Our Mom to Be is not a big game lover and so we did not plan games and honestly, I must agree with her.  All the guests had such a wonderful time seeing all the precious gifts. Here are the details of the shower that we hope inspire you should you find yourself hosting a baby shower.

I tied simple pink and white gingham ribbon on boxwood wreaths to welcome our guests.

 

I really wanted to use the softest pastels in this arrangement and chose hydrangeas and pale pink roses to use in this large cast iron planter.

 

Below is a shot of the flowers on the table with a few of the other elements.  

 

This piece of majolica with bunnies served as a silverware caddy.  

 

I alternated three china patterns in this basket lined with pink and white gingham.  

 

This precious little stuffed dog gave the table a sweet bit of charm.  I tied a pink bow on him and let our Mom to Be take him home for the nursery.

 

Below is a full view of the table.  We used pink and white striped napkins, a gingham table runner, and Annie Glass serving pieces all on top of a light cream tablecloth.

 

And now onto what was served…

Open Faced Chicken Salad Sandwiches on French bread topped with a sliced tomato (GET RECIPE).

Ham Biscuits with Homemade Strawberry Preserves

Fruit Salad with Marshmallow Cream Dip (GET RECIPE).  I used strawberries, raspberries and honey crisp apples tossed with lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar and served it with Marshmallow Cream Dip. This dip may sound a bit lame but trust me when I tell you everyone wanted to know how to make it. I had it a few years ago at a garden club meeting and asked for the recipe. I had never purchased the marshmallow cream in my life, but I am won over by it. 

Petit Fours – these were purchased from a local bakery and are thought to be the best in town.  Should I confess there were a few leftovers that I might have enjoyed?

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake (GET RECIPE).  This is like a pound cake complete with plenty of poppy seeds and a yummy lemon icing.

We served pink lemonade, water and soft drinks.  Look at the cute vessel for the roses in the middle of the table.  My son and daughter-in-law gave this to me for Christmas.  I received several comments on it.  

 

I took this photo of the gifts since they looked so pretty all together.  Our sweet Mom to Be was so happy with everything she received.  We look forward to meeting her precious baby girl in early June.  

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