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Funeral arrangements

As you already might know I am also a teacher in floristy. Sometimes people ask me if I can make funeral pieces too. Ofcourse I can. Last week a very special lady died, she was the mother of my husbands best freind. He and his family were  sort of surrogate/ foster parents for him after his mother died. She wanted me to make her funeral piece so I did. Feeling very gratefull and hounoured to be asked to do so.

Her special request was to use some branches of the monkey tree she has in her front garden... She loved Dainthus as they were in her bridal bouqeut, Asparagus too and Roses, They had many Zanthedechia's in the garden so they also had to be included. I used  much greens from their own garden, making it even more personal. 

On Tuesdayafternoon, one day before the funeral I started making the 4 pieces the family of them had ordered. Many pictures ahead here 

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The base of the piece was an Oasis@ bar, which I left in thewater for one day, making sure it was completely filled with water. 

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I added a green edge first so that was done. I thought of ways to secure the branches a tought job as every leave has a pointy end, like a needle. I secured it with wooden sticks and with very thick floristy wire 1,5 mm

The next step was to add the flowers in between and oh boy was I looking forward to that part (not!! hihihi) Anyway I said A so now B.  It was softly raining and it fell to me nature was weeping about her death too. my hands were cold and itchy but I got more and more "excited" about the result the longer I worked at it.

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And then as final touch 3 Zantehedeschia's. More would have taken away the effect of the lines from the monkey tree, 

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And checking how the result wil be while laying flat on the ground. 

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This piece was from the grandchildren, they were with 7 and 4 grand grand children. As symbolism for that they asked for 7 Red Roses in there. 

Another piece was made with the monkey tree branches and Peonies, which I added in the car with bananas to get them open on time . As it was warmer there as in my house. 

A very colorful one too as the lady was never a wallflower. 


And a small biedermeier from ourselves as our last offer. 

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Delivered everything in the church on time. Looked perfect on the coffin.

 Rest in Peace Dear Mrs W. . 

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This post wil be a step to step Do It Yourself tutorial on how to make a flower wristlet for  your Prom evening or wedding or any other party. 

What you wil need: 


Knife, garden scissors, Wire cutter, special floristy glue (this glue can be bought throught me if you cannot find it in your area, just contact me )


few fres flowers of the desired color

small leaves

ribbon, Florsity wire thickness 0.9 mm or 1,0 mm


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Step one: 

Bend the wire in a shape like this and cut off  tape to add over it: 

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Cover both sides, but make sure the corners are uncovered as at these points the ribbon for attching the corsage to the writs wil be attached. 

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Next step is to sort out the leaves I wanted same seized ones, to get a nicer result. This is glue specially invented for fresh flowers and leaves. It wil not burn the leaves or flowers like a gluegun would.  Tip: When you first glue all your leaves  before actually adding them. The first leave with glue is already little dry and it wil stay better. 

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start working from boths ends towards the middle 

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top side is finished and makes a nice base for the flowers

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but the backside also need some attention. It is not good when you can see how it is made.  So cover that side too, either with leaves or even fabric if you want. Just make sure you use materials which don't itch or give an allergic reaction.

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the back side is covered with bigger leaves

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Now bend it over in the shape it wil need to have when completely finished. If I wouldn't do so, you might end up with uncovered parts after bending. 

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I added a big dot of glue on the paper and dipped my flowers  (Gypshophilla) in there before adding it to where i want to have it. 

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I made sure the middle has more "volume" as the sides 

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seen from the side

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Adding more and more flowers. The Gypshopu\illa makes it easy for the flowers to attach and stay upwards

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The ribbons also needs to be attached, find the spot where you can see the bended wire, put the ribbon through . You can also add the ribbon before you start glueing, but the risk some glue ends up on the ribbon is heigh ;-)  

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now it only needs a nice tie and ready!!

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If you make it hald a day before you actually need it, best place to store it til the moment supreme is in a fridge. put it in a  plastic bag and add it in your vegatable storage place of the fridge around 8-10 degrees C is fine. 

Enjoy the compliments you wil surely get!! 

This idea can also be made for a piece in your hair. Leave it flat instead of bending it and use pins throught the bedned places instaed of ribbon.

Hope to see your results, please send me a picture : viltk{at} 

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the flower parade

It were again long , but great days last weekend. On thursday afternoon we drove up to Bad Ems, a little place in the area form Koblenz in Germany, about 2 hourrs drive  from my place. 

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Goal was to make flowerarrangements for a parade of the bartholomeus markt which would be showed at Sunday. I always enjoy it to the fullest, working with so many flowers. finding solutions to attach the floral foam to the car etc.

This year was very special as it was the 50th parade and the 30th time Peter Daemen was the flower designer. So, we , the group dutch flowerarrangers  descided to walk along the parade too. An extra car to decorate with flowers and fun for us preparing our costumes. 

before we started, empty cars.... stryrophor

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And after the people added Dahlia flowers onto the styrophor and we the flowerpieces everything ready for Sunday

Opening and closing the carbio to see what wil move and where to attach ropes which wil hold the floral foam. Problem is many parts of these kind of cars are made of plastics.... and no holes to attach a rope. But we managed, even as ladies.... .

We were heard this for at least 3 times... "the ropes are not good, you cannot close the roof like this"... We said we can and checked it" but proved it  by showing so to the man.

The other "Luxuarious "car got a little car attached  and rolls of conifer guirlandes, 


"Our "car was a very old one which  Chantal cut open while being filmed for the Tv. 


This was the result: not much roof anymore and all windows were beaten out except the front window. Chantal and Janine made a flowerarrangement in it.

And this was on Sunday before the parade started.... stil dry, but after it took off it rained and rained and rained....

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A group picture of all the florists, Peter daemen and Gerrie are missing on this picture :(

The famous Kurhaus was the place for the camera's and Vip's, many people along the road to watch . 

The queen of this event.: Alexandra looked beautyfull and great on this flower car

It was a super long weekend, but worth it,  I was able to improve my floral skills in this kind of flower works. Looking forward to do such things more

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Today I felt like sharing how to make a floral cake- like arrangement. My students really enjoyed themselves while making it yesterday, And I was anxcious to make one myself too. 

Here is the material list you need: 

  • leaves which can dry in nicely. Like Eucalypthus, Buxus, Gaultheria shallon
  • Gypsophila or other small flowers
  • a Rose or CHrysanthemum, Germini, Ranunculus
  • piece of floral foam in a round shape (you can also cut it out of a block) mine was about 8 cm weide
  • piece of plastic
  • rubberband
  • needles, 
  • scissor
  • knife
  • ribbons
  • beads

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First you get the floral foam wet, so the flowers will last longer. Then take a piece of plastic and cover the bottom and sides. By using rubberband/ elastic it will stay around the foam. 

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Cut off the plastic  which comes above the foam. It is not nice to see that.


Then rip off the leaves form the stem. Eucalylthus can be easily ripped off when you move your hand upwards. when you have leaves with stems then prepare the leaves by cutting off the stems.

Add a leaf heigher as the edge and fasten it with a needle. The next one will be overlapping. Finish the row, make sure you use the same seized leaves and the top is evenly heigh. 


Then  add row 2


row 3,

row 4

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row 5 and 6 till you are done....

now time to cover the foam from the top. I used Gypsophilla as it will dry in too. Make sure you use enoug as when flowers dry they will shrink and it is not good when you can see the foam then. I cut them very short  so it hides the foam easily. 

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In the middle I added a Rose, you can also use other flowers , it is up to you. 

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now the decoration part: I added ribbons and as I was alone and the knot kept slipping I fastened it with a needle too. Added a bead to it and small beads in the Gypsophila and around the bottom row. 

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Hope you will enjoy making it yourself ! 

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Every day I drive to my work in Heerlen I admire all the colors of the leaves from the trees. Each time a new season starts I first need to adjust but then I believe it is the best thing to happen. Do you know that feeling too ?

Yesterday I sorted some leaves out  from the Cotinus coggria : Royal Purple" I couldn't resist doing so.... What do you think?

 Cotinus leaves

I made a "feston/ guirlande with the students too. This is my finished example, made with findings out of nature.

How to make one :

Start with adding a longer stem from ironwire to the berries and all which has a short stem. After these preparations you take a piece of rope (as long as you want) Adjust the wire to the rope and take a few leaves and berries etc place them around the rope and  fasten them with the ironwire, leaving the wire attachted, take some new materials you want to adjust to the rope. 

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Covering the previous adjusted leaves and wire. It will be like a roofs tiles.... continue this for as long as you want the piece to be. At the end just fasten the wire off to itself and made a knot in the rope. Cover the last part of the wire and stems with a ribbon or wool or whatever you like.

In case you hang it ouside it will not stay longer fresh as inside.

Enjoy Autumn!!

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