The Frugal Florist
Notes from the Field
Picture this: you walk in the house and throw your purse on the couch, turning toward the dining table. Expecting to see the usual collection of school papers, empty glasses, bills due and maybe the errant sock or two, you’re pleasantly surprised by what you see, instead: your table and a vase filled with flowers. Suddenly, your feet aren’t tired, your kids aren’t annoying and a sense of joy overcomes you. What could bring about this transformation?
Flowers! Whether it’s the perfect peony or the greatest gerbera daisy, most of us love flowers for their color, symmetry, and the way they bring nature indoors to replace the chaos of motherly existence that tends to claim our nights and days.
Plants and flowers create warmth and elegance that may soothe your soul but could pierce your pocketbook. With fresh flower bouquets costing an average of $20 these days, nearly every shrewd household executive is looking for lively décor that won’t break the bank. That’s where silk flowers come in.
Delightful, sustainable and affordable, today’s man-made beauties are a smart way to adorn your home with splendor while taking advantage of timeless savings. While a year’s worth of fresh-cut blooms could easily cost as much as a new transmission for an automobile, hand-crafted bouquets satisfy your nature-loving material-girl, plus your shrewd self, simultaneously.
Wondering how to feel indulgent and remain penny-wise? Follow the garden path to simple elegance with flowers that are beautiful and live almost forever.
GENEROUS GIFTING/WISE WOMEN
Sly as we may be with our spending, gifts can be an expensive necessity and on many occasions, only flowers will do. Not only will the right artificial flowers make a delightful impression on your intended recipient, they’ll create a lasting impression, too!
So the next time you have a recital or production to attend, don’t sit in the audience beaming at your child while fresh-cut flowers wilt in your arms. Instead, try a perfect bouquet of silk to celebrate your budding star — the memory of that night will remain long after the stage is dark.
Friend in the hospital? A plant can be a hassle to keep watered and even for a short stay, live florals wind up trashed with the half-eaten pudding before your friend checks out. Fine silk plants and blooms, more affordable than most arrangements from the infirmary’s floral fridge, remind loved ones you care not just this week — but, forever.
From hostess gifts to birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and all the gifting opportunities in between, your friends and family will know you’re both generous and ingenious!
OUTDOOR DINING/CLEVER CULTIVATION
So, you’ve finally finished setting up that outdoor room you’ve wanted for years. Chairs chosen carefully during winter sales, the portico you built on the weekends shields your kids’ faces from the sun, and the barbeque is heating up. So is the weather. That jar of daisies on the picnic table will perish before the last burger’s off the grill, whereas silk will last throughout summer and beyond, surviving the elements the way cut flowers can not. What’s more cost-effective than that? Don’t fall victim to the temptation of store-bought cut bouquets. Silks come in so many varieties and great prices; they’re a temptation you won’t have to avoid.
DELIGHTFUL DECORATING/DISCREET SPENDING
Daffodils have an uncanny way of blooming just before a hail-storm. Sunflowers wilt and drop their heads like a western sunset (if the birds don’t get them first). Roses have thorns! Artful homemakers know the value of adding faux plants, flowers and grasses to their vision of fine living, but that value comes at a high cost. Do a little research, and you’ll find that artisan-crafted flowers are surprisingly affordable and incredibly durable. Since they last evermore, it’s a cost-effective purchase. As with any purchase, be on the lookout for sales!
Now, factor in that feeling. You know, the one you get when you come home expecting a mess, and instead find your domicile actually is a reflection of the love you feel for your family. That’s priceless! So save a few bucks at the market and give yourself the treat of quality faux flowers. Whether you choose to buy stems one at a time or a single silk plant big enough to fill the void where that play-pen used to be, you know you deserve it!
About the Author:
Leigh LaCava, publisher of www.freshsilkflowers.com, loves the delightful and affordable nature of decorating with silk flowers in her home. Leigh enjoys sharing her saving ideas with other clever moms, and is always looking for ways to get the most out of her shopping dollar.
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