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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Goodbye summer

Summer is gone and so is vacation. We had a wonderful time in Washington state this summer. The weather was cooler than in AZ and it was so nice to see all the beautiful flowers. It was a short vacation but we were able to stop by my favorite lavender farm in Sequim, shop and eat delicious foods in Leavenworth and stop by wineries and distilleries in Woodinville and Whidbey Island. Quiet a few stops for 5 days, isn't it?

So here is some fun photos & videos of WA state, Sequim and Anacortes. If you'd like to see more follow the link to my Flickr album

Monday, August 6, 2018

Make-it-yourself bouquet

Flowers are a perfect gift for many occasions. If you'd like to make a pretty bouquet for your event yourself, here is some tips from Motley Grass floral studio* on how to make a pretty bouquet using white roses, purple lisianthus and sedum.

1. Prepare your plants, flowers & greens .
Clean their stems from extra leaves:
2. Use the large flower of your choice as a center of your future bouquet.
Surround it with other flowers and greens in a spiral direction.

3. Add more greens in between of large flowers that they would be visually separated.
4. Make sure there are no leaves in the points of where the flower stems are meet.

If you made everything according to the tips above, you should get a nice round top bouquet with a cones like stems at the bottom.
Use a twine to snugly tie the stems. Tie a nice satin ribbon on top of the twine to cover it.
Enjoy your work or give it as a gift!

*The Motley Grass floral studio delivers fresh flowers in Moscow, Russia region. If you'd like to send some beautiful fresh cut flowers to someone in that region, please visit their online shop to order.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Miniature crochet from FancyKnittles

Can you resist cute and tiny? This post is for lovers of sweet miniatures and small dolls. I'd like to introduce FancyKnittles shop today, it is full of charming crochet dolls, animals, flowers, vegetables and holidays ornaments. All of them are made by Irina, miniature crochet dolls designer. She manages to combine the creativity and high quality in a tiny shape. Visit her shop to see for yourself!
I was curious about how this all has started for Irina, so I approached her with some questions to share with my readers.

Please tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Irina and I live in picturesque South Wales, on the border of a small town in a valley. I love the countryside, traveling and photography and I think I'm quite a romantic person.
I would like to do what I love and earn some money at the same time. I was an architect when I lived in Russia and I think this profession generally helps me to see the harmony and beauty all around me. I gave up my profession when I moved to the UK. Here I started to make small crochet dolls and a lot of cute things that make dolls lives look similar to peoples lives. I've been crocheting all my life so it was quick and easy choice. Crocheting was a hobby at the beginning and step by step it transferred into business.
What is it about making small objects that intrigues you?
I don't know exactly why I love small things. Probably it's about my personality. A lot of people love small things, collect and play with dollhouses and little fairies.
How did you get started?
I've been crocheting as long as I can remember. I love small forms and enjoy making cute tiny things that mimic a real big-scale subjects. Every doll I make needs some accessories to give her charm, unique character and tell a little story about her everyday life. 

This is how I start making tiny flowers, potted plants, fruits and vegetables, tiny dolls, bears, bunnies, cats, dogs ... even umbrella and miniature Christmas trees. I love to hold them in my palms and imagine those things are real.
What are your favorite items in your shop?
I love my tiny plants and flowers but dolls will always be my favorites. Sometimes I get so busy with my orders that I don't have time to make new ones but summers are an inspirational time for me. People are busy with their daily lives, vacations and will come back soon for their Fall and Christmas shopping. So I am working on my new dolls right now and my shop's doll section comes to life again. 

Have you ever had a custom order that was especially meaningful for you?
I love my customers, they help me create some great things from time to time. Last Christmas my customer wanted to order a group of Angels to give them as a gift to friends and family. What a fun order! I made nine of them, they were all different with their own personalities. 

The other memorable order was four hats, one for each season, for my return customer's felted mice collection.
What are your hopes for the future of your business?
Life is always changing and you can not predict the future. I hope I will continue to create my tiny girls, boys and their fancy stuff and surprise my fans with new interesting ideas.
 Visit Fancyknittles shop on Etsy to see more of Irina's creations. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  

Saturday, July 21, 2018

How to prolong life of your fresh cut bouquet of roses

Roses are one of the favorite flowers to give and to receive. How to care about your bouquet? Here is tips from Motle Grass floral studio*:
1. Use lots of icy cold clean water for your bouquet.
2. Change your water daily. Cloudy water in your vase will kill your roses.
3. Re-cut the stems at a 45' angle every time you changing your water. This way your roses will feed from it.
4. Do not remove the top petals from your flowers, it will prolong their life.
5. If you used the special chemicals for your bouquet at least once, continue to do it during all life cycle. If you stop, they will fade fast.

6. Do not place roses next to a heat source or on direct sunlight and protect them from a draft.
7. White and pink roses have to be transported careful to avoid the damage to its petals. Red roses are more resistant to it and also will tolerate cold weather better.

Enjoy your flowers!

*The Motley Grass floralstudio delivers fresh flowers in Moscow, Russia region so if you'd like to send some beautiful flowers to people you care about in that region, please visit their shop to order.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How to prolong life of your fresh cut bouquet of peonies

So you just received a beautiful bouquet of peony buds as a gift and you want them to last as long as possible. What to do? Here is some tips on fresh cut flowers care from Natalia, the owner of Motle Grass floral studio.
Leave you peonies in a cool place for several hours to let them recover after the transportation.

Prepare your glass or ceramic vase: clean it thoroughly, pour some clean warm water in and add a cut flower food provided with a bouquet.
Take your flowers out, place them in a separate container with warm water. Re-cut the stems at an angle about 1" above the old cut with a sharp clippers. Remove the leaves from the stem's bottom up to the point where they will be exposed to the air when placed in the vase. Do not remove all the leaves, only the ones sitting below the water line in the vase. This needs to be done to prevent bacteria and fungi growth in the water.

Transfer your peonies into prepared vase and place it in a cooler room for 1 or 2 days until the buds will open. Check your water daily and top it up.

If your flowers are intended to decorate an event, try to keep them in a cold place as long as possible to prolong their life. Do not put them close to the heat source or direct sunlight  and bring them out only as needed.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


It happened that we had lots of pretty fresh cut flowers last June. It was a very very sad reason for that but flowers soften things a little. They made me feel better.
Some flowers lasted longer than the others and some were so pretty that I dried them to use for my photo shoots. Some of them inspired me to get some seeds for maybe planting them in our garden. But I still wanted to know more about how to prolong a life of a gorgeous fresh cut bouquet.
While browsing the Internet, I came across an interesting website ( https://centre-flower.ru/ ) with beautiful floral photos and good info. I read some of their posts, liked their tips on fresh cut flower's care and contacted Natalia Kanunnikova, the Motley Grass floral studio owner, for permission to share it with my readers. Natalia agreed and I will be happy to post some of it this summer.

The Motley Grass delivers flowers in Moscow, Russia region so if you'd like to send some pretty flowers to people you care about in that part of the world, please visit their site to order. They do beautiful bouquets for any occasion. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer is here!

The first calendar day of summer is here! Welcome June!

We were so busy lately that we almost did not noticed that the spring came and went. But with our AZ 3-digit temperature numbers we realized it's time to brace ourselves :) I see lots of dry heat in our near future !

While working on our traditional winter assortment, I crochet some new handbags and totes in bright summer colors. They will work for a trips to a beach, music festivals and of course, our crochet totes are great for some light shopping. 

The newest creation is this small handbag made in a shape of pineapple. It is roomy enough to hold your essentials like cell phone, keys, wallet, small beach cover up or sun glasses.


Please stop by our shop ( socksandmittens.etsy.com ) to see our summer assortment.