For Pepper's birthday Saucy decided to make a floral arrangement. She decided that for a BFF like Pepper, she would have to do something extra nice so she wheeled over to the two finest stores in town.
Costco (for the flowers) and Value Village (a thrift store) for the vase. Saucy's a high roller like that.
Usually, you can't beat the flowers at Costco. There was a good variety to choose from but Saucy was gravitating towards the pink ones, she didn't want anything that looked at all holiday. That must be a bummer, if your birthday is shortly after Christmas, to get red flowers. Even red roses look a little too festive right now.
After Saucy settled on the pink blooms she investigated the aisles of the thrift store for an appropriate vessel.
So it feels a little odd to say "I went looking for a birthday treat for my best friend at the thrift store" but here's the thing: Pepper's totally cool with it. She's not majorly into vintage junk herself, but she appreciates it and she gets it. Pepper understands if something is arranged in a funky, offbeat container because she's with it like that. She wouldn't think it was strange that Saucy went a-shoppin' at the store for used thing-a-majigys.
Plus, look at the pieces Saucy found with very little digging. The milk glass was just a couple of dollars and so was aluminium ice bucket. They'd both look gorgeous filled with blossoms, don't you think?
Saucy settled on this teapot without a lid. It's perfectly Pepper, she always has a spot of tea at the ready for a friend.
She opened the Costco bundle and started by cleaning off the stems. The leaves were yucky and had to go. She filled the sink with tepid water and let the stems sit a while and take a good drink. She burped the flowers by slicing the tips off the end of each stem while underwater (don't cut roses stems out of water, it lets bubbles of air up the stem and they won't last as long) and after the burping, they started to open up just a bit more.
In the meantime, she prepped the teapot by thoroughly washing and drying it and covering the holes to the spigot with duct tape. This prevents the water in the arrangement from splashing all over the place.
Then, still cutting the stems down under the water in the sink, it was time to start filling the teapot with cut roses. By first making a circle around the perimeter, a base shape formed out of flowers and Saucy did not need to use floral foam, of which she did not have any on hand.
Long stemmed roses are nice, but don't be afraid to trim them down and make something more compact with them. It's much more dramatic.
Granny used to say, "isn't it interesting the way you took those beautiful long stems and chopped them off like that to have short ones" and Saucy could hear the sarcasm dripping from beyond Granny's gin and tonic.
Granny still thinks it's wrong to cut roses down but Saucy likes the look too much. She can't help it. Cut up flowers in junky little containers, that's her thing right now.
Yep, that's the thing. That is the thing.