Let your imagination rethink your standard grocery store flower bouquets! Watch as I deconstruct and rearrange a few bouquets to make multiple arrangements for gifts and for my home – affordably!
My options for buying flowers in my town are pretty limited. I either have really high priced floral shops (with slim pickings) or standard grocery store floral departments.
So until I have my own cut flower garden with more blooms than I know what to do with (sigh), I just have to make do. Only in desperate times am I willing to pay floral shop prices, so I typically come home with a few grocery store bouquets when I need props or gifts.
While the grocery store florists do a great job, I never come home with an arrangement I love enough to just stick in a vase. Pulling them apart and bringing them back together is one of my FAVORITE past times! I probably missed my calling in life.
I’d like to share my process for rearranging grocery store flower bouquets – but first . . . a little story about how I almost didn’t share this post.
THE STORY OF ALMOST NOT SHARING THIS STORY
I had brought home a bundle of various discounted floral bouquets, to rearrange for some Valentines gifts for my mom and kids teachers. As I was playing with them, the thought came to just throw up my video camera and film my process to share with you!
It would be a quick turn around post, but I thought how fun it would be to share a post all about flowers on Valentines day. Flowers always lift my spirits, boost my creativity and inspire me to share.
So I threw up my tripod, attached the video camera, and pushed record. I was so excited to play with flowers, that was about as much thought as I put towards the video prep.
When I sat down to look over the footage, I was appalled.
Not only had I chosen the most unflattering cozy outfit (I didn’t plan on recording that day), but I managed to prop the video cam up at the most unflattering angle. To top it off, I had managed to perfectly capture all the dust on my clothes due to living in a construction zone.
Already depressed about gaining about 10-15 pounds during this really difficult year of a completely inconsistent lifestyle, my immediate thoughts were . . .
“No way. Not sharing this. Total waste of time. You look disgusting.”
With my head hung low, I moved to the next task in my planner.
After some time of trying to shrug off the discouragement, I heard a quiet prompting in my head . . .
“Are you really going to let him win?”
The author of lies. The one who tells us we are not enough. The one who feeds us with discouragement, fear, and loves when we loose faith.
The one who wanted me to believe that my work only has value if I am skinny, perfect, and camera worthy like all those other lovely bloggers out there who seem to be perfect through my clouded eyes.
No. I would not let him win.
I wanted to share how I could take $30 of lovely florals from a grocery store and turn them into 4 loving, one-of-a-kind arrangements that lifted my spirits and brought me joy to gift.
I wanted to inspire and bring beauty into the world. That has always been my goal.
I was not going to let insecurity and him stop me.
And so, on this LOVE day (or whatever day you are reading this post) I come to you with dust on my clothes, a few extra pounds, and with love and acceptance of my entire self . . .
. . . to inspire you to love and accept your entire self.
Don’t let him win. Find out who you are through Gods eyes, and create, inspire, and lift others . . . in whatever shirt you are wearing.
I’ll have to admit, a year ago, he would have won. This video never would have seen the light of day.
A deep and lasting change happened in me this year, due in part to overcoming the challenges we’ve faced this year and recognizing how strong I am – with God’s help.
It completely changed how I view myself and how I look at progress and development. I realized the incredible change the moment I decided to share this video, in-spite of my hesitations.
I gain nothing by sharing this program with you, but just feel so grateful that I took the chance on it. The Brooke Snow Podcast is my favorite of all time, and you can listen to that for free to get an idea of what she shares with her self improvement lessons, centered on Christ. Brooke is one of the most insightful, inspiring women I have had the pleasure to know, and I just felt like sharing that with you. You can read more more about her program and check out more of mine and others thoughts on it here.
Whether or not you came to this post to watch me rearrange flowers, or to check out my dusty clothes – I hope you’ll leave giving yourself a little more grace and love today – which may mean you need a quick trip to the grocery store floral department (wink).
MY 5 BEST TIPS FOR REARRANGING GROCERY STORE FLOWERS
1 – Choose several bouquets with the color scheme you have in mind.
2 – Don’t feel bad about tossing the stems that don’t work with your vision.
3 – The more imperfect your arrangement, the more perfect it will be (perhaps that is why I don’t like the perfectly arranged grocery store bouquets!)
4 – Cut the stems in varying heights and layer throughout the arrangement. The droopier the better!
5 – Go with your gut and let go! There is really never any rhyme or reason to my arrangements. I just play and have fun!
I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed filming it for you!
VIDEO: REARRANGING GROCERY STORE FLOWER BOUQUETS
Happy Valentines Day!