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All You Need to Create the It-Flower Arrangement of the Season - Architectural DigestMonday, May 07, 2018
The moment’s most modern ceramicists and sculptors are carving and casting vases in every imaginable shape, with openings just large enough to hold one freshly cut flower. One might call them bud vases if they didn’t feel like a new category altogether.“My fritillaria are just blooming,” says storied ceramic artist Frances Palmer over the phone, taking a break from unpacking dahlia tubers to admire the oxblood and white petals hanging in her Connecticut garden like checkered bells. For these early spring blooms, she designed a white bottleneck container with a neck so long and narrow that it can support the height and weight of a single, solitary stunner. “Sometimes the single bloom is just so incredibly exquisite. People always gravitate toward a big [arrangement], but I like it when you can revel in the beauty of the color and shape of just one flower,” she says. Frances has been known to place a sole fragrant sweet pea, lily, or rose on bedside tables and bathroom counters, and has lined entire dining tables with single stems standing side by side. Looking beyond the pedestrian bud vase, she’s dreamed up single-stem vases that are more altar than vessel, often inspired by the very flowers that they hold.“I keep a vase by my wheel while I’m working so I can keep [a specific flower] in mind,” Frances...
2017's quirky news: plastic coyotes, a foul flower, a porn prank and more - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, January 02, 2018
The three-dimensional, life-size coyotes are mostly plastic with furry, twitchy tails.One of the coyotes is named Wile E., of course. His friends are Bugs, Elmer, Sylvester, Yosemite, Taz, Marvin and Babs.Nearly nude burglar raids dancewear shopLaguna Beach police in May arrested a man suspected of breaking into a boutique that sells exotic dancewear for women.A surveillance video showed a man, clad only in tiny undies, grabbing items in the Delicate Illusions shop on South Coast Highway.The store owner told officers that more than $1,400 worth of merchandise and cash was taken during the burglary, which occurred while the business was closed.Officers arrested Reese Westenberger, 53, on suspicion of burglary, grand theft and vandalism.“Surveillance footage is priceless,” the Police Department tweeted. “#caughtwithhispantsdown.”Reagan statue’s move ruffles some feathersA life-size bronze statue of Ronald Reagan owned by the city of Newport Beach got some high-profile new digs during the fall.Then-Mayor Kevin Muldoon said in April that the Reagan likeness had been vandalized and neglected at Bonita Canyon Sports Park, where it had been on display since 2011. He suggested moving it to a place more fitting of a former president: the sculpture garden in Civic Center Park outside City Hall.The relocation, completed in September, drew criticism from some residents who felt it was a partisan statement and wasn’t done with enough public input.The statue is near the Civic Center’s colony of giant concrete bunnies.Corpse flower bloomsVisitors to Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa could stop and smell the roses. Or they could sniff the titan arum, better known as the corpse flower for reasons that become apparent to anyone standing dow... http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-odd-news-20180102-story.html
Target 2 Consumer Alert: Mother's Day flower shop scam and Microsoft popups - WBAYMonday, May 07, 2018
If you're buying them online, there are some important questions to ask before you buy. The Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection says you may think you're selecting a local florist, but you are actually contacting a business in another state that just coordinates the purchase and delivery. Consumer protection says when you do an online search, follow up with a call. If the business answers with something generic such as, "flower shop," ask for a specific name, where it's located and get an address.Also, ask specific questions about the flower arrangement. How many roses versus carnations and if there are any tacked on fees for a vase or extras. If the people on the other end don't give you that information, hang up. There are plenty of local florists to get an arrangement from. Another costly scam we want to warn you about are the Microsoft Tech Support Scams. Usually there is a popup on your screen telling you there's a problem with your computer and to call a phone number for help right away. Some new information shows just how much this scam is spiking. Microsoft IT had 153,000 customers calling into its Microsoft customer support telling them they were scammed. That's a 24 percent jump from 2016 to last year. Of those, 15 percent of people lost, ... http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Target-2-Consumer-Alert--481873001.html
Rick Tuttle, the Chicago artist who ran an artful Michigan bookstore, dies at 66 - Chicago TribuneMonday, May 07, 2018
Acorn Theater since 2002, says, “Rick Tuttle was the epicenter of the town. He created spaces that, like Rick, were full of hyphens. His buildings were bookstore-gallery-party space-salon-florist shop-poetry center-whatever. Like a lot of people here, Rick was a man of many talents and none defined by his jobs. He was generous and committed to making Three Oaks the community he envisioned.“He was a wry, cynical optimist who did everything with passion. His anger at injustice was overshadowed by his love for simple pleasures in life. A drink, time with a friend, a dance (and he would dance without shame and with zest), a tight and serious hug, and regular verbal affirmations were regular parts of Rick’s life. He loved his wives and his friends with a sincerity that made us feel more important and loved than anyone could imagine.”Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune
Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created.Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created. (Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune)Richard Daer Tuttle was born in Chicago on July 1, 1951. His father, Richard, was an artist and designer and his mother, LaVerne, instilled in him a lifelong love of books. He was a free spirit who, after graduating high school, moved to Costa Rica where he married for the first time, had a child and discovered the painting and literature of that area.Back in Chicago, he began his career as a graphic artist, working for some of the city’s large advertising agencies before starting his own firm, RT2 Design, which had clients in the business and cultural worlds, among them Southport Records for which he made its eye-catching logo. He also did design work for the Blue Rider Theater Company.That was the troupe founded by writer/director/a... http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-rick-tuttle-memorial-0417-story.html
6 Royal Wedding Bouquets To Use For Your Own Wedding Inspiration - Elite DailyMonday, May 07, 2018
It's tradition that royal brides carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets, because the flower stands for marriage and love. According to Town & Country, the royal couple-to-be committed to florist Philippa Craddock, and Markle will carry white garden roses and peonies (in addition to some other elegant varieties). I looked to Kate Middleton's stunning flowers for some inspo on these seven wedding bouquets for your big day, as well as the flowers we might see Markle carrying in just a few short weeks. You deserve to look like royalty when you walk down the aisle, am I right?1LiliesPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAccording to The Guardian, Kate Middleton's bouquet was filled with lily of the valley that was in season at the time. You might want to consider including lilies for your big day, too. The white flower comes across as elegant and graceful, and is often a sweet addition to any wedding bouquet. Your guests will be in awe of how romantic you look walking down the aisle.2White RosesAdam NixonIt doesn't get much more elegant than carrying a bouquet of white roses on your wedding day. Especially when they're in full bloom, this flower radiates beauty and will surely make you look like one of the royals. Your flowers will at least get a very regal moment on your Instagram feed, if they don't make it into a major wedding magazine. I think it's safe to say Meghan Markle might even approve. After all, she's incorporating white garden roses into her bunch, too.3PeoniesAndrew YaremchukPut some peonies in your bouquet if you truly want to channel major princess vibes on your way to your very own happily ever after. These flowers will feel romantic and will be a regal addition to your look y...
FTD Companies, Inc., Introduces New Mother's Day Floral, Gourmet Sweets Collections - PR Newswire (press release)Monday, May 07, 2018
Fresh floral arrangements hand-crafted and delivered by an FTD florist make a lasting impression."FTD has a 108-year-old heritage of delighting customers through luxurious, florist-designed flowers and has a deep understanding of how to make Mom feel special through flowers. It's simple for gift givers to say what they mean this Mother's Day in a beautiful and authentic way through FTD's premium bouquets, ProFlowers' farm-fresh flowers and Shari's Berries delectable treats. Bring Color to Her EverydaySeeing or hearing from those closest to us is a sure way to brighten our day. Add a little color to her life, like she repeatedly does for you, with one of these colorful floral gifts from FTD and ProFlowers:Deliver the Ultimate Royal TreatmentThe ones we love deserve only the best—and then some. Shower your "queen" with fresh cut blooms worthy of royal recognition or take inspiration from traditional afternoon teatime. These gifts are sure to have that special someone beaming atop her throne:Reward Those with a Major Sweet ToothMom may have always said that dessert didn't count as dinner, but these delicious treats from Shari's Berries may change her mind: Timeless Display of AffectionThese classic gifts warm her heart year after year and bring joy to her special day. You can also give Mom the gift that keeps on giving through ProFlowers' new Bloom Refresh™ program and receive a second bouquet 12 days after the first bouquet to refill her vase. See these products and more at www.ftd.com, www.proflowers.com, and www.berries.com. About FTD Companies, Inc.FTD Companies, Inc., is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of b...
Spring Flower Show Success for @Shipley_College - FE NewsTuesday, May 01, 2018
The skills and enthusiasm of Shipley College Floristry students were once again rewarded at the renowned Harrogate Spring Flower Show in April. The spring show hosts Britain’s biggest exhibition of flower arranging and floristry including major installations and around 150 individual works of floral art.Their group entry in the colleges’ section saw them being awarded Silver for their ‘Grand Designs’ exhibit which was designed as a contemporary dressing room with matching accessories.The stunning sophisticated arrangement exhibited in the Floral Art Marquee included a bodice, handbags and shoes. The vibrant pink and orange of the flowers was created using Vanda Orchid, Cala Lily, Ornithogalum, Jatropha Firecrack, Dianthus Green Trick, Bupleurum and Hypericum. Umberella Fern, Lily Grass, China Grass, Flexi Glass and Snake Grass were used for the foliage.Our part-time Level 3 Floristry students also had fantastic success in their individual entries which Laura Pannitt winning 1st place taking 'The Passion Flowers Trophy' in the 'Sp...