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Ikebana club celebrates 45 years of arranging flowers together - Traverse City Record EagleTuesday, October 24, 2017
Meach said.Members have been gathering together for nearly half a century, ready to arrange together in the style of a certain ikebana school, with conditioned stems and haiku on their agendas. The group, chartered in 1972, celebrates a 45th anniversary Founders’ Day luncheon on Oct. 4 at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club.The ikebana club craze — and a general appreciation for Japanese aesthetics and culture — grew out of post-World War II access to it, said Melvin. Ikebana has long, deep, 550-year-old roots in Japanese culture but the movement to spread it as a symbol of international friendship wasn't until 1956.The late Ellen Gordon Allen, the wife of a U.S. Army major general stationed in Japan after the war, developed an interest in ikebana and made it her mission to share it with the rest of the world. The group, with the motto "Friendship through Flowers,” now has 162 chapters in 55 countries. Its 7,500 members pay 6,000 yen (about $54) every year to Ippan Shadan Hojin Ikebana, or Ikebana International.The Traverse City club's beginnings stirred close to home with Teruko Komesu, who introduced several of her local friends to ikebana concepts, then later became official with the arrival of Mildred Webb, who had started up other chapters elsewhere. Several experts and longtime members have come through the doors over the years, including Elinore Yard, who trained in Japan, and Beth Steffes, who offers up her home and calling reminder services even though she doesn't drive to meetings anymore.And the club draws in its share of new members, typically brought in by a current member who tells a friend, "I think you might like this."Anastasia Johnson was initially taken along to club meetings to accompany Elnora Milliken, one of the club's charter members. But she's considering membership herself, she said."I just love the presentation, the arrangements, they're artistic ... they catch your eyes. Skills here, you can use in other areas," Johnson said, adding that nurturing her artistic side is good for her health. "It's another way to express myself, that artistic part of me. I'm always taking care of others, art allows me to take care of myself, and be more myself."Andi Kramer has been a member of the club for a year, and was drawn to the ikebana process and aesthetic both, she said."When you create, you're using your own inspiration and your awareness changes. You bring energy and awareness to the quiet," Kramer said.Ikebana's minimalist style is big right now, trendspotters said. Bridal magazines are full of "Top 10 ikebana ideas to take (to) your florist," and gush about what the element adds to centerpieces and bouquets.But you don't have to be an artist, or a gardener to enjoy the company. Ann Laurimore taught children of American service members in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Japan, and was exposed to ikebana overseas. When she moved to Traverse City, she went to a meeting, and decided she enjoyed it — even though she's not in love with flowers and gardening."My thumbs are not particularly green," Laurimore said. Of flowers she said, "You put it together; you take it apart —... http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/ikebana-club-celebrates-years-of-arranging-flowers-together/article_44d28eee-0e2a-503a-9398-834fb7c12558.html
Call a spade a flower - The Register-GuardTuesday, January 17, 2017
Each one is in a different medium,” he says, showing the block print sloth that graces his bottled porter.Poetry, too, is a favorite art form, and Moon is apt to make haiku postcards and send them off to friends in the mail. “Writing has always been a deep part of me,” Moon says. “I thoroughly enjoy the art of language.”He studied linguistics at the University of Oregon, after all. Only a language lover could stamp a coupon for a Valentine’s date onto a slip of copper. “It said, ‘Good for One Date’ and ‘While Supplies Last,’” he recalls with a chuckle. “We had a great date, but it didn’t last for very long.”The story of how Moon got into making metal flowers from discarded spade heads has its own bit of poetry, a sort of serendipity that fits Moon.Living in Portland, unemployed and looking for work, he would spend time going to the climbing gym to stay in shape. On the same day that he’d told a friend he was interested in learning about welding, on his walk home from the gym, he was crossing a parking lot when he heard the sound of welding.“So I snuck up on the fence,” Moon says. “I remember it had leaves and flowers all over it as well. I peered in.”He had discovered Manifestation PDX, and soon was working as an apprentice under shopowner Gustov. For a year he learned welding, plasma cutting, angle grinding, and precise measurement. Precise measurement in metal is far more crucial and way less forgiving than with wood, Moon admits.And, yes, there were old shovels lying around the metal shop. The idea took hold. Moon’s first flower? A rose. It was right before Portland’s Rose Festival, and it was right before Mother’s Day. The simplicity of the rose pattern inspired him to make that first cut.Building on processInside the Avant Arc metal shop in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood, Moon works his flower magic, thanks to the support of Patrick Evans and other fellow metal workers.“These guys share a wealth of knowledge,” Moon says. Indeed, some of the metal workers have done some of Ninkasi Brewing Company’s most iconic pieces visible on its Whiteaker site.On this winter’s day, Moon is crafting California poppies into a spade he has already partially cleaned up. “They’re my favorite flower,” he admits.First he draws the design onto the spade front — boldly, with permanent marker.Next he cuts out the design with a blade of searing heat. Scraps are saved for welding back onto the spade later in the process. Once the design is cut, he shaves off more dirt with a rotary wheel, polishing the metal to seem almost brand new. Sparks fly. Then, using a blow torch, Moon manipulates, bends, twists and forms parts of the three-dimensional flower. As he finally welds the petals back in place, one sees the beauties grow and change, popping to life.Moon recently showed and sold his metal flowers as Moon Creations at the Eugene Saturday Market’s Holiday Market.People place his art on fence posts in their yard, or hang them inside the home, or even use them as table centerpieces. “Their use is evolving,” Moon says.As is Moon’s metal art. He will show his works in April at Oakshire Brewery. “I have an idea for coloration that I really want to work on ... I want to bring something different to the table.”Flower sculptures, however, continue to inspire him. “People don’t know what to make about what they’re looking at a lot of the time when it’s manipulated. It forces the brain to think. That’s why I like metal so much, because you can really twist it and it reveals something about yours... http://registerguard.com/rg/life/homeandgarden/35107749-72/call-a-spade-a-flower.html.csp
Pop-Up Florists, Treats by Uber, and More Valentine's Day Weekend Events - Racked NYThursday, February 18, 2016
Voluptuary collection; just RSVP to email@example.com before stopping by.GREENPOINT— Celebrate love this weekend with champagne, Haute Chocolate, poetry from The Haiku Guys, and new vintage purchases at Dusty Rose (251 Greenpoint Ave) this Saturday, February 13th between 12pm and 5pm. http://ny.racked.com/2016/2/11/10966468/flowers-shopping-nyc-events-valentine-weekend-free-february
Gardening: Pink powder puffs are not always that particular color - San Bernardino County SunTuesday, February 27, 2018
The result is reversion to the green foliage form from which the sport derived. A case in point is variegated Hawaiian elf schefflera (Schefflera arboricola ‘Variegata’). New growth on mature plants typically reverts to green.As long as we are talking about Calliandra, we cannot overlook one of our most fetching native plants. It’s known as Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica) due to its delicate whisk broom flowers. Both pink powder puff (10 feet tall and wide at maturity) and Baja fairy duster (5 feet tall and wide at maturity) may be grown as stand-alone shrubs or trained up a trellis. Baja fairy duster is renowned for its seemingly endless flower production. Only for brief periods will you not find at least one or two blooms on display.Grace Hampton, who gardens in Burbank, wrote to inquire about the sabra prickly pear cactus that grows in Israel and throughout the Mediterranean, wondering how it got there since it is native to Mexico. This cactus arrived in the Mediterranean courtesy of Spanish explorers who brought back samples from their Mesoamerican expeditions.Although both the fruit and the pads of this cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) are edible, the Spanish had a different application in mind. Their interest was in the red pigment that was found in the gut of white cochineal scale insects that attach themselves to prickly pear cactus pads.If you have any of this cactus in your yard, you have probably noticed the presence of these sticky insects at one time or another.From the time the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the 16th century, until the advent of synthetic dyes in the late 19th century, cochineal scales were the main source of red textile dye in America and Europe.Spain had a monopoly on the cochineal dye market for about 250 years until scale-laden cactus pads were surreptitiously exported — by the French and Portuguese — to the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and Portugal.Sessile female scales attach themselves to prickly pear cactus pads, stick their proboscises into the pads, and suck cactus sap for sustenance. In the process, they produce a rich scarlet pigment known as carminic acid. This metabolite is stored in the gut of the female scales, to be used in defending themselves from attacking a...
How an Ecuadorian rose makes the journey to your American sweetheart for Valentine's Day - The Denver PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Fahrenheit. Too cold, they freeze. Too warm, they wilt. Too dry, they shrivel. A special room is set aside for tropical flowers sourced from Hawaii and other equatorial destinations, which demand temperatures in the 60s and even more humidity.The Amato team has pulled long hours since the first holiday flowers were delivered on Feb. 6. Now, Amato’s coolers are stuffed to brim for Valentine’s Day, but the wholesaler’s team moves with balletic precision and grace as they wheel dollies packed with product through narrow paths. It helps that many employees have worked there for a decade or longer.Head receiver Alfredo Giles, a nine-year Amato employee, enjoys the team’s passion for the work and the friendships they’ve formed on the cooler floor. But no one is a bigger fan of his job than his wife.“Every time I get home she says, ‘You smell like flowers,’ ” Giles said. He makes sure to bring home her favorites, roses and lilies.Carrie Miller, an Amato saleswoman for 13 years, had a magnetic connection with flowers from an early age. As a girl she would hop her grandparents’ fence to pluck blooms from the neighbor’s garden to make into arrangements. As she loads dozens of flowers onto a dolly at Amato, the petals blend in with a colorful full sleeve tattoo on her left arm of peonies, irises, sweet peas and, yes, roses.“I was born to do this,” she said.Weickum expects the holiday crunch time to continue through a final push on Valentine’s Day morning. Then Amato’s coolers will have a couple months to breathe before a rash of floral festivities arrive: Easter, prom season and the wholesaler’s top sales driver: Valentine’s Day is Amato’s second busiest holiday — Mother’s Day reigns supreme.“Everybody has a mom,” Weickum said. “Not everybody has a sweetheart.”...
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Connecticut, Virginia, Texas and both North and South Carolina, Yeti coolers were in the top five. Pedicures made the top five most popular list in Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.Flickr, RaySunglasses made the top five list in several states, including Alaska, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Evening though chocolates and roses dominated the list, in Wyoming, gummy bears made the top five, while Oreos were big in Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
Best of Honolulu 2017: Services - HONOLULU Magazine (blog)Tuesday, January 16, 2018
And seeing our team grow has been super exciting. I love working with people who love to come to work.”1917 Colburn St., (808) 735-7788, gourmeteventshawaii.com.Shibori ClassOnce a centuries-old Japanese method of resist dyeing, shibori is making a comeback in a big, bold way. It’s everywhere—on Pinterest, on reusable tote bags and in the collection of local designer Malia Jones. The Honolulu Museum of Art is offering a four-session workshop this summer with artist Gail Toma in August. Cost is $140 (plus $35 for supplies). Learn how to manipulate the fabric—binding, tying, folding—and use indigo dye to create a one-of-a-kind design.honolulumuseum.orgHidden Orchid SourcePhoto: David CroxfordFollow the handlettered cardboard signs to Plant Hawai‘i in Waimanalo on the weekends to find direct-from-the-farm deals on stunning orchids, hybridized hibiscus and a wide array of plumeria. The Willson and Picquet families created a green oasis of flowering plants off a rutted road nearly three years ago. Customers who discovered the orchids—some as low as $10 a plant—can find trays of flowers to brighten their homes. “People like the feeling of coming out to the country,” says co-owner Scot Willson. “We’re always going to fill the greenhouse with cool stuff every week.” He says their floral design work for weddings and events is growing but not replacing their core flower business: growing and selling beautiful and often hard-to-find blooms, from fragrant honohono and brilliant shades of vanda to ready-to-plant plumeria. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. Check the website for other times. 41-928 Kaka‘ina St., Waimanalo, (808) 384-2065, planthawaii.com.Best Pet PhotographerPhotos: Steve CzerniakFull disclosure: Our pick for the island’s best pet photographer also happens to be HONOLULU Magazine’s regular food shooter, too. Steve Czerniak started snapping portraits of pets in 2010 as Wag and Snap Photography, using a natural-light style and simple, beautiful outdoor settings—no coconut-shell bikini tops to be found here. “I don’t do schlock,” he says. “I like for the dogs to look like dogs.” The results are high-quality, memorable and seriously cute.wagandsnap.com.Best LocksmithReader PickFor nearly 50 years, Salz Lock & Safe has been providing top-of-the-line locksmithing. Husband-and-wife founders Herm and Tomiko Salz opened the original shop on Monsarrat Avenue in 1970, then passed it to son Joe, daughter Linda and nephew Mark. “Our clients rely on us to help them secure their homes, restaurants, vehicles and stores,” says Linda Salz-Goto. “Our team collectively has well over 200 years of experience.” Salz takes care of it all: rekeying locks, installing safes, duplicating keys, programming automotive chip keys, the works. When it comes to keeping things locked up, Salz is your (ahem) safest bet.3012 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 734-6557, salzlock.com.3-D Printing ServicePhoto: David CroxfordIt’s remarkable how quickly 3-D printing has caught on with architecture firms, medical institutions and manufacturers. For the average Joe or Jane, though, it’s pricey to get your design or replacement part done. You can go to 3-D shops and work with them for a fee to make your prototype a reality, but to get hands-on with a 3-D printer on an ad hoc basis? Good luck. http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/July-2017/Best-of-Honolulu-2017-Services/