Two Tips Tuesday – It’s Fall Y’All!

Happy Tuesday! Last Monday started the first day of Fall and it always makes me think about how beautiful the mountains in North Carolina look in the Fall. I have never been able to see in person the Fall leaves in the mountains but hopefully soon I will be able to. I’ve always gone in the Summer time and once in Winter when my Dad passed away. The pictures above show the Fall leaves but picture it all green in the summer time – it’s just as beautiful. Apart from being with my family (and church family) this is my most favorite place to be.

Today’s tips are going to be about how to work with silk florals but more specifically Fall foliage since it’s that time of the year.

Tip #1 – How to get rid of those pesky labels. When working with silk florals and foliage you can’t escape the labels which have the price/SKU and brand name on them.

The one on the right you will need scissors to cut off. The one on the left has to be done gently because the stem is covered with paper tape and will rip very easy when removing the label. These two types have no easy way around removing labels.

But, these types of flowers/foliage are very easy to remove without having to cut them off which can be time consuming because the labels are hard to cut through because of the little loop. Trying to get your scissors’ blade in between the branch and the loop is very hard.

If you take the little top off the branch, you can slide the leaves off and then slide the label right off. Once the label is off you can reattach everything.

With these type of florals, all you need to do is pull off the flower and slide the label right off. In the photo on the right, although the label’s hole is small it easily slides off the flower base.

Tip #2 – Easily cut down the size of your bouquets and do it evenly without measuring. Trying to cut through the fat part of the bottom of it can be difficult. Even more difficult is trying to get all of your bouquets to be same size or alternate heights evenly. First thing you will need is a good pair of wire cutters. This DeWalt wire cutter is the best I’ve ever used.

Once you have a good pair of wire cutters, you are ready to get started. On bouquets, you will notice that there are notches every so often on the base. All bouquets that are the same size usually have them in the same place. These markings make it easy to cut and also gives you a guide for cutting all of your bouquets evenly. If you are trying to alternate sizing you cut on another notch.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:3

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