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Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Tulips from Amsterdam

 Isn't this such a cute picture, it's an exquisite piece of patchwork, I just love it. Anyway back to my topic, tulips...do you remember thse little fellows? Well here is what happened to them......
I was doing the flowers for a wedding today and the buckets were needed to decorate the pews in the church and the altar. The bride had chosen invitations that were a minty green with tiny white polka dots, so I painted the buckets the same way.....

The buckets were drilled and pink cord threaded through and attached to the pews, then a little posy of tulips and peonies was popped into each one. The buckets will then be taken to the reception and used as table decorations (nifty eh?). The 2 larger buckets had a topiary type arrangement like so...

Sadly my camera decided not to work and so you can't see the finished article, with the bun moss around the bottom, but the above photograph is showing a miniature version.

The brides bouquet is mostly white tulips with a few pink and the bridesmaids were all pink. Sorry I have no pictures of the bride.

Poor girl there were bomb scares near the church, and all the guests were ringing up in a state of panic. The weather was not too wonderful either, but at least it didn't rain. I am sure that she will have a wonderful day come what may, but I am just adding this little sentiment from Pinterest, as I think it's good to remember. Have a lovely weekend everyone, and thankyou very much for all your comments on Pinterest, love Linda x


  1. Hello Linda:
    What can we say? How lovely all of this is, how beautifully done and so, so stylish. The church looks magnificent, so pretty, fresh and inviting, and we are sure that the bride, and indeed the entire congregation, would have been absolutely delighted. You are clearly not only very imaginative but hugely talented too.

    We shall, whatever, make sure never in future to post anything of ours which is connected with flower arranging [or lack of arranging]! Too, too shaming!

    We so much hope that after all of that work, and we do not underestimate the time, patience and effort required, you will have a very happy and relaxing weekend.

  2. Dear Linda,

    It must be horrible to have bomb scares on your wedding day.

    Your flowers look very pretty though! Love the way you decorated the pews. So beautiful to mix peonies and tulips!

    Have a happy weekend!

    Lieve groet,

    Madelief x

  3. The flowers are GORGEOUS! Hope all went well with the wedding! I believe it is still gridlock out there. Hubby is late getting home and he is only a mile away!!
    Have a lovely weekend. Cx

  4. What a lovely idea! They look wonderful with the pretty tulips inside, and clever that they could then be moved for the reception tables!
    I'm sure nothing could've spoilt the Brides special day.
    Re; your comments - hmm, think I got a bit carried away with LLB photos, but it was such a novelty finding him there when we'd only been there 5 mins, and at the first garden we saw - I got quite carried away!
    But he's too posh for me!! ;0
    I prefer old AT, much more fun!!!
    The BBC coverage on wed night had a longish feature with LLB in his very large garden that he designed with his wife - was interesting as he's behind the layout and structure, whilst she does the "mummyfying" as she put it!

  5. I love green, pink, and tulips - beautiful!

  6. Linda, what you have done with those wedding flowers is absolutely beautiful. I'm sure the bride will be thrilled to bits. Only two weeks now until my daughter's big day and the flowers are going to be very much like yours. My daughter has these lovely cream enamel jugs to put them in. Exciting times. I love that quote on Pinterest. (I am just going to have to get myself over there!). It's true, we should be kind to everyone we meet, because you never know what they might be going through. Big hugs.

  7. What amazing arrangements, the pew ends are such a wonderful idea and the mix of flowers are so beautiful.
    I hope the wedding went well.
    Enjoy your weekend. Abby x
    ps.thanks for returning with a comment :) x

  8. Just found your blog Linda and love your passion for flower arranging. You are a true artist.
    The church looks spectacular - the energy generated by fresh flowers is magical. I have subscribed to your blog and will look forward to future postings.Now I'm curious about Printerest, so I will say Slan agus Beannacht

  9. So lovely to see your talented work Linda - just beautiful. I'm sure the lucky bride was delighted.

  10. Gosh Linda, you have been busy...the wedding flowers look beautiful.
    Hope you have a relaxing weekend after all your hard work.
    Julie x

  11. Oh Dear Linda ~ the flowers and the containers are just so delightful! You have done such a wonderful job, and I'm sure the bride and bridal party will be so thrilled! Well done, and thank you for sharing the loveliness with us! Love Brenda (hoping this comment publishes ok - having heaps of trouble!)

  12. Linda, you are so amazingly talented! Your client must have been overjoyed! My heart is sad
    to hear that you are having bomb threats in your community. I do not usually get political when blogging...but I hope and pray that all of the past is not stirred up again! Take care, good friend!

  13. Hi Linda, yes, it's my garden, calm and green ;-) but there is always a lot of work to do.
    Love the flowerbuckets in the church!

  14. The English cottage gardens are fantastic! So lovely and romantic! You can't see it on the photo's but there are a few borders in my garden with lots of flowers, pink crane, foxglove, purple sage and hortensia's :-)
    I love green and stylish, but I also love flowers :-)

  15. THe flowers are just gorgeous!! You've done a fantastic job, I love the church pews decorated with their little buckets of flowers. So beautiful!! Leahxx

  16. Hi Lynda! Thanks for passying and stopping by me to have a little dance in 40s..
    These buckets are delicious..I adore this tone of green and I'm fond of polkadots! So fresh and romantic! You're great!

  17. Linda, these arrangements are stunning. I love the tulips and peonies together, they complement each other beautifully and they work so nicely in the little painted buckets.
    Hope you have a relaxing weeked.
    Becky x
    PS Tried to comment on your lovely post yesterday but blogger wasn't having it. What is going on with blogger at the moment?

  18. Hi Linda, Your flowers are so lovely and love your idea with the little buckets x

  19. Dear readers, thankyou all so much for your very kind comments, I really do appreciate them all. Love Linda x

  20. What simply beautiful flower decorations you did for the wedding. It is considered to be lucky if it rains on your wedding day here in Italy. I keep reading about everyone getting hooked on Pinterest, another reason to stay away I cannot spend more time online, although I did take a peep, it looks addictive. :)

  21. Hi Linda
    just stopped by to say thanks for your lovely comments on my blog very kind of you to stop by.
    I must say how beautiful you wedding flowers look especially those polka dot buckets, I adore peony's its a shame they have such a short season.
    Have you been getting the BBC coverage of chelsea flower show? they had some fabulous floral designs of racing colours that Im sure you would enjoy have a great bank holiday,

  22. Wow, you did an amazing job Linda, the flowers look so pretty and perfectly matching.

    I do not know what to say about the bomb scares near the church... how terrible on your weddingday! Poor couple...

    Well anyway, the flowers were absolutely perfect.

    Love, Maaike

  23. Linda...you always amaze me with your entry...tulips does not exist here in our country..so sad...so every time i see a picture of tulips it brigthen my day...like it give me sunshine through out my day.

    I love yellow and pink tulips...still dreaming to have one in my room:)



  24. hI there Linda. Hope you pick this comment up, but I just wanted to say "good luck" again for tomorrow. Will be thinking of you and praying that all goes well. Remember, "in quietness and trust is your strength...." Hugs to you.

  25. Gorgeous tulips! You did a great job. I love the photo from Amsterdam, too.


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