It´s one of the most important days of your life. Or it´s the wedding of your dear friend or a beloved family member ? what can you do to help make it as memorable and personal as possible? Add a graceful and unique touch to the celebration with handcrafted decorations and keepsakes! This practical guide will show you how to quickly and easily create a terrific variety of ornaments: a centerpiece, guest gift, tablescape, and more. You don´t need any crafting experience for these easy projects, and best of all, they can be completed in less than a single day.Each book in Dover´s Make in a Day series presents 15 projects with illustrated step-by-step instructions. The beginner-friendly projects are ideal for anyone wishing to whip up something simple but special. Supplies are easy tofind and are readily available at major craft stores. Other titles in the series include Make in a Day: Modern Wreaths, Make in a Day: Pompom Crafts,Make in a Day: Paper Flowers, Make in a Day:Garlands, and Make in a Day: Centerpieces.
´´...The foul and foggy night of early February was descending, some weeks after the scene in the Cockpit, on the river and the town. Night was falling from the heavens; or rather, night seemed to be rising from the earth-steamed up, black, from the dingy trampled snow of the streets, and from the vapors that swam above the squalid houses. There was coal-smoke and a taste of lucifer matches in the air. In the previous night there had been such a storm as London seldom sees; the powdery, flying snow had been blown for many hours before a tyrannous northeast gale, and had settled down, like dust in a neglected chamber, over every surface of the city. Drifts and ´´snow-wreathes,´´ as northern folk say, were lying in exposed places, in squares and streets, as deep as they lie when sheep are ´´smoored´´ on the sides of Sundhope or Penchrist in the desolate Border-land. All day London had been struggling under her cold winding-sheet, like a feeble, feverish patient trying to throw off a heavy white counterpane. Now the counterpane was dirty enough. The pavements were three inches deep in a rich greasy deposit of mud and molten ice. Above the round glass or iron coverings of coal-cellars the foot-passengers slipped, ´´ricked´´ their backs, and swore as they stumbled, if they did not actually fall down, in the filth...´´
´´A great multitude of people filled the church, crowded together in the old black pews, standing closely thronged in the nave and aisles, pressing shoulder to shoulder even in the two chapels on the right and left of the apse, a vast gathering of pale men and women whose eyes were sad and in whose faces was written the history of their nation. The mighty shafts and pilasters of the Gothic edifice rose like the stems of giant trees in a primeval forest from a dusky undergrowth, spreading out and uniting their stony branches far above in the upper gloom. From the clerestory windows of the nave an uncertain light descended halfway to the depths and seemed to float upon the darkness below as oil upon the water of a well. Over the western entrance the huge fantastic organ bristled with blackened pipes and dusty gilded ornaments of colossal size, like some enormous kingly crown long forgotten in the lumber room of the universe, tarnished and overlaid with the dust of ages. Eastwards, before the rail which separated the high altar from the people, wax torches, so thick that a man might not span one of them with both his hands, were set up at irregular intervals, some taller, some shorter, burning with steady, golden flames, each one surrounded with heavy funeral wreaths, and each having a tablet below it, whereon were set forth in the Bohemian idiom, the names, titles, and qualities of him or her in whose memory it was lighted. Innumerable lamps and tapers before the side altars and under the strange canopied shrines at the bases of the pillars, struggled ineffectually with the gloom, shedding but a few sickly yellow rays upon the pallid faces of the persons nearest to their light...´´
Provides step-by-step instructions for creating twenty-five paper flowers from tissue and crepe paper, and explains how to combine the flowers to arrange garlands, wreaths, table decorations, and corsages.
In The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations, artist Livia Cetti ups the ante with a host of grander and more intricate flowers and projects-more blooms, more petals, stronger stems, and bigger, bolder arrangements! Cetti will teach you how to play with size, shape, color, and texture to create 25 vibrant single stems in a variety of natural shapes-globes, spikes, bells, saucers, rectangles, cones, and arcs-including hydrangeas, coral charm peonies, honeysuckles, and paperwhites. Then, you´ll use these elemental shapes to build the 15 bright, abundant arrangements, including bold wreaths, bountiful bouquets, fantastical gilded wall art, and blooming garlands. Introducing new, neverbefore-seen techniques for dyeing paper and creating moldable leaves and petals, this gorgeous guide is perfect for crafters of all skill levels interested in making realistic and unique home decor, gifts, accessories, and entertaining essentials.
A GUIDE TO DECORATING WITH BRANCHES ALL YEAR LONGFrom the authors of the wildly popular Flower Recipe Book come 100 inventive projects to make flowering and leafy branches throughout the year. In the spring, you ll learn to create a cherry blossom bough or a centerpiece of lilacs and olive branches. In the summer, a garland features sages with pomegranates and citrus-colored strawflowers. In autumn, wreaths are made out of magnolias and rosemary. Winter highlights cedar, pine, and juniper, yielding unexpected table settings and new wreath shapes. With detailed ingredients lists, clear instructions, and hundreds of step-by-step photos-plus tutorials covering basic techniques, sourcing, and care information-success is guaranteed!
This lavishly photographed book from renowned floral designer Ariella Chezar provides step-by-step instructions for 39 seasonal floral arrangements and projects that celebrate the splendor of flowers, the bounty of the changing seasons, and the wild beauty of nature in your home. Just as fruits and vegetables taste best when they are harvested locally and seasonally, flowers that are picked close to home and at their peak reflect a true connection to time and place. Nature does not deliver its harvest all at once--each season has its stars and Ariella Chezar, author of The Flower Workshop, shows you how to make the most of them. Seasonal Flower Arranging follows Mother Nature´s lead to create dazzling arrangements from the distinctive gifts of the changing seasons, from a charming spring bouquet for Mother´s Day to a bold garland for a summer wedding, and from a bounteous Thanksgiving table to a wintery holiday wreath. There are arrangements for seasonal holidays, special occasions, or just everyday life featuring tulips, roses, peonies, dahlias, and other flowers that are easily found at farmers´ markets, local shops, or grown in your own backyard. The book includes detailed instructions on how to re-create 39 floral designs, plus the inspiration and techniques to allow you to create your own original art out of nature.