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DIY painted vases in stripes and polka dots - amerrymom.com

Add flair to flower arrangements with DIY painted vases

Flower arrangements always add a lovely touch to a room. I love to decorate with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, like the roses I received recently.

To make sure I always have a vase handy for flowers, I stocked up with a few simple, inexpensive glass vases from a dollar store.  Although the flowers are the focus, I decided to paint the vases to add to the beauty of my flower arrangements.

These DIY painted vases are a fun way to display beautiful flowers!

DIY painted vases from amerrymom.comThe best part is that they are so simple to make!

Polka-dot vase

For one vase, I added silver sparkle in a polka-dot pattern.  The effect is easy to create with some circular yard-sale price stickers that remove easily.  I attached the stickers in a random pattern around the vase, then used two layers of silver craft paint.  DIY painted polka dot vase - in progress - amerrymom.comThe first layer was a metallic silver acrylic paint (Plaid Folk Art) that I applied with a paint sponge.  I tried using a paint brush first, but it left brush marks on the glass so I switched.  The sponge left a pattern as well; I decided it looked better than the brush marks.

The second layer was a silver glitter paint (Deco Art Glamour Dust) for some extra bling.  I removed the stickers before the paint dried so they wouldn’t pull off the paint.

It turned out lovely!DIY polka dot vase - amerrymom.com

Striped vase

For the second vase, I decided to try spray painting.  I attached blue painter’s tape in a vertical pattern, then sprayed with Krylon gold metallic paint in a few light layers.

DIY spray painted stiped vase in process - amerrymom.comI removed the tape before the paint dried so it wouldn’t pull off the paint.

Through this process, I realized I’m not super steady with the spray paint.   The stripes on my finished vase weren’t as perfect as I would have liked, but it still turned out nice!

Peonies in DIY striped painted vase - amerrymom.comThese vases are perfect to display the peonies from my flower garden that I brought inside to enjoy!

DIY painted vases are also a great way to add a thoughtful touch to a gift bouquet for any occasion.  At this time of the year, a hand-painted vase makes a nice hostess gift or teacher gift.  Starting with a dollar store vase, it’s a low cost project with big impact!

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Enjoying May flowers – five tips for beautiful peony blooms

May is a wonderful month for many reasons.  May flowers are some of my favorite things.  This spring, the peony I planted a couple of years ago has its first blooms – and they are beautiful!

The fattest and  most scrumptious  of all flowers,  a rare fusion  of fluff and majesty,  the peony    is now coming  into bloom.    ~ Henry Mitchell,  American writer  (1923-93) - amerrymom.comThese lovely flowers were worth the wait over the past couple of years when the plant only had leaves on it.  It’s a good thing it has nice leaves.

When I planted it, I didn’t know much about peonies except that they are pretty.  I didn’t realize that they don’t bloom for a couple of years, so at first I thought my plant was a dud.  It was a happy day to finally see the first peony buds this spring!  They’re so lovely in full bloom.Peonies - amerrymom.com

Five tips for growing garden peonies

Although I’m not a gardening expert, I’ve learned several helpful tips for growing peonies in my flower garden.

1.  Be patient.  Since peonies take a couple of years to become established and bloom, give them time.  Planting annuals near the peony, but not too close, can bring blooms to the area without creating deep roots that will compete with the peony.  The tall green foliage pairs nicely with many annuals.  Take care that any companion plants don’t block the peony’s sun.

2.  Pick the location wisely.  Because of the establishment period, peonies are not ideal for transplanting to a new location.  Know your gardening zone and the requirements for your specific variety of peony.  Find a spot with full sun and provide fertile, well-drained soil.  Plan for their mature height and width, usually about 2-3 feet.

3.  Provide support.  Peony flowers tend to droop and need support.  You can buy or make stakes or rings to prop them up.  I placed a slightly taller obelisk by the peony while it was bare to add interest to my flower garden.  Now it provides a nice support for the flowers.May peonies - amerrymom.com4.  Trim back foliage in the fall.  Peonies don’t need a lot of ongoing care, but cutting back the foliage in the fall can help avoid disease.  Light mulch may be applied in the autumn; mulch should be removed in the spring.

5.  Tolerate ants on the buds.  Ants are attracted to peony buds for the nectar.  The benefit is that ants help control other pests that damage buds.  They generally move on after the bud has opened, but take care that the ants are gone when bringing cut flowers indoors.

With just a little planning and minimal care, peonies are a beautiful addition to a flower garden!

What are your favorite May flowers?

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A rainbow of roses for a beautiful bouquet

One thing that always makes me a merry mom is decorating with beautiful flowers.  Inside, outside, everywhere.  I love flowers!

So imagine my excitement when I received this rainbow of roses today!Rainbow rose bouquet from The Bouqs Company - AMerryMom.com

It’s a stunning bouquet.  I smile every time I look at it – and my house smells heavenly!

I’ve been trying to decide where to display them for the greatest enjoyment of both the color and the scent.  No matter where I put them, they become the cheery focal point of the room.

I love that not only are these flowers gorgeous, they also have a cool backstory since they were grown on an active volcano in Ecuador.

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Now, before you start to think I have the greatest hubby in the world who sent me this amazing arrangement, they actually arrived courtesy of The Bouqs Company.  OK, my hubby’s pretty great, but I accepted this particular free bouquet – or bouq, as they call it – to review here as part of the Bouqs Ambassador program.

I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of The Bouqs Company before they contacted me a couple of weeks ago.  But when I did some research and read about them, I was happy to participate.

The Bouqs Company stands out in the online flower business by doing things differently to provide the freshest flowers at a great price.  They have eco-friendly, sustainable farms in South America and California that cut your flowers when you order (for fewer wasted stems) and ship them straight from the farm for faster delivery.  According to the company, their flowers arrive within five days after being cut – compared to other companies’ flowers arriving up to 14 days after being cut.

I placed my order online at thebouqs.com on April 9.  The site promised that my flowers would arrive on April 16, and FedEx delivered them right on time.

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My Bouqs box of joy

The website also points out that their farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education.  That means I can feel good about the social impact when buying flowers from them.

For my review, I picked the rainbow bouq because it seemed perfect for Easter.  As you can see, it is lovely!  It really adds to the beauty of the season.  Rainbow rose bouquet - AMerryMom.com

The colors within the rainbow are very vibrant and less pastel than I expected.  The blue flower is unique, with blue-tinged leaves.  It’s not a typical color for roses, so it’s a fun addition in the arrangement and definitely catches your eye!Rainbow bouquet - AMerryMom.com

My bouq arrived with two extra flowers.  I received 14 stems, rather than the dozen that were promised.  Nice!

I read on their web site that they regularly ship extra stems to ensure their customers get what they paid for, in case of an imperfection.  In my bouquet, there was one stem that was partially broken.  It’s the short orange rose in front.  I cut that stem shorter so the broken part would be fully submerged in the water to keep it fresh as long as possible.  It still looks beautiful, and the extra flowers certainly made up for it.

There are many other beautiful arrangements available on thebouqs.com.  It was hard to narrow down the choices to just one selection!  Oh – and I love the pricing structure.  It’s a flat rate that includes shipping for a hassle-free ordering experience.

These flowers would be a great gift for Mother’s Day.  Because flowers make moms happy!

Disclosure:  I received a free bouquet in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.
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