Weekly Inspiration: Mother's Day Recap

Happy Wednesday! It's been a while since I have done a midweek post! On Wednesdays, I have decided to share some pictures of the work I have done over the previous weekend, or just a simple snap from something cool for a weekly dose of inspiration. Today I am sharing a recap of my Mother's Day weekend. I had a a very busy weekend. In addition to some of the custom arrangements I made for a number of moms, I had a pop up shop at Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco. It was a bit of work, but also a lot of fun.

This is one of the custom arrangements I made with plum branch, garden rose, tulip, ranunculus, poppy, cilantro blossom, vibernum, orchid, and kumquat. It was not only a hit with the receiver, but my Instagram community LOVED it too! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Sample arrangements I made for our Mother's Day pop up shop. We had two arrangements for sale, one in a bucket, and one in a beaker. The beakers were definitely a hit (and my favorite too)!

Flowers: peony, poppy, rose, geranium, plum, fuchsia, tulip, ranunculus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Some photos of the loose flowers in buckets. They were beautiful just as they were! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I mean, look at these parrot tulips!! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And, last but not least, the arrangement I made for my own mom. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Garden Rose Wreath

My garden has been in full bloom with roses and I thought that for upcoming Mother's Day (in the U.S.) it would be so lovely to make an English rose garden inspired wreath. It looks beautiful and it smells amazing (and I figured out a way to prolong its life by a couple of days too). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers/materials: roses, floral water tubes, floral shears, three (3) already made grapevine wreaths Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I tied the wreaths together to allow some room to insert the flower filled water tubes. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Fill the tubes with water and begin putting the roses inside them. Try and choose different kinds (and colors) of roses for a more natural and organic look. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Insert the tubes into the grapevine wreath. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Continue on adding roses until you have reached the desired fill and look. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

When finished, you will have a beautiful fresh rose wreath for mom that will last several days (and you can refill the tubes)! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Jewelry Box Succulent Garden

For the last post before Mother's Day, I wanted highlight something that you can give your mom that lasts a long time. I made this succulent jewelry box over a month ago, and it is still going strong. Cut succulents are easily replanted in soil and will continue to grow and thrive. If you want to give your mom something this Mother's Day that will last, this is the DIY for you. I found this wonderful glass jewelry box (large) at Pottery Barn and thought that it would be a wonderful vessel for an indoor succulent garden.

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As originally intended. Image courtesy potterybarn.com tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What you'll need: succulents*, succulent soil (or other porous soil - important), plastic wrap, glass box

* You may have noticed that there is an African violet in the center of the box. I wanted to add something with a bit of contrasting color in the center of the garden. Other great choices would be begonia or kalanchoe (also a type of succulent)

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  1. Line the bottom of the box with plastic wrap, and add the soil. This will help keep it from leaking when you mist (not pour) water on it
  2. Add the succulents and flowering plant. Cut succulents will do fine when replanted, but if taking them from existing pots, it is easy to pull them out of the soil and replant without cutting them

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Continue adding until you are satisfied with the look of your garden tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Succulents do not need much water. Mist with water once a week and it will last a very long time tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing and hard-working moms out there!

Credits:

Antique Silver Jewelry Boxes available at Pottery Barn Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao