Friday, December 28, 2012

Roses, Roses, Roses...and Rhinestones!

Ashley of Michigan carried this 
Rhinestone-Studded Rose Bridal Bouquet!

She found me on Pinterest and 
I pressed and preserved her bridal bouquet forever!

Scrapbook Squares are 2inch Art Pieces
Made from Left Over Petals to Decorate the Brides Scrapbook!

Inside many varieties of roses, 
there is one tiny heart-shaped petal!
 This Single Red Rose Petal
Makes a Stunning Pendant!
 All Pressed Flower Art by Annie Fentz, Pressed Garden, Austin, Texas

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lillies, Roses, Snapdragons, Orchids, Hydrangea, Pincoushion Protea and Autumn Leaves!

Melanie, from Illinois, Carried This Vibrant Autumn Bridal Bouquet 
and Chose to Have it Preserved Around Her Wedding Photograph!

Balloon Shaped Beveled Glass Ornament
Made from Petals of Melanie's Bouquet
Scrapbook Squares are 2-inch Pieces of Art
Made from Leftover Bridal Bouquet Petals
And Used To Decorate the Bride's Scrapbook! 

Pendants Made From A Rose Petal
And An Orchid Petal! 

All Pressed Flower Art by Annie Fentz, Pressed Garden, Austin, Texas  

Friday, December 21, 2012

Roses, Lizianthus, Trick Carnations, Hydrangea, Hypericum Berries and Orchids

Elizabeth, from Texas, Carried This Beautiful Bridal Bouquet
Florist: Classic Gourmet, Arlington, TX
Photographer: Sanmay Photography, Grand Prairie, TX 

The Bridal Bouquet is Arranged
Around The Wedding Invitation!
In the Corner Are Ribbons from the Bride's Bouquet 
and Her Bridesmaid's Bouquet!

Intricate Pressed Flower Art 
This Bouquet is Now Preserved Forever! 

All Pressed Flower Art by Annie Fentz, Pressed Garden, Austin, Texas

Soft Pink Roses and White Hydrangea ~

Alex of California carried the most fragrant 
Rose and Hydrangea Bouquet! 

A Close Up of Alex's Preserved Bridal Bouquet!

Teardrop Shaped Beveled Glass Ornament
Made from Left Over Petals

 All Pressed Flower Art by Annie Fentz, Pressed Garden, Austin, Texas

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nicolette's Autumn Bridal Bouquet ~

Set in Pennsylvania, in October, Nicolette's Bouquet Was an 
Autumn Explosion of Color! 
Yellow Roses, Orange Lillies, Orange and Yellow Gerbera Daisies, 
Orange Calla Lillies, and Silk Autumn Leaves!

The bride chose to have her bridal bouquet preserved forever 
with the front and the inside of her wedding invitation.

Each petal is pressed, dried, color enhanced, if needed, 
creatively arranged, vacuum sealed and then professionally framed!

Teardrop Beveled Glass Ornament ~ 
Yellow Rose, Autumn Leaves on a Brown Background, 
Finished off with Velvet in the back and hanging from a Golden Ribbon.

All Pressed Flower Art by Annie Fentz, Pressed Garden, Austin, Texas

Friday, October 12, 2012

Making Potpourri ~*

Today I am making Potpourri!  

I preserve Wedding, Memorial and Quinceanera bouquets.
 Whenever there are leftover petals, 
I make potpourri for my customers at no charge. 

It is easier to make than you might think!

You can use the dried up, waning parts of a bouquet
you have received from a special occasion!
Gather autumn leaves, garden flowers, leaves, berries,
seed pods, grasses, interesting sticks, etc.
For an extra effect, slice oranges, lemons or limes and let them dry.
You can also add cinnamon sticks or whole cloves.
Get creative by adding bits of ribbon, beads, glitter and other items, too!

Remove stems and take flowers apart.
Spread your plant material out on newsprint paper,
a cookie sheet, or in a large open basket.
 Let the petals sit for a week or two, 
gently turning them over now and then.

When everything is dry and the threat of mold is past, 
Gather up your plant material in a plastic bag.
Add a few drops of scented oil to the bag.
Close the bag and turn it gently.
Let it set for a day so all the flowers absorb the scent.

 You can find scented oils in the candle making section of the craft store.
(This step can be omitted)

You have made potpourri!!!

Display the potpourri in a pretty bowl, basket, or a decorative container!

Christmas Ornaments 

You can find glass ball ornaments at the craft store.
Carefully pull the top off and gently push petals into the ball. 
Tie with matching ribbon, or a ribbon from your special event!
Add glitter or confetti for bling!
With a gold marker, mark the date and event when you received the flowers!

I love making potpourri and my customers are always surprised
by this little unexpected gift!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Classic Red Rose Bouquet ~*

Katie from California provided the logo
that was placed at the bottom of her Preserved Bridal Bouquet.  
This Pressed Flower Art is made up of classic Red Roses!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

White Hydrangea, Carnations, Grass and Hypericum Berries ~

Preserved Bridal Bouquet of White Hydrangea 
and Carnations, Beautiful Grasses 
and Hypericum Berries! 

Thank you Angelica from AZ!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lillies, Alstromeria, Button Mums Bridal Bouquet ~

Melissa from PA carried these lovely Orange Lillies, 
Pink Alstromeria, Green Button Mums and 
Baby's Breath in her Wedding.  
The Bridal Bouquet was preserved 
with her Wedding Photo!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Peonies and Roses ~

Beautiful, Fragrant White and Pink Peonies always take me back to Indiana, 
where they are the State Flower.  
This Texas Bridal Bouquet was brimming with Peonies. 
The White Roses had just a blush of pink.  
They filled my studio with fragrance as I enjoyed preserving every petal! 

The lace piece in the corner had been wrapped around the stems of the bouquet 
and added a nice touch to the art!

Heart-Shaped Beveled Glass Ornaments made from left-over petals!

Graduation Lei of Rose Buds and Orchids!

This Graduation Party Theme for this University of Texas Grad was "Hawaiian" 
and she was honored with a gift of a beautiful Lei to celebrate!  
I preserved the Lei and arranged the flowers around her graduation photo's.

Classic Red Rose Bridal Bouquet...with Grass!

This Bride from Ohio, carried a Classic Red Rose Bouquet, 
embellished with Crab Grass, to honor her father, 
who is in the lawn care business!

I love the endlessly creative ways that brides express their love 
through the bouquet they carry on their wedding day!

She also chose to remember her wedding day
with a Teardrop Beveled Glass Ornament!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Keepsakes from Left-Over Petals ~*

These are a couple of products I offer my customers, 
made from the left over petals from their bouquets!

~Scrapbook Squares~

2 inch art made from your left-over petals
to decorate your scrapbook!

 ~Beveled Glass Ornaments~

Heart, Balloon or Teardrop Shaped Beveled Glass Ornaments
made from your left-over flower petals!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Preserved Garden Flowers ~

Memorial of Garden Flowers surround the photo of a loved one.

Roses, Lizianthus, Obedient Plant, Yarrow and Dried Grasses and Wheat ~*

 This Texas Bride carried a bouquet included
dried flowers and seed heads in it.  
We could not use those, as they were already dry, hard 
and would have crumbled under the pressure of the presses.  
I did "fake" it with adding the wheat straws.  
The ribbon at the bottom represents the burlap ribbon 
that was wrapped around the stem of the bouquet.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tiny Rose Buds and Babies Breath ~

This Texas bride wore a wrist corsage of tiny Rose Buds and Babies Breath.  
The groom had a matching boutonniere.
I combined them both and arranged them around their Wedding Vows! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

White Roses and Anemone's ~*

Elizabeth, from Austin, TX, carried these beautiful White Roses and Anemone's in her wedding.  
They had just a blush of pink and came out beautiful! 
The flowers are arranged around her Wedding Invitation!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Calla's, Roses, Orchids, Ranunculous!

Ivy, from Georgia, carried this Beautiful Bouquet of White Roses, Red and White Ranunculous, White and Deep Purple Calla's and Red and Purple Orchids in her Wedding. They are arranged around her invitation.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Quinceaneara Daisies!

In the Hispanic Culture, Quinceanera is the celebration
of a young girl coming of age.  
It is celebrated on her 15th birthday with many beautiful traditions.  
These Dyed Daisies are preserved and embellished with 
rhinestones and the birthday girls sash!