Reasons to Deliver Valentine’s Day Flowers Early

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Rosaprima roses are our signature delivery on Valentine’s Day in Statesboro, Georgia.

  1. It’s CRAZY ROMANTIC. We love a good surprise.
  2. Wow her coworkers. You’ll be the hero in the office. “When your delivery man walks into the bank, it’s like a fire alarm went off. Every woman in the bank looks up and stares. You could hear ah pin drop,” Shane Guering local bank manager laughs. Enough said.
  3. Someone will bet there. There’s nothing like surprising someone with a flower delivery. And, you wanna make it go off without a hitch. If you are unsure if she’ll be home on Valentine’s Day. It’s on Saturday and there’s lots we girls could be doing like shopping (hey we’re being honest here!). Send them to her work early in the week when you KNOW someone will be there to receive them.
  4. Not sitting in the cold. The weather is totally unpredictable this year, and flowers are delicate. Outside weather – sun, cold, heat, rain and last year snow, do not go well with flowers. Delivering early in the weeks means we have more time to reach her so the flowers aren’t left behind.
  5. Enjoy those bad boys (the gorgeous roses!) alll week long. Bring on  Valentine’s and Saturday night!
  6. One less thing to do on Valentine’s Day. You’ll have a million things to do that day. Order http://www.colonialhouse.net/collections/valentines-day and we will save you time. You’re welcome.
  7. Beat the Valentine’s Day rush – more options. It’s simple supply and demand. Early bird gets the worm and the best chocolates, prettiest strawberries, flowers and teddy bears. You’ll have more to choose from early on.
  8. Surprise her – ask her out. Send the flowers as a formal invitation to your special Valentine’s Day date night. Hey, include a gift card for dinner if you like. Text messages are so beneath your smooth moves.
  9. Because when was the last time you did something for the first time? http://www.colonialhouse.net

Best Florist In Statesboro Herald’s Best Of The Boro 2014 Contest

Thank you for voting Colonial House of Flowers Best Florist in the Statesboro Herald Best of the Boro Contest 2014.

#WeLoveBoro

There’s something magical about Statesboro. You know it’s true. For us, there’s something special about being here since 1968. Thank you for welcoming us into your homes, businesses, events, weddings, funerals, and hearts all these years.

We work so hard, putting every single thing we have into every single thing we do. It means long hours some days. It means giving up time with our family and friends to make things for you. It means researching, making mistakes, learning, growing, and creating awesome. This really is an honor for our little shop. We appreciate you very, very much.

Thank you, Statesboro.

Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair 2013

Starry Night by Colonial House of Flowers.Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair 2013 Display.   Photography; @Jessica Porter

We are beyond ecstatic to show you some pics from the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair last week. It’s our chance to share with you the exciting projects we’ve been working on (because there is so much time, effort, fun and love in them you just won’t believe}

We call our booth Starry Night by Colonial House. It makes us think of Vincent Van Gough though it doesn’t carry the same magnificance. It makes our inner artist smile. 🙂

For those of you who do not know, Colonial House of Flowers has been a part of the fair for as long as we can remember. After a short few year hiatus, we returned to the scene in 2012 (in the parade & display) as we reminisced of the Christmas House by Colonial House of year’s past. Though we didn’t revive the old peek-through into Santa’s world, we did enter a booth display. And, oh, oh, the fun it was – so we did it again this year!
Love the tandem bike ride through downtown Statesboro to the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair Parade. BEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR!
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This last photo is of Mike Bowen & Greg Ponder post the party, end of the week after it was all over. You guys represent a whole lot of people that we want to thank for the endless hours of hardwork and enthusiasm that you and the Kiwanis put into this Statesboro tradition. 4-H. Pittman Park Church. And, we know there are many others.
The fair holds a special place in our hearts. Thank you for the best one, yet. See you in 2014!
Lori Grice Photography took a few photos, this year. And, Southern Revivals, Cindy Howard, Leslie Brammer, 67 Styles shared pictures, too. Thank you so much!!

Style Tip: Uncage Your Creativity

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[photography: bella jay photography wedding rental: colonial house of flowers]

These days, wedding birdcages are everything but boring. By simply adding ribbon, candles, flowers, signs or even a little chalk you can make a boring birdcage into a whimsical style building element. If you’re from the south Georgia area you likely recognize this bird cage – as part of our rental lot it’s been a touch in many of our favorite couple’s nuptials over the years.

Here are some birdcage ideas:


So, back to the bird cage at the very tip top. Do you recognize it? Was it a part of your event? Tell us how you used it. Better, share your pictures with us. Yes! We’d love to see:  hello@colonialhouse.net

more birdcage inspiration: 

How To Decorate Bird Cages

How To Use Bird Cages In Your Wedding

6 Great Uses for Birdcages

Spanish Moss

Hey, y’all. We’ve got something to admit. We are in absolute adulation. The head-over-heels totally infatuated kind. We are in love with spanish moss. It’s whimsical and oh-so-romantic in the way it drapes, it swings and it sways.

Like a curtain that sprawls to the floor, falling heavy in some creases while lightly in others. It’s the quiet blind that shades the canvas. Hanging naturally beautiful, it grows rampantly throughout the canopy of the south. And we say grows because afterall, it is a bromeliad air plant that thrives on nutrients and moisture. It breeds and lives.

Once you lay your eyes on this iconic fixture in trees throughout the southeastern United States, ,you’ll be smitten too!

Ready to take a peek? 

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   What do you think?

 It’s soft to touch while easy to forage and collect. Gathering enough for our shop plants makes for a peaceful, quiet undisturbed afternoon. In fact, we’ve all volunteered to be the weekly moss collector.

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Providing rich, luxe protection for indoor plants, spanish moss is the satin and lace that dress your girl. It’s the beautiful skirt that your favorite plant wears about the container that practically mulches her roots keeping her warm and protected.  It provides one of the prettiest frocks you ever did lay eyes on.

The Grumpy Gardner calls it a signature plant of the Deep South. And, that it is.

So now you know our secret obsession with fresh moss. You can probably guess why we don’t buy it in a box. Why we spend afternoons collecting. Why we all jump at the opportunity for have the next responsibility of collection.

The next time you see a Colonial House plant happily growing in a container look at the dress… and, you’ll know exactly what it is: spanish moss.

Sunday Style Tip: Spray Paint Mini Pumpkins

Ideas for Fall Decorating - spray painted mini pumpkins

Sunday Style Tip!

Set the mood for Fall entertaining. Spray paint mini pumpkins for instant chic. Pop them on top of candle sticks or cake plates for a glam and quick & easy, yet unforgettable centerpiece.

PS: Our mini-pumpkins will be in this week!

We are constantly dreaming up DIY projects that we can easily do, and that others can quickly & inexpensively create.  Fall is just fabulous… love it. And, can’t quit dreaming up ways to decorate.

“Bring the outdoors in,” say the Colonial House staffers. If you hang about the shop you’ll hear it over, and over again. Autumn offers a perfect opportunity to live up to the company mantra especially with items like, pumpkins so-everywhere.

Casa Cullen has simple decorating ideas with pumpkins that we totally fall for:

A pumpkin as a cooler? Impressive.

With a few steps this one’s pretty easy, too. ‘Looking glass’ spray (we have a can at the shop if you want to borrow) can transform plain glass pumpkins into these show stopping centerpieces. Use a metallic spray first to get the best effect, and seal with clear spay.




Thumbtacks never looked so glam and festy.


Enjoy the easy craft!

Candy corn pumpkins have to be the Last-Minute-Decoration of the day! Despite the minimal amount of time required to complete this task, they look polished. 

 

Oh, and this one’s a score. The Eyes have it! This is a perfect decoration for children. 

 

This is sophsticated style with the fewest supplies with little supplies: gold craft paint , gold glitter dimension paint and some vellum leaves. Easy! 

 In a constant quest to easily bring the outdoors in, to create something surprising and easy, we’d love to know how you decorate for fall. Better, share a picture.

Happy Easy Fall Decorating, y’all!

 

 

 

 

Bow Ties Having A Moment

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{boutonniere by Colonial House ; photography: Wendolyn Wells}

Okay, y’all. I am not going to lie! Isn’t it adorable how Patrick and his groomsmen kept it Southern-casual in suspenders and bow ties?

 It lends to the laid back, comfortable setting that is a perfect mirror of the relaxed, cheerful couple. Speaking of bow ties , these funky wardrobe pieces are making a come back. They’re having a moment, and I am thrilled.

 Gone are the days of the solid black bow tie paired with the gold-standard tux, and here are the days of bold-colored and fun-patterned pieces, designed to spruce up any drab ensemble.

Here’s one from Acorn in the Lake that is polka-dot-adorable.

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Southern LIving recently featured this so-so-south bowtie clad crew in their Real Weddings blog.

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Okay, so yes definitely love. Love. LOVE. bow ties paired with seer sucker.
And, these gingham ones, below… I mean, whew!
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But, you don’t have to be from the south, and you don’t really have to be a gentleman to rock one of bow ties.
They can work with any wedding style.

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{formal striped bow tie photo by Scott Andrew via Style Me Pretty; rustic striped bow tie photo by Ben Sassovia Elizabeth Anne Designs}

If you are going for the  “Southern Gentleman” style, there are specific fabrics, colors and patterns should be used. Seersucker is on the top of the list, closely followed by colorful madras. Cotton and linen trump silk, and colors tend to fall in the fresh pastel category (peach, pinks, pale blues, light yellows) but not always.

Here’s one, LIndsey Bierman found, that is spot on. The bold red color somehow makes the playful polka dots feel a bit mischievous, and crazy-handsome-southern.

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Here’s one last picture of Patrick and his bow tie clad groomsman:

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{boutonniere by Colonial House via Wendolyn Wells}

 

So, what do YOU think about bow-ties in weddings? Did you wear one in a wedding?  We want to know!

Guys, if you’re having a little trouble tying the knot check out this great resource on how to tie a bow tie!  And, guess what girl, bow ties aren’t just for the boys. Yep.   Forage has an amazing new summer collection of bow ties just for the women.

Our Bow Tie Go To: RJ Pope & The Sir Shop

P.S. It’s Monday…

Good morning. And, happy Monday to you all!

 

This week I want to share a little DIY project I did myself! I always had a key chain with 6 or 7 keys on it. I can NEVER distinguish my keys. Which one goes to my apartment? To my room? To my mail box? I stand at the door, trying every key on my the ring until I happen upon luck.

Well, it’s obvious:  I. Need. A. Solution.

So, I headed to Lowe’s to choose from different colored and patterned keys that you can be cut to match your key. After I got there it took only a minute to  figure how much money I would be spending on keys, I headed towards the exit door. My college student budget doesn’t have room for that… they’re too pricey, and not too pretty.

I had an idea!  So, I headed home ready to craft.

The first thing I could think of was acrylic paint… why not? It’s the perfect solution.  Can’t I simply paint each of key a different color & pattern and save myself around $20? Why, certainly. This is perfect!

So, I did exactly that – I went to the craft closet to retrieve some acrylic paint (which they sell at Hobby Lobby for cheap!!).

And, this is where my afternoon went:

   

I wanted to spice it up with a little pep so i grabbed some sparkly nail polish

 to go over the blue…

Ta-da!

Such a quick, easy lively DIY project.

To make sure it doesn’t chip you will need to paint a minimal of 2 coats. Then, make a final coat of clear nail polish!!

Neat, huh? It was such a merry, little fun time doing this. To make it even better: I know I saved so much money. It saved me more than I would’ve spent buying the keys! Now, not only does my key chain look unbelievably bright and fabulous I don’t have to stand at the door for 20 minutes wondering which key will work!!

The Colonial House tool kit is overflowing with keys – delivery keys of all shapes and sizes to wedding venues, churches, event halls, banquet rooms, offices and even houses accumulated since 1968. Have you seen it? Not only does this charming little trick benefit my personal efforts, but it’s the perfect trick to use here at the studio.

Now, every time I look down at my keys, I smile a little bit. It’s funny how a tiny of creativity & a cool idea can brighten your day! 🙂

Hope you all enjoy! Happy crafting!

Until next week,

Paige

P.S. If you want more ideas to bedazzle your keys, a few are listed below. Have you painted or made your keys super glittery? Do you have ideas for ways to dress up your keys and make them more distinguishable? Share your ideas and pictures. I’d love to hear!

Glam Up Your Boring Key

DIY Glitter Key Tutorial and other Idea found here or here

Follow My Board Paige’s Pins:

  Color Code Your Keys With Nail Polish

One last thing – if you need to catch up on other P.S. It’s Monday posts:

Dogs in Weddings

Hair Ties

The Lonely Bouquet Day 2013

Nothing to do, nowhere to be. A simple kind of free. Nothing to do, no one but me, and that’s all I nee. I’m perfectly lonely. ― John Mayer

Our blooms were perfectly lonely, indeed.  On June 30, 2013, the zinnia’s, coral peonies, daisies, seeded euc and every one of their budding friends were a simple kind of free.  As they spread throughout the Statesboro area tagged with only one mission: to make a stranger happy. Lucky clusters.

The adventure that this simple concept (to gather flowers to leave behind for an unexpected surprise) creates is precisely the kind of  joy we seek – the perfect mix of chance, suspense and delight.

Here’s how to join the (inter)National Lonely Bouquet Movement. It’s easy. And, it’s great!

First, print cards to be tagged on each of the leave-behinds. Here are examples of the “Take Me” cards to tag your bouquets before you say adeiu and farewell.

Then, gather your stems from the garden.

Paige making her FIRST BOUQUET (EVER!) for #thelonelybouquet

Next, strand the posies about town & countryside. Leaving your outcasted flowers friends in locations that create short term estrangement – because early adoption is great. Don’t you think?

Our favorite locations this were the bustling ones like The Market District, the court house, Gentilly Gardens and the GSU library.


 A Colonial House lonely bouquet looking for adoption. Statesboro, Georgia. June 2013.  Floral Designer: Tonia McElveen  The Lonely Bouquet Movement. Statesboro.  Floral Design: Paige Shearer  One of our Lonely Bouquets awaiting adoption. Statesboro, Georgia. Courthouse

And, that is it.

Though it doesn’t happen each time, it’s wonderful to find out where our flower friends went.

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The Lonely Bouquet Movement’s only goal is to brighten a stranger’s day through flower power – whether from your garden, local florist or yard. The movement started with one person, one bouquet, one tag and one wish. Emily (who founded the movement) documented every single bouquet she cast. Now, the energy spans the globe bringing smiles to the world one flower at a time.

The more enthusiasts the merrier. Come along. Join in with us!

Follow The Lonely Bouquet on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

And, see the Lonely Bouquet adventures of The Chapel Designers:

 Posh Floral Designs 

Exquisite Designs  

Alluring Blooms 

Floral Verde

Alicia Jayne Florals   

Stacy K Floral 

Celebration Florals

Soiree Floral

Urban Petals

Colonial House of Flowers

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Only The Lonely Bouquet

Wow! What a great week this has been here at Colonial House of Flowers.

We are so excited to announce our participation in the first International Lonely Bouquet Day! We are so thrilled to bring this fabulous movement to our lovely little Statesboro, Georgia. The Lonely Bouquet Day is a way to brighten someones day through the power of flowers. The concept is to make flower arrangements and leave them anonymously around town for someone else to find and keep. You attach a tag to the flowers that says “TAKE ME!” and a little explanation of The Lonely Bouquet.

Paige received the chance to make a bouquets (for the first time ever!!!).

Paige making her FIRST BOUQUET (EVER!) for #thelonelybouquet

And,  deliver them all around town for people to find! Of course, she was not satisfied with just leaving them so instead Paige got out of her work clothes and went incognito to be able to watch who discovered the bouquets and their reaction to the lovely surprise! Paige was even able to snap a few pictures of their reaction from across the way!

What a wonderful feeling it is to brighten a strangers day!

 Here is one of the reactions Paige was able to capture:

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 To view the rest of the photos Paige captured check them out HERE!

Also, make sure you check out The Lonely Bouquet Movements Facebook page and their official website and join the movement, we had such an awesome time taking part in this- and we hope you do too!