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troubleshooting

Right now, one of my fur babies is sick. My brown bunny-Pepper is having a case of rabbit “head tilt“.

photos from the internet

photos from the internet

We already took her to the vet. Pepper had a antibiotic injection and was prescribed Polecin.

To be administered twice a day. Two drops on every ear.

By now I am also giving Trixy-the white bunny a drop of Polecin on each ear. Preventive measures.

Moving along, Our revised invites also came in. So, we are now contemplating on how to send all these to their recipients… 

say hello to the trifold version!

say hello to the trifold version!

While doing that, I am also busy crafting/sewing. Yes another D.I.Y. project. I must be cray. 

This time it is for my flower girls. Actually, I am quite happy with their dresses because they look like what I really wanted.

the dress before the flowers

At the shop: the girls dresses before the flowers, pardon the lighting. They look cute right? I am still waiting for the embellishments. 

So fast forward to a few days after… the dresses now look like this.

just look at it.

Again pardon the lighting. 

Ugh. Yes. I wanted applique flowers. But, not those reddish-purple flowers… It is not my color. I specifically asked for pastel colors. blush, lilac and peach. I got blush, purple and the reddish-purple color I hate. So, I had to get it fixed. But again since December is so near… there is no way the seamstress is going to get the time to make new flowers. 

That leaves me with: take it as it is or create my own flowers.

I chose the latter. Again I blame my O.C. -ness. 

So I created flower templates and got 3 yards of crystal organza (these are the shiny type of organza) -one yard per color.

I was still enthusiastic at this time

lilac, blush and peach- finally my colors! I was still excited with starting my project at this time…

And the madness starts. I began cutting out flowers of different sizes that turned out to hacking the fabric with scissors!

All the while asking myself why did I even start this madness?

after cutting

after hacking away the fabric and cleaning up a bit of my mess to make my table picture worthy…

After that photo I have no more decent photos as I was busy burning and sewing the fabric flowers. I will just tell you that it was not easy. 

burn baby burn

I am having a hard time taking a photo of what I am doing and doing the burning so, this photo is just to give you an idea on what I am doing… do I even make sense?

Most of my flowers came out burnt, my hands are also a bit burned. My success rate is a mere 30%.

this one is a success!

this one is a success! so burn around five more (six per layers per flower) and sew them up. 

So here is my weird and wonky burned flowers.

so out of ten

Out of ten flowers, only three make it. 

And some of the wastage I managed to take a photo of… my nanny swept off most of my mess. 

all this in one day

all this scraps in one day.

Of course finally the product of my burnt hands and sweat.

these are made with sweat and tears and shouting and gliter

these are made with sweat and tears.

I only managed to make around six flowers in a three/four hours – I do this after dinner before going to bed. Usually start making these around eight in the evening and throwing in the towel by twelve. I need around eight flowers and six tiny flowers per flower girl.

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Picking the blooms for the bouquet

So, we (Kei and I) already met our florist.

I came prepared. By that meaning I printed out my pegs to show her what I liked.

For my own bunch of flowers, I wanted a round hand-tied bouquet with long ribbons. As for the blooms I really like Peonies. That was my first pick. So, that was my first question. Can I have peonies in my bridal bouquet? I was told yes. I let out a squeal of joy. Of course peonies are imported (so it is expensive), our florist decided to add ranunculus, and old english rose. (old english roses differ from the standard roses we usually see, to know more about different types of roses see this site.)

For fillers she suggested million stars, I thought it looked a lot like baby’s breath. To which I agreed. She says my bouquet will look like this.

the exact photo our florist showed me. Photo from the wedding chicks.

the exact photo our florist showed me. Photo from the wedding chicks.

As for my MOH (maid of honor), The flowers suggested are gerbera daisies, carnations and roses.

I am familiar with those flowers and those sounds real good to me so I agreed. 

I looked up the million stars flower our florist told me about on the internet, as I got home. Apparently my guess is correct, it is the same as baby’s breath. I don’t want baby’s breath on my bouquet.

So, I went to google peony bouquets and found this.

look at what I found! lovely right?! Photo taken from pinterest

look at what I found! lovely right?! Photo taken from pinterest

I want my bouquet to look like this. So, went on to look for the filler flowers found in this photo! I spent a whole morning looking for what these filler flowers are called! The fillers used here are astilbe and bouvardia. Thanks again google!

they look like the ones on the bouquet right?

they look like the ones on the bouquet right?

Then sent an e-mail to the florist right away, and hoped/prayed to God please let me have pretty flowers. As it will be subject to availability.

Also looked up the blooms I picked, according to their symbols / meanings the “language of flowers”. So, if I would be lucky to get the bouquet above, here is the breakdown of its meaning.

Sounds like I know a lot about flowers?! No. I actually read about them from the internet.

Sounds like I know a lot about flowers?! No. I actually read about them from the internet.

I kind of liked each and every flower and their meaning. But I still need to find back ups just in case. So far here are the other fillers that I really like.

the back up options

the back up options

As for my maid of honor’s bouquet (gerbera daisies, carnations and roses) here is the breakdown of their meanings.

  • Gerbera – gerbera daisies can mean innocence, purity, and cheerfulness as well as being a classic symbol of beauty. It stands out as one of the most distinctly bright and merry flowers. With its bold and striking appearance, these large daisy variations come in a number of vibrant colors that lift the spirit and are an ideal way to brighten someone’s day.
  • Carnation – is a historically rich and meaningful flower choice. With its scientific name dianthus roughly translating to “flower of love” or “flower of the gods”, this flower is one that has been revered for centuries. One of the world’s oldest cultivated flowers, it is appreciated for its ruffled appearance, clove-like scent, and extended blooming period.
  • Rose – of any color can simply mean gratitude and simplicity. Roses symbolize Love, joy, beauty and passion. Roses are the most popular wedding flowers. It can be lightly fragrant to very fragrant, depending on variety. Spray/Standard Roses are the ones commonly used. English-style/garden roses have full, intensely perfumed flowers make sumptuous bouquets.

Basically I picked the flowers not only because I like how they look but also for the message they convey.

Curious about what your favorite flower means? this site listed out a lot of flowers.  For the soon to be brides or just curious: check this for the top 10 list of wedding flowers usually used. For symbolism of the flowers and what flowers to avoid see this list.


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language of flowers or chocolates

Valentine’s day is only a week away! I joined in the mad rush to purchase a lot of chocolates enough to devour and make my teeth hurt to give to my friends for that special day.

Also got my Mum a slab of dark chocolates without nuts, fillings or fruits. Just plain dark chocolate or chocolate truffles *she loves those*, why she likes plain ones are a mystery to me because I like my chocolates with almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio, cashews and macadamia. *I dislike the plain peanut*

Bernard Callebaut Chocolates

Bernard Callebaut Chocolates Photo taken from http://www.visitcalgary.com

I used to loathe Valentines day. My parents who are 100% unsweetened never celebrated the occasion. My friend’s parents (our neighbors) celebrate the occasion, with their dads bringing home flowers, stuffed toys, chocolates to their moms. While their mom cooks up family favorites for the day. I usually felt jealous for my own mum. Why is my dad like that? I do my darn best to make a nice card for my mum every time that day comes around. At home that day is just an ordinary day. Still, I wished that my mum would get something nice for valentines day.

By the time I got my allowance *that was way back grade 5 for 20 php a week*, I remember saving it up the week before the dreaded Valentines’s day. I would then make sure to get my mum a single rose *from the vendor outside the school gate* and a bar of cheap milk chocolate *from the pushcart vendor who sells candies and stuff also outside the school gates*, before I went home from school. *that time a rose costs 10php per piece and a chocolate bar would be around 20php* I would get all giddy and happy to wait for my mum to arrive home. In my own way I am trying to make that dreaded day a bit better. My mum usually smiles and says thanks with a pat on my head. That makes my day.

As the years passed by my allowance got a bit bigger, so I can now afford to get my mum better chocolates, and more flowers too.

I also “ambush” my Dad on the stairs with the flowers and chocolates now to make it look like it was him who got my mum the sweet stuff. *My Mum and Dad always come home together, Dad being the one who gets up the stairs first, and Mum taking stops in between the floors, usually my sister and I waits on the stairs and run to our dad the moment we see him and let him hold the stuff, he would be surprised and frozen in place till my mum catches up and sees him with the sweet stuff.* And we would all be happy. My sister and I still continue this tradition every year.

I also loathed valentine’s day mainly because I am born envious, was homely, loner, uncool, stupid high schooler I never got anything for that day. *like mother, like daughter. I guess?* 

All the pretty, popular, cool girls at school have a paper bag full of loot! Poor me. I have to buy my own chocolates. Never mind the flowers they will wilt anyway. *lols. bitter much?!*  My best friend did not get any too, we are on the same boat.  So, Me and my best friend created a pact that we would never let each other experience a lonely valentine. I buy her a single flower and her preferred chocolate and give that to her when she gets home. She also does the same for me. This went on till we were college.

Then along college, I got my first ever flowers and chocolates on that dreaded day!

A single red rose and some fancy chocolates. I was euphoric! *Never mind that I don’t really like the poor bloke that gave me those stuff… I dated him anyway. For a few months.* Apparently Red Roses mean: love, respect, courage, passion well done, congratulations. 

red roses

red roses photo from google

Then I got a bunch of pink roses and chocolates from my then boyfriend. It was nothing fancy since we are both students with a small allowance but I appreciated the effort. And I have to admit that it is a huge ego boost!!! *This went on for four years, till we called it quits. He also gave me peach colored ones.*

pink roses photo from google

pink roses photo from google

Pink roses mean: Happiness, Elegance, Romance, Admiration, Sweetness, Thank You

peach roses photo from http://www.sheamayberry.com/

peach roses photo from http://www.sheamayberry.com/

Peach roses mean: Appreciation, Sincerity, Gratitude, Modesty

Then another Valentine’s day came a new guy. He was a close friend of mine, He gave me a single yellow rose with a box of expensive chocolates.

Yellow rose photo from maisredrose.blogspot.com

Yellow rose photo from maisredrose.blogspot.com

Yellow roses mean: Friendship, Caring, Welcome or Welcome Back, Joy

 

Then came Kei (Current).  Of all, he is the most out of the box.

The first one I received from him is a single pink one.

Next is a bouquet of mixed blooms, then a single purple tulip… I wonder what will be next.

Hard to decode this one… so, far I recall the mixed blooms have 3 pieces of coral roses that means: Desire, Enthusiasm, Happiness.  

A clump of Chrysanthemums: perfection. 

Purple tulip means: royalty.

*I also cannot recall the chocolates he gave. No impact. Max Fail*

He doesn’t have a “signature” color or flower unlike the others…

*or maybe he just based them from the budget he has at the momentmajor penny pincher this one.*

 

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”Charles M. Schulz

For the meanings of roses click here. Meaning of chrysanthemum here. Meaning of tulips here.