14 December, 2015

How to Use Poinsettias as Holiday Decorations

Poinsettias are used the world over at Christmas. All around the world, Poinsettias feature as decorations in traditional Christmas scenes in both hot and cold climates. But did you know that Poinsettias actually originated from Southern Mexico? I didn’t, and I didn’t know why Poinsettias were so entrenched in Christmas celebrations either. Apparently it comes from an old Mexican legend about a poor little girl who didn’t have a present to give to the baby Jesus. Sad, she picked a small handful of weeds on her way to church. She placed the bunch of weeds on the nativity scene when all of a sudden the weeds burst into bright red flowers. Everyone was convinced it was a miracle and from that day forward, Poinsettias became known as 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night'.

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The shape of poinsettia and its leaves is thought to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem while the red leaves symbolise the blood of Christ and the white leaves represent his purity. However, religious connotations aside, Poinsettias are also very beautiful and at the holidays, people often like to decorate with fresh or faux flowers to add a sense of Christmas cheer to the home.  There are many different types of flowers that work well during the holiday season, but poinsettias are perfect for Christmas flowers, as they combine a fresh look with the traditional red and green colors of the season.

If you are looking for Poinsettia this holiday season or any other occasions (Valentine's Day is coming up in February lovers!), flowers delivered by Flowers For Everyone is your best choice. Read on to discover some tips on how to use poinsettias as holiday decorations. 

Cups & Glasses


Choose fresh or well-made faux poinsettias that do not have long stems for this simple style.  Place a few blooms into differently-sized cups or glasses made of a quality china or glass, then arrange them together on a table or mantle for Victorian style holiday décor.  

Place Settings


Place settings are my favourite way of jazzing things up for Christmas, or any occasion really. If you are serving a formal holiday dinner to friends or family, consider utilising poinsettias in your place settings.  Use bright red blooms to match red napkins, and place the flowers on top of the plates at each setting around the table.  This is a very simple, but very elegant, way to set up for your Christmas dinner.  

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Faux Snow


Choose a white poinsettia bloom for this beautiful decoration idea.  Use a tall candlestick to hold your long-stemmed flower, then surround the bloom with sugar in the bowl section of the candlestick to resemble a snowy garden.  This look works especially well with silver candlesticks, but can be done with other colors as well.

Centerpieces


This is where my mum truly shines. She believes the holiday table isn’t complete without a gorgeous centerpiece, so why not bring poinsettias into the mix?  Choose a wide, clear vase, and fill it with cranberries and water.  Arrange red and white poinsettia blooms in the cranberries to create a unique decoration perfect for the center of the table.

Top It Off


What gift recipient would not love getting a present topped with a fresh flower?  Instead of bows, consider using big poinsettia blooms on top of your gifts. Your presents will really stand out underneath the Christmas tree and your friends and family will be delighted with receiving something different to adorn their gift. If you want the flower to become a part of the gift, place it in a small craft vial of water and attach it firmly to the present. 

The Tree

Last but not least, don’t forget the Christmas tree!  Poinsettias have long been a favorite way to brighten the boughs of a Christmas tree.  Attach them to the tree to bring a splash of color without the use of any ornaments at all. This looks even better if you happen to be using a real Christmas tree, as the fresh flowers look wonderful against natural branches of the tree. This is also a much safer option than glass ornaments, particularly if you have small children (or a new puppy!) around.

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10 December, 2015

My Little Christmas Miracle

For a long time, almost ever since I can remember, I've dreamed of sitting in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas morning, opening a present and having a little, furry bundle of joy leaping out to lick my face. Countless times I've imagined it, imagined the surprise on my face, my shocked gasps of delight, the tears of joy streaming down my face. Sure I was open to the idea of receiving such a gift on other occasions such as my birthday, Valentine's Day, etc. But really, there was something about Christmas that felt right. I love Christmas. It's a time to celebrate family and giving. And what better way to do that than to give a little bundle of love a home, a new family all of his own? I waited and waited, hoping that one day my wish might just come true. And then I realised that *I* could make it come true!
 
 
Why wait for someone else to get you what you really want, when you can get it yourself!? I couldn't quite wait until Christmas, especially when I saw this little guy needing a new mummy. So this year, albeit a little early, I made my own Christmas miracle come true - and I am now the very proud new mummy of Churro, the fawn and blue Chihuahua! He is the most gorgeous little boy, and already so smart and well-behaved learning more and more each day. Now I know I've gone on and on about pugs and how much I love them, and I absolutely still do, but I also know that many of you will be wondering why I didn't get one. The simple truth is, pugs are high maintenance dogs and my living arrangements and bank account simply aren't suited to a pug just yet. But that doesn't mean Churro won't wonder have a little puggy brother or sister!
 
Where does the name Churro come from? Well, Chihuahua's are a breed that originated in Mexico, so I wanted my little amigo's name to have a Mexican theme to it. From all my daydreams about getting a dog, Chihuahua's weren't really on my radar until recently, so I hadn't really thought much about those kind of names. However on our flight home from the Melbourne Mai Tai Crawl (after arranging to meet him a few days later) I came up with Churro - because his colouring and markings reminded me of a little choc dipped churro (Mexican doughnut) and also because he is so sweet! Of course his unique colouring and markings also remind me of something else...yes, he also caught my eye because his colouring is a bit pug-esque!
 
So, why a Chihuahua? Well to be quite honest, Chihuahua's weren't really a breed that appealed to me. Up until recently that is. Some friends of ours both have Chihuahuas, one a short-haired little boy and the other a long-haired little girl, and after looking after them for a few weeks while they were travelling overseas I totally fell in love! And so I decided that perhaps a sweet little Chihuahua was for me after all. I've always wanted my dog to be a boy and I do prefer the short-haired variety so I had my eye out on all local rescues and shelters. However I ended up getting Churro from the same lady that both of my friends got their Chihuahua's from - so he'll have 2 little cousins to play with!!
 
Churro is 12 weeks old and weighs 1.8kg and is learning and developing so quickly. He brings me such joy, even though half the time I'm also stressed and terrified that something bad will happen to him haha He's such a sweet little boy and I am so totally in love!

I can't wait to spend our first Christmas together, with my little Christmas Miracle!

01 December, 2015

Dakam The Halls

It’s the first of December and I simply can’t contain my excitement for Christmas any longer! If it wasn’t for all the hate mail I anticipated, I would have been posting about Christmas in November! If you know me, you know I LOVE Christmas and this year is no different. Whilst I haven’t put my tree up just yet (I think my housemates would kill me) I know it’s just around the corner, and I’ve already been shopping for Christmas presents and treats.

For those who don't mind being on Santa's naughty list
Something I was adamant I was not going to miss out on this year, are the incredible baubles produced by Dakam. I’ve been following Dave’s work for quite some time now and last year I spotted the amazing bauble sets he was producing, which feature hand-painted kustom pin striping. The ideal ornament for the hot rodder in your life, these beautiful baubles add a touch of badassery to your Christmas tree. I was lucky enough to have Dave create a very special set of baubles for me, kustom coloured and decorated with Sheri Bomb – and I can’t wait to hang them on my tree!
Whether buying for a gift or simply to add a touch of ‘rockabilly’ to your festive season, these baubles are painstakingly hand pinstriped with 1 shot paint and come in a variety of colours and designs. Choose from the existing range of baubles, or contact Dave Dakam to place a custom order. You can choose your colours, choose your design and even get names or messages put onto them. Shipped with the most delicate care, the bauble sets are presented in clear boxes that make storage safe and easy. The only problem is, they look so great you’ll want to have them out all year round!


Located in the South East suburbs of Melbourne, Dakam is a self-described ‘wannabe’ artist, however I think his work speaks volumes about his ability. Despite only being able to dedicate part time to his craft, Dakam has been pinstriping and creating art for the last 5 years. Despite enjoying art in high school, he waited another 20 years before he unleashed his talent on the world and although he had misgivings in the beginning, afraid he would be wasting his time, his art has been well-received, boosting his self-esteem and spurring him on to continue to create more.

That is great news for us! It means we get to benefit not just from Dakam’s baubles, but from his myriad of other influences and creations which include hand painted kustom retro coolers, flying eyeball artwork, classic Rat Fink designs, incredible skate decks (including one showcased in the GreazeFest art show) and tiki inspired artwork including a VERY cool set of hand painted ‘tiki time’ bamboo drinking glasses.
Because Christmas is the time for giving, Dave Dakam has been very kind to offer a set of 6 kustom baubles to one lucky Sheri Bomb reader just in time for Christmas.

To WIN a set of 6 baubles with your choice of kustom colour combo and pinstriping simply:
Each method gives you another to chance to win!
Winner will be drawn at random on Friday 11 December. Winner will be notified via email. Winner must have bauble order to Dakam by 5pm Monday 14 December in order to receive their prize before Christmas.

Don’t forget to check out Dakam’s Etsy store for more of his fantastic art and if you’re interested in ordering your own kustom set of baubles, email dakam1@bigpond.com