Small white flowers used in arrangements

2008_12_05-Carnations04.jpg We love flowers in the home, especially during the holidays. One of our favorite flowers for holiday decorating is the carnation: a much-maligned and often ridiculed staple of grocery store bouquets. Placed in the spotlight, however, the white carnation can be very beautiful. Here are three ways we love to arrange them. 1. Massed for dramatic effect -- This is a classic, dramatic use for carnations. Take one blossom and evenly build concentric circles of more blossoms around it. Make sure the stems are well trimmed and stripped of greenery.2008_12_03-Carnations02.jpg ss jar. Here we used a wide glass cylinder partially filled with cranberries, and we also created smaller versions in Duralex tumblers with a little bittersweet tucked in for color. 2. Spare, with red accents -- Use a narrow-necked vase or bottle, like the vintage milk bottle we use here. Strip most of the leaves and greenery off the carnations. Trim and arrange three to five stems with one additional red element, like the sculptural bittersweet we used here.2008_12_02-carnations.jpg accent. 3. Classic and retro, with evergreen -- Something about carnations mixed with evergreens makes us feel sort of nostalgic for the 70s. These little bud arrangements feel very retro-holiday to us, and they make bright splashes of green and white around the house. These arrangements just had three small blooms (cut from the larger stems we used in the large centerpiece), sprays of evergreen, and a classic white IKEA vase. Don't forget flowers in the entry, in the bathroom, and in nooks and crannies -- these make just as much of a pleasant impression as a big centerpiece. And if you're lucky enough to have a guest room, make sure there are flowers there.2008_12_05-Carnations03.jpg ignette from our office/guest room last week.

Total cost for all of this? About $16 for four grocery store bunches of white carnations, plus a few dollars for greenery. We already had the bittersweet, which we also used in a wreath for the door. Those flowers gave us three arrangements for the dining room table, two arrangements for the guest spaces, one for the entry, and one for the bathroom.

If you periodically refresh the water in the vases and trim the carnations' stems, these arrangements should last for at least two weeks. Ours have been going strong for for over a week now, with no signs of wilting or fading.

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Kabul's only synagogue & sole remaining Jew

2011-09-08 10:27:22 by ZoeysKidl

A lattice of corrugated iron Star of Davids marks Afghanistan's only working synagogue, a white-washed, two-storey building tucked into a sidestreet in the centre of Kabul.
Kebabs, carpets and flowers are served and sold on the ground floor of the synagogue, which has been transformed into businesses over the last 18 months by the country's sole remaining Jew, who lives upstairs in a small pink room.


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