A Simple Monday Floral Arrangement

January 18th, 2010 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Do you have a junk container (I know you do!), grocery store flowers, and 15 minutes? If so, whip yourself up a bouquet to brighten up your day. Hey, that rhyms! Im a poet and i didnt know it. TeHe!
Im working off of my top 10 list of favorite junkables. Cases have a multitude of uses...a floral container is just one. You saw this one quite some time ago holding all of my trinkets for hoilday package embellishments. i think after the flowers have seen their better days it will find a home in my guest bath holding hand towels and  face cloths or perhaps bedside with magazines. If I had little ones I might pack up all of their small games in it before we hit the road. Its a perfect size for travel games!
Line the inside with a recycled plastic bag, soak floral foam in water, slip foam in cas, and trim the plastic. Now you are ready to create. Ooops, forgot to mention one trick. In an effort to conserve on floral foam i put a recycled cardboard box in the bottom of the case. That way I need one block of foam instead of two. Saves money and no one will be the wiser!
You know me...Im all over the details and embellishments. This case came complete with details and all. I love when that happens. Less work, less time, same great flavor. Ha!
The closure hardware is beautiful just the way it is!
The handle makes me smile. Usually Im not a big fan of plastic, but it seems to be just right for this case.
Take the price tag off? I dont think so. Minnie Pearl would have my hat if i did that!
I love the contrast of the soft and delicate white flowers against the more masculine brown case. What are we calling that these days? Junkstoposition?
Do you have a junk container (I know you do!), grocery store flowers, and 15 minutes? If so, whip yourself up a bouquet to brighten up your day. Hey, that rhyms! Im a poet and i didnt know it. TeHe!

Do you have a junk container (I know you do!), grocery store flowers, and 15 minutes? If so, whip yourself up a bouquet to brighten up your day. Hey, that rhyms! I'm a poet and i didn't know it. TeHe!


January's floral of the month takes us right back to the pure and simple basics of what we all love to do. Using easy to find junk that is on almost every junker's list of favorites produces a floral arrangement that is as easy on the eyes as it is on the pocket book. Happy Monday!


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Comments (24)

ckiley writes: now this is being creative! LOVE< LOVE< LOVE your idea and finished look, gets me really thinkin!
Carol Posted: 11:30 am on August 25th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: Hi Sue,
I have an old doll trunk, white with pink trim. I would love to try to do the flowers like you did with the suitcase, but did you have to cut the piece for the flowers to come out? Thanks, Posted: 6:31 pm on February 18th
itsnotjunk2me writes: Ditto to everyone else's comments! This is way cool or coolio as you say (love your unique terms of endearment!) I too love suitcases and repurposing them for inside storage uses. My daughter & I found several cases at a consignment shop, a bit pricey but I may go back and get one after all to use in my craft studio. With a bit of persuasion, she may take less?!

~judi ;) Posted: 2:38 pm on January 20th
alicemom writes: Well Miss Suz-e-q, I know I have said it before BUT this really is one of my all time fav's! Good on you!
smiles, alice Posted: 1:38 pm on January 19th
georgiamoon writes: Sue this is absolutely beautiful! I love the case and it is masculine enough to give to a guy but classy enough for a lady friend. Who wouldn't love to get this arrangement? And simple too. Way to go SUE!!! Georgia Posted: 1:18 pm on January 19th
CottageElements writes: Hey, you could bring this with you on trips now, so you don't have to use the toilet to keep your florals fresh. LOL! Actually I love luggage, and what a great, unique way to use it. This is way cool piece!

Lani Posted: 11:37 am on January 19th
bluebucket writes: Simple and beautiful. Simply beautiful! And of course I love the case.
doreen Posted: 11:17 am on January 19th
shabbychick writes: Sue - love your simple floral Monday creation! (It still works for Tuesday too!!).

And, like Marie said - it does have a tailored look - it's just classic junk design! Love it!

Kathy Posted: 10:12 am on January 19th
RustyDiva writes: I promised myself I would buy more fresh flowers this year and this helps remind me ~ thanks. Just goes to show you can make a flower vase out of anything!!(love the case)

Kenda Posted: 9:54 am on January 19th
suewhitney writes: Ah hahahahaha. Laurel! You are correct. I do call that a "twofer". Thanks for the chuckle!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:15 am on January 19th
chippingcharm writes: A Simple Monday and Floral of the Month...isn't that what you call a "twofer" Sue ? :) Love, love, love...Laurel Posted: 8:54 am on January 19th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
WOW,Now that is some kind of display.I know you like Flowers and what a way to display them.A beautiful look..
Have a nice evening.Robert.. Posted: 12:38 am on January 19th
JunkArchitect writes: Sue, what a great vintage carrying case makeover! Wouldn’t your arrangement look cool in the lobby of some funky motel…(travel theme). I believe the one universal JUNK item that everyone on JMS could agree on has to be old suitcases.
P.S. I know it’s not a suitcase but it looks like one.

Jim Posted: 8:47 pm on January 18th
54girl writes: Oh Sue this is soooo cute!!! I'm glad someone asked about what kind of suitcase that was because I've never seen one like that either. Just wonderful as always!!! Mary Posted: 8:01 pm on January 18th
smiller0529 writes: I love it! And it sure does brighten the day! Posted: 7:05 pm on January 18th
lisadbass writes: LOVE this, Sue! Posted: 5:04 pm on January 18th
Angie_Shabby_Cottage writes: Very pretty!! Thanks for the idea!!
http://www.thecountrychiccottage.blogspot.com Posted: 4:01 pm on January 18th
ninnarae writes: I love this! I've been craving some spring greenery- what a sweet way to display it! Posted: 2:26 pm on January 18th
Grasshopper22 writes: Very clever...Flowers always brighten up the dullest days :) Posted: 2:08 pm on January 18th
fellowjunker writes: AAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Sue...you are just too amazing.....I loved this case so much (when you had turned it into a central packaging station) that I went out and bought one, only to forget about it.....I'm on my way to the basement to pull it out!!!
xojanis Posted: 1:54 pm on January 18th
suewhitney writes: Thanks guys!! Glad I could brighten your day. Joanne,,,,it's a carrying case for slides. I took the drawers out. As for the flowers, go to the grocery store where the flowers are cheaper. Use a lot of green filler (because that's the least expensive) and add flowers sparingly. Have fun!!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 1:48 pm on January 18th
suewannabeinkc writes: As Marie said, this is "SIMPLY beautiful", Sue! I've got an old container for 8-track tapes and this might be just the thing to do with it. (It's not as pretty as your little case, though.) BTW, what was its original purpose? I've never seen luggage that opened on one end like that. Is it luggage for cosmetics or jewelry, or something else?

As our "White Christmas" snow is all-too-slowly melting here, what a nice harbinger of warmer, sunnier days to come! I might even "spring" for some fresh flowers!

Thanks for the Monday cheer!
Joanne Posted: 1:32 pm on January 18th
greencolleen writes: oh susie how cute makes me smile ;). gosh im sooooo sick of winter. this brightens up my day. i got a small case a few months back, how time flies. i will create, i will create, i will create ;) Posted: 12:09 pm on January 18th
oldnews writes: Oh wow, I LOVE this! I like the kind of taylored look it has that would go almost anywhere! SIMPLY beautiful again! Marie Posted: 12:07 pm on January 18th
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