Good morning, if you love flowers and blue and white porcelain- sit down as this is the kind of post you will want to take your time with! As you know, I love flowers and don’t need to tell you my feelings on blue and white porcelain, I see ginger jars dancing in my head when I sleep:) When I had the idea almost 2 years ago to recreate tulipieres that were not only beautiful but affordable, I could not have imagined how much I would love them and how well received they would be. This item is one of my proudest moments:) I feel like this is akin to a public service to offer them as they are not easy to find, and when they are found they tend to be very expensive. Originally they were created in Holland as a beautiful vessel to hold and accentuate the delicate tulip blossoms during their famous tulip seasons. They have been an inspiration for centuries to many an artist and today are still so popular and with good reason! They are spectacular and create such a statement. I keep mine out all the time, often with nothing (still pretty empty) but add flowers for the seasons or for special occasions. And truly these look amazing with any color and any type of flower. So when I was asked to take part in a photo shoot showing just “how to tulipiere” you better believe I said yes! I believe in spreading the love, will be sharing details on that soon. In sync with this post, I am offering 20% off our entire collection of tulipeires! This is a great time to take advantage of us being very well stocked, as we are often sold out. We just got a big shipment so it’s a win/win. And……I am also offering one very lucky reader a small tulipere (pattern of their choice) as a fun giveaway. All details on bottom of this post. Let’s get started…… ___________________________________ Step 1 put your sections of the tulipiere (after a good rinse) on a plastic sheet, I buy the large plastic tear off sheets at the hardware store, or you can use a plastic bag, fill each section with cool, clean water until almost overflowing Step 2 Have a good pair of cutting shears (or two) ready to work Step 3 Have your flowers ready, I lay them out normally then start cutting, about 5″ on average but longer for the bottom section and slightly smaller for the top section Even with nothing in them, they are pretty spectacular! Step 4 And start filling to your hearts content- this to me, is the fun part, getting to experiment! Step 5 I generally start with the largest flower first then fill in with the smaller “filler flowers” where necessary Step 6 Stand back, give yourself a pat on the back and evaluate if you need to fill in anywhere Tah dah! In minutes you have a floral masterpiece:) Step 7 Depending on the flowers used, you can get anywhere from 4 to 9 days out of these (have had some last even 10-11 days)! Just be sure the water is full, I check it every few days And just a look at various looks I have created over time and for different seasons- A beautiful spring themed look above Two sneak peeks from the photo shoot for Hamptons Magazine above and below The arrangement above was done during, you guessed it…..fall! The two above were for a Christmas party, the red was very striking even though red is not my “go to” color Spring is probably my fave as it’s tulip season, above the fresh bright colors were a welcome sight after a long dreary winter! Another pretty pink toned arrangement with touches of green Christmas time above! The red and white is fabulous against the blue and white One of my favorite looks above:) LOVED this setting, the yellow, blue and white is so pretty and cheery. Mixed tulipieres here….. And even empty, with no flowers, they are simply spectacular! THE GIVEAWAY- Simply visit the shop with our beautiful tulipere collection by clicking here and come back here and tell us your very favorite and how you would use it. That is it! I will announce a winner on Thursday so check back. Meanwhile if you have a case of “tulip fever”, then it’s your lucky day, for two days we are offering 20% off our entire tulipiere stock! We are very well stocked and just got a huge shipment about a week ago. WHAT Use code “tulip”. Click here to see the tulipieres PS Announced the launch of our new wholesale site yesterday!! We are very excited about it, if you are a wholesale/retailer then click here to register. PPS Also we announced the Summer Love Contest we are now taking your entries and already have gotten some fabulous pictures! Click here for the info Thanks for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous day. Here its raining cats and dogs but due to start clearing later. I think after our brutal heat wave, all the plants and grass needed a good soaking. Until next time……..