The Reluctant Florist

While we were in the car last night I thought of making little bouquets to hand out to mothers at my church and make a large one for my mother-in-law. 

I walked around the neighborhood and gathered up some floral sources. People have mixed feelings about this "foraging" that happens a lot in Portland...

All right, let me delve into this a min... I never take flowers if there aren't multiples upon multiples. I also only take flowers if they're hanging over the curb or it is on the public side of the sidewalk. And if I can help it, I only take flowers closest to the ground as they are the ones that get crushed first. 

So please spare me the finger wagging. Also, have you seen Portland in Spring/Summer? All that rain we get practically 7 months of the year... there are blooms EVERYWHERE. 

The Reluctant Florist

Anyhow, I've always told myself (and others) I'm not great at flower arranging but my Mother is. And I thought, you know, I really need to stop giving myself a label or a sentence. I should just be.

I put together this arrangement in about 5 mins. I didn't think about it too much. I stuck stems here and there, picked out colors I liked and I really love how it turned out.

Honestly, I felt such happiness while this arrangement came together. I love the colors, the shapes, how feminine it is and yet a little wild. She's tidy but not polished. She's modest but not a prude. I don't know, I have this weird habit where I personify everything.

Perhaps this arrangement turned out so lovely because I didn't think about it or try to make it look a certain way. It just came together naturally. I stuck her on an old stool in our living room and snapped some pics with my phone. A dopey little grin on my face as I did so. I do wish I had an actual camera at home, but that's reserved for work related photos. Not for flower arrangements one makes at 7 in the morning.

The Reluctant Florist

After I created this jovial arrangement, I made little posies (mini bouquets) to give to Moms at church. I kind of felt silly carrying my vintage basket with my wrapped blooms, but it seriously made my day to see Moms light up when I gave them a mini bouquet.

That was such an AMAZING feeling, to brighten up a stranger's day. Well, I gave a few bouquets to friends and a couple to women I didn't know. 

I just love how flowers make people smile. Also, I've been musing a lot about this Bible verse (Luke 12: 25-28)

"If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?"

Isn't that lovely? It's been on my mind a lot.


  • Rebecca On

    I know this is an old post but I think it’s lovely, and very thoughtful. It’s the small gestures that have the biggest impacts. And that quote is one of my favourites, (to remind us to stop worrying about things and let God be in control)

  • Kimberly On

    What a lovely way to brighten someone’s day!

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