HOBBY SHOP: FLOWER ARRANGING WITH MAGIC

by Ashli Stockton

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I discovered the magic of flower arranging many years ago after I’d lived in NYC for a while. I recall an intense desire to add some life and nature to my space, in addition to plants. I thought having fresh flowers was such an indulgent “rich person” thing - until one day I decided to treat myself to a selection of bodega flowers. I brought them home and they felt a little “basic” … they needed to be transformed. I gathered up any little jars, pretty glasses and vases I had lying around then I went into what I can only describe as a meditative state and when I snapped back to earth I was pleased, very pleased and dare I say addicted to the ritual of flower arranging. 

“I thought having fresh flowers was such an indulgent “rich person” thing - until one day I decided to treat myself to a selection of bodega flowers.”

This new hobby became a ritual and a routine. My space was never without a couple of large arrangements and tiny ones scattered about. Tiny ones in the shower, on my vanity, next to my bed, on the kitchen counter, everywhere I looked there was a little surprise of living, breathing beauty. Oh, and it didn’t cost a fortune either. I would pride myself to see how far I could stretch 10-15 bucks…and between bodega selections and Trader Joe’s I could make 10 or so arrangements, mmmhmmm. 

Since then, I’ve upped my arranging game by adding one of my other true loves, pretty magical crystals and stones. Here’s how:

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1. GRAB A BUNCH OR TWO OF ANY FLOWER THAT SPEAKS TO YOU, WHATEVER YOU LIKE. 

 


 

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2. FIND A PRETTY GLASS OR GLASS VASE THAT’S LARGE ENOUGH TO HOLD A CRYSTAL OR TWO. 

 

 

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3. FILL WITH FRESH COLD WATER, THEN TRIM YOUR FLOWERS TO SIZE. TRY SINGLE STEMS OR A BIGGER BUNCH, AS LONG AS YOU CAN STILL SEE THE CRYSTAL INSIDE YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT. 

 

 


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4. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, SPRINKLE THEM ALL AROUND YOUR SPACE AND LUXURIATE IN THE MAGIC YOU JUST CREATED. 

 

Ashli is the founder & CEO of Leisure at Sunday Forever and The Sunday Issue as well as an extreme beauty lover, leisure enthusiast and dog and plant mom.