Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Les Fleurs Faux

Premium silk roses from the now defunct Patchogue Floral of Long Island
that look like David Austin's 'Abraham Darby'.

Fake florals have come a long way from those plastic things in the dollar store with the plastic drops of ‘dew’.    For what you’d pay for a real bouquet that fades, you can get silk arrangements that last for years.

Here in the Catskills it’s maple sugar time, with daytime temperatures in the high 40s.   But the ground is still as blanketed in snow as it was in January, and it’ll be that way more or less until mid-April.   With a non-existent budget and another month to go before I can even get a tiny cup full of wood violets, I rely heavily on my fake flora.

In case you haven’t had the chance to get to Michael’s or Target lately, I thought I’d bring them to you!

At Michael's--

Pink hybrid tea sprays for $8 each.    Remember, they often give a 40% discount coupon for the following week, so you can go back and get more for less!

Tiny roses and tulips, $8.

Large branches of flowering trees including magnolia, cherry, dogwood.    I think they were $8 - $11.

Single stems of peony and delphinium for $8.   I try to get a stem whenever I go in with that 40% off coupon.

Innocent and sweet daisies.

Hydrangeas, one of my very favorites, $6 a stem on sale.

Sweet topiaries, too, for $10!

They had a peony wreath for $30, about the same as the rose one at Target:

And smaller wreaths of roses for $15 (this was my favorite).

And cups of white roses and pastel tulips for $10.

So let go of your fear of fake for goodness sake!

Until next time, stay shabby! Pin It


A Cottage Muse said...

Lovely post...I bought a few little pots of daisys for my daughters dorm room. She loved them!

Jackie said...

How lovely! They have come a long way!!!
Thank you for sharing beautiful photos!
Happy St. Paddy's Day to ya!

Anonymous said...

Whenever I go to Michael's I always pick up some flowers.......Usually in pink or white!! We still have some snow here but only in the plowed piles!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Melanie@The Old White Cottage said...

Oh, I've been trying to stay out of Michaels because that place is dangerous to my wallet. This post isn't helping me stay away! ;-)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I am all for fake! Some of the silk flowers are just beautiful!! I am heading to Micheal's today.......

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Those are beautiful ! I am amazed at how gorgeous the silk flowers are now ~ I love those peonies ! I need to get some of those but will definitely use my 40% off coupon ~

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Sandy,
Love your opening vignette pic, very pretty!!
and I am with you girl, I have no problem with silk flowers, they are so real looking and beautiful, I have a home full of them, and it gets worse in spring. lol
I do bring some in from the yard at times, but they are so easy and always look nice. I just love going to Michael's or anywhere they have them just to look even. They are so gorgeous.
In your 7th picture down, I saw those lil birds
on a topiary ball, and bought 2 and one of those pretty planters for Valentines day, they were on sale, and I had a coupon so got all 3
of $10.00, made me a happy girl.
Do you know I used to use that saying "Toodles"
all the time when I was younger, but instead of tootles, I would say toodles. Thanks for reminding me. I used to love that! Isn't it funny how you get out of the habit of certain things and don't even know how or why??
Well, thanks for sharing all those lovely photos they made my heart sing!!
Blessings, Nellie

Treasia Stepp said...

Beautiful flowers all of them. I love fake flowers as you said "they don't look fake anymore".

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Lovely! I have a weakness for the "faux" flower aisles at Michaels!

Bella said...

Hi Sandy,
I am so horrible about using the coupon I am always a day late... must get more organized:-) I love that small rose wreath.. Sweet. Bella

Ticking and Toile said...

cute stuff! I'm always on the lookout for quality silk or fake flowers...these from Micheals look great ~ thanks for the heads up!


House and Garden Boutique said...

Oh, what a delightful's really nice to see such an uplifting photo spread, especially on a dreary day! Thanks for spreading some Spring-like cheer!

Victoria said...

Those are so pretty, I should really invest in some because buying them fresh just isn't cost effective and I don't have a garden. I just found a vase in the dumpster that would be perfect for some...thanks for sharing!!!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

I absolutely love Michael's! I could get lost in there for days. I too am always in there looking for sweet deals on flowers. They had many of their spring florals already 40% off last week (without a coupon) in one my area's stores. It was great! I got a great big beautiful bunch of faux white daisies for $3 ( so I bought two!).
I saw those cute topiaries also in our area store; they had them out in February and all of them went like hotcakes! How lucky for you your store had so many left!!!

Atelier de Charo said...

Lovely flowers!!!

tina, theoldfrenchdoors... said...

I love fake flowers, I have a home full of them. I must addmit i havent bought any for awhile those are gorgeous, i need to pay avisit to target i think.

Sadie said...

you are absolutely right. Silk flowers have changed a lot. I used to really dislike them, but now I happily buy them. We don't have Michael's in England, but we have one shop that sells great quality ones at excellent prices.

Sadie (cotton Rose)

Wesley said...

Hi Sandy! I totally agree with you, "fake" flowers have sure come a long way!!! I love your selections and I must say when I first saw your pics, I thought, "Oh my, look at the beautiful fresh flowers!!!" Thanks for sharing your beauty!

Norma said...

Gosh, darn it! More lovely stuff at budget prices at Michael's - you really know how to tease a 'downunder' girl Sandy!! I think I'm gonna have to take a trip to the good ol US of A just to go to Michaels!!! :)

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Fun post, Sandy! Just about every photo I was saying to myself, yep got those..and those...those too...oh got a bunch of those... ha! Don't know if you saw my aqua urn post; the first bunch of pink roses you showed are the ones I filled the urn with.

Thanks for your visit and your sweet comment!


Angela Harris said...

I worked at Michaels for 7 years, went and applied for a job on my 16th birthday. I was so excited. My boss way so wonderful and I stayed until after I had my 3 kids. I finally stopped working there to be home with my babies and started my Etsy shop the next month! Thanks so wonderful customers like you I get to live the good life! At home with my family and still help a little with the finances! It's the best:) It was so hard to not spend my paycheck when I had to put this kind of stuff out on the shelves :) ha

Barbara Jean said...

I'm enjoying my stroll through your place.

Lovely blog.


barbara jean

Mme de Thil said...

Darling please, if you wanna write something in french, let me know! You can't say "les fleurs faux".
"les fausses fleurs" is better and "les fleurs artificielles" is correct!


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