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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Tip

Tulips.  It was a beautiful day in Virginia and a great day for flowers.  Trader Joe's had Tulips for $4.99 a bunch!!!  Every color you could possibly imagine.  Even on a tight budget, flowers are one of the things I always think are worth a little splurge.  My pick today was purple. And here is my version of a 10 minute arrangement.  Fill your favorite vessel with cold water, cut the stems, gather the bouquet in your hand, submerge the ends in the water and gently release.  Voila!

I thought it would be fun to have the focus of my Tuesday posts be on sharing an inspiring or informative tip following what I call the 20/10 rule.  I will share either a great decorative item, inspiring idea or information about a product that costs $20 or less and/or takes about 10 minutes to execute.  I find so much pleasure in the smallest detail or thoughtful gesture and hope you will too!


  1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I am so happy to have found you! This is such a great tip. I am not very good at arranging flowers, but I am always tempted to buy them, especially at Trader Joe's where the price is always right. I will try your tip next time I get flowers! Love the purple!

  2. Love flowers. I have them in my house always, even if they are just grocery store flowers. I pitch all the yucky filler, add some things from my yard and then a beautiful arrangement. Thanks so much for stopping by Ragland Hill Social. I really appreciate it. Have a great day.

  3. I have tulips from Trader Joes too. They have the best flowers and for a small amount of money, they make my home cheery!
    Love the 20/10 rule.

  4. that tag is very cute... never seen any flowers have such a nicely designed tag... ;)

  5. Completely agree! Flowers change my entire outlook. I bought those tony tear roses at Traders again recently, those from two years ago turned into little bushes inspite of the claim they would be only 6" high and wide! Hoping you are well! Catherine

  6. I love flowers so much, that I can always think of a reason to splurge on them, especially during the farmer's market in the summer. I'm so glad you found my blog so I could check out yours! I will be back!!

  7. I am not graced with a trader joe's out here - but I am off to plant some bulbs to enjoy later.

  8. Can't flowers just make you feel dipsy??

  9. I read a tip that if you put a penny in the water, the tulips won't droop as much. I have definitely found it to work - although I must admit that I like a little graceful drooping in a tulip.

    I often put tulips in my pewter mint julep cups, which also prevents the droopiness. I have also learned to cut tulips on the short side as they continue to grow after placing them in a vase.

    I have two bunches of tulips in the house now - a white bunch purchased at the local grocery, and a pink bunch I bought at wal-mart for $2.50! Tomorrow, I venture to the wholesale florist to find some flowering quince, my favorite thing to put in the front hall!

  10. Awesome post - love your 20/10 rule!

    Would also LOVE your support on the ELLE DECOR window I did for the Big Window Challenge this year with Apartment Therapy. Check it out at http://www.bigwindowchallenge com. As we all know, AT doesn’t make it easy, but you can vote TWICE a day, once online and the other by texting “1” to 89800.

    Your support means the world to me!!


  11. I never underestimate the power of flower! Especially tulips. So beautiful. They are gracefull and demure but demand attention. They also have an ability to work with every decor. Modern, Traditional, Sleek or Fussy.
    What a great reminder. I'm putting "tulips" on my grocery list.
    With new inspiration,

  12. i love tulips = I used them at my wedding with roses.

    thanks for your comment today!!

  13. i got a dozen red roses on wednesday for $7.00! of course, in three weeks, they will be 10x that price.

  14. Love the 20/10 Tuesday idea, and I agree that flowers (especially at that price) are a great splurge. I'm going to make it a point to pick up some on my way to my first day in my new office tomorrow. Great blog.

  15. The tulips are beautiful...loving the purple. At this time of year when they start showing up in the florists they remind me that spring is "thankfully" just around the corner.

    Thanks for comments on my blog.


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