Greyson Design 2013 Year In Review!

Wow! I can't believe I am writing this post right now! Crazy how fast an year can go by. I have so much to be thankful for this year in my personal life and my business as well. God has truly been good to me this year, and every year to be honest.

This year has be a little trying for my business but also my best and most successful year yet. I set the bar really high going into this year. I decided that I was going to be brave, daring and let nothing or no one tell me I wasn't capable. The things you can accomplish with an little blood, sweat, tears and a lot of faith. :) Here are just an few highlights of 2014:
  • Stylized shoot for Disney 
  • Multiple features on Babble.com and Hostess with the Mostess
  • Sold house and remodeled new house
  • Visited Mackinaw with family
  • Horseback Riding
  • Worked on styled shoot with Tori Spelling products
  • Full page feature ad in CupcakeMAG gift guide
  • Booked an amazing wedding with gorgeous blooms, event design and invitations
  • Landed first party magazine cover for Carousel Party
  • Painted more, that made my heart so happy
  • First International Magazine Feature
  • Surprise 30th party for my hubby
  • Traveled to Utah for SNAP conference and reconnected with friends and met new faces
  • The ability to do more floral design and things that I love and fire me up!
Rather than bore everyone with an really long post I created an fun little video that shows just an snippet of all the blessings this year. Here's to 2014, being the year where no dreams are too big, the idea that LOVE has no boundaries, and that life is an beautiful gift so LIVE it well. Here's to health, love, happiness and more in 2014 and thanks for following me on this crazy and beautiful ride and for your love and support always. 

Xoxo Val
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Christmas Table-scape By Greyson Design

A few weeks ago I spoke to an group of moms at my church here in Grand Rapids. The past few years I have done presentations mainly on floral design, and enjoy it so much. Floral Design makes my heart go pitter patter. :)

This year, I decided an non-traditional Christmas table-scape with  more budget friendly ideas, that make an impact was a hit. I had some fun black and white stripped fabric to line the table and knew that touches of gold, silver and hints of blue would be so fun. For the hints of blue I used King Thistle which is one of my favorite flowers to use for high impact and inexpensive texture.

I painted an gold charger with a few coats of chalkboard plates and then used an chalkboard marker to hand letter an name. This idea can act as unique and fun place settings for guests for an inexpensive price. 

An unexpected way to dress up your napkins. I used just a clipping from our pine tree, but rosemary could do just the same. Napkins are from Martha Stewart a few years ago.

Tied up sweetly with some red satin ribbon. Simple and lovely.

Some fresh clippings of pine to line the table with, make a simple and textural impact. 10 inch cylinder vases filled with water and topped with cranberries and an large floating votive add such an festive and magical touch. I used some pine cones and tucked them among the pines and accented with some mercury glass votive's and candle holders from Pottery Barn.

In the middle of the table displayed was my floral arrangement I made for the presentation. Beautiful blooms of white hydrangeas, red bi-color spray roses, Blue king thistle, dendrobium orchids, and some silver brunia was just beautiful. I spray painted some branches white and attached to centerpiece and strung crystal pendants on a few of the branches, with fresh orchid blooms attached.

This drink set-up was a hit with the ladies. I found an inexpensive star decoration at Joanne's this past year.I filled the glass Starbucks frappe' bottles with juice and topped off with fresh cranberry's. I filled the tray with left over vase filler accents, and mini pine cones. Adorable gold stripped straws were the perfect finishing touch. How adorable does this look and the glitter from the accents really shines in the lighting from the table? 

I used some angel wings from my last styled shoot found here on the backs of the chairs. There is something so magical about them and they add such an lovely touch that is perfect for an Winter Holiday table. Don't you agree?

Here are just some photograph's of the details. I hope you enjoyed my Christmas table-scape.

Enjoy your friends and family this weekend and Merry Christmas! 

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{DIY} Christmas Topiary Tutorial

I am back today with an gorgeous tutorial on how to make an topiary ball for Christmas decor or really any holiday. Get creative about the things you could use, the sky is the limit. I created two of these gorgeous topiary's for an magazine photo-shoot with my friend Gretchen from Three Little Monkey's Studio for an feature in Vintage KC Magazine, that Gretchen styled. The online edition can be found here.

 Gretchen is an amazing stylists and graphic designer as well. We first meet last April at SNAP, but were friends online for some time before officially meeting. She is equally as sweet in person and she's known to be online, love her :) The image below is an picture taken by Oh So Lovely Creative from the Vintage KC shoot. Love how Gretchen styled everything.

SUPPLIES PER TOPIARY: 1 large cinnamon stick (Hobby Lobby Christmas Department), 1 bags of Vase filler (found in Christmas isle at HL), Hot glue gun and sticks, 6 inch foam styrofoam ball, 1 brick of Styrofoam, container or urn, mini acorns or accents, ribbon, crystal accent button or brooch, thin piece of jewelry wire, red glitter, butter knife

First, prepare your supplies and plug in your hot glue gun. Start by piercing an hole into the Styrofoam ball about halfway through. Apply some hot glue to the end of an straight cinnamon stick and secure into foam ball.

Then, gather your vase filler accents and begin by gluing them unto the ball. Only do a little section at a time because it will dry fast. Stick an few of the mini red balls unto the glue and while still wet sprinkle the gaps of glue with red glitter to hide. Placing an piece of paper underneath the glitter helps to catch the falling glitter for reuse. Continue to do this until you have covered the whole area around.

 Next, take your urn or container that you will stick the topiary into and prepare it by cutting the foam with a butter knife and packing the container with the foam pieces.

Next, pierce the foam and glue the other end of the cinnamon stick into the foam and secure. Now, you are going to fill the bottom foam with accents of your choice.

Then, Tie an bow unto the topiary how you would like. Secure the broach by taking an piece of thin wire and weaving it through the knot on the bow. Pull tight and wrap the loose ends around the back of the brooch until the ends are hidden. This method helps secure the brooch better, than just gluing it on. 

 Now, you have an beautiful holiday topiary for your home or gathering. Duplicate these steps as much an you like to make as many as you wish. Don't forget this is adaptable for different holidays. Get creative with the supplies you use. {If you would life to seal the top part of your topiary for longevity you can spray with acrylic sealer found in spray paint department prior to attaching to the base, in an open and ventilated area}

 Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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