Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How do Florists Create Flower Arrangements?

Many people who are unfamiliar with the art of floristry simply believe that a florist does nothing more than jam a bunch of flowers into a pretty vase and then mark up the price to make a living? this could not be further from the truth Florists must have excellent coordination, a keen eye for design and a good working knowledge of the plants that they use in order to be even the least bit successful
Many people who are unfamiliar with the art of floristry simply believe that a florist does nothing more than jam a bunch of flowers into a pretty vase and then mark up the price to make a living ? this could not be further from the truth. Florists must have excellent coordination, a keen eye for design and a good working knowledge of the plants that they use in order to be even the least bit successful.

A steady Hand and a keen Eye
A good florist knows how to select the healthiest and heartiest forms of the plant they will use in a particular arrangement. They know how to cut and handle each individual flower (or any other piece of foliage that they are using) so that none of the pieces of the arrangement get damaged during the creative process. A broken and bruised flower has no place in a beautiful arrangement, so the utmost care is taken throughout the entire process to ensure that all the flowers remain healthy.

Knowledge of Color and Design
When creating a custom arrangement, a florist must know what colors will work together in the arrangement as well as what will work in particular surroundings. They must also be aware of textures and smell that will work together in a pleasing manner to make the most overall aesthetically appealing arrangement.

Some florists are capable of this entire part of the process by natural instinct, they can just tell what types of plants and flowers will work together and which will not. Other florists will study art and design in an effort to give them a creative edge in this area to produce the best flower arrangements possible.

Theme Arrangements
Creating beautiful flowers isn?t just a seasonal thing; all types of occasions and holiday require the florist to put forth their effort in developing new and exciting arrangements. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, births, deaths and holidays are all occasions that flower arrangements can be provided for.

During some of these more special or thoughtful occasions, florists may go to an extra level to create a particularly beautiful piece. Some florists will create arrangements using a customers favorite flower as the centerpiece upon request ? in these arrangements a florist may have to use materials that they are not entirely familiar working with so the creative part of their personality must really come into play.

For other occasions the florist may create an arrangement that looks floral, but doesn?t include any flowers. Arrangements may be made from food products or other unusual items to create a truly original and custom arrangement.

For other occasions a florist may be called upon to create floral wreaths, corsages or boutonni?res, which can be even more difficult because these arrangements don?t have anything in which to house or contain them.

Floristry is certainly not something that just anyone can do, the how of making a flower arrangement is a difficult task that requires many elements and areas of knowledge to complete as beautifully and perfectly as possible for a special occasion. Flower arrangements are the centerpieces of such forever memorable occasions as weddings and proms and gifts that the memory of will be cherished for years to come.

Flower arrangements can alter the whole mood of an event; a truly beautiful arrangement can be the icing on the cake, so to speak. It?s true that anyone can easily pick some flowers and plop them in a vase, but only a well trained and ultra creative florist can create an arrangement that will not only steal the show, but last through it as well.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Flowers Online - Be Safe With Payments

The Internet has made the world into a global community. No longer is there a need to expend even the price of a phone call to send flowers across town, across the country or to the other side of the world. All you need is an Internet connection and a way to make payments. The result is that you can send flowers to anyone in a matter of minutes.

But is it safe to use online florists to send flowers? The biggest issue is security of your online payment, and there are some things you can do to be sure that's done as safely as possible.

Start by looking for a reputable florist. The names really aren't going to give you much help here because you'll find international flower conglomerates with names like "Flowers Are Us" and with contact information like "1-800-Flower." There are some names you'll recognize and those are going to be your best options. A company doing two-bit scams isn't likely to spend thousands of dollars advertising on television and online.

Instead, look at services offered by these companies to help you decide. Extremely limited delivery services and times may be a tip that this is something less than a reputable florist, as are too-good-to-be-true promises like "we deliver in an hour or less."

The actual delivery may be something to consider. If you're delivering to an office or some public place, you probably have nothing to worry about. But don't overlook the fact that you have no idea who will be delivering the flowers you send. If you're sending flowers to someone's home, it's vital that you use a well-known florists who have been more likely to screen their delivery people. A florist who is working out of the basement of his or her apartment building may very well be hiring the wino around the corner to deliver orders!

Take a minute to look for a privacy policy. There should be one posted on the website. If not, beware! This is another reason for choosing well-known companies they're more likely to take privacy seriously and to be careful of sharing your information or allowing breaches to their security.

One of the biggest advantages of ordering flowers from an online company is that you have the ability to look for the bargains. But finding an online florist with ridiculously low prices may not be in your best interests. Are you trying to impress someone? Sending wilted carnations probably isn't going to scream, "I like you." Some online florists will count on the fact that you aren't going to see the flowers you send, and that the recipient isn't going to tell you that the flowers were second-rate.

Choosing online florists may take more time than actually placing the order. But keeping your personal information safe while you make that good impression is important.

Copyright 2005 by D. L. Randolph. All rights reserved.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

In My Heart

Let a loved one know that you've been thinking of them with this special heart-shaped arrangement of red carnations and ferrero rocher chocolates.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Purple Splendor

Share your happiness on the Mid Autumn Festival by sending this glorious gift. Presenting a spectacular purple orchid arrangement in a ceramic vase.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood probably enticed with a basket like this - a bottle of red wine and boxes of mixed chocolates.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Happiness and Prosperity

Say Gong Xi Fa Cai in style with these assorted chocolates which can be enjoyed with the young and old alike as all gather for a season of renewing relationships and old ties

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pristine Romance

Wistful romance seems to be the aura of this bouquet of flawless white roses, a bouquet expressing pure love.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Legend Behind Moon Cake Festival

The time of this story is around 2170 B.C.

The earth once had ten suns circling over it; each took its turn to illuminate to the earth. But one day all ten suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved by a strong and tyrannical archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband's tyrannical rule. After drinking it, she found herself floating and flew to the moon; where she lived ever since. Hou Yi loved his divinely beautiful wife so much; he didn't shoot down the moon.

Hou Yi can only meet Chang Er on the 15th of the 8th lunar month, which apparently comes on October 6, 2006 which was yesterday. The Chinese celebrates it as The Festival Mooncake.
Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. A perfect night for the festival is if it is a quiet night without a silk of cloud and with a little mild breeze from the sea. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon. Even for a couple who can't be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. A great number of poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival. Hope the Moon Festival will bring you happiness.

The moon cake (in Chinese called Tiong Cu Pia) is the food for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky.

As far as I know, there are two kinds of moon cake; the round-thin that filled with vary tastes like chocolate, durian, cempedak, etc., and the brown thick one with Chinese words printed on its top which is usually filled with salted egg. I never eat the brown one, since my mom never bought it. I love the round-thin one anyway.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

San Francisco Chinatown Hosts th Annual Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair September 18th - 19th, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (July 14, 2010) – The 20th Annual Autumn Moon Festival will be held in Chinatown on Saturday and Sunday, September 18th and 19th, 2010, beginning with
an opening ceremony and parade at 11am. Presented by the Chinatown Merchants Association, the "Moon Festival", as it is popularly known, will include a street bazaar, live entertainment, and multiple parades to be held along historic Grant Avenue
between California Street and Columbus Avenue until 6pm daily. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the Festival mooncake, a traditional Chinese holiday celebration.

Entertainers this year will include martial artists and acrobats from the well-known Yau Kung Moon Gung Fu Studio, popular radio host and writer Ben Fong Torres, who will sing a medley of famous songs, dancers in ornate costume from the China Dance School and Theatre, the St. Mary's Drum and Bell Corps, the Miss Asian America Queen and Court and the Moon God and Goddess . A variety of other performances will be offered on three stages throughout the festivities, hosted by Mistresses of Ceremonies Anita Cheung and Rose Chung. A giant moon cake, a traditional Chinese pastry and symbol of the holiday, will be on display to mark the 20th anniversary celebration.

The Chinatown community cordially invites the public to join us in this grand celebration Festival mooncake.
A special gift will be offered to those dressed in Chinese-themed costume.

Celebrated in Asia for more than 1,000 years, the Moon Festival marks a time to reflect upon the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon, and the myth of the moon Goddess, Chang O (or Chang E). The Moon Festival is a distinctly and authentically Asian holiday which has been likened to a sort of "Chinese Thanksgiving". It is among the most popular holidays in Asia, ranking alongside the celebration of the lunar New Year in cultural significance.

Attendance at the Autumn Moon Festival is always heavy, so the public is encouraged to use BART or MUNI.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cambodians Moon Cake Festival

Yesterday, was Festival Moon Cakes and Chinese-Cambodians usually celebrate this. It is also called the mid-Autumn Festival but since we dona’t have a autumn/winter season here I guess we’ll just settle for calling it Moon Cake Festival. This occasion is marked for lunar worship and moon watching.

A couple of days before yesterday, you can see shops all over Phnom Penh selling assorted mooncakes. There were also shops selling cute little lanterns in red and gold colors. Not surprising since the Phnom Penh has a sizeable Chinese-Cambodian population and naturally some Chinese traditions has evolved to be part of Cambodian culture.

Hubby’s family is Chinese so they celebrate Chinese festivals and their way of worship is a bit different from traditional Khmers. And of course, the main offering for this festival are the – whatelse, but scores of mooncake. Mooncakes are usually offered on the altars, and also given to family and friends as festival gifts. Mooncakes are served with tea to balance the sweetness.

I’m not really too much for sweets but I must admit I love mooncakes not really for eating but I appreciate its decorative value. It’s cute and I feel like much effort has been given to perfect each piece. Mooncakes are typically round or rectangle in shape about 10cm wide and 4cm thick. The outer layer or the crust has tiny decorations, some engraved with Chinese characters.

It has a thin crust filled with different kinds of fillings, but the most common are yolks, sweet beans and salted eggs. There are now different variations of mooncakes and each year the flavors and the fillings are becoming more diverse. I ate one durian flavored mooncake yesterday and it’s uhmm, well let’s say durian in not one of my favorite fruits :D . I also saw chocolate, coffee, nuts, fruits, yogurt flavored cakes being sold in the supermarkets and elegantly packd too. Just perfect for giving to friends.

So that’s what we did yesterday.. Made our offerings, visited some family and friends, ate lunch with Hi-ace’s family, and yep, we had a lot of mooncakes.

Happy Mid Autumn Festival, Everyone!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Red Azuki Bean Mooncake Recipe

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, or Zhongqiu Jie in Chinese, is a popular harvest festival celebrated by not only by Chinese people, but Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese people celebrate it as well, dating back over 3,000 years ago to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty.

The Mid-Autumn Festival: Traditions and Customs

MooncakeFestival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. In 2009, this festival is on October 3, whenhe moon is supposedly at its fullest, brightest and roundest. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date.

Chinese moon cake festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos together.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

The Mid Autumn Festival (also known as Festival moon cakes), or (Chinese: 中秋节 / 中秋节, Zhōngqiūjié) is the 15th in China Day of the 8th Lunar month of the traditional Chinese calendar committed. In ancient times the emperors sacrificed in the spring of the sun and the moon in autumn. Even in the historical works from the Zhou Dynasty (about 11th century-256 BC) the word "Mittherbst is to be found. Later came the nobles and the literary example of the Emperor, and admired the bright full moon in autumn. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the Ming and Qing Dynasty (1368-1911) was one of the most important festivals in China.

The festival is also celebrated in South Korea, where it is called Chuseok.

Traditionally, the Moon Festival will be mooncake with different fillings, such as sweet, salty, with meat or vegetarian filling, eaten. In Taiwan it is everywhere on the streets with the family and neighbors along with grilled (Chinese 烤肉 / 烤肉, Kǎoròu). Moreover, even given away like pomelo, reminiscent of their form also at the full moon.

Mythological Background
Back to the Moon Festival, there are several legends. According to a legend of the Moon Festival comes from the Chinese Chang'e Benyu 嫦娥奔月 around the hero Hou Yi, the Archer here. In the past there were ten suns, tripods from the sun goddess Xi He 羲 和, born Xihe birds called 阳 乌, or yángwū 金 乌, jīnwū who gathered one day and the earth dried up and withered the crops were. Hou Yi ascended the summit of the Kunlun mountain, scoring nine suns down and ordered the last sun, every day on time to rise and.

By a goddess Hou Yi had received a pill of immortality. His wife, Chang'e 嫦娥, Chang'e swallowed the medicine and then hung up to the moon. There, she built a palace in which she lives.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Mid Autumn : The Customs

Mid Autumn festival, Moon Festival, Festival moon cakes, or the August Moon Festival - they are the different names of the same festival, the Mid - Autumn Festival. It is a popular celebration of abundance and togetherness. The Chinese believe in praying to the moon god for protection, family unity, and good fortune. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, a date that parallels the Autumn Equinox of the solar calendar.On this day the moon is unusually bright, clear and round. Historical accounts are silent about the exact origin of this festival, but as far as the assumption of the scholars are concerned, it is related to the two customs in China.

The first customs concern the Chinese farmers. China is an agricultural country and farming in China is intricately associated with the seasons. In the ancient times, the farmers used to worship Earth God and prayed for a good harvest when they sowed the seeds during spring. Once again during autumn, the farmers worshipped the Earth God and offered their gratitude on having reaped a good harvest. This was known as the autumn reward. Some people believed that the

Mid -Autumn Festival orginated from the autumn reward ritual.

The second custom is related to the worship of the moon. The Mid Autumn Festival occurs at the autumn equinox when the sun shines vertically on the equator, equally dividing the day and the night in the northern and the southern hemisphere. At this time, the sunlight shines vertically on the equator, equally dividing the day and night in both the southern and northern hemispheres. In the evening the moon appears with gentle winds and the sky is clear, apart from the light clouds. This is the perfect time to watch the moon. This day was later assigned to the worship of the moon.

This custom of worshipping the moon,called xi yue in Chinese, can be traced back to the ancient Xia and Shang Dynasties (2000 BCE-1066 BCE). In the Zhou Dynasty too (1066 BCE-221 BCE), the people celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival to worship the moon. This practice became very prevalent during the time of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) and people enjoyed and worshipped the full moon. In the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), people started making round mooncake, as gifts to their relatives as an expression of their best wishes for a family reunion. At night, they came out to watch the full moon to celebrate the festival. Since the Ming (1368-1644), and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911), the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival celebration has become extremely popular and is being grandly celebrated.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year, and is a legal holiday in several countries.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Customs of Mid-Autumn Festival

Gazing at the Moon

Gazing at the Moon is an ancient tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (around 500 BC) when people held ceremonies to welcome the full moon, with huge outdoor feasts of moon cakes, watermelons, apricots, apples, grapes and other fresh fruits. The popularity of this ancient tradition began to grow during the Tang and Song Dynasties when people of high rank held banquets in their big courtyards. They drank fine wine, watched the moon and listened to music. Common people who could not afforded as big parties as the rich would lay some food such as moon cakes and fruits on a table in the courtyard and pray to the moon for a good harvest. This underwent a great rise during the Song Dynasty, and historical documents tells about mid autumn festival night in the capital, where people would stream to the night markets and together with their families admire the beauty of the full moon. There are also many classic songs and well-known verses about this tradition.

Eating Moon Cake

Eating mooncake while watching the full moon is a central part of the festival moon cakes throughout China, and is a symbol of family unity. At the very beginning, the moon cakes were served as a sacrifice to the Moon. The words moon cake first appeared in the Southern Song Dynasty, even though, at that time, the moon cakes were not round. Nowadays, moon cakes are given as presents to loved ones and it represent people’s wishes to be together during the mid-autumn festival.

Apart from these two traditional customs, different regions have their own celebrations.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Eating Mooncake on Mid Autumn Festival

At the end of Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368, a dynasty ruled by the Mongols), the Han people’s army wanted to overthrow the rule of the Mongols, so they planed an uprising, but they had no way to inform every Han who wanted to join them of the time of the uprising without being discovered by the Mongols. One day, the military counselor of the Han people’s army, Liu Bowen, thought out a stratagem related to mooncake. Liu Bowen asked his soldiers to spread the rumor that there would be a serious disease in winter and eating mooncakes was the only way to cure the disease, then he asked soldiers to write "uprising, at the night of Mid-Autumn Festival" on papers and put them into mooncakes then sell them to common Han people. When the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival came a huge uprising broke out. From then on, people eat mooncakes every Mid autumn festival to commemorate the uprising.

Nowadays, people also like appreciating the moon on Autumn Moon Festival. Family members have dinner together on the evening of the festival.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Preppy Happy

Comprising chicken and fish essence, fresh fruits and a sunflower arrangement, an ill patient cannot ask for more, can he?
3 X Essence Of Chicken, 3 X Fish Essence; Bananas, Dragon Fruits, Apples, Oranges, Grapes And Strawb

Celebration of Moon

On this special day of Mid autumn festival or also known as Moon festival, people worship in temples and hold happy reunions at home. Sons and daughters will bring their family members back to their parents' house for a reunion. Sometimes people who have already settled overseas will come back to visit their parents on that day.

After nightfall they stroll under the stars to view the brightest and fullest moon of the year. Children run around with bright, colourful lanterns in many different designs and shapes. The adults usually indulge in eating many varieties of moon cakes with hot tea. Other traditional treats include pomelo, persimmon, steamed taro dipped in sugar and roasted chestnuts.

Families, relations and friends gather to enjoy the full moon, a symbol of promise for abundance, of harmony and luck. Some will beseech the beautiful Moon Goddess of Immortality for protection as well as family unity.

The traditional food of this festival is the Mooncake, of which there are many different varieties. Moon cakes can be bought in Chinese grocery stores and bakeries. The small cakes are very rich, with fillings made of lotus seed paste with anywhere from one to four salted egg yolks in the centre, lotus seed paste with melon seeds, black bean paste with mincemeat (like the filling of a Christmas pie), and all of the above with assorted nuts. Prices vary depending on the ingredients.

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