how to

victorian for valentines

An updated interpretation of a romantic gift from
long ago.

The tussie-mussie, a diminutive,
aromatic nosegay of flowers, is a tradition-
al bouquet that has been around since
Europe’s medieval times. The term “tussie-
mussie” means “sweet posy,” and the small
nosegays then were made primarily of
scented medicinal herbs that were believed
to ward off the plague. But it wasn’t until
Queen Victoria’s time that the language of
flowers reached its prime and gentlemen
began communicating feelings by sending
private and intimate messages to ladies by means of these special bouquets. This design transforms the tradition of romantic posies with lace edging into a delightful arrangement that mimics the old-fashioned idea. By painting a clay pot to match the flowers, covering it with a doily, and adding a bow and several hearts made of wired ribbon, the Victorian feel is maintained, making the perfect gift for your customers to offer to their sweethearts this Valentine’s Day.

MATERIALS: wired ribbon from Designer Dispatch; spray paint from Floralife; ‘Attache’ roses, miniature carnations, clay pot, liner, lace doily and white glue from favorite suppliers.

Spray-paint a clay pot to
match the colors of the
flowers in your design.
Soak a doily in a mixture
that is 50 percent Elmer’s
glue and 50 percent water.
Invert and elevate the painted
pot, and lay the doily over it.
Shape the doily to the pot so
that it will extend slightly above
the rim when the pot is upright.

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