Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Flowers: Tulips in a Birch Vase

It's the first week of February, so welcome to the second Flowers on the First series!

Tulips are my absolute favorite flower and this month they are easy to find in the floral department of most supermarkets. I love all colors of tulips, but especially the peach and pink tones.

A few weeks ago, I took a walk in my neighborhood and saw this lying in the snow.
It was bark from a birch branch that had fallen off the tree. I carried it home and gave it a "bath" in the tub to remove all the dirt. At first I thought about making a birch covered candle, but I decided it would look great as a vase. I love the contrast of the rough bark against the pristine tulips.

I already had a glass vase that fit the diameter--all I had to do was cut the top of the bark with scissors to fit the height of the vase, and wrap some white string around the whole thing to keep it in place.

You can also buy birch bark online, which might be easier if you live somewhere like Miami or Manhattan! Here is one of many sources to purchase birch bark: County Craft Supplies.  You can also buy these rustic vases ready to go on etsy--like here: New Hampshire Wood Creations.

It's still another few months until spring comes to Connecticut but until then, the tulips give me a sneak preview of what's to come!

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