newyearsflowers
It was a cold holiday weekend in NYC and Justin and I hibernated for much of it.  While he warmed up the house by cooking some spicy chili I made my first floral arrangement for 2012 so here’s a quick tutorial.  First, sugaring the fruit is easy.newyearflowersprepBrush lady apples with a little egg white and spoon on super fine sugar.  A few thin layers is better than one thick coating that can fall off and don’t be afraid to touch up with egg white as you go along.  newyearflowersapplesLetting them dry on parchment paper for about half an hour gave me time for a few pointers from Justin about photography: light, angles, f-stops, apertures…so much to learn and very interesting too.newyearflowersapples2I used a glass cake stand for the surface and lay a few leaves beneath the apples.  The flowers went into two sizes of mason jars.newyearflowersalone1A mix of white freesia with its peppery smell and delicate petalsnewyearflowersalone2blended well with mini hydrangea for their fresh green color: just $12.00 at the Korean deli a few blocks away.newyearflowers1A few mini pinecones and that was it.  This was about all the frostiness I wanted this weekend, and the flowers are a sweet reminder that spring is only a few months away…