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Easy Spring Floral Ideas

Posted by CR on Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Spring has sprung and you may be having people over soon, for any number of reasons. We wanted to give you some easy ways to spruce up your table cleverly and affordably.

 

Here are the Anchor Hocking floral products we used:


Bud Vases - Items #31268, #31257  


12” Kendl Twisted Square Vase - Item #99147  


Carafe - Item# 99119

Other Items Used:
Soho Barware
Reused Candle Jars  

*View our Home Decor Catalog  

 

Flowers:


We went to the local grocer and purchased a potted hyacinth plant, which contained 3 bulbs that had bloomed ($7.00) and a bouquet of mixed spring stems ($7.00).

 

Project 1
Bouquets for Ladies Tea

 

 

Take time to relax and catch up with close friends this spring. Invite over your closest friends, your siblings, your in-laws, whoever – and make them feel right welcomed and cherished with a personalized bouquet.

 

We wanted these bouquets to be multi-purpose so we grabbed our 1 Liter Carafes to hold the stems.

We also found some ribbon (reused from a potpourri bag) to hold name tags on to the vases. The name tags were cut out of brown paper bags (which were free from the grocer’s check-out).

To make the tags we first sketched out a tag shape (download a printable tag of your own here). We cut through both sides of the bag, giving us two tag shapes each. We did this so we could write little notes on the inside of the tag. Write their names on the outside and a cute note on the inside, hole punch and attach to the carafe.

Project 2
Rustic Charm  

We chose a collection of 4 bud vases in various heights. We picked out three rather tall stems from the bouquet and one that was shorter and fuller.

For the fuller stem we needed to remove some of the lower leaves and growth, but saved them for another small project.

By using an earthy color palette and not following standard floral arrangement rules, we create an interesting, minimal and rustic look. This would look great next to a tub full of sodas in glass bottles or a buffet table of desserts.

Project 3
Big Charm in Small Places  

If you have minimal counter space and you still want to add pops of nature to the display this idea is for you.

We have been saving used candle jars for just such an occasion. Remember those trimmings we saved from Project 2? Here’s where they’ll come in handy.   Using short stems of filler and leaves and rocks, create small vignettes in miniature jars. These will look perfect among food displays or next to beverage stations. Inter-mix them with candles for a romantic effect.  

Project 4
Lofty Sunnies  

Sunflowers can make a big impact with their height. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have a tall vase to put them in. We chose 3 pieces of tall and skinny beverageware, our Soho Collection. You could also use our 4” or 6” Kendl Tapered Vases.

We used what is called “cullet” from our factory, but you can pick up a similar looking product in the floral section. You could also use tiny seed beads from the craft isle.

First, we filled the glasses/vases with the filler/cullet.
Then, we pushed the sunflower stems down into the material. This makes a snug fit around the flower and holds it upright.
 

Align them down the center of a table or on a shelf for a modern touch and new sense of visual height.

Project 5
Ditch the Plastic  

We bought those hyacinths, remember? We decided we didn’t like that pot they were in, and we weren’t ready to plant them in the garden just yet. So, we temporarily transplanted them into pieces of beverageware that we’ve been collecting.

Maybe you have some collections of vintage glassware or some pieces that no longer have match. Use these pieces of glass to create an interesting display that kicks those hyacinths up a notch.

Display them while you have guests over and after the party you can plant them in the ground.

**Don’t forget, that once the flowers turn brown, you can dig up that bulb, store it in a brown paper bag and replant next year.

Project 6
Housewarming Gift  

Do you know someone who just settled into their new home?
Maybe a newlywed couple?

Instead of flowers, opt for kitchen gadgetry!

Whether they’ve registered for gifts or you know what they’re in need of, use a collection of items to create a lovely display.

Vase too tall? Purchase some fabric napkins in their favorite color(s), roll them up and use as a base for you gadget bouquet.

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Get the Trends

Posted by CR on Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Here at Anchor Hocking we have a team of designers who develop new products. Part of their process involves creating trend reports based on their global research of products, fashion, architecture and art.

We wanted to share a sampling of their 2011 Trend Reporting that was compiled during the Fall of 2010.

We hope it inspires you and helps you push the boundaries of your own home decor, party designs or craft projects!

 

 

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On Trend: Beyond Plaid

Posted by CR on Friday, January 7th, 2011

At Anchor Hocking, our product development group is constantly studying trends, where they were, where they are and where they'll be next.

We wanted to share a rather fun and energetic trend that has taken over. This trend has many offshoots, but begins with plaid.

Whether looking at shower themes, tee shirt designs, table linens or accessories, we can't help but notice a variety of items that have a lumberjack feel to them. Mixtures of country, outdoor themes, plaid and masculine products have made their way into every crack and crevasee of the design world.

(From Top Left to Right) 1. Upcycled Plaid Coffee Sleeve 2. Plaid Infinity Scarf 3. Lumberjack Plaid Flower Pin 4. Lumberjack screenprint tee 5. Lumberjack & Jill Themed couples wedding shower 6. Plaid Chicken Doorstopper 7. Plaid Personalized Canning Lables 8. Canning Jar Graphic Shower Invites 9. Mini Baked Beans in Hermetic Canning Jars

You can also quickly add some plaid, country and manly flair to your home or kitchen with Anchor.

 

(From Top Left to Right) 1. Manchester Rocks (Plaid Pattern) 2. Manchester Tea (Plaid Pattern) 3. Rustic Rooster Chalk Board (Plaid Scarf Included) 4. Cracker Jar Set (Vintage Appeal with Threaded Cap) 5. Beer Wagon Mug (20oz Shown) 6. Heremes Jar (Canning Inspired Closure)

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Tracking Down Vintage

Posted by CR on Thursday, June 17th, 2010

AK and I have been digging around at Anchor lately. We've been on the hunt for all things vintage, historical and just plain interesting. Today we give you a few of our favorite finds!

*Image Courtesy of Anchor Hocking Company - Vintage Fire-King Promotional Sheet


*Image Courtesy of Anchor Hocking Company  - Original Jade-ite Sale Sheet


*Image Courtesy of Anchor Hocking Company - Original Jade-ite Advertisement

This one is quite possibly our favorite vintage Anchor find. We just love the styling of this graphic poster for Fire-King. Maybe we should bring her back!  Everyone loves a hint of retro whimsy.


*Image Courtesy of Anchor Hocking Company - Retro Fire-King Advertisement

Loving the bakeware in that cute poster? You can still buy it today! Anchor brought back the design recently and renamed it Reflections. Be sure to check it out along with our other wonderful bakeware!

Oh and If  you like this post, come back soon -- I'll be posting many more like this!

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Trend Watch - Vintage Birds

Posted by AK on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

 

       

       

       

Recently, I was at a resale shop in the Columbus downtown area and found these vintage British bird book plates someone was selling and the notion of vintage birds got me thinking how that would be an excellent decorated glass.
Here are a few finds that caught my eye while I was looking up vintage birds. Looks like a few people are selling real vintage bird illustrations and nick knacks on Etsy. I also was amazed to find the number of retro styled vintage bird art that was being talked about on blogs.
Lastly, I was even more surprised to find that Anchor used to make Fire-King milk glass bird coffee cups. A few others and myself headed to the archives and found the actual glasses and from there I set out recreating these little gems. But, I thought I would share my inspiration and I will keep you updated on the vintage birds.

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2010 Trend Colors

Posted by CR on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

We like to stay up to date on trends and thought it would be fun to share with your our forcasts for 2010 Home Color Trends. Below is a small blurb from our color forcast for 2010 which we compiled in late Summer 2009.

Turquoise. Copper. Grass. Lilac. Storm. Neutrals.

The up and coming colors for 2010 are inspired by bold and recognizable hues from nature. Turquoise as the primary color, will be seen in varying hues often paired with the secondary color, copper.

All of these trend colors can easily be matched with warm earthy neutral tones.

As for color palettes, this year monochromatic and simple complimentary schemes are stealing the show. Copper is borderline red/orange so it can compliment both blues and  greens. Turquoise and storm would also make a great monochromatic duo.

   

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  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Homeworld Business creates excitement around Anchor Home Collections new line of Bamboo products in their June 2009 edition.

  • Anchor Hocking's Sigma Beverageware is given an Award of Excellence by HFN in April 2009.

  • Anchor Hocking is acknowledged for expanding beyond glassware by HFN in April 2009.

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