The Bronx inspires paper craft


The Orchid Show at Bronx Botanical Gardens was stunning. Ever since reading The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, I’ve been fascinated with orchids and the idea of one day having my own green house full of them.

The theme for the show was ‘On Broadway’ and the largest glass house in America reverberated with show tunes to accompany the orchids.

Orchids seem to have their own personality, hence one of the reasons for some people’s obsession I imagine. They can be such strange looking flowers – from lewd…

To somewhat menacing…

While others are so delicate…

Even kissable…

And almost edible…

It was my friend, Maya’s, idea to follow the orchid viewing with a craft activity in the cafe. My first thought was – paper flowers! Armed with the most basic of supplies – tissue paper, sticky tape, scissors and coffee stirrers (for stems) – we made our little floral hybrid – very loosely based on one of Martha’s paper flower ideas. It looks right at home with its very distant cousins here, don’t you think?!

Maya looks intoxicated by the result.

The next day I happened to be in one of my favorite New York stores – John Derian– decoupager extraordinaire – where, amongst many other things, they sell the most stunning paper flowers made by one of the women in Martha’s crack craft team.

Here’s just one. She hand dyes the tissue paper as well. Definitely something to aspire to in my flower making endeavours!

Oh, and just as a little segue – I discovered this restaurant near the John Derian store. With a name like this, I think the food would HAVE to be good! ;o)

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