My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

How to lay a little bit low

Note: This week is officially my book’s first birthday. And while it feels strange to talk about celebrating something in a time like this… it occurred to me that maybe I should... maybe this is exactly the time for me to find something to celebrate. I am so aware of everything that is going on around me. Of how it affects Marius and Me. Our work families. Our families. Our friends. Our community, country and everyone all around, I find myself in my design room typing up this design post. Once we have made the commitment to stay inside and flatten the curve I was wondering what is the best way I can serve. And it occurred to me: There's something to be said for continuing sharing beauty with each other... and getting back into at least some of our normal routines to contribute towards a sense of consistency to reduce the number of variables we are all exposed to. For showing up.

From my side that means sharing my new design and connecting with you here on the My Creative Workbook website... as I do every Wednesday.

So… as always… just take a moment and... Enjoy!
How I plan to celebrate:

Book birthday flat lay celebration

Be a little bit more gentle,

Drying floral material to create a dried flat lay display

A little more quiet,

How to lay a little bit low flat lay by Christine de Beer

Get on with things just a little bit more,

(notice a little less of other’s faults, point out a little less severely when I disagree with how they cope, be a little bit slower to complain… and shut down 100% of the little arguments that comes my way)

All natural sustainable and without any waste flat lay for flower arrangement

Make a little bit more of my stuff and share a little more of my value,

Drying passion fruit flowers for floral designs

Respect space just that little bit more

How to preserve flowers for floral displays

And choose to see the humour even if there is only a little bit to be found,

How to dry hydrangea flowers

Learn a little bit more to get a little bit better.

Using dried floral material to make a flat lay display

… not all at once, of course… just a little bit.

A special thank you to everyone who has supported me by purchasing my book in its first year. If you are a maker of stuff… even more so a maker of stuff that is important to you, you know how much the support means.

If you were looking forward to book-birthday-March to buy a book... and are a little disappointed because you don't really want to order a book to be delivered you can always buy the e-book version (for your Kindle Fire or on the free Kindle apps for iPad, PC or Mac. ) instead and save an extra CDN$ 51.18 (-46%) right now from Amazon and start reading today. The content is exactly the same as in the hardcover book.

And a thank you to you... for this moment for us to celebrate.

Stay safe. Stay inside... and share something beautiful.

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25 March 2020 Finally! I found a perfect way to perfectly preserve a perfect passion fruit flower.

Yay everyone! I found the absolute best way to preserve passion fruit flowers. Here it is: how to dry flowers using Silica Gel.

30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

7 April 2012 Foam pin holder drying rack

This is a convenient way to keep flowers perfectly upright while you wait for glue to dry.

13 April 2012 Drying Mushrooms for Floral Art

I use edible mushrooms in my designs. To preserve them I press a tiny stake into the base and let them air-dry.

26 August 2015 Skeleton Hydrangeas

Make skeleton petals from hydrangeas to create blossoms

22 September 2012 Skeleton Leaves

Remove the pulp from leaves so that only the vain framework remain

26 August 2015 Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath

A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered

28 February 2011 Paper flowers

You can use any type of paper to make flowers. I use tissue paper, Crêpe paper, cardboard, newsprint and coffee filters (new and used) to make sweet peas, carnations, paper...

10 July 2012 Smooth dried hydrangea flowers in the palm of your hand

Hold a dried hydrangea flower in the palm of your hand to smooth out the folds

9 September 2015 Layered sisal and twig armature

small sisal fibers create a mat like armature

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

15 March 2017 Wedding welcome and direction sign

Hang a twig and wood mobile at your weeding as a direction board

Favourite Flowers


Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Related Designs

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

19 June 2013 This Moment

Create an armature design outside the vase

9 September 2015 Fall Treasures

A sisal mat armature for fall twigs flowers and leaves

9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

25 September 2019 It’s one and a half to two times... but to the side

Soft minimal... this is exactly the kind of design I place in our apartment. Use a few fall treasures picked up on a walk and add a copper leaf to up the effort and love you add...

6 September 2011 When Autumn Fall

Autumn leaf composite flower

13 October 2011 Direct Contrasts

I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.

15 March 2017 Wedding Welcome

My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine