Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Move Over, Toothbrush

Seems like forever since I've posted. A 1,500-mile road trip to Arizona to visit my dad and sis, a trip to Arkansas to help our son move to Dallas for his first real job, and an ailing father-in-law (oh, duh--and a full-time job), and I've scarcely had a spare moment in the past couple of weeks. I've been to or through nine states in nine days.

This is another busy week of work and travel ahead, but I thought I'd share a quick tip with you for easy flower arranging.  When preparing for my husband to make a trip to Illinois to visit his parents a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to arrange a bouquet of hydrangeas out of my garden to give to my mother-in-law.

If you follow me, you may know I collect flower frogs. I use them both for their intended purpose and to incorporate into my decor. I wanted something a bit less messy for car travel to Illinois--a traditional frog in a vase seemed like it could have been a sloshy mess.

Time to repurpose. I went to Goodwill and picked up a clear plastic toothbrush holder for a few cents. I filled it with water and arranged the hydrangeas in it.

Works like a charm. I placed the frog/toothbrush holder down inside a clear glass vase--empty at this point. It's unlikely that there would be much spillage out of the holder, but if there were, it would be contained in the empty vase.

On arrival at the destination, the vase could be filled with water, too, which would cover the homemade flower frog inside.

So, if you don't have your own flower frog and don't want to mount a quest for one, pull out an old toothbrush holder and brush up on your flower arranging.

Make it a great day!


  1. You have been a busy person! Thanks for sharing this useful tip.

  2. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  3. Beautiful arrangement, I love hydrangeas and a great idea! Sorry you have been on the road so much it can really be exhausting. Hope your father in-law is doing better. Laura

  4. What a great idea-I will be on th lookout for some of these!

  5. What a FAB idea. Love tips like this. Thanks a bunch. Keep tripped.

  6. This is a great idea. I have a Blog Hop and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

    1. Thank you so much for linking with "Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop". This is such a great and easy idea. Hope you link again this Wednesday.
      Debi Bolocofsky

  7. That's a clever idea. I need to start looking at things with a more imaginative mind! As for 9 states in 9 days, it sounds like you could use a bit of a rest.

  8. What a great idea, Ann! I'm new to your blog, visiting after seeing that you are following my blog. Thank you! I am now following back! I didn't see a comment from you (it's okay if you didn't leave one, I'm just curious why you started following), but if it was on an older post, I don't always see those. Anyway, I'm wondering what you thought of our "fair" state (I live in AZ), other than the fact that it is HOT? That was a lot traveling & I wish you good luck on any future travels.

    Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, but they are a bit hard to grow here. Not impossible, but not easy. I don't have many frogs, but I'm always looking. I just think they are so artsy-looking.

    Hope you have a great week!

  9. What a clever idea....I like that...thanks for sharing that..

    Thank you for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY!!!


  10. What a great hint, Ann! Never thought of using that before! It was fun learning more about you on your award post, too!


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