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Video: The Sydney Eucalyptus Collection

Amanda Thomas - Friday, March 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

With its versatile aesthetic and wide variety of decorative applications, the gorgeous Sydney Eucalyptus Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale continues to grow in popularity. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI takes a closer look at this stunning silk foliage and demonstrates a few creative ways to use it. 

Vonda begins by highlighting the brilliant depth and coloration of the artificial Sydney eucalyptus sprigs. This subdued bluish green is a highly sought-after color for weddings but remains a versatile option for everyday display as well. 

Pioneer’s eucalyptus from the Sydney Collection features intricate detailing that instantly elevates any arrangement.  

Next, Vonda uses a garland of eucalyptus to create a quick impromptu table runner. This selection is beautiful on its own but could just as easily accommodate other accessories or additions as well, as Vonda demonstrates with ribbon and silk flowers. 

The small bouquet itself serves as another splendid example of the way artificial eucalyptus can add color and detail to any type of floral composition. 

Silk eucalyptus from Pioneer’s Sydney Collection is an exceptionally useful item for wedding season, for use in table runners or bouquets, but the possibilities are truly endless. Explore the rest of the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find more fresh ideas for your wholesale greenery needs.

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Prom Success Series - Part #6 - Make it Special

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 29, 2018

We hope you enjoy Part #6 of our 2018 Prom Success Series!

Video: How To: Make a Corsage with Avery Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Monday, March 26, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

A fresh take on the popularity of succulents in wedding arrangements and interior décor, this video features a natural corsage created using Pioneer’s beautiful Avery corsage bracelet decorated with permanent botanical echeveria succulents and stylish coordinates. 

Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building this corsage step-by-step. Vonda starts with a tour of the three colors of Avery corsage bracelet available from Pioneer – licorice, champagne, and sugar. 

Using the champagne bracelet, Vonda begins by tying off the ribbon to secure the bracelet to the convenient design disc that will serve as a platform to hold the cuttings of greenery. She also secures a piece of chenille stem that will come in handy throughout the tutorial.

Vonda lays cutting from an artificial string of pearls succulent across the design disc, twisting the chenille stem to hold it in place. Using pliers to coil the remaining chenille stem adds more gluing surface for the following steps.

Next, Vonda begins adding succulents to the corsage. She places glue on the design disc as well as the succulents for an almost magnetic effect – if you watch the related design video about gluing, this technique is very similar. Adding more glue to the disc allows for more insertions. 

The result is a beautiful wrist corsage that uses only succulents with no ribbons. Compared to traditional floral corsages, this design offers a more modern and up-to-date look that integrates current trends – a fantastic accessory for weddings, prom, and other fashion forward events.

You can find all the products used to create this corsage by browsing the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – or, use the catalog to find other silk flowers and foliage that might spark your imagination for other new looks to try. 

Shop products from the video:

#AV1110 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Licorice
#AV1111 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Champagne
#AV1112 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Sugar
#PWS2629GR – String of Pearls, 16”, Green
#PWS1065 – Echeveria Pick, Green
#PWB2241GCR – Berry Stem, Green/Cream
#PWS1612BU – Rosette Pick, Burgundy

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Complementary Ribbon Chart for 2018 Prom & Bridal Colors

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 22, 2018
We are sure you will find this Ribbon Chart very helpful when ordering for proms and weddings this year! 
To see the full version and to download a PDF copy, click HERE.

Prom Success Series - Part #5 - Reaching the Girls at the School

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

We hope you enjoy Part #5 of our 2018 Prom Success Series.

Video: Sakura Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, March 19, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a new addition to the Sakura Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

This small Sakura branch joins the already-popular Sakura line, a collection of silk cherry blossoms in a spectrum of vibrant pink hues. These wholesale cherry blossom branches are perfect for small containers as Vonda demonstrates with the Monza ceramic planter – but the options for display are truly endless. 

As Vonda points out, cherry blossoms are a sign of spring and a symbol of renewal. Not only are these flowers a useful addition to seasonal displays, their gentle coloration and energizing presence makes them a versatile choice for a variety of arrangement purposes.

Browse the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find this new silk cherry blossom branch along with hundreds of other silk flowers, artificial foliage cuttings, and useful accessories. 

Shop products from the video:

#PWC2304PK – Cherry Blossom Petite Spray, Pink
#93840-00 – Monza Ceramic Planter
#PWG2300PK – Cherry Blossom Garland, Pink

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2018 Prom Trend #3: Metallic

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 15, 2018
Everything is better when it sparkles! Metallic dresses are going to be very trendy in 2018 -- it is an Olympic year after all -- but the dresses won't stop in just Gold, Silver & Bronze! Pair these dresses with sparkly, iridescent accents and sheer ribbon. Shop these products here.

Prom Success Series - Part #4 - Open House

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

We hope you enjoy Part #4 of our 2018 Prom Success Series!

Video: Corsage Gluing Tips & Tricks

Amanda Thomas - Monday, March 12, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Smart gluing techniques are the backbone of any corsage project. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building a corsage from the ground up – demonstrating a handful of helpful corsage gluing tips to make the process quicker and easier while resulting in a sturdy product your customers can depend on.

The initial round of advice deals with minimizing mess. Vonda begins by introducing Oasis Floral Adhesive, available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. To keep the glue from oozing out too fast, she uses a pair of needle nose pliers to crimp the nozzle into a more easily-controlled oval shape. 

Keeping the glue upright when you’re not using it is another way to keep your workspace cleaner and tidier. Vonda uses a simple plastic cup and piece of cardboard to create a sturdy glue holder that can be easily disposed of or re-used. 

To create this holder, Vonda places a dot of glue on the bottom of the cup and another on the cardboard – this “glue on glue” technique creates a stronger (almost magnetic) bond, a tip you can use for any permanent botanical project. 

You can even keep the cap for the adhesive inside of the cup to prevent it from rolling away and getting lost while you work.

Next, Vonda begins the corsage demonstration. The glitzy Diamond Road corsage bracelet – like many of the wholesale corsage bracelets from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – includes a plastic platform that makes gluing so much easier. Vonda uses needle nose pliers to remove the metal part of the platform since it isn’t needed for this project.    

Vonda applies the glue to the platform liberally, even covering the ribbon rose in the center. She lays a few sprigs of wholesale artificial maidenhair fern around the edges. Next, Vonda gathers a few colors of ribbon and creates a large bow to serve as the center of the design. A little extra glue on the bow supports the final few pieces of artificial maidenhair.   

With the “nest” of the design completed, Vonda adds a beautiful silk Phalaenopsis orchid to the center. Phalaenopsis orchids are a popular choice for weddings and other formal events, making this realistic silk bloom a perfect choice for this corsage. She trims the excess stem and covers the rest with floral adhesive to ensure a sturdy bond. 

Vonda finishes the corsage design by gently fluffing and trimming the ribbons as needed to ensure a neat composition. 

The result is a beautiful corsage – made quickly, easily, and neatly thanks to the professional glue techniques Vonda demonstrates in this video. This advice can work well for corsages in any style and can even carry over to other permanent botanical projects you might have in mind. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find the adhesives, silk flowers, corsage bracelets and wholesale ribbon used in this video. Pioneer offers a wide variety of supplies for corsage projects just like this one, along with everything you need to complete other permanent botanical projects for weddings, prom, seasonal displays, and so much more. 

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2018 Prom Trend #3: Emerald

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 08, 2018
Almost every style of dress comes in shades of Emerald & Hunter Green! This rich jewel tone ties in nicely with sparkling silver and rhinestones. Touches of Burgundy will complete the look since it is the complementary color! Shop these products here.