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Video: Step Up Collection

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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

In this video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a few new additions to the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale product line. The versatile Step Up Collection is a premium line of wholesale silk flowers, featuring top-quality materials and larger, more dramatic, blooms. 

Vonda begins her introduction to the Step Up Collection by highlighting two of the most popular silk flowers for weddings - hydrangea and peony - and explains how these pieces stand out from the standard models. 

First, the video makes it easy to see the impressive size of these blooms. The silk peony features a diameter of 5 inches, while the hydrangea measures up at a spectacular 6.5-inch diameter. 

The wholesale silk flowers in the Step Up Collection also stand apart thanks to their premium materials and incredible level of realistic detail. It’s impossible to overlook these luscious full-bodied blooms in any setting. 

Every piece of the Step Up Collection is sure to capture immediate attention at your next bridal show, trade show, or seasonal event. Your customers and clients are sure to appreciate the visual effect of these statement pieces, and how they can elevate and complement other collections so easily. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to see the full Step Up Collection – including the wide range of colors – as well as other wholesale silk flowers, accessories, and everything you need to impress your customers by staying “a step above the rest."

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Video: Serene Dreams Silk Floral Collection from Pioneer

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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

In this design demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of creating a stunning centerpiece arrangement using wholesale silk flowers from the Serene Dreams Collection. 

The Serene Dreams Collection, available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, features beautiful soft coloration that grabs attention thanks to the richness of the hues. This distinctive blend between soft and rich makes a striking impression suitable for any season. 

This demonstration begins with an introduction to the Serene Dreams Collection items that will make their way into the arrangement. The composition starts with a “Journey” ceramic pot, silk ranunculus in tranquil lavender, silk delphinium bush cuttings, and a hanging wisteria bush in light lilac. 

Vonda points out that the silk wisteria is especially versatile, displaying pink and lavender options as examples. She also shows the same selection in a brilliant white that would be especially suitable for wedding arrangements during bridal show season. 

The ceramic container is already prepared with a block of foam, ready to accommodate the permanent botanicals. Vonda adds a few sections of sheet moss around the edges and leaves the center open for insertions - the moss can be difficult to add after the addition of flowers, so it makes sense to complete this preparation right at the beginning.

Delphinium serves as the first insertion. This arrangement is going to be a centerpiece, but Vonda notes that it uses a taller composition technique compared to the more common “all around” look. 

Vonda suggests using the green silk foliage to its fullest advantage as she tucks individual sprays around the delphinium. This silk foliage adds an incredible sense of depth to the design in terms of texture, color, and layering. 

Next, Vonda begins adding the tranquil lavender silk ranunculus. You might notice this design is based on groupings, with the ranunculus occupying one side of the pot on its own. Vonda places the silk wisteria on the other side, bringing lavender up through the design and letting other pieces trail down the side of the container for elegant appeal. 

The result is a modern arrangement that combines the best of both pastel softness and rich eye-catching color. Browse through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to see these and many more selections from the Serene Dreams Collection. 

Pioneer offers a wide variety of wholesale silk flowers, artificial foliage, wholesale containers, and any accessories you might need to create gorgeous permanent botanical arrangements for any season, style, or occasion. 

Shop the complete Serene Dreams Collection here.

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Video: Pioneer's Wedding Silks Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

In this instructional video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI highlights a few of the most popular wedding silks from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to help businesses prepare for wedding season. Vonda goes on to create a sample bouquet to demonstrate the potential of these versatile selections.  

Pioneer offers a robust range of colors that prove well-suited to wedding bouquets and displays. Vonda shows each one in turn – chalk, vanilla dream, bisque, a rosy pink sand, and classic bridal white. 

These five stunning colorways cover four distinct silk flower styles from the Pioneer catalog. She walks through the versatile garden rose, peony, hydrangea bush, and the single stem version of the hydrangea. 

As Vonda points out, the single stem silk hydrangea is an especially popular choice for those who want to pair artificial silks with fresh flowers. Many wedding planners avoid fresh hydrangea cuttings because of their short lifespan, while these artificial stems will never brown or wither. 

Next, Vonda creates a sample bouquet to showcase the creative potential Pioneer’s wholesale silk flowers in this stunning palette. She starts by gathering together the garden roses and peonies with a touch of hydrangea, arranging the pink selections on either side. 

She finishes the arrangement with silk maidenhair fern that hangs down from the bouquet for an elegant look.  

Of course, this video offers just a small look at the wedding-ready options available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Explore the Pioneer collection for hundreds of artificial flowers, decorative containers, and beautiful accessories in an inspiring spectrum of colors. 

Top 4 Wedding Items in Top 5 Wedding Colors: 

Flowers: Peony, Garden Rose, Hydrangea Bush, Hydrangea Stem

Video: How To: Design with Misty Morning Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, May 07, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall

The Misty Morning Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale lends itself well to a soft mono-botanical design. Here the use of a wholesale silk flower selection in soft mauves, turquoise and greens can be used very simply to appeal to your customers’ tastes for something not “over-designed.” It may be just the thing for a simple bathroom or bedroom accent, or really anywhere that needs a softer style.

Remember, in the home many clients are looking for pieces that feel comfortable and soothing. This project is perfect for that type of touch.

Gather together the three glass vases, from our wholesale container selections, to focus and begin to assemble these very basic pieces we’ve chosen. Use three small hydrangea pieces bound together with tape to create a small bouquet. Next, bind a similarly-sized bunch of peonies together. Finally, fashion a lamb’s ear grouping to match the dimensions of the first two floral pieces.

Now, you simply match the colors to the vases and voila! You have completed a three-piece design, simple yet adaptable to many areas and uses. Heavily designed pieces are not always necessary to create a lovely look and give the customer basic options.

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#PWP2200MVHZ - Peony Bush, Mauve Haze
#PWH2085DWGR - Hydrangea Bush, Dew Green
#S21083XX - Lamb’s Ear
#34000 - La La Glass Vase, Pink or White

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Video: Corsage Design with the Incredible Value Silk Orchid

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, May 03, 2018

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

Sophisticated and glamorous, this corsage combines smooth silk flowers with glimmering metallic details for an excitingly on-trend look. Learn how to create this gorgeous design by following along with Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD in this step-by-step video demonstration from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Let’s start with a quick introduction to the supplies, all available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The base is a wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelet called Sophisticated Lady, while the centerpiece Phalaenopsis orchid is one of the many super-realistic wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer. Decorative details include shiny Gleaming Leaves and beautiful sheer ribbon. 

Vonda begins construction by securing the plastic platform to the corsage bracelet using a chenille stem in silver. As she explains, this type of chenille blends in with the other metallic elements and remains easily hidden after the corsage is complete. 

Next, Vonda snips the largest silk orchid blossom from the spray and removes each petal to use individually. She adds adhesive to the plastic platform and attaches the silk petals one by one, creating a nice base for further design.

The shiny Gleaming Leaves will bring sparkling metallic accents up throughout the composition. Vonda curls the stems with needle nose pliers to create a larger gluing surface for greater durability. She then adds even more adhesive over the bed of silk petals, allowing it to set up and get tacky before adding the Gleaming Leaves. 

A small bow will create more volume without increasing weight. Vonda uses a short length of ribbon to create the bow, and glues it directly to the center of the arrangement. She then ties another length of ribbon around the entire corsage bracelet and bow for extra security. Trim the ribbon ends as needed.

To finish the design, Vonda snips the remaining silk orchid blossoms from the spray and attaches each one to the center of the corsage, neatly nestled into the bow. 

At the end of the video, Vonda displays another version of this corsage using a similar silk orchid in a dark purple color, demonstrating just how versatile these elements from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale really are.

Pioneer offers a diverse range of wholesale silk flowers, wholesale ribbon, wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets, and so much more – everything you need to prepare for your upcoming trade shows, displays, and seasonal product updates. 

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Video: How To: Exclusive Orchid Corsage

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

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

Are you looking for a stylish corsage design in contemporary, elegant colors? Follow this video tutorial as Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to create a gorgeous orchid corsage using wholesale silk flowers and accessories from the Pioneer website.

Vonda opens the video with an introduction to the materials used in this demonstration. This design is built around a corsage bracelet that features brilliant iridescent rhinestones, although a wide variety of wholesale Fitz Design options from Pioneer would work wonderfully for this project.

Accents include iridescent quintets, iridescent Sweet Leaves, silk coleus bush leaves, and wired Starleene ribbon in light pink. The center of this design is quite impressive – the silk Phalaenopsis orchid captures the imagination with its realistic appearance and vivid purple color. 

Vonda begins construction by preparing the corsage bracelet, using simple pliers to remove the metal bracket from the back of the plastic platform. She then reties the platform in place and trims any extra ribbon. 

The silk coleus leaves are the first addition. Vonda removes the plastic from the back of each leaf and uses scissors to shape each one for a better fit. These silk leaves are then glued to the bottom of the plastic platform, encircling the edges.

To prepare the metallic accents, Vonda curls the stems of the quintets and sweet leaves to create a larger gluing surface. She adds adhesive to each, then sets them aside so the glue has a chance to set up.

Next, Vonda ties two strings of ribbon to the platform. These are just an enhancement to provide a touch of soft pink color, so creating a larger bow isn’t necessary. Vonda then adds glue to the plastic platform and ribbon alike, allowing stronger glue-to-glue contact for the next steps. 

Now the stage is set to add the previously-prepared sweet leaves and quintets. Bend and arrange these pieces as necessary to create a pleasing visual balance throughout the corsage.

The last step is to add a single large silk Phalaenopsis orchid blossom right to the middle, ensuring the entire plastic platform is covered. 

What a lovely result! This corsage offers a versatile modern design with a range of color that brings out the full beauty of its distinctive iridescent accents. Your clients may find this arrangement appealing for any season, and the bold style is sure to draw attention at tradeshow booths and other displays.  

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find wholesale silk flowers, distinctive accents, a variety of ribbon styles, and other handsome accessories you can use to create eye-catching corsage designs for any occasion. 

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#PWO1111DKPU – Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray, Dark Purple
#KK4507 – "Quintets" Accent Spray, Iridescent
#SL1607 – Sweet Leaves
#PBC522PKGR – Coleus Bush, Pink/Green
#22-4825-3-117 – Wired “Starleene” Ribbon, Light Pink

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