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Video: Stunning Stems Floral Design

Amy Lombardo - Friday, February 15, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Realistic permanent botanicals can take a great decorative arrangement and make it truly breathtaking. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases a few of the most true-to-life wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Watch along as Vonda builds a sample arrangement to demonstrate just how powerful these pieces can be. 

This sample arrangement uses the gorgeous Mallory compote as a base, a vintage-inspired metallic container with a sophisticated look. Vonda prepared this piece prior to the beginning of the video by inserting a block of floral dry foam that will hold everything securely in place. A thin layer of moss helps camouflage the foam for a more natural look.

Vonda begins the demonstration by creating an asymmetrical halo of wholesale seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller. The contrast between these two muted greens creates a strong sense of depth right from the start.

Next, Vonda adds two stems of lovely silk phalaenopsis. She inserts these toward the edge, the shapes dramatically arching over the entire width of the arrangement. 

Silk calla lilies occupy the open space in the middle. These wholesale silk calla lilies are so realistic, even the stems are soft and flexible – just like the real thing. Because the stems are so soft, Vonda suggests making a hole in the floral foam with a harder object to make insertion easier. She used a marker with a similar width. 

A few pops of silk hydrangea round out the composition with a touch of volume. The result is truly impressive, a spectacular centerpiece that makes a huge impression with just a few carefully-selected ingredients. 

You can find all the wholesale silk flowers used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. These premium selections are perfect for occasions where realism and quality are the top priority. These permanent botanicals look so lifelike, your customers and clients might find themselves touching the petals to see if they’re real. 

Shop products from the video:
PWH2729CRGR – Premium Hydrangea Stem 19”, Cream/Green
PWDM1142GR – Dusty Miller Spray 22”, Green
PWC0108WH – Calla Lily Stem 19”, White
PWO1110OC – Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray 28”, Orchid
PWE1096GR – Eucalyptus Bush 22”, Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
35350-50 – “Mallory” Compote 5.75x6.5”, Silver

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Video: Watercolor Garden Collection

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Follow along with this quick video as Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates two gorgeous permanent botanical arrangements using the Watercolor Garden collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

This wholesale silk flower collection features a whimsical blend of soft pastels and punchy vibrant hues across a spectrum of pinks, lavenders, greens, and beyond. Using the Watercolor Garden line is a fantastic way to create your own Monet-inspired designs that exude a peaceful springtime vibe. 

In this video, Vonda creates a pair of companion pieces – perfect for display together. Both are arranged in the fresh mint-colored Fremont bowl, a cool mosaic design that offers a contemporary decorative touch. 

Vonda begins with the short and wide version of the Fremont bowl. She places an initial tuft of voluminous silk hydrangea in lavender, stems trimmed short. A selection of silk cabbage rose in yellow blush is added as a distinct grouping to give the arrangement a modern asymmetrical feel. A small spray of silk dusty miller finishes the piece with natural flair.

Next comes an arrangement for the taller container. Vonda begins by adding silk dusty miller around the edges to create an elegant collar. Tall, long stems of silk sweet pea stand at the center of this design while lavender hydrangea forms a bed of silk petals at the bottom. 

Vonda begins to fill in the middle height portion with a peppering of peach silk ranunculus. You may notice that she ends up with one left. Vonda simply tucks this final piece in with the first arrangement – a great way to tie the two pieces together. Long stems of rich magenta helleborus adds one last splash of color to ensure this tall composition stands out as a true focal point.

The result is a fabulous pair of permanent botanical arrangements great for display together or apart. Both capture the spirit of springtime using smart design techniques and, of course, the light and airy Watercolor Garden color palette. 

You can find the supplies used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Use wholesale silk flowers from the Watercolor Garden collection to make sure you’re always ready for any big springtime projects that come your way. Or take advantage of these versatile hues to mix and match creative combinations for any occasion.

Shop the complete Watercolor Garden Collection here.

97720-00 – “Fremont” Vase 3.75x4”, Mint
97726-00 – “Fremont” Bowl 4.75x2.75”, Mint

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Video: Victoria Eucalyptus Collection

Amy Lombardo - Saturday, February 09, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

While the silk eucalyptus trend remains stronger than ever, this selection is a truly timeless mainstay in the toolbox of many who work with permanent botanical arrangements – a versatile choice any time a project calls for an earthy and organic silk foliage. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases the Victoria Eucalyptus Collection in this quick video demonstration. This collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale features a gorgeous blue/green/gray color, a bright and lively choice that fits well with a wide variety of color palettes. She begins by introducing three form factors: the garland, wreath, and bush.

For this sample arrangement, Vonda will be using the silk eucalyptus bush option. The gorgeous ceramic compote has been prepared with a block of floral foam to hold the permanent botanical selections in place, covered with a layer of moss for a natural and inconspicuous look. 

Vonda adds each sprig of wholesale silk eucalyptus one at a time, starting on one side and working her way around the edges. She carefully fills in the composition for even height and volume. 

The result is a super-simple, super-quick permanent botanical arrangement that would look fantastic anywhere. This look is easy to modify for custom themes – add your favorite silk flowers and foliage accents or switch up the container to achieve a different style. The sky is the limit with a selection as versatile as silk eucalyptus from the Victoria Collection.

You can find this gorgeous Victoria Collection silk eucalyptus available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide variety of other wholesale silk eucalyptus options to suit any occasion and any style.  

Shop the complete Victoria Eucalyptus Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWE1094GYGR – Premium Eucalyptus Bush X6, 22”, Gray/Green
PWW1120GYGR – Premium Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Wreath 22”, Gray/Green
PWG1121GYGR – Premium Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Garland 50”, Gray/Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
96740-00 – “Benoit” Ceramic Compote 6.25x.5.75”, White

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Video: Gray Succulents Design

Amy Lombardo - Thursday, February 07, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Modern design palettes are taking advantage of grays more and more. This neutral serves as a strong base for a variety of popular styles, from minimalist to industrial to contemporary chic. Gray accommodates dark and light themes equally well while helping any other accent colors pop. 

Professionals who specialize in home or event décor can benefit from having a wide array of permanent botanicals with gray undertones. Artificial succulents are especially versatile and up-to-date. Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows off a few examples available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – you can see the appeal of these beautiful gray succulents with the simple arrangement she creates.

Vonda begins with a ceramic bowl with a calming gray glaze, a fantastic choice to bring out the gray within the wholesale artificial succulents to be used in this composition. This bowl has been prepared with a block of dry floral foam to hold the artificial succulents in place. A layer of moss conceals the foam for a more natural look. To create a desert theme, you could choose to use small pebbles instead.

A quick time-lapse shows the creation of this handsome arrangement. Vonda begins with the larger artificial echeveria picks and works her way to the smaller bundle. You can see how plump and lifelike each one looks – just like real succulents. 

Explore the Pioneer Catalog to find the wholesale artificial succulents used in this video, along with a wide variety of others. These gray artificial succulents are a useful addition to any designer’s toolbox – sure to prove useful as focal points and small accent pieces alike. 

Shop the complete Gray Succulents Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
CE9222GYFS – Echeveria Pick 7.5”, Gray Frosted
CE4194GRBU – Soft Echeveria Pick 9”, Green/Burgundy
CE1325GYGR – Echeveria Pick X3, 8”, Gray/Green
CM0165GRGY – Echeveria Pick 6”, Green/Gray
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
93915-00 – “Polly” Ceramic Bowl 7.75x3.5”, Light Blue

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Video: Mix It Up with Elegant Ribbon

Christa Mele - Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for ways to stretch your wholesale ribbon investments? In this quick video, Susan Huelsman AIFD offers one easy and effective tip you can start using right away. 

When creating a bow to finish up a project, it can be tempting to reach only for the higher-end options in your toolbox. But sometimes that might not make sense for your budget. The good news is that you can still achieve that quality look without spending much money by pairing top shelf ribbon with more economical options. The result is a glamorous bow that looks expensive at only a fraction of the cost. 

Pioneer offers wholesale ribbon at every price point, and in a wide range of styles – many of which look fantastic when paired together. Susan offers a few suggestions in this video. She starts with a beautiful bow built with #9 ribbon from the Trends Ribbon Assortment in white, a cost-effective choice.

Then, Susan shows how you can take this bow to the next level with just a small amount of premium ribbon. She shows how nice the Trends ribbon looks alongside the wired Anisha ribbon and Paron ribbon. By adding just one or two loops of wholesale premium ribbon, the bow becomes an impressive statement piece that can enhance any gift basket or decorative accent.

Are you excited to expand your collection of ribbon so that you can always create the perfect bow for any project? Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog and take advantage of a wonderfully diverse selection of designs for easy mix-and-match creations. 

Shop products from the video:
#SRT044 Trends Ribbon Assortment, Whites
#22-1569-40-(Color) Wired “Anisha”
#22-4044-40-(Color) “Paron”

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Video: Mix it Up – Cork Ribbon

Christa Mele - Friday, November 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The best way to get the most value from your ribbon investment is to select styles that easily mix and match together. Just a handful of different ribbons can create hundreds of different looks, offering easy coordination with any project that might come up.

One especially versatile design is the “Corkey” ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD demonstrates just one of many gorgeous pairings possible. This wholesale cork ribbon is made from strips of real cork laid over a backing of fabric, constructed with wired edges for voluminous body and excellent control.  

Susan quickly demonstrates how nice this ribbon could accent a bottle of wine, mentioning that it could even be used to decorate a box or package for a high-end presentation factor.

Next, Susan shows how you can take this ribbon up a notch. She simply adds a bow made from the “Corkey” ribbon to a bow made from the wired “Rodessa” ribbon. You’ll note how the cork color brings depth to the rich merlot red while drawing out the gold accents.   

These designs are both fantastic Mix It Up ribbon options. You can find both – and so much more – available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a tremendous selection of wholesale ribbon options to help you build up your collection so that you can stay ready for anything.
  

Shop products from the video:
#22-4117-9-825 Wired “Corkey” Ribbon
#X01115-9-094 Wired “Rodessa” Ribbon (sold out)

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Video: Pull Bows with Pizazz

Christa Mele - Thursday, November 29, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Do you have a pull bow design that you really enjoy, but wish there were more ways to use it?  In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD shows how to transform even the most ordinary pull bow into an attention-worthy piece you can use anywhere – even as the focal point for a decorative arrangement. 

To begin, Susan finishes the pull bow as normal. She ties it tightly, then winds a piece of florist’s wire through the front to the back. 

Next, Susan begins creating a second bow. She selects a length of beautiful wired ribbon and begins constructing a standard bow. She starts with loops that are slightly wider than the pull bow and continues to make each loop larger than the last. You can keep building loops until the bow is your desired size.

Susan attaches the pull bow to this newly constructed bow, using the remainder of the florist’s wire to anchor the two pieces together. She ties everything off and fluffs out the loops evenly on each side. 

The result is a completely upgraded bow, a nice upscale piece that you can feel proud to add to any basket or decorative arrangement. Experiment with different types of ribbon, different colors and patterns – the possibilities are endless.

The Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog offers a wide range of wholesale ribbon styles, many perfect for bow combinations just like this one. Let Pioneer help you build a diverse inventory of ribbon that can take your bow-making skills to the next level. 

Shop products from the video:
#PF9(Color) Pull Bow 1.5”
#x01048-40-(Color) Wired Hatley Ribbon

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Video: Mix It Up with Sheer Ribbon

Christa Mele - Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Mixing and matching different types of ribbon is a great way to create a lot of fresh styles without a very big investment. In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD encourages experimenting with bold combinations. She calls this a “don’t be afraid” segment – don’t be afraid to get creative. 

Susan starts with a beautiful #9 “Encore”, a wholesale wired ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. On its own, this is an extremely versatile design that is inexpensive enough to use every day for all types of projects. Paired with other types of ribbon, it makes a very effective enhancement that looks great with anything.

Bold, bright, unusual patterns are an especially popular upcoming trend. Susan uses a vibrant “Bloom” ribbon from Pioneer as an example. She pairs the “Encore” ribbon with just a couple loops of this higher-end satin to great effect. 

Using inexpensive sheer ribbon as a mix-and-match basic makes it easy to create large and dramatic bows that have a premium look without using up all your premium ribbon. Susan ends the video by adding the finished bow to a spa gift basket – it makes such a beautiful addition and enhances the entire composition. 

You can find these two ribbons along with so many others available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Pioneer offers a huge selection of wholesale ribbon in a wide variety of colors, materials, and sizes. Let Pioneer help you build up your collection of ribbon so that you can mix-and-match a spectacular bow for any occasion. 

Shop products from the video:
#16-94624-9-(Color) Wired “Encore” Ribbon
#16-2595-40-99 Wired “Bloom” Ribbon (sold out)

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Video: Mix It Up with Value & Elegance

Christa Mele - Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD shows how you can combine different ribbon selections from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to elevate your bow creations.

Susan begins by introducing a handful of Trends Ribbon Assortments – useful ribbon collections that serve as fantastic building blocks for a variety of bow styles. Each assortment includes six different bolts of #9 ribbon that go great together and with other ribbon styles. Here you can see two different sets in metallic and gold, along with a nice assortment of white ribbons off to the side. 

You can see the versatility of each ribbon with Susan’s quick demonstration. She takes a bow made from #9 ribbon and shows how well it pairs with the wired “Envy” ribbon in both silver and gold. Then she shows what it would look like with the bold Anisha shantung ribbon as well. 

Or, you can go straight for a truly high-end look with the tapestry “Paron” ribbon – a sophisticated pairing for elegant projects.

The end of the video shows a quick slideshow with each combination as completed bows.  

Do you want to build up your stock of ribbon so that you can always have the perfect bow for any occasion? Let Pioneer Imports & Wholesale help. Pioneer offers a range of wholesale ribbon in individual rolls as well as pre-coordinated Trends Ribbon Assortments. 

Shop products from the video:
#XRT056 Trends Ribbon Assortment, Metallics
#XRT050 Trends Ribbon Assortment, Golds
#SRT044 Trends Ribbon Assortment, Whites
#X00010-40-(Color) Wired “Envy” Ribbon
#22-1569-40-(Color) Wired “Anisha” 
#22-4044-40-(Color) “Paron”

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Video: Mix It Up With Texture

Christa Mele - Monday, November 26, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Want to make your high-end ribbon last longer? The useful Mix It Up video series from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale shows how you can maximize your stock of ribbon by creating distinctive mix-and-match bows for every occasion. 

In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD gets adventurous with two very different wholesale ribbon selections from Pioneer. She begins with the gorgeous #9 “Lexie” ribbon – a versatile option with strong texture and radiant gold thread. Just a few loops of the “Lexie” ribbon creates a fantastic starting point for a brilliant custom bow. 

Susan decides to pair the gold ribbon with a bright white #40 ribbon. This wholesale ribbon, “Franisha,” is crafted from soft linen with gently frayed edges. She loops this ribbon together a few times and adds the gold ribbon on top. After anchoring the two bows together with a length of floral wire, this nice bow is ready to use anywhere! 

The result is a lovely bow with a super-soft yet elegant look. This look is perfect for a spa basket, or for any occasion where you want to underscore a sense of comfort and warmth.

Not sure whether two ribbon types would look good together? Just try it! Mixing and matching is all about experimentation. If you don’t like the result, simply take the bow apart and use the ribbon for something else. 

You can find a wide variety of wholesale ribbon styles – including those featured in this video - available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Let Pioneer help you build up your stock of ribbon so that you can always make the perfect bow to match any project. 

Shop products from the video:
#22-3996-40-(Color) “Franisha” Ribbon
#X01001-9-(Color) “Lexie” Ribbon

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