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Video: Ultraviolet Basket

Orders Pioneer - Monday, June 25, 2018

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


Learn how to create a vibrant garden basket using 2018’s Pantone Color of the Year with this quick time-lapse video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


Vonda begins with a round triple weave basket and two types of ribbon cut into lengths of 6-8” inches. She ties these lengths around the basket handle, alternating between the double-faced satin ribbon in purple haze and the pirouette ribbon in purple. 

With the basket handle covered, Vonda beings placing silk lavender bush sprays into a block of floral foam hidden within the basket. She centers these tall pieces in the middle to give the arrangement a sense of height and drama. Occasionally, you will see her slightly bend and adjust the stems for a balanced look. 


Silk peony and silk hydrangea blossoms fill in the perimeter of the basket, easily obscuring the rest of the floral foam below. 

The result is a lovely centerpiece that spans a range of purple hues that closely echo Pantone ultraviolet. Serving as a fun way to add color to an event – regardless of season – this arrangement is sure to spark the enthusiasm of your customers and clients who love purple color palettes.

 

The supplies used in this arrangement are readily available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide variety of coordinated details to help you create custom arrangements your customers are sure to love. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find silk flowers, wholesale ribbon, and other accessories in a spectrum of hues to suit any occasion. 

Shop products from the video:

3512ST – Round Triple Weave Baskets Set of 4, Stained
PWL2242PU – Lavender Bush, x15, 24”, Purple
PWP2200PU – Peony Bush, x7, 19”, Purple
PWH2085PU – Hydrangea Bush, x5, 17”, Purple 
16-2461-9-265 – “Pirouette” Ribbon, 1.5” x 100 yds., Purple
2205-9-412 – Double-Faced Satin Ribbon, 1.5” x 50 yds., Purple Haze


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Video: "Rosie" Ribbon

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 11, 2018

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


In this quick video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a versatile accessory to instantly elevate any permanent botanical arrangement. 


The wonderful “Rosie” Ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is beautiful on its own, but it really shines when used as a decorative accent for other accessories. 

Vonda demonstrates the endless potential of this intricate ribbon by adding it to a simple transparent glass cube. She adds a small adhesive strip to the back of the glass, using it to securely anchor the ribbon in place. Adding a silk peony bouquet finishes the design – now this quick and easy piece is ready for any wedding or event. 

You can find the wholesale ribbon, the silk peony bouquet, and hundreds of other fantastic accessories available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. 

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#16-2661-40-154 - #40 – 2.5” x 10 yds – “Rosie” Ribbon
#PWP0141TTPK – Peony Bouquet, Two-Tone Pink


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Video: Designing a European Garden Basket

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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


Living baskets are a fantastic way to add a pop of greenery to any space. This video shows how to build a delightful living basket from the ground up, including several accent options to customize each arrangement to fit the specific needs of your clients and customers. 


This project is exceptionally quick and easy. Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI walks through the process step by step. 

Vonda starts with an introduction to the main ingredients that serve as the base for this design: two 6” plants, one 8” plant, and a gorgeous 6”-deep living basket from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

These “living baskets” or “European Garden baskets” were designed by Pioneer’s owner especially to hold four 6” pots. Vonda has already prepared this basket for the video demonstration by lining it to prevent leaks and by placing the plants right where they need to go. 

To cover the exposed plant pots, Vonda adds a layer of fluffy Spanish moss. She notes how important it is to remain mindful of what the customer wants to see - the moss contributes to a more finished and professional result, ready for display anywhere, whether the arrangement is destined for a home, tribute, or trade show.

You might notice that it is still possible to see part of the taller pot even after the addition of moss. Vonda covers this with a large ribbon. The ribbon not only hides the taller pot, but also adds a pop of friendly color. This one features warm autumn tones, but you can tailor your own specific design to cater to any season or occasion. 

Vonda adds a few sprigs of botanical curly willow, noting that any increase in height adds to the perception of value and gives any arrangement a greater sense of grandeur. 

Wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale serve as a very important final touch. Vonda uses flowers in a rich butternut hue that easily coordinates with the ribbon, bringing color throughout the entire arrangement for wonderful visual balance. 

Before inserting the silk flowers, Vonda covers each stem with floral tape. This ensures that the wire will not rust into the plants – these permanent botanical flowers are so beautiful that customers are likely to leave them in the arrangement for quite a long time. The tape also keeps the stems from twisting so that they remain right where you want them.

The result is a colorful and well-balanced living basket suitable for any occasion. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website for wholesale baskets, wholesale silk plants, wholesale ribbon, and everything you need to create custom arrangements that your customers and clients are sure to love. 

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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. 

Shop products from the video:

#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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Video: Verdant Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, April 30, 2018

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


To be able do on-demand pieces with lots of foliage, you’ll need to keep a good wholesale supply on hand. For this spring, Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has put together an exciting group of greenery called the Verdant Collection. It’s chockful of brilliant colors and opulent textures, just perfect for your daily needs and today’s project. 


We’ll create a beautiful bridal bouquet in the newest trend – all greens. Our selection of foliage for this project, listed below, compliment each other very well. The hues here are perfect for spring and are enhanced with a variety of shapes and textures.

Using the spring green colored Hedera ivy as an intact base, begin to insert the other sprigs, taking full advantage of the natural drape of this versatile piece. Fill out the spray with the lacy fern pieces and the look will begin to take shape. Adding in the colorful Boxwood and other bits will pull your piece together, with a surprisingly traditional bridal look in an up-to-date bouquet.

Secure the pieces at the back of the ivy and fluff out any areas that need it. Adding an accent piece of white ribbon, woven throughout, will pull everything together and lend a rich touch to the lush green of your spray. It’s now ready for the bride’s walk down the aisle.

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Video: How To: Rock Candy Bracelet Corsage – Reinvented!

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, April 26, 2018

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


In this quick video tutorial from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, learn how to create an elegant and sophisticated corsage with instruction from Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. 


This design builds on the Rock Candy corsage bracelet, a beautiful wholesale Fitz Design piece. Rhinestone quintets and stylish Gleaming Leaves bring additional glamour to the composition, while sheer ribbon in mint offers an interesting sense of color contrast. Wholesale silk rosebuds add a soft floral touch that rounds out this design beautifully. 

Vonda begins by introducing the Rock Candy corsage bracelet – this project will use the rose gold color, but Vonda points out that this piece is also available in lovely bronze and copper options as well. She begins building the corsage by tying a piece of ribbon beneath the platform and bracelet. Next, she uses the loose ribbon ends to secure separate bow to the piece.

Because glue on glue construction offers a stronger bond, Vonda preps for the next steps by applying a base layer of adhesive around the plastic platform. Another popular tip is to increase surface area wherever possible, as Vonda does here by curling the stems of the metallic leaves.  

Now that the plastic platform is prepared, Vonda attaches the silk rose leaves around the edges. The radiant gold Gleaming Leaves take their place around the perimeter next.

The quintets receive a slightly different treatment. Vonda bunches these together at the stem, placing the grouping directly in the center. This adds height to the arrangement and serves as a glitzy focal point that immediately catches the eye. 

To complete the design, Vonda carefully places the silk mini rose blossoms and tiny silk buds around the edges, taking care to strike a pleasing visual balance. Create a tidy result by lightly fluffing the ribbons and bending the quintets as needed. 

Build incredible corsages just like this one with supplies from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer offers a wide range of wholesale silk flowers, dazzling accents, and wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets to help you get started. Create the perfect designs for all your clients with a little help from Pioneer.

Shop products from the video:

#RC208R – Rock Candy Bracelet, Rose Gold
#KK4607 – Gold Stem Quintets, Iridescent
#35037 – Mini Rosebud Bush, White
#GL1108 – Gleaming Leaves, Gold
#16-94344-3-530 – “Illissa” Ribbon, Mint


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Video: How To: Trendy Corsage Design with Diamond Road Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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


Learn how to create a stylish corsage in a modern colorway with Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. In this quick video walkthrough, Vonda builds an unforgettable corsage using the sparkling Diamond Road Bracelet along with wholesale silk flowers and wholesale Fitz Design accents from Pioneer. 


The base for this contemporary corsage design, the Diamond Road Bracelet, features a plastic platform to make custom additions easier than ever. Vonda uses this platform to attach the radiant Sunrise brooch garlands with small pieces of thin wire, trimming the wire as needed.

Beautiful lacy Princessa ribbon adds body to the design without increasing the sense of weight. Vonda ties a length of this ribbon across the platform, using the loose ends to secure a voluminous bow right in the center of the corsage bracelet. 

Next, Vonda uses adhesive to apply silk foliage around the edges of the plastic platform. This spray of dusty Lambs Ear offers a soft visual effect. Finally, Vonda rounds out the design with petals of wholesale silk flowers in a smooth coral color that matches the ribbon – this silk Hydrangea bush in pink sand is a favorite for any season. 

This combination of sparkling wholesale Fitz Design elements and the exceptionally soft coral tones of wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer lends this corsage design an aesthetic that feels at once up-to-date and sweetly nostalgic. This piece will make a perfect keepsake your customers and clients will enjoy for years after a big event. 

You can find all the supplies used in this video on the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer offers a tremendous range of wholesale silk flowers, wholesale Fitz Design, and a wide variety of accents to make every piece special. 

Shop products from the video:

#DR1607 – Diamond Road Corsage Bracelet
#PWH2085PKSD – Hydrangea Bush, Pink Sand
#QSL005GR – Lambs Ear Spray X2 28", Green
#22-4141-3-150 - #3 - 5/8” “Princessa” Ribbon, 25 Yards, Pink


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Video: Double Face Satin

Amanda Thomas - Monday, April 16, 2018

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


In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD wants to make sure viewers know just how many different wholesale ribbon options are available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 


Vonda focuses specifically on double face satin ribbon for this introduction – this type of ribbon is especially versatile and makes a fantastic addition to any bouquet, corsage, or decorative display. Double face satin ribbon is exceptionally smooth and makes a tremendous impression with its silky sheen.

As Vonda points out, Pioneer offers a wide selection of double face satin ribbon in a range of sizes and a tremendous variety of hues. In fact, many of the double face satin ribbon sizes available from Pioneer are available in more than 80 colors! 

In the video, Vonda holds up a bouquet that highlights streaming ribbons from a bouquet. This is a hot trend right now that cannot be ignored. But there’s so much more to explore! Take time to contact Pioneer – or see the online catalog – to find the perfect wholesale ribbon for your project.  

Shop our complete line of Double Face Satin ribbon here.


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Video: How To: Design Corsages with Better & Best Bracelets

Amanda Thomas - Monday, April 09, 2018

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


In this video demonstration, learn how to create a bright and glimmering corsage with instruction from Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


This demonstration features two wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets – the first is the Princess bracelet, featuring three rows of rhinestone look acrylic pieces, and the second is the Rock Candy bracelet that features four rows of rhinestones. 

Vonda introduces the other elements used in this design. Permanent botanical elements include both blossoms and individual petals of silk Phalaenopsis orchid. Coordinated ribbon picks include a wired pink and orange ribbon along with a softer sheer ribbon in a light coral color. A touch of glitz comes from two different pearl sprays. 

Before beginning, Vonda has already secured the plastic platform to the Princess corsage bracelet. The first step is to lightly secure it again with a length of the “Blended” style ribbon. 

Next, Vonda creates a bow with a combination of the Blended and Sheer styles of ribbon, tying it to the plastic platform with the remainder of the first ribbon. Before double-knotting, she adds the floral rhinestone pearl spray. 

Vonda has also taken time to apply adhesive to each of the accessories that will go into the corsage so that the glue has a little extra time to set up. She adds more adhesive to the plastic platform for durable glue-to-glue contact as she begins to add the individual orchid petals to create a lovely frame around the ribbon bow.

Opposite of the floral rhinestone pearl spray, Vonda adds two bubble pearl sprays for balance and charm. She nestles the full silk orchid blossom in the center of the bow to complete the design, then trims any extra length from the ribbons to tidy up the composition for display. 

The finished design is bright and colorful, with just a touch of glamour. This is a great piece for any season – ideal for brightly themed weddings or proms. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website for all the products used in this video, and everything you need to create corsage designs just like this one. Pioneer offers a wide variety of wholesale ribbon, silk flowers, wholesale Fitz Design bracelets, and so much more. Pioneer can meet your design needs for every season.

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