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September 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Recently I was approached by Ceremony magazine to do a tabletop design for their new Bay Area magazine. They have a beautiful wedding magazine in southern California, and are launching one up here. Gorgeous and Green finally fit the shoot into our busy schedule and were able to make something happen this week! Here are some sneak peak shots of the table decor my assistant Ryan and I came up with.
I collect a lot of vintage glass and items, both for the boutique and for my personal use. I am also a big fan of the show Madmen, so as you can imagine, the two mingled together to form this table design. Not only was it super cute, but very green. Local and unsprayed flowers and greens. Even my vintage purse made it into the picture!
Using vintage luggage in muted jewel and primary colors as well as a lot of vintage glassware, the scheme came out very mad men-esque and playful.
I even included a vintage typewriter and some cigars that I asked Ryan to make especially for the shoot. They are just for looks of course.
We tried to maintain a style and design that would have fit in with the time period, the early 60’s. We didn’t want to get too modern, so the arrangements themselves were fairly simple and monochromatic. And although they may have a rounded floral foam look, they definitely lack it, since we never use it.
I couldn’t help but include some more modern flowers like flowering kale and airplants. The colors were also kept to a muted tone, not overly flashy and more a signature of the glassware that was used during that time, ruby and dark red, butter and egg-yolk yellow, forest and emerald green.
Anyway, we had a lot of fun and look forward to the pics in the new magazine.
In green and health,
August 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Earlier this year Gorgeous and Green helped a bride and her savvy friends decorate a sustainable wedding at the Brazil Room in Tilden Park. They had a small budget, so many of the sustainable elements were also budget friendly as well.
She chose a floral print dress for the bridesmaids that they thought they could wear again. An important thing to think about when you are choosing dresses.
Photography by Claire Mulkey and Daniela Fedorowicz
The colors were dark jewel tones in the purples, pinks and blues. I used a lot of local scabiosa and amaranth, as well as local anemones, dahlias and celosia.
She provided a collection of found vases for us to use as her centerpieces, and each arrangement consisted of a trio of vases artistically filled with blooms, ferns and branches. Most of the vases were salvaged or reused and then reused again when she invited guests to take them home. The arranged centerpieces were all different, and I loved how they turned out. I only have a few pics to share, but you get the idea:
A good friend of the bride made some paper flowers to use in the decor and I attached those to a fern garland I lined the aisle with.
Even the boutonnieres were delicate jewels with both local scabiosa flowers and pods.
In Green and Health, G&G
August 16, 2011 § 1 Comment
Many people have contacted me about getting the msds sheets for floral foam products, and I have acquired a recent copy of the Smither’s Oasis Floral Foam MSDS sheet so I will repost it here for you to view. Some of it I had to reformat because it is copied from a pdf, so it may look slightly different in print. I have not changed any information other than formatting.
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SMITHERS-OASIS NORTH AMERICA
919 MARVIN STREET • P.O. BOX NUMBER 790 • KENT, OHIO 44240
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
Oasis® Floral Foam
SECTION 1 – CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION
OASIS® Floral Foam DATE PREPARED
SYNONYMS, CHEMICAL NAMES, COMMON NAMES
OASIS® Floral Foam USE:
Arrangement of cut flowers
Smithers-Oasis TELEPHONE NUMBER – INFORMATION
919 Marvin Street
P.O. Box 790
Kent, OH 44240 USA
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER
Transportation emergency: CHEMTREC: 800 424-9300
International Transportation: CHEMTREC: 703-527-3887
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center: 303- 623-5716
SECTION – 2 – HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION
Green fine-celled thermoset phenolic plastic foam.
May be irritating to eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.
May contain formaldehyde and/or carbon black. Prolonged exposure may cause cancer.
PRIMARY ROUTE(s) OF EXPOSURE:
Contact and Inhalation of dust.
May cause irritation to skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.
ACUTE: Dust or fumes may cause irritation to the nasal passages, lacrimation, olfactory changes, and pulmonary changes.
Inhalation of heptane fumes may irritate the respiratory tract producing light headedness, dizziness, muscle incoordination, CNS depression and narcosis.
CHRONIC: Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde and/or carbon black may cause cancer.
ACUTE: May cause irritation.
CHRONIC: May cause dermatitis. Frequent or prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can cause hypersensitivity leading to contact dermatitis.
ACUTE: Contact may be irritating.
CHRONIC: May cause conjunctivitis.
ACUTE: May cause mouth irritation due to local pH effect. Swallowing formaldehyde may cause violent vomiting and diarrhea.
Aspiration of heptane into lungs can produce severe lung damage.
CHRONIC: Prolonged exposure may cause symptoms similar to acute effects.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS GENERALLY AGGRAVATED BY EXPOSURE
SECTION 3 – COMPOSITION, INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
HAZARDOUS COMPONENTS CAS# %
Acid catalysts Proprietary 8-12 %
Barium sulfate 7727-43-7 2-3 %
Heptane 142-82-5 < 1.5 %
Formaldehyde 50-00-0 < 0.15 %
Other components, if any, are not hazardous or hazardous components are present at less than 1% (0.1% for carcinogens).
SECTION 4 – EMERGENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES
INHALATION: Remove from exposure to fresh air. If breathing has stopped, give artificial respiration. Oxygen may be given if breathing is difficult. Get medical attention.
SKIN CONTACT: Wash affected area with soap and water until no evidence of the material remains. Get medical attention if irritation develops.
EYE CONTACT: Flush thoroughly with water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower lids, until no evidence of the material remains. Get medical attention if irritation develops. If wearing contact lens, remove immediately and flush eyes as above.
INGESTION: Do not induce vomiting. Treat symptomatically and supportively. If a large quantity is ingested, get medical attention since there could be a problem with physical blockage.
SECTION 5 – FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
Flash Point: Not applicable.
Flammable Limits UEL: Not applicable.
Flammable Limits LEL: Not applicable.
Autoignition Temperature: ~600°F.
Extinguishing Media: Water spray, foam, carbon dioxide, or dry chemical.
Special Fire Fighting Procedures: Avoid breathing smoke. Firefighters should wear full protective NIOSH approved self- contained breathing apparatus.
Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: Finished foam will support combustion if it is ignited by direct contact with an open flame or exposed to temperatures in the range of 600°F. If foam is placed in a microwave for an extended period, it will begin to burn. Combustion occurs at the center of the brick and due to the insulating effect of the foam, can proceed unnoticed until an appreciable heat buildup occurs.
SECTION 6 – ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
Wear suitable protective equipment. Reclaim or place in suitable container for disposal.
SECTION 7 – HANDLING AND STORAGE
Store in a cool, dry well ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. Foam stored in stagnant or hot enclosures may result in off gassing of residual formaldehyde gas.
Wash thoroughly after handling. Observe good personal and industrial hygiene procedures. When foam is soaked or used in water, some low levels of residual formaldehyde may accumulate in tub water. Repeated skin immersion in water containing formaldehyde has caused skin rashes, particularly in sensitive persons. It is recommended that impervious latex or chemical resistant gloves be worn and water tubs be emptied regularly.
SECTION 8 – EXPOSURE CONTROLS, PERSONAL PROTECTION
A dust mask is recommended if dust is excessive. Where airborne concentrations may exceed guidelines for permissible air concentrations, choose a respirator in accordance with OSHA Respirator Standard 29 CFR 1910.134.
Use general dilution ventilation to maintain exposure below the exposure limits.
Use barrier cream or choose appropriate gloves in accordance with OSHA Subpart I Personal Protective Equipment Hand Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.138.
Safety glasses are recommended or choose in accordance with OSHA Eye and Face Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.133.
OTHER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING OR EQUIPMENT
Not normally required.
RECOMMENDED EXPOSURE LIMITS
OSHA and ACGIH have not set exposure limits for this material. .
COMPONENTS—————— OSHA PEL ——————–ACGIH TLV
Formaldehyde 0.75 ppm TWA 0.3 ppm CEILING
CAS# 50-00-0 2 ppm STEL
Acid catalysts: inorganic acid 1 mg/m 3 TWA 1 mg/m3 TWA
CAS # Propriatary 3 mg/m3 STEL
Barium sulfate 15 mg/m 3 TWA as Ba (Total dust) 10 mg/m3 TWA
CAS# 7727-43-7 5 mg/m3 TWA as Ba (Respirable fraction)
Heptane 500 ppm TWA 400 ppm TWA
500 ppm STEL
SECTION 9 – PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
Appearance: Green, fine-celled thermoset phenolic plastic foam
Odor Threshold: Not applicable.
Physical State: Solid
pH: 3.0 in 5% slurry
Melting/Freezing Point:: Not available
Boiling Point:: Not applicable
Flash Point: Not applicable.
Evaporation Rate: Not applicable
Flammability: Will burn.
Upper Explosive Limits: Not applicable.
Lower Explosive Limits: Not applicable.
Vapor Pressure: Not applicable
Vapor Density: Not applicable
Specific Gravity or Relative Density: Not available
Solubility: Not soluble
Oil/Water Coefficient: Not applicable
Autoignition Temperature: Not kn9own.
Decomposition Temperature: Not known.
SECTION 10 – STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
CHEMICAL STABILITY: Stable.
CONDITIONS TO AVOID: Stable at normal room temperature.
INCOMPATIBLE MATERIALS: Normally unreactive.
HAZARDOUS DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS: Smoke, oxides of carbon, and possible trace amounts of formaldehyde, phenol, cresols, xylenols, and sulfur dioxide.
POSSIBILITY OF HAZARDOUS REACTIONS: Will not occur.
SECTION 11 – TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Toxicity studies on a similar compound indicate that the Oral LD50 (rat): >5000 mg/kg
Primary Dermal Irritation Study in Albino Rabbits on a similar compound: Non irritant
Inhalation LC50 (rat): 103 gm/m3/4H Heptane
TDLo (rat): 60 gm/kg/3W Heptane: Changes in liver weight
TDLo (rat): 260 gm/kg/13W: Heptane: Changes in bladder weight; Changes in brain and coverings.
Carcinogenicity: Formaldehyde has been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen by IARC, is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen by NTP, and is a suspected human carcinogen by ACGIH. Carbon black has been classified as an IARC2B carcinogen.
Tumorigenic data (RTECS) Formaldehyde; barium sulfate; carbon black
Reproductive data (RTECS): Formaldehyde
Mutagenic data (RTECS): Formaldehyde; barium sulfate; green dye
Teratology data (RTECS): Formaldehyde
SECTION 12 – ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION
This formulation has not been tested for environmental effects. It is a thermoset plastic and is not biodegradable.
SECTION 13 – DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS
Dispose in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local environmental regulations.
Recycling is recommended. It can be cut up and used as a soil conditioner. Since it dries faster than regular soils, it can be used to aerate tightly packed clay type soils.
If discarded in its original form, material is not regulated by Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as a hazardous waste.
Passes TCLP test requirements.
SECTION 14 – TRANSPORT INFORMATION
Material is not regulated as a DOT Marine Pollutant
Proper Shipping Name: Not regulated.
Hazard Class: Not applicable.
ID Number: Not applicable.
Packing Group: Not applicable.
Marine Pollutant: Not regulated by 49 CFR 172.101.
SECTION 15 – REGULATORY INFORMATION
OSHA: This material may be classified as hazardous under OSHA regulations.
TSCA: All components are listed or exempt from listing on the TSCA 8(b) inventory.
DSL: All components are listed or exempt from listing.
EINECS: All components are listed or exempt from listing.
SARA Title III – Toxic chemicals list 40 CFR 372.65
Formaldehyde CAS# 50-00-0 <0.2 %
Barium sulfate is exempt from reporting under the category “Barium compounds” (59FR33208).
SARA Hazard Categories:
Acute Health Hazard : Yes
Chronic Health Hazard: Yes
Fire Hazard: No
Reactive Hazard: No
Sudden Release of Pressure: No
CERCLA Toxic Chemicals List 40 CFR 302:
Formaldehyde RQ: 100#
A spill in excess of 66,000 pounds would require reporting to the National Response Center based on the maximum residual content of formaldehyde in the foam.
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65: The following statement is made in order to comply with the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or other reproductive harm.
SECTION 16 – OTHER INFORMATION
where 0=minimal, 1=slight, 2=moderate, 3=serious, 4=severe
European Risk Phrases: R: 20, 45
ACGIH: American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
ACGIH TLV: ACGIH Threshold Limit Values
CAS: Chemical Abstract Service
CERCLA: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
CNS: Central Nervous System
CPR: Controlled Product Regulations
DSL: Domestic Substances List
EINECS: European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances
IARC: International Agency for Research on Cancer
IDL: Ingredient Disclosure List
NIOSH: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA PEL: OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits
RCRA:: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
RTECS: Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances
SARA: Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act
TWA: Time Weighted Average
WHMIS: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
The information and recommendations set forth herein are made in good faith and are believed to be accurate as of the date of
preparation. Smithers-Oasis makes no warranty, either expressed or implied, with respect to this information and disclaims all liability from reliance on it.
August 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
This Spring Gorgeous and Green had the pleasure of working with a bride and groom who walked into my boutique the weekend before their big day. They decided to have an impromptu wedding at a local winery called Testarossa Winery, and I have to admit that their quick decision making and planning was phenomenal. It also turned out to be quite green and sustainable because they were choosing from great local vendors and had sustainability in mind.
August 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Here are a few sneak photos from a wedding Gorgeous and Green participated in at Flora Grubb in San Francisco on July 30th. We created the table centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres as well as a large 4 foot wide arrangement that hung above the wedding party table. Lots of local succulents and dahlias! It was a grand affair with the planning help of Vera Devera of Va de Vie Events. Beautiful.
Bubble cognac vase with gathered local blooms and succulents
A large arrangement of blooms and succulents in a footed glass vase.
And the amazing hanging box………..
Cheers to the newlyweds,
July 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
The host table has one yellow pincusion in a vintage candlewick drinking glass.
The Large French bucket in the back is stacked with bushy branches and some bright organic and local sunflowers.
The vintage vase (my favorite vase) has some pink protea and lovely local amaranth, organic bells of ireland and local branches and berries.
In green and health,