Feather flowers are going to be the stars of 2013. There are some amazing designs out there already that include organza or silk with Swarovski detailing and a feature vintage Marcasite or crystal brooch. Look out for the Coq feathers!
Putting it all together _ Once you have selected your flowers and vase, its time to start putting things together. If possible, first cut each flower stem diagonally about one inch from the bottom while holding the end of the stem under warm water. Use your kitchen sink or a large basin. This helps ensure each stem will absorb moisture and nutrients easily. As you cut each flower, transfer it to a temporary "work" vase, which should be halfway full of water.