Welcome Mat: Home news, events around Metro Detroit

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Detroit-based Maison Farola will offer tips on how to create a lush floral arrangement at a Mother’s Day Floral Workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.

Arab American museum hosts flower workshop

Nothing says “Thank you, Mom” like flowers. As such, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn is hosting a special Mother’s Day Floral Workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, with florists from Detroit-based Maison Farola. There will be music and desserts and guests will learn basic principles and techniques of designing a lush, loose and seasonal arrangement. And each person will take home a ceramic bowl from the Arab American National Museum’s gift store. Maison Farola was started by Oula, a pharmacist, and Farah, an occupational therapist, who both left their jobs to to pursue their love of flowers. Tickets are $75 per person or $135 for two. The museum is at 13624 Michigan Avenue. Go to http://arabamericanmuseum.org/ floral-workshop or call (313) 582-2266.

Artist Joe Mazzola, who makes three-dimensional functional art pieces, will be one of 150 artists at this weekend’s Art Birmingham.

Mixed media artist among 150 artisans at Birmingham fair

Where some may see junk, Joe Mazzola sees future art. Mazzola is a Detroit-based artist who repurposes everything from antique speakers and fan lamps into three-dimensional functional art pieces. “Although some items are similar most are hand made one of a kind,” says Mazzola on his website, eastworksdetroit.com. Mazzola is one of roughly 150 artists who will be at this weekend’s 35th annual Art Birmingham Saturday and Sunday in Shain Park, presented by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Considered one of the first art fairs of the season, this year’s show will feature painting, ceramics, photography, glass, wood and more. For kids 12 and under, there will be a youth tent call Prinkmaking in the Park. The show runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Go to ArtBirmingham.org or call (734) 662-3382.

Lamb chops, chicken pesto

on menu for Dish & Design

Our first 2016 Dish & Design event at 5 p.m. Wednesday will be all about designing with color, but some of the most colorful elements may be in the food. Chefs from both Brio and Bravo! will be at EuroAmerica in Troy, whipping up some mouthwatering treats including lobster bisque, herb-marinated lamb chops and pesto chicken. We’ll also have designers from EuroAmerica and Scott Shuptrine Interiors talking about how to use color in your decor. Tickets are $10. Go to detroitnews.com/dishanddesign.

Kihachiro Nishiura, Grand Master of the Nishiura School of Japanese Culture, will present a demonstration on Ikebana on May 13 in Southfield.

Ikebana: Japanese art form merges nature, humanity

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, which is more than putting stems in a container. “It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together,” according to Ikebana International. On May 13, the Ikebana International Detroit Chapter 85 will host “A Glimpse of Japan,” featuring Kihachiro Nishiura, grand master of the Nishiura School of Japanese Culture who will present a demonstration. The 11 a.m. program, held at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield, is an annual fundraiser for the Detroit chapter. A $10 donation is requested at the door. There also will be Japanese singers and Ikebana supplies for sale. Go to www.ikebanadetroit.org.

Detroit’s Grandmont Rosedale will hold its annual Neighborhood Open House on May 15.

Moving to Detroit? Grandmont Rosedale opens doors

Detroit’s Grandmont Rosedale, which is made up of five neighborhoods in northwest Detroit, will hold its 11th annual Neighborhood Open House from 1-5 p.m. May 15 for folks interested in possibly moving to the area. Up to 15 homes in a range of style will open their doors, ranging in price from $60,000-$150,000. Some occupied homes also will be part of this year's open house. Visitors should register at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale. Bus tours, narrated by local residents, will run throughout the afternoon. Longtime resident Marsha Bruhn says the open house is as much about selling the neighborhood as it is selling homes. It’s about “planting some seeds so that, as buyers consider neighborhoods in the future, they’ll hopefully think of us,” says Bruhn. For more information, directions and home listings, go to www.grandmontrosedale.com or call (313) 387-4732 ext. 111 or (313) 909-0760.

Spoonflower allows you to customize wallpaper, fabric or gift wrap with your own images or art.

Spoonflower lets you create custom-made

fabric, gift wrap

I’m obsessed with gift wrap. I’m always on the hunt for unusual or quirky paper. No wonder why I was drawn to an email from a North Carolina-company that allows you to make gift wrap, wallpaper or textiles from your own artwork or images. With Spoonflower, you simply upload an image and customize it yourself. My nearly 6-year-old son will soon be getting some birthday gifts wrapped in his own Angry Birds drawings. A 26-inch by 72-inch roll is $13.50. A yard of fabric is $17.50. An 8-foot-by-2-foot roll of wallpaper is $36. Go to spoonflower.com.