Sunday, November 1, 2009, 08:50 PMAs soon as we move into the time change, I start to think about the holidays ahead. It certainly is different to think about the Christmas season now that we are in Florida. The truth is that I LOVE to decorate for Christmas and I embrace the use of winter greenery, bare branches, metallics and crystals.
Maybe it is the combination of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years that make it all so special. I am so thankful for so many things and I love the spirit of giving. Starting a new year always inspires me to think about how I can be a better person, personally and in business.
I have always expressed myself in the most heartfelt ways through flowers. I love to work with peopleís treasured ornaments and decorations and bring in a new twist to make it still special but different. In other circumstances, I can start from scratch and create a story from the beginning.
Just like with wedding work, it is so inspiring to try something new in holiday decorating. You would think that it all has been done before. I love tradition but canít sacrifice the opportunity to do something new.
We are busy, no doubt about it. Letís not be so busy that we forget the spirit of the holidays. Letís take the time to think about the people who are important to us and honor them. Giving is truly better than receiving. I am going to plan ahead this year for sure. That way I can have fun decorating for my customers and for myself.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 09:14 AMI really had an amazing time in Michigan at Natureís Creative Edge! The weather was perfect and the company was the best! 30 Designers created floral art to represent different artists and the variety was incredible.
Margaret Rosemeyer and I did an representation of Judy Pfaff. In a previous blog I showed some pictures of her work. She definitely has the circle repetition going on.
We wrapped Hula hoops with cashmere yarn, then created some cross grid work to weave our flowers through. Then we created a static line to the right of it. From the ground we suspended tomato cages that were covered with chicken wire and freshly picked moss. Nestled in the cages were flower orbs of various types. The ground was covered in chicken wire and moss laid on top with pave of flowers here and there. We took a day to lay things out and a day to add the flowers. During the second day we had time to decorate one of the entries and create a memorial table for deceased former floral designers who had participated in the past. From there we helped others with their work.
All of the exhibits were viewed by spotlight and 2000 candles in the evening. I havenít heard the final count but I think over 1000 people came for the viewing. Proceeds from the admission were to benefit students of floral design.
I canít say enough about the kindness and generosity of all the people involved. I really felt that I was a part of something very special.
Sunday, September 13, 2009, 12:34 PMOn Tuesday, September 15th I am flying to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a new adventure. More than 30 AIFD designers will be interpreting various artists with flowers, foraged foliage, branches, mosses and other woodland finds and who knows what else.
This is my first time going to Bob Frieseís property in Fruitport to make floral creations, though the event is 3 years new. Each year there has been a different benefit from the fund raiser. I understand that there will be great camaraderie, good food and a lot of fun doing what comes naturally to a group of amazingly talented designers.
I will be collaborating with Margaret Rosemeyer from the Chicago area to depict the sculpture of Judy Pfaff. I have no idea what to expect but I know our space will be 9 feet tall by 7 feet wide and that we will arrive armed with plenty of flowers, partially donated by Transflora in Miami. Margaret and I have both assisted Belgian designer Tomas deBruyne and will plan to utilize some of the European techniques we have learned from him. Of course we will put our own spin on it.
Judy Pfaff is a very diverse artist, working with all kinds of materials, doing large installations, sculpture, drawings and paintings. I would consider her work to be contemporary and edgy.(See photos below!)
I will document our results and I am already sure that I am going to have a really good time doing what I like to do best - floral art!
Monday, August 10, 2009, 10:20 PMUsually the first thing I talk about with a Bride is her bouquet. Choosing the right bouquet requires some considerations. Obviously the first consideration is what the Bride has seen and loved; her favorite style and flowers. Secondly, we need to be aware of the Brideís gown; where the detailing is and the style.
My intention is to compliment the dress, not compete with it. For example, if a gown is very simple, without a lot of beading, applique or stitching details, the Bride can have most any amount of texture and shape. However if the dress has lots of important feature in the bodice and around the waist, it is best to keep the bouquet to one or two textures. Frequently, we will add crystals to the bouquet to compliment the crystals in the dress.
Here in Florida during the months of April through October there are certain popular flowers that are just not safe to use. Hydrangea is a perfect example. The heat of the sun is so intense that the flowers will dehydrate very quickly. Orchids and Calla Lilies are generally very durable, making them good choices for the summer months.
The shape of the bouquet is also determined by the style of the dress. It is rare that the bouquet is anything other than round in shape, but unstructured and cascading bouquets are making a comeback, especially in the European and Asian markets.
Deciding whether or not to have color depends on the Brideís personality and how strongly she would want to have the bouquet show up in pictures.
Ultimately, we try to educate the Bride about the process but we want to give our girls their dream bouquet and that is the most important factor of all!
Photos by Coastal Images
Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 06:07 PM
Last year about this time I blogged about a competition I intended to enter with garden roses. I wanted to take this time to give credit to Sam and Ashley Brockington from ashleybrockington.com for having done the most incredible job with the photography for that competition. They deserve a great deal of the credit since ultimately if I donít have a good photo, my flowers just look like any others. Sam and Ashley are great to work with; I admire their art, professionalism and love of family.
In addition, the flowers that I used were Maria Theresa german garden roses from Transflora. They were gorgeous and performed amazingly well for several days.
I have hesitated to add links to other wedding and event vendors out of fear of slighting someone. I apologize to Sam and Ashley for not having given them credit and I need to do the right thing by mentioning this now. Here again are the pictures: