Should I do a floral video series?

We’re all so busy trying to fight off the wire services, big box competition, and just making a living to support our family that one more social network/video series might just put us over the edge.  With thousands of floral videos available, can one more make a difference? I believe it can. Continue reading Should I do a floral video series?

Vintage Embellishing

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Sharing is my way of living longer, giving back to a career that’s been creatively awesome while making money as a cool by product.  Designing floral art is tremendous, but making money from it is even better.  Take this vintage spring for example.  An opportunity to add my touches while giving the client an outdoor visual in her patio….and a few bucks for me. Continue reading Vintage Embellishing

Melaleuca Bark For Incredible Creating

With my motto “Nature provides, we accept!” my harvesting continues with one of my faves, bark from the ever-generous melaleuca tree.   With different varieties around the planet,  I’m fortunate that many grow right in my area of California.

This tree has incredible benefits for our physical health  (the Melaleuca line of products has amazing healing powers) but my love is using this wonder different ways in my designs. Continue reading Melaleuca Bark For Incredible Creating

A DIY Wedding Arch Creation

Independence is something I cherish in our world, the ability to create with our own resources gathered from local stores like Home Depot, allowing to act on our design impulses without waiting for shipments.   Their availability of goods enhances our skills beyond what we think we can do proving how resourceful we can be with our thoughts and our awesome hands.  Happy creators make for happy clients!Wedding ARCH (6)

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A Little Slice of Bamboo

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With day in and day out floral work,  you might not realize the impact you have on the world.  Creating floral gifts does make a difference in someone’s life, the “shock and awe” that someone thought so much of the recipient to send them flowers.  It’s your honor to go the extra mile with your talent.  Taking the time to saw, cut, and re work items to enhance the design gives them so much more to elevate their soul. Continue reading A Little Slice of Bamboo

Naturally Wreathn’ it….

1381Nature is definitely all around us, begging to be recreated into beautiful floral designs to capture our audience.  These  birch branches, succulents, and evergreens became the focus for this primitive, Native American designed wall piece…..along with a few faux touches for accent.

Using fresh birch gives this piece it’s arching movement (you’ll need a few thinner pieces to add for thickness) to bend into the shape you want using pieces of 22 gauge wire to attach together.  I added a somewhat horizontal branch to help the design keep it’s shape and to have another surface to dangle items from;  the more visual movement the better! Continue reading Naturally Wreathn’ it….

6 Roses Are Fine!

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Woow, love getting my floral mojo revved!  Changing up a 6 rose design fascinates the heck out of me, motivates my inner soul.   Who knows what we can come up with?  Let’s all inspire each other while we keep the world more and more beautiful with our floral designs.   Educate, motivate and definitely create my friend!

 

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Cut Flowers Need Love

Taking care of the awesome cut flowers you just purchased is so important for your floral design career.  The better they are processed (cut, cleaned, placed in water) the longer they will last and stay beautiful for your friends or clients.  It is amazing how well flowers and greens hold up in designs if they are chosen fresh with continued proper processing.   Some people just don’t get it because they’re lazy and let them lay around on the counter for an hour or so.  UH UH, NO NO!  Be good to them, they will be good to you! Continue reading Cut Flowers Need Love

Floral Centerpiece Mojo

Centerpiece arrangements can be a bit confusing when you’re first learning floral design, even after you have some experience under your belt.  Just remember to keep practicing, listening, and learning;  then it will all come together and you’ll be an expert at centerpiece construction.   There are so many occasions where these are needed and asked for.  So, proper construction is the name of this game and  I’m here to nudge that along in a way that is educational and rewarding.

This design is free flowing and easy to assemble once you understand the “why” and “how”.   It’s the perfect flower arrangement for bride’s tables, dinner parties, sideboards, just about anywhere a centerpiece is needed.  You can scale it down or make the design much larger.  Always remember that you’re the captain of the ship that takes direction from YOU.   What I love about this sharing is that once you learn these design techniques, adjustments can be made for whatever occasion or area you need the arrangement for.  Let’s get to work! Continue reading Floral Centerpiece Mojo

Quirky Cool

Fresh arrangement cool look (7)This flower arrangement is one of my favs.    The flow and architectural elements capture your eye, taking it up, around and through the design.  Did I have this planned?  No way!  My little pee brain can plan, but most of the time I take my product and put it together the way it happens.  Continue reading Quirky Cool