We sure get “stuck” designing in vases for our clients. Seems they expect, no DEMAND, these beauties come in mucky water vessels. Time to mix it up my friends! An inexpensive container lends itself to creating so much more. A cluster of willow, some moss, mix up the foliage….good to go!
Without much mechanical fuss, the willow gives the design a grand look for the dollars spent. Remember to always cut the thick bottom of the willow into a thinner version; then it will stay well secured in delivery or just to keep its place in the design, no matter where it goes.
One element to professional floral design is layering your greens. This gives your arrangement much more interest and depth.
A bit of dangling Spanish moss softens the willow…..almost how the moss naturally grows on oak trees. Emulating nature is a keen way to embellish our designs.
Always try new things; we never know till we put ourselves out there!
Designing corsages can be a pain in the butt. They take time, intricate (especially difficult with stubbing Italian fingers) so I like the construction to be easy peasy, with cost efficient techniques to make some quality $. If you want to create corsages and make a hefty profit, read away. Or give that profit to your wholesalers….it’s your choice. Continue reading Profitable Orchid Corsage
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!
Continue reading A DIY Wedding Arch Creation
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
Flower Walls are beautiful backdrops for any event, especially creating for occasions which require a setting that can be moved around to different locations. This design I helped create with my friend Beth O’Reilly for our local AIFD Southwest Region wedding seminar held in Southern California. Beth purchased a “rolling” clothing stand on wheels from Ikea, then constructed (this girl is great with tools!) the frame that can easily be removed in pieces. Continue reading Flower Walls Are Sweet!
Designing flowers can make you money while satisfying that artist I know is hiding somewhere in your psyche. You just need some info to keep that artist alive and well. One of the key facts about designing flowers for profit is to understand the perceived value of the design. What that means is that the flower arrangement looks so cool it doesn’t matter what the sender paid for it……they are so excited they will come back for more while knowing they will get their money’s worth. In order to make money, you have to make sure the right amount of product is placed in the arrangement without putting too much in. Continue reading The Perceived Floral Value
Rose arrangements are still one of my favorites, and loved across the globe. There’s just something about this flower that most see as upscale or valuable, while having beauty that they also see in their gardens. This rose design is airy with grace and creative touches that give the arrangement interest for the viewer. The tight lily stems will open to reveal a beautiful orange tone to blend with the light peach roses, both purchased from our local farmer’s market. Always a great deal and just happen to be from local grower Eufloria Flowers and Skyline Flowers. Continue reading Simple Rose Design
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
Well, my friend, have I got some great places for you to shop! We are so lucky to live in an age where the retail environment has so many outlets that have what we need to create awesome flower arrangements. When I changed from traditional retail to being a studio florist, I was amazed at how much affordable product was right in my own backyard. When I see a good deal, I grab up the item so I’ve got plenty of things in stock to work with. From containers to birds and butterflies, anything you could imagine is available at our local stores. I know the economy over the last few years has allowed for many of these retail stores to pop up in every city, and it’s to our advantage. What the heck, if it makes our flower arranging life easier, why not take advantage of it? All these venues sell retail, adding sales tax to the total, depending on the county and state you live in. Another post will concentrate on wholesale (no tax charged and you will need a resale license to purchase from them) outlets to purchase from. Following is a list of my favorite retail stores with some ideas what can be purchased at each (this will save you some time when you go out shopping for all the great supplies to create your arrangements with). Continue reading Where The Heck Can I Buy My Supplies and Flowers?!
The saying “the right tool for the right job” is so true! There is no question that it’s a must to have the correct tools to create flower arrangements and all types of designs. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have quality tools, just the knowledge of how to use them properly for different design elements. Continue reading Your Tools For Floral Success