Hello Flower Friends!
I’m doing a twist on Fleur Friday this week, thought it is about time I do a little catch up with what I’m up to here in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I’ve been keeping busy since returning from Florabundance Inspirational Design Days & the Chapel Designers Conference in Santa Barbara, held January 20-23. (That was a month ago already?!?!)
On February 1st I taught a hands-on design workshop in downtown Seattle. The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop was held at Yesler Studios and hosted by Debra Prinzing. We had so much fun designing bouquets, and after our design session we all discussed how to price our bouquets correctly – a very eye-opening session!
I really enjoyed teaching the class and plan to do more of these in the future!!
February 5-9 was the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle. I’ve heard about this show for awhile and was so pleased to finally get to attend it! I went two days in a row as there is so much to see.
I had planned to go to NWFGS on its opening day, February 5th, however you may have heard that the Seattle Seahawks won the SuperBowl? I thought it best I avoid downtown Seattle on Feb. 5th since the victory parade was held that day – 700,000 people showed up to the parade!
I decided I’d be better off to go on a road trip to Portland and visit with two of my favorite flower people – Francoise Weeks and Janet of Floral Verde. Janet was in town taking a 3 day private workshop with Francoise and they were working on Botanical art pieces. Oh, it was fun to see what those two were creating!!
Valentine’s Week I freelanced for Patty of Brittany’s Flowers in Kirkland, Washington. Freelancing is so fun and interesting, I love getting perspective on how other people run their businesses and create their art. Patty has a top-notch reputation in her city of Kirkland and she is very, very busy!
While at her shop we had a visit from Tosh. I’ve heard about Tosh ever since arriving in Washington, everyone told me I have to meet him. “he lives in the mountains, off the grid, no electricity, gathers amazing fresh product, will show up at your door” I’ve been soooo intrigued by these mentions of Tosh – and then there he was! Sure enough he had a van full of all kinds of goodies – branches, foliages, etc. (Alex – you would die over his Pieris Japonica, I asked him if he’d ship to Chicago!!)
This week I freelanced for Flora Nova in Seattle. Christiane had all kinds of design work to get done and I quite enjoyed helping out.
I could get used to this freelancing lifestyle!
Also, made a trip to Northwest Wholesale Florists this week, getting used to this new routine of wholesalers in Seattle. I had to pick up flowers for an order, but also *had* to pick up these ranunculus for myself!!
OHHH… and that Peach Rose Color Study? Quite possibly the most popular post we’ve ever had in our almost 4 year history!!
On Facebook it was seen by ~15,000 people and the post had 122 shares! wow!
I’m thrilled to know so many people enjoyed the post! In case you missed it – click here.
All-In-All, a great few weeks here in the PNW – I can feel spring is coming and all kinds of good stuff is popping up – including Crocus all over the back lawn!