GSFA & Nancy Liu Chin Workshop

First, a little backstory before I start today’s post. Last summer I announced on Flirty Fleurs that my husband and I would be relocating to Washington State for his job. At the time I had no idea what to expect for myself, Bella Fiori or Flirty Fleurs and figured I’d take it as it comes. Well, I was very fortunate in that upon announcing the impending move on the blog right away Kelly of Botanique reached out to me and suggested I join her for a GSFA meeting. (Greater Seattle Floral Association). I cannot thank Kelly enough for inviting me to the group, being part of GSFA has been a wonderful experience and one that I’m very grateful for. GSFA meets monthly and at each meeting we focus on a business topic. At one meeting we all got together and decided to have a floral designer come in from another city and give us a hands-on workshop. I reached out to my sweet friend, Nancy Liu Chin of San Francisco to see if she’d be willing to come to Seattle for a workshop, and luckily she said yes! Plus, as an extra bonus to our workshop she brought her husband, Kevin, who took photos of our day together!
We worked on so many projects together – bouquets, centerpieces, table displays, head wreaths, and escort card table statement pieces, plus, lots of business discussions took place. I can honestly say that by the end of the day we were all very filled with ideas and very tired!
Here are some of the fun photos from the day –

The awesome members of GSFA with Nancy Liu Chin

Greater Seattle Floral Association

floral designing

Nancy begins the day with designing centerpieces

Greater Seattle Floral Association

Nancy Liu Chin designing

Nancy designing a centerpiece for the group

Floral Design by Nancy Liu Chin

We begin our Escort Card table displays

GSFA floral group

floral designers at work

GSFA members

Nancy, Jodi, Kate, and Tess

display wall of flowers

Greater Seattle Floral Association

Colleen, Kelly, Melanie, Emily, Anne, and Melissa

Pink wreath of peonies and roses on salal board for escort card table display

Greater Seattle Floral Association members

Christiane, me, Wendy, Christopher, Lorie

White Floral Wreath on a salal leaf background

Time to design centerpieces in rustic urns

Colleen of Botanikal

Colleen of Botanikal showing her floral centerpiece

Colleen of Botanikal

Emily of Lola Flowers

Emily of Lola Flowers

Christiane of Flora Nova

Christiane of Flora Nova

Jodi of Woodland Flowers

Jodi of Woodland Flowers

Kate of in bloom designs

Kate of in bloom designs

Kelly of Botanique

Kelly of Botanique

Melissa of Terra Bella

Melissa of Terra Bella

Nancy Liu Chin

Nancy’s Design

Nancy Liu Chin

Nancy’s Design

Tess of July Floral

Tess of July Floral

Wendy of Ravenna Bloom

Wendy of Ravenna Bloom

Next up – group project of creating a white and green modern table display

floral designers creating a centerpiece

Nancy Liu Chin white floral centerpieces

table design by Nancy Liu Chin of white and green flowers

Nancy demonstrates how to make loose bridal bouquets

Nancy Liu Chin and GSFA

Bella Fiori - bridal bouquet of sherbert colors

Bella Fiori (my photo)

Bella Fiori - centerpiece of chocolate cosmos, peonies and roses

Bella Fiori – I took this photo with Kevin’s help, he gave me some pointers on how to shoot in manual settings. Thanks, Kevin!

Alicia Schwede and Nancy Liu Chin in Seattle

One last parting shot – Alicia & Nancy

Photographs are by Kevin Chin (except the last three that I took)

GSFA members pictured above include:
Alicia of Bella Fiori & Flirty Fleurs
Anne of Floressence
Christiane of Flora Nova
Christopher of Christopher Flowers
Colleen of Botanikal
Emily of Lola Floral
Jodi of Woodland Flowers
Kate of In Bloom Designs
Kelly of Botanique
Lorie of Ring Around The Rose
Melanie of Melanie Benson Floral
Melissa of Terra Bella Flowers
Tess of July Floral
Wendy of Ravenna Bloom

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Comments

  1. margaret says:

    as much as workshops like that are great way to learn a creative aspect of floristy; however, we should see more training, how to sell and make money in that business.

  2. What a fabulous workshop! Thanks for sharing your day.

  3. Hi Margaret

    You are very kind to make a comment and you are right. It’s nice to have a balance of both floral design and business strategy. Alicia didn’t include that we had a segment of question and answer on business strategy and we did cover business topics. Since it was one day workshop, most of the attendees wants to work with their hands. During the demonstration, I typically give people some business tips so don’t you worry. We did cover marketing and efficiency tips. If you have a group who want to learn, definitely contact me. I would be thrilled to educate you. Love, Nancy

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