Hello dear flower friends,
I’m back. ๐Ÿ™‚
When I left a note on here on September 1st I would have never guessed I’d be gone until October 5th. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Everyone deals with emergencies and grief differently, I am one who shuts down and loses interest in the outside world. I did check in on instagram a few times this past month, but that was about it.
Sadly, we did lose my father-in-law. damn cancer. I hate that word so much!
I do want to say a big thank you to Taylor’s Flowers in Omaha. They handled the flowers for us and I was very impressed with their work. You all know how hard it is to hand over what we do, especially to people that we don’t personally know! Taylor’s did a great job and we were all very happy with their floral design work. (Note to self, leave great reviews on Yelp and Facebook for Taylor’s).

I did fly up to Chicago though, as planned and taught the design class. Gosh, that was fun! My first experience with destination teaching. Not surprisingly, there is a learning curve with sourcing — not bad, just different. Anyway, I’ll share more stories and pictures from that day soon here on the blog.

Gosh, you guys, I do have a lot to share with you .. I just have to get back into the swing of life, you know? I’m writing this on Sunday night, Chad and I just got home and I’m looking out the window at my garden — they dahlias are blooming like crazy! Granted I see I have a lot of deadheading to do – the joys of growing, right?!
Here’s just a glimpse of one of the areas of my garden –
bella fiori garden

Oh, for those of you in the Washington and surrounding areas – I did schedule a class for this coming Saturday! I know, super short notice.. I’ve had designers requesting me to teach this class again, it’s the bouquet designing and pricing workshop. You can read more about it and sign up here.

So .. I’m going to get back to work and back on schedule.
Did you know that I love flowers and flower people?? The bit of happiness that keeps me going through the tough times. Thanks guys ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. Welcome back! It is so good that you got to take the time you needed to take care of family and yourself. Your love of flowers and flower people is obvious, and I’m sure lots more people than little ol’ me missed you and your online presence, handing out great information and all the pretty work of fellow floral designers!

  2. So sorry to hear about your loss. I understand the shut down of life, as I have also lost someone close to that crapy C word. So happy that your back to face the flowers again. I’m super bummed that I cannot make this class this weekend and really hope that you will do another one later in the year. Keep strong and flower on!

  3. Hugs to you my flowery friend…. That C word is one I wish would disappear. So glad you are back..but that time with your family is so important. Much love!

  4. Missed you Alicia! Sorry for your loss. Glad you’re back.

  5. Thinking of you friend. So sorry for your loss. I need to see you on one of my work trips up north. Sending lots of love.

  6. So great to see you back!! You have all of your fans’ support around taking the time you need for yourself and your family. (But it’s still great to have you back!)