Canines with Crowns

Oh, do I have the cutest post to share with all of you today! A bunch of my fellow Chapel Designer friends got together and came up with the idea to dress our furry friends with flowers. So fun to see the variety of dogs everyone has, and to see them all dressed up with flowers!

Thistle and Bone, Dogs with flower halos

Zoe & Ripley – Thistle and Bone

Splendid Stems, Carly is wearing a wreath that includes delphinium, spray roses, passion vine, and snowdrops

Carly – Splendid Stems

Della Blooms, Hank the lab with a flower wreath

Hank – Della Blooms

 Dreamweavers, Bear wearing a flower halo

Bear – Dreamweavers

Fleurie Flowers, Oliver wearing a red and purple floral wreath

Oliver – Fleurie

Cottage Flowers, Daisy the dog wearing a Daisy flower collar

Daisy – Cottage Flowers

Julia's Floral, Corgis with flower collars

Edward & Stella, Julia’s Floral

Bella Fiori, Johann the Pekingese with flower wreath

Last, but not least! My little guy with his flower wreath.
Johann – Bella Fiori

ohhh… wait … we have one more and it’s NOT a dog!
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you see a bird wearing a floral halo.
Say Hello to Louie of Moss Fine Floral!

Moss Fine Floral, a Dove wearing a floral halo.

Louie of Moss Fine Floral

Play Date in Portland!

In keeping with the theme of yesterday’s blog post about the importance of having friends in the floral design industry, I’d like to share with all of you what happened last week in Portland, Oregon. I asked a few of my fellow Chapel Designers if they’d like to get together and visit, create some designs, eat some yummy food – they all said yes! So that’s just what we did! We met at Francoise Week’s design studio in Portland, all of us bringing a variety of treasures from our yards and the local flower wholesaler. Peggy & Carol brought the delicious lunch, the most yummy chicken & bean chili ever!
Oh, so first I’ll share who was there – me/Alicia, Francoise Weeks, Liz of Liz Rusnac Floral Design, Peggy & Carol of Celebrations Floral Design, Annie of Floral Sunshine and Lora of Sophisticated Floral Designs. Francoise, Liz, Peggy, Carol and I all know each other thru Chapel Designers. We were happy to have Annie & Lora join in on our little flower party.
So here goes … this is what happens when a bunch of ladies get their creative on:

floral designers

Carol, Liz & Peggy

florists at Francoise's workshop

Liz, Peggy, Carol, Annie and Lora watching Francoise make a mask, of course I’m behind the camera!

Annie Chen Florist

Annie demonstrating how she works with wire

floral designers working

Annie, Peggy and Liz getting creative

Francoise Weeks Studio

Francoise and Carol

Peggy of Celebrations Floral

Peggy creating a mask, this is the mask that Liz modeled.

flower designers in Portland

Lora and Carol

Francoise Weeks

Francoise creating one of her masks

Francoise Weeks Floral Designer

Francoise works on one of her masks.

Francoise Weeks floral designer

Looking over Francoise’s shoulder as she designs a mask.

Francoise Weeks Portland Oregon

Francoise could be a spokeswoman for Oasis glue products!

face mask

This is the base of my yellow leaf mask.

Alicia Schwede florist

me modeling the start of my yellow leaf mask

yellow leaf mask

the mask I created, yes it did look like a bird!

florist with mask on

Alicia with the Yellow Leaf Mask

Liz Rusnac

Liz models a mask designed by Peggy

Liz Rusnac

I love how Liz looks like a flower super-hero here!!

Liz Rusnac

Liz’s other flower super-hero look! She created this mask.

Liz Rusnac

The side view, gorgeous fall colors

Liz Rusnac

There were so many textures to this mask.

Francoise Weeks looking like another flower super-hero! Check out that purple bell vine weaved into the mask, I brought that little special vine from my garden just for Francoise.

Francoise Weeks looking like another flower super-hero! Check out that purple bell vine weaved into the mask, I brought that little special vine from my garden just for Francoise.

Lora Losinger

Lora’s flower super hero look! Love Lora’s mask and how the Fuchsias and string of pearls drape down.

Lora Losinger

fall flowers on the hair

Annie Chen Florist

Annie modeling her mask

Annie Chen Portland Florist

Annie modeling her hair piece

Lora Losinger

Lora modeling her beautiful head piece, so many textures & elements

Lora Losinger

Lora with her head wreath

Francoise's and her awesome red & green mask

Francoise’s and her awesome red & green mask

purple and green flower corsage

Peggy’s wristlet corsage

fall colored wristlet corsage

Carol’s gorgeous wristlet corsage

fall flowers upclose

Liz mixing it up and getting creative, she wanted to try a loosely styled centerpiece

magenta fall color palette

Liz’s design, we wanted to work on creating large, urn style arrangements.

fall flowers with gold and peach

Alicia’s design, I needed some fall flowers!

Tanner Weeks the dog

Meanwhile, Tanner supervised the activity in the studio and kept us all in line.

There you have it – this is what happens when seven floral designs get together just for the fun of creating! It was a great day with great friends!

Visiting Flower People in Oregon..

I cannot adequately express how much I love Oregon and all that it has to offer. If I weren’t so happy to be home in California, I’d head up to my northern neighbors and move in! This state is beautiful and full of kind people – who love flowers and nature.

In addition to spending three great days with Francoise Weeks, I also got to visit a few other people, shops, and greenhouses!

One morning Francoise took Janet and I to the Portland Flower Market. I only snapped a few pictures, was too busy looking at everything…

A whole display of Begonias! I’m such a fan of begonia leaves in design work, they add so much dimension and color:

Peterkort doesn’t only sell roses! (you’ll see more about them further down in this post)
peterkort roses grows lilies

Sooo… I will admit that I’m absolutely tickled pink when I see Bella Bouquets Book on display!!!!!!!
Here it is at Frank Adams:
bella bouquets book
And over at Floral Supply Syndicate:
bella bouquets book

While I was at the Portland Flower Market I was talking to Sandra from Peterkort and she suggested I go visit Emerald Petals Flower Shop.
I did go visit, and what a cute flower shop!! Hilary is awesome and talented. I enjoyed perusing all the nooks and crannies of her shop and I did pick up a nice white milk glass goblet. Definitely visit her shop if you are ever on Mississippi Avenue in Portland! Look at how cute her shop is:
Flower Shop Portland

Flower Shop Portland

Eco Florist Oregon

narcissus arrangement

Flower Shop Portland

Flower Shop Portland Oregon

Eco Flower Shop Portland

Also, while down on Mississippi Avenue (there are a lot of cute shops on that street!) I did wander over to Ink & Peat, a shop I’ve followed for quite sometime online:
ink and peat

ink and peat flowers

Now get ready .. next I toured Peterkort Roses!!!!! I love touring greenhouses, as you probably all know by now. That feeling of excitement when I pull up to a row of greenhouses and wondering what is growing inside them….
greenhouse Oregon

Rows and rows of lilies were growing, some were taller than me!
growing lilies

My visit to the greenhouse was a bit too early for rose production, they were just getting the greenhouses ready for the upcoming wedding season:
Orange rose in the greenhouse

My favorite greenhouse was this one … Cattleya Orchids and Maidenhair Ferns, felt like I had walked in a jungle, so cool:
maiden hair fern and cattleya orchids growing

They grow absolutely stunning Cymbidium Orchids:
growing cymbidium orchids

growing Cymbidiums

growing cymbidium orchids

Just a few terracotta pots:
terracotta pots

Great graphics on their trucks!!
delivery truck

peterkort roses delivery truck

Last but definitely not least, I visited Enchanted Florist in Ashland, Oregon!! I only snapped one photo, as I walked in the doors…
I’ve ‘talked’ to Brandon for years over social media, and he’s my go-to guy when I have a question about technology for florists. I really enjoyed my visit with Brandon and his wife, Leslie. They have built an impressive business in Ashland, Oregon and have a beautiful shop.
Florist Ashland Oregon

Also, a huge thank you to Carol of Celebrations Floral in Corvallis, Oregon. Carol invited me to stay at her home while I was traveling in Oregon – thank you for a lovely visit!

To one of my flower girls, Liz of Fleur:ology – sorry I missed this time around! Hopefully next time I’m up north we can visit 🙂