Fabulous Florist :: Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio

Gertie Maes Floral Design
Your name: Sherry Donnelly
Your Business name: Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio
Your Location: North Georgia

How did you start your business?
I accidentally found a hidden talent within me kind of late in life when I was 38. I played around with flowers, dabbling in weddings and working from my basement. I wanted to move back to a town where my family had lived previously, so I struck out on devising a business plan that would fit the community. Because my grandmothers were naturally talented at gardening and arranging, I decided to name my store after them-Gertrude and Mabel Mae- Hence Gertie Mae’s was born in 2003!

How many years have you been in business?
I am currently in my 11th year of business and extremely thankful to still be thriving since the 2008 financial crisis. I have made lots of changes I like to call “morphing” in order to sustain the business.

What is your design aesthetic?
I would say it’s organic, natural, full of texture, and gardeny!

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
I am not sure how to answer that. I feel it creates itself…I start working with lovely flowers and fresh elements and at some point the design is complete. My inspiration can come from so many different places…that is difficult to nail down. A song, a memory, a piece of fabric…it’s always different.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Yes! I started in my basement in another state, then opened a storefront in the downtown of our community with a full service menu. I am currently in a studio setting providing mostly weddings and events only. I have run the gamut of business styles and can honestly say I love the present one the best!.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I can plan and design the entire event when a client desires that extra service.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Floral glue and wire!

What’s your favorite flower?
I have a hard time answering that question since I love so many of them equally. The special childhood flowers that bring back the sweetest memories of my grandmothers for whom my business is named for are the Lily of the Valley and Viola or “johnny jump up”.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I hear people say they have no creativity and I don’t believe that. We all have it inside of us…when you find it, run with it cause it’s so much fun!!

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I have a challenge for all of you flower loving people!
Recently Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio in Georgia posted an interesting challenge.
The rules:
Design an arrangement of foliages, berries, fruits, etc – but NO flowers!
All materials must be collected from your property or surrounding area. For this challenge we will say within 1 mile of your designing location. (time to hit up the neighbors!)

Here is the floral arrangement I created. Yes, I did manage to tuck in a touch of clematis vine, oops!

fall foliage centerpiece

Designed by Bella Fiori

Who’s taking the challenge??
Entries due October 31, 2013

Send me photos of your designs!
Email: info@flirtyfleurs.com

The Designers behind the Flowers

Every wonder who is creating and designing all these gorgeous floral designs we see??
Here are just a few of the designers that make the world a prettier place!

florist with flowers

Laurie of Fleurie

florist designing an arch

Kate of Floret Cadet

two florist sisters

Dawn and Mary of A Garden Party

florist sisters

Jan & Jillian of Natural Beauties Floral

florist with flowers

Tina of Living Fresh

Ashley of Tinge

Ashley of Tinge

… And the Photo that makes me smile the very, very most!! Cathy of Sprout Flowers in Worcester, MA is back to work after a three month hiatus while she fought cancer! Seeing her re-open her shop this week and her big smile while holding flowers is just the best! I can only imagine how happy the residents of Worcester are to have Cathy back!! Hugs to my friend 🙂