Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Woodland Designs By Françoise Weeks

I’m so excited about today’s post! Not only am I going to introduce you to a phenomenal designer, but I have a little surprise for you at the end of the post…

Meet Françoise Weeks (if you don’t already know her)…

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Born in Belgium, Françoise now calls Portland home…where she weaves garden material into intricate woodland designs in her design studio. Her designs are so uniquely “Françoise”, I believe I could spot them anywhere. Lichen-covered branches and moss… seedpods and berries…miniature fruits and veggies…lush foliage, succulents, fragrant herbs and seasonal flowers…

Take a look for yourself…

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Not only is Françoise Weeks a master of European and Woodland designs, she is also one of the nicest people I’ve met. She is genuine in her love of floral design and of people in general. She’s humble and approachable…a wonderful example of a floral designer who’s in it for all the right reasons.

Now for the surprise…Françoise is giving away one of her Woodland Note Card sets to a lucky Botanical Brouhaha reader! The woodland note cards were inspired during Françoise's childhood vacations in the mountains of Switzerland. While taking lunch breaks on hikes, she and her siblings would create magical arrangements from bark, moss and wildflowers and give it to their mom. The set contains 8 cards (2 each of 4 original Françoise Weeks designs). I know you’ll love them. I’ve already used a whole set…hope you’ll join me in bringing card writing back! Email is great, but receiving a handwritten note on a beautiful card is so personal…

Here’s a peek at one of the card designs I love…

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So, I encourage you to pamper yourself…grab a cup of coffee or a sweet tea and visit Françoise’s website and blog for plenty of inspiration. Then leave a comment on this post by noon on Thursday if you’d like to win the Woodland Note Card set. I’ll announce the winner on Friday…(sorry, we can only ship in the US).

Photo credits:

1. Joni Shimabukuro
2. Sara Gray
3. Nicole Wickens
4. Sara Gray
5. Joni Shimabukuro
6.
Brandon Schmidt
notecard: Joni Shimabukuro

Happy Tuesday!

11 comments:

Mimi said...

Just when I was beginning to think I'd seen just about everything in floral design in comes Francoise. What imaginative work. Her creations are like little tiny worlds of their own. The bouquet is amazing. Can't wait to zip over to her website and blog. Thanks again Amy for bringing us continued inspiration.

Never A Plain Jane said...

Oh those are so whimsical! I promise to write and mail eight notes if I win!

~My Fleur Journey~ said...

Me me me!! I am a fan of Françoise's work.. looking at her designs is like walking through a a garden and taking the time to look at all the small details.. n I will put the notecards to good use as I still write letters to 2 of my good friends in Toronto.

N oh, if I win, I will have the notecards posted to my friend in New York who's coming back to Hong Kong next month..

flirty said...

I love Francoise's work, repeat, I love her work! It's so intricate and interesting.
I agree, she's the nicest person and one day I hope I get to meet her in person.

Jenny N said...

so inspiring! loooove.

Denise said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you so much for posting! Love learning about new designers and I am so blown away and inspired. Just great! Hope you are well
Denise

Susan {florali} said...

I, too, am very happy to learn of Francoise and her beautiful style. Thanks for sharing her with us.

oma /opa said...

Ah ! It's Wed. just after 8 p.m. Portland OR time ...hopefully I am not too late to have a chance to win. I too love her woodland works & have been very inspired by all of her arrangements. So unique & Pacific Northwest ! I can smell the earth & ferns when I see them. Ps. I love beautiful papers & stationery too :)

Laurie (Fleurie) said...

Thanks for the chance to own a little piece of her creations, I have been admiring her work, and practicing on my own versions, they just don't have her style though. Wonderful and unique.

Janet said...

I just love Françoise Weeks! Her work is simply amazing!

Christy Thurston said...

This contest was a long time ago but I am now taking private floral classes with Francoise and she is just amazing. You are right...so humble and so kind. Her talent is abundant yet she never makes you feel like a beginner. I am so lucy to have the special opportuity
to work with her!!!!