Monday, June 27, 2011

The Best Giveaway Yet

I’m still amazed at what I have to offer today as a special giveaway! I’ve been so excited about sharing it with you and, finally, today’s the day I can reveal it to you. Some of you might remember a post I wrote about Françoise Weeks last month…if you missed it, you can read it here. Françoise is a master at creating unique woodland designs, whimsical bouquets and floral purses. In addition to her amazing talent, Françoise has a heart for sharing her knowledge with other designers and is one of the kindest, most approachable designers I’ve met. We’ve exchanged many emails about her passion for teaching others and, so, she has decided to offer a seat in her 3-day Wedding Workshop (August 15-17 from 9am – 4 pm) to one Botanical Brouhaha reader! Imagine…

Arriving at Françoise’s personal studio in Portland, Oregon…

Françoises-Studio2

…spending the first hour each morning talking with Françoise about business related issues…proposals,contracts, networking, etc.…

…spending the remainder of the morning and afternoon hearing Françoise’s design ideas, learning mechanics (all the stuff we never find info about in books) and then having plenty of hands-on time to make arrangements….

Doesn’t that sound awesome?! Some of the topics she will cover in the wedding workshop include:

Reception Flowers

Observe what’s involved in consultations, proposals and contracts. Design elements for the reception, including centerpieces, arrangements for buffets and mantles, cake decorations.

Ceremony Flowers

Here you’ll get a look at the intricacies of sourcing, ordering and pricing flowers. Find out why streamlining workload is essential. Design elements for the ceremony, including altar, candelabra and pew arrangements, and chuppah decorations.

Personal Flowers

How does Françoise come up with new ideas and how does she promote her passion? Design flowers for the wedding party, including the bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets, head wreaths, pomanders, corsages and boutonnieres.

Each workshop is limited to 4 students to ensure you get plenty of individual attention and each class is slightly different because Françoise always asks what each student is specifically interested in learning and then she focuses on those topics.

The 3-day Wedding Workshop usually costs $900.00 and includes flowers, supplies, use of tools, lots of personalized instruction time with Françoise…and you get to take all your arrangements home with you after the workshop. For one lucky reader, Françoise’s workshop will be free of charge!

Here’s what one student had to say about her experience at Françoise’s Wedding Workshop:

"After spending three days in the flower heaven that is Françoise's studio, it was so hard to leave! This class was exactly what I was looking for and Françoise is exactly the teacher that I'd hoped for. It was a perfect blend of useful conversation, hands-on playtime, and awe inspiring demos. Françoise is so open and willing to share her experiences out of a genuine desire to help aspiring designers like myself learn the realities of the floral business while also gaining the courage to follow their dreams. It was profound enough of an experience that I expect to look back 5 years from now and credit her class for changing my life forever. Thank you, Françoise!" Tonya Ray

I just love that letter and there are many more just as heartfelt on her website. I would encourage you to read them to get an idea of the experience that awaits you at one of Françoise’s workshops.

To enter, leave me a comment at the end of this post by Friday (July 1) at noon (CDT) telling me the topic you would be most interested in learning from Françoise if you win. I’ll announce the winner (chosen by random drawing) on Friday afternoon…July 1st that is…

The winner will be responsible for travel and lodging expenses to and from the workshop.

If you’ve missed previous posts including Françoise’s work, here’s a small sample…

francoise-weeks-gallery-_0000_Layer8-copy photo deyla huss

photo by Deyla Huss

francoise-weeks-gallery-_0003_Layer2-copy photo david barss

photo by David Barss

francoise flower-purse-with-fushia-orange-and-chartreuse-flowers-Vista-Hills-Françoise-Weeks photo jessica hill

photo by Jessica Hill

I encourage you to read Françoise’s blog if you get a chance and check out her workshop schedule for future dates and topics. Don’t forget to leave a comment here by Friday at noon…Good Luck! And thank you, Françoise, for your generosity!

 

26 comments:

Blume Haus said...

Oh wow! This is amazing Amy! The whole workshop sounds fantastic. I would love to learn how she streamlines her workload and how she comes up with new ideas for each each event. I love Francoise's work, truly inspiring!

alicia.. said...

Wow, what a fantastic giveaway. I'm been entranced with Francoise's work for quite awhile, she is simply amazing.

Congratulations to whoever wins this contest. I'm sure it'll be an amazing experience!

Maria Maxit said...

What an amazing give away! Thanks for this opportunity. I would like to learn about how she stimulates her creative ability and where new ideas come from. I would also love to learn new tricks of the trade in building large arrangements and new floral products she uses. Thank you!!

Mac's Floral said...

Everytime I see her work it is flawless! I just LOVE to be inspiried by European design and she is a master of her craft! I'm sure the workshop has invaluable information! I want to learn how she keeps her passion for floral design through a busy wedding season?

Flowers by Carolyn said...

OMG! She is one of my favorites and I have been dying to attend one of her workshops and the opportunity to get back up to Portland. Good luck to everyone!

Flowers by Carolyn said...

I forgot to include the topic I would be most interested in learning in my previous post and that is how she is continually inspired and how she promotes her passion.

Kate (floret cadet) said...

Coolest giveaway ever! Because I'm still learning techniques and mechanics and her designs are so intricate, I'd be most interested in learning what's going on under the hood in many of her designs! And because she has such a specific style (and I'd presume most brides would hire her *for* her style) - how if at all she has to balance/compromise brides visions and requests with her own style

Joan said...

I just gradated this week from a year's study in the Florist Program at my city's college. Despite the fact that I am 55, the desire to finally pursue my passion for all things floral overtook me and away I went to college. So much to learn and so fast! So I would benefit very much from hearing about the finer points of running a business and also to learn some of the finer techniques in design that often come with experience rather than 'book-learning'. I would cross the continent to be with Francoise for that kind of opportunity!

Laurie (Fleurie) said...

I have been reading her blog for a while now, and am continually amazed at her creativity. How she gets such depth in all of the elements, the mechanics of the designs, and her skill in time management are the the things I would like to learn from her. I would love to be a fly on the wall in her studio! (with a big notepad and lotsa pencils)

Bare Root Flora said...

WOW!! What an amazing giveaway! Who wouldn't give their right arm to learn from this incredible artist--I guess the answer would be a right-handed designer!

I want to learn how to make the leap from keeping up with the trends to CREATING the trends!

Wildstyle Designs said...

What an amazing opportunity! I would love to work on the mechanics behind large arrangements: how to secure the design while still allowing for natural movement and flow. I would also love her wise advice on contracts and pricing. And simply the opportunity to study with such a fantastic designer! Good luck to everyone- can't wait to hear how it goes!

anastasia said...

what a fantastic opportunity! i am most interested in expanding my knowledge about the mechanics behind ceremony flowers. just spending three days designing and learning and just being truly immersed in flowers for the sake of growth sounds incredible!

Hannah said...

What a fabulous giveaway!! In addition to the design experience, I would LOVE to learn more about how to best go about meeting with potential clients, and what is involved in writing up great proposals and clear contracts!! What an amazing opportunity!

oma /opa said...

Wow ! I love Françoise ! Woodland themes are my favorite since I lived for a while in the woods.I cannot afford to take this whole series of classes & would love the opportunity to learn as much as possible .

Au Courant said...

Oh I've been following Fancoise's work and have wanted to attend one of her workshops. Her work is so inspiring! I would love to hear her thoughts on proposals and contracts as well as witness her creating wonderful arrangements in person. Thanks for the opportunity!

Amanda Mae said...

THANK YOU for this phenomenal opportunity. She is such a wonderful source of knowledge, it's hard to pick just one topic I'd be most interested in learning! Can I say all of the above? I guess if I would have to pick just one, I'd love to learn more about her techniques for sourcing/ordering flowers... especially unique ones!

Miles Johnson said...

I would love to learn more about personal flowers, and pew flowers.

Janet said...

What an incredible giveaway! I have my fingers crossed!

Jenny N said...

wow--the lurkers have come out for this one! Am I eligible? Pretty please, say I am! I love the organic look of everything she does and I need more of that in my life.

Jan Dekker Designs said...

Amy -

What an incredible opportunity! Francoise work is fabulous. I cannot decide which aspect of the workshop I would enjoy more. Every single thing she is covering would be so benificial. Her look and style is breathtaking.

Good Luck To ALL!!!!!!

Jan
Jan Dekker Designs

Liz Rusnac said...

No really though.... THANK YOU Amy AND Francoise!!! Love you both!! I would absolutely LOVE 3 days with the wonderful Francoise... I would pick her brain on ALL OF THE ABOVE :) But I would especially love to learn how to do a better job of turning my passion into a business. Proposals, contracts, pricing - all of the NOT fun stuff :)

Liz
Fleur:ology

Botany 101 Floral said...

Francoise's work is beautiful, what an amazing opportunity! I would love to find out about the mechanics behind some of her work and streamlining process. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

Apteryx1 said...

I've taken a class with Francoise, and her eye for the unusual is so refreshing. I'd love learning more about bridal bouquets.

Brittany Longanecker email: brittany@brittanylonganecker.com said...

I would love to take a workshop from Francois. My mother took several classes from her and came home with beautiful arrangements! I would enjoy learning about personal flower arranging.

Courtnee said...

Wow!What an amazing giveaway! I am an aspiring floral/event designer and this would be an invaluable opportunity to leaarn from one of the best in the business about the the creative side as well as the business aspect.

Holly Chapple said...

Pick me, pick me, because I would give my chance to Liz from fleurology. I know how much she would love this and since she is a Portland girl and a new and upcoming designer I think she should have this amazing opportunity. Watch, this will be the first time in my life I win anything, but I promise I won't be selfish if I win I want Liz to go on my behalf... Pick Me!!!