Thursday, June 30, 2011

Privet And Viburnum Berries

I know, I know, I know…I have too many favorites, but this really is one of my favorites…

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image via Krista Jon

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image via Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

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image via JL Designs and Sweet and Saucy

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image via Lila B.

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image via Honey and Poppies

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image via Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

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image via Beautiful Blooms Events

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image via Soulflower

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image via Gilly Flowers

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image via Florali

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image via Flowers by Denise

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image via Jacqueline Ahne

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image via Bastian + Skoog

Anyone else crazy about these berries?

Have a great Thursday and don’t forget the deadline for entering The Best Giveaway Yet

is tomorrow at noon!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Working Designer Wednesday: The Face Behind The Design

Can’t help myself…time to share more faces of the talented designers behind some of my favorite designs…

Beth @ Blush Floral Design

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Anuschka @ Bloom by Anuschka

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Flora and Susie @ Flora Grubb and The Cutting Garden

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Erin @ Floret Flowers

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Holly @ Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

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Janice @ Precious Pear

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Zoe @ The Flower Company

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Aasim, Tarek and Andrea @ Sugar & Fluff Design House

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sugar & fluff Design House and Brandon Kidd Photo

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday. Don’t forget to enter The Best Giveaway Yet…leave a comment here to enter!

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I’m trying by best to publish today’s Working Designer Wednesday post, but once again I’m having the Error 500 message prevent me from posting. Sorry, guys…I’ll keep trying. In the meantime, don’t forget to go here and leave a comment to enter The Best Giveaway Yet!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Color Inspiration: Lovely Lavender

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image via Blush Floral Design

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image via Krista Jon

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image via Michael George

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image via Pretty Petals

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image via The Flower Studio

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image via Bella Flora

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image via Krista Jon

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image via Bastian + Skoog

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image via Fleurology

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image via Floral Verde

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image via Camelback Flowershop and Stephanie Fay Photography

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image via Flourish Designs

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image via Sarah Yates Photography

Happy Tuesday!

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…

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…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…

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photo by Deyla Huss

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photo by David Barss

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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!

 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Which Bouquet?

The Dress…

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…the J.Crew Silk Tricotine Tatiana Gown…don’t get too excited…it’s sold out, but I love it so I wanted you to see it…

“This slim, sleek column gown is the epitome of understated elegance. Crafted from luxurious midweight silk tricotine, with a softly draped cowl at the neckline and back bodice. The extra-special touch? An inset of French lace (from a European lace house, considered to be the best in the world) peeking from the back cowl. Fitted bodice. Side zip with self-covered buttons. Bodice lined in self-fabric; skirt lined in silk charmeuse. Falls to floor with a slight train. Specially packaged in a custom-made box to ensure your gown is always as beautiful as the first day you wore it.”

The Bouquets…

Bouquet #1 (Francoise Weeks)

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Bouquet #2 (Flora Nova)

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Bouquet #3 (Brown Paper Design)

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Which would you choose?

Hope you have a fantastic weekend. Be sure to come back on Monday because I have an awesome surprise giveaway to announce…you won’t want to miss it! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Beautiful Boutonnieres

 

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image via Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

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image via Beautiful Blooms

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image via Krista Jon

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image via Flourish Designs

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image via Laura Miller Designs

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image via Beautiful Blooms

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image via The Flower Studio

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image via Honey and Poppies

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image via Heavenly Blooms

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image via Natalie Bowen Designs

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image via Bella Flora

Two things before I sign off for today…

One, you have to check out the new Blush Floral Design website…it’s beautiful, Beth!

And, two, yesterday I got this email and Pinterest photo link from Janice:

“Amy, girl, this is what your stairway to Heaven will look like.”

stairway I hope she’s right!

Happy Thursday…