Saturday, July 20, 2013

Botanical Brouhaha Turns 4!

I don’t know where to start, how much to say or how to adequately thank you all for reading BB over the last 4 years. What started out as a simple birthday gift to myself to help me feel connected to the flower world has turned into so much more. Writing BB has become an insatiable desire to provide encouragement and inspiration to designers and flower lovers. I have people ask me all the time how I can continuously come up with new ideas for posts and be consistent in posting each weekday. The truth is…I could come up with multiple posts per day because you provide me with a never-ending supply of innovative designs.  I can’t imagine ever tiring of the joy I experience while looking at the artistry you create. I’m constantly amazed by the flowers grown by flower farmers and the designs created with the stems. But, most of all, I’m amazed by the relationships that grow among “flower people”. Over the last 4 years I’ve witnessed an outpouring of love and concern for one another in this community that has caught me off guard at times. Rather than being competitors, many of you have become allies and friends. You’ve connected with designers in areas hit by natural disasters to see how you could help. You’ve traveled to other states and cities to assist one another when a large event required extra help. You’ve supported one another during times of loss, divorce and illness. You’ve celebrated together as you’ve started new businesses, been published for the first time, welcomed a new baby or taught your first workshop. You’ve banded together to execute the dream of flower philanthropy envisioned by a fellow designer. You’ve shared “trade secrets” with one another openly in order to see your fellow designer succeed. I’m just honored to be a part of your world! Thank you for making my life so much richer.

And because today is also my birthday, I thought it would be fun to send myself some virtual flowers! Enjoy…

Styled-Shoot-045-750x1024-512x700 Taylor Lord Photography and stems floral design of austin

Stems and Taylor Lord Photography 

1150 she n he photo and the byrd collective

The Byrd Collective and She-n-He Photography

valentine-styled-18 bows and arrows

Bows and Arrows 

XOXO

Meet you back here on Monday!

13 comments:

Emelie @florainspiro said...

Happy birthday, Amy & BB! Hope you will get a fantastic day! Hugs from Sweden, Emelie

Anonymous said...

happy birthday! your blog is a every day present for us flower lovers,
all the best for you and family
greetings from Paraguay
Celica

Mood Flowers said...

Happy Birthday!
Best wishes, Nick, Mood Flowers, Scotland x

tweety said...

Happy Birthday!!! Your blog is great!!! Best wishes from Ukraine!!!

Paula said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks so much for all that you share with us! Paula with Paisley Petals Flower Studio

Alicia Broehl said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you for all the hard work you put in to your blog. I love following you and all the designers you feature!

Mimi said...

Amy, Wishing you the happiest birthday ever! Your gorgeous blog is a great inspiration. Whenever I'm looking for new ideas, I turn to Botanical Brouhaha. You've inspired me to use flowers I haven't tried before. And I love learning about other floral designers. I'm always impressed that you always take the time to give credit where credit is due. May God continue to bless your life in incredible ways.

Laurie (Fleurie) said...

Happy Belated Birthday Amy! You share your gift of love and acceptance with us every day, and thank you for bringing so many of us together. Florists work so darn hard, it is important to be united.

Amanda Mae said...

Happy belated birthday! Thank you for taking the time to pull together such beautiful inspiration, day after day!

erin rochelle said...

Happy belated Birthday!!! Thank you for the daily prettiness!

Janet said...

Happy belated birthday Amy! Thank you for the daily inspiration!

Kate (floret cadet) said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm catching up now on tons of back posts. Can't thank you enough for all of your support and encouragement from the very first "welcome to blogging" email you sent me : ) I am so grateful for your blog!

Elisa Event Design said...

Just now seeing this...very grateful for your blog. Happy (very-belated) birthday!