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Hi! I have come to you via a round-about way. I was searching online for flower/florist forums and came across this one. I've been a member of DG for several years. I recently looked here for a flower arranging type of forum but somehow missed this one!
I'm currently in floral design school in Seattle. I started a home-based floral design studio in December. So far starting out very slow. I hope to do event flowers and planted containers as well. I've applied to sell cut flowers, container plants, and baked goods at our local farmer's market, so we'll see how that goes.
I mostly hang out in the PNW area forum on DG but venture into other forums as well. Glad I found this one!
WoW! Fabulous arrangement. Welcome Gwendalou, so glad you found us!
Love your container, I'm always looking for quirky stuff like that! The flowers are so beautifully arranged. Thank you!
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work, Hang out with us anytime!!
I've had that container for years and never used it. It has a shallow glass container that sits inside and then a little wire thing with holes to hold the flowers. It doesn't hold a lot of water and was difficult to 'arrange' in. I had a bunch of flowers that had been cut really short left over from class the other night so decided to give this container a go. I don't even remember where I bought it but I loved it even empty!
I too prefer the 'quirky' and the unusual. I'm currently scouring flea markets and the like for unusual containers for both floral arrangements and container plantings. I'm partial to old watering pails but they are so costly and hard to come by! I also love pitchers, old and new, to just throw flowers and greens into.
I'd post pics of the class arrangements but I'm in basic and the arrangements are pretty lame. The first ones had a lot of carnations in them and not the good kind! Then we went into sympathy flowers, which actually were not bad considering glads are not among my fave flowers. I'll post one of those.
We just started on weddings last week. We did two bridal bouquets. They were both very basic. The second had a little trailing thing and to be honest, mine was ugly. I didn't align the roses correctly and I didn't like it at all. We also did a glued corsage, which I liked better. We've done taped corsages but this was our first glued one. I like gluing them a lot more!
Hi Gwendalou - welcome to this forum. I found it about a year ago, and it's been a lot of fun. I mostly just like growing cut flowers for informal arrangements. I would like to take a class on arranging one of these days too. You will find that there are a lot of creative people here - and Terri is one of them!
Hi Gwendalou! Thanks for sharing your arrangement. Did you make the bow? it looks great!
It's amaising how much greenery is needed for a sympathy tribute, do you have a good supply of foliage in your garden? Are you working on wedding designs again this week?
Dianne, I'm tickled pink I can link!! moi creative? oh Merci Beaucoup mon ami!
Yes, I made the bow. I fortunately have a great supply of greens - salal, evergreen huckleberry, yew, cedar (galore), boxwood. We live on 2.5 acres and are surrounded by 'greenery.' I still do buy greens, tho. I like seeded eucalyptus, tree fern, ruscus, and I have just discovered rice flower which I love. But I bought the dyed kind (didn't know it was dyed) and after a few days, the roses next to the rice flower got a blackish color. I presume it was from the rice flower because I've never seen that happen before. The stock I had in there didn't turn, just the roses.
Last night we were broken into two groups of 3 each and had to do a complete wedding in 2.5 hours. We jammed. We did a cascading bridal bouquet, handheld bridesmaid bouquet, bouts for the groom, best man, and 2 fathers, corsages for 2 moms, a centerpiece, 3 bud vases, and a half halo for the flower girl's head. We had only a certain amount of flowers - 25 roses, 9 gerberas, 10 freesia, one bunch each of wax flower, leather fern, and plumosa fern. So we had to come up with how to allocate the flowers among all those pieces, etc. I think we did a great job, considering we're novices. Both groups had really great stuff.
So I guess we're done with weddings now. Can't wait to see what we do Saturday!
Sounds like you are enjoying the class and it's good fun. You did have a lot to make!! Hope you take your camera with you next time, hint hint!!
So you don't know what you will be working on next class? do they provide the flowers?
Do you have a picture of 'rice flower'? don't think I know it, at least not by that name.
I do take my camera every class, but I don't upload them to the computer every time. I'll probably upload them Sunday. I'm not sure what we're doing Saturday. We do have a syllabus but it's not always crystal clear exactly what. I know we have a test Saturday! It also says on the syllabus, 'new design forms, the Asian influence in design, interpretive Ikebana, the European influence in design, landscape design, vertical floral design, parallel design."
Yes, they provide all the flowers. However, I think that for the interpretive design we're going to make, we can bring things from home, from our own garden, etc.
That first pic I posted up above has the rice flower in it. There are 3 flowers in there - roses, stock, and rice flower. From a distance, rice flower looks similar to a sedum in shape and color (mine was dyed). But when you get close, it's very delicate, like queen anne's lace. Let's see if I can find a pic online somewhere... Ah, there are a bunch. Google it for more pics, but here is one that looks the closest to what I had.
So glad you found us and so glad I found this thread. You do some lovely work there Gwen, looks to me like you found your niche for creativity. Looking forward to seeing more.
Terri is our leader here when it comes to arranging. We try to emulate her and really value her critique.
Don't take any noticed of her Gwen, Candee (haighr) is one of the best arrangers here!
Thanks for the rice flower picture, I don't think I've seen it at the florist around here. It does look like sedum!
Good luck with your test, I'm sure you'll do well!
It looks like you will be covering lots of designs at your class, great!
If they provide the flowers, then everyone has the same?
Looking forward to seeing what you make next... LoL!
We have the same, more or less. For instance, when we broke into two groups to do the wedding stuff last Tuesday, one group had ivory flowers and one group had hot pink flowers. The group with the ivory had wax flower as a filler while the group with the hot pink had statice. Everything else was the same - roses, gerbers, freesia, and greens.
Usually there are color choices but the flowers are the same unless there is a minor difference as with the weddings.
Here is a photo of the wedding. The photos did not turn out as well as the flowers.
Yesterday we did a basic Ikebana, a landscape, and a vertical design. I'll post pics later. I ended up not enjoying it too much. I had a cold and as the day went on, it got worse and worse. All I wanted to do is come home and get in bed. (I have my laptop in bed right now!)
I'm hoping to be better in time for tomorrow night! Right now I can't get up any enthusiasm for anything.
Oh I hope you are not coming down with that nasty thing blossom had, take care and nip it in the bud so you don't get really ill.
Thanks for your compliment Terri, but yu know you have been the leading inspiration around here.
Gwen you are really making some lovely arrangements there. What is the little band made of?
Gwen - hope Terri's fruit does the trick. Don't want you to still be sick for the next class on Tuesday. I would love to try more ikebana style arrangements, but they are so tricky to get right. Lucky you that you can take a class in it.
I did great on my written but horrid on my design. However, I think part of it was graded unfairly. For the asymmetrical arrangement, I placed the flowers exactly like we were taught and was shown in the outline in our handout, yet I was specifically marked down on that.
On my bud vase arrangement, last time I was told not to have the greens come up so high, they were supposed to be low. So I did that for the test and the comment was that the greens should have come up behind the rose. Different teachers...
We were told one of the male teachers was grading, but then they said the female teacher graded, and they both have different styles. So i felt that was unfair.
I was really depressed over it at the time. Felt I should give up flowers totally, that I was a complete failure. I've gotten over that, tho. LOL
Now you cant do that. Like you said, different teachers... different tastes. They are probably teaching you how to take criticisms more than anything. Ya'll cannot get discouraged if someone does not like your style, you have to learn to roll with that. There is someone else that will. If you cannot take the "heat" of the comments, then I guess that might be the issue? If we all quit because somone said e-yuk.. well, where would we all be? Make like a duck... now get out there again and do some more!
Like they say the beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I have always thought that if it pleased my eye, then it is right! Don't take their comments too much to heart just make them appealing to your taste, nobody likes everything all the time so one of them has to be wrong!
Hi Gwen, Well done on your written exam. Glad you've gotten over feeling miserable about it. LOL!
It is disapointing when you think you've done it right and annoying when the tutors are not consistant!!!
Right now my life is consumed with getting ready for the farmer's markets to open. We start the first weekend in May. I'll have 2 booths. One for container plants and cut flowers and the other I'm doing with a friend and serving hot food. So we're busy testing recipes, purchasing supplies, etc. We're calling our little business Sassy Tarts. LOL
Today I'm off to a master gardener workshop in Mt Vernon on Growing your Own Garden Inexpensively. While I'm gone, there will be someone here working on my garden. I've already flunked the inexpensively part. Sigh.
I couldn't get it under control and it needed heavy equipment to come in, so I caved and just hired out to get the whole thing done. I've spent hours and hours for a year now planning out the beds. I wanted the potager/parterre look. It's just over 1000 square feet, so quite large.
Today they are weeding all around the perimeter (about a 3.5-4 foot bunny-proof fence) as the tractor couldn't get that close. Then hopefully also today they'll stake and string according to the 'plan' I've given them. Tomorrow I will bring in the dirt and we'll fill in the beds. I'm still deciding between cow manure, chicken manure, and mushroom compost. Also still deciding how high to pile it. One friend who grows for the market said 12 inches. Another friend who is putting in a HUGE CSA garden right now said she did 2 inches and felt 1 inch would be sufficient. She's going to phone me today to discuss so I can make my decision.
So then after the MG workshop, there is a food show in the same town (how fortuitous!) that is being put on by a food distributor. I recently discovered that my son's girlfriend's father is the island rep for this food distributor, so I contacted him (we have never met) to see if I could buy from him for our 'catering' part of the biz and it looks like something good will work out from that. This food show just happened to be going on on the same date and location as the MG workshop, so I grabbed my catering partner and said she needed to attend the MG workshop (she also loves to garden so was happy to do so) so that we could hit both.
So that's my day and then I'll come home and watch American Idol, which I have not seen yet this season due to flower class on Tuesday nights. It was so odd to be home last night! Kinda liked it.
Hi Gwen, What cut flowers will you have on your stall? Sounds like a lot of hard wok but also great fun!
Would Sassy Tarts consider donating goodies to the Flowerpot cafe' from time to time? LOL!
Good luck with all the preparations and keep us updated mate!
I'll be selling whatever is in the garden. I was just out looking to see what would be ready for May 2nd and I'll have tulips, lily of the valley, japonica to use for greens with their little white bell flowers, possibly still some daffodils, and it looks like bleeding heart is almost ready to bloom. I have helebores too. So I'll have to figure out something with those.
I now have 3 prom orders and one small wedding!
We'll be happy to donate goodies...I'm off to the store in a bit for ingredients to practice paella, asparagus risotto, cookies, and also stuff to make a birthday cake for my oldest son's birthday. He'll be 21 and I'm heading down to Portland for Saturday night and Sunday to celebrate with him. All his friends had to go to a retreat this weekend and left him all alone. poor baby
I've been just swamped with the market and all. It has not turned out the way I envisioned so some changes will be made this week, I hope More on that later.
I did prom corsages and bout and it was great fun. I'll post pics in another thread soon. They're still all on the camera. This is my first visit to DG in ages and now I have to run out again - getting the tire fixed, then looking at chickens, then library board meetings, back to hopefully work in the yard a bit, if it stops raining, then my shift at the movie theater tonight. I'm so looking forward to seeing Sunshine Cleaning!