just another day at the office

I don’t get to share details from our flower shop very often on the blog. Most days fly by so quickly, I don’t have time to snap any photos between design work, delivery deadlines, suppliers, and customers. I love those busy days, but there just never seem to be enough hours to get everything done!

Then there are days like yesterday, when the shop is quiet and peaceful, there are no pressing deadlines, and I can work by myself at my own pace and take extra time for the special details. I spent the afternoon working on a garden-themed wedding order for a sweet bride named Mary.

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If you’d told me five years ago I’d be running a flower shop one day, I’d think you were crazy. At this very moment, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Last night, C and I had a big talk about the future of the business, which led into a serious blessing-counting session as we rehashed the challenges we’ve faced since taking over the daily operations from his parents. A total makeover of the store, staff changes, tough lessons in “the customer is always right“, learning the ins-and-outs of supply management, cutting costs in a difficult economy, and hundreds of other daily ups-and-downs over the last 12 months. It’s been quite a ride…

The flower business is never going to make us rich, but — to get all Mastercard commercial on you — the lessons we’ve learned in the past year about leadership and our marriage are priceless. I’m so thankful that our family trusted us enough to hand over the reigns of the successful business they spent over a decade building, and that we have the opportunity to keep it in the family through another generation.

I’m so excited to see what 2012 has in store for us!

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17 Comments

  1. Scrap that, just saw the post below. Now I know!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  2. The flowers are lovely, but where did you get those shoes?! :)

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  3. papierpop wrote:

    Hey! I am really inspired by your flowers! The look so fresh and the detail is exquisite! Being surrounded by flowers probably puts you in a good mood every day! :)

    Posted 3.8.12 Reply
    • Thank you so much! It’s a lot of hard work, but so rewarding :-) And you’re right, it’s hard to be grumpy when you’re surrounded by pretty flowers all day.

      Posted 3.8.12 Reply
  4. heidi wrote:

    so fun to see a glimpse into your workday, i love the rows of ribbon & cute cards you attach to the arrangements, i’m so glad you shared this with us!

    Posted 3.4.12 Reply
  5. Allison wrote:

    These all look absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I think floral arrangements are so fun, and it’s amazing how tasteful and lovely everything you make is! I wish I could get married sometime soon to get your bouquets… haha!

    Posted 2.28.12 Reply
  6. Delaney wrote:

    Love all of these photos. Gorgeous flower arrangements for the bride!
    Congratulations with the successful flower shop!
    Delaney
    xx

    Posted 2.28.12 Reply
  7. Renee wrote:

    The flowers are beautiful! And I think it’s wonderful that you’re able to work at something you enjoy…especially in those awesome shoes!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  8. Jaime wrote:

    Absolutely lovely!!!! thank you for sharing!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  9. Anne wrote:

    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and I love it. Your style is similar to mine, and I love your personality.

    Posted 2.26.12 Reply
  10. Rebecca wrote:

    Beautiful bouquets! And I love how you do your labels. So cute! Your shop looks cleaner and more organized than mine… :)

    Posted 2.26.12 Reply
    • I’m a wee bit OCD, Rebecca. I try to keep the shop as organized as possible, but sometimes it looks like a cat 5 hurricane blew through. The cleaning never ends!

      Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  11. caffeinerd wrote:

    Beautiful arrangements! An inspiring post :)

    Posted 2.26.12 Reply
  12. Z wrote:

    Beautiful arrangements/pictures! I can tell you treat your customers so well! Best of luck with the future of the business! :]]]

    -Z
    zplustheworld.tumblr.com

    Posted 2.26.12 Reply
  13. Those arrangements are so beautiful.

    Posted 2.26.12 Reply