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Window Dressing

We had some downtime at the shop yesterday, so we busied ourselves fall-ifying the place. {Speaking of fall: in the spirit of the new season, I’m burning a gifted Rafa Natural “harvest” soy candle as I pound out this post; it’s warm, spicy heaven in a jar.} When all the day’s deliveries were done, my right-hand lady, Shanna, stopped at the local market for some big pretty pumpkins. Armed with an inspiration photo from Anthropologie — where creative merchandising dreams come true — we got to work on the front window display. Shanna and I spent the afternoon making dozens of simple little garlands by tying dyed oak leaves onto strands of raffia. I hung the garlands from our drop ceiling, knotting them together as I went until they made a web-like curtain. When that was finished, I spent a couple of hours pretending I was on Project Runway in an “unconventional challenge” (aren’t those your favorite?! mine too). I individually wired silk flowers and sheet moss to our wire mannequin until she had a …

holiday hangover: mother’s day edition

I’m slowly making my way back to the land of the living after spending the last week in a flower shop black hole. I’m a little worse for the wear this afternoon. The adrenaline is gone; the lack of sleep, hydration and decent nutrition is catching up with me — it turns out you can’t sustain on donuts and Starbucks alone past age 25, which is a real letdown– and I haven’t had a proper break to recharge. But — it was such a great week. One of the biggest challenges of small business ownership (besides the near impossibility of following through with vacation plans) is finding a team of people who get your vision and share your passion for what you do. Our small staff is incredible and dedicated, and together we powered through over 300 orders last week like it weren’t no thang. They showed up early every morning and I had to literally kick them out every night; they never complained and even forgot they were supposed to get paid when I passed out their checks Friday …

Window Dressing With Paper Flowers

Inspiration: Flourish Yesterday afternoon was rainy and quiet around the shop. It was the first mellow day since the first of the month, so after sending my staff home early for some much-deserved R&R, I searched out some happy music on Spotify and got to work springifying the place. These paper flowers were so simple to make! I used assorted scrapbook paper and cut out petal shapes of different sizes. I folded the petals accordion-style, and attached them* to a small square of cardboard for support. For each flower, I put the largest petals on the bottom, then layered the smaller petals on top of each other to build a 3-D bloom. I used textured craft paper (recycled shipping packaging from my Valentine’s vases) for the centers. I hope to find time to make more for filling up the front window and scattering around the shop. * A hot glue gun is probably ideal for this project. I didn’t want to fuss with the mess, so I used shipping tape and a heavy duty floral …

in lieu of a proper holiday recap

At the start of each holiday, I tell myself I’m going to take a bazillion behind-the-scenes snapshots around the flower shop, which I’ll use to pen a deliciously detailed Day in the Life of a Florist blog post. Won’t that be interesting?! Don’t get excited just yet; I only managed to snap five [poorly-lit] randoms with my iPhone last week. Not exactly Valentine’s recap worthy, I’m afraid… womp womp. But God willing, I have a lot more holidays ahead of me, so let’s not give up on the idea just yet, mmkay? There’s always Mother’s Day. In the meantime, I give you my best shot captured in the melee: my handsome husband — snagged for a couple of days from his new job because FLOWER SHOP SOS — holding one of my favorite bouquets from the week. Now without boring you with the details of the hand-wringing dramafest of six missing cases of flowers, the impracticality of TOMS ballet flats when spending hours on your feet, or the intense planning/organization that resulted in the first V-Day in …