Weekend Update

Weekend Update

The last of my outfits from my summer 30 for 30, a peek at the florals I designed for a wedding at Mackay Gardens, and a fun night of music and celebration at the Gram Parsons Derry Down.

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Checking In

Checking In

I’m like, “hey, whatsup, hello!”

That break was longer than I planned. I just haven’t felt very inspired to blog lately; mostly because I’m tired. ;)

In the last seven months, I: moved our business, arranged — then rearranged — the new space; sourced new retail lines for an in-store gift boutique; survived three major floral holidays; designed and delivered a couple dozen weddings and corporate events; brought in new team members; hosted a handful of after-hours events in the shop; processed over 2000 “everyday” orders and deliveries; and managed all the day-to-day stuff of small business ownership (taxes, inventory, customer service, taxes, business plans, marketing, more taxes).

It’s an amazing time of transition and growth for our small business. When I melt into the couch at the end of each day with a big glass of wine, my heart is so full of gratitude it could burst. But pouring all my creative energy into my day job doesn’t leave much in the tank for nurturing hobbies.

Unless Netflix binging is a hobby, in which case, I’m killing it.

I just finished watching all nine seasons of The Office (the American version) and cried my way through the final episodes last week. At the end of the series finale, Phyllis says, “I’m happy that this was all filmed so I can remember everyone and what we did. I worked for a paper company all these years and I never wrote anything down.”

It reminded me why I love blogging.

On the surface, this space is a journal of my daily outfits with some posts about my favorite beauty products and the occasional crafty pursuit; but it’s layered with stories and anecdotes of my life over the last six years: from the days when I worked at the flower shop part time to help my mom-in-law while I “figured out my journey,” to our official purchase of the business and first relocation four years ago, to this crazy present moment.

Like the Dunder Mifflin archives, there’s a lot of monotony in the reel of this blog; but precious details and meaningful memories are fossilized in all these ordinary, everyday posts.

So even if I disappear for months at a time, I’m not leaving this little corner of the Internet any time soon. There’s still so much to document.

Thanks for sticking around.

 

How To Make A Succulent Garden

How To Make A Succulent Garden

Making succulent gardens for clients is one of my favorite things to do at the flower shop. The only problem: I always want to keep them for myself!

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I’m Still Alive!

Hi, Internet! It’s been a minute.

C recently mentioned that I should update the blog, and I was all, “what’s it been, two, three weeks?” Oh, a month and a half? Mmmkay.

I didn’t intend to go dark for so long. I thought I’d take a little breather from posting while we prepared for the start of a busy retail holiday season and the relocation of our flower shop, but then one week turned to two, and then six, and… well, November 2015 may go down in history as the fastest month of all time.

Let’s catch up!

While I was out, I:

Turned 31. Admittedly, I wasn’t as easy-breezy about this birthday as my 30th — I’m officially ‘in my 30s’ now? — but my family and friends made it extra sweet and special.

Renewed my library card and read some good books.

Watched all seven seasons of 30 Rock on Netflix.

Impulsively decided all our furniture and fixtures would be cuter in the new space with some fresh color, and spent the two weekends before our move painting everything in sight.

Made and delivered dozens of Thanksgiving centerpieces.

Moved our flower shop in four days during the holiday weekend. “We’ll be closed anyway,” I said at the beginning of the month, “it’ll be a piece of cake!” [Insert the wide-eyed emoji right here. Heck, insert three.]

Learned how to successfully remove frosted vinyl and adhesive from plate glass windows.

Squeezed in some quality time with family for the holiday.

Spent a lot of time in Lowe’s.

Celebrated my husband’s birthday. Bless his heart, he spent his work vacation carrying boxes and furniture, organizing contractors, and knocking down walls in the new shop. (I love you, babe!)

Drank a lot of wine.