Ribbon Shopping in Paris – Part One


Paris is my favorite city in the world.  I love the architecture, the color of the buildings, the various neighborhoods, the gardens.  A recent opportunity brought me back to Paris, a dream come true. Only there for a few days, I knew I had to make the most of my time.  Forget about seeing the typical tourist sites. I was going shopping! Top on my list was to explore the various neighborhoods, searching for items I could incorporate into my wedding designs. Ribbons seemed like the perfect item to search for. In talking with friends who know the city well and through my own research, I ran across one shop that seemed like the perfect place to start.  Ultramod is a mercerie, located in the 2nd Arrondissement. A shop that has been around for over 100 years, they have two store fronts directly across a quiet street from each other. Stepping into the main store,Read More

Tutorial: Hanging Apple Vase


Recently, I had a bride who wanted to include green apples into her floral design.  Her colors were lime green with navy and green apples went well with her vision.  I looked at an apple, trying to envision a new way of using them.  Then I found an idea of turning the apple into a vessel to hold flowers.  An adorable look we used to line the ceremony aisle, the perfect touch to her wedding! I wanted to share with you how to make your own hanging apple vase with this tutorial. The supplies you need are pretty minimal. These were all found in my kitchen and craft closet. If you don’t have exactly the same tools as I show, I am sure you can find a substitute in your home that will work. You will need: Grapefruit spoon Paring knife Apple Small flowers and greens Small and large skewers RibbonRead More

French Country Garden Wedding Inspiration


Wedding Tours are a new wedding show trend, giving couples a chance to view multiple venues in a city or area on the same day.  For the recent Skagit Wedding Tour, I helped plan the decor at one of my favorite venues, Christianson’s Nursery. Our inspiration was a French Country Brunch, in shades of lavender and cream. One of my favorite items to plan for a wedding is the dinning table. For this look, we chose to feature a rustic farm table and wooden chairs.  The florals were a combination of potted lavender plants and urns overflowing with garden flowers. The venue offers two ceremony locations, one of which was set in the historic school house. The front porch is the perfect location for an entry table. The school house offers a perfect blank wall to create wall art on.  This is one of my new favorite ways to frame a couple for theirRead More

How To Make A Floral Crown


To help celebrate Midsummer Solstice, many people wear flower crowns. Here is a quick guide on how to make your own crown. Making a flower crown can be a fun project to do. Offering lots of creative opportunities, the look can change with the flowers and colors chosen. Step One: Gather Your Supplies You will need the follow items to make your floral crown: floral tape floral wire clippers fresh flowers The first few items can be found at your local craft store.  Flowers can be purchased from your florist, local store, farmers market or picked from your own garden. I chose to use ranunculus, poppies and anemones for this example. It is important that you gather your flowers and let them sit in water for a few hours, so they are nice and hydrated before you start making your crown.  Some flowers last longer out of water than others, so testRead More

On the Flower Farm – Spring Planting


Growing flowers is a large part of who I am as a floral designer. I actually consider myself a farmer florist, someone who grows the flowers they design with.  My garden in the Seattle area is a source of constant inspiration for me and a place where I find peace. I realized I tend to only take pictures of my finished floral designs, not of the process that leads up to it.  A goal of mine this year is to capture the process, starting with planting in the Spring. Starting in February, I start seeds inside my house.  Some plants take as long as 12 weeks before they are ready to be placed in the garden outside.  I am always amazed at how quickly a seed can turn into a plant in such a short time.  These seeds and plant are scabiosa zinnias. I source seeds from many places, including harvestingRead More