A few garden moments from last year... Cobwebs, compost, dog, messes - it's all part of the process. If you are interested in supporting this cutting garden project, consider a summer bouquet subscription. Click here for details.
A couple of weeks ago Cam and I began chatting about how she could freshen up her bridal line for an upcoming wedding show. Her hand stitched flowers can be added to a hair comb, sash, flower crown, and even a bouquet. They do make for a lovely accessory, but we were curious to see how they would pair with fresh flowers as well- we thought my designs might give them a look that is a bit more current for today's brides. I found that including a few of her blooms made designing a cascading bouquet a breeze and I always love the look of a single large bloom worn in the hair.
The Ribbonry's work is bespoke and the shop is open by appointment.
Last October, I had the pleasure of co-designing a tablescape for the Art in Food event, at the Toledo Museum of Art. Cam Nitschke of The Ribbonry in Perrysburg and I collaborated on a design inspired by dutch master Rachel Ruysch's, Flower Still Life. When Cam and I began working together, she had already chosen this piece to work from - her choice was serendipitous as I had previously studied this painting for an earlier floral project.
Cam's arcing and bobbing hand stitched millinery flowers added a painterly effect to our finished piece that could not have been achieved with fresh flowers alone. Upon close inspection of the painting, you may notice bugs and butterflies - our arrangement was no different, with preserved butterflies and stitched caterpillars creeping along leaves. The accents of pewter, linen, china, and salt pulled together the elements of a Dutch merchant's dinner party. Peek through...
About two years ago, my husband and I decided it was time to buy a new house. One that more closely reflected what is important to us at this point in our lives. The top item on my list was a yard large enough for an extensive cutting garden. One that could supply all of the wonderful garden bits that are so meaningful to my design style. So we got the yard, one that's big enough for me to putter in, but not overwhelming and not so large that I would attempt becoming a farmer florist! This past spring I decided that occasionally the abundance of blooms may not match up with a wedding or were more than I needed and that I ought to offer a weekly bouquet service. I spent the spring and summer testing this idea on a group of flower friends. Their feedback was so positive that I am happy to say that I have added LODEN BOUQUETS to my offerings. LODEN BOUQUETS is a weekly bouquet subscription, specializing in locally grown flowers, herbs, and foliages gathered and ready to place in your vase at home. The collections featured this past season included all of those wonderful bits in combinations that were both familiar and fresh...
Would you be interested in weekly bouquets for your home throughout the summer growing season? Here's the low down...
-Flowers are sourced from the LODEN cutting gardens and a few other local gardens that have granted picking privileges. Occasionally interesting or unexpected elements are foraged and used.
-The program runs from May thru September, a roughly 16 week growing season. However, expect 10-12 bouquets total. There are inevitably lulls in the garden and sometimes I like to take a vacation - so, you'll be updated on the garden progress and you'll receive a weekly pick up reminder via text message.
-Pick ups will be at the office at 219 Louisiana Ave in downtown Perrysburg on Wednesday afternoons. Exact times to be announced. If you happen to be out of town, feel free to send a friend in your place or let me know and I'll make sure your bouquet is donated to Hospice on East River Road.
-Investment: The program runs like most subscriptions services. Payment up front guarantees you a summer of bouquets. The cost is $150 for the season. If you love the idea but feel you won't make use of the full share, consider splitting it with a friend. Payments are nonrefundable.
There are a limited number of subscription spots available for 2017. Please visit the online shop to register for your LODEN BOUQUETS .
For more photos from this past season, check out #lodencuttinggarden
MOTHER'S DAY IS MAY 8TH
Buy your mama a bouquet of flowers this Mother's Day - It's such a sweet gesture and she'll love them! We'll be choosing beautiful color palettes and lovely blooms for an extra special presentation. Available arranged in a glass vase or hand tied and ready for her own vessel. Vased arrangements begin at $65 and hand tied bouquets begin at $45. Please call (419.277.7999) or email (email@example.com) to place your order.
Pick Up Options:
Friday evening, May 6th at Earth To Oven in Sylvania during the Art Walk or Saturday late morning at our office in Perrysburg.
Deliveries will go out on Saturday May 7th, flowers will be left if recipient is not home. $15 fee
During the quiet months of winter, I often enjoy taking on a design project for the pure joy of it. Winter is appropriate in part because I have the luxury of time to spend thinking and playing with an idea and in part because I crave the freshness of flowers throughout our cold months. This winter I was inspired by Art in Bloom, a springtime exhibit hosted by museums across the country, and chose to embark on an independent study of Toledo Museum of Art's works alongside my florals. After choosing a few obvious pieces and a few personal favorites, I took time to think about particular flowers, colors, and forms that felt representative of the artwork. This project was immensely rewarding by allowing me to design with new varieties of flowers and design styles, playing with photography, and exploring our fabulous museum in a new way. So much so that I've decided, I will continue to explore this study throughout the year in order to play more with artwork that inspires me at different times of the year and the seasonality of flowers at those times. Enjoy a look at part one...
Flower Still Life, Rachel Ruysch
Icelandic Poppies, Garden Roses, Carnations, Ranunculus, Parrot Tulips, Spirea, Sweet Pea
Flower Brooch, Sterle' Jewelers
Dancer Resting, Henri Matisse
Fritillaria, Ferns, Roses, Ranunculus, Anthirium, Icelandic Poppies, Heather
Still Life with Bottle, Giorgio Morandi
Flowers and Fruit, Henri Fantin-Latour
When Crystal and Tim began discussing their September 2015 wedding with me, I really wasn't sure what form it was going to take. Plenty of ideas were tossed around over the course of a year. However, a couple of requests that never altered were to have a very bodacious bouquet with gorgeous statement ribbon, and dahlias! Flowers were important to the day, and I was given wide berth on what to use to fulfill their vision. Mossy weathered pots, marbled votives, and terrariums from Lead Head Glass were combined for an updated garden look. Heaps of cafe au lait dahlias combined with gobs of garden roses, limelight hydrangeas, and autumn clematis were used throughout. Crystal and Tim were that special couple that has a vision, but who were eager to foster a relationship with me and ultimately trust in my skills to bring about that vision.
Event Design & Coordination: Crowning Celebrations
Photography: Kristen Nicole Photography
Venue: Toledo Country Club
Flowers: Lia Colapietro Floral
A few of Kristen's lovely images from the day...
A few of my quick images from the day...
Flower life has been good lately. With the bulk of my weddings in the fall this year, I've had the opportunity to fill my summer calendar working for other designers. Seeing old flower friends and making new ones is a really special part of my job. A few years ago I didn't know freelancing was an option, and now I'd miss it if I didn't get to do it.
In addition to freelancing, I spent time working on the Flower House preview. If you haven't heard, check it out. October in Detroit, mark your calendars!
Here's a peek. All photos are quickie phone shots because I'm usually busy, hot, tired...
This was a pinch me moment in my career. I'm sure I never said to myself that I would love to work for Saipua someday, because it never occurred to me that it would be an option. Sarah, the head honcho, has been an inspiration to so so many florists and I am no exception. When I discovered her work a few years ago, I was ready to move on to a new career. She's the reason I'm still in the game. So when you hear she's coming to Detroit, you make sure to get on the designer list!
Sue from Passionflower in Ann Arbor working her magic. I seriously learn a lot from this lady.
It's March! And I have a number of flowery things coming up...
First up, a couple of collaborations to share with you.
March 13 & 14, the Knight Nature Preserve in Perrysburg will be hosting an antique and vintage sale. I am excited to be providing florals for one special vendor. My dad and his wife are avid collectors and sellers, stop by their well curated booth - just maybe you'll get some flowers out of it!
March 14, from 5-7:30, I will be hanging out at Earth to Oven in Sylvania for their Wedding Mixer. Owners, Veronica and Lori will be hosting an evening of wedding cake tasting and I will be on hand to showcase and discuss wedding flowers. This will be a fun casual night, so if big bridal shows scare you off, this will be a low key way to meet and chat!
If you love flowers and DIY, or are just looking for something fun to do with friends, there are a couple of spring floral classes coming up. Click here for details and registration.
As I spent some time thinking about how I wanted to spend my winter, one of the items on my to do list was a styled photo shoot. The kind where I plan and style the look however I choose. It's fun, playful, and a way for me to boost my portfolio.
What culminated was a really fab group of wedding professionals pooling their talents for this little project. So on a particularly frigid day last week, I hauled my flowers and props to The Savory Suite in Perrysburg and set to work. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!
Big thanks go out to the following...
Photography: Mary of Mary Wyar Photography
Stationary: Kelly of UpperCase Designs
Calligraphy: Yvonne of Max and Molly Design
Cake: Veronica of Earth To Oven
Location: The Savory Suite
Makeup: Aislinn Colapietro (upon request)
Order a little (or big!) something sweet for someone special. Share some love with whomever you choose - sweeties, parents, grandparents, besties... It's February in Ohio, we could all use a little fresh to brighten our day. Plan ahead, call early, and I'll put together a really lovely arrangement!
Did you know that you can purchase locally grown Meyer lemons? Well you can.
While I normally make lemon curd or sorbet with my lemons, this yearI got it into my head that I wanted to make a citrus wreath for myself for the new year. I crave bringing fresh elements into the house throughout the winter, for the boost they give me. I began with a call to Hoen's Garden Center . The plan was to have lemons with plenty of foliage still attached, so I asked if I could come take a look at their very old lemon tree (it's huge, for a lemon tree in Ohio!). Stephanie, who is responsible for Hoen's lovely photography and marketing, was very generous and let my husband, Sam, and I snip to our hearts content. So while Sam, a chef, is working on edibles and I will be enjoying our new wreath...
I did add bay leaf, rosemary, cedar and magnolia branches to give more texture and support, which I was pretty sure would be needed as the lemon foliage dried. My new clippers, a gift from Sam matched the job perfectly!
So much to do this month! I do love the hustle and bustle of it though. Just before hibernation sets in. Over the next few weeks, you can come by the studio to shop or to take a class. The details are below. Happy Holidays!
OPEN STUDIO HOURS:
These classes are a fun way to hang out with friends, make a gift, or treat yourself. In all of the classes we will be using an assortment of winter foliages and foraged materials. Please call or email to register in advance, or shop online. Further details for each class can be found in the shop section at the top of the page or by clicking the link under the photos. If you'd like to sign up for more than one class, contact me directly for a 15% discount. Hope to see you!
Tonight seems to be the first really cold fall night so far. Wind. Rain. Fairly certain the amazing dahlias I've been growing all season are doomed tonight. Just in time to dig them up for storage and a move (more on that in the future, more room for more flowers!). It's chilly and I'm bored, most of our belongings are packed away, so I decided to do a little photo work on the computer.
The cafe au lait dahlias made the work extra lovely. However, I am trying to decide if I feel like a one trick pony after using them relentlessly. You can decide for yourself.
You know what else made these past months extra lovely - the very awesome clients who gave me free reign to do what I do best.
Here's a recap...
Special thanks to Bridget at Decisive Moment Photojournalism for the next six lovely shots. And for a being a trooper even though my studio felt like a sauna that day!
Back in May, I spent a week soaking up the goodness that is Italy. Most of my time was spent in Umbria and Tuscany, which meant slow strolling through the countryside and quaint towns. All the climbing roses, geraniums and olive trees that a girl could hope for. I had lofty visions of creating lush arrangements while I was there, however when you get scolded for killing baby olives, it puts a damper on your plans! All in all, it was pretty dreamy - enjoy the flora...
I am so excited to announce three upcoming floral classes! Also I really flexed my tech muscles and made all of the classes available for purchase right here on this website. Just head on up to the shop option at the top of the page to register and purchase your class. Looking forward to it!
This is the Easter Pot et Fleur (April 17, 2014). My take on the Victorian era design of combining potted plants and fresh flowers. This style ends up looking really lush, yet really economical. After your flowers are spent, replace them with another potted plant. For this class we'll use spring blooms, vines, foliage and blooming branches to create our arrangements. You are looking at months of enjoyment! Keep it or give it - This piece would make an excellent centerpiece for Easter brunch. Plant and flower combinations may vary, however the look will remain the same.
Cost: $75 plus tax
Next we have the hanging May Day Basket (April 30,2014). Revisit the bygone springtime holiday of May Day, we will gather on May Day Eve to create these sweet mossy baskets. Tradition has it that you hang a basket of spring flowers on someone's door, if you get caught you are in for a smooch. Or just keep it for yourself!
Cost: $35 plus tax
And lastly, The Mother's Day Cuff (May 8, 2014). Fun for any Mom, or any cool lady. We will decorate our cuff with assorted succulents, hardy foliage and other botanical bits. The class is on a Thursday, but they are super long lasting and will look great if you have something special planned for Sunday. When the fresh elements are spent you will still have a simple metal cuff, ready for a new design!
Cost: $30 plus tax
*** All classes will be held at Angel 101, 101 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg OH***
***Attendees must register and pay ahead of time. Nonrefundable***
Last weekend I couldn't resist the tulips, anemones, calla lilies, and ranunculus from my local grower. I also couldn't resist a few snips of the winter blooming geranium from my mom's collection, because geranium in the winter reminds me of Paris in the winter - which is dreamy.
There was work to be done! In part because I have some classes coming up (to be announced next week, stay tuned) and also because I hadn't designed anything that I liked in awhile. So after I took care of my class samples, this is what became of the leftovers...