Business, Classes, Events, Fall, Holidays, Seasons, Shopping, Subscriptions, Table Designs, Thanksgiving

Post Show Wrap Up

Oh how I’d love to say that last Saturday’s Show was a huge success…even a moderate success would be oh so nice to say. Unfortunately, no one came to this event. I’m not going to go into why I think this wasn’t well attended because I feel that it’s better to focus on what went right.

First I must give a huge thank you to Janis @livingminiatures. She was supposed to have her own booth but due to an injury wasn’t able to make her product…so she came to help me all day. In 90 degree weather at an outdoor show. I am always so thankful for her continued support and her ability to sell me better than I do. Be sure to check out her Instagram page and get you orders in for the holidays. Her stuff is so adorable!

We were given only about an hour and a half to set up. Needless to say I was quite nervous that it wouldn’t be done in time since when we had done the Art & Garden Show we took much longer than that. But I took what I learned from that experience and things went much faster this time. I didn’t use the pop up this time, opting for umbrellas. So those went up easily and were moveable as the sun moved.

I decorated the booth in heavy fall designs since most of the product was in Halloween or fall designs. I also didn’t have a lot of product opting to focus more on my services rather than the product itself.

We did have great booth placement in the fact that as soon as people drove onto the property they saw my booth…the negative was because I was at the end, people used my booth as a walk through. Anyway…I placed a fully dressed table at the front of my booth to promote orders for holiday centerpieces. Ahem…that’s a good hint for you too dear reader. Get your orders in now! Just shoot me an email and we can discuss.

At the back of the booth was a six foot table of which I had my lantern pieces available. A fun and colorful display that I put on a hay bale. (Note to self…don’t use candles on hot days).

So sad looking.

The other end of the table had a display of upcoming classes. No good pictures of that but here’s a sample of the Halloween fresh flower class. Cute right? You could make this! Click on the classes link at the top of the page to sign up.

The table that separated my booth from my neighbor’s was a combo of my faux-get-me-not arrangements and fresh. I placed the faux work on another, smaller hay bale that was in a wooden wine crate.

The fresh were put on stacks of wood rounds.

I also hung my acorn pieces from the umbrellas. You may be able to see that in the full booth picture. But here’s a close up of those adorable acorns. A reminder that those are for sale on my website…just click on the shop button on top of the page.

And for someone who just wanted a little touch of flowers, I made tussie-mussies that I hung on a manzanita branch. I just think they are so cute! See pic below.

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Exciting News!!!

Hi All!  There is so much going on in the Marmalade Sky universe.   I’m so excited to share it with y’all (yep…I said y’all).  

Disclaimer: yesterday I added items to the website not knowing they were posting straight to my FB page. In this post I’m talking about those very same things…but in a little more detail. So I apologize for the many posts…sort of. 😉

 

Classes:

You may have seen my FaceBook and Instagram “Mark your Calendar” post.  Here’s a little more detail on the up and coming classes.  These will also be listed on the events page and you will be able to sign up from the website.    

 

Sunday, October 27 10am-noon:  Learn how to make fresh fall flowers into a fun Halloween themed arrangement.  Perfect to place on your porch to greet your trick-or-treaters, use as a centerpiece on your dining room table, or place on your desk for some festive flair.  

 

Sunday, October 27 1pm-3pm:  Make a fun and pretty sugar pine cone decoration that will move from Thanksgiving into the Christmas season.  We will be making two “toppers” that you can easily interchange between the holidays.   

Sunday, December 15 10am-noon:  Learn to make an evergreen centerpiece and to change the design throughout the season.  Bring cuttings from your Christmas tree or any ornaments you may want to include.

 

JUST LISTED!  Sunday, December 15 1pm-3pm:  In this classyou will learn how to take a pre-made evergreen wreath and add ornaments, ribbons, and baubles to fit any décor.  

All classes are $45 and are fun and relaxing.  Snacks and beverages are included. If you sign up for both classes for the same day, you will receive $10 off the total.   I hope to see you in class! Psst! If you click here it will take you to the sign up page.

 

New Products:

I’ve been having fun working with faux flowers and I’m excited to start my new line of products called….wait for it… Faux Get Me Not.   So cute right??   You can find these items on the website. Unlike my fresh flowers these can be shipped anywhere in the US.  Here’s a few of the products you will find on the Shopping page.  Currently listed are fall items, but keep a look out for winter items as well.  The website will be updated frequently. Click here to order!

 

Teal & Gold Acorn Ornament

Fall Succulent Basket
Halloween Lantern Swag

Holiday Subscription Packages:

It seems that during the holidays we are always more aware of keeping the house or office a tad more festive.  What better way than fresh flower bouquets that accent your seasonal décor. While I offer a year-round subscription service, I’m offering two different holiday packets: one for the month of November and one for December. Both packages will consist of a total of 4 deliveries (3 standard bouquets and a final centerpiece design) for $160.  Ring in the New Year by signing up for both months and receive a New Years bouquet for only $20!

 

These holiday packages along with the regular subscription services make great gifts for friends and family.   Sorry, but at this time we can only do deliveries in Sonoma and Marin Counties.  Click here to sign up now!

 

Holiday Orders:

Please contact me directly via email if you have special orders for the holidays.  That could include garland, wreaths or centerpieces.  Please give me two weeks’ notice when placing orders.  

 

Whew!!   There was a lot more to talk about than I first thought!   I’m super excited with everything going on here at Marmalade Sky.   Keep checking the website as things are changing frequently.   I’ll have a gallery going up soon as well.  

 

Also, please let me know if you are having any troubles with the website (i.e. links not working, etc.)

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Business

Top 3 Ways to Push Through the Road Block

More times than not, I find myself not fully engaged. Whether it’s hiding myself away from the world (I.e. chain reading…literally starting another the minute I finish one) or avoiding doing tasks that need completing. This is my automatic. Meaning when I’m feeling overwhelmed, depressed, tired, bored, etc….I hibernate. Unfortunately that can last weeks at times. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m doing it.

Trust me, I’m working on not withdrawing into my cocoon…it’s a main topic of discussions with my therapist. We talk about recognizing that is my state of mind and giving it a time limit. Because it’s totally OK to hunker down and hide for a day. My problem is it can last weeks.

I especially hate that I let my hibernation, affect my business and my health. But this is a business blog so we will focus there…not saying your health doesn’t affect your business…

So what do I do to push through that block?

Make Lists

While I may shut down at times, my mind may be going a million different directions. Right now, I’m coming off of the Art & Garden Festival and moving into doing a few craft festivals for the holidays. So my mind is doing a post mortem on the Festival: what went wrong? what went right? what do I want to do differently? However my mind is also in November (shutter) on a craft show and now I’m thinking about what to make, how to display, how much to make, etc.

What clears my head are lists. A list for just about anything. It can be a to do list, an inventory list, a shopping list, whatever it is that will clear the clutter. Maybe a list format isn’t for you. Maybe your a more brainstorming or mind mapping type person. Maybe journaling is better for you. You do you…just get it out of your head.

Do One Thing

So now that your list or brainstorm is done…do one thing on the list. You’ll be surprised how doing just one task, no matter how small, will kick start you again. There is nothing more satisfying than checking an item off your list. Confession time…I’ve been known to write something on a list that I’ve already done just so I can check it off. Even if you skipped the list making part, just doing one task will get you past that block.

Organize

I like my ducks in a row…sometimes to a fault…but when I’m unorganized I don’t think as well. I’m not one of those creative people who thrive in chaos…not judging at all. As anyone who has ever worked with me knows…don’t touch my freakin’ pencils. I want be on the phone and blindly reach for a pencil knowing exactly where it is. Don’t move anything on my desk either, it’s where I want it, you don’t sit here so don’t move it.

A lot of time when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed is when I’m not organized. Taking some time to put things away where they belong, doing my filing, or…going back to step one…making a list.

So that’s my three things that get me past my blocks. Get me moving forward. Get me out of hibernation. Word of warning though, do not get so bogged down in writing lists or organizing that you use it as a tool to procrastinate your end goal.

What gets you past your road blocks? I would love to learn some tips from you!

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Business, Events, Flower Designs

Review of My First Show

As you know, from all my posts of late, I set up a booth at my hometown’s Art & Garden Festival. It was a lot of prep work, long hours, and hot weather…and extremely fun.

The first question I’m asked is “How did it go?” And that is hard to tell…I have mixed feelings.

I barely sold anything. And even though I offered to hold items until the end of the show, not many wanted to buy fresh flowers especially on such a hot day. So that was disappointing.

However, I got a lot of business cards and postcards into people’s hands. People I hadn’t ever met and do not follow my social media accounts. So that was a big plus and pretty much my main goal.

I also gained some potential business contacts of which I’m excited about. Even if they don’t pan out…at least I know that something I created was appreciated.

Janis, my booth mate, and I were asked to participate in a craft show in November because we had very unique items. A huge positive to the day.

What did I learn? Well…pardon the expression…but a shit ton. I learned you can never be too organized. Even with the trial run through the previous weekend, we still scrambled through some of the set up.

Also, know your product. I had a beautiful arrangement at the front of the booth that was very unique but I could not tell people what one of the flowers were (it’s not a commonly used one) and I struggled until I was lucky enough to have my grower come through the booth. So I asked her and wrote it down! After that I confidently told everyone that asked.

The white airy flower to the right of the pic is called Agrostemma.

I learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of doing. Faced the unknown of running a booth and put myself out there like I have never done before. Yay, me! Look at me…adulting again!

The best part was meeting people and talking with them about anything. People in my community that I see as I drive around town and some that I’ve never seen before. People from all walks of life. Watching the diversity of my town…it may not be a huge diversity but it’s there if you are paying attention.

The third question I’ve been getting: “Will I do this again?” Yes, but in a different way. What that way will be I’m not sure yet. I still have a little work to do. Gather thoughts and ideas. But yes, I will be there next year…so be sure to look for me.

As always, the love and support of friends and family was wonderful and I am forever grateful for it. It’s easier to make the decisions to step outside my comfort zone knowing there is a support system there for me. I love you all. ❤️

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Business, Events, Holidays

Happenings (and Happy 4th!)

Just a quick little update on a few things…then I’ll let you get back to your holiday weekend.

Website Updates

The subscription service page is up and running. I’ve been wanting to start a delivery service for a while now so beginning the week of July 22, the service will be live…but you can order now, just click on the link above. Are you an enthusiast, a lover or a fanatic?

Art & Garden Festival

Petaluma’s Art & Garden Festival is Sunday, July 14…just a little over a week away. I’ll be sharing a booth with my friend Janis from Living Miniatures. Our booth number is F73…located on Kentucky Street close to Washington. Please, please, please come see us!

New Family Member

My friend and fellow floral designer Carolina just added a new member to her family. Meet little Charlotte.

Carolina, Diego, Chloe & Charlotte

Carolina has been with me on this floral journey since the very beginning. We met in our first class and quickly became the dynamic duo. She helps me with wedding work and recently stood for way too many hour doing arrangements for Mother’s Day…while 7 months pregnant. I am hoping Carolina’s incredible designer talent has been passed along to the next generation!

That’s about it right now…told you this would be quick.

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Business, Events, Flower Designs

Quick Catch-Up

I had another blog all written but when I don’t post them right away I know that I really wasn’t feeling it. So it’s now erased and I’m starting anew with this quick little catch-up. (Is there not a ketchup emoji? I really wanted one…just to be punny.)

Save the date!

My friend Janis and have signed up for a booth at the Petaluma Art & Garden Festival on Sunday, July 14. This is a first time for both of us to do a show like this. We would much appreciate you coming to see us and spread the word, please! We are very excited and hope this is the start of participating in more events like this one.

SF Succulent Society Show

Janis and I went to this show last weekend and it was cray-cray to say the least. I think they were a little overwhelmed on how many people attended due to advertising on FB for the first time. While it was a zoo and my claustrophobia was very much tested, we came away with some great plants that we will be incorporating into our work. The show was just in time for us to make our purchases before the Art & Garden Festival!

Bouquet To Arts

I love the Bouquet To Arts Show at the deYoung Museum. Honestly I didn’t think I would go this year, but it happened to be the same weekend as the succulent show and both are located in Golden Gate Park. We did not see the entire show but what we did see was spectacular as always. Aaaaand the fact that I had met up with my friends Doug & Ali who were members and got us in under their memberships.

Waterlily Pond Studios did a phenomenal display in the front entrance. It’s called eclipse. It is 14′ in diameter and 1200lbs. There are 10,000 flowers used. AND IT SPINS! My pictures don’t do it justice.

I have to say, the arrangement below is one of my favorites. It’s really simple but it matches the art that it is paired with really well. Now normally, unless your mechanics are decorative you are supposed to cover them up. In this case you can see the pin frogs but I think it adds to the artistry of the piece.

Here are few other arrangements from the show.

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Pop Up Shop – The Finale

Note: I wrote this last week and then forgot to post it! As I state below…I was exhausted. So sorry for the delay in my pop up shop recap.

I’m sure by now you’re tired of hearing about the pop up shop but I feel I would be remiss in not sharing how the event went and all the things I learned from it.

To be honest, it’s exhausting and stressful, but so very rewarding and worth every sleepless night.

First of all, the event was perfect and was exactly how I wanted it to be. There were many new people that I was able to meet and honestly I think that was the best part. I also liked that I was able to help promote my friend’s products as well. There is nothing like a good collaboration to boost sales for all parties involved.

I made more arrangements this time than prior and thus sold more. Had I made the same amount I would have been sold out by noon. While that would ave been nice, I wouldn’t have met the new people that came by the shop and I wouldn’t have sold more…yes more than the previous year. Yay me!

I always look back on an event and think about what went well, what didn’t, and what I would change next time. So here’s how my internal conversation went:

So what went well…a number of things actually. As stated previously collaborating with my friends brought in a fresh audience and gave me other items to sell besides flowers and added visual interest to the shop. It gave me another narrative to tell my guests. I really look forward to expanding on that next year. If there is anyone out there wanting to sell their handcrafted products, give me a shout and maybe we can work together.

Tiny nurseries by Living Miniatures. Livingminiatures707@gmail.com

My own narrative has improved. And I spoke to it probably for the first time. I have a vintage flair. My designs are classic and I like to use vintage containers and items. I will emphasize this more as I build the business.

Various vintage containers (Kraft cheese box, milk glass compotes, and enameled pot)

Marketing was better. As I said more unknown people came in because of my social media and others sharing it. Also, because I was selling items that were small, I had bags with stickers and I placed business cards and subscription postcards in each of the bags. Can I tell you that placing a bag with tissue and ribbon in someone’s hands just ticked off a bunch of boxes for me. I’ve stated before that I’ve dreamed of owning a shop…bags, tissues and bows go along with that…weirdly enough.

So what didn’t go as planned? I introduced two things that I thought might draw new guests in, the demos and the kid’s station. No one showed up for either of them. So ok..wasn’t the draw I thought they would be. Lesson learned…move on. Though I’d be remiss in not mentioning Miss Scarlet who came in with her grandma and was so shy she would barely speak to me. However after teaching her how to make a bud vase design and giving her a cookie she and I became fast friends and she waved goodbye to me from the car window. Worth it!

All-in-all I consider the day a huge success and am already looking forward to next

A few of the photos that Ann at @teadrinkertrixie took on design day. I love her perspective!

On to new business: the subscription service is just about up and running. There is a page on the website (just click on the subscription link at the top of this page) with the details, though right now it is under construction so please check back. I hope to have more info in the next week or so. I’m super excited about this…just think you can have Marmalade Sky flower arrangements delivered to your home or office on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis!

I had to post this last arrangement because I think it was my favorite of the day. I don’t normally name my arrangements but this one immediately was named “Little Poppies on the Prairie”.

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Photo of me curtesy of Ann. I love to hide.

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Succulents!

In preparation for my pop up shop I decided to purchase my succulents on line. Mainly because I was running out of time to go to my local nursery. So I purchased six plants from Mountain Crest Gardens.

I thought I’d do a little unboxing post as that seems to be all the rage.

In my mind I was expecting a large box…not sure why…but I was. Instead this cute little box arrived.

On the top inside of the box are the care instructions and a little thank you card. It’s nice that it’s right on top so you can’t lose it or accidentally discard it with the box.

Here’s how they pack the inside to protect the plants. You need to be a little careful pulling it all out as you don’t want to accidentally pull on a plant. And let me tell you…there is a lot of packing material. It filled a gallon Ziploc bag. Saved that, too…because you never know when you need some packing material.

This weekend, I was able to plant and here are the before and afters.

Haworthia cymbiformis v. Lepider
Sempervivum Purdys
Sempervivum heat ‘Giuseppe Spiny’
Sempervivum Dynamo
Crassula obvallata
Crassula ovation “ET’s Fingers” Jade
Sen. rowleyanus String of Pearls

My succulent cocktails and hanging ladle will be on sale this Saturday at my pop up shop (you know I was going to do one last plug).

Overall I was very impressed with Mountain Crest Gardens products and can’t wait to order more. The only drawback is that they only ship Monday through Wednesday…which makes since for delivery dates…but it makes for a very long impatient wait when you order on a Wednesday night. Lol. Therefore, plan accordingly.

Hope you give them a try for your next succulent project.

Come see me this Saturday, May 11 at my Pop Up Shop!

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Antique Faire Find

My home town of Petaluma, holds two antique faires a year…and let’s just face it…it might as well be Christmas Day for me. Those days are marked on my calendar months in advance. I like to get an early start in the day, not to jump on the good deals but because I like it when it’s less crowded and the temp is cooler.

This past weekend was the spring antique faire and I have to say I didn’t find much that were must haves. I’m always on the look out for Royal Copenhagen or Bing & Grøndahl porcelain. Sometimes I find some linen and other times I find something unique to plant or arrange flowers in.

I was about half way through the faire and my reusable bag was still empty. I had a few ideas for things to go back and get if they were still there. And then I came across something that I have been searching for. My search had been for a chair that I could plant in. Something that wasn’t really usable as a seat any more but that wasn’t total trash…because let’s be honest here…I’m not a very good DIYer. Low and behold someone else had the same idea and had done some of the prep work, but hadn’t completed the planting stage. Score! There was no question about purchasing them and my co-shopper helped me carry them home.

Now my biggest dilemma is if I should keep them with this paint or should I repaint them…I’m thinking bright yellow! What do you think? I would love your opinion.

My plan is to work on these this summer and to post step by step instructions so you can do the same. Or maybe I should say we can learn together. Lol!

The next antique faire is in September…I can’t wait to find a new treasure!

Don’t forget we are only 11 days away from my pop up shop. I would love to see you there!

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Reworking

This week has been frustrating…and it’s only Wednesday. In the grand scheme of things what frustrated me was not a really big deal…more of an annoyance and waste of time…and completely out of my control. Little things that pop up and should never have been an issue in the first place. But as any professional would do…you work through it. Or you rework it to get the desired results. However, by reworking the problem not only do you get the desired results, it helps to stop your brain from repeatedly running into the proverbial wall. We want to do things the “correct” way and get angry or frustrated or helpless feeling when said way isn’t working.

Reworking yesterday’s issue that wasted an hour of my time, actually opened me up to finishing a project at home. These cute little faux flower wreaths are a project I’ve had cluttering up my room for a few weeks. I was gung-ho on making this a few weeks ago, but wasn’t liking how they were coming together. Mind you, this was the first time I’d ever worked with these materials. My first attempt on the double hooped wreath was to use flower foam to link them together and stick the flowers into. I’d seen this technique on the internet, however, I just wasn’t getting the look I wanted. My second attempt was to wire the flowers onto the hoops…much like you would with a fresh wreath. Nope wasn’t digging that either. Last night, I finally used the crafters best friend…the hot glue gun. Or as I always say it…glue glun…not purposely. Now I have two adorable wreaths.

These will be for sale at the pop up shop on May 11 AND I will also be demonstrating how to make them. I have two demos schedule on May 11 one at 11:30am and the other 2pm. So, if you’d like to see how they are made, please stop by and see me on May 11.

Finally, there are some new things happening here at Marmalade Sky besides the pop up shop.   First: I’m really excited to start offering a subscription service.   I’ll have several frequency plans available.  I’m hoping to start this in June.  Keep an eye out for more details and if you come to the pop up shop you can get a coupon off your first delivery if you sign up for the service.   Second: I’m continuing to work on building the website…and learning a lot in the process.    The website will allow you to place orders, send inquiries, and see my full gallery.  I’ll keep you updated as the site progresses.   You may have even noticed that I added an events page to the website…so you’ll want to keep an eye on that!!

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