Classes, Decorations, Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Home Decor, Seasons, Shopping, Subscriptions, Thanksgiving

Halloween Time!

I have to say, I love the fall and nothing kicks off the season like decorating for Halloween 🎃 👻. This past weekend that’s exactly what I did and now I’m just going to enjoy the season.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite decorations.

This guy I’m so wrapped up in. He’s new to the house and he’s already crate trained. Lol! I think he needs a name…any suggestions?

On top of the “mantel”…ok TV cabinet…is a haunted landscape. I love that Dad can get us manzanita branches.

So I actually saw this idea in a grocery store display but I happened to have this cute-as-sin vase and an air plant so I made it myself. So freakin’ cute!

When you don’t have enough storage space for the projects you are working on, then you use them as decor. I just simply gathered all my faux fall flowers and foliage together and placed them in this wooden vase. To make it Halloween-ish I added the flight of bats. After Halloween I’ll just take the bats out and I’ll have a lovely fall arrangement.

As I’m getting prepared for my upcoming classes I’ve collected a few trick-or-treat jack-o-lanterns (wow that was a lot of hyphens). So I made this totem of pumpkins. Not the greatest of designs but ya gotta do what ya gotta do when space is limited. You can take them off my hands by taking my Halloween Design class! Click above on the class schedule link to sign up!

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my decorations and are now inspired to get your Halloween on. Share pictures of your designs with me, please. I love seeing them.

Reminders:

October 27 Classes – I’m holding two classes on the 27th. The morning class is using fresh flowers in the jack-o-lantern buckets (shown above) in a fun and spooktacular design. The afternoon class is a beautiful sugar pine cone with a festive fall ribbon design with a few embellishments and then we do it all over again in a Christmas design. One pine cone, two designs.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Orders – get your orders for your Thanksgiving centerpieces by Saturday, November 16. I look forward to being a part of your holiday festivities.

Holiday Subscription Services – Fresh seasonal flowers help keep a festive feel to your home. Sign up for my November or December Monthly Subscription Service. Each consist of one bouquet a week leading up to the week of the holiday, that week will be a centerpiece style design perfect for your holiday table or bring a design as a hostess gift. Sign up for both months and you’ll get an extra New Years bouquet for half the price. Delivery fees included within Sonoma County.

Faux Get Me Nots – looking for something to last the whole season? Take a look at my line of faux designs to find that perfect fit for your holiday decor. They make great gifts too. Keep checking back frequently as I’ll be adding more items in the weeks to come.

If you have any questions or would like something specific, please contact me via email at marmaladeskyfloral@gmail.com.

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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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Classes, Flower Designs, Holidays, Seasons

Bring On Fall, Ya’ll!

I honestly cannot believe that August is just about over and September is upon us. I promised myself that this year would go slower…like I can control time. But here we are summer is just about over and we are heading into fall.

While spring brings new growth and beautiful pastels the fall just grabs me with deep oranges, rich reds and muted yellows. It’s actually my favorite time of the year to drive through the wine country when rows upon rows of vines are changing into their fiery colors.

I start getting anxious to decorate the house for Halloween, then Thanksgiving and finally Christmas. It’s a whirl wind of moving storage boxes in and out of the house for three months but I love it! I mean, I’ve been living with the same everyday decor for nine months. This girl just can’t handle that!

It’s also the time of the year that you gather with friends and family to shop, eat, drink, attend floral classes (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), an just be merry!

As much as I want to slow this year down, I’m ready for the seasons to change. So bring on the fall ya’ll!

Are you ready for the turn of the season?

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Business, Classes, Events, Flower Designs, Holidays, Shopping, Subscriptions

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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Classes, Flower Designs, Gardening, Gardens

Garden Chairs

I’m so excited about this project and the final results. I have been wanting to make a garden chair for a while but hadn’t found the “right” chair. Then at the antique fair this year, I found two chairs…already prepped for me! It was fate…or just dumb luck. So purchase them I did…even carried them several blocks home.

If you read my blog about the antique fair you’ll know that I promised to tell you how I planted in them. So here goes…my first ever “how-to”…let me know what you think.

Step 1: Find Chair(s)

You can use just about any type of dining style chair (not upholstered or a recliner). If you choose a wooden versus the metal one I used you’ll need to prep the container portion differently and most likely weatherproof the wood. Check out some YouTube videos on how to do so. In my case I had these great metal bistro chairs which someone had already removed the seats and attached the chicken wire.

I had debated on painting the chairs but ended up leaving them the white rusted look so they were a bit more neutral to appeal to more customers. If you are doing this for yourself you can choose just about any color you want…I had thought about a bright yellow, red or teal which I think would compliment the plants beautifully. Then again that probably why I left them white…I couldn’t choose a color!

Step 2: Gather Materials and Tools

Gather your tools and materials. Here’s what I used but all are subjective to the type of chair and what you are planting. Remember this is for 2 chairs.

  • Green moss – 820 cu. in. or 13.4 liter bag (used about 3/4 bag for both chairs)
  • Cactus Mix – 8 quart or 8.8 liter bag (pretty much used the whole bag)
  • Burlap – depending the size of the chair but I used about a 1/4 of a yard.
  • Gardening or work gloves – I used them only when I was working with the wire, however if you are planting cacti you’ll want to use them for that as well.
  • Wire clippers
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers – this is optional. Since succulents are fragile many people use tweezers to handle and plant succulents.
  • Zip Ties
  • Chicken Wire (floral mesh)
  • Several buckets
  • 28 plants (mostly 2″ pots but a few 4″)
  • Decorations (I.e. driftwood, bark, rocks, fairy garden accessories)

Step 3: Prep for Planting

There will be a lot of water dripping from your chair as you are working, so pick a work area that can get wet. This is also a somewhat messy job so take that into consideration as well.

Some of the chicken wire was saggy and not connected to the chair frame. I was worried that the weight of the soil and plants would cause a problem so I zip tied the chicken wire in a few more places. This is an easy way to attach it if you are starting from scratch. I happened to have white zip ties so they blended well with the chair frame. You may also want to do two layers of chicken wire and cross-hatch them so that the holes are smaller and the moss won’t come out the bottom.

I filled one of the buckets with water and soaked a good amount of the moss in it. You may need to work in small batches. Ring out some of the water from the moss and then start layering it on the chicken wire. I did I nice thick layer of it but not so much that I lost the bowl shape and the ability to hold the soil. I have to admit once this step was done, I was giddy. I knew this would turn out good…just from the layer of moss. Then again ya’ll know how much I love moss.

Next cut your burlap to fit on top of the moss. This is where your soil will sit. The burlap prevents the soil from falling through the moss. A little hint, I placed some soil in the middle of the burlap to anchor it before I cut it. Note: You can use coconut husk fiber or any liner that lets water through. This is really just to prevent the soil from pushing through the moss.

I poured about half the bag of soil into a bucket and wet it throughly and left other half dry in another bucket. I used cactus soil since I was planting succulents and I needed a soil that will drain well.

Fill the bowl of moss and burlap with the dry soil.

If you are using driftwood or something large, then place them now.

This was a piece of bark, so I filled up the underside with soil to keep it sturdier and so I could plant easily.

I also made balls of chicken wire to make little mounds to plant in. This is where the wet soil really helps as it clings to the mound easier. Be sure to fill inside your chicken wire as you want to make sure the plants are fully in soil when you insert them in.

Sorry, not the best picture of my ball of wire.

Step 4: Start Planting

I did a mock layout of where I wanted to put the plants. Basically leaving them in their containers and laying them around the container. I wanted taller plants towards the back and draping or ground cover along the sides or in open spaces.

Make a hole in the soil where you want the plant to go. Remove your plant from their container and discard the old soil. Insert into the hole you made. I used the wet soil to then loosely pack the plant in place. Step repeat until all plants have been used.

Step 5: Moss It

If you like the “bare soil look” then you can skip this step. I used more wet moss to cover the bare soil throughout the container. You could also use rocks, bark, sea glass, or a combination of these. I liked this “forest floor” look that the moss gave.

Step 6: Clean Up

There will be moss hanging down from the bottom of the chair. I just pushed it back up into the chicken wire or trimmed it where necessary.

Step 7: Enjoy

Take step back and bask in the glory of your finished project. Take tons of pictures and brag about it! You deserve it for all of your hard work. And please share those pictures with me! I would love to see them.

These lovelies will be for sale at the Art & Garden Festival on July 14 in downtown Petaluma. Be sure to stop by the booth and say “hey!”

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Business, Classes, Events, Flower Designs, Holidays

Pop Up Shop!

I’m so excited to share some details on my pop up shop. Conveniently held the day before Mother’s Day…ideal for getting your mom, grandmother, wife, or auntie the perfect gift. I started the pop up shop two years ago with just flowers and plants but always with the intention of expanding it to other items made by friends and family. I want to totally support the other creators in my life as they have supported me. This year, I’ve been able to do that! Without further ado, here’s what you’ll find at my shop.

Kid’s Make and Take Bud Vase

Bring your child in to design their own arrangement for mom! I’m so excited to offer this service. Nothing could be more special than a child presenting beautiful flowers in a bud vase that they designed themselves.

Mini Gardens

My friend Janis at Living Miniatures is preparing the most adorable creations to sell at the shop. You guys…I’m serious…just look at how adorbs they are. And they are all made from reclaimed materials.

Cards and Magnets

I’ve worked a few photo shoots with Ann from Trixiepix (see my masthead above) and I’m always amazed at the magic she makes with just a few clicks of her camera. I’m so very honored that she will have her cards and magnets for sale at the shop. The perfect item to round out your gift of flowers or a plant. To see some of Ann’s creations visit her website at theteadrinker.com or her check out her Instagram @teadrinkertrixie.

Jams, Jellies, and Marmalades

My friend Heidi is super talented in writing and singing, but her talents also lie in the kitchen. Her preserves are so delicious and unique. She is who makes the marmalade that I give as thank you gifts. I will have some of her jams, jellies and marmalades for sale at the shop. So many flavors to choose from you’ll have a hard time deciding which one to bring home…so you should get two…ok five jars.

Demonstrations

I will be doing two demonstrations during the day of the event. The first at 11:30am and the second at 2pm. I’m still working on the subject of each demonstration, so keep checking my FB page for more details. These demos are free, so just stop on by to watch and learn.

Flower Arrangements

Did you think I might have forgotten about the main event? Nope. While I never know what the final output will look like, as I am inspired by the flowers, I do know that I will have a full range of styles, colors and sizes to suit your needs.

Plants

I always like to have some plants available for those who want something more permanent. This year I’m going to try to have a bit of a variety instead of just succulents as I did in prior years. I’m looking forward to getting my hands a little dirty.

Preorders

Preorders are available just email me at marmaladeskyfloral@gmail.com and it will be ready for pick up on May 11!

I so hope you can stop into the shop on May 11! Even if it’s just to say hi! I would love to see you!

P.S. I accept cash, check and credit cards.

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Business, Classes, Flower Designs

Teaching

I have mad respect for people who teach for a living. The ability to give someone knowledge is awe inspiring no matter the age of the student. It’s not just imparting your expertise on those wanting to learn, but there is so much work that goes into making sure that just one class goes smoothly and that you capture your student’s attention.

I have always had a fascination with teaching. I would play school when I was a child. In elementary school I was a teacher’s aide during the summer. Even when I was taking Floral Design classes, I was a teacher’s assistant. So it’s only natural that I incorporate classes into my business plan. Mind you this is not an easy task for me. Standing up in front of others speaking, engaging and teaching is very hard for this introvert. However sometimes the joy or desire of doing something out weighs the scary stuff.

Just about this time last year, I taught a wreath class…this was my first class I had ever taught on my own. I loved it. I felt good, it felt natural and it felt satisfying. So this year I vowed to myself to hold more classes. Yay, me!

My lovely, talented students!

Great…so there is my commitment but that left me a quandary. What do people want to learn? Finding projects that are interesting, yet easy and fun is not a simple thing to do…at least not for me.

So once I’ve come up with a lesson I have to plan it…which means I get to do a little playing in my studio. This is how I came up with my April class of a Spring Basket Arrangement. I’ve been wanting to make birds nests for a while and had thought it would be a good class. But just making a birds nest wouldn’t make for a very intriguing project, so I thought it could then be applied to an arrangement. The perfect spring decor.

Coming out of this very rainy winter season, it was so wonderful to be able to work with the spring flowers. Pussy willows, larkspur, tulips, heather and ornamental kale was a dream to work with and made for a colorful, bright display. (Though the lighting in this picture doesn’t do it justice.)

Once the subject of the class is determined there is still work to be done. Marketing, ordering, organizing and prepping before students arrive. While this can be a little daunting, I do enjoy this process as much as the designing.

Just like any job, there is much behind-the-scenes work that goes into teaching just one class, so I can’t even imagine tackling a full semester curriculum. And I don’t have to grade papers! Like I said, mad respect for the teachers out there.

You will learn so much in this class…easy flower arranging, nest building, and bow making. I could teach a class just on making bows!

If you would like to take my spring basket arrangement class, please email me at marmaladeskyfloral@gmail.com. Class details are below. And if you aren’t able to attend this class but would like to hear about upcoming classes, please follow me on social media.

Spring Basket Arrangement

Sunday April 14, 2019

11am-1pm (snacks provided)

RSVP by Friday, March 29 to marmaladeskyfloral@gmail.com

As I work on scheduling more classes for this year, I’d love to hear what type of classes you’d like to attend.

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