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 ūüéÉ ūüĎĽ. 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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May your day be filled with flowers!

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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Book review, books, Events, Flower Designs, Uncategorized

The Posy Book – Book Review

Omgosh! I just treated myself to a new book and this one did not disappoint. The Posy Book is written by Teresa H. Sabankaya and has all the info you need to make the cutest, most beautiful, meaningful arrangements. I love that she is somewhat local, as she has a store in Santa Cruz called Bonny Doon Garden Company (I see a road trip in my near future).

What is a posy? A posy is a small compact bouquet that is usually round in shape. It harkens back to Victorian days when giving someone a small bouquet could have a number of meanings.

Floriography – the cryptologic communication through the use of arrangment of flowers. –Teresa H. Sabankaya

What Sabankaya does in her book is to breakdown bouquets with their meaning. Cute little tags tell the receiver the thought behind the gift. They are a well thought out, meaningful treat that bring the historical meaning of flowers into the 2000s.

For each design there is a picture of the posy bouquet and on the opposite page is the definition of the flower or foliage and alternative blooms for the appropriate season.

The next page is a centerfold (boom chaka bow-wow) of an aerial shot of the bouquet with a call out of each of the botanicals. The pictures are clean and simple yet stunning.

Then there is a resource section on basic floral design instructions including flower types and descriptions, how to cut, assemble, and even how to tie a bow.

And when you think that you’ve got all the info you need, there is an extremely helpful modern dictionary that allows you to quickly look up the meaning of a specific flower. She doesn’t cut corners either. There are almost 80 pages of just the dictionary. If you can’t find it…then it doesn’t mean anything. Lol.

I’m sure this is a book I’ll be referencing many times over. In fact I will be making tussie-mussies, that she also talks about in the book, for an upcoming event I’ll be participating in at Reclaimed Antiques on Saturday, September 21st from 10-4pm. Located at 19618 Eighth Street East in Sonoma. Come see me…I’d love to see a friendly face!

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In Remembrance, Sept 11, 2001.
Book review, books, Flower Designs

The Secret Language of Flowers – Book Review

Hi all! Today I’m reviewing this sweet little book. There are several books out there on the language of flowers and I think even a novel, but I’m reviewing this book by Samantha Gray. The illustrations are by Sarah Perkins. I wouldn’t necessarily call out the illustrator when doing a book review but this book is so beautifully done in both writing and artwork that I can’t not give both contributors a shout out.

Most people know that red roses are symbols of love. But did you know that a single red rose means “I still love you”, “You are the one”, and “Love at first sight.” But that four red roses is a symbol of bad luck. And 50 roses no matter the color means “My love is unconditional.” If you want to say “thank you” to someone you can give them a deep pink rose.

For centuries romantic or religious meanings have been associated with different flowers. Victorians would send bouquets as secret messages of love and friendship. And sometimes even hatred…you don’t want to receive a bouquet of orange lilies from your frenemy.

While this isn’t in practice these days wouldn’t it be lovely to convey a message through flowers. This little book can help you do that.

Flowers are organized into categories based on the message they convey: Courtship, Love & Affection, Beauty, and Friendship.

Each flower has its own page(s) with an accompanying illustrated page. At the top of the flower’s page is the meaning behind it. Then a history on that particular flower, it’s origins, popularity and how it got its meaning. If you love that flower, the bottom of the page will tell you your personality.

I must have multiple personalities because I love all flowers! Lol. But since tulips are my absolute favorite I’ll use that as an example. She has tulips broken down by color because like roses, each color has a different meaning. We’ll use yellow tulips…because I can never pass up a yellow tulip.

IF YOU LOVE YELLOW TULIPS, you have a natural radiance and a joie de vivre that lights up any room you walk into.

I’m not sure if that’s me…but I’d like to think it is.

I’ve had this book for sometime (published in 2011), and I thoroughly enjoy reading it. As I continually say, if I was taught history through things like architecture and flowers I would have gotten better than a D in class.

I hope you purchase this book. It’s a great little read. And I also hope this encourages you to ask your florist to make a bouquet that conveys a specific message to the recipient. Who wouldn’t want to receive a bouquet that tells them how much you love them…even if you are buying it for yourself.

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Thank you for reading…
Business, Events, Flower Designs

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‚Äôt normally name my arrangements but this one immediately was named ‚ÄúLittle Poppies on the Prairie‚ÄĚ.

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

Business, Flower Designs

I am a Florist!

Those of you who know me may think the title of this post Flower Shop Sign with Dahliasmay be a little odd.¬† But hear me out.¬† Because my florist business is a side hustle and not my daytime job, I have a very hard time saying “I’m a Florist” when someone asks what I do for work.¬† I clearly state the company I work for and what I do, but then there is this awkward moment on how to approach my side hustle.¬†¬† To be honest, since it is my side hustle, I never knew if I could actually state that I am a florist.¬†¬† I mean, I went to classes and received a certificate stating that I’m a florist.¬† So why can’t I say it?

Recently, I realized this about myself…how I shelved that part of me.¬† Self promotion not being a strong suit of mine didn’t help the matter either.¬† However I have acknowledged it and have promised myself to do better.¬† Then today, I started a new book (via Audible) called Atomic Habits by James Clear.¬† One of the many eye-opening things he states is that you have to identify and basically own the person you want to be.¬† Totally generalizing¬†what was said, but it’s the gist of it (or what I took away from it).¬† ¬†Isn’t it ironical (I know that’s not the correct word), that I had just been thinking this and now here was this expert telling me the same thing…reinforcing that my thoughts were correct.¬†¬† (Side note:¬† I highly recommend the book Atomic Habits.¬† As I stated, I just started it today, but already I’ve gotten alot of great ideas and new ways of changing habits.)

So this is me stating it…I AM A FLORIST!!!

Now that I’ve made that statement…come visit my social media sites (my attempt at self promotion).¬† Like, share, or send me an email just to say “hi”!¬†Even better…tell me who you are!!!

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May your day be filled with beautiful flowers!

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