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.
Fall, Flower Designs, Holidays, Seasons, Table Designs, Thanksgiving

6 Fall Inspired Table Designs

I’ve never done this type of post before, so I hope it works well. Please comment if you’d like to see more of this type of content.

As I stated in my last blog…I am ready for fall and thus the holidays that fall within. So I’ve compiled some Thanksgiving or fall-themed tablescapes that have caught my eye over in the Pinterest world. Oh and there might be one of my designs at the end.

This first table by My Creative Happy is like hunting lodge chic. Very dark but oh so elegant. There is so much depth to the table, starting with the buffalo plaid runner (which is very on trend), then the wood slat placemats, wicker charger and gorgeous plates of brown transferware. The centerpiece is a mix of different sized pumpkins, candles and foliage in various metallic and matte finishes and colors. Cozy yet elegant.

Let’s keep with the buffalo plaid theme for this second picture. From the lodge chic design above this pattern moves us completely into a farmhouse design. So versatile! While I’m not a fan of the ruffles for the charger/placemat, I do like the use of burlap for added texture. But the rest is just perfect in its simplicity and trendy items. I love the mini olive pails and the tall sheaves of wheat. A great look to keep up all season, however you’ll need to remove the wheat during mealtime otherwise your guests won’t be able to see each other. The color scheme is very neutral but the textures add depth and interest to the design. Table design is by Hip and Humble Style.

This next picture is all about the mix of patterns. While not on a traditional table it’s easily adaptable. Again it’s all about pattern upon patterns…something I have to admit I’m not good at doing, but Home Is Where The Boat Is has mastered it with this design. So why does it work? When mixing patterns you need to keep your color scheme harmonious. The brown and cream base colors are accented with bright pops of yellow. Having the pumpkins in white instead of traditional orange keeps the color palette on point and doesn’t add chaos. Because the pumpkins are a solid color, like the placemats, they give your eye a place to land within the sea of pattern. A resting point for your eyes. And then…and then the hydrangeas. Gorgeous end of season antiqued hydrangeas. Simply sublime. I wish I had this set up in my house year round.

Can you say fancy, fru-fru, high-end shi…uh stuff? And I don’t mean it in a negative way, because if I had all this gorgeousness I’d be showing it off too. First let’s start with the linen. Um…hello and yes, please! I just love that grey and orange together. Then the stacks of pewter and silver chargers and topped with the patterned plates. Gah! I want. So again with the multiple patterns, but it is so well mixed with solids that it gives your eyes a place to rest. I wouldn’t be able to stop writing about this without mentioning the simple yet glorious arrangements. Just orange roses with some seeded eucalyptus placed in silver and pewter vessels.

Another table design from Home Is Where The Boat Is. This is an easy yet equally beautiful table. Notice there is no layering of plates which isn’t needed as the plates just pop off the deep green, rust and orange tablecloth. The showstopper for this table is the table runner. No need for a container.  Just lay your fruits and veggies down the center of your table and tuck in some fall leaves (fresh or faux). Add votives or tapers. Use preserved hydrangeas or using fresh flowers place in water tubes and hide under the leaves. I love how bountiful this table runner looks.

Finally, here is a photo from my friend Beth who asked me to make her a garland using olive branches for her Thanksgiving table. She then added the candles, pumpkins, pomegranates, and tea roses. I think it looks perfect!

And since I mentioned taking orders…I am taking orders for the holidays. Just shoot me an email and we can discuss your centerpiece needs.

I hope you enjoyed seeing other people’s ideas. I had a hard time choosing which designs to spotlight from my Pinterest boards.

P.S.  One more little note:  I will be participating in the Fall Art & Antique Market at Reclaimed in Sonoma on Saturday, October 21.   Go to https://sonomareclaimed.com/ for more info.

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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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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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Book review, books, Flower Designs

Flower Color Guide – Book Review

Since I started designing flower arrangements I have gathered a nice collection of books on flowers. From gardening to arranging they range from instructional to coffee table, I love them each in their own way.

So I thought every once in a while I’d do a little book review and maybe you’ll find one that peaks your interest. And by all means, if you have a favorite please tell me about it. It may be one I don’t have…yet!

Today’s review is of my latest purchase that I bought at the deYoung Museum during Bouquet To Arts. It was a book that kept showing up in my Instagram feed in an advertisement and had quickly been added to my books to purchase list. The book is called Flower Color Guide by Darroch and Michael Putnam.

This book is exactly what it’s named. It’s a guide to flower colors. The pictures are simple and allow you to see details of each flower. In the upper corner of each picture are the stats for each flower: common name, botanical name, variety, category of flower in an arrangement, and the peak seasonal availability.

In the appendix you can find info on how to buy, prep, and cut flowers. They also give a list of color schemes.

Finally, there are the flower “chips”. These are small little perforated chips that have the flower on the front and their corresponding info on the back of them. This would allow you to pull together a mood board or make a set of flash cards…hey I don’t judge. LOL.

My only complaint is that the book is super thick and therefore it’s hard to keep open while reading.

Definitely a great reference book and one I’ll turn to time and time again.

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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’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.

Business, Events, Flower Designs

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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