Inspired Creations

This evening I found myself lost in iphoto.  I'm trying to organize it, and while doing so, I came across some images that I was surprised I hadn't yet shared.  During Indie Wed we participated in the Inspired Creations Contest, and found ourselves as runner ups!

I want to send a little thank you out to the following, who made this such a fun shoot! Elizabeth Anne Designs, SQN Events, Simply Jessie Photography, Courtney Callahan Paper, Truffle Truffle & Femme du Coupe.  You are all such an incredibly talented group, and I am so tickled and honored to have you all in my life!! ~~~ Now, enjoy the photos, and bottom's up!
All these photos are by Simply Jessie!

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10 days and waiting

I'm so sorry to have made you wait an entire 10 days for an updated post.  It tells you how busy we've been around here.  I jinxed us about a month ago when I casually mentioned to a friend, "August is always slow.  I'm going to take it easy, go to the beach, relax a little."  Nothing of the sort.  And we're continuing the chaos for the entire month of September as well.  Thankfully the Fleur family is nothing short of outstanding and talented and amazing and hilarious.  I mean that.  And a BIG thank you to all our brides the past two weeks who were patiently awaiting updates and proposals and style boards.  Your calmness helped us make it through the piles of petals surrounding our entire existence!

I'm actually a little bit at a loss of words at the moment.  Between a latte and an iced tea, my brain is floating with floral orders, blue mason jars, snapdragons and custard glass.

The local blooms in the boutique these days have been beautiful & exciting.  Hydrangea galore.  Plate dahlias.  Wild grasses & clover.  We've been working really hard on the storefront.  I think some of you know how much it has changed in the last year.  It's funny to think how two years ago I was very close to selling.  Some of you don't know that.  I hated the floral world, I was giving up.  I had shit being thrown at me left and right and I had to just get through it.  I planned on moving to Kentucky and hiding in the hills.  But it's not always that easy and running away is for pussies.  Out of nowhere there was a little whisper in my ear.  A sprig of Queen Anne's Lace and a poppy from down the street brought me back to reality (I looked for them this summer in the same garden, but this heat moved too fast).  That's when I began taking walks again.  Those walks were time spent thinking about the present.  I couldn't always be focused too much on the future, it was causing me to miss everything happening right now.  Such a simple thought, so easily forgotten.

This has been an interesting summer.  Goals and dreams haven't changed, rather shifted naturally.  I can't believe that there was a moment when flowers didn't excite me the way the did in the past and do once again.  Actually, two and three years ago are really difficult to remember.  Probably because the right now is just so good.

My carpal tunnel is back & tomorrow I'm getting some acupuncture from my friend Kim.  Then I'm taking a partial personal day to write hand written letters to two of my closest friends.  And I'm thinking I'm going to watch Seraphine, because I'm in the mood for the palette and the colors and quite frankly the slowing down.  Just for a day.  Then it's back to all of you.

peach sunset

It's a little funny to think that just a few days ago I was admiring this sunset walking along the beach with my love and witnessed a shark 15' away from shore, while on the way home to a delicious BBQ with my parents, Ricardo & Monique.  What a fantastic little getaway!  I didn't think about Fleur for a second (not that I don't love all of you, but everyone ocassionally becomes a little sick of those they love the most.)!

Neridness brought about discussions whether palm trees are coniferous or deciduous (turns out they're evergreens).  Everyone searched for shark teeth and we fished.  Drank tea on the little deck and watched the waves.  I can get used to that & now I understand why people retire.

Of course, I returned to piles of estimates to write and update.  Admittedly, my sunburn and time away are & always will be worth it.

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On a separate note, my recent memories of my relaxing vacation near the mysterious and beautiful waters of the Gulf remind of today's Tsunami.  How the sea is so unpredictable.  Nature is the most humbling presence and there was no doubt of it while we watched the waves crash & discussed it's strength against the shore.  My thoughts & heart go out to all affected by today's earthquake and tsunami.  I wish you all peace and strength.