Celebrate the mom in your life

Sunday may 8th,2016 is Mother’s day and there are many great options for any type of mother. 

A garden bright mix of sunflowers and peonies or a painted vase of all tulips are excellent options. 

For the plant loving woman, this retro macrame air plant hanger or succulent terrarium are unique and easy to care for.

For the woman who wants to support local winnipeggers how about coal and canary candles, pottery by Nancy Blokland and a card from kodiakmilly? 


Office heroes

Administrative assistants week is coming up April 25-29. We have so many cute little somethings to say thanks.

Cut bouquets wrapped in a variety of Colors are great for the person that gets flowers regularly so probably has a vase at work.

Little bowls can hold a flower inside or a flower and a card coming out of the top. This is a great idea for the super busy worker who doesn’t have time to find a vase. It’s also very easy to refill with a single flower from time to time.

There are so many fun options for the plant lover out there. A tropical in a crisp white pot or terrarium or an air plant in a pear vase are all relatively easy to care for. 

More Easter fun

   Looking for some non traditional centerpiece ideas? Collect an egg carton, dyed eggs and shells and get creative! These shells with soil and seeds can be planted right into the garden in spring.  

  There are so many classic spring options out there as well. Tulips in a variety of colours, lilies, Gerberas and funky fillers are aways a good choice.  

 One last bit of fun. Place your carrot stems skinny side down in your vase. Use a plastic dish with foam to create your arrangement and fasten on top with some glue dots. This one is perfect for some silly stories with the kids about Peter Rabbit searching for his missing carrots😄


Easter and beyond

tulip tower
This cylinder is a great way to trim some tulips that you have had for a couple days that may be getting fragile. They will keep their form and shape in this for several more days than if they were loose coming out the top of your vase.
What to do with all that leftover candy so its not right at your fingertips? Use a small jar that sits nicely in a large bowl and fill the outside with your candy.  Make sure when you add water to the small jar inside you don’t spill water over into the candy.  Water and sugar do not mix!
Have some extra dye from your Easter egg coloring kit?  Find a vase that you won’t mind if the dye tints it a bit and fill with water/color to desired shade.  I recommend using complimentary shades of colors of flowers so that the dye doesn’t bleed into the flowers.  (stay away from white blooms)
Green on green is a great example of the use of dye and flowers.  This bouquet includes long lasting spider mums, berries and kale.

Plant frames and such



There are so many interesting new ways to display plants!  This frame has a lined shelf so you could plant right into it.  You could leave them in their pots too and add accessories such as pine cones, moss and bark.



I went to http://www.shelmerdine.com and picked up these cute air plants!  They use their root systems to attach themsleves to trees or rocks and absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves.  They need to have bright light but not direct sun.  Once a week, place your plants in a bowl of water to hydrate.  Can be done longer or more often depending on how dry the environment is.




Succulents come in all shapes and sizes and look super cute in this mason jar.  They love bright light.  Allow soil to dry thoroughly between waterings.

Plants are a great gift that keep on giving.  They are also an excellent way to treat yourself and enjoy their many health benefits.  They have the physical benefits of absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen,  and the mental benefits of bringing nature indoors especially during the winter months.



Ctv Morning Live Wpg Wedding Trends 2016


I had the privilege of taping a wedding trends segment with Eleanor Coopsammy on CTV morning live Wpg last week.  As I was researching, I kept coming back to these simple, soft colored blooms and I thought “why mess with a timeless classic?”  So I kept the florals very neutral. www.winnipeg.ctvnew.ca/ctv-morning-live



I called my trend “rustic elegance” to tie in the idea of a natural look like  being married outside or in a barn along with the elegance of it being a sacred day.  Bark tied around a jar or a leaf added to a “naked cake” could be sprayed gold.  www.thecupcakecorner.ca



Another natural trend is fresh wreaths with initials monogrammed.  You could have 2 with each initial hanging on the church doors or behind the head table.  Jbirds and Sonshine is a local company that does great wooden blocks with XO’s, Mr.&Mrs. or initials which are great decorations for a cake or guest book table and keepsakes for after.

Pop ups and Workshops

The phrase “Pop up” is popping up more and more.  Its essentially a market set up for a day in a non permanent location.  This year I popped up at http://www.theforks.com for the http://www.thirdandbirdevents.com market and had a great time.  I wanted my own unique take on winter wreaths so I took to my own back yard and cut down grapevines to use as the base.  I had a friend come and man the booth with me for the day and help adding decorative touches.


My other favorite holiday activity is hosting workshops.  First up was a private party that came downtown to visit me.  We made fresh wreaths and I loved to see the glitter and sparkly ribbon they added.


Next up was a public event at http://www.theforks.com

There was a terrible snow storm that day, but we got there, set up some music, had healthy tea from ” Get juiced” and started creating.  These ladies snatched up willow branches and burlap for a more natural look. I also had my youngest student yet!  Only 8 years old and very keen.

One of the participants posted a lovely verse:

“A solstice wreath – *handmade* with symbolism and significance during these every shortening days in anticipation of the coming promise of approaching spring light (yes, I have faith the light will return).

Circular for eternal rebirth.
Evergreen for perseverance through the forces of winter.
Berries and conifer cones for the nurturing energies generously given by the trees.
Cedar to protect, heal and cleanse.
Fir for courage and a symbol of springtime.
Pine for eternal life, to dream and reach for the stars.

This magical wreath hangs on the door to our home, offering blessings of nature, good fortune, strength and protection to all who walk through.

Sending *love and light* to all as we approach the Winter Solstice.”

I really appreciated the thoughtfulness with which she approached the activity.  It helped remind me that creating can be a very meaningful thing if we intend it to be.


Winnipeg Art Gallery Ball 2015

I was thrilled to be asked to design for this year’s Gallery Ball.  http://wag.ca/

We met to walk through the galleries to get some inspiration.

We loved Gallery 4 with the mix of black and white photography as well as interesting paintings such as this.


We thought it best to stay with a simple color palette, so we picked up on the greens and oranges in the paintings.  We were also thinking about the theme of light, so over the summer Penny and Wade collected lamps from yard sales.  Jodie spent a solid 4 hours and 200 blooms to use florist’s glue to attach the blossoms to the shade.


We used the lamps as vessels to attach florals to the tops of for the rest of the tables.  Pincusion protea were the focal flower in those bouquets.

I got a call a few weeks ahead that they added some tables to a room and needed more florals but in a different theme.  I called up my creative friend from Oakbank, Tammy, to see what she was working on at the time.


Her husband created these “place mat” trunks from trees in their yard and I thought they went fabulously with the rustic artwork in the room.  We went with a wild flower mix of fillers in the vases with some bold reds to bring out the colors in the paintings.


This year, the gallery sent a photographer to the shop to do a little profile and photo shoot with me.  it was very interesting to have still shots taken of me.  I’m much more comfortable with movement and interaction than with posing, but I had a great time and was happy with the result.


When set up was done, Jodie came to get some shots of the pieces.  It makes such a difference to have a semi professional with a good camera come and capture the rooms.  I can’t thank her enough for her time and great eye!

Another great year and experience.  I love being able to interact with the florists doing the other rooms and cheer each other on to be creative.

Can’t wait til next year.

Table for 1201

goldspray table1201

When I heard http://www.storefrontmb.ca was putting on Table 1201, I knew I had to get involved!  I saw all the tweets last year during the event, but I was too late to join in the fun.

First step after confirming our table guest list, was to come up with a theme for decorations.  My table captain Jodie and I, found flower lampshades on pinterest and we fell in love!  Next up was checking out second hand stores and our parents’ basements to find a few we could use.  They were various sizes but we tied them together by spraying them gold.

The day of the event is when we started working with the fresh flowers.  We used a pan glue in an old deepfry pan heated to 250 degrees F and dipped 250 white flat mum blooms into the pan and glued them to the shade.  It took Jodie a solid 2 hours of work, but it was so worth it!


The afternoon of the event, we got the email of the location at the Legislative building. I was so excited to hear they chose the heart of the city.  There’s a beautiful space behind the building that does not get enough activity, in my opinion.

We started our set up on a sunny afternoon with our own chairs, linens, table runner and centerpieces. Tables and dinnerware were provided.


As soon as we all arrived in white, the work was over and the fun began!


What a great experience.  We filled our glasses and walked around the circle to check out all the creative table settings.  There were students who made their own chairs, structures that were painted and placed on the table, driftwood, a “red river” that was a board with a pathway carved out of it to pour wine in and so many more.


We sat down and enjoyed a meal of interesting flavors.  It was just lovely to sit outside on a warm May night in downtown Winnipeg with a mix of 1200 strangers, acquaintances and friends.

Til next time!