What a great ride it has been so far! I had been doing workshops for a while in my store, but it was two years ago when the www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com allowed me to use their pop up space to do a plant workshop and www.rudyseatanddrink.com brought the beer that was the beginning of the workshop series.We had a great time and shortly after that got busy with our wreath workshop series. By the time the new year started I was thinking about how much fun it was and if I could reach out to some different local restaurants and they would be open to having me.
There has been all sizes of classes, a mix of ages, women and men and a lot of beer! I would love to continue on by offering new projects and places as well as keep up the relationships I have built with my awesome students and venues.
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?
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.
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😄
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.
white garden o’hare roses and ranunculus
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.
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.