Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Welcome, 2014!

 happy new year crop Here we are again, on the eve of a brand new year.  Do you have your resolutions ready?  Truthfully, I’m not a huge fan of these once-a-year declarations.  When you get to spend each day pursuing the craft you love, with those you love, every day is a commitment to my foremost goals: to be happy & fulfilled in all that I do. So many make these goals attainable (you know who you are) and for that I am so very grateful.

To that end, while 2013 was a banner year for us at Ideas in Bloom, we’re looking ahead to 2014 with more focus and creativity than ever before.  We’ll be booking only one wedding each weekend, ensuring every wedding has our undivided attention.  We’re known for our custom designs, but also for our unparalleled customer service and attention to detail.  We’ll never risk that level of quality for quantity, ever.  Not only do our couples benefit from this arrangement, but our families do as well.  Perhaps they’ll see a little bit more of us this summer than last!

So here’s to passion, balance and joy.  Cheers!  I hope the new year brings you happiness, fulfillment, and whatever else you strive for in 2014…

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Foraging for Inspiration

 Local Holiday Greens

Happy Holidays!

One of my favorite industry blogs, Flirty Fleurs, recently issued a challenge for designers to create a festive arrangement using only materials found within a 1 mile radius.  I was excited!  We just moved into our new home, complete with a beautiful, hearty hedge of holly out front - ingredient #1!





Holly Berries 

The other elements came together quickly on my morning walk with the dog through the trails just across the street…

Fern Greens 

I used a mercury glass piece that was an element in my Christmas mantle display, added a few maple branches, and presto…

Local Holiday Centerpiece 

Not only did I get a pretty holiday arrangement for my mantle, but this was a great exercise in design.  So often we create recipes and order exactly what we need for our various projects.  It’s always a great use of my creative energies to design a piece from a limited number of materials and even more fun to hunt them out from our surroundings.  Just goes to show that you don’t need summer blooms or a cultivated garden to create a great piece for your home.

Head on over to Flirty Fleurs to see all the designs from around the country - http://flirtyfleurs.com/winter-greenery-challenge/

Feeling inspired?  Take advantage of the balmy temperatures this weekend and create your own arrangement.  Send photos to me at kristin@ideas-in-bloom.com and I’ll post them on our Facebook page!

Remember, the rules are -

  • Design an arrangement of foliages, berries, fruits, etc.
  • All materials must be collected from your property or within 1 mile of your home.

Good luck!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013