Floral Crown Workshops

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Photo by Shalem Mathew Crown by Bloomsbury Blooms

 

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Join us as we team up with Blomma Designs to learn the art of flower crown making in our Celebrate Spring workshop series. We are inspired by the thought of lighter days, Spring Blossoms and it’s no secret that floral crowns are definitely “in” right now. Whether you’re planning your wedding or you just want to feel like a queen for a day, this workshop is sure to delight! We will cover the basic techniques of crown making and show you a variety of ways to make a gorgeous flower crown.

Details:
Cost – $75 per participant

Date – Wednesday March 23rd OR Tuesday March 29th

Time – 6pm – 8pm

Location – Bloomsbury Blooms 706 W. 4th Ave.

Treats – Small bite sized snacks and warm tea will be provided.

The Goods:
All materials for constructing your flower crown will be provided. We will discuss different techniques and learn about a variety of styles and how to construct a beautiful crown made of flowers and foliage. Tips on foraging and using locally sourced ingredients as well as how to select flowers, keep your crown fresh and beautiful will also be covered. A small workbook with foraging tips and ideas to brighten your home for Spring will be given to each participant.

Reserve Your Space Today:
Because of the small size and intimate nature of this class we are only offering 10 total spots. To secure your space please click on the link HERE to select your class date and pay for admission. Reservations must be paid in full at the time of registration. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Annual Seed Planning

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Crop Planning 
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Sweet Peas 
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Calendula an easy start indoors flower
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Varieties to direct seed in the ground
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A sleeping greenhouse

Baskets of seeds, garden maps, seed catalogs, and planting calendars covered my table today. Planning for Summer planting and ordering seeds are two of my favorite Winter activities! People often ask me what are easy annual flowers to grow in Alaska for cutting. If you have the space and want to get a head start I recommend starting sweet peas, calendula, and zinnias indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. All three of these are easy to grow and transplant well after the last frost. Sweet peas are best to start in larger containers with a little compost mixed in with your seed starter mix and calendula and zinnias are best started in a seed starter mix such as coconut fiber in small cell pack size containers.  If you don’t have space to start seeds indoors you can always go for the flowers that can be direct seeded into the ground. My four favorites to direct seed in Alaska are Borage, Chinese forget me knots, Bachelor buttons, and Nasturtiums. If you decide to plant ten plants or 500 it is a good idea to start a notebook and record all of the details. I promise you will thank yourself the next year when you are trying to remember dates and varieties. When it comes to sourcing seeds I usually purchase Johnny’s Seeds, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Seeds of Change Seeds, and Swallowtail Garden Seeds. Renee’s are the beautiful seed packages in my photos!

Share The Love

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“Charlotte”
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“Vitamin D”
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“Golden Boy”
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“Bohemian Rose”

Four new options for order or pick up are now available! Charlotte, Vitamin D, Golden Boy, and Bohemian Rose will be available for pick up or delivery just in time for Valentine’s Day! Everyone knows that florists appreciate customers who place orders early. To reward those fantastic folks we will be entering everyone who orders flowers for Delivery or pick up for Valentine’s Day by February 6th into a drawing for Two $100 gift certificates to Bloomsbury Blooms. The person who ordered the flowers will receive a $100 certificate and the recipient of the flowers will also receive a $100 certificate. We are considering all orders for February 12th, 13th, and 14th to be “Valentine’s” orders. The winners will be notified at the time of the floral delivery. If you order flowers for yourself and are the winner you will be rewarded with both certificates. Yes, it is awesome to purchase flowers for yourself any time of year! The shop will be open from 10-4 on Valentine’s Day. There will be beautiful wrapped bouquets, romantic and wild arrangements, chocolate, hand made cards, and more. Delivery will be available all over Anchorage on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Roses & Wreaths Workshop

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Join us as we team up with Erin of Blomma Designs in our Roses and Wreaths workshop on February 3rd just in time for Valentine’s Day and the coming of Spring! We will spend the evening amongst fresh California grown roses, lush greens and foraged and imported foliage. We’ll enjoy locally made chocolates, strawberries and a bit of bubbly to get our creative minds flowing. Everything will be coming up roses at this workshop!

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All materials will be provided for each participant. We’ll spend the evening learning techniques for building beautiful and lush wreaths with live ingredients as well as tips for designing and keeping your wreath alive in the days that follow. Fresh California roses in colors inspired by Valentine’s Day will be the focal point of the evening. Each participant will receive a small workbook outlining the evening’s subject as well as tips for brightening up the home for the coming of Spring to get us through the rest of these dark Winter months. Bloomsbury Blooms will also give each student a coupon good for 20% off any single stem purchases between February 4th-12th. Bring a friend and join us for a fabulous evening!

RESERVE YOUR SPACE Today!

Because of the intimate nature of this class we are only offering eight total spots. To secure your space click HERE. Reservations must be paid in full at the time of registration. We look forward to seeing you there!

Branches & Blooms

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Beautiful work from this weeks Branches & Blooms workshop at Bloomsbury Blooms. It is so nice to exchange knowledge and create with others. I am looking forward to next weeks workshop and seeing all of those creations. There is still one spot available for the workshop on Tuesday the 19th.

Pictorial Lists

 

Historic McCarthy Building Sink
Historic building in Kennicott Alaska Photo by Dallas Wildeve

A list maker and goal setter I am, it can’t be denied. As an artist my goals, to do lists, and such are sometimes in more of a pictorial form. Since I was a child I have loved to make collages. Lucky to have an artist for a mother I was allowed to cover every inch of my ways with magazine pages, postcards, book pages, and posters. Pinterest is a dream as far as this goes. Loads of amazing images available of just about everything you can dream of. Often I do use Pinterest as a tool for floral and design work, but sometimes it is more of a place to simply collect images that I like. It really isn’t too different than my walls as a teenager, except now there is the internet! A sink in the shop has been one of those things on my list for over 3 years now. Yikes! No more utility sink down the hall!  Here is to new year goals and gifts to ones self. I am calling the plumber this week and scheduling a date! Let’s hope the plumbing  in this 100 year old section of the building can be revamped. You can check out my sink dreams here on this Pinterest board and all my other Pins here. If you like flowers it will be treat I promise!

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Burst of Color & Light

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Photo by Relic Photographic
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Grey skies in Sutton today

It has been a weekend full of grey skies in Sutton and I felt the need to share a burst of color and light from this breathtaking wedding last summer at Raven Glacier Lodge. Neither the bride or the setting could have been more beautiful! Looking at these photos must be filling my body with vitamin D.

 

Flowers In Every Room

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Flower Girl in Holland- George Hitchcock
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Still Life With Monkey, Fruit, and Flowers- Jean- Baptiste Oudry
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Lotus Lilies- Charles Courtney Curron
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Londonderry Vase
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New York Street- Childe Hassam
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Smells like Spring in the shop today

A two day mini Chicago vacation on the way home from holiday travels was a perfect way to start the year. The Art Institute of Chicago was decorated in real greens for the holidays which made it even more amazing than I was expecting. I am just a sucker for beautiful museums. There is a feeling I have when exploring a museum that is something like being a seven year old girl in her most beautiful dress floating on a cloud. One of the few places in life these days in cities where we are encouraged to slow down and enjoy beauty. The Thorne miniature rooms had me feeling like a child even more. Over 60 rooms recreated with amazing details of textiles, furniture, architecture, and there were flowers in almost every single one of them from the California living room of 1940 to the Massachusetts kitchen of 1675. A pleasant reminder that flowers in our homes is timeless! Back home in Alaska I am trying to figure out what to fill the shop windows with in January. It is too early for Valentines decor and the holidays have passed. Maybe a mix of Winter wonderland and Spring blossoms as the weather outside seems to be pretty confused right now.

 

Favorite Bouquets

The best nine seem to be flooding social media and I joined in, but I couldn’t help and pick out nine of my favorite bridal bouquets of the year in addition. From New Orleans to Unalakleet I created bouquets for dozens of beautiful brides and styled shoots. Peonies, sweet peas, dahlias, ranunculus, poppies, protea, clematis, jasmine, delphiniums, roses, and more. A wonderful year full of flowers! Looking forward to 2016 and sharing my passion for flowers with others.

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Grace Shoot long ribbons
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Erica Rose Photography

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Chugach Peaks Photography

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! The shop will be closed from December 24th to January 4th. We will be open again on January 5th. Delivery will be available again on Tuesday January 5th. FullSizeRender-148