Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This is Bob Friese, AIFD, our host, telling us about these gorgeous hand-made reindeer. No 'made in china' labels anywhere :)
Hope to go back one day to one of their annual Nature's Creative Edge shows. In the meantime, I'm going to be looking for sticks!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Home looked awfully good when I drove in the driveway last night. And these new pictures were waiting :) Yay! They are so beautiful. I can't wait to see my Betsy-girl and Kyle-boy again.
Here's a quick couple of shots from the Branching Out class taught by Bob Friese and James Lutke. Great teachers and hosts. It was chilly, but beautiful. The studio was warmed by a wood stove. Lunch was home-made soup, bread, & pie.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
These went to Tracy who cuts my hair and listens to my stories. I always look forward to seeing her.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I took a corsage class at the state conference. Neither of these look anything like the ones we did in class! But still, I had fun with them. Love that new flat wire that's in the above picture. And the green one below was made for St. Paddy's Day. Did you ever go to school without any green way back then? I remember getting pinched, so I really try to remember the green even after all these years :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bill Harper put on a great show! He was so nice in the workroom and his designs were awesome. Loved the apples, the yarn, the strings of hypericum.
Natural garden of yellow runuculus, pussy willow, and bear grass.
Time to go to the produce section of the grocery to get some orange orange orange!
The pink nerine bouquet was spectacular.
This is what happens after a show--everybody goes up to get a closer look and take pictures. There's Des from Petals & Co in the yellow and black dress. We had such a good time.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
J Schwanke at the Friday night Rockin' Weddings show. He's always entertaining and inspiring. I love his how-to-arrange-flowers videos, also known as jtv, on ubloom.
Katie Selmi helped J make designs for his show and this is one of my favorites. Love the photo cube that was available for pictures. Today is the last day of the conference. Thank you so much to ISFA for such a great show!
Friday, March 11, 2011
It's that time of year again! Illinois State Florists' Association Spring Conference, just a couple of miles from Canada Garden. I had a great time helping yesterday. Loved hanging out with Michelle, her mom Gail, Frankie, Adam. Yes, it was lots of work--stuffing gift bags, breaking down boxes, sweeping, lifting, bending. (Gail and I decided it was great training for all the gardening we'll soon be doing.) The flowers are luscious--every box that we opened was filled with gorgeous stems--hellebores, clematis, hanging helaconia, RoSeS, orchids, gerbs, lysemachia, amaranthus. . . And over the next few days, all those stems will be used to make fabulous art. Watch for more pictures from this flower-filled weekend. Can you tell I'm a happy girl?? :)
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011
I had a great birthday and while I can wait a while til my next one, I decided that I don't mind being 55 if it feels this good :)
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
|live laugh sign from Lori, my sister gardener|
This is the time in the garden that seems to go at warp speed. We've had a long, slow, quiet winter. But in the spring, it feels like God presses the fast-forward button. Time to live and laugh and garden. And dig holes.