Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

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November 1, 2009

A special request for a “Brazilian VIP”…

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A gift for a dinner party host..

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A request for something cheerful…

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For a San Francisco Office…

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Centerpieces for a community dining room…

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A is for Apple and Autumn

November 1, 2009

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Boo

November 1, 2009

Autumn is upon us and that means the holidays are quickly approaching.  At the studio, this means decorating many homes and businesses for the festivities.  We completed our first installation this week.  The home is one of our regular clients.  It is a spectacular mansion, designed by the reknowned Julia Morgan, the female architect most famous for designing the Hearst Castle and hundreds of other buildings.  William Randolph Hearst, however, was her most prestigious and regular patrons.  This particular home is perched on one of San Francisco’s spectacular hills.

For the installation the client asked us to decorate the entranceway of the home with some fun Halloween elements which could be removed at the end of October to leave behind a feast of autumn.  The lead designer and company hung webbing, spiders and a gorgeous rose-hip wreath on the door while I created the cornucopia arrangements.  The result is fun and, now that Halloween is over, we’ll take away the silly stuff and leave behind a lovely installation of fall’s bounty.

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Halloween Fairies…

November 1, 2009

I received a call at the studio on Friday at 5 pm from a woman asking if we could make 2 floral crowns for her daughters by 1 pm Saturday.  They were going to be fairies for Halloween.  Now, floral crowns can be quite labor intensive as you have to wire each individual flower in order to weave it into a crown.  The studio closes at 6 pm.  And every Saturday I must complete 24+ very large arrangements for our weekly accounts + handle any walk-in customers/phone orders + manage retail sales of home accessories.  I nearly collapsed at the thought of 2 floral crowns.  But the woman sounded desperate and was open to any floral idea for dressing up her kids’ hair.  After discussing options with another designer, I decided to take on the challenge.

On my way home from work I picked up some inexpensive mums from another shop (since we weren’t going to the flower market in the morning).  I also purchased some inexpensive plastic head bands.  In the morning I wrapped each headband in ribbon:

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And then set about decorating the headbands with flowers:

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And voila!

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Two, quick-and easy, floral headbands fitting for a fairy!

Milestones of the Day…

October 23, 2009

For a new baby girl…

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For a 40th birthday party…

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For a law office (weekly account)…

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For a San Francisco waterfront restaurant (weekly account)…

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Autumnal centerpiece…

 

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For a San Francisco Restaurant…

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Wednesday

September 23, 2009

A few funky ones from today…

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Broken Record

September 2, 2009

I’m a broken record– more flowers!  My mother came to visit a couple weeks ago and she and my honey attended one of my theatre performances.  While sitting in the audience she whispered, “oh,  I wish I had brought flowers for her!”.  He casually replied, “Christen lives in a WORLD of flowers.  She is up to her ears in flowers.”  While I personally would ALWAYs welcome more flowers, I guess he was right.  I will not complain.  So here are some more shots from work.

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blackberries and figs

blackberries and figs

artichokes, succulents, and lemons

artichokes, succulents, and lemons

sunflowers, dahlias, and lilies

sunflowers, dahlias, and lilies

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FLEUR*TING

July 10, 2009

So sorry to have disappeared for– yikes– more than a month. I don’t know where to begin. Since there is way too much to post, I’ll just try to get some things up in little spurts.  I’ve been quite busy at work so I’ll start with a few of my recent creations there.  Here are 3 of the 8 arrangements I made today.  These are all round, low, and sweet.  Stay tuned for some taller, 1 sided treats.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

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WHIMSY

May 27, 2009

More windows into my day job…a peek-a-boo of frutzmade:

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2UESDAY

April 21, 2009

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As promised, here are some of the flower arrangements I’ve been creating at work. I keep forgetting my camera at home, but this is a little peak at what I do during the day. I made 6 of these refreshing little centerpieces today along with 6 other arrangements. Yes, I’m still pinching myself after just under 2 months. More to come…