Sunday, October 7, 2012

Just do it, she said.

Hello out there. *taptap* Is this thing on???

She said "JUST DO IT. Who cares what you write or how much you write. Just do it. Type away."
And I'm finally typing away. A whole month after I went to visit Jen over at Green Quince . I told her I didn't even remember my password to blogger, I didn't remember how to link anything...sigh...I'm a hot mess and I'm a procrastinator and that equals trouble sister.

She told me: just. blog. 

So this is how I got to this post almost a year and 1/2 since my last post. I'm going to just jump right in and then catch up on all the flowers and stuff that's been going on since then. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Its 1.1.11

Make a wish! It's 11:11 1/1/11


I started a 365 project!
The 365 project is a free online photography site that allows you to post a picture a day, every day for 1 year. My friend Tania introduced this to me and I'm hooked! It's definitely easier than blogging every day, I already takes pictures everywhere I go, AND I can't wait to see my year in pictures come January 1, 2012. :) I'm suuuper excited!
Here are some of my pics so far.

Boston was soooo beautiful for the New Year!

This one is titled " I heart Cute Tips"

I just bought ramekins, googled a recipe making sure to look for something titled "EASY", and viola! 2 hours later sans torch, Creme Brulee.:P

Our new puppppeeeeee! His name is Cheech so far.

Here is an invite if you want to follow me:

I will follow you as soon as you sign up!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Unlikely pairing, I know.

Sooooo here's the thing. I really don't like carnations. I think it has to do with the fact that when I was going through floral classes, I had to use them in everything. I really hated them, but there are two exceptions for me.

1. When they are in unusual colors or if they are bi-color.
Like these- what color would you say=> white and purple?
White and deep wine? I don't even know what color these carnations are but me likes.

2. In mass, as in my hot pink pomander wedding earlier this year.

Some will shun me for this bouquet, but I really loved these purple bi color carnations and the imported peonies in December were dying for me to buy them. I bought the peonies, $5 a stem(wholesale) and since I had some leftover statice, some roses, lisianthus, and spray roses- I threw together a bouquet for a friend of mine.
I kinda dug it.;)

Sadly these peonies never opened passed this{BOOOO!} but that's what I get for buying imported Peonies out of season. Too good to be true I suppose, like eggnog for the Fourth of July; it's just not right.

On a Personal Note...

I'm really shocked.
I can't believe I only posted 35 times last year. ONE HUNDRED post less than last year.
I'm beside myself.
But there is an explanation, so are you ready?
I suck.

Okay, no that's not it, it's just really hard to know where to start. Let me work my way backwards. As my profile alleges, I am a student. Weddings by day, student by night so to speak. I study my brains out when the kiddos sleep and on the weekends I play with flowers. I have been doing it for the past two years, and this year I transferred to UC Berkeley. Since I have a big family, I can't exactly live on campus so I commute 2 hours a day there, make it back home in time to pick up kids, and then get on with my mommy duties.
It's freaking hard.
There's no way around it, Cal is challenging. I had 7 readers and what felt like a gazillion papers due and they were not easy. So when you factor in my classes, my homework, my emails, my brides, my wedding, my vendors, the walk-throughs, the consultations, the prep work and labor, the set ups, the husband, the kids, their homework, their school stuff, and all the other basic life stuff we all go through. Needless to say I was overwhelmed. Then my grandfather got sick, then we experienced a death of several family members, then I got sick. That's about as far as I will go with it, but you get the idea.
I had a decision to make by September and it was not pretty. I had to basically let everything go and take care of myself, seriously take care of myself, and then take care of the remaining brides I had and get through mid terms and finals.
I survived.
I made it to the end of my semester and I completed all my big beautiful weddings and I kept my sanity and worked on my health. Thank God for my husband, he helped out and supported me like you wouldn't believe. I looked up and realized, I had 1300 emails in my inbox, I left a lot business on the table, I let a lot of opportunities for collaborations, guest blog spots, publications, contests, and potential clients go. Not to mention personally, I sacrificed a lot. Professionally and personally I was stretched too thin and burning the candles at both ends.
But fast forward to now; I got my act together, cleared my calender, set up a vacation and here I am!! BACK with a vengeance. I came close to giving it all up in order to focus on one thing but the tide has turned and I'm healthier, and that is a BIG part of what made me realize I love what I do and I can't give it up. In the time I was gone for my vacation in Boston I received 19 inquiries for weddings(!) and I am in the process of returning emails now. FINALLY!

Thanks for checking in on my little blog, thanks to those who stuck with me and those who I will work with in the future. I appreciate your business and I hope to start posting my little heart out very soon! I have a lot of weddings to catch up on and a lot of photographers to contact so you may see a random October wedding or Thanksgiving post or even a summer wedding show up.

To add to all this we got a puppy for my mama, a Jack Russel Terrier, but something tells me he is going to be our puppy since he's so cute and I'm the one taking him to Puppy Prep Academy and raising him until I go back to school. Isn't he a cutie pie?

{photo by Rig Galvez}

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

White and Silver Wedding Bouquet

I told myself no work, for 1 month while I regroup from a rather...challenging year.
HOWEVER, I had a last minute request from a very special bride this past week.
I have been on my much needed vacation away from the world and my automatic responder has been on for two weeks while I travel to Boston through the New Year.

But them a rather curious email came through and while in bed,
I managed to reach over for my laptop and read this:
"OK,I have a secret, the flowers I asked you about were for me. I'm getting married on Monday."


I called her from my cell phone from bed immediately to hear the story. Hahah!
She told me she was eloping and that she wanted me to make a quick bouquet for her with the only instructions being that I use white flowers and meet her at City Hall at 2:30.

So I ran frantically through the flower market on a Monday after the Holidays with zero luck on the flowers that I had in mind, but I did find some callas, football mums, alstromeria, stock, tulips, and dusty miller.

So here is what I whipped up. :)

I finally got a change to use my rose applique on the handle of the bouquet- score!

She forgot to add in a boutonniere so I made one just in case she wanted to use one :)

So I wish my lovely White Elopement Bride MUCH love and happiness!
You looked beautifully radiant with happiness and I am happy to have been able to be a part of this! xoxoxoxo

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas/Happy New Years!

Thank you for checking in on me and my little blog. :)
I have been a bad blogger this year but I hope to be back on very soon after the Holidays with a what feels like a years worth of recaps.

It's been a challenging year, but things look GREAT for 2011 and I'm so ready!!!!
I hope you have a great rest of the year and I wish you all much love, happiness, health and success for 2011!

Happy Holidays!!!