Hi everyone! Just a quick note to pass on some changes regarding our floral design and wedding party order process. We love custom orders and getting creative with our brides to create the perfect design! However, custom orders are more time consuming and costly as well as new or different florals may have to be ordered. The consult process itself can be lengthy.
Here is what is new. It's also posted on our Shop's FAQs and on each listing for our floral designs.
NEW: CUSTOM ORDERS : The minimum custom wedding order is $250. Please allow 12 weeks before the date for custom orders. Orders will be shipped about 2-3 weeks before your event and take 1-3 days USPS Priority Mail or 2-5 days FedEx Home Delivery.
Custom orders include changing flowers, adding or subtracting, changing colors, creating a completely new design, changing ribbon colors etc. We love custom orders but they do take additional time to create.
Large Wedding Parties: If there is not enough product on the listing to fulfill your wedding party please send me a note/restock request and I will determine based on the size of the order whether this will need to be a custom order/private listing using the 12 week timeframe.
Here are some pics of some new offerings and some previous listings being brought back for the holidays. We have both Thanksgiving/Autumn and Winter/Christmas items on our shop!
We've enjoyed the last year working with two Vintage Type Market Retailers. We were with the Vintage Market Home in Wyandotte and Honeycomb Creative here locally in Monroe for the past year. We love both the stores and their offerings. However, for our business, we decided to take a different direction. We left Vintage Market Home in August. We are with Honeycomb until the beginning of the year and then will re-evaluate. We currently have some stock in at Honeycomb Creative and we will be revamping our offerings to them soon.
As always, if you are a local customer and wish to pick up an order contact me through Etsy or at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have worked with brides in picking up wedding party orders at our place. I have also worked with local buyers who would just rather just save the shipping and come do a porch pick up
Holidays are coming - start looking for our Christmas offerings. I have already started posting several items such as Christmas sachet bags, Christmas herbal bulbs, Christmas swags, Birdseed wreaths (big and small) and Christmas tree bird seed favors/ornaments. Our Winter themed bouquet offerings are also listed such as our winterberry bouquet, Celtic Meadow, Love-in-the-Midst. We still have our Fall and Thanksgiving offering up and are 10% off currently such as birdseed favors, wreaths, swags, wheat or oat stacks, sunflower arrangements and more.
New to the shop! We are now offering some mason jar floral designs! See pictures below.
Our Kitchen Redesign pics are posted here! We worked with Dayna at Honeycomb Creative @ 415 N. Monroe Street, Monroe, Mi to get this done. She was a wealth of knowledge and guided us in this process. They have a variety of Fusion Mineral paint colors at Honeycomb . We used Midnight Blue and Putty. We LOVE how it turned out. Hope it inspires others to give it a try! We used a paint spray - Dayna allowed us to use hers and then my hubby went and bought us our own. We did have use a brush on a smaller areas. Dayna really walked us through the process with instructions how is best to handle a kitchen reno on old cabinets. Fusion paint is really nice and it made a huge difference in our cabinets and design. We did have white cabinets with Cranberry red walls. Stop in and see the folks at Honeycomb Creative if you are in the Monroe, Mi area. They are so willing to help you with the Fusion Paints. You can also go the Fusion Paint website or google repainting cabinets with Fusion. There are a lot of blogs out there from crafty people who repainted their cabinets or other projects.
My tidbit of info is - make sure you clean your cabinets really well in order remove grease. TSP is a great product to clean/prep the cabinets first. Remove all the hardware from doors and hinges from cabinets. My hubby set up a makeshift paint shop in our attached garage. Our barn was a bit too dusty. He used saw horses with a board across them to lay out the doors and did one side at a time. He also used tarps on floor. Some people even tent with tarps. We did have to use a primer. Why? Well we had a oil-based paint on the cabinets, which would not allow the Fusion to adhere very well. It was beading. So we went to Lowe's and got a bonding primer. Just ask your paint dealer for a bonding primer if you run into adherence issues. Then after priming all doors and the cabinets and allowing them to dry , we were able to spray Fusion. You will have to use a paint brush on smaller areas and base boards etc. Being novices, we were going to do this in a weekend, but we found quickly it's not really a weekend sort of project given the issues we ran into. I would recommend probably taking more like 3-5 days. Plan for more rather than less in terms of timing. Besides any issues you may run into you have to remove and clean existing hardware (if reusing), plus allow drying time between coats if you are using a primer. This all takes time. If you are painting wood cabinets that are not painted already, I would recommend meeting with someone at Honeycomb or looking up instructions with Fusion as to what is the best approach.
New bouquets in pint mason jars
Listing for Mason Jar Bouquets can be found here. We also have available arrangements with lavender and baby's breath. Multiple choices of jar colors. Jars are pint size.
Wow it's been since August since I have blogged! Time flies. We are full on into fall, my favorite season. The lavender/flower farm is still keeping us busy. Everything had a later harvest than usual. I was harvesting plenty of tomato, eggplant, cucumbers, and herbs and other veggies until just last week. I did our final English lavender harvest last week as well and we got a good number of bunches. Considering what a tough year it was with plant loss and cold winter/wet spring combo, those plants that did survive produced well, but just a bit later than usual. I still have a lot of big empty spaces in the field. These were the plants I pulled. Because it was too late in the season by the time I really learned which plants were going to make it or not, I was unable to order replacements. I did put in an order for a bunch of Royal Velvet English lavender plants for next spring to fill in the field. I have decided to keep what Grosso and Phenomenal I have that made it, but not to purchase more and stick more to the English lavender. For our Michigan winters and sometimes wet springs, these seem to do the best. Plus I do love a good English lavender.
Speaking of English lavender. I have some new designs incorporating it. I have been really busy creating some lovely wedding parties with English lavender as bridal bouquets and bridesmaids. They look particularly lovely mixed with baby's breath and this has been very popular.
I also have created two new vertical swags/wall hangings. The first is an herbal swag. It really can be used year round, but the rose hips and sunflower give me a fall vibe. It's a great piece for home decor anywhere in your home or in the kitchen. It has lavender, rose hips, flax, oregano and Sweet Annie. The other swag I just listed yesterday. It definitely has more colors of spring and summer with pinks and purples, but again for home decor it can be used any time year round. Would look lovely in any room in the house. Both swags are about 20-24 inches long about 18 or so inches wide at the widest point (bottom). They really make a statement. I had one hanging a bedroom at my house and the smell was lovely. Sweet Annie and lavender mix is just wonderful! These are not intended for outdoor use or outside doors! They are dried flowers so they cannot tolerate elements such as rain, snow, wind, excessive direct sunlight etc.
E-commerce site will be up November 1st and possibly before. You will be able to come to our website and click shop and go to our own personal store rather than directed to Etsy. Why the change? Mostly to have more control over our own designs and products and the fees! Etsy is starting to charge more and more and that means shop owners have to pass that on in terms of higher prices. We will still keep our Etsy shop as some prefer it and honestly there will be some things I offer on Etsy I might not on e-commerce right away. The bonus and reason to shop online at our own e-commerce is it takes out the middle man and I can price down from the Etsy store on most items on a regular basis. So please look for the new shop coming very soon!
I am headed to our little log cabin in the woods this weekend with hubby to prep the cabin for coming winter. I will be working on our e-commerce shop from up there as well!
I hope everyone has a great fall and remember Christmas items are already starting to pop up on our shop!
Have a great fall! I have created a slide show of some of our new designs and some photos that were sent to me from our brides.
Wedding 1: Photo Credit: Ashley Auger Smitten Mitten Photography. All photos are copyrighted Smitten Mitten Photography. Bride is carrying the Cottage Garden Bridal Bouquet. Bridesmaids are carrying medium English lavender and Baby's Breath bouquets. Groomsmen and Groom have English lavender and Baby's Breath boutonnieres.
Wedding 2: The very last photo is the Midsummer's Night Dream Bouquet, large, with thistle. This was photo was donated by bride Danielle Denning. Copyrighted.
Keep them coming brides! I love to see and use (with permission) the photos from our brides or photography studios. How I use them: On our blog and website, our listings for the floral designs. I always give credit to photographer and will use watermarked photos whenever possible/provided.