Just a quick blog to share some new wedding photos we got in over the weekend. This is from Kayla. She is carrying the Sweet Herbal Bouquet which is a rustic and boho inspired bouquet of Lavender, Santa Cruz Oregano, safflower, small daisy-like flowers (ammobium), with a few pink globe amaranth as well. The Simple English bouquet of lavender was also used in this wedding. Both are available on our shop! I think they look for perfect for the wedding theme they have chosen and dress. I love the venue and the pics by waterfall! Beautiful.
I LOVE getting wedding pics. I get excited like a kid on Christmas morning! I love to put them on our listings and social media so potential clients can see how great they look! Also, because they are dried bouquets you can even keep them for years to come. Just keep out of direct sunlight or spray them with floral preservative spray (you can find it at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores or at Amazon.com).
I wanted to share some beautiful photos of a local wedding I did. Mariah is a local bride (Shout out Monroe Mi!). I was so happy to do her wedding from the bouquets to boutonnieres and corsages. All the flowers are dried. I work exclusively in dried bouquets - although in future growing seasons we may start to incorporate more homegrown fresh cuts (stay tuned). Mariah was kind enough to share the photos of her wonderful day! It means SO much to me when brides share their photos. So please brides, or anyone who orders our floral designs, send in your photos! With your permission, we will post them to social media (Facebook, blog, Instagram) and we also LOVE to use them on our shop listings for the products over on Etsy. Click on our Shop tab to be taken over to the store.
I love November. These days there seems to be a skip over Thanksgiving theme and go straight from Halloween to Christmas. While I love Christmas too, I am big on giving each season and holiday it's own time. I think I might like Thanksgiving because to me it's a more reflective holiday. Its introverted sort of like I am! Thanksgiving is a time to slow down for a day (or it's supposed to be) have a big meal with family or friends and remember our blessings and just spend time. No gifts... just a time to be together. As a Christian, it is a time for me to be reflective, pray, and give thanks to the Lord for all He has done for me and those around me. Even the trials and tribulations have a contribution or lesson to be learned. While it's definitely so much more difficult to be thankful in the storm, it is also a time to praise. Praise in the darkness as well as in the light.
Thanksgiving actually is one of my favorite holidays, I think because it's a forgotten holiday and it's a holiday with few bells and whistles. I love autumn so it extends that theme as well.
I am in retail sales so I do keep my shop open online (and usually run a sale). However, I don't usually participate in any Thanksgiving shopping.
Honeycomb Creative Grand Opening Weekend
Don't forget that Honeycomb Creative is having a Grand Opening. It started yesterday, but don't worry you still have time for the event! It goes through November 3rd! Check out our Facebook Page we posted a video (from Honeycomb's owners) where to park (behind store). Location is in our #hometown Monroe Michigan. 415 N. Monroe Street Monroe Mi, 48162. More details on our retail location page.
If you are looking for a table centerpiece or decor for Thanksgiving we have several options! Take a look on our shop - click on the shop tab on our website. If you are local you may order online or you can chose to have pick up your order from the retail location in Monroe at 415 N. Monroe Street, Monroe Mi - HoneyCreative's new store - where we are a vendor. They have graciously allowed us to use their store to meet up with customers ordering local floral designs. You can also drive on a bit farther down N. Custer Road to pick up at our farm/home. Contact me for arrangements at email@example.com or drop me a FB message or message through Etsy.
Also coming out for fall - We have supplied both of the retail locations (Vintage Home in Wyandotte and Honeycomb Creative in Monroe) with our line of jelly and jam. Currently they have lavender jelly, blackberry lavender jam, and strawberry lavender jam. Look for cranberry lavender coming out in November for the holidays!
We will be adding some Christmas items soon to our shop and retail locations. Look for those coming out in November.
Also please remember that Honeycomb Creative's Grand Opening at 415 N. Monroe St. Monroe Mi is coming up on November 1st! Please come out and take a look at the new store!
We love when our brides share their wedding photos with us. Here is a beautiful bride with our Autumn Festival Bouquet. Below is a picture of her groom with the matching boutonniere. If you use one of our designs for you wedding or event, please send us your picture and we will feature it on social media, and with your permission we will also post pictures on our listing for the bouquets. Here is the listing for the autumn festival bouquet.
New Shop opening! 415 N. Monroe St. Monroe Mi
We are excited to announce that the Honeycomb Creative will be opening soon in Monroe. We will be a vendor at their new shop at 415 N. Monroe Street Monroe Mi. We are very excited to have a store locally in our hometown. The grand opening is scheduled for November 1st. Please check them out. They are also accepting vendor applications!
We will be delivering our products tomorrow! We will have a full line of sachets, soaps, linen water, candles, hand-painted mason jars, jellies/jams, and lavender bundles and smaller floral designs. We will be taking both stores (Vintage Home and Honeycomb) some brochures of our full line of floral designs. I tend to not take more elaborate designs to display in retail stores. I do not like them to sit in retail locations as they tend to get handled and can easily suffer damage. Also prolonged exposure to the sunlight causes sun fade over time. I like to keep our designs for retail locations simple and bring just a few that I can change out regularly. Dried bundles of lavender tend to sell quickly so I do have them available in retail stores. If ever you'd like more bouquets than a retail location has available contact me or order online. If you'd like to order a more elaborate designs we will have the brochures out to the stores soon or you can go to our online store here at our website.
Local online ordering: If you'd prefer to pick up your wedding party order or larger floral designs that is an option! Honeycomb Creative has graciously given us the okay to arrange to meet local clients at their store for pick up of wedding party orders to save the shipping charges. You may also pick up from our farm/house by appointment.
Did you know that our bouquets can also be used as centerpieces or table arrangements or for home decor? Below are some examples of our bouquets used for table arrangements for events or for home decor.
Please share with us any photos you might have if you have used our bouquets in this way. We are always happy to feature your photos! Rule of thumb, small bouquets fit a pint mason jar, mediums fit a quart or larger jar, large arrangements fit large pitchers and jars.
-We received our Monarch WayStation certification in the mail! So pleased. We are now on the National registery. We have a lot of plans to expand our Monarch field next year with more milkweed, butterfly weed, bee balm, more zinnias and moving our yarrow to the field. Our sunflowers will find a new home in a new location. The theme next year is all about the raised beds. We are going to do bulbs in beds - think glads, tulips and dahlias. We also will be working on a gated veggie and herb garden. I am most excited about that! We will also be planting larkspur and other flowers we use in our dried flower arrangements and floral designs. I am also planning to expand our little bird sanctuary we have by the patio. We have a cardinal feeder and hummingbird feeder. I will be moving the birdbath over to the little cut out garden at the patio where I planted a test garden. We will be moving some of our lavender and rose bushes over to that location. Can't forget about the birdies!
Hey, mark your calendar! The Vintage Market Home, which is one of the locations where we are a vendor, is having a Fall Open House. They just redid the entire store and from photos everything looks amazing! We restocked our products and I did take some fall floral design in as well as some hand-painted mason jars in fall colors. I will be trying to bring in some other fall themed designs and products next week. They also already have our Strawberry-Lavender Jam and Lavender Jelly. I will be bringing our Blackberry-Lavender in next week. If you are curious about these products stop in and get some! I can also take orders for local residents on the jellies and jams. Contact me via our contact page or at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM through our FB page. Sales must be face-to-face on the culinary products so we can arrange pick up or drop off. All other products can be purchased via our online shop available nationwide for shipping. I occasionally will ship to Canada as well upon request. Thanks all - Happy Fall - Its on the way! I've put together a slide show of our products at the Vintage Market Home. Also added a few photos of the newly redesigned clothing boutique. Check out their Facebook page here
Fall is my favorite season. While I do miss all my flowers and lavender, I enjoy the cool, crisp temperatures and beautiful fall leaves. It is not offically fall yet, but I am getting ready. I will be pruning back the lavender soon. I am already planning for next growing season.
Fall doesn't mean the end to our business though. We are working year round. I do floral designs for weddings and home decor year round and have started making some fall and holiday designs! We still have all our lavender products as well, which make lovely gifts. We are working on getting into a local retail store right here in Monroe and I am very excited about that. Details will be coming soon.
Here are some fall pics I have taken from both downstate and in the Upper Peninsula to get you in the mood for the change of seasons.
I was surprised to go out into the field yesterday find a harvest of Hidcote English Lavender. I do recall a smaller harvest earlier in the summer, but we didn't get a ton of English lavender. We got more Grosso and Phenomenal (intermediate lavender). Mostly, the Melissa (light lavender color) bloomed earlier this summer. The Hidcote was late to bloom. I always enjoyed the deep purple color of this variety.
Another surprise was the sunflowers. I planted them when I planted the zinnia field and the wildflower fields. I assumed they didn't take or something was eating them as I didn't get any blooms. I guess I needed to be more patient, because they are blooming now proficiently. These are the not giant sized sunflowers, but rather smaller ones for bouquets. Our sunflowers were really part of a test plot. Next year I will move them to their own raised bed or field now that I see they seem to grow fairly well.
I am headed to the Vintage Market Home this evening with a ton of new products. Please head down and check this store out. It's right next to Stroh's at 110 Sycamore Wyandotte Mi. They carry our products including our bath/spa line, soaps, sachets, bouquets, lavender bundles, dried wreaths, laundry soaps, hand-painted mason jars and NEW! this month our lavender jelly and strawberry-lavender jam. Lavender Jelly is said to be one of Queen Elizabeth's favorites and it makes a wonderful tea jelly with scones or biscuits. The strawberry-lavender jam is really more like a preserve. It's not overly sugary. As my husband is diabetic I am careful to watch sugar. While it's not sugar-free (I am looking into a sugar-free recipe though), it has about half the sugar and it has little more tart taste with a hint of sweetness and just a hint of lavender - not overpowering. My family just had some on our toast with breakfast this morning and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
You can check out their Facebook page of the Vintage Market Home here
Here are some products they are carrying:
My goal for our property and lavender farm has somewhat shifted direction. I will be pursuing a horticulture therapy certificate and using our gardens to begin a private practice and workshops. I also will be available to do workshops at medical/treatment facilities or with non-profit organizations. I will still do lavender products and floral design as well. However, I have definitely decided to shift away from a traditional lavender farm.
I have been feeling lately that a regular agrotourism type of farm is not really quite right for me, our family, or our property.
Personality wise, I tend to like smaller groups. I also like to nurture, teach, and help people. I feel very led to use my gardening ability to help heal. Being a spiritual/Christian person, I actually prayed to ask God how to use my business and talents to help others and for His direction for the business. I felt very led to pursue Horticulture therapy.
So what is a horticulture therapist and what are healing gardens? "Horticultural therapy is defined by the American Horticultural Therapy Association as the engagement of a person in gardening and plant-based activities, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals." Wikipedia
A “rehabilitation garden,” “therapeutic garden,” or “enabling garden” is a garden where physical, occupational, horticultural, and other therapies take place. A “restorative landscape” or “landscape for health” is any landscape—wild or designed, large or small—that facilitates human health and well-being (Sachs, 2016).
A therapeutic garden can be considering a subcategory of a healing garden. Many healing gardens are found in rehabilitation center, hospitals and nursing homes. I would like to create a restorative and therapeutic type of environment on our property by our lavender fields. The lavender fields will serve a dual purpose of supplying my floral designs and also to be used in our restorative garden.
My intention is that I could help other people to know the healing power of horticulture and gardening as it helped me. Using gardening and nature to treat my own anxiety and depression has been very helpful and therapeutic approach to calming the mind and soul. Not only people with anxiety and depression can be helped by horticulture therapist, but also those with addiction issues, the elderly, troubled youth, and the disabled or cognitively impaired.
I'm in the beginning process of applying for a program and will provide updates as I go along. We have our lavender planted and we have already started a restorative landscape by planting our zinnia and wildflower field. I find the wildlife such as Monarch butterflies, other butterflies, bees, bunnies and other creatures that come to the meadow very relaxing and healing. It has become one of my favorite places to be. Since it's right next to our lavender fields, I can also see the lavender in bloom and catch the beautiful sent on the wind. We have seating (purple Adirondack chairs) to sit and just enjoy the flowers. Eagles and hawks can be seen flying overhead occasionally. Water is always something that has also called me. So walking down to the river and watching the geese, ducks, and other wildlife with weeping willow blowing in the wind down by our fire pit and woodshed/silo I also find very relaxing.
I will be planning our future raised beds and planting with keeping a mind towards growing some of the things I will use for floral design, but also making it restorative landscapes and enabling therapy activities.
Please continue to follow along with us for our lavender products, floral design and now updates as I progress towards my new goals.
I am beyond thrilled and over the moon about these dried lavender bundles. This is our first harvest from this property in Monroe, 2018 Harvest. I have many more bundles to collect from the barn but here are a few of the Grosso Lavender in English lavender. These are going right into bouquets that I'm making for wedding parties!
Speaking of wedding parties. We are running at about 4 weeks and prefer 6-8 for larger wedding party orders. What that means if I need at least 4 weeks to create your wedding party. Summer/Fall is our busiest time. My recommendation is to put your order in ASAP if you plan a wedding in Sept or October. It's not too early. This will give me time to order any extra supplies and to hold your place before I get too booked to take more orders. Orders of 1-2 bouquets I may be able to squeeze in but remember if there are others ahead of you who have ordered I am committed to make their order first even if your order is small. Just some advice, as we are getting booked. I also will be on vacation August 10-13th so the shop will be closed those dates. I will get current orders out either before I leave or when I return - I have contacted clients whose orders were due out in this timeframe to rescheduled delivery.
LOCAL ORDERS: Does not have to be local in terms of living in Monroe. I have clients from northern suburbs of Metro Detroit and those from Toledo, Ohio who have been willing to travel. The benefit to pick up is that you save shipping and/or I may be to shave off some time if you need the order in a rush. Since I don't have to allow for 2-3 days shipping time it will give me a few extra days to work on your order and could make the difference between being able to take the order or not in busy season. So local people please keep in mind if you won't mind the travel to Monroe/Frenchtown Twp area then we can arrange pick up as well.
NEW E-COMMMERCE: Will be up on our website. What this means is you no longer be redirected to our Etsy shop, but you will be able to order directly from us on the website on our own e-commerce store. We are starting to veer away from Etsy due to their excessive fees. We will still be keeping our Etsy store for a while during transition, but eventually hope to get all e-commerce through website and phase Etsy out over a period of months. I hope to offer some discounts on our new own e-commerce to encourage it's use. Right now, we are just working on getting it up and running and I hope to have it up later this week.
,I was blessed to be asked to do my bio for a new website Called Unending Possibility, which is a networking website for women and women-owned business forum. I am a former medical transcriptionist with 18 plus years in the field. Bambi Feaster, the founder of the Unending Possibilty website, is also a former MT trying to reach out and help others in the field as it comes to a close and declines. Bambi and I "met" through a Life After Medical Transcription Group where those of us out of the field try to help and mentor those transitioning to a new career field. Many of these women were in the field of medical transcription for most of their adult working lives. Most of us loved the field and it once afforded a great income to support our families. Some of these women were employees, some independent contractors, and other small business owners with 15, 20, or even 30 years of experience. Increasingly, they are now left trying to find a new career path with onset of outsourcing to medical charts offshore, plummeting wages, lack of work, and also with the advent of speech recognition and healthcare systems going to EPIC (healthcare software). These women have tremendous skill sets, mad researching skills, and tremendous innovation. In my humble opinion, the medical field has always undervalued the medical transcription field. It takes great skill to type 75-80 wpm (or more), fix grammar and punctuation on the fly, and type from spoken word and make sure all technical terms, instruments, and procedures are accurate and correct.
My bio is currently on the Unending Possibility website. I would like to reach out and share that bio and also Bambi's website. I hope this will inspire people that they CAN make a career change at any age! (I am now 50 and transitioned out of the field in 2014).
My bio on the website can be found here
Here is an excerpt from Unending Possibility About page. Visit the website here
WHAT UNENDING POSSIBILITY IS ALL ABOUT
Welcome to Unending Possibility. I’m Bambi Feaster, owner of the site. For the last 40+ years, I’ve primarily worked in health information documentation. In some circles, we’re known as medical transcriptionists, MTs, documentation specialists, editors. No matter what you call us, our world has slowly been blown up, leaving many of us wondering how to support ourselves. A large number of transcriptionists are over the age of 50, many single and self supporting. I’ve had this domain name for some years and was never quite sure what I was going to do with it. A few weeks ago, it found a purpose.
I’m reaching out to any woman who may find herself needing a tribe, needing to network, or that place to go to that says, “Here, let me help.” My intention is not to reinvent the wheel. I am going to compile lists of job sites, will share whenever I hear of a good gig, and will try to share some education for jobs you might not have considered. So if you hear of a job you think I should list, please send it on to me (see our Contact page).
I’ll be blogging as well on topics that I think may be of interest and timely for the audience I’m trying to reach. While anyone is welcome, admittedly this site will be geared toward women 50 and older. I’ll try to cover a wide range of topics but all relating in some way to the Possibilities we have at this time in our lives.
You will also find our Women-Owned Businesses page. I think the title is self-explanatory, but here I’ll highlight women who have left the desk and reinvented themselves, or found something totally different to do at the desk. Look for our podcasts coming soon! Until then, I will be doing written interviews with these women so others may be inspired