I’m thrilled to unveil the new Botanical Brouhaha site as we venture into another year filled with promise. I need to say ‘thank you’ to a few people before we continue down the road:
-Thanks to Kit Peltier, Emily Brenner, Janice Bear and Jenny Nelson…my dream team from the years I owned Bliss Flower Studio. You all inspired me, worked so hard to assure we were successful in fulfilling the dreams of our brides, made sure I ate on wedding days, supported one another and smiled as you designed. You became family and I think of you often. It was because of your encouragement that I researched the word “blog”. You opened up a new world for me when I was desperately missing my “flower people” and the day-to-day interaction with flowers. I love you four. You’ve given me so much over the years.
– Thanks to all of you…my friends who read BB. Without you, the blog would be awfully boring! Thanks for your encouragement and inspiration over the years. You keep me passionate about writing.
-Thanks to Holly Chapple. Your constant encouragement and belief in me and in the industry as a whole has pushed me into places I would have never explored. Your love for designers, both on a personal and a professional level, is inspiring. Watching you give of your knowledge and share opportunities that come your way with other designers…so freely and so often…has birthed a new culture in the flower industry. Thank you for giving and giving and giving. We are better because you weren’t afraid to share.
-Thanks to Francoise Weeks and Liz Rusnac. Your constant friendship over the years has meant so much to me. Meeting you in person (finally) made 2014 a year to remember! I never dreamed writing a “little blog about flowers” would open the door to these precious relationships.
-Thanks to Sherry Donnelly, Francoise Weeks, Victoria Clausen, Jennifer Ederer, Holly Rutt and Michelle Van Eimeren. I’m humbled by your belief in the mission of BB and your encouragement in taking this new site from a dream to a reality. I will always be grateful for the role you played in this journey.
-Thanks to The Chapel Designers. You are possibly the biggest surprise to come my way since I started writing BB. I never could have imagined, back when I owned a studio and experienced the struggles and joys mostly alone, that there could be a group of passionate, talented, kind and generous designers willing to share all of this journey. I marvel at what you all have built as a result of Holly Chapple’s vision. You’ve proven that the industry doesn’t have to be a competitive battlefield…that we can accomplish so much more together…that, while flowers might be our passion, relationships are what matters most. You’re building a legacy that stretches across many states and countries. I’m grateful to know you.
I really hesitated to start naming names, because there’s no way I could ever write a post long enough to mention all of the designers, bloggers and friends who have supported me along the way during my years in the floral industry. I read every comment, every email, every tweet you post. I treasure every card and gift you send. And I’m constantly grateful for the opportunity to connect with you, pass along inspiring work from amazing designers, share flower stories and encourage you when the opportunity presents itself.
Here’s to another year of a beautiful thing…