Monthly Archives: February 2012

Working Designer Wednesday: Botanical Shoes & Purses by Francoise Weeks

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Francoise Weeks designs some of the most amazing botanical shoes and purses I’ve ever seen. I love the details and asked  Francoise if she would mind me sharing her new video with you…which showcases her botanical shoes. She is always so gracious and eager to share her knowledge with fellow designers. So, take a look at this video that her photographer/friend, Joni Shimabukuro, helped create…

Here are a few more of my favorites…

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image via Joni Shimabukuro

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image via David Barss Photography

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image via Jessica Hill Photography

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image via Jessica Hill Photography

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image via Jessica Hill Photography

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image via Elijah Park Photography

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image via Joni Shimabukuro

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image via Joni Shimabukuro


image via Joni Shimabukuro

If you love these designs, you should check out Francoise’s Botanical Couture Workshop schedule.I always hear rave reviews from those who attend her workshops.

Happy Wednesday!


The weather is getting slightly warmer here and we’re supposed to get a dose of sunshine this week…thank goodness! I can only take so much cloudiness and cold weather. I need to be outside…in flip flops! With the warming temps come daydreams of blooming flowers all around…and zinnias are at the top of my list…

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image via Handmaker of Things

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image via Ariella Chezar


image via Amy Merrick

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image via Love n’ Fresh Flowers

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image via Saipua

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image Blush Floral Design

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image via Botanique

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image via Flourish Florals

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image via Springwell Gardens

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image via Kat Flower

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image via Springwell Gardens

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image via April Flowers

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image via Soulflower

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image via Jacqueline Ahne

Are you ready for zinnias and flip flops?


11 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

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I’ve just been tagged by my blogger friend Mimi over at First Come Flowers and Fly Me To The Moon to play this game…

Here are the rules:

1) You must post the rules.

2) Answer eleven questions.

3) Tag eleven other bloggers.

4) Ask them 11 new questions.


The questions Mimi asked me are:

1) How did you come up with the name of your blog? Lots of thought…wanted it to convey the excitement (brouhaha) I feel over all things botanical…

2) What’s your favorite snack? Anything chocolate…Mounds bars, at the moment.

3) If you were making up your own quote, what would it be? Please stand for something!

4) What’s your favorite flower? Hydrangea

5) Why did you start blogging? After 8 years in the flower business, I decided to close my studio and spend more time with my family. I have two sons who were growing up fast and my mom was experiencing some serious health problems. I was worried that I would have regrets if I continued the break-neck pace of the wedding business while my family needed me. While I was confident in my decision to take a break from the business, I missed flowers and “flower people” in the worst way. I knew I had to find a way to stay connected to the industry and indulge my love of flowers…writing a blog made the most sense to me.

6) What other country would you like to visit? The truth is…I’m a homebody.

7) Which word do you have the most difficulty spelling? none…I have spell check!

8) What’s your favorite magazine? Country Living or Veranda

9) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Gross! I can’t imagine eating only one food forever…but, if I have to choose…guess it would be chocolate. Wait, is that a food?

10) What’s your dream for the world? For those of us who have a relationship with Jesus to love people the way He loves them…which could change the world.

11) What invention would you like to see on the market in your lifetime? An RV that doesn’t have to stop by the dump station…I really want an RV, but don’t want to deal with the “waste”…weird answer, huh?

Here are the 11 bloggers I am tagging:

1) Chuck @ Flirty Fleurs

2) Tracy @ Springwell Gardens

3) Liz @ Fleurology

4) Kate @ Floret Cadet

5) Kit @ Love, Kit

6) Emily @ The Emily Post (who created the bouquet pictured above!)

7) Jenny @ Sea Jen

8) Janice @ Never a Plain Jane

9) Alicia @ Bella Fiori

10) Laurie @ Fleurie

11) Tracy @ Park Place Design


Here are your questions:

1. Who would you say has had the most influence on your life?

2. Why do you blog?

3. Which do you prefer: beach or mountains?

4. Name a flower you dislike.

5. Name your favorite movie.

6. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

7. What is your favorite fashion trend from your lifetime (so far!)?

8. Do you dance?

9. Who’s your favorite band?

10. Name one thing you hope to accomplish in your life.

11. What inspires you?

Note: If you don’t have time or desire to play along, I understand and love you still!

Happy Monday!

Which Bouquet?

The Dress…

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…the Divine Downpour Gown in Parchment from Bhldn…hundreds of hand-applied glass crystals and handmade flowers shower down this unstructured tank dress silhouette…$2500.00

The Bouquets…

Bouquet #1 (Art with Nature)

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Bouquet #2 (Elly B Events)

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Bouquet #3 (Michael Daigian)

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Which would you choose?

Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Just Roses

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image via Courtenay Lambert Florals and JMM Photography

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image via Blossoms Atlanta and Nadia D Photography

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image via Francis Flowers

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image via Avant Garden

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image via Verbena Floral Design

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image via Floral Art

image via Jennifer Skog Photography and Nicole Ha Designs

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image via Planet Flowers

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image via Celadon and Celery and Angelica Criscuolo Photography

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image via Petals Galore

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image via JL Designs

image via Designs by Ahn

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image via The Flower Company

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image via Missy Photography

Happy Thursday!