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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Flower 101-week 1- The Floral Huntress

As some of you may know, I do not have any “formal” floral design training. I spent six months working at a flower stand for Riley’s Flowers making simple home arrangements and reading Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, occasionally explaining to people that it wasn’t ”my stand” and “Riley” was really the dog. I have spent millions of hours online and sitting in the wedding section of Borders reading fancy flower books that I am too cheap to buy. I call my amazing Aunt Marianne whenever I have tricky questions, but other than that, it’s all me. Until now…

SBCC Adult Education offers a Florist Style Floral Arrangement Class for the low price of $25. It is taught by Richard Finn of San Roque Florist. I am really excited about it. There isn’t a whole lot of instruction but there are tons of really talented woman in the class with oodles of experience and I get to practice new arrangements and working with floral foam. The only catch is that I have to provide my own flowers for each assignment. Being on the graduate student budget that we are, Richard has encouraged us to “borrow” flowers from around town. I am not “stealing” the local flora and fauna and as much as I am “hunting.” I am a Flower Huntress, it was really fun. Check out what I made for the bargain price of $6.00.

The Zanias and Celiosa (red feathery thing) I got at the farmers market for 6bucks. The blue flowers I took from UCSB while dropping off Ben. The red and pink flowers I got from Heather's house after dinner on Sunday. The ferns are provided by the teacher, but the best is the Birds of Paradise that I took from the school parking lot. I am a Huntress.
FYI- I will be in the background of one of these Instructional Videos next month. They tape during class.


Kevin and Emily said...

What an awesome arrangement Rileigh. Sounds like a great class and sounds fun to be a "huntress".(=

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