'Flowers are love's truest language' . . . Park Benjamin

I began this Blog to share beautiful photos, inspirational thoughts and maybe a tidbit or two that you will want to pass onto to someone else. No one does 'pretty' better than Mother Nature .... Welcome and I hope you stop in often!

A Day in the Life of A Dreamer

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I have always been a 'dreamer' and I think that is the most important quality a person can have in order to be creative. It allows me to view things from all sorts of angles. Whenever I would design for a wedding/special event I made myself 'think like a photographer' and in my mind's eye I wanted to be able to showcase various colors, elements & textures. At the end of 2012 I closed the doors to my Floral Studio and began pursuing new horizons. Flowers and plants have been a part of my life since I was a child and helped my Dad in the garden. Seeds have always fascinated me and one day I will share my 'Lesson Of the Bean' story with you! My other passion is creating beautiful food to share with family and friends -- I have always said that food and flowers go together. For now, I would like this Blog to be a collection of Pretty things that this Dreamer would like to share with all of you!

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Magic of Love & A Cure For Cancer -- Valentine's Day Rose Sale Friday, February 10th from 3PM to 7 PM

I can't believe we are approaching the end of January and Valentine's Day is right around the corner!!! While most retail florists prepare for this extremely busy day of sales I have the pleasure of celebrating Valentine's Day a little differently!!!!!

How? you ask . . once again Best Buds has the honor of partnering with The American Cancer Society Tamaqua & Surrounding Communities Relay For Life Campaign as we celebrate Valentine's Day featuring 300 Stems of Golden Flowers 'Magic Series Roses which we are offering for $5.00 plus tax for a single stem and $50.00 plus tax for a dozen! All roses MUST BE PRE-ORDERED. They are cash, carry & Pick-UP. The Event takes place on Friday, February 10, 2012 at my Garden Studio located at 2343 Neffs Laurys Road -- which we all know really isn't in Slatington but actually North Whitehall Township and the pick up time is from 3 PM until 7 PM. Arrangements can be made for other pick up hours by appointment if this time frame does not meet with your schedule. There will be an extra 'sweet' surprise that accompanies all orders!

Don't miss out on this great Fundraising Event -- last year Best Buds was able to donate $750.00 and we would like to do a repeat for our friends at the Cancer Society!

So tell your friends, your sweetie and anyone you would like to know about this wonderful cause and event!!! I can't wait to see all of you and am so excited to once again be able to share the LOVE & MAGIC OF VALENTINE'S DAY for such a worthy cause!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More 2012 Wedding Trends

Today I have been doing more homework for the upcoming 2012 Wedding Season Trends
. . .and truth be known the 2013 Trends are already being compiled!

Weddings are no different than the technology we use everyday with our computers, phones, tablets, etc. -- it is changing daily! So whether you want to be a trendsetter or timeless bride . . . there is a look and style for you.

This time of year is known for Bridal & Wedding Expos because during the holiday season 'The Love Bug' has been very busy bringing couples together who have decided to take the journey of a lifetime and now are ready to plan their Wedding. During consultations I'm asked what is 'hot and what is not' for the coming year. Well I can honestly say that after spending time today conducting my own 2012 Wedding Trend Research I have come away with this!

The 'talk' from one set of wedding floral designer experts is that this year we will see floral designs taking on a softer appearance -- the pastels will be back and be 'popped' with feathers, gems and all sorts of bling.

Someone else will use a system that puts bouquets into categories:
The Playful Bouquet which they describe as a kaleidoscope of colors that are playful and bright -- hot pink, bright yellows, blues, etc. and will break with tradition to convey an atmosphere of fun!

Next they list the Romantic Bouquet -- no need to give this one further explanation .. a picture is worth a thousand words . . .

Moving forward . . . we go to 'The Green Earth Friendly' Bouquet . . now this category does not just mean bouquets in the green palette, but also that the material used is grown organically/sustainably and incorporate elements of the Earth.

And last but not least is the category of 'The Passionate' bouquet. It has withstood the test of time -- a classic red rose bouquet that has always been a symbol of love and passion

As I researched on I found a floral designer school of thought that relied completely upon texture as the defining trend for 2012!

Not that there is anything wrong with this ... but to be fair ... on the other side of the 2012 predictors you will find that today's modern bride wants more -- they love a neutral palette that they can use to bring their personality and style into play with their color choices and I think you will continue to see bold colors especially since Pantone chose 'Tangerine Tango' as their color choice for 2012.

One thing is for certain in 2012 you can see the hand-tied bouquet remains the most popular choice!

Now one more 2012 Pearl! When it comes to trends we are going to see more lace and that Victorian & Vintage look will be a trendsetter this year, up and to including the shoes. Why? Well in 2011 we had some high profile Weddings that range from Kate Middleton to Kate Moss. Both of them were gorgeous in their classic styles.

But I think the most important thing to remember is that this is YOUR Wedding and your decisions should be based on what pleases you for your special day. If it's flip flops and sand castles on the beach then go for it. But whatever you decide make sure it makes you smile!

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Color Trends

Are you planning a Wedding or Special Event in 2012? Do you follow Fashion Color Trends? Well if the answer to each of these questions is yes . . then you may want to pay attention to Pantone's color choice for 2012 . . . 'Tangerine Tango'!

I love the name 'Tangerine Tango' . . . if any of you go to 'Zumba' classes . . well you may just want to stand up and start moving to the spicy beat of this hot color.

Now most of us associate shades of orange with Fall Events ... but this year I'm telling you that you are going to see this mood elevating color making it's appearance sooner than later in floral designs. Why you ask? Well, because it pairs beautifully with pinks, reds, purple and will bring that 'champagne pop' to the common colors you are accustomed to seeing during the February Valentine Season!

Still not sold on 'Tangerine Tango' . . . well stayed tuned for more updates and photos because 'Tangerine Tango' is going to sizzle!