My world Monday, illustrated.
Here’s what a Monday looks like in my world…
No matter what day it is, it always begins with coffee. My favorite is Deans Beans because it’s ethically sourced, locally roasted and totally delicious!
Coffee may GET me going, but music KEEPS me going! Today it’s Hamilton, David Bowie and Talking Heads.
Right now, I’m diving into some circular designs. I love circles. Nature loves circles too: the sun; the moon; the center of a flower; a sand dollar; an acorn cap; the circle of life.
I’ll spend hours in my studio today, elbow deep in gorgeous pressed flowers. These pretty petals are sweet company but they aren’t very chatty. When I long for conversation, I turn on a podcast. One of my favorites is She Creates Business with Kinsey Roberts. Her interviews are so interesting and full of useful tidbits that I often find myself taking notes while I listen.
Which reminds me!
Have you heard my interview on Kinsey’s podcast? It was such a treat for me to chat with her! Give a listen here… (Don't have itunes? no worries, She Creates Business can be found on most podcast apps.) Maybe it will keep you company on your Monday. (Or any other day ;)
Flora-Ly is now Flora-Ly Studios - Artisan Pressed Flower Preservation for Your Wedding Bouquet.
We are now Flora-Ly Studios!
Why have I changed the name of my business?
Because life happens, change happens and sometimes old labels can hold us back. Flora-Ly Studios is a name that reflects my growth and respects my roots at the same time.
Not only am I updating the name of my business, but I’m updating my botanical designs too! (GAH! I’m SO EXCITED!)
How are my pressed flower designs changing?
My new designs are a departure from the more traditional ones I’d adapted from my mother when I inherited her business. Prior to taking over Flora-Ly, I’d studied fine art at Syracuse University and worked as painter. With the initial effort of getting started in the business behind me, I’ve been freed up to listen more to the artist within. (Hello, beautiful!)
I’ve given myself time to play with new shapes that create space and movement in my pressed flower pieces, and I LOVE it!
What will you see in my new botanical collages?
Look for circles and all that is metaphorically attached to that ancient, organic shape; gallery collections that showcase the beauty of a single stem, one leaf, a pressed petal; wide landscape botanical collages that feel like a walk down a secret garden path; tall pressed flower designs that allow the petals to flow like waterfalls. *sigh* What you’ll see is the movement and shapes of nature being invited in to play with the botanical beauty of the wedding bouquets entrusted to me.
I’m letting my imagination loose and it feels wonderful. Come along, we’re going to have some fun!
Introducing Hand Painted Wedding Invitations!
I’m just bursting to share my newest product line with you!
I now offer custom designed, hand painted invitations for your wedding. (It all started when my son got married this summer, but that’s something we’ll talk about another day!) Over the next weeks I’ll share a video peek into my studio, to show you how I create these custom wedding invitation suites. I can’t wait!
Change can be unnerving, but don’t worry!
Flora-Ly Studios is still grounded in its original mission!
My passion remains connecting with couples who want their carefully chosen wedding flowers transformed — just as marriage has transformed them — to become something new; something elevated; a timeless work of art that will hang in their home for years. My calling is still to create truly unique, bespoke, botanical collages that celebrate love in all its infinitely beautiful forms!
The Elements of Change and the Elements of Nature
These elements of change - new name, new designs, new products - like the botanical elements in a bouquet are each exciting and beautiful in their own right. And these changes, like flowers, when thoughtfully pulled apart, reexamined and rearranged, compliment each other, becoming greater than the sum of their parts. They create something unique, exciting, deeply personal and unapologetically honest - like the pressed flower collage I hope to create with you and for you.
I invite you to follow here and on social media (@floralylinda on Instagram and @floralyflowers on Facebook) and come along on this creative journey as Flora-Ly Studios continues to grow and evolve and strive as ever, to serve and preserve the ephemera of love, commitment and memory.
Woohoo! You make the memories and pick the flowers! I’ll press those blooms and make some art!
Let’s create something beautiful together! (I CAN’T WAIT!)
June beautiful June. It has always been a time for change for me. My birthday is in June-hey, fellow Cancerians. Flora-Ly began in June, 2011. So now seems an an appropriate time to share some changes. A name tweak, new designs, a new pic of yours truly and new printed goodness that helps wedding planner and floral designers share Flora-Ly with their clients. That's a lot.
Today I'll share two. Pic and name.
Thank you to Sandra Costello of Sandra Costello Photography for this great picture. Having my picture taken is not something I look forward to. Sandra was a dream to work with. She made me feel at ease and we laughed. A lot.
Flora-Ly is now Flora-Ly studios. This name better encompasses all of the ideas swirling in my head that will enhance what you are looking for in flower preservation as well as offering new products. . Look for more flowery goodness and beauty in the weeks to come.
I'm about to send out The Flora-Ly Flower Letter which has more details. Want to know more sooner, please join in below.
As always, thank you for being here in Flower Land.
This is my family.
From right to left; my mother Lydia , grandmother Rosine, Evi and Henry.
This picture was taken in Germany around 1942.
My grandfather was in a labor camp in Siberia.
They were refugees.
Today is March 8th, International Women's Day. There is a call for women to strike. I respect every woman's decision to do with the day as she sees fit.
Me, I am working. Because the women above fought and worked to stay alive. I sit in this place of privilege because they worked. I have this business because they worked. They watch over me and guide me. I try to honor them everyday. Today I work. If they were alive, they would be working.
My red in solidarity is a pair of my mother's red shoes. She loved red shoes. This is one pair of five.
Lydia around 2007.
Working at what she loved.
I bet she is wearing red shoes.
Today I happily work, making art for people in love.
Can you stand a blog post about a blog post? Sure you can when you has a lot of pretty pictures.
I am really excited to be a part of Valley Wed on October 16 at Quonquont Farm
What it means for you, dear engaged lovelies, is you are the first to see my newly designed keepsakes.
I won't be sharing them online first. Nope.
If you are attending Valley Wed, you get the first look!!!
Why do we do the work we do? (Simon Sinek's TED talk, Start with Why is a good watch. Find it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ZoJKF_VuA) It's a question I'm asked often. For the last few years I have answered...'pressing flowers was my mother's business and when she passed away, I took over...'
Then this happened. I found this.
I use the same pressing papers my mom used and I often find notes she wrote about the flowers she was pressing. But this one... “This small flower Hydrangea-originally from the Center St. house” immediately took me back to summers in the yard of the Center St. house, playing with my dolls under that very Hydrangea tree. I was warm, safe and happy.
And that's really why I do what I do.
Pressed flowers have the power to transport us and make us feel connected to a time, a place, a person or an event that we thought was gone forever.
That's powerful stuff.
How cute is this!? Darn cute. It measures about 20" across and is supported on a 3 foot dowel. Tanya of Tanya Costigan Events invited me to help create a garden of paper flowers to welcome guests to the October 16h Valley Wed show at Quonquot. Head on over to their website for more information. You'll be able to walk through the 'garden'. Woohoo!!
Would you like to try making your own paper flowers? YouTube has some great tutorials. Give this one a try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUt31ff-07Y&app=desktop
Amy and her wife Tanya dropped off these gorgeous blooms today. We talked about designs, frames, museum glass and how the flowers just tell me where they need to be. As always, stay tuned. Sigh, they are so pretty and smell soooooo good.
Becky & Justin drove over two hours to pick up their Wedding Bouquet Keepsake. Becky was happy to have her flowers back and really loved how the keepsake came together! So am I!
I'm Linda, keeper of the flowers.