Plant a seed a watch it grow … 2012 in Review

Before typing this post, I knew I’d have to bullet point it so I wasn’t sitting here writing a novel putting others to sleep. This year has been one heck of a year for growth and I find myself feeling like a true Passion Flower(leaving the whole Christian meaning behind – I’m not here to preach about Christ, so don’t worry).

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To me, I was a little seed in the my mom’s womb and each year would grow and grow and grow into a little flower. As I grew I felt like a little Yellow Daisy, then a Sunflower when I began floral design and now, a Passion Flower. It amazes me sometimes the amount of passion I have for my career and how much I love sharing it with others. Every day I’m growing into my own type of “rare flower” which is very different from others.

So I’m going to bullet point my year in Review as best as I can and hope you will enjoy my journey and continue to travel with me as 2013 begins in less than 24 hours.

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  • Jan. 2012 – I began working for J Morgan Flowers
  • I set up a Chuppah for the first time in my life
  • March – I traveled to Cozumel, Mexico with Nick & Family, exploring all there was to see and being even more grateful for what we have and a strong appreciation for my surroundings – nature and human life.
  • May. 2012 – I was rewarded a scholarship for the AIFD National Symposium in Miami
  • I began creating Headdress on my own head, challenging myself and showing the world what I’m capable of.
  • June. 2012 – Nick & I adopted our dog, a Shiba Inu named Zen.
  • My sister, Katie gave birth to a beautiful baby boy – who is my little Bird of Paradise.

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  • July. 2012 – Caliente ! Literally the time of my life . I love my AIFD Family and look forward to testing in Chicago – 2014
  • I met and worked with PIM VAN DEN AKKER in Miami & helped other wonderful designers &artists.
  • August. 2012 – I began working as a Floral Cotton Affiliate for Miami, FL http://www.floralcotton.com
  • I started blogging ! Who would of ever thought ?! I love sharing my knowledge and the creative ideas of others with those around me.

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  • Sept. 2012 – Nick & I went to Hawaii

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  • Oct. 2012 – I stood as a God-mother for my adorable nephew
  • I had my first HOW – TO article published in Floral Design Magazine of New Zealand.

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  • Nov. 2012 – Created a bikini out of Spray Roses
  • Dec. 2012 – Created angel wings out of over 1,000 Rose Petals and tested my creativity against Mother Nature.

I’ve found out so much about myself as a designer in 2012 and cannot wait for 2013 and the path I will travel. I hope you all take travel this road with me. Just as each flower tells a story, every person does as well. Where did your story begin and what chapter are you on now ? What are you looking forward to in the New Year and what are your creative goals you have set ?

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In 2013, I’ll be spreading my wings, learning, educating and look forward to working with fabulous designers ! Thank you all who have impacted my life and floral career. Each one of you holds a special place in my heart.

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Love,

Jaclyn

P.S. SPEAKING OF PASSION …

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Fuzzy Flowers ? Fighting Floral Fungus !

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The two photos above should not be a shock to floral designers, horticulturists or gardeners for the most part. But if it is, fear not – I’m going to give you my quick run down on what I know about Botrytis 🙂

SO, WHAT IS BOTRYTIS ??

This gray mold is defined as Botrytis which may affect the leaves, move into the stem and to the head of the flower. It generally affects plants or flowers under stress, in humid conditions and where there is overcrowding. (i.e: squeezing “X” amount of bunches of Roses into a bucket that have no room to breathe once packages are open)

What should you be looking for ??

  • Spotting or discoloration on leaves or petals (i.e.: inside of Roses)

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  • Bent floral heads
  • Dropping leaves
  • Rotting buds
  • Flower heads that will not open

NOW, HOW CAN THIS BE PREVENTED ??

During the first signs of Botrytis, clip off all affected leaves and blooms and CLEAN your clippers to prevent spreading this fungus to healthy flowers. Clean out the bucket (leaves and blooms that may have fallen into water) Check the water level in the bucket and make sure the water is CLEAN  – if it looks questionable, ask yourself if you would drink it. Most times if the answer is no, your flowers don’t want to be drinking it either.

Do not overcrowd flowers in buckets! Take wrappers, plastic and cardboard off to prevent any moisture from getting locked in.  ALLOW YOUR FLOWERS TO BREATHE !

Do not purchase flowers that show early signs of Botrytis.

Re-think your decision about misting your flowers with water. Just because it is okay in nature, doesn’t always mean it is okay inside the flower shop or your home. In nature, the flowers eventually break down and feed the plant.

PRACTICE GOOD FLORAL HYGENE – YOUR FLOWERS WILL THANK YOU 🙂

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One Short Day in the EMERALD CITY :)

” One short day full of so much to do ” … as the lyrics go from the musical Wicked 🙂 Start prepping your Mood Boards now, flower friends and designers!

So who is excited that it’s been announced by Pantone that Emerald is the official COLOR OF THE YEAR for 2013 ?!

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The Emerald is the May Birthstone and one of the most beloved gems. It is favored by many regardless if you are a May baby or not and is also the traditional gift for the 55th WEDDING Anniversary.

So will you be leaning towards bold or subtle colors mixed with Emerald ? Or will you choose to keep things simple and combine different shades of green ? How does Mint, sage or lime sound combined with a deeper green such as Emerald for a nice pop ? … Even using a deep red for that perfect complement 🙂 Whatever combination you choose, have fun, play around and be creative !

I dig it and cannot wait to see what is in store for 2013!

ENJOY !! 🙂

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Patience is a Virtue

I wanted to start my week off on a good note by creating something that required tons of patience as stated in my last post “Patience for Petaling!”  Now that is all said and done, I find myself sitting thinking about the word: Patience, what it really means and am I somewhat an impatient person. I’m constantly asking myself ” If I’m doing a great job at work, being loyal to my bosses and completing tasks, WHY am I not seeing results?” Results, such as a pay raise and are other designers REALLY recognizing my work??

Where do I stand as an artist in the eyes of my fellow floral designers ?

I’m a go-getter and know things won’t be handed to me on a silver platter but sometimes feel impatient when things don’t go my way or how I think they should.

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Sometimes I feel I’m putting in so much work in so little time with every ounce of passion that is in me and never saying no when others would.

I’ve got all the patience in the world when it comes to floral designs but feel like I work so hard and am not getting the accreditation I should. When will I be recognized for all my hard work ?

Perhaps I should remember a quote I once read, ” Do not wonder why thing are taking so long. In fact everything is rolling out exactly as it needs to, using not a minute more than Perfection requires. Rest easy as be at peace. Life is working it’s magic , even as you take your very next breath.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Ok I’m done my little rant. Moral of the story : Be patient in all aspects of life, in and outside the world of design and take life as it comes.

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