DIY Flat Lay Backdrop

This project was inspired by Heather Page’s blog tutorial! She’s an incredibly talented florist from Winnipeg who I super admire!! I have been following her Insta: @heather_page since day one and she is nothing short of amazing! I will attach her link to the blog post!

So here’s my attempt at it! It was quite simple. I purchased an 18”x24” white canvas from Michael’s that came in a set of two and since I think it was a special Mother’s Day packaging, it even came with some paint but I still grabbed an 8oz white acrylic paint and a wide paint brush. I also purchased a small tub of spackling medium called Dyrdex and a plastic putty knife from Home Depot.

This project cost me about $17…For a couple reasons…Home Depot was offering a 10% off when using the Home Depot credit card for my purchase. Also we all know about Michael’s coupons and the one I used was 55% OFF! Yaaaass!!!! Pro Tip: Bring your Hubby..He'll never want anything and you can make him buy you another item ;)

I started by just smearing the spackling all over the canvas just to give the whole surface a quick cover, I then added more and moved it around with the putty knife to add texture! I didn’t layer it on too thick, I’m afraid it will crack in the long run, but I did do the two layers so it wouldn’t chip off either. Don’t forget to work over some newspaper or a drop cloth; it can get messy when bits of the plaster flake off. The type of spackling I bought starts pink and turns white when it's fully dried!

It says on the packaging it will be ok to paint within 1-5 hours. Heather’s tutorial said to wait 24 hours, so drying time may vary due to the plaster you use! I’m sure I could have waited 24 hours but I went out for dinner, came back and painted..so about 6hrs dry time. I'm also super impatient and was too excited and just had to finish it up!

I quickly dusted the plastered canvas with my paint brush to remove the bits that would fall off anyway. I then mixed my paint, I was going for blush..so I mixed a bit of the free red acrylic paint that came with the canvases and approx 1/4 of the white paint I purchased. I brushed on two coats, letting it dry in between.

And just like that…TADA!!! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and will definitely be using it with some flat lays! You should give it a try!

Source: http://www.heatherpage.ca/journal/

My First Blog Post. The Intrigued Experience.

I wanted to dedicate this first blog post to the time I spent in Maryland for The Intrigued Experience (organized by Sarah Campbell) and all the lovely things I took away from it!

This past February I attended a Floral Conference called "Intrigued Experience" and let me tell you ..WOW..Learning from ladies like Francoise Weeks, Nicole of Soil and Stem and Katie of Ponderosa and Thyme was amazing!..And If those ladies names meant nothing to you, that's completely fine..think of it this way...It's like meeting all your instagram celebrities in one place! 

Let me start by telling you the reasons I went on this little self improvement adventure! Since rebranding to my married name, I felt like I needed to do more and learn more! After years of calling myself a "self taught" florist and having retail experience, I took a leave from work as a Medical Lab Tech to attended the Canadian Institute of Floral design. That was the moment I was able to officially and confidently say "I am a professional floral designer". It was a great experience and re-enforced my skills, but I didn't want to stop there, I learned through trial and error, and a whole lot of you tube videos. I wanted to know how to make luscious arches, tall arrangements, and fabulous garden style bouquets that I had been seeing on Instagram for years. I wanted to see it done in person so when I finally got a request for these, I knew I would be able to execute it with the proper mechanics! However, I couldn't find a workshop/conference within Canada that was as all encompassing as Intrigued Experience. I had to act fast since this conference sells out within weeks... So I bit the bullet, signed up and flew to Maryland!  

I learned floral costuming and woodland arrangements. We made two styles of bouquets, garden style and ones in european bouquet holders, learned tons of tips and tricks for styling and photographing our work, social media advice, and we worked with the most beautiful flowers I have ever laid eyes on! But I didn't only learn from the best of the best, I came back with so much more! I felt rejuvenated! I came back Inspired and excited about this small business of mine! I met others in the same boat, wonderful florists who had the same passion I had. Florists with home based studios that were successful without a store front! I met "Part-time" florists who juggled a day job with a weekend passion. They all shared stories of struggles and stories of accomplishments and it was really inspiring and made my short time there unforgettable!

One thing I took away from the conference and really wanted to work on was how to FOCUS. Making time for important things and getting the most out of my time. So as much as I wanted to book a ton of weddings, truthfully... I couldn't! I want it all and for that to happen I had to set limits, because I am a one woman show. I am the definition of a small business...I'm the secretary/assistant (I answer all emails, calls, send quotes, and TRY to keep on track with my social media) the buyer (it takes time to research what's in season, and buy the right amount of product with the least amount of loss), I process everything (hours of unpacking and hydrating flowers), I'm also the creative (the best part!), the clean up crew (sweeping up after my mess and washing buckets and vases to be ready for the next wedding) and the delivery driver (self explanatory) I knew that deciding to start my own business would be ALOT of work, I went down from a full time, well paying job, not because I had visions of grandeur about making it rich as a florist. It's because I love it! Because I still get excited opening a shipment of flowers. Because I can spend hours and hours on a wedding and not feel the time passing. Because the gratitude from my clients make it worth it!

So if you have decided to book your wedding with me...please know that even if you chose a small home based business, you chose someone who is formally trained but won't pretend to know it all. You chose someone who is still growing and learning. You chose someone who will focus on you and most importantly someone you can trust!