Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Textural bouquets

I adore texture. This type of bouquet is definitely my favorite. I love when you can just keep looking at it and see things you hadn't seen before.

The special touch on this bouquet was that it was wrapped with birch bark. The bride used a lot of birch and tree elements throughout the wedding.

{Succulents, fern curls, cymbids, lisianthus, ranunculus, dendros, hypericum, leucodendron, bear grass, pods and branches}

Congratulations Kim and Geoff! We had a blast creating this for you!
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Vibrant bouquets

{Super cool fringed tulips}

{A vibrant bouquet of tulips, lisianthus, iris, fern curls, calla lilies}

Bridal bouquets can be anything your heart desires. They no longer have to be all white or cream. Let your personality shine through with a bouquet as unique as you are.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009


Good morning!

I was sorting through the mail this morning when a very large envelope caught my eye. It was the Crane and Co. 2009 Spring Supplement catalog - only they write TWO THOUSAND AND NINE like all good stationers would. I must confess that a stationery catalog would not blow most girls skirts up but it does mine.

I come from a long line of printers, my grandfather printed the covers for National Geographic in Chicago and my parents own a printing shop in northern Wisconsin. The smell of paper and ink remind me of home. There was never a shortage of amazing papers in our house, my dad would often cut the scrap down into little cubes that he would bind and print my initials and own "logo" on so that I could doodle to my hearts content.

All my teachers received paper cubes with their name and a cute little apple graphic. So back to the catalog in the corner of the envelope it came in it read:

Put down the blackberry. Sign off twitter.
Return to the classics. Savor the personal touch. Reconnect on cotton paper.
It's time to take time.

I thought to myself when was the last time I wrote a letter? I can't remember, nor can I remember the last time I received a letter.

I don't think I've ever written a letter to my own husband yet I have a rubbermaid tote filled with letters between my Grandparents from the dating years through to marriage, adopting children, war...

I cherish those letters, they make me realize that my Grandparents were once young people too!

This holiday week-end I'm going to take some time to get out the good paper and pens and write real letters to those I've lost touch with. I will however be on Facebook, blogging and checking twitter too! ;) baby steps...
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Petal Pusher Gourmet Foods

We have expanded our gourmet food offering to include signature Petal Pusher Gourmet Foods.
Dipping Oils, Salsas, Pasta Sauces, Vinaigrettes, Marinades, and Bruschetta Toppings are just some of the goodies! There are even some certified organic products.

We've tried everything we sell and it's all delicious. Gourmet foods make great hostess gifts and we can make a lovely custom gift basket.

Whether it's jazzing up a pasta night or kicking your barbecue up a notch our gourmet foods are sure to please!

Now I'm hungry... We have four weddings this week-end! Two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The best part is that they're all completely different.

I hope you all enjoy your long holiday week-end. Be safe and relax!
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Monday, May 18, 2009

{Hydrangea, tulips, peony, snapdragons, greens}

The breathtaking alter arrangements were transferred to the reception.

Centerpieces of hydrangea and tulips accented the black and white linens.

The reception was at the Rock Garden here in Green Bay.
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Wedding Bouquets

{A bridal bouquet with a mix of orange, peach, pink, and yellow roses}

This bouquet was for a Bride that at the last minute decided to forgo the traditional wedding and get hitched at city hall followed by a fabulous honeymoon.

{Bridesmaids bouquets of tulips and freesia}

{Bridal bouquet of pink tulips and white freesia}

Green and white bouquets are becoming my favorite, they are so fresh and simple.

This couple was so much fun, they used pink and black polka dot ribbon throughout the entire wedding. Congratulations Missy and Tony!!!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Beware of Blue Watering Cans!

So, most of the time my life at Petal Pusher is pretty low-key. I eat, sleep, snuggle, greet customers if I'm in the mood. You get the idea. Well, the morning of Mother's Day was a bit traumatic for me.
I prefer my drinking water fresh. Very fresh. I like it cold and straight from the tap-nothing room temperature waiting in a bowl. I also enjoy drinking from unique containers, such as the pretty vases that the ladies here use to put flowers in. On Sunday morning, Nichole was in bright and early to finish some flowers for Mother's Day orders. Perhaps the early hour impaired my judgement, because I decided I would sample the water in the blue watering can she had just filled and left out on the counter. Nichole came in from loading the van as I was mid-drink. When I tried to lift my head so she wouldn't catch me-I got stuck! (My whiskers are supposed to advise me on what I should and shouldn't put my head in-they failed me this time! Lousy whiskers!) I lifted my head-with the watering can still on it and the water went everywhere! Most of it on me! Now I know as a Turkish Van I am supposed to like water-but not when my head is stuck in a bucket of it! I started flailing around trying to get unstuck, water flying everywhere! I finally got free and high-tailed it out of there, leaving Nichole to clean up the mess. As you can see from the photo below-I had to clean up myself!

I apologize for the tongue sticking out-I was mid-groom and ticked at Nichole for trying to take my picture at such a vulnerable and embarassing moment!
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Arrangements

{Flowering branches, fuji mums, roses, wax flower, iris, larkspur}

First off excuse the less than stellar photography here... it was early and I was running on an empty tummy. I don't usually speak before 10 a.m. so taking pictures at 7:30 was a stretch. How's that for whining?
{Lilies and hydrangea}

{Flowering branches, hydrangea, tulips, fuji mums}

There were so many beautiful arrangements that went out the last couple of days. Mother's are the most amazing people on Earth and every day should really be Mother's Day.
I hope all the moms out there had a great day.

And to my mom... I love you. You rock my world and are a constant source of strength and inspiration. You have encouraged my every whim since the beginning of "why not customize all of our CD's with finger paints at the ripe age of 7" or "sure you can mix mashed bananas, vanilla and saltines with chocolate syrup and I'll eat it and tell you how good it is- but you should freeze it first so it stay's together"

As I recall I didn't even eat my banana concoction...

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Oneida Country Club

We had the pleasure of doing the front table display at Oneida Country Club for Mother's Day. We did a springy display with our aluminum urns and glass apothecary jars.

{A close-up of an orchid in an apothecary jar}

{Purple tulips, hydrangea, peony, larkspur, lilies and orchids}

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hummingbird Feeders

I'm super excited about these hand blown glass hummingbird feeders. They are truly works of art.

We have two different styles, one retails for $24 and the other $32. They're a great gift idea for Mother's Day.
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Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this Sunday May 10th and we're here to help!
Our garden is stocked with beautiful jasmine, passion flower, gardenia trees, ivies, mandavellas, eugenia topiary, lantanas, and unique begonias.

A Mother's day arrangement featuring stock, daisies, spray roses, mums, wax flower, tulips and hypericum berry.
Another arrangement this one featuring spider mums, stargazer lilies, tulips, protea and wax flower.

An adorable little mushroom planter potted up with hen and chicks.

Give us a call at 920-435-1118 or visit to order online.
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Monday, May 4, 2009


This was a really cool arrangement that went out, it has eucalyptus, protea, wax flower, freesia, spider mums, and snapdragons.

This arrangement went out to a local interior designer this week. We included willow branches, hydranga, seeded eucalyptus, and dendrobium orchids.

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Let them eat cake

It's been awhile since the faux-reos so here is your helping of sugar love for the day. Ohhh how I love cake....
Happy gerbera daisies accent the above cake.

Dendrobium and cynbidium orchids cascade down this chocolate wonder. Mmmmmm
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It was a great kick-off to wedding season this last week-end. The weather was beautiful and we got to welcome a new employee Sandy. Welcome Sandy! There were even mimosas and doughnuts to help getting us going. ;)
The above bouquet was made with hydrangea, vendela and escimo roses and peonies. The best part is the pearl wrap, which is actually her Grandmother's necklace and is accented with her antique brooch. I adore special touches like this.

These were the bridal bouquets for the same wedding. Featuring more peonies and attache roses. The bridesmaids wore beautiful sleep black gowns and these really popped off the dresses.

This was another wedding we did, which was all gerbera daisies, the girls carried these adorable bouquets with bear grass loops.

This is a simple and inexpensive centerpiece idea. Floating gerbera daisies in glass cubes accented with lemondrop marbles.
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sweet William

Remember Betsy? That sweet little homeless kitty I found a while back? Read on...

So you might want to grab a cup of tea and a comfy chair for this story ...

I'm Sweet William. You can call me "Willy". I had a pretty normal cat life up until a few months ago. I'm not sure how I got lost, but it was really, really terrible. Snow was everywhere, I couldn't find my way home ... and I couldn't find a thing to eat. My tummy was rumbling somethin' terrible and as the days went on, it was getting harder and harder to even go looking for home or food. Then one glorious day a lady stopped and coaxed me to her vehicle. I guess she was delivering flowers and that car smelled just beautiful. I mean, the best smell would have been a nice can of tuna -- but I was glad to be out of the cold and to find someone who seemed to understand my predicament!

So pretty soon we arrived at the shelter, where I did not hesitate to eat up everything they offered, even while they were pokin' around and examining me and what-not. They named me "Betsy" and I was just too plum tired to tell them any differently. I thought maybe now that I was safe at the shelter that my family would come find me ... but it didn't happen. Those days outside really took a toll on me and I was having a hard time. So then, a different lady came to my rescue. She took me to her house and WOW, I never ate as good as those days! All the tasty meals and cuddling was worth putting up with a couple baths and some icky medicine.

The day my "foster mom" said I was going in for a spay, I really should have spoke up. But they figured it out eventually ... I've been a male all my life and neutered for as far back as I can remember. So they took off my daisy-print collar and renamed me "Sweet William" in honor of the flower-lady who saved my life. You might now that Sweet Williams are very sweetly scented flowers and are popularly enjoyed indoors in a vase. I have to say I'm aptly named because I plan to be a sweet indoor cat for the rest of my life!

(the botanical sweet william-I personally think the feline version is cuter!)

If you are interested in more info on adopting Sweet William through the Bay Area Humane Society, please click on the link below!

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