Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jordan and Dave's (and Salty's) Wedding!

Yeah! Another succulent wedding! And this one was for one of our sweetest brides, Jordan! And it had a very special wedding party member in their pup, Salty. (But more on that later!)

First up, Jordan's bouquet featuring succulents, hydrangea, lisianthus, astrantia and cymbidium orchid blossoms.

The crystals centering one of the succulents provided her something blue...

And another succulent provided the perfect resting place for this amazingly beautiful crystal frog.

The bridesmaids carried hydrangea accented with bright green kermit mums and green trachelium.

For their unity ceremony, they "planted" a tree to grow for years to come. (Okay, they didn't really plant it. She wasn't out there in her gown with a shovel, but they added soil to represent the planting-and avoid getting dirt on her dress!) A nice alternative to the unity candle for an outdoor ceremony-and perfect for a ceremony at the Green Bay Botanical Garden!

And we couldn't resist putting a little jeweled nest with pearl eggs in that tree!

In keeping with the "tree theme," the favors were little saplings wrapped in burlap and Linkbound with chocolate ribbon and the centerpieces were birch branches displaying hanging votive candles.

And last, but certainly not least, their Newfoundland, Sir Salty. He walked down the aisle, and as such had to have flowers as a legitimate and honorable member of the wedding party.

So we created a floral collar full of cymbidium orchids (nothing but the best for Sir Salty!)

Complete with name tag just in case there would be any confusion as to which member of the wedding party got to wear the giant floral dog collar.

And here he is...

Sir Salty, stealing the show.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wedding Greatest Hits, Volume Spring 2011

So, it's been a while! We've been so busy making all sorts of fabulous wedding flowers from week to week, I just haven't found time to blog about them! So, I've decided to create a "Greatest Hits" post to highlight some our favorite creations from our spring season!

Bridal bouquet (for my cousin!) of green cymbidium orchids, gloriosa lilies, roses, and hydrangea.

An adorable pomander for a flower girl of sunflowers and asters detailed with a fluttering little feathered butterfly! What little girl wouldn't be excited about that?!

Bridal bouquet of hydrangea, stock, ranunculus, roses, lilacs and a little bit of bling!

A bridal bouquet of sunflowers, gerberas and beautiful fluffy, soft peonies! And bear grass loops!

We're all sort of falling head over heels in love with yellow and orange lately! So we were in love with this one! Hydrangea, stock, ranunculus, and accents of dahlia, chamomile and lady's mantle.

Purple, anyone? Hydrangea, lisianthus, roses and calla lilies collared with hosta foliage.

Tomato red ranunculus and lime green viburnum! (Sounds like salad, looks like beautiful!)

A bridal bouquet of sky blue hydrangea, freesia, lady's mantle and pops of bright blue delphinium.

Succulents! And cymbidum orchids, freesia, fern curls, scabiosa, and waxflower!

And last, but certainly not least, English garden roses (centered with bling!), gardenias, hydrangea and stephanotis! (And this was just a sample for the bride to preview-we can't wait to make the "real deal" later this summer!)

Stay tuned!
Cuz you know we've got a summer full of beautiful creations ahead of us!
(And I plan to back track and get a few more of the spring ones up here too!
Some are too gorgeous not too!)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bay Area Humane Society PetWalk

Hello All! So, it's been a long time since you've heard from us on here! The ladies have been busy with wedding season so I decided to pitch in and help out on the blog.

Recently, there was an event that is near and dear to my heart...Bay Area Humane Society's Annual PetWalk. If you're not familiar with it, please visit their website to learn more. Anyhow, the general jist is that people collect donations to sponsor themselves and their pet in completing the 5K walk. The funds then go to help the furries in need at the shelter.
(And as you all know, I was a furry in need myself once!)

I did collect donations for participating, but my idea of "participating" is a bit different. I collected donations and pledged to nap and snuggle my way through PetWalk from the comfort of my pillow at the shop.

You see how it would be if I were to actually make an appearance at PetWalk...being one of the few feline representatives present, every dog in attendance would want to come over and exchange greetings and salutations (by sniffing my butt of course.) I, to this day, do not understand this about the canine species. Being a self-cleaning creature, I am familiar with my own behind and I do not see any reason to stick my (or anyone else's) nose down there beyond what is necessary for good hygiene. A simple "Hi. A pleasure to meet you. Joplin Japhet's the name. Best of luck to you with the walk." would have sufficed for all.

So, I chose to participate in my own way.

Here is a picture of me actively participating.

Hard work.

I am, however, considering re-evaluating my participation for next year. I think that with the appropriate means of transportation I could nap and snuggle while simultaneously completing the walk.
All I need is a feline sedan chair and some porters.

Of course, I would look considerably more regal.

Once the sedan chair is being carried by the porters, I should be out of reach of dog's noses (and will be out of the drool danger zone as well.) Except for maybe the occasional Great Dane. But then again, I have always found Great Danes to be one of the more refined breeds.

I will be holding auditions for porters in the near future. Please contact my shop ladies for consideration.

And, if you would like to help out the Bay Area Humane Society raise some extra funds, please consider donating directly to the shelter via their website or visiting Broadway Automotive's Facebook page. They are donating $5 for every "like" the receive!
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


For Easter this year, we created a farmer's market themed display for the buffets at Green Bay Country Club. We paired fresh cut tulips and daffodils with produce the club provided to us-including mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, radishes, cauliflower and the cutest carrots known to man.

After setting up this Easter display, I was enjoying a glass of wine and flipping through my latest issue of Florists' Review. Turns out this is an up and coming trend called Farmista! (We're just so ahead of the trends! :) Anyhow, farmista is now my new favorite word!

I mean, really! How cute are those carrots?!

And asparagus-wrapped cylinder vases!

And for the kid's buffet, we added in adorable little "cheeps" peaking from between the tulips and daffodils!

"Cheep, cheep!"

(They set up the cutest kid's buffet! It's a kid height table that displays macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets and other kid-friendly entrees. Too cute. And I'm sure it makes for happy kiddos!)

And for the dining tables...

Glass cubes of locally grown wheat grass accented with fresh cut tulips. If that doesn't say spring, I don't know what does!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Joplin "The Kitten with the Mittens" Japhet

So, earlier today I had a lovely young lady tweet about me and hailed me as a "fierce furry blogger." What's that, you say? You didn't know I was on twitter? @joplinjaphet. Consider yourself informed.

Anyhow, I was also heralded as the "protector of @gbpetalpusher." Given that I am an adorably white fluffy kitty, I thought people might have a tough time regarding me as a ferocious feline.

But I'm a ninja kitty.

Yes, a ninja kitty.

This is a behind the scenes shot.

I'm shooting an upcoming film and I was just working through some of the action sequences with my trainers.

Joplin Japhet is "The Kitten with the Mittens." The Deadly Mittens.
-said in a deep announcer-type voice.

Also part of my action sequence.

I apologize for the blurry picture, but the camera is just not quick enough to capture Ninja Joplin.

I also have knife skills. This knife may be small, but we have a lot of them around the shop. The ladies use them for flowers, but in a pinch, they can cut more than just roses.

I'll cut ya bad, man. Real bad.
(As long as you're a piece of ribbon already lined up under the knife.)

Did you hear that?

If there is an intruder, I'm ready and waiting with my ice pick (aka Sharon Stone device.) The ladies use these when they create corsages and bouts. We'll save that explanation for a later blog.

Umm, false alarm.

All this heightened awareness has got me sleepy.

Time for a nap.

In my Cat Cave.

Yeah, the people involved with Batman stole that from me. Sure, theirs was more luxurious but I don't need all those frills.

Pardon me. I've got to go.

Duty calls.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's a Prog! That's a Prom Blog!

The first of what will be many creations for our upcoming prom season! We love, love, love creating these! The dress colors are fabulous and fun and we love all of the details in the wires, ribbons, rhinestones, crystals and feathers! Especially the feathers! Finally, people are loving the feathers as much as I do!

Cymbidium orchids paired with wisps of ostrich feathers on a sheer red ribbon and red pearl wristlet.

The matching bout for him-detailed with red bullion wire.

Locally grown white freesia centered with crystals and sky blue rhinestones on our new crystal and rhinestone wristlet.

White dendrobium orchids on a turquoise rhinestone wristlet accented with turquoise tinted guinea hen feathers and iridescent rhinestones. (Love the guinea hen in this one!)

Barely blush cymbidium orchids and dendros accented with sprays of crystals and rhinestones and very subtle feather accents.

White mini callas and white ranunculus accented with rhinestones, beaded vines and ostrich wisps! My favorite!

And last, but not least, his matching bout!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring on a Snowy Day!

We thought everybody could use a bit of spring among the snowflakes today! Joplin Japhet enjoyed watching the snowflakes fall from his window perch.

And then, when he realizes I'm taking his picture, his inner diva comes out.


All right, enough Joplin love! (Not that he's not adorable). But, on to the spring stuff!

One of our newest additions! Zipper flowers! These happen to be made by the mother of the bride for one of our upcoming weddings this season!

Love, love, love these! (And love both our bride and her mom!) These are available as both brooches and barrettes! You will be seeing the Push staff modeling these as well. She had to re-stock our inventory after we ransacked the selections!

Also, just arrived...brand new metal garden accents!

Adorable bluebird bird houses!

And butterfly bird feeders! And hummingbird wind chimes! Oh My!

And cute little plant accents-for indoors or out!

Buzzing little bumble bees!

And sweet little garden snails!

And fluttering little butterflies!

Luminescent glass flower garden stakes! When the sunlight bounces off of and passes through these-they are gorgeous! (And they're inexpensive-only $10 each!)

And, from one of Joplin's favorite people...

We are freshly re-stocked on Barbi Gossen's handmade herb markers! Stop in early and get the best selection-before all the "basil" and "thyme" get "harvested!"

And lastly, adorable little jeweled nests filled with pearls and crystals!

Charming additions to fresh flower arrangements! And plants! And bridal bouquets! And place settings for an Easter brunch! Or a cute touch of spring for your desk at the office! You get the idea-put them everywhere! They're cute!

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