Hanging Floral Hoops - A Tutorial With Alaska Knit Nat

Last Saturday we had the chance to get together with a few talented ladies for a fun lesson on how to make these fabulous hanging floral hoops.  Natasha from Alaska Knit Nat taught us all about this fun technique and Anne-Marie Moran was gracious enough to snap photos of the entire experience so that we can share it with all of you!  I love a reason to get together, learn something new and curate new relationships with fellow entrepreneurs.  We spent the afternoon learning all about how to make these sweet and whimsical hanging floral hoops, sipped coffee, did a whole lot of chit chatting and swapped many pieces of creative ideas amongst each other.

So what exactly, you may ask, would one use these fun creations for?  Well, I can think of about 100 uses!  If you are a DIY bride, these would be a fantastic way to dress up your ceremony or reception space.  You can easily hang these from a wedding arch, tent cross wires or gently tack them to a ceiling.  If you are hosting a bridal shower, baby shower or any wedding related gathering, I think these would be a wonderful way to surprise guests with unexpected and simple decor to dress up your home or space!  I know that I'll be hanging my floral hoop in our studio downtown for a few weeks, as the greens will last and I can replace the flowers with fresh if I like to give it a longer life.

For a full list of ingredients and the step-by-step instructions of how to construct your own hanging floral hoop, visit Natasha's blog post here.  Many thanks to Anne-Marie Moran for these lovely photos and spending the afternoon with us playing with flowers!

Surprise Winter Engagement in the Mountains of Alaska

Days like this day make the world seem like a beautiful place again. Often times we get so entrenched in the daily monotony that we sometimes need a gentle reminder of what really matters, and this experience speaks to that.  Relic Photographic contacted us to collaborate on a wintry themed styled shoot, and of course we jumped at the chance.  In the days following we learned it was going to be a surprise engagement and Steven had been waiting for the perfect moment to propose to Chantel.  We worked with Lynn + Lou Paper Co. and had Steven compose a love letter to Chantel that reflected on their love and the road that brought them to this day.  Mid shoot, he handed her the letter and it took just a moment for everything to sink in.  This is the best kind of raw and rugged honesty that makes me love Alaska so dearly.  And the icing on the cake, literally, was the wintry crystal cake with gold leaf details by GH Cakery.  Long story short (because these pictures really don't need words), there were lots of good feelings all around and these two beautiful people are going to spend the rest of their lives together.  It doesn't get any better than this.  Congratulations to these two souls!  We'd say you're off to a pretty good start.

Photography - Relic Photographic

Floral - Blomma Designs

Stationary - Lynn + Lou Paper Co.

Cake - GH Cakery

Holiday Wreath Workshop with Blomma Designs

This wreath class was meant to be.  It's been a dream of mine to host a class in wreath making, but this year seemed a bit too busy with winter weddings.  Coincidentally one of our past brides (who we absolutely adore) mentioned that she would love to go to a wreath class and was sad we weren't offering any this year.  Well, considering she has a late November birthday, we decided to throw her a little private soireé in the form of a holiday wreath class!  I don't need much prodding to do any sort of holiday activity, and Debbie just so happens to share the same deep affection for the holiday season as I do.  This class was extra enjoyable as it was a close group of friends gathering both to create, learn a new skill and to celebrate a friend.  Our wreaths were comprised of Cedar, Blue Spruce, Pine, Juniper & Berried Juniper, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus Pods, foraged Pine Cones, Pheasant Feathers and Spiral Eucalyptus.  Our studio smelled so wonderful with all of the greens.  That coupled with the ambiance of a cozy evening, Christmas tunes and some bubbly made this a wonderful night!  Happy Birthday to you Debbie!  Thank you to all of the ladies who came out and made this class such a fun experience.