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Mother’s Day at Monches Farm May 11, 2009



Every year we try to take a trip up to Monches Farm in Colgate, Wisconsin with my mom and sister. This year, my mom requested to go there for Mother’s Day, so of course, we did! It takes about 2.5 hours to get there from my home in Naperville, but it is well worth the drive. It’s a beautiful, scenic, inspirational place in the middle of no where basically which makes it evermore special. Monches Farm is owned by a friend of my mom’s (Scott) who used to do the antique show circuit back in the day with her when she was an antiques dealer. My mom was telling Scott that she believes she has been taking us up there for the past 20+ years–and it continues to impress every time. There are a lot of random things there, like a peacock and for instance, but most everything else revolves around gardening as it is a perennials farm with a gift shop that specializes in garden-themed items and dried floral arrangements. Yes, Scott also does floral design like me, except he works in mainly dried flowers, and I work in mainly fresh. His dried floral arrangements are so brilliant in color, you’d almost think they were dyed flowers–but they are not. I did not take any photos of his flowers though, shooting photos inside of a store looks a little too shady (like I am stealing ideas or something) so I just store all of the images in my head instead!  You’d think I’d be running out of space by now!  Anyways, it was a great visit to Monches and I took some photos of the grounds while we were there…


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After our Monches Farm visit, we stopped by Holy Hill…another extremely inspirational, visually-stunning place right down the road from there. When we arrived at the Basilica of Holy Hill, it was very busy because they were having 2 masses in the church and chapel that day. This also made it impossible for us to go inside the church to take photos of the beautiful stained-glass windows, however, my sister and I did get to do something we’ve never done there before: we climbed up hundreds of steps to the top of one of the spires! It was a little scary and very cold, but the views were fabulous! Below are some images of Holy Hill…


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A Mother’s Day Bouquet for Jamie April 29, 2009

Kevin and Jamie are our wonderful next door neighbors and friends. Since they live so close by (we literally share a wall) and I knew I was doing pink roses for the wedding I am doing this week, I stopped by their house to see if Kevin wanted me to make a custom Mother’s Day arrangement for Jamie. Kevin has told me on multiple occasions that if I am doing a wedding to see if he wants flowers to surprise Jamie with. I have a wedding or 2 virtually every weekend now until December, so I figured now would be a good time to see if he wants any. Since Kevin and Jamie are going on vacation the day after Mother’s Day, he decided that getting the arrangement a week before they left so she can enjoy it would be best. So, I picked up extra roses and stock to make a Mother’s Day arrangement for Jamie from Kevin. I seldom do “personal” orders, but this one required no delivery, and only a little bit to be added onto my order…plus we love them and know this will make Jamie’s day…possibly week!

I am on this kick of doing clustered, modern, asymmetrical stuff lately, so I did a dozen rose arrangement in a similar style this time. It has 6 bi-color pink and cream roses, 3 pink roses, 3 cream roses, 4 white stock, 2 light pink stock, and accents of pitt, bear grass, ti leaf and curly willow. I finished it off by adding a light pink ribbon and rhinestone buckle to the front.


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