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Monday, March 30, 2009

A Successful Show

Good Monday Morning! It's time again to join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for another fun Met Monday. As promised, today I will show you how This Mess (!)
And This Mess can become a
a pretty Spring Show.
I have never fibbed and said I was an organized person ~~ oh no, not me! Plus with the business I'm in honestly I feel there is not a great way to organize flower stems and greenery and berries and loose leaves and trees and containers and ~~ well, you get my point! My Spring Show is now a thing of the past and I must say it went quite well.
In honor of my 20 years in business I offered a little gift with purchase, an official "Green Bag"! Now this is definitely a GREEN BAG, wouldn't you say? Mr. Brown Socks actually said in a very tongue in cheek manner "oh, they will love a bag as a gift". He just doesn't get it, but I told him they WOULD love it. What is it about women and bags? We all love 'em, don't you agree?
I truly think my customers were tickled to have this bag to walk out the door with, their purchases wrapped in green gerber daisey clad tissue.
My turnout on Thursday night was excellent! I was just bubbling over with excitement seeing some people I hadn't seen in a long, long time. It felt like "old home week". It was honestly hard for me to greet everyone like I wanted to. It was just that busy.
Luckily I had lots of help. My sister and her friend drive two hours to my home just to be a part of the fun. A few friends of mine are always willing to help too. Some assist customers with purhcases, while others write up orders and another wraps the arrangements in tissue and carefully tucks them into the bag.
For my shows, I always have lots and lots and lots of variety....variety in prices, sizes, colors, seasonal items plus everyday items, wreaths, other door variations, etc. There are probably over 125 things to chose from. These pictures really don't show the volume of selections.
I tried hard to remember and snap a few pictures, but it is really hard while talking and answering questions. During a quieter moment I tried to take a few. This picture just portrays friends meeting up with friends and just enjoying time together.
My own mother even surprised me by coming and she lives two hours away!! She and two other friends of hers decided to make it a road trip and join in on the twenty year celebration! I almost got teary, I was so pleased! I was visiting with some people and I looked up and there she was grinning at me. How I wished I could have captured that moment with a picture! :) This display of goodies was set up at the kitchen table.
It's fun for me to look back at the pictures now and see what sold and what I still have left.
Red poppies are so popular these days.
And so are
orange poppies. Oh look! There are those peacock feathers looking at you again! I love 'em!
It wouldn't be a spring show without the ever popular red geraniums. They look so real, you almost expect that geranium smell to come at you.
And for those of you that were trying to guess what those rolled up "things" were on the chair during my last post ~~~
most of you guessed it. I had tee shirts printed that we workers wore during the show.
They were also given as door prizes.
I hope you have enjoyed the transformation from workroom chaos to
a Spring Showing. I'll show a bit more later this week.
Now hop on over to Susan's and see the other changes people have made!


Millie said...

Oh, I laughed when I saw your work room pictures! I also do florals, and mine looks like that at times, too. (ah, those long boxes with the ends torn off, and flowers peeking through!)I had to call my hubby to take a look. I am winding down with that aspect of life and this year so plan to do only 1 show and try and use up some of the supplies.
Happy to hear your show went well.

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

How fun - and I am so glad you had such a successful show. I have friends in Kansas who have been holding these types of shows (four times a year) for about 10 years, and they have a lot of success, too. I love hearing about cottage industries like this. How fun for your Mom to be there as a surprise. Thx for sharing, Barb

southerninspiration said...

Oh, you look so, so cute in your silk thumb shirt, and scarf! You are a wonder, girlfriend! I would love to see what's left!!!


The Raggedy Girl said...

How nice that you had such a great anniversary show and you sure took a big mess and turned it into something beautiful. I love the geraniums!

Have An Amazing Monday!
from Roberta Anne-the Raggedy Girl

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Congratulations on the success of your show. The florals I can see look just amazing. Love the tee shirts and the bag. Hugs, Marty

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Donna, It looks like you had a great show. I know from experiece how much work it can be to have a successful show. But, it's also so much fun. I miss working in the flower shop. You look great in your tee. Hugs, Terrie

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a successful show and thanks for sharing the photos. You look so pretty in your t-shirt!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Donna...I am so glad your show when great for you and how special that your mama came...loved all your arrangements just beautiful..Happy 20th to you Donna..great post today thnkas for sharing with us..Happy Monday to you girl..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Domestic Designer said...

Congratulations on your wonderful show! I wish I could have come. I love flower arrangements and yours are just so beautiful! I know you had to work hard but it looks like your hard work was rewarded. Love the bags and t-shirts. In my opinion the color is perfect.:-) Have a restful day. You deserve it!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Mornin' Donna! Glad to see that I'm not the only one that creates out of chaos! Congratulations on your anniversary! I love your arrangements! How wonderful your mom surprising you! And I love your name and logo! I bet you're ready for a little nap! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

ellen b said...

:0) Very pretty showing!!

susan said...

It's okay--creative geniuses work best in chaos. The end result is what matters and yours was Great!

Bo said...

Hi Donna...what a great time you must of had while selling out almost all of your fab designs! You must be pooped but thrilled too! ;-) Bo

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I loved the t-shirts you wore. The Silk Thumb-how clever. How special that your mother was there to celebrate with you.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, Donna....amazing!!! You have such a gift, my friend. :) Love love everything. And Mr. Brown Socks was right--I'd LOVE a green Silk Thumb bag with green and pink gerber daisies. ;) So glad it went well and that you had a good turnout. You look so pretty in your tee-shirt! :)

Candy said...

What a difference a vase can make!:)
You girls really do have a Silk Thumb. Love the peacock feathers.
Bloomin' good job! Candy

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Beautiful arrangements. I am terrible at flower arranging. I just stick faux flowers in a pitcher & call it a day. You would cringe if you saw mine. Thanks for sharing yours. Glad you had such a good show. And how fab that your Mom attended.

Sofia Striffler said...

Wow that is great that you have this show in your home. Beautiful arrangements.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Donna, it looks like a wonderful celebration! Your floral arrangements are all wonderful, and I love the t-shirt design. laurie

Cathy said...

Donna, I'm so glad that your show was a success. I love the bag and the t-shirt! That's a great picture of you...Beautiful!


janet said...

i would have to buy something just to leave with one of those beautiful bags. Congratulations on such a successful show, i sure would love to have been there to see all those beautiful things you have worked so hard creating.

Linda Q said...

Glad it was a good show for you!
What a pile of flowers and they sure turn into pretty arrangements!
I saw some poppies the other day and wow they looked real!
Linda Q

The Nester said...

The Silk Thumb is just about the cutest name in existence! Cute stuff!

Small House said...

So glad you had a successful show! The bags and t-shirts are so cute, and the flower arrangements beautiful. It looked as if all you hard work payed off!!
Have a great day.

Unknown said...

Out of that chaos came GREAT beauty! I'm SO glad your event was a success and how wonderful that your mother surprised you. What a great gift!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Chaos? What chaos?! I see a means to make beauty...and I love it! YOU are living my dream!
Your mother coming to join in the celebration is absolutely wonderful. Just from the way your wrote of it...really touched me!
Thanks for sharing and the pictures you did remember to take are great.
~smiles and love~

Michelle said...

I love all your creative chaos! Everything looks lovely (as usual).