Tuesday, June 16, 2009

exploding ends and nice people

Okay, I owe some considerable back-story-age.

One week without the Internet = I find out how productive I can be. I realized with relief that being productive is not nearly as rewarding as I thought it would be, and so now I can return to my semi-sloth with less guilt.

My Floral Immersion course was remarkable. It was amazing how easily I slipped back into creative-production mode, even if I lacked the mechanical knowledge to make the visions in my head a reality.

{I got a bit distracted when Sir O exploded into mind-boggling-diarrhea Wednesday afternoon. Some miraculous way it resolved itself in time for the saintly neighbor-babysitter to not have to deal with it the next morning. (Although her little girl got it Saturday... oh the guilt!)}

And oh, the nice people!

I have to say, most of my experience on the East Coast has been me being disappointed with how snarky and self-oriented the mentality is here. I was pleasantly shocked by the abundance of genuine nice-ness that I found myself surrounded by during this week. You never heard so many complements and supportive words in such a small space in such a short time.

I have 79 pages worth of flowers and greens to memorize by next Spring, and I'm wishing I'd learned a little Latin somewhere before now.

What I made:
Line Arrangement
Round Arrangement*
Vegetative Arrangement
Parallel Design**
Market Bouquet in Glass
Single Flower design in glass
Garland*
Focal Point Arrangement
Focal Area Crescent**
Multifocal Rectangular
Formal Linear Design**
Beidermeier Design in Sand
Shoulder Corsage*
Wrist Corsage
Boutonniere**
Handtied Bouquet
Drop Bouquet
Wheatsheaf bound Bouquet**
Topiary
(* = HARD for me)
(** = FUN for me.... well they were all fun, but my favorites)

Also of note, the Captain started rolling over (consistently) on Sunday. (Before he started puking) He's a slow roller; those thighs of thunder take a lot of heft to torque.

11 comments:

hairyshoefairy said...

Em, I'm so happy you had such a good time doing this. Your arrangements are beautiful. I'd buy one any day if I had the money. I can't wait to see more when your class resumes. Sorry about the exploding ends. Never fun.

Crystal said...

That was adorable...the captains rolling!!! I was laughing so hard as I watched him struggle and inch every which way. Nothing better!

Sarah K said...

Way to go! The arrangements are beautiful.

And I don't know which exploding end is worse...
Hope both boys are feeling much better.

Tracy M said...

AMAZING!!! Yay for you, in so many ways.

... I do know which exploding end is worse- at least at our house! :)

The Hodges Family said...

Awesome to hear you enjoyed yourself! And congrats to Graham! Very cool things happening for you =)

Cam said...

V-E-R-Y pro-fessional floral arrangements! Have seldom seen anything better.

The Blandon's said...

They all are so great! I think the parallel design is my favorite, but they are all so good! I have to admit I am jealous of your new and wonderful talent!
Go Graham, that is a big accomplishment!

Carolanne said...

They are all beautiful, but I think the floral crescent is particularly eye catching.

Karsen said...

Em- these are absolutely fabulous!! I particularly love the linear arrangement- you are quite a talented girl! Keep up the awesome work (both with the boys and everything else!)

Chell said...

Wow those are such pretty arrangements.. That rolling over sure looks like a work out for him. Too funny!

Martha said...

What beautiful flower arrangements! I love them all! Glad to know you're feeling better. I hope you continue to feel on the mend. Hope to see you sometime soon and have fun with your family.

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