photo credit: benji-man
It's because of my friend Rachael, (who joined with me over a year ago to start our design business Willow & Juniper), then courageously stepped out in faith this past spring with her husband to take over a local coffee shop, that encouraged me to take a step back and pray, "what now Lord?"
Working alongside Rachael's creativity helped me to take a look at my gifts and evaluate what it is specifically in design that I love doing.
I love color.
I love nature.
I love being outside and working with my hands.
I love being challenged.
I love creating from what is available and...
I have always been drawn to flowers.
(My mom loves to tell the story of me as a young girl often coming home with bouquet's "foraged" from neighbors yards.)
At just nineteen years old I learned some of the basics in floral arranging from Norma Jean at Silverton Flower Shop and spent that summer working for a local family, bent over, cutting status and sitting on the back of a flower planting tractor.
Over the years I've been asked to work on arrangements for all kinds of celebrations but it wasn't until a dear friend of ours asked if I would do the flowers for her daughter's wedding, (this month), that I felt in my heart I had found my place.
To arrange flowers and bless others with God's creation brings me so much joy.
I have a lot to learn yet but I'm going to step out to see where this path leads.
I'm praying about going to floral school up in Portland this fall and in the between time I hope to grow this new business I call "Little Acre Farm".
The focus will be on foraged seasonal flowers from our acre and the surrounding countryside.
It was bittersweet to part business ways with my good friend but now I see that Willow & Juniper was a kind of catalyst for us both.
A jump start to get us going where we needed to land.
Next week will be a big one for my mom and I as we prepare for our first wedding. I'm so grateful to have her expertise and wisdom to guide us along!
I can't imagine a better work environment than our "Little Acre Farm".
practice bouquet all foraged, even the ribbon was found from the our senior center thrift shop!
flowers from the acre...these farm girls are my favorite models