It’s time for Change


I have to say, as I have gone through life, that I have mostly hated change. We grow into our routines. They make us feel comfortable, safe……even if life is not that great we still hold on to the “comfort” that the “sameness” represents. At least that’s how I used to feel.

Then one day, a few years ago, my world was rocked and the change that faced me was too overwhelming for me to bear………or so I thought. After about 3 months of walking around in somewhat of a stupor and stumbling for my way………life changed again. I strongly grabbed on to the hand of God and said let’s do it Lord……..let’s take on this world together in a way I have never done. From that time on I have embraced changed in most situations because it is a good thing.

And so it is with Anne Bruening Originals. It is going through change. It’s ok. I like it, actually. I am watching a dream come true that I have had from the beginning – that one day I might be totally “custom” order………I just didn’t think it would be in this way. Times have changed, people have changed, economy has surely changed. I noticed about 2 years ago that my retail sales were changing big time……retail as in coming in to the shop and just purchasing for the home. People were buying groceries and paying bills…….not buying “fluff”……..and that’s what I am…..”fluff”! A non-essential.

I learned years ago that if a business is to run well it must “find a need and fill it”. “Who needs dried flowers Lord?” I would ask almost daily. I have found out, in the last several years, that many people need dried flowers………..just not in the way I originally began.

And so…….Anne Bruening Originals is closing the doors to the basic retail end of the business I once had and opening the door to 100% Floral Preservation. It has been the way it has been going. It has been 98% of my sales…….it is what my clients need and what I love to do for them.

I think of a dear man who recently came to the studio who had just lost his wife to pancreatic cancer. They had 3 weeks. No one was prepared for this. She………younger than me. He had a simple rose from the funeral…….already 2 weeks old and quite withered………and their wedding rings……would I put them in a frame he asked?

Oh dear God……I love my job……..thank You for helping me find the need and fill it. I couldn’t be more blessed.

As most of you know…….my door has always been open. As long as I’m home I am open and available to you. But no longer do I have “regular” shop hours. Appointments are necessary as I am learning that it can often take a client an hour and more to decide on how they want their flowers displayed. It is important that they have their time uninterrupted. Still……….if you are driving by………you are welcome to come up and knock on the door and make that appointment (which could be for right then and there).

Feel free to comment and ask questions………I do my best to be available 24/7 though that’s not always possible. Just know that I do deeply care about what you think. And thank you for 20 years that has brought me to this wonderful place in this business. It has been and still is a wonderful journey.




Homey Studio! Complete with my cats.  I am so blessed!

Homey Studio! Complete with my cats. I am so blessed!

Just a brief glimpse of my studio,  cats and all!  I am blessed because I specialize in dried florals.  Cats are known for specializing in dried floral matter as well.  They love to eat the stuff.  I can’t tell you how many times the last 20 years people have told me that they would love to buy something but their cats would eat it!  I know this is true about the feline species!  Not mine though!  My cats arrived at my shop in a womb, a stray mother looking for a home.  I had one inside cat (in her mid-teens at the time) and had always had DOGS!  My whole life I grew up as a dog lover and nothing but.  Cats!  No way – I wanted nothing to do with them – and swore I’d never have them.  Never say never! 

Long story short – when these “kittens” were born they were welcomed into the world by a complete dog lover and so they were raised as though they were dogs.  I know nothing of raising kittens.  They are my dog-cats.  They come when they are called and have “personalities” beyond measure.  I’ve been told time and again I have the best cats.  And I do!  Best of all, they do not bother my arrangements, in fact, they are not the least bit interested in my stuff, they just want to be near me.  Just like a dog wouldn’t you say?

But I digress.  The title of this blog is “Anne, what the heck are your hours?”.  (more…)

Playing with new features


The blog is live now and a whole new world has opened up for me.  What a wonderful tool has been placed into my hands!  I hope to share all kinds of things in this space.  (more…)