Think back to July”ish” 2010. What were you doing that month?
A mom took her daughter and 2 of her daughter’s friends to a Justin Bieber concert. The place was rockin’ with over 20,000 screaming fans! Picture this: an arena (or whatever) is jammed with human bodies packed together like sardines and YOU get picked out of all those sardines to go up on-stage to be sung to by the “star”! Wow……..my heart’s beating fast at the thought of it (tho I would be excited over Crosy, Stills and Nash NOT Justin Bieber!).
And……….Lucky me……….I got to preserve the flowers that were given to this young lady. Let me tell you…….that was fun. What a memory preserved for her lifetime to enjoy. Does it get any better than that? I think not!
Have a great day folks!
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Ok……it’s been eons since I’ve written. So much going on. But I looked in my web-ready pictures to see what needed to be on my website and realized I have not downloaded pictures in a very long time. There are some shadowboxes I was thrilled to do and never even got up on my site. Yep………I’ve been lazy? Or maybe just overwhelmed……at any rate……please browse the Floral Preservation Gallery pictures. There are new ones up and many more to come. Oh that I had 4 hands to work with.
Have a blessed day beyond measure folks.
When these flowers came I was disheartened. They had been through the mill at the wedding and traveled a few hours to get to me. And they were mostly orchids to boot which made my heart sink even more. I am always honest with my clients. Why lie? If you don’t tell them right up front that some flowers do not come out well don’t you think they’ll question the final product when you hand it over to them? Orchids are tough and they are moody and I honestly don’t know what I’m going to get when I open up the box I have them drying in. I’ve studied lots of different photos on the internet. I’ve only read one who has no problem with orchids and of course they are not willing to share their secret. Frankly I share with anyone who wants to know how I do what I do. It’s not like all people are going to run out and start their own flower preserving business just like that. It takes patience, for one thing, because it can be a very tedious process from beginning to end.
At any rate, the flowers arrived and I always try to save something because I think it’s so important to have a treasure from a special event. Even if I can only get one or two flowers something pretty can be made. Fortunately for me they also sent with the Bride’s bouquet a centerpiece from one of the reception tables. Though it was not in the best of shapes, there was promise. A little mixing and matching and here is the finished product. I loved it. Aged, yes – but lovely just the same. I know that other shops will replace flowers because a bouquet has gotten pretty beat up. I like to use what’s given to me anyway. I just think that there is something holding that Bride’s heart when she knows those were the actual flowers she carried or the actual flowers that were on the tables at her reception.
I’m kind of sentimental that way.
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“The flowers look so real” she said. That always amuses me when I get that comment……..and I get it often. “They are real” I always answer. And it’s true…….they are. And isn’t that just the best? To be able to keep your actual flowers that mean so much to you?
That’s what I’m thinkin’.
I don’t update nearly enough. Maybe it’s the humidity…….maybe the “to do” list is overwhelming…….who knows…….but I got to thinking about this shadowbox the other day and decided this would be my next post. And maybe I’ll just update by posting the finished orders. A wonderful grandma had just died and this shadowbox was given as a gift to her daughter. What I find so precious about this item is the wedding picture of grandma in the frame. So beautiful. What a wonderful memory to treasure. And the tulips! Could not believe how beautiful the tulips came out. I’ll tell you what I love…..opening the boxes of flowers buried in silica gel and being amazed at the beauty of the flowers when they’re done drying. For me it’s like opening Christmas presents and I never tire of it!
May your day be filled with beauty.
It, indeed, has been a long winter. Mountains of snow and an old body that just said “NO” to shoveling anymore. Everything hurts and when you get older……well, the pains just never go away.
Thank God for Springtime. Even with aches and pains……..Spring is a time for hope and renewal. I look forward to this renewal…….even today (which is supposed to be rainy and cold). I do believe I will go out to the studio and get an early start. I can’t seem to sleep……being creative just might be the breath of fresh air that I need.
May your day be filled with beauty,
Valentine’s Day! A popular day for getting engaged. What will you do with your flowers after they have been presented to you along with a ring?
Preservation is a great way to cherish that memory!
Need I say more? Just look through the Gallery and see all the things that can be done with your flowers!
First of all, 4 shadowboxes were being done for the family as a gift. Each person who was getting one chose the flowers they wanted in their box and certain pictures. Each box was to have the obituary, and the funeral note information and a pinecone in honor of him being an outdoorsman along with the flowers they wanted.
Being one who feels that less is more I stared at all the items that were in front of me for each different box. I wondered how on earth I would get all that “stuff” in there. When I’m working on a bridal box my mantra is “simple elegance”…but can you really have simplicity when it’s a funeral box? I decided “no”. This is a person’s life all wrapped up right here for a loved one to treasure. I learned about Michael just by looking at all the pictures that were facing me. Michael was real and he was loved and he was special and it all has to be captured for the sake of the memory.
I’m not here to tell you that “here at Anne Bruening Originals we will do blah, blah, blah for you and your family”…….
I am here to tell you that my name is Anne Bruening and just like everyone of you out there my name matters to me and with it are associated aspects about my life that people know because they know me. And if I were to die today I wonder what treasures my children might put in a box along with the flowers. Those memories matter.
Your memories matter to me. They will be treated with love.
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.