Martha's Choice!

This is the most shocking, exciting, humbling, AMAZING news I’ve received next to finding out I was pregnant! Thank you @martha_weddings so much for honoring Juniper as one of your 62 Top Floral Designers… I am truly humbled and so honored to be among this list of talented floral designers. 

It’s truly amazing how far diligence and hard work will take you. Never EVER give up on your dreams. This is such an encouragement to keep doing what we're going and to keep serving our clients to the fullest! 

The Makers Table & Bloom Culture: Yoga and Flowers

We're a little behind schedule but now that second trimester is in full swing we have our energy back! This was our Yoga and Floral Crown class hosted by Annie Middlebrows of The Makers Table back in November. Who wouldn't want to do yoga and create a floral crown over a wonderful brunch spread? 

We started out the day with some holy yoga with Sara Gardner with Beyond Yoga. Sweet worship music playing while Sara guided us through an hour of yoga. I unfortunately did not participate at the time due to morning/all day sickness and didn't want to distract with my gray/green appearance while contorting into various positions that would upset my tummy. 

Annie provided a beautiful table for us to gather around and share in a lovely brunch of fresh made waffles, fruit and yogurt parfait and OJ and Mimosas. While the ladies noshed I went through a floral crown construction demonstration and answered questions. As always, I'm always filled with joy to see each attendee create something that speaks to their heart and is such a great representation of their creativity and beauty! 

Photographed by the lovely Courtney Waugh Photography. 

Bloom Culture :: brunch&blooms ::

With so much on my plate since our last Bloom Culture community class I've been a little slow on the blog. Unbeknownst to me I was actually pregnant at our last class! I've been a little preoccupied with a few things to say the least but have gotten my energy back and have started planning our Bloom Culture classes for 2015! Stay tuned for our spring dates to be released soon! Until then, please enjoy some lovely photos from Amanda Watson Photography from our last class! 

Here are the portraits of our sweet attendees and their beautiful arrangements !

| Photographer: Amanda Watson Photography 
Venue: Verbode Realty Group 
| Coffee Bar: Lindsay Chappell with Clean Pour
| Table Runners & Floral Recipe Cards: Louise Dean Design
| Catering: Elyse Fisher
| Farm Tables: Kahoy  Studio 

Creating Bloom Culture

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So one thing I didn't anticipate, which seems sort of silly now, is people asking me, "So, What IS Bloom Culture?" Every time I'm asked I get so incredibly excited to share this piece of my heart. The word bloom was a given, I just liked it. But that wasn't enough... Bloom... What? Bloom class, Bloom theory, Bloom... nothing seemed to fit until one day at church we talked about culture. We talked about how we create our own culture.

Humans. Create. Culture.
Mind Blown. 

I do realize this isn't brand new information, but it hit me in a different way that day. I talked about it with my husband, let it roll off my tongue. At first it seemed pretentious. Bloom Culture... but then on a two hour drive to Dallas, the more we talked about it, the more it fit. The more I thought about naming a class about creativity, and thinking that I could even create the culture of this class, the more excited I became. { Bloom Culture } 

My heart behind it isn't branding, marketing, or even getting our name out there, which I do realize are all positive things that happen because of it. But my heart is to encourage people to create. So many times I hear, "oh I could never do that." Or, "that's just so beautiful, I'm not that creative." Which are all lies. We are ALL creative, and Bloom Culture is a small outlet for people to learn, create and walk away with a new skill. I could go on for days but I feel like our culture has somehow reserved the term creative for an elite group of people. That everyone is not created creative. There is so much fear of failure when it comes to creativity, we are all afraid to fail, so we wind up not even trying. "The creative act is inherently an act of courage. We are born to far too many fears and far too great a darkness. It is only when we find the courage to create that we are freed from those fears and that darkness." - The Artisan Soul

"It takes courage to not only accept our limitations but embrace our potential" - The Artisan Soul 

Here's to embracing potential in yourself through outlets that are not normally part of your everyday culture.

Dare to explore, to play, to bloom. 

Look at how beautiful they are... 

DIY Floral Comb Tutorial

Mother’s Day Floral Comb Tutorial - By  Alison Fleck of Juniper Designs 
as seen on GreenWeddingShoes

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Things you’ll need

  • Fresh or Silk Flowers: we used freshwater Spray Roses and Brunia. 
  • Snippers
  • RibbonChoose various thicknesses for depth and interest. We picked ribbon with subtle colors and texture. Make sure you get a thick option to cover up the card stock.
  • Card Stock: Select a subtle color here, this is just a structural component.
  • Hair Comb: You can purchase these from any general store, they have various sizes.
  • Hot Glue Gun: Any glue gun will do, we use this for the construction portion of the backing and connecting it to the comb. 
  • Cold Floral GlueWe use cold floral glue for fresh flowers, it adheres in a flexible manor and does less damage to the fresh cut flower.

Step 1. Gather materials with preferred color pallet, we chose a variety of peach and ivory.

Step 2. Cut a 2” by 4” piece card stock. For various size combs a rule of thumb is to make sure the edge of the card stock extends about a quarter of an inch past the width of the comb. Fold the card stock in half.

Step 3. Run a pretty generous line of hot glue along the back of the comb and attach it to the non-folded side of the card stock. Press the two open sides of the card stock together to hide the top of the comb. Cut off any excess or extra that you don’t need.

Step 4. Cut your ribbon to the appropriate size to conceal the card stock. Don't be afraid to layer the ribbon adding depth and interest. Once cut to the appropriate length, glue the ribbon to the backing.

Step 5. Now we move on to the cold glue for fresh flowers (you can use hot if you’re using silk) 

Run a line of cold glue along the ribbon in the desired place. Let the glue set up for about 10-20 seconds. While your’e waiting for the glue to set up, snip your desired flowers pretty short at the base. *side note, make sure you clean your flowers by taking off any blemished outer petals.

Step 6. Apply a dollop of cold glue to the bottom of the cut flower (do this slowly as the cold glue has a tendency to run at first). Allow the glue to set up for 10-20 seconds

Step 7. Apply the flowers to the comb, making sure that the glue you placed on the backing and the glue on the flower are touching (the glue works like rubber cement and bonds to itself). Arrange the flowers as you see fit.

Step 8. Fill in any holes you may see with buds or other floral elements you’ve gathered. Let it sit for a good 30 minutes before use and enjoy!!

All photos curtesy of Ely Fair Photography

All photos curtesy of Ely Fair Photography

Intention through Expression

We recently received the photos of the work we did at the Flower Wild Workshop Palm Springs. All photos curtesy of : Bryce Covey Photography Ribbon Calligraphy: Feasting

It's amazing to see these images after 6 months. I can't believe how much we've grown and changed and it's amazing to see how this workshop was a huge catalyst for us. It really helped us define a direction and start to hone in on a style that we wanted to represent us.

We also finished a couple of amazing sessions with Shanna Skidmore - an amazing Business Coach and Consultant for creative entrepreneurs. I can't express how much I learned. She helped clearly define our vision and mission. At the heart of Juniper is intention and that is what we want to express through our design. I am really eager to implement procedures, processes, and creativity to achieve the goals we came up with. She's not only a great business coach but I sort of want to move to Georgia and be her best friend. In a completely normal 12-year-old girl crush sort of way... :) 

Our Vision: to create beauty through the PROCESS of creating 

Our Mission: to create beautiful experiences that speak authentically about each client 

I must admit that we are learning to LOVE the process. 

Greek Myths

So when I was younger I LOVED Greek Mythology. All of the stories were so vibrant and imaginative. Any time we studied it in school I was captivated. Sooooo on behalf of the Lunar Eclipse that is happening tonight (I hope we can see it!) I made a little floral constellation of my astrological sign's constellation. Scorpius aka Scorpio... 

"In Greek Mythology the myths associated with Scorpio almost invariably also contain a reference to Orion. According to one of these myths it is written that Orion boasted to goddess Artemis and her mother, Leto, that he would kill every animal on the earth. Although Artemis was known to be a hunter herself she offered protection to all creatures. Artemis and her mother Leto sent a scorpion to deal with Orion. The pair battled and the scorpion killed Orion. However, the contest was apparently a lively one that caught the attention of the king of the gods Zeus, who later raised the scorpion to heaven and afterwards, at the request of Artemis, did the same for Orion to serve as a reminder for mortals to curb their excessive pride" - Thanks Wikipedia :) 

The lunar eclipse is scheduled for the early morning hours, peaking between 3 and 4 am. I hope you get to enjoy it if you can pull yourself out of bed! 

 

Thanks to Ely Fair Photo for the great collaboration and photo! 

Something Blue

To my Darling Wife Alma, 

From your Humbly Grateful Husband Wayne. 

This was the bible my grandfather was given when he served in WWII. He gave it to my grandmother after the war. It’s dated January 1, 1946.

One particularly hard time when I was struggling with being single, I picked up this bible and read over and over the words my grandfather wrote to my grandmother so many years before. It was then that I realized that that type of love was what I wanted and what I would wait for. That I would not wait to have a wedding or even a marriage, but a love that transcends war, distance, time and death. Love is what sustains a marriage and a wedding is a celebration of that. Love is the foundation. 

I never met my grandfather as he passed away before I was born. My darling Grandmother Alma is still with us and she is still every bit in love with my Grandfather now as she was then. She has dementia and alzheimer’s but he is still her clearest memory. 

It seems the art of love isn’t the same as it used to be, but love is not lost… just the way it is expressed has changed. I wish these sentiments were still held in the same regard but regardless of the change in time and culture, this love still exists. If you’ve found it, hold on to it tight and fight for it. If you haven’t yet, be patient, and don’t settle. In my experience this is the type of love worth waiting for.

I used his bible as my something blue in our wedding. 

Goldfish

Did you know that Goldfish can grow to 15 inches when released into the wild?

I was once told at my last job that I was too ambitious. It made me feel so small and that my creativity and innovation were never going to be good enough. Sooo I quit that job and started my own business where I could be as ambitious as I wanted. Where no one could stand in the way of my ideas and how to execute them. I fail daily, more than I'd like to admit, but it's my ambition that makes me try new things and that constantly drives me to be better. Today marks the one year anniversary of taking a leap of faith to follow a dream. I'm finally believing in myself and in my own life. How freeing that is...

Imagine what our world could be like if we lived in the freedom of believing in ourselves. What if we knew that the world is bigger than the comfort zone of our fishbowls? Imagine how big we could grow if we lived without the boundaries of self doubt. Never ever underestimate the power of your dreams... Or anyone else's.


Your work will be as good as your ambitions. - Ira Glass

Photos by the incredibly talented Ely Fair Photography 

Photos by the incredibly talented Ely Fair Photography 

dream big little pig

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dream big:: I am closer to thirty than I am to twenty. And I'm okay with it. Actually, I'm better than okay with it. I'm pretty happy about it. You couldn't pay me to go in the reverse direction. I’ll spare you the series of events and details that lead to Juniper. What you need to know is that this info-graphic (my husband showed it to me) changed the course of my life.

it's simple:: Okay it's not simple. Nothing that changes the course of your life is. But the foundation of it is simple. Change something... DO something. I had had enough of being unhappy with where my life was going and feeling helpless about it. That sucked. Honestly, I thought if I changed one small daily task it would help. But day after day ended with the same restlessness and a tiny fire in my heart (most say it's in their belly, but mine was in my heart... still is). I can feel the little burn right now as I type. It's something like excitement mixed with urgency, mixed with that feeling right before you take the plunge on a roller coaster. 

jumping:: It wasn't a clear path... the path to changing something to be happy. I wasn't even sure I was changing the right things. But as things tend to do when they're right... step after step, baby steps sometimes, opportunity blossomed. I took a leap of faith and God met me every step, encouraging me to take another. It's like that Paula Abdul song... you take two steps forward, and two steps back. The song continues down a path not revenant to my point, but you get where I'm going. Point is, you just have to keep going and preserver through the two or two hundred steps back, or up, or down, or sideways along the path. It's not a straight shot. Below is another info-graphic that illustrates my point; it helped me gain perspective on my goals. It made me laugh. 

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Happy New Year! Cheers to doing something! 

An Introduction of Sorts

Hi!

You may have read a little bit about me in the behind the scenes portion of our website but I wanted to start off the blog with a little more of me...who I am, and why I started Juniper. 

Alison Fleck::
daughter, wife, designer, florist

Crazy cat lady should probably be listed there too but that's a different blog post entirely. 

Alison Fleck, Juniper Designs,

Daughter: I have two generous and loving parents from whom I've learned so much. How to talk to people and treat them with respect, how to persevere and never give up, and most of all...that growing up doesn't mean being too serious. We have fun in our family and that is something I cherish. One reason I started Juniper is because I want to have fun when I work. There is so much responsibility with owning your own small business but life is too short not to have fun. Every. Day.

photo: Arron Snow Photography

photo: Arron Snow Photography

Wife: I am a newlywed. Just about a year and a half. Is that still a newlywed? I think so. Anyway, I married a kind, handsome, and thoughtful person. He is just right for me and is the most precious gift I've ever been given. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't have started Juniper. He has been with me every step of the way, encouraging me and believing in me. I love you Collin Michael Fleck.

Designer: The Interior Designer part of me will forever be growing, learning, and changing. Like I said before, design wasn't always the obvious choice but once decided it was definitely the most suited. It brought color back into my world. I love the things it teaches me...to always keep an open mind, that collaborating is awesome, and to never get discouraged as there is never one right answer...the possibilities are endless. So that's Good! 

Florist: Most recently, I'm a Florist. Juniper was born in March of 2013. I'd dreamt of her (side note: this is the first time I've called Juniper "her"...I guess there's a first time for everything!) So...literally, I had a dream and It was about Juniper. I took that as a sign and followed my dream. I love working with my hands and getting them dirty. I love that the smell of roses never gets old. Ever. I love the endless combinations of colors and textures and the way each flower's stem feels different in my hand. I love learning about these beautiful crowns of creation, these flowers, and pray their beauty never becomes stagnant. 

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