Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Woodland Arrangement Workshop with Francoise Weeks

the flower studio in SE Portland

Francoise Weeks has made a name for herself in Portland as a premier floral designer. Her business, Francoise Weeks, European Floral Design is sought after by brides and non brides alike! Part of her business is teaching a variety of workshops ranging from creating your own personal wedding flowers to seasonal design workshops such as the one my friend Kelley and I attended last night, woodland arrangements.

Francoise is an enthusiastic teacher. It's easy to see how much she loves her work. After demonstrating her tried and true techniques and sharing some great tips, we were ready to get started... Even though I'm designing every day, it's something else to step out of your comfortable medium and apply yourself to something totally different like this!

There was lots of plant material, from bark and lichen and moss to live fern, berries and flowers to choose from.

Francoise's studio is spacious and easy to work in and does it ever smell great! Time just flew as we got going on our arrangements.

                          from start to finish...

                                                                            Kelley and I were two happy campers!

For information on this and other classes Francoise offers throughout the year you can check out her website at http://francoiseweeks.com/classes/.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I digress...

...once again. 
I found this crazy looking bug on a closepin in the back yard while taking down the wash today. I can't find it in my insect book, which is admittedly a rather lame one, but I can't seem to find anything on the internet either. Any entomologists out there?