Thursday, October 3, 2013
Marilyn and the gang were so awesome and as usual made me feel right at home. And, I got to hang with my pal Michael Penney,designer extraordinaire, who was also on the show today and totally killed it. Coriander Girl has been invited back in December to discuss holiday arrangements so we'll keep you posted on the show date! Much love and thanks for watching! Alison xo
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Click here to watch the segment. Thank you once again to everyone from Camp Marilyn for another amazing experience!! Alison xo
Friday, July 12, 2013
Hey darling doodles! It looks like we've been nominated as NOW magazines top wedding florist! What a thrill and a delight! If you want to support us and vote, because you agree, click here! Thanks so much for being so fabulous over the last three and a half years, it's been a pleasure serving you! Warmly, Alison xo
Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Definitely one of those pinch me moments in life that I'm so excited to share with you! A huge thank you to everyone on the show for being so kind. Marilyn was an absolute delight. Wendy, Seta, Kathy, Amy, Justin, Chris and so many other fabulous folks helped make this experience out of this world by miles!! Melissa, Dee and Carl thanks for the dear words of encouragement, you're an inspiration!
A good day, "absolutely."
Monday, May 6, 2013
Hasn't May been the prettiest May ever? Because we had such a cold winter, Spring feels so much more exciting this year. And when Spring finally arrives it's always my reminder that Mother's day is just around the corner, this Sunday to be exact and so if you're ordering Mother's Day flowers for delivery, please have your orders in by Friday. You can also just pop in and grab a bouquet anytime between 11 and 7pm on Saturday and 10 to 5pm on Sunday.
Also, we're so excited to share that the back garden is open for business this weekend. Sadly, we aren't renting to Urban Harvest (Colette Murphy, my sister from another Mr.) this year as the seedlings required more sun than our space could provide but we'll be selling some plants and garden decor of our own. Please come by this weekend and check it out! Urban Harvest can be found at 2457 Dundas Street West just north of Bloor. Happy planting everyone!!
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Is it really you? You've been teasing me so.
Well, I just want to say how much I've missed you and can't wait to party with you!!
The shop has got some exciting plans for you too. The back garden reveal is happening very soon and we'll have more garden inspired things for sale!
Anyway, just thought I'd formally welcome you and thank you for coming. Our brides are excited too about their Spring weddings. This year we've got a ton in May so you've come just in time.
Oh and Urban Harvest seeds are back at the shop and ready for planting so you keep that warm breeze comin' girl!
Monday, April 8, 2013
A few months back I had been asked by the fiercely talented Michael Penney, designer extraordinaire and owner of Penney and Company to come to his fabulous shop in Whitby and teach a floral workshop this month. It was our first time meeting yesterday after almost 3 years of virtual high fives and way to go's! Yet, it couldn't have felt more like bumping into an old friend. I think that's one of Michael's many gifts, he immediately puts you at ease. The down to earth guy you see on the tube, (The Marilyn Denis Show, House and Home etc) is just what you get in person but a foot t taller then you might expect.
So there I was with 30 of Michael's dearest customers, no pressure:). For flowers 101, my goal was less about teaching rules and more about letting go. I think you should get wild with your floral self, get loose and have fun with it, throw the rules out the window and feel it, don't fight it. I'm sure I sounded like a maniac but these women were really blowing my mind. In fact, there were a few who could have dropped off resumes, I wasn't kidding! I'm not sure that there is anything better than watching a person surprise themselves by their own talents. One woman specifically mentioned she didn't normally like what she created but she was a standout! I felt so lucky to watch these fabulous women create such beauty. Isn't that what life is about, finding the beauty?
Some familiar faces were there too, Krista and Georgia, what a delight it was seeing you both! I'm also curious to know a woman's name who pulled me aside at the beginning to ask a few questions, she sat near the back on the right side of the room where the window was, she was so kind and left before I could tell her that I simply LOVED her arrangement, she did so much with so little. Her wee little mason jar beauty was simply perfect and I'm heart broken that I didn't get a picture.
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Anyway, it's safe to say that yesterday was a lightbulb moment for me. I love teaching! Not because I think I'm so brilliant, goodness no, but because I get so much back, it's selfish really!
At one point a lady said, 'you wouldn't tell us if ours wasn't any good,' and it's true, I wouldn't. I found a way to assist if it was needed and it was really awesome to see how one quick tip could really help and how much appreciated those tips were!
|Krista with her lovely friends, hilarious ladies!|
Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who participated yesterday, never stop arranging!
And a big thank you to Michael's right hand gals Julie and Kristen, you were a big help to me too.
And of course endless gratitude to Michael for inviting me. I had an absolute blast!
P.S To all the lovely ladies, couldn't post all the pics from the day! Mostly chose ones that were in focus, eyes open, you understand.