Archive | June, 2012

Living Fresh Flower School: We’ve Moved!!

30 Jun

living fresh flower school studio

It is with much excitement that I am announcing the new location for the Living Fresh Flower School:  in the Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario.  The Button Factory in Uptown Waterloo was a wonderful start to the school, where we ran a year’s worth of courses – but our new studio at 20 Queen Street South will be a permanent home for us, allowing us to offer not only special interest courses, but also a series of classes (floristry 101) for the career oriented student. Our new fall schedule for the 2012/2013 year is now up on our website, so register now as space is limited.  Because our new studio space  has a more modest square footage, class sizes will be smaller and more  intimate allowing for a student to teacher ratio of as little as 3:1.

We can’t wait to see everyone in our new space this fall!

living fresh flower school teachers deb jasinski tina riddell


Country Chic Barn Party

27 Jun

When you are a collector of something, nothing makes you prouder than when your collectible is admired by another. If you have been following my blog, you may recall numerous posts over the last year featuring my beloved milk glass collection. I have been a collector of this vintage style glass for many years – there is something so wonderful about its old school feel. So when I was approached by someone last week to borrow my collection for a party I simply couldn’t turn them down. The party was a year end celebration for a women’s choir and it was to be held in barn in Cambridge, Ontario. This wasn’t just a hoedown – this was a five course meal served in a beautifully whitewashed barn with vintage beams and a full service kitchen.

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic milkglass whitewashing barn

In keeping with the “country chic” feeling, the people in charge of decorating for this soiree chose to obtain their flowers curbside. Wild flowers (weeds to some), were cut the night before the event and lovingly assembled in my little milk glass beauties. I have said it once, and I will say it again: you don’t have to be a trained floral designer to make flowers look great in vintage milk glass! Oh, and by any chance did you notice the candles that were placed in mason jars??? After milk glass and antique bottles, mason jars are my third passion – don’t even get me started on that!!!

country chic barn decor milkglass

milkglass country chic barn

milkglass country chic barn

milkglass country chic barn wildflowers

milkglass country chic barn

The organizers of this event did a stellar job. Everything from the twinkle lights to the linens were a perfect touch to this “country chic” event. If you are considering a casual yet elegant event in the future, this is definitely a theme worth considering.

NEW!! Steampunk Inspired Jewelry Line

23 Jun

Based on the Victorian perspective on fashion, steampunk is a fusion of science fiction, fantasy and technology. Steampunk design emphasizes a balance between tool and decoration. This week marks the launch of a steampunk inspired necklace and bracelet collection at Purplefreesia Designs. Our ETSY shop (click here for a direct link) presents functional gadgets with a fanciful twist. Using our signature Swarovski crystal elements along with antique bronze charms and handmade resin cameos, our jewelry is handmade in our studio in Ontario, Canada. Please visit our ETSY shop to view our full line – we ship worldwide. Watch for new jewelry pieces every week as we introduce new materials such as pyrite, silver, gold and glass.

Please enjoy a look at some pieces from our current collection!

necklace bee clock steampunk crystal

bee owl steampunk necklace crystal

bicycle bike antique steampunk necklace

bracelet steampunk gadgets key teacup fan scissors

clock compass steampunk necklace

necklace steampunk clock key crown crystal

steampunk necklace key crystal

necklace steampunk key owl crystal

necklace steampunk airplane aviation plane key crown crystal

clock steampunk necklace swarovski

necklace cog clocks gears steampunk swarovski

steampunk necklace antique bronze jailer's keys swarovski crystal

key cogs gears swarovski crystal necklace steampunk

pocket watch steampunk necklace crystal binoculars

Old Fashioned Garden Roses

18 Jun

david austin rose milk glass 


Antique garden roses are the flower of choice in bridal flowers these days.  Not a week will go by at the retail flower shop I work in that we don’t get an inquiry about them or have the pleasure of working with them. Garden roses used to be the “unobtainable” rose for the average person.  South American growers started the crops about 10 years ago but would only sell them to wholesale suppliers in quantities of 144.  That is a very large amount of such a perishable flower, thusly, making it only available to the affluent customer.  But things have changed – requirements have lessened and now it is quite common to purchase as few as one dozen.  The average retail cost of a garden rose can range from $5 to $8 depening on the variety.

I have been the lucky recipient of garden variety roses for the past 8 Mother’s Days.  This year my rose bushes have been especially abundant because we have experienced a good amount of rainfall here in Southern Ontario.  I couldn’t resist cutting some of them and arranging them in a vintage antique milk glass vase that was given to me by my sister on my most recent birthday.  The vase is the perfect match to these old fashioned roses. Even though these roses only last about 2 days, their fragrance and beauty is well worth the effort.

david austin rose charles darwin

climbing rose hot pink rose

garden rose yellow golden showers

david austin rose othello hot pink

climbing rose dawn soft pink

garden roses

milk glass garden roses david austin