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Working Designer Wednesday: Taking Care Of Business

May 9, 2012

I sure hope you guys are ready for a conversation today. A couple of things have been weighing on me lately and I’m counting on you to help. Botanical Brouhaha has been an amazing blessing to me over the last (nearly) 3 years. I enjoy sitting down to write every single post and receiving your emails thrills me. Writing about flowers and designers never seems to get old…and the ideas for new posts just continue to flow. So, I’m sure you’re wondering what could possibly be weighing on me. Glad you asked…

First, I want this blog to be useful and inspirational for designers. I receive emails often from designers asking all sorts of questions about flowers, business and designing. I’m so grateful for readers who feel comfortable asking questions and I love replying to the emails. However, as the blog grows, I’m feeling more and more like I need additional voices to answer your questions…voices of “working designers”. I think it would be helpful to hear from a variety designers…each with a unique perspective. So, I’m wondering if you (the BB readers) would like to have a panel of designers to discuss issues that  concern you on a regular basis? Would you find that helpful? Or do you prefer posts with many pictures and few words? I want the posts to be easy and quick to read…yet full of information/inspiration because I know how busy you are. Efficiency is the name of the game when you’re working…

And, second, I need to tell you how much I appreciate those of you who read Botanical Brouhaha on a regular basis…and those who take the time to leave comments. I haven’t figured out a way to reply to all the comments and I’m worried that you might think I don’t notice. I want to assure you that I read and appreciate every comment….and I notice and appreciate every follower.

Finally, I’m looking for lots of feedback. Please let me know what you would like to see as Botanical Brouhaha grows. What topics would you like to see addressed? This blog is for you and I value your opinions and suggestions…so speak up!

And because we can’t have a post without flowers…enjoy some Florali creations before you run off to start your day…

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I appreciate you all! Have a great Wednesday…



  1. Jamie says:

    I’m fairly new to your blog and LOVING all the pictures. Advice is great also. Maybe one day a week with discussion/advice? Just make sure there are pictures with it!

  2. I think a group of working designers you can field questions to is a great idea. Count me in if you need another voice. 🙂 I would also love to see an occasional post featuring a cool product for floral and event design when you come across it. I love new tools that make my life easier or new accessories that give my work an edge. Love you blog! It is a regular daily stop for me.

  3. Floret says:

    yes,yes,yes! what a great idea!

    i’d also love tips and secrets from experienced designers. like the best way to decorate an arbor, attach chair flowers/pew ends…. stuff that unless you personally know and work with a good florists you’ll never know how to properly do. i always feel like i’m winging it but i know there are handy tricks to make set up easier and less stressful!

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  5. Emily F. says:

    I would love to see posts/ideas/tricks/discussions by other designers. The more info the better. I love this blog!

  6. Margaret in Austin says:

    Amy, first, this is a great idea. And second, I value and appreciate this blog SO much! The work you do here enriches us all. Third thing, I volunteer! Sign me up! lol

    I’m a freelancer who has worked in both retail and studio settings, as well as starting out as a flower lady for my church. I would love to offer advice and/or mentor designers who are just staring out.

    I would like to see posts about teachers, too. I went to Benz School at Texas A&M, Dr. Jim Johnson was my teacher. He has retired from A&M, but is still one of the Texas State Floral Association instructors. Most of my employers over the years were also Benz School certified.

    Thanks again for all you do, Amy!

    xo M

  7. Margaret in Austin says:

    Starting out! Not staring out! lol

    “Designers who starting out”

  8. Amy, i love your blog… i follow all your posts even if i don’t always take the time to post a comment :o)
    I’d love to see some tricks and design ideas, and learn more about how other designers create and find inspirations!
    My day with Mandy Scott in San Francisco last autumn also made me realize how different the techniques and businesses are different overseas (compared to Europe), and there’s always so much to learn from each other!
    So yes please, go on with this idea, i’d love this! (and be happy to share some techniques from Europe if you like :o) )

  9. 3Leaf says:

    I agree with the above… I love BB and the amazing collection of talents you bring to your blog Amy. The little tips and tricks you give and bring up are perfect. Keeping it simple works for me and I love it!! I’m hungry for more “tools and tips of the trade”, colors, textures, new ideas, old tricks etc.. Contributing newbies, veterans and other designers to your blog would be great too. Just don’t loose your style!

  10. Marci says:

    I am an avid reader of your blog and love nothing more than to puruse the beautiful images. But, I would also love to have a “meeting of the minds” if you will. All of us Designers have such different ways we have been taught and learned over the years that I for one love to share. There is so much work for us all out there that we can totally share the love and knowledge.
    Just make sure to insert a lovely image or two ;o)

  11. bloom boxx says:

    I would love to have designer discussion and would be honored to be part of any panel. I agree with Jamie above. Because we don’t want to lose the blog as is – it’s WONDERFUL – maybe once or twice a week is discussion?

  12. I love your blog and have learned and will keep learning so much from you and all the talented designers that are featured. I would love to know the secrets and tricks to making all this so much easier. Also maybe the trends and style of flowers that the designers see for the future, as a grower/designer, I would love to be ahead of what is the next desired flower so I would have it already growing for my designers. Just some ideas, but I love the blog!

  13. I am a freelancer just starting out. I am so happy I found this blog. I have learned a lot (names of flowers/greens, etc. that I didn’t know, for example) and really enjoy the pictures. I would love to see more in depth discussion on the “tricks of the trade.” I soak up everything I can from all the different resources online, and this is one of my favorites for inspiration.

    As an aside, maybe “showcase” some newer designers once in a while. I’d love to see what other new designers are creating.

    Thanks for all you do!!

  14. Oh Amy, Thank you for all you do- I love stopping by a few times each week, and always reading your blog and feasting on the pictures. If you or your readers ever have questions about growing flowers or a few of the different flowers/ vines I grow and use- I would love to help.
    Tracy at Springwell Gardens

  15. Laura says:

    yes.. great idea to share our ideas, and finds… love the blog.. a regular stop… and the flowers… thanks.. keep going…!!! and have a great Mother’s day work day… hang in there!!!

  16. You know I have loved your blog for a long time now! You’re doing such a great service for all of us. I’d love to see some kind of panel of designers put together… we could bounce ideas/problems/solutions around and it would be amazing! Love all your posts though!

    Aside from that, if you’re really interested in replying to comments as they come in, it seems like everybody is switching to Wordpress specifically for that reason!

  17. Heiress Emma says:

    I for one would find it extremely helpful and interesting to read working designer’s opinions and advice. I am just new to the business and I am trying to soak up as much info and inspiration as possible – the reason why I am an avid reader here in the first place.

    Great ideas, I can’t wait to see them implemented!

  18. Tina says:

    ahgg – I just typed a huge comment and it didnt work – so I am keeping this short and sweet – absolutely YES I would love to see more “behind the scenes” technical posts – or how to’s – there must be tricks we have all learned and can share – I’d love to learn how better to speed up my corsage making or how to attach arch flowers easily … etc etc – I love this blog – I am so inspired by the WONDERFUL artists featured here – I am proud of them all – great job everything and AMY – sincerely thank you – I look at the blog almost daily 🙂 I am so glad i found you

  19. I, too, would be happy to participate. And thanks for the mention!!

  20. I love the idea of a panel and would be happy to help, though I probably have more questions than answers! Larger scale bouquets that are built in separate units are something I want to learn to do better.
    I have experimented with flower treatments to preserve my tender garden grown flowers, and I grow flowers and foliage in my garden at home and at the college where I teach beginning floral design part time.
    Thanks again Amy for all you do!

  21. Chandin says:

    Amy, it’s so awesome you’re thinking about this kind of stuff. I feel your heart for wanting to help designers grow and flourish. Thank you!

    I second just about everyone, having some simple tips and tricks would be great. BUT! You can be the best designer in the world and still not get business. Being business savvy is part of being successful too. It’s the less fun, more boring-schmoring but ever so necessary part. I would love to hear what seasoned designers have learned and what new designers are learning, both in designing and in business!

    Its so encouraging to see so many designers from all over the world creating and growing. Thank you for making it so accessible!

  22. Only just saw this post. Whilst I love how your blog is all along, (this blog is basically my floral wikipedia!), I do have questions and things that I would love to be able to discuss with other florists. I feel a bit lonely at times since I am just starting out and if I ask my flower friends here, although they are awesome, I still worry when am I crossing the line and worry they might see me as snooping around etc. So I think it is SUCH a great idea to have a flower panel where we can contribute our knowledge and openly discuss things we need advices and suggestions on. And like the others have mentioned, I get really excited about any behind of the scene posts.. even those designers at work or studio photos make me giddy! I really have to say thanks, Amy, for all your time and effort in keeping Botanical Brouhaha so inspiring!

  23. Botanique says:

    Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this post, I was out of town with no internet access last week! One of the first things I did when I got home was to check your blog- I so appreciate the combination of inspirational images and practical know-how that you share.

    I love the idea of a panel of designers who could field questions. The things I always struggle with revolve around mechanics, practical things like the best way to transport flowers, how to do large-scale installation-type work, etc. I would love a panel on BB who could answer these types of questions! I also want to say that I would be really sad to see all the gorgeous images go away… I love being exposed to new designers, being able to read your blog every day and get so much inspiration. I think a weekly, biweekly or monthly panel would be wonderful, in addition to all that you are already doing! Thank you so much for writing this blog!!! I can’t tell you how helpful and inspirational it has been as I have gotten my floral biz going!


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