Doublette David Austin mock up! This was so much fun to develop for my studio library. It’s in the lineup for #7daybouquet but with 180 instead of doublette. Next week we are on vacation, family arrives and daycare is closed. Presale lasts until the course is published, so get to it! I’m so excited about this class, I can’t wish away a vacation week but I’m looking forward to studio time!
Yesterday in the dahlia patch! I did some fertilizing with Z-Hume and ErgsBlaster, from a local grow store in Wilton called the Power Plant. Flowers are flowers. Everything looks perkier!
Forest bathing and a good forage today. Some Black Trumpets, an aged King Bolete, False Solomon’s Seal, and real as well. Love these woods walks. Definitely self care of the finest kind. I’m locked out of my foraged account for who knows why so here are my treasures. #wildfoodlove #shinrinyoku #florabeaneforaged
Celebrating a milestone this month. I’m a few sales away from my first 25k using @teachable to share my knowledge of paper sculpture. Sometimes you need to stand on top of the roof and shout: “I did it!” I started publishing courses in September 2017, using my iPhone, a slew of editing apps, the support of a fabulous daycare provider, and the unwavering love of my hubby. It was part-time work, growing as I grew. It is still part-time, learning many things and failing many times to create worthy courses and a studio experience. My paper flower community is filled with friends and patrons who support my studio (this arrangement came out of such support). I’m grateful for everyone who participates in learning and growing with me. Thank you!! . . 25k over the last two years - to put it in perspective - paid phone and internet. Allowed my child to interact with peers. Allowed me to drive my used 4wheel drive that we are paying off. Put food on the table. Definitely paid for some plowing last winter..... . . . This is not about talking about money(most people hate to talk about it but my entrepreneur friends get it). This is about seeds bearing fruit, holding the course, weeding out what inhibits growth, welcoming abundance after seasons of labor. . . . If you think you want to do the same - teach online -send me a message. I had a nice chat yesterday with another artist outside my discipline asking me how I did it, and the conversation was succinct enough to share. I’m even going to add the highlights to my updated free guide forthcoming. Thank you friends...for all of the good stuff. For growing and sharing along with me. For believing in me and trusting me. We have many places to go together. This is just the start. #fridayconversations #growslow #papersculpture #entrepreneur
I started making paper flowers while she was growing in my belly. She’s three now and she’s so full of spunk. Meet the reason for my existence, my best creation. If you want to know me you should know she’s the best part of me! In the forest hunting mushrooms is what we were doing here!
This sweet nasturtium was planted last year when it started snowing and was left in a pot indoors where it straggled in a corner until last month when I replanted it! And look!!! It’s crazy how the metaphor translates....often as we grow in life we find ourselves in less-than-ideal growing conditions. And we just have to hang in there for better ones and then bloom! Resiliency matters. If you’re struggling, try watering yourself with some self care! One way is: deep breath in, deep breath out. Nasturtiums are my favorite kitchen flower. I put them on cakes, salads, plates of food as garnish, and just love their happy hues and persistence.
Fine cuts will be done in the morning. Time for the darling daughter to come home! #7daybouquet #cartefinicrepepaper #lafeuillage
Throwing it back seven years today. Pre-kid and wrinkle free. Photo @xachfu 😊 I just took a picture last week camping looking my age, don’t worry. Now that my hair is silvering I don’t care that I have a baby face. 35 here!
Iterate, reiterate. This is the name of my game. How do you like take two? When I compare this morning’s work with this evening’s I’m so glad I stuck with it allll dang day and failed up every time. I shall err so you shall conquer. #laprofe #7daybouquet #makingithappen #paperfoliage #cartefinicrepepaper
Working on some things for the #7daybouquet course and it’s so exciting to get lost in prototyping foliages. The morning ran away. Do you know the quote “the days run away like wild horses running over the hills”? Bukowski, I think. That was today, feeling focused and happy as the hours swiftly dissipated with the rush of creation. The entire course will be built with 180 gram crepe paper from @cartefinicrepepaper - this bunch features olive green, green leaf and lime pulp. It’s still deliciously time for celebrating all things paper and Florabeane with ten percent off these papers and all the rest at @cartefinicrepepaper with code FLORABEANE10k!
Tonight in “pinch me, I grew this.”
I am working hard at developing a class based on feedback over the last six months! Not a master class but a starter class. I’m making one for the not-yet-masters-but-having-so-much-fun. It launches next month! Sign up for the presale in bio today-it will be worth the wait. Share this post in your stories and let others know! #7daybouquet #tellyourfriends #presale #linkinbio #papernotpicked #paperflowers #cartefinicrepepaper #diybouquet
I’m calling this one “divas”. All paper, none picked. Exquisite! . . . The artists featured are @bouqpaperflowers : @shanghai.1984 : @rosa.rosa.rosam : @landrytm - handmakers, seeing what we long to see and making it so. #papernotpicked #papernotpicked_feature
This was one of my first dahlias in paper. I remember trying to see if it looked like a real one and it did: Kelvin Floodlight. I received four of the tubers for a gift this year-thanks @ridgelivin - and five buds on one plant are imminent! My process improves tenfold with live specimens! The tutorial for this one is over on the studio archives, and I have a new dahlia up my sleeve this week. #kelvinfloodlight
These poppies got to do a river run after the photos of Jessica were taken earlier this week. Being close to nature and creating beauty (photos, food, flowers) is my siren song. What makes you tick? I also snuggled my daughter most of the day and drifted off to a delightful nap with her. I hope your day was just as good.
Ahhh this bouquet! It changed my life this year. So many people have taken the course and said the same. Figuring out it can be replicated with great individual style was my aha moment. Seeing people around the world create their own versions gave me incredible joy. Go to my stories for more #pureromancestudioflorabeane 🌼 If you are at all crafty or creative you should get it today and save it for winter work!! You will only find the link to the sale price via stories ❤️ my next sale on the course will be Black Friday - so you know - the best time to get it is now. #paperflowermaker #thatwouldbeyou
Came home to gorgeous dahlias blooming. Had a play with one shot. It’s Sunday morning and quite cool-fall is feeling more near-I went mushrooming last night with the dog and can’t wait for more.
Perception! I’m back home after amazing camping. We capped our trip with a visit to this famous landmark. The weather was perfect. Maine is perfect in August.