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Brain Freeze

I thought this bunch of purple and blue spring cuts might cure the winter blues. Hair of the dog and all that.


I don’t know about the rest of you, but this February just sapped my initiative and left me with zombie brain.

All quiet on the blog, as you may have noticed.

I’ve been consulting on fun and romantic weddings, and bringing as many spring flowers to customers as possible, but I’ve let the old blog stall, and frankly I’m not sure how to start it up again.

So, in the ultimate mix of listening to my audience/ passing the buck, I thought I would ask what YOU would like to see!

Want to  “name that flower”?
Want to hear about wedding and floral trends in southeast Ontario and beyond?
Flower puns?
Just some photos of the cat being a jerk?


Ask and ye shall receive!

For now: a sneak peek at a Dutch wedding centerpiece for a wedding in May. Stick with me now, there’s a  pun for you at the end.


I’ll have a fun announcement for you next Thurs.  It involves flowers, moms, and do-goodery!
Just getting a few details sorted out…

waiting for the other shoe to drop, haha.

Happy Thursday!

*re the cat: just want to reassure my customers (especially those with allergies!) that he is not allowed in the studio or near the fleurs.  He is 100% determined to sneak into the spare room, where I take most of my photos. I usually take a snap of him doing so, because I am 95% crazy cat lady at this point. But do rest assured he is not chewing on your wedding bouquet or getting hair all over the cellophane on your mom’s birthday flowers!



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0 days without a workplace injury

Actually, it didn’t happen on the job,

but I did manage to fall and crack a couple bones in my right hand the other week.

Fortunately, my ER-issue white plaster cast has come off, and I am rocking a high-tech velcro splint- the cracks are tiny, and I should be back to normal in a month or so. Still…guess who’s right-handed? This graceful ballerina right over here.


Fleurs haven’t been as much of a difficulty as writing cards and trying to do my hair- and typing! The week leading in to Thanksgiving was actually pretty productive,  I even  created one of my favourite pieces to date: a centrepiece of red hot chilli peppers, burgundy dahlias, yellow spray roses, rose hips, rosemary… and I couldn’t resist adding some sage! I just became too frustrated with two-finger chicken peck typing, and wasn’t up to photoshopping  and blog-posting .

So here’s a little show and tell…sorry for the photo quality…Hard to hold the old camera steady, and I’m a fairly poor photographer as-is 😛





PS. Happy belated Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for my family, friends, and clients who helped out: tying ribbon, writing cards, driving, and accepting a slower turnaround time on orders and invoicing.

PPS. Mr. Bingley wants you to know he is extremely helpful, too.
Keep eating those turkey and tofurkey sandwiches, my fellow Canadians… and a happy Thursday to all!

Yours sincerely,
Old Southpaw, aka Stumpy the one-armed bandit

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Sage Flowers’ new online shop

I have finally joined the 2000s- my online shop is live and open for business

(You can also get there via the link at the top of this page, at http://sage-flowers.myshopify.com or from the main site at http://sageflowers.ca)
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The shop uses ecommerce software by Shopify and credit card processing by Chase Paymentech, so you can be confident that your information is being transferred securely.
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I’ve got to take care of some wedding and community theatre business for the rest of September, so stay tuned for grand opening hoopla in October.
For now, the first 50 customers receive $5.00 off a hand-tied bouquet with the discount code EarlyBird.

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Let me know if you have any questions or feedback about the site.
Can’t wait to help you out with all your 2am, flannel-zebra-jammy flower shopping needs.

Happy Tuesday!

PS. I may have joined this century, but my heart is still in the 90s.

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If you like it then you should have put a phalaenopsis on it…

Crazy heat and humidity arrived this week, just in time for all of Kingston’s grad and prom-goers to get sweaty-betty in their formal wear. I’m sure they all had a blast anyway… great excuse for a midnight swim, no?

I had the pleasure of doing up a couple of wrist corsages and bouquets for grads:


and some comb, clip, and pin-in-hair-flower samples for an upcoming prom customer,


Of course I choose the most humid day of all recorded history to show off my hairdo for all y’all.  Because I am a frigging supermodel. Oh, and forcing your husband to take dozens of photos of your head is completely normal.





In that last one, I’m modelling the hairband from my big fat fake wedding shoot on the weekend- I’ll be showing those pics off later.
Let’s just say that the original model is way cuter than I am…. and leave you with a preview of the shenanigans.

Walking a fine line between feeling like a real a-hole for posting so many pictures-of-self… and knowing that I MUST SHOW YOU THIS:
two moustaches

Sometimes I can’t believe this is my life, haha.

Stay cool grads, have an awesome summer!

Now let’s all go get some ice cream. Happy Wednesday!


PS. La boutique est fermee! I will be closed July 7-24 for my little sister’s big crazy real wedding.
If you know you will need fleurs during this time, shoot me a message- I’ll be happy to suggest some alternate kickass florists in town.

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Thunderstruck! (weekend wedding report)

work in progress

Lilies are scary, the stuff of rookie nightmares:
They stain. They change shape and size throughout the day. They crush if you look at them the wrong way.
They are sooooo lovely, though. I never used to care for orange lilies, but that intense colour is growing on me. (Diffuse, rainy day light makes everything paler here than in reality)

Must must must tuck them away towards the centre of the bouquet next time, to better protect those fragile petals.


Lessons learned courtesy Brenda and Mike, who got hitched this Saturday.

I kept my eyes on the skies after delivering their order- fortunately, the sun stayed out just past their ceremony time. Then, the giant apocalyptic storm clouds rolled in to town. Hopefully everyone had time for photos before the monsoon-style rains, crashes and bangs.
Such weather dramarama! Suited the tropical-punch theme, it was steamy like a rainforest here in good old K town. A mutual friend did tell me they all said this wedding would be epic…

Ontario-grown Asiatic lilies, freesia, callas, delphinium, and alstroemeria rounded out with Ecuadorian roses, Colombian hypericum, and California greens. I fell in love with Brenda’s peach/coral/aqua/orange/white colour scheme the second she emailed me about her wedding. We planned this all by email and a couple phone calls, by the way- if you can’t meet in person, we can still get beautiful things done!

bridesmaid 2

wrist corsage

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I know a few rockstar, still-madly-in-love couples whose wedding days featured thunder and lightning and downpours. Bit of a nailbiter if you’re trying not to get rain on a giant white dress, but maybe a little stormy weather is lucky for love.

You’ll have to come up with your own metaphors here, my dears, I am WIPED.
Coffee time. Again.
Congratulations and many happy years to Brenda and Mike.
xo Happy Monday.

PS. Stuck in your head in 3….2….1…

You’re welcome.

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Pop up shop

It’s the May 24 long weekend here in Canada, and I’m hoping to take the machete to the jungle (aka my shameful backyard) and get my bbq on.

Still catching up on sleep and sifting through images from last weekend- thought I’d share a few shots of favourite colours and moments from day one in the multipurpose room at Lakeshore school. The students’ projects and artwork made my day and filled my weekend with even more colour (see if you can find the ‘suggestions for sculpture’ poster; it killed me!)

pop up shop day 1

A lovely customer ordered this vase of lilies, roses, freesia and gerberas for her mother in law:

big kahuna

It was missing a little something, so I added willow shoots clipped from the tree in the school parking lot:

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I loved the combination of Ontario-grown blue delphinium and yellow leucospermum from California:

yellow orange blue

There were some self-guided tours while customers waited for me to wrap their bouquets; all around great guy and faculty member Mr. Spencer also provided some impromptu smart board and video project demos.

I like big butts,and I cannot lie.

I like big butts,and I cannot lie.

After hours he made me the best sandwich ever in the school kitchen, and then while I finished up bouquets for the next day, he treated me to a drum solo… which I begged him to please quit treating me to. Still couldn’t have pulled the caper off without him :)Fortunately, even late in the day, it’s hard to get tired of flowers.
late in the day

Thanks again to everyone who lent a hand, bought a bouquet, brought coffee, or otherwise supported me and my harebrained schemes. This was a great tryout of a pop up shop for busy holidays. Even though I was pretty tired by 7pm Sun when I finally mopped the floor, hit the lights and locked the doors, I really feel like I’ve started to hit my stride with the business.

This weekend brought to you by caffeine.  Check out them baggy eyes, haha

This weekend brought to you by caffeine. Check out them baggy eyes, haha


Happy weekend, all!

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Cherry Blossoms and Cat Hair

Digging out the house and studio after Hurricane Mother’s Day. Not sure if I’ve shifted more leaves/stems/compost or cat hair by volume.

Thanks to everyone who helped, ordered, and stopped by; I had a tremendous weekend! My dogs were barkin’, but I sold a lot of gorgeous flowers and plants, made a lot of moms happy, and learned a lot. You can’t slap the grin off my face!

I’ll leave you for today with a couple shots of the week… and of course, the kitty.

Here is a snap of my Sunday at about 3 hours to quittin’ time:

And here is where all the magic doesn’t happen… is that a flower shop in my car? Nope, I’m just happy to see you.
FACT: if you need to cram everything you own into a super-not-sexy vehicle, the 2006 Ford Focus will do the trick. Remind me to tell you about the time we packed all our earthly goods into that thing and drove to California for the year.

The cherry and apple blossoms are out in Kingston- I’ve been clipping and using (and sniffing, as allergies permit) with absolute JOY.


And the last of my pincushion leucospermum went into a birthday centrepiece for a special recipient on Tues. (NOT protea! I have been spreading floral misinformation around the town.) Plant ID troubles aside, this may be my favourite thing I have ever made to date:


Mr. Whiskers would like you to know that she has finally killed the evil piece of window screen (yes, she has toys. She prefers the piece of window screen.)


And also, she helped with all the bows.
I will have some much-more-skillfully-taken photos for all y’all once I receive emails and USB keys from various Mother’s Day helpers and photographers. I also did a studio/product shoot with Mr. David Slack on Tues, which I am quite excited to show you! Have a lovely week!

Yours Sincerely,
The Cherry Blossom Thief

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