Monthly Archives: November 2011

Congratulations Tiffany and Jason


It was my pleasure to work with Tiffany and Jason and their families for their recent wedding on November 12th. Tiffany opted for a fresh and permanent combination of white roses, fragrant stephanotis, navy blue silk roses and silvery seeded eucalyptus. Jason’s boutonniere was designed with three stephanotis blooms and eucalyptus. I wish the newlyweds the very best and look forward to seeing more of their wedding photos.

Centerpieces Galore

Earthy centerpieces for Harvest Ball, a local fundraising event sponsored by St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. I’m nesting gorgeous Blizzard roses, hypericum berry and privet berry inside a “bouquet” of curly willow. This is such a pretty, natural look that I think I’ll use it with evergreens for the holidays, too. A clear glass cube filled with river stones serves as the base for each bouquet.


This event will be held at Oak Pointe Country Club on Saturday, November 12, 2011 beginning at 6pm.

The proceeds from the 27th annual black-tie dinner dance will support the hospital’s Patriarch Fund. The intention of this fund is to help meet the urgent treatment-related needs of uninsured and underinsured patients who are ready to return home after receiving care at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston.

If you are interested in attending, call 734-712-2062.

Drop-In Artmaking Sessions

Use Monoprinting, Relief Printing, Stamping and Oil Pastel Resist to create your own

Gift Wrap and Cards


Join me on one of three upcoming Saturdays for a free drop-in studio session:

November 26, December 10, December 17 from 12-2pm

All ages welcome. Parents are required to stay with their children from start to finish and are more than welcome to take part in the creative process, too! 🙂

“With Deepest Sympathy”

How many times have I written that phrase on an enclosure card for one of my floral clients over the past sixteen months since opening Art In Bloom?

Designing custom floral arrangements for funerals and memorials is an important facet of the floral business. My intention is always to make the process easy for clients who are experiencing grief and dealing with loss, allowing them to express themselves through the vehicle of flowers. I ask questions and listen closely as I take an order so that I might create something special, a unique design that will not only be representative of the person who has passed, but also signify the relationship that the sender of the flowers had with that person.

Suddenly and without warning, I have found myself in the situation of the person who is grieving. As I mourn the loss of a dear friend who passed away much too soon, I have a tremendous need to, “do something.” I want to commemorate this friend who was quick to smile, who always exuded positive energy and who seemed so appreciative of her life, her family and friends and her job. Khemporn Chantabul was such a quiet presence in downtown Brighton. For the past ten years she touched many lives while using her craft as a seamstress at Tailoring Unlimited on Main St. Khem’s skill and expertise extended far beyond the needle and thread. As a mutual customer so adeptly phrased it, “Khem always had a smile and a compliment that left me beaming as I left the store.” I miss her. I pull into the back parking lot that our cars shared six days a week and my heart sinks when the reality sets in, again, that she is really gone. What can I do to ease this sense of loss?

“With Deepest Sympathy.” When I think back to all the floral arrangements that I have designed to express sympathy for others, I am drawn to the one common thread. Flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy and respect. This time, as I design flowers for my friend, I am acutely aware of the delicacy and scent of each bloom. I create to ease my own grief but I also do so as a way of lending support to Khem’s family and maybe, if only briefly, to share the burden of their grief.