Saturday, May 14, 2016

Once a Florist, Always a Florist

I previously worked as a  lead floral designer at a flower shop for 15 years, before GypsyFarmGirl became my full time business. When I left the flower shop (Christmas 2014), I had no plans for doing fresh flowers in the future. I was devoting myself to my burlap wedding bouquets, online boutique, a few vintage markets with my glamper and wherever my path might lead. Well, there's a saying around the floral business "once a florist, always a florist" and so it seems, it's a part of who I am and there is no escaping it and it is a part of my path! With my last business card order, I made some edits and added "freelance florist" to my description.

GypsyFarmGirl by Janice East - Rustic Weddings, Gifts, Home Decor and Freelance Florist

I'm honored that former customers, friends and new acquaintances have called and ask for me to design flowers for their special occasions, events, and funeral needs. While I don't keep fresh flowers in stock all the time, I am happy to help with local events, with enough notice and minimum order. Occasionally I will have some extra flowers left after an event and will post on Facebook and Instagram, if anyone wants a special bouquet, without having to preorder or a minimum order. I work from my home and deliver locally or I am  available to work on location for weddings and events. I decided to create a new tab for my blog that is devoted to the fresh flowers, to showcase some of the custom designs I have created and I'll continue to add more pictures as time progresses. 
Large centerpiece / church alter flower arrangement
Farm and Flowers - that's what my life is about!
Red Spray Rose Corsage (Pin on)
Blush pink spray rose wristlet corsage
White spray rose pin on corsage for Mother's Day
Blush and cream wristlet prom corsage
Spring vase arrangement with stargazer lily, purple larkspur, hydrangeas, and roses.
Spring arrangement with blue hydrangeas, pink roses and lilies
Two dozen red roses!
Summer mixed flower bouquet
Lemon and Lime themed wedding - bride and groom's table and arch backdrop
Arch for wedding ceremony
Lemon centerpieces with white stock and twigs
Wine barrel with lemon and lime centerpiece
Pink and white arrangements for wedding ceremony.
Bridal bouquet with red roses, surrounded by white roses.
Red and white mixed arrangement for corporate event.
Red and white casket spray
The Cowboy Rides Away - fall flowers on the western saddle, used as a casket spray
Fall mixed flower casket spray
Fall mixed flower casket spray
Large fall mixed flower standing easel spray
Fall mixed flower standing easel spray
Red and white mixed easel spray
Red and white mixed flower casket spray with banner
Red, white and blue easel for the airplane enthusiast.
Casket spray with shades of pink and purple mixed flowers.
 My customer shared a few examples of ideas she liked and trusted me to create a casket spray and coordinating easels in shades of pink and purple for them. I was able to source flowers from three suppliers to get the freshest flowers for their order. An assortment of delphinium, larkspur, snapdragons, stock, callas, stargazer lilies, several types of roses, carnations, and status was used to complete the designs. 

pink and purple mixed flower easel 
pink and purple mixed flower easel

Open heart easel with pink and white spring garden style flowers.

Cross with white background and pink roses

Tropical / exotic mixed flower easel - the picture doesn't do this easel justice. It was much more stunning in person. 
red and white mixed flower easel
red and white mixed flower easel
Pink and white wedding shower arrangement
Pink and white wedding shower arrangement in grapevine birdcage
Simple and elegant white hydrangea and curly willow centerpiece
Spring pastel garden style basket arrangement
Red and white mixed Valentine's Bouquet
Red roses and white hydrangeas and snapdragons for a business event
Elegant lanterns centerpieces for a business Christmas party
All white arrangement for a business open house
All white hydrangea arrangement for a business open house
Red and white office arrangement
Red and white Christmas arrangement
Red and white Christmas arrangements
pink and green birthday arrangement
For local  orders and delivery, please email, call, or you can send me a Facebook message. Sometimes blog comments are not delivered to my email or can get filtered as spam, so I don't always see them promptly. I'm always happy to accommodate your custom request and ideas and look forward to helping with your special events or creating personalized floral tributes for a loved one.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Yeehaw! There's the sweetest lady in blog land, known as Ms. Sally from Whispering Hope. She has been a continuous source of encouragement, supporter, and cheerleader since the very beginning of GypsyFarmGirl. Go MIA on the blog, she comes checking on you and always has a positive comment for my post. She's been here since the beginning, when I told very few about my shop and yet we've never met in person. If I ever find my way to Florida, I'm going to have to pay her a visit! 

Well, now her 10 year old great granddaughter, Miss Hunter, has opened her own online shop, and Ms. Sally is there helping her out and getting her cowgirl apparel shop going . Of course I had to order a t-shirt from her, because we are all about dreaming BIG and supporting small businesses! 

This is from her about page:

                              Welcome !

Hi: I'm eMilee

I'm ten years old and this is my first business!

Being the CEO of your own company is awesome!

I really wanted to be the Treasurer too, but my Memaw said:

"Hold on there little cowgirl, let's get this show on the road first!"

I hope y'all like the clothes and accessories we've started with.  If you do please tell your friends!  We appreciate YOU.

Many thanks also to those who have helped us, especially allowing us to use pictures of your own horses!  :)

I chose the Yeehaw! shirt in navy. 

Hunter is a cowgirl and reminds me of myself at that age. I grew up on horses and was going to play days, barrel racings and joined 4-H when I was ten. Some of my favorite times were spent on horseback! The  horse below reminds me of my first horse, Sam. I started barrel racing and pole bending when I was 7, so I can see my younger self in her pictures! (Maybe I can dig up some of my old horse pictures sometime soon.)

I'm so glad Hunter has such an encourager like Ms. Sally, who believes in her dreams of owning her business and selling horse tshirts and accessories. Every child (and adult) deserves someone like that in their life! 

I purchased the shirt from her shop and the order was fulfilled by spread shirt. I appreciated that there was a sizing chart and I could pick my shirt color! I usually don't order fitted t's online, because they all tend to fit different and be too tight in all the wrong places, (as was the case with a separate, but extremely cute shirt.) Since there was a sizing chart, I was able to measure one of my tshirts at home and compare to see what size I needed. I decided that the large would fit me best, compared to my unisex mediums I usually wear. I was not disappointed when it came in! It fits, without being too clingy, yet it's not baggy or too big! The order was fulfilled quickly and shipped within 2 days. 

I ordered on Sunday, had it in my hands by Saturday and wore it junkin on the next Thursday! That's the reason I have a newspaper in my hand, along with my ipad- got to have them to find the garage sales! And yes, I do say Yeehaw when I find a great deal or have that vision of how I can transform something I find.  

So please go check out and help support this little cowgirl's BIG dreams! I know she will appreciate the support! 

*I was not paid for this review. I purchased the shirt myself and volunteered to share the love for it here, as Sally has been a great encouragement to me and I want to pay it forward to Hunter's dreams.