Wednesday, January 26, 2011


         Flowers are also a passion of mine. This passed December I had a dream bride. She gave me the color palette and I got to do the rest! Ironically, her choice colors are my choice colors making this project even better. December is a busy month for florists so this wedding had my name on it and my name only. 10 hours, 12 Centerpieces, 1 Signing Table Arrangement, 2 Side-Alter Arrangements, 9 Boutineers, 2 Corsages, 3 Bridesmaid Bouquets, and 1 Bride Bouquet later, my work was finished. Just last week I had a chance to talk to the bride for the first time since the wedding. "That was the prettiest Bouquet I have ever seen in my entire life, the flowers were stunning and made the wedding. Thank you." What a feel good moment! I will post more pictures upon receiving them from the bride. I did not get the chance to set up the wedding so I can't wait to see the photos!

From a young age, candy was a part of my being. My grandparents were successful vending machine suppliers. We’d go for visits and have the luxury of heading to the basement to pick one treat, anything we desired. I remember walking down the stairs for the first time, wide-eyed, nervous, anxious, excited. “Anything Grandpa? Really?” “Yes Darling! You can take two if you promise not to tell Grandma!”

In my eyes the basement was magical, but really, it was a typical basement with cement walls and rows of cardboard boxes.  The only difference being, the cardboard boxes were filled with any candy, chip, cookie, or junk food you desired. Candy Buttons were always a favorite, although I’m not sure why. I guess it’s the concept rather than the taste. Quite frankly, they taste like shit, and you always end up eating the paper because they don’t pull off perfectly.

When I have a sweet nostalgic moment like this one, remembering that moment, I want to share it. Every time I see Candy Buttons, I remember that day with Grandpa. It brings me joy.  Lollishoppe is my passion. One day, I hope to create a sweet nostalgic moment for you.