CULTIVATE NYC :: FLORAL DESIGN WORKSHOP

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Last month, we launched our first Cultivate Workshop here in NYC and, boy oh boy, was it one of my favorite afternoons! I gushed about my love for hosting and why these workshops were started here, and after such initial success, we can't wait to keep 'em coming! 

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Our first topic was floral arrangement so we invited the talented Brandy Cerny of Lulamoss Creative to teach us all the details of basic floral design. She started with the in's and out's of how to navigate the intimidating New York floral market, then outlined how to decide which flowers to buy together and how they compliment each other and helped us understand how to create a compelling and balanced floral arrangement. Of course, my immediate questions included 'how do I keep them alive?' and 'how many flowers are too many flowers to have in one home?'. Someone needed to address the important issues at hand! 

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Our primary goals with these workshops is to create a super welcoming and relaxed environment where people feel empowered to learn, create and connect. What I loved most was getting to know all of the wonderful women who joined us, why they were interested in floral design and hear what other workshops they are dying to take. 

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We began by selecting the flowers and sectioning off our vases. The sections help to keep the flowers divided and at attention in the vase as opposed to all slumping to one side.... which is what my arrangements usually look like. When Brandy explained how to do this, I felt like my world changed. Probably the best trick I learned! 

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It was incredible to see how every single person's arrangement was so very different. We were all given the same selection of flowers and greenery to choose from, yet everyone created an entirely different piece. Some were large and in charge (ahem, mine!), others were more delicate and allowed for blank space and some were even tiered from shortest flower to the tallest. It also gave me so much inspiration for arrangements to do on different occasions. I could've spent the whole day doing this and also arranging and re-arranging my flowers. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and saw no end in sight with how many flowers I could keep fitting into my vase! #moreismoreismore

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Want to say a huge thank you to all of you brave souls who committed to coming to our very first workshop! It was so much more fun than I even imagined it would be and we were overwhelmed with support to keep organizing these gatherings. So, we are!

We just hosted two sold out calligraphy and lettering classes last weekend and are open to any requests for workshop topics! Something you've always wanted to learn, but never knew where to find such a class? Feel free to leave a note in the comment section below or shoot me an email. We'd be delighted to know what people want to learn and then we will gather the resources! 

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Amazing photos by Twenty Twenty Studios and Jen Trahan!

HAND LETTERING & CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

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This might officially be my favorite workshop we've put together! I've always wanted to learn calligraphy for addressing envelopes and holiday cards and mostly for doodling during meetings! It's a skill that will continuously come in handy and, if anything else, makes you look like a baller. Especially if you're currently engaged and getting ready to address a crap ton of envelopes for invites and the million thank you notes in your future.... you should absolutely sign up for this workshop! 

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The class will be taught by the brilliant and talented Erica Tighe of Be A Heart Design. Erica will be teaching us the in's and out's of hand lettering, how to develop your own style, playing with various tools, markers and pens. Then after our lessons and some practice, each student will make their own wooden slab wall hanging (like the one in the photo above) with a quote or saying of their choice to take home. Pretty sweet, huh?! I mean, E already cut me off from bringing any more wooden slabs/sticks/ tree stump like things into our apartment (it's as much an epidemic as my candle hoarding)..... but this is definitely going to fit right in with our decor! 

This time around we are hosting two... yes TWO workshops to, ya know, spice things up. Our floral one last month was so much fun and it's really a great way to learn a new skill and meet some amazing new people. We try to keep these workshops intimate and easy for the instructor to work one-on-one with participants, so space is limited. Don't procrastinate on getting a ticket!

MANHATTAN ::  July 22nd: 7:00PM - 10:00PM (tickets HERE)

BROOKLYN :: July 25th: 11:00AM - 2:00PM (tickets HERE

Hope to see you there!!!