Now that the growing season has finally come to an end and registration for the 2020 Floret Online Workshop has wrapped up, the team and I have finally had a moment to catch our breath. During registration we received so many kind words and excited emails from students who are joining the Class of 2020. Reading these emails was the highlight of our week and we took turns reading them aloud to each other. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement and for rooting on our team during one of our busiest times of the year. To express our appreciation, we thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway.
Package #1: Bibi Ana + Co. Original Art
Marcia Priestley of Bibi Ana + Co. is an alumna of the Floret Online Workshop and an artist whose love of motif design and pattern shape her free flowing hand painted style. Marcia participated in the Floret workshop because, as she explains, “I fell in love with your dream, a dream to plant flowers. I should have known myself better, because instead of planting flowers I painted them!”
Marcia’s studio is surrounded by the Australian bush where she finds inspiration in the beauty of the natural world. I love the way her abstract work carries the shapes and colors seen in nature. I just hung one of her beautiful pieces in the Floret office and I absolutely adore it.
Marcia first connected with Floret when she started writing a little series of children’s books named The Floret Tales. “I googled Floret because I wanted to see what else was out there with the same name, and I found you!”
She began writing the books at a dark time in her life, when at the age of 33, she was diagnosed with a very rare type of cancer. Her daughters were only 8 and 9 at the time, and during her months of grieving and years of treatment she threw herself into her passion for illustrating, with the hope that she could leave behind works for her girls to remember her by.
The process of writing the stories and creating art helped her heal both physically and emotionally. Exactly ten years later, she is healthy and her journey with art has left her healed and “on a path of joyful self discovery.”
Marcia is passionate about connecting with other creatives (find her on Instagram at @bibianaandco) and has generously offered a Bibi Ana + Co. framed original art piece, titled Floret Flowers and valued at AUD $2,600 to one super lucky Floret follower. You can find the entry details below.
Package #2: Deluxe Floret Gift Bundle
We love coming up with new and useful products for farmers and gardeners. Whether a gardening journal or wall calendar, I believe a beautiful image of flowers can brighten even the most mundane of planning tasks. I’ve gathered up some of my favorite Floret products, including a few brand new items from our gift line:
Cut Flower Garden List Ledger: This hardcover list ledger opens up to reveal four small notepads and a matching pencil. It’s the perfect thing to keep on your desk for list making or whenever inspiration strikes.
Cut Flower Garden Sweet Pea Greeting Cards: Gorgeous images of one of my favorite flowers adorn this set of 20 notecards and envelopes.
Cut Flower Garden Postcard Set: 100 postcards featuring 50 vibrant images of my favorite blooms and arrangements.
Package #3: The Mint Gardener Bundle
Drawing inspiration from the ever-blooming variety of textures and colors in her urban garden, Seattle-based artist and author Sarah Simon illustrates and paints lush watercolors that are a feast for the eyes.
Sarah is the designer and illustrator behind The Mint Gardener. Her Instagram feed and her new book, Modern Watercolor Botanicals; A Creative Workshop in Watercolor, Gouache, & Ink, which comes out this week, guides readers through the wonderful world of watercolor.
When she’s not enjoying time with her family you can find Sarah in the garden, seeking out quiet moments for sketching and painting and making small bouquets of flowers and herbs. I love how Sarah’s work captures the organic movement of flowers and the way in which she turns to her garden and the natural world for inspiration.
I’m excited to be giving away a package that includes Sarah’s new book plus her coloring book, The Plant Lady, and a pack of cards and stickers designed by Sarah.
UPDATE: The winners have been drawn. A big congratulations to Denise, Taylor and Shawna!
To enter to win one of these gift packages, simply leave a comment below. In your comment, please share something or someone you’re grateful for. We’ll pick three random winners and announce them here on November 22nd. Please note: giveaway prizes can be shipped to U.S. addresses only. If your comment does not appear right away it is because we have a spam filter that requires us to manually approve each one. Just hang tight and we’ll get it posted.