With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I could do for my own mom to celebrate all she has done for me. Truthfully, I don’t think there will ever be anything I can do or say – and certainly not buy – that would ever truly convey how grateful I am to have a mom like mine. And yet, every year, we try our best to spoil our moms in some special way – to let them know that we know just how blessed we are to have them.
Now, being a mom myself, with kiddos who are finally old enough to understand the meaning of the holiday, it’s fun to watch them plan and “whisper” to one another (and to their dad) all of the things they want to do to spoil me this weekend. Some of their ideas are pretty inventive 😉 But at the end of the day, the fact that they are even thinking about it is all the gift this mama needs.
However, that being said, I wanted to take some time to chat about an awesome experience I had this last weekend, which I think would make an absolutely wonderful Mother’s Day activity if you’re in need of a quick idea, or something to tuck away for next year.
This last weekend, I had the privilege of working with local Saskatoon florist, Joanne Morris, owner of Twig and Bloom. I first found Twig and Bloom through Instagram, after seeing a gorgeous flower crown on a friend’s feed, and following the links to Joanne. Her creations are so stunning, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in awe over her ability to arrange the flowers and greenery so artfully. Not having any sort of a green thumb myself, frankly, I’m always amazed by anyone who is good with plants and flowers.
So, I was really thrilled to receive a private workshop from Joanne, learning all kinds of neat tips and tricks in the art of flower arranging. I also had an absolutely lovely time getting to know Joanne, and more about her business, Twig and Bloom.
Twig and Bloom launched as a business in December 2016, and Joanne shared with me that she had always loved arranging flowers as a hobby. In fact, many of her friends and co-workers would ask her to arrange flowers for events, such as weddings, and she also did the flower arrangements every year for the dance recitals at the studio where she is also a choreographer. This love for all things pretty inspired her to establish Twig and Bloom. Joanne told me she “jumped in with both feet” once she made the decision to start her business, and within four months of launching, business really started to boom. She told me she continues to be surprised when people tell her they have heard of Twig & Bloom, and is grateful for the success of her social media accounts, and grassroots advertising. Personally, I’m not surprised, since her arrangements are so gorgeous!
I was so impressed with Joanne as a person, and her ambition, but also with how she led our workshop. When I arrived, everything was arranged so beautifully, with aprons and rose-gold-handled scissors for each of us, along with a gorgeous array of flowers and greenery in a neutral palette.
As we began, she walked me through her process of choosing a colour palette for each arrangement, and she explained to me that she only uses what she loves in the arrangements that she makes, and works hard to stay true to her aesthetic and brand – which is actually what inspired the name of her company! “Twig” is meant to convey simplicity, while “Bloom” speaks to her love of all things pretty. She also explained that, having taken Interior Décor courses, she applies many of the same principles when choosing flowers, considering elements such as texture, how the flower drapes or stands, it’s shape, it’s colour, etc. She is certainly an expert at this, and I was so impressed with the gorgeous array of blooms she selected for our workshop. I was also thrilled with the neutral colour palette she chose, and had a great time learning the names of the different flowers, and also many of her clever tricks for both arranging and maintaining floral creations.
I won’t give away all her secrets, but I really appreciated her step-by-step guidance as I worked on my arrangement – and also her encouragement to allow myself to be creative with my own arrangement as well! At the end of the workshop, I was truly shocked at what I had managed to create! Not only did I have a gorgeous flower arrangement to give my own mom for Mother’s Day (because flowers are an absolute must on Mother’s Day), but I’m also really excited about everything I learned, and I plan to give flower arranging another try on my own (or maybe with my mom!)
Truthfully, I found myself wishing that I had brought my mom with me, as I think the private workshop would have made for such a fun Mother’s Day experience – one I’ll definitely be looking into sharing with my mom and sisters next year! What are YOUR plans for spoiling your mom for Mother’s Day?
I love supporting local businesses, and I also really enjoyed my time with Joanne. I love that she is an entrepreneur and is doing what she loves as a career! I am sure her husband and two boys are super proud of her success, and I couldn’t be more grateful for her generosity and the lovely workshop experience!
If you’re in the Saskatoon area this week, and are looking for a gorgeous arrangement for your mom, you can check out Twig and Bloom at the Center Mall on May 11th and 12th, and if you’re interested in participating in a workshop of your own, consider registering for the upcoming Garden Workshop (June 16th) at www.twigandbloom.ca
Twig and Bloom is also available for a range of events, such as weddings and galas, and can be found online through both the website and on Instagram. All the best Twig & Bloom!