Sunday, January 31, 2016

Terrarium Planting Party - what's that?

You may have seen from my blog or if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I make succulent arrangements and terrariums! 
So far, I've had two super fun terrarium planting classes. But what does that mean?

In the class, I teach how to plant and keep alive a beautiful succulent terrarium or arrangement. They are so beautiful and fun to put around the house! 

Class includes everything you need:
- Tererrium of your choice
- planting materials
- 1 succulent to plant (additional can be purchased for $5 each) 
- Wine and snacks...really great snacks (I don't know about you but I am more creative with some wine in hand )

Everyone puts their own personality and creativity into their arrangement. 

We have so much visiting, sipping, snacking and planting. It's so peaceful and the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends!

I can't wait for the next class!! So many great ideas for upcoming class concepts and awesome people who want to learn! 
Some new ideas include a kid planting class and using toys to plant in, like dinosaurs! More to come on that! 

In the meantime, I've had an absolute blast making arrangements to see locally. 

Working on making them to ship as well!! So exciting to see my little hobby grow into more. As I like to say, if you love something, let it grow!

>>xo, indubitably me

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pt. 2: My Visit to Baisch and Skinner Wholesale Floral Market

Baisch and Skinner has been in business since 1952 selling fresh cut flowers and greens, potted plants, silk and dried flowers, decor, wicker, giftware and floral supplies.

The array of fresh flowers, plants and decor is stunning. The light and warmth pours through the greenhouse, giving life and vibrance to all the plants inside. It is breathtaking.

Walking through carefully and quietly as if to not disturb the peace and tranquility of the room. Looking around in awe as if in a priceless art gallery of all your favorite pieces, only they are all of your favorite plants and flowers. It is magical.

Read more about Baisch and Skinner via their website and in the wonderful article in STL Today - links below. Baisch and Skinner is a true St. Louis treasure.

Photos c/o: Angela Lopez

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

My visit to Baisch and Skinner Wholesale Floral Market

Have you ever pulled up to a building and got so excited just by the looks of it from the outside that you don't remember parking the car? Well, maybe thats just me...
Tonight my heart exploded and I went to floral heaven at the Baisch and Skinner Wholesale Floral Market.

As a St. Louisan and floral lover, I should have known that on Lasalle Street in South St. Louis was the magical Florist Row. I think the universe was keeping me from it until I reached a certain maturity in which I could handle it. Well, the universe introduced me a little prematurely because I was absolutely overwhelmed by all of the beauty, magic and life within the sprawling complex.

Maybe you are wondering how I got here. I kind of forgot that part too...through all my gawking.
Fate played a hand in this visit. About 3 years ago, I was newly engaged and hitting up all of the bridal shows I could. I had the pleasure of meeting Angela Lopez of Elegance in Bloom at one of the bridal shows. I immediately fell in love with her unique arrangements and became immediately interested in having her create our wedding florals.
After many meetings, emails and texts we designed together the most magical arrangements for my wedding. They were far more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. What does this have to do with ending up at the floral market?

Angela, my amazing florist, and I kept in touch over the last few years. 
I had been thinking about the option to start purchasing my florals direct from a local source but wasn't sure where to begin. It only occurred to me last week that Angela had spent the last year working full time at a floral wholesaler. <<MAGIC!!>>
Angela is the sweetest and immediately offered for me to visit and check the place out. The rest was a blissful, floral lovers dream. 

Angie took me on a full tour of Baisch and Skinner. Through the green house, flower cooler, greenery cooler and even across the street to the arrangement accessory and decor haven. I was in love with everything and of course could have stayed for hours taking in all of the beautiful sights and scents.
I ended up leaving with a box full of succulents, a few air plants and a heart so heavy I thought I might just explode with tiny emoji hearts all over the sidewalk!
I did mention earlier that I forgot where I parked? At the first sign of the building, I stopped and parked right there, half way down the block. I was so happy and excited that I sprinted all the way back to the car. Just so much JOY you guys.

A huge thank you to Angie and the wonderful people at Baisch and Skinner for allowing me to come visit!

Check back in tomorrow for Part 2 of my visit to Baisch and Skinner Wholesale Floral Market.

>>xo, indubitably me.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Getting DIRTy {with planting}

I love plants. I always have. As a kid, I wanted to work at a florist. When I got to highschool, I found that in my town only family lines and old ladies worked in floral shops. So my "dream" was shot but I didn't stop loving. 
I loved making bouquets out of twigs, bushes or buds from the yard to make random arrangements. It always hurt a little to see them die inside though. I love bringing the outdoors inside to live. 

Keeping plants alive has never been my thing though. I didn't have a green thumb...I still might not but my disguise is choosing easy, low maintenance plants that look awesome. 
Succulents are the perfect "I'm not a plant person" plant. 
They are easy peasy and I love teaching people how to create their own indoor arrangements that they can enjoy for a long time(so long as they can remember to squirt some water on it once a week.)

I love mixing textures and colors to make beautiful, organic arrangements(swoon😻💕). No matter how they are arranged, they just look beautiful, the messier the better. I have some plans for new arrangements so stay tuned as I plant play and share away! 

>>xo, indubitably me

Monday, January 25, 2016

Planted. Where my love for plants started to grow.

>>Somewhere deep inside are feelings and ambitions that are just waiting to grow<<

My love for plant did not come from a gift with them. To be quite frank, I hated plants. Well, they hated me first. They say I killed them, I say they died. Regardless they never made it. Until one random trip to the grocery store changed everything.

>>The original Peace Lily<<
I went to buy some flowers for my house. I often did this because I love LOVE flowers and enjoy having them in the house when people came over. It just makes everything look photo perfect, fresh and alive.
That day, I saw a pretty little green plant. It was cheaper than the flowers I typically purchased. Instructions were straight forward. Though there were no flowers on this plant(yet), it looked like something I could handle.
Not only did I handle it, it grew! It grew all these beautiful flowers and I learned it was a Peace Lily. I fell in love with growing my home decor right then and there.

>>I wanted basil. What I got was more...a lot more<<
After success with the lily, I dabbled in growing a tiny herb garden. It started with just wanting basil. I love making pita pizzas and always purchase fresh basil so why not pluck from my own back yard?
The herb garden didn't do well, it did great! It out grew its tiny plot almost over night. I could hardly keep up with it but had more than enough basil, mint, dill weed and others (I can't remember) to last us all summer.

>>Succulents found a place in my heart and home<<
We had a gorgeous fall in Missouri. My outside plants stayed in full bloom way longer than expected. My gardens grew almost effortlessly. 
With the cold came longer days spent inside and my budget for purchasing real flowers to bring life indoors dwindled as home expenses increased. Not to mention, I have cats that love to eat plants, flowers especially. I wasn't into buying flowers that had to be locked in a room to be forgotten and die. 
On a random trip to Home Depot, I got stuck in the plant section. If only I could grow my arrangements and just bring them out when I wanted. Then, I wouldn't have to buy flowers every time I had guests. They would be growing on deck for the occasion. Smart. 
I purchased some potting essentials and started with about 6 arrangements. I loved planting them. My heart exploded with my new creations. It was euphoric. 
I scattered my arrangements throughout my house and thought of clever ways to display them. 
>>Cat safe, living home decor<<
I was addicted. It seemed everyone else was too. I received an amazing response to my new hobby. My sweet little creations haven't just grown and served as home decor, they've helped me find a part of myself I never knew I had. 
Apparently, this piece of me is deeply rooted and shared by many of my family members, past and present. What an honor to be compared to my aunts, uncles, grandparents and even great-grandparents and their effortless skill with plants. 
I wouldn't call this a gift. It's a blessing and I am so thankful. Now, grow little babies, grow. 

>>xo, indubitably me.

Oh hey, I'm here. Already.

>>I've been feeling an increasingly strong tug to start a blog.<<
This is a feeling I've felt for years and never felt strongly for. Who would want to read what I have to say? Perhaps someone? Likely no one.
I took to journaling for a minute but found my hands moved slower than my thoughts when pen hit paper. I am more fluid on keys.
I have been collecting photos, experiences and ideas with all intentions of starting them somewhere.
As fate would have it, in 2009 I started this blog. Long since forgotten and dusty from 7 years of neglect, she was still beautiful, strong and most importantly she was still me. She was true. I hadn't strayed far and so here I am.

Hello, world. I am Indubitably Laura.