Polymer Flowers, Karonkay Cowger, Spokane WA

Polymer Clay Tutor Karonkay Cowger Flower CollectionVideo #290: Roadtrip #1-01: “It all started with the Dogwood Flower Tutorial and a bouquet for my Mother.” ~Karonkay-C

For those who have been following this blog, you will already know that Doug, Willow, Fisher and I recently packed up a 31 foot travel trailer and set out on our 1st PcT Roadtrip! Here are a few links to previous videos leading up to the main event…

Our big picture objective is to travel the globe (North America to begin with), visiting with members of this wonderful PcT community, polymer clay guilds, vendors/suppliers, mixed media artists, craft bloggers, bead shows, industry conferences, craft fairs and anyone/anything else that resonates or has synergy with our creative polymer journey.

Along the way we will gather photos, videos, interviews and tons of inspiration from the many sights, sounds and people encountered. Of course, we’ll share as much as possible here at the blog, so that you guys can share in the experiences as well.

Well… our first trip was a huge success! We were blown away by the whole adventure! Saw lots, did lots, met lots of amazing people and learned tons of stuff (which I will write more about in another post). It was incredible treat for all involved, and the ten days flew by faster than you could imagine!

We gathered so many videos and photos, that it would be too much to drop on you all at once. So… we’ll dole out the content over the upcoming weeks, mostly on Mondays. That will keep Fridays open for the Studio Tips videos that we started to roll out each week since switching to the monthly publishing format for the membership tutorial videos.

As far as what you can expect from the PcT Roadtrip videos, we will probably show them in the order they were filmed. That way you’ll get a bit of a sense that you are coming along for the ride, as it happened.

I do feel kind of bad for the people who were the last ones on the trip, since it could be awhile before you guys get to see your videos. But trust that everyone will eventually get featured on the big screen (or little screen if you’re watching on your iPhone :-).

The subjects of the videos are varied. In some cases we will be sharing the work of some very talented members. And, you’ll get to walk behind the scenes with us at an awesome jewelry supply company. Then there’s a studio interview with a well-known mixed media artist. At least one video shows me helping a member work through some challenges she was having with her polymer clay. And there will also be lots of fun chats involving kids, pets and awesome scenery. All very exciting and entertaining stuff.

Here is a Google Map of the route for our first PcT Roadtrip:


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I hope you enjoy our first PcT Roadtrip Vlog – an Interview with Karonkay Cowger from Spokane, Washington. It is a sneak peak for the beginnings of a very exciting project she is currently working on. But please don’t ask her about the project just yet, because she is not at liberty to share any specifics at this time. However, when the story breaks, I can guarantee that you’ll be very impressed. How’s that for Cliff Hanger?

Btw… if you have not already done so in a previous post, do let us know where it is that you call home… so that you can be notified when we plan on rolling through your town in an future roadtrip. Please use the comment section below to share your coordinates… just the town or city. We’ll be able to contact you privately via email for more specific contact information.

On the first trip we discovered that it was a lot of work to see each person individually (that’s not to say that we won’t be willing to continue doing this)… but it would be awesome if some of you would organize with each other and identify locations that might work for several members (and non-members too), to meet up with us all at once.

For example, if you know the manager of your local Michael’s store or Hobby Lobby… or ???, you could look into booking their workshop room for a few hours. I think it would be very enjoyable for some of you to have the opportunity to meet up with other passionate clayers in your local areas… don’t you think?

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  1. Ohhhh, what fun this was. Seeing one of the people on the blog. KaronKay is a delight. I was amazed at all the flowers and such that she has mastered. What a great eye for detail. Can’t wait to see the next person on your trip.

    • So glad you had a chance to watch. As I sit here writing it feels like we all got to visit a little bit with each other… really puts a face on us having the pleasure of doing the video with Cindy. I am so computer dumb I cannot put my picture on the avatar thingy {tech. term I’m sure) Glad you joined us for the video,
      Karonkay

      • Hi, Karonkay!

        I’m a “Polymer Clay Tutor Sophomore” and I’m so excited to be on this site! And, now, to see from your work what kind of an artist I can aspire to be when I’m a Senior. Ohhh….myyyyy! I used to do fabric flowers—petal by petal—and still have a book that I used for the patterns UK author). I’ve never found a book like it, not even on google. I used to make them out of velvet, cotton dipped in wax, crepe paper dipped in wax, etc. and I loved doing them. When I started PC, I immediately though of translating these to PC and using the general principles, even mixing PC with fabric and gemstones, etc.. I know I will do it but it’s wonderful to see the groundwork that you’ve laid ahead for me. Echinacea, by the way, is not Black-Eyed Susan but they are both in the daisy family.

        So this is a secret project, eh? Well! You know that you can’t EVER say that it’s a secret without starting a bigger buzz than you otherwise would have had. So, I’m going to take a wild guess that you’re doing the state flowers of each state for someone…maybe a Garden Club or something? No…bigger. State Government Agency or some such…museum? We’ll see how close I get.

        Cindy and Doug, thank you so much for this! I will officially never get any sleep again ever…not ever forever! I’m going to sell my headboard and buy CLAY!

        Drey

        • Andrea-
          You will have so much fun doing the flowers I love it each one is a challenge to whether you can make it. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking but each flower offers new challenges and stretches your abilities.

          I had to leave the computer for awhile because it would be so easy to whisper what the project was so I had to go away so I wouldn’t.

          Hope you enjoy your new medium it is so forgiving,,, all mistakes can be wadded up and begun again at least until you bake it then you get to give the errors to your grandchildren who think they are beautiful even with lopsided petals and the total wrong color.

          Karonkay

  2. This visit with Karon was such a treat. Karon, you are remarkably gifted. I cannot wait to see where all these gorgeous flowers end up.

    For those having trouble with the videos here, try going to youtube.com and search on “Cindy Lietz” to find the new HD format videos. They play smooth as silk. Here is today’s video.

    Picked up a book on mini flowers from a Japanese artist for inspiration: All-year-round Clay flowers, Mini flowers for beginners, by Asako Nishiyama

    • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. I love flowers and hopefully am able to capture a tiny bit of what nature offers. I promise that when the time is right we will show you where they will be going. For now though we will ” keep the air of mystery”.
      Karonkay

    • I have not seen that book and I of course pick up all books from different types of projects just so I can use techniques that they offer even though they are not using polymer clay.
      Karonkay

      • Karon, it is not written in English, but, boy, the tricks they show are brilliant. I recommend it. Found it by searching “making polymer clay flowers” at amazon.com and picked it up used. Would you like it? It really is far beyond my capabilities and maybe it would help you. If so, I can pop it in the mail to you. Merry Christmas to you and the hubby!

  3. What a treat to meet you, Karonkay! We can certainly see how much you cherish flowers in this short video. Can’t wait to hear more about your BIG project!

    Cindy et al, looks like you folks traversed a wonderful piece of the Pacific Northwest. Looking forward to more pics. Haven’t had a chance to get to the “teaching” videos yet, but couldn’t resist this visit with Karonkay!

    • Monique, thank you for the sweet comment. I have missed reading you lately ( couldn’t say seeing you) you have always been such a big part of my visits to the blog. Flowers are a passion of mine and I want them to bloom all year round, This is one way to do that. The project is quickly coming to an end , I cannot believe that it has been the better part of the year working on it. Life is so busy I have not had time to stop and do alot of the tuts lately. But it will slow down and then I can play again. Hope you have time soon to do the same.
      Karonkay

    • Fran wish I could say that I have progressed as far as I needed to by this time… Still have several hundred to do in the next few months but it is going very quickly at this point. I have completed six more types of flowers since Cindy’s visit. It is fun when it all falls into place.
      Karonkay

  4. Hallo KaronKay.
    Looks like that is going to be an amazing flower display with many creative blossoms that have the advantage over the real thing (they never fade and die) Bet you enjoyed meeting the incredible Leitz clan. We enjoyed meeting you and admiring your talented work. Now I can look forward to Mondays knowing for the next few weeks will be able to put a face to a name.

    CINDY so glad you did this road trip, it is a brilliant way to engage with your members. I bet you have learnt such a lot from this experience and hope you are already thinking about your future trips.

    Also thanks to JOCELYN C for info of japanese book. On my wish list for next month……………………cheers xx…..

    • Elaine, Thanks for watching. You are right there are many different flowers in the project. I think by the conclusion I will incorporate about sixty five or so different flowers. And it will be hundreds of blooms…what a way to make the flowers bloom.
      We are adding a few fragrances to some for effect but the many varieties would be overwhelming, so am just doing the roses and maybe some of the lilies.
      You are right it was fun meeting the Leitz team.. even more than that it draws all the members closer together and putting the face with names, and getting a feel for what they like best. What a grand idea they had when they planned this roadtrip idea.

      • Karonkay
        just had to watch your video again and I had a thought. About three years ago I bought some Joss Sticks. They were in packs of six flower perfumes. i made little holders out of PC and gave them as Christmas gifts. I had a pack of Jasmine, Rose and Vanilla left and they are in a drawer by my side as I write. As I opened the drawer the perfume wafted out. they were made in India but when I went back to the shop it had closed down. (No I didn’t go to India, this was a local shop!! They are called Tulasi floral incense sticks. Here is what is written on the vanilla packet. …..

        ……..Used by the Aztecs to reduce stress and anxiety. Tulasi Vanilla helps in turning your scattered energy into creative enthusiastic vitality. (need some of that)

        I thought I would poke a few (unlit) ones between my flowers as thougth of making some wedding posies using some of CINDY’S flower tutorials. Just going to experiment in making some lily-of-the-valley, a favourite choice for brides but really expensive to buy the real blooms especially out of season. I will light a couple of the vanilla joss sticks to help me concentrate, and try and source another supplier of the floral incense sticks as the perfume really lasts and I would like to get back into making wedding bouquets but using PC instead of the natural flowers. I might even add a note to the bride and add a free PC joss stick holder so she can light the perfume sticks to add romance on her Wedding night!!!! I thought this might be an idea you could use in your beautiful arrangement……..cheers xx………..

        • That is an awesome thought. I too am going to be doing various arrangements for weddings and boutiques here. I am actually scenting the flowers themselves, folks are quite surprised when they find out they are scented because they have a tendency to automatically smell the flowers as if they were real. So far our experiment has worked well, I scented some of them about six months ago and they still retain the scent though it is a bit milder now. But it can be reapplied by the consumer as well. We are adding a small vial of scent with the bouquet or arrangements. Yours too is a perfect solution to the scent. I may have to borrow that idea and see if my test group likes it as well as the scented flower. Thanks for the thought and the permission to use your idea for some of my flowers.
          What a great sharing family we have here.
          Karonkay

  5. How awesome it was to meet and spend a few hours with the Leitz family. But of course it was much too quickly time to say goodbye. It was like meeting family we so loved having them here. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of their trip as they post it here. They are a happy talented family.

    I hope that in the future we will be able to create a gathering of all the clayers in the group I would so love to meet each of you and spend a day or two together. It was soooo much fun. I watch all of your projects as you share and try to keep up on the tuts… sometimes I haven’t much time. What an awe inspiring group that has gathered at this site.

    Cindy & Doug thank you for the great video of the flowers. and for sharing your trip with my family.

    Hugs,
    Karonkay.

  6. KarenKay what a beautiful clay flower artist you are! It was nice to see you on video and your flower stash is just amazing. It sure looks like you all were really enjoying the moment.

    • Glad you enjoyed our lunch! Just a week later you would have had to go dutch treat as I have been working on a sage plant that has stems of clay as well as the leaves! The cactus flower also had to be all clay for the supporting “stem” . I will try to take a few moments and post the newest additions from the days since Cindy was here.
      Karonkay

  7. Oh my, what a treat!!! The video was absolutely spellbinding. KaronKay, you have certainly taken what you have learned about polymer clay and run with it, and it appears that Cindy played a huge role in your success. I swear I could smell those flowers—so so beautiful!!.

    Can’t wait to see more of the first great adventure.

    BTW, I just want to be on record that I am willing to travel to meet up with others somewhere in the southwestern US if you ever come this way. I live in El Paso, TX, and sadly have befriended only one other pc artist here. I know there are many in other parts of Texas and surrounding states, so I plan to keep close track of the upcoming stops to insure that I can take part. I also have connections in the mid-western US, so I should have lots of choices.

    Love it!!!!!

    • Elizabeth, Thank you so much… you are right Cindy has played a big role in the flowers. She sparked an amazing journey for me that has an awesome ending in the near future. “Sometimes all the tumblers in the universe fall into place ” and the result is something you could never have dreamed would happen. Eleven years ago I picked up some clay and started playing…who knew I would stumble on Cindy’s site and then it all became history.

  8. Wow, Karonkay, you are an amazing flower artist. I really thought those leaves and flowers were real. Maybe you could share how to make a couple of those?
    Cheers from New Zealand, where I am very sad as i don’t think I’ll get to meet Cindy and her team (family).
    Sandra

    • Sandra,
      So nice to meet you. …you never know they may make it over there, stranger things have happened. But we can visit through the blog til then. Cindy has some great flower tuts here on the site. That is a great beginning, what I have discovered is that almost, not quite all, but most flowers can be made using the basics of what Cindy teaches us. A few tweaks and you have a different flower. I could never have completed this project if Cindy had not stepped up and said “yeah I know how to do that”. We would have had to change the course of the whole project if she had not helped me out. And the end result would have been changed and the whole project would have lost the sense of coming together. I think that the blog here also has benefited from that same “we can do it attitude” of the Leitz family, The road trip certainly will bring all the members closer as a clay family. And I bet someday even far reaching places will get a visit. How I would look forward to that!

  9. WOW ! What a great video treat and so nice to meet Karonkay and see her beautiful flowers. I am looking forward to the next trip video. Thanks Cindy, Doug and family.

    • Lawerance,

      So nice to meet you as well. It was great fun having Cindy and the family visit. I too look forward to meeting another Monday person on the blog. They made quite a swing through the northwest. Nice to know where everyone hails from. Seems lonely at times like there are no other clayers close. I will love meeting those up in the area on Mondays!

  10. What an inspiration you are KaronKay. Lovely to meet you and enjoy some of your time with Cindy. I’d say without seeing any other video that your first roadtrip is a great success. You must be riding a cloud.

    I’m in St. Petersburg, Florida and should you get to come this way I hope to be able to travel to meet wherever you would stop. That would be awesome!

    Looking forward to the next video.

    • We have such a warm and friendly group here, so nice to meet you, hope you have the opportunity to meet with Cindy her family is awesome and they produce magic with their talent. We are all truly blessed to have found this site.

      Karonkay

  11. Wow!! And more Wow!! KaronKay, your flowers are amazing! Boy do i have a lot of work to do to even try to come close to what you have accomplished! Glad you enjoyed your visit. I must try to make a Columbine blossom. Maybe you could give Cindy some hints and she could come up with a tute for us!!! Keep up the amazing work!

    • Catalina,
      Thank you so much . I have watched your work for some time now and you are a very talented lady. So I can probably just tell you to begin with the calla lily, gently pull the tail long on the back , each of these is then attached to the center and just make five larger ones for the outer ones and gently attach to the others between the first five. Each technique that I have used hinges on another that I learned in a previous flower, pretty soon you just see the flowers as parts that need to be placed a little differently or tweeked to make the difference.

      Karonkay

      • Thank you, KaronKay! I will try the Columbine on my own and let you see what I come up with. By the time October gets here most of our family business will be done. My father died in June and we will have his ashes buried in CO next week! My mother in law passed away a month ago! She will be buried here in Michigan on Sept. 30. And my sons are moving into their own house on Monday! So, to keep my mind calm, I will work on this project. 2013 better be a better year.

        • Gosh,what a year you have had! I am deeply sorry for all the pain and sorrow you are going through. It will lessen with the passage of time but the healing process takes time and if you keep busy it will help. I have had some years that I am glad are gone. I hope your sons will be close even though they are moving out on their own. My son has just returned home for a little while as he tries to get back on his feet. It has been a pleasure for us. I am glad that my children know they can always come back home to recoup after life throws them a curve ball. I treasure all of my children and hope to always provide a safe haven for them when needed.
          You will love doing the columbine. They are so pretty. The hearts that you use should be about one inch for the big ones and two sizes down for the inner ones. Roll your clay to a two card, so that you can pull the tails and thin the edges of each with the large ball tool. Don’t curl the points as you did with the lily. Have fun!

          • Yes, it has been a tough year. My sons will be moving about 4 miles away! So, it is really close and a good neighborhood. If it was far i would not be in good shape. My sons are everything to me. I have been trying to break the apron strings for a long time. I must realize they may never be completely severed and everybody better adjust to that fact! :-) I think once Oct hits i will be able to breathe a little better. This blog and Cindy’s tutes have been a postive influence on me. The friends I have encountered here have been a blessing! There is nothing like it anywhere on the web. I will let you know how my attemp at the Columbines turn out.

        • Catalina, so very sorry to hear about your Dad and your Mom-in-law. You have had so much grief on your shoulders this year and they say the Lord never gives us more than we can bear……you have had your share.
          God bless, I will keep you in my prayers. I truly believe one of the best stress relievers is working with Polymer Clay. I hope things start looking better for you. ;)

          • Thank you so much, Dixie Ann. Prayers are the best medicine. And are very much appreciated. I thank God for such amazing people here. There is so much learning, sharing, inspiration, encouragement, friendship and love here!

  12. Congratulations Karonkay! Your flowers were awe inspiring. And how fantastic for Cindy to see how her inspiration has taken root and produced such wonderful ‘flowers’ (pun intended!).

    Also, following on from Elizabeth S’s comment, I’d also like to go on record and say that I’d love to meet up with others in the London area (UK) in the hope that Cindy, Doug, Willow and Fisher can one day make it across the pond. We don’t have a Michael’s over here but we do have Hobbycraft and I’m sure they’d be only too delighted to host Cindy and her incredible work with Polymer Clay. It would draw quite a crowd I know.

    Thanks again for all you do Cindy and Doug. Looking forward to the next video!
    Marion

  13. WOW! Simply stunning flowers Karon! I kept saying all through the video “I want some of those in my yard! ” Great first video Cindy and Doug. It looked like a lot of fun. I cant wait to see the next one! And see what Karon does with all those beautiful flowers. :}

    • Jamie,

      Thanks so much. That is funny that you say you want those in your yard… I have been threatening to make a bunch of the flowers that I have made and attach them to the real plants in the yard so that when they are not blooming through nature they can still bloom with my flowers. I would love to see people’s faces as they pass the lilac bush in the snow as it is still blooming. What fun that would be.

      Karonkay

      • Hahahaha. It is funny you should say that because my husband actually did it! He put fake lillies in our front yard flower bed one year when ours didnt fare so well from a wet summer. And they looked very real too. But when the snow fell you would not believe how many strangers just had to ring our bell and ask if they were real! I still chuckle when I think of him scratching his head and saying “Did they really think they were real?” Hee hee hee. Let me know if you do it. I would love to hear the stories! :}

  14. Karonkay, your flowers are so unbelievably and stunningly beautiful!! What a wonderful artist you are! I can’t believe you did all of them in just one year. It would take me a decade! Bet, you don’t get much sleep. You must be such a patient lady to “listen” to and watch mother nature so closely to capture the beauty of all of those lovely flowers. Can’t wait to hear who will be the lucky recipient of your incredible talent. Looking forward to seeing more of your art in the future. Congratulations to you!

    Cindy, thank you and your family for showing us such a talented artist and to introduce us to the never ending wonders of what can be achieved with our wonderful medium: Polymer Clay! Perhaps some day you can come to Germany to visit the very nice Staedler FIMO people, I am only 45 minutes away or come to New York. I am lucky enough to spend my time between those two places.

    • Oh my goodness how sweet you are. I surely do appreciate your lovely words. You are absolutely correct I do get much less sleep now. I begin working on the flowers between four and five in the morning and go to my real job ( the one that supports my clay habit) at 3 pm and later at 0 dark hundred when I get off I try to work a few more hours before catching some zzzz’s and get up and do it all again. What a life!
      And I call this enjoyment. This is why I seldom post anything on facebook or here on the blog. Sweet Cindy answers for me on some of the posts. She knows that I am busy. ( thanks Cindy) I think today is the first time since the beginning of my project that I have spent this much time on here. I usually only catch a little at a time. But I was determined to answer all your lovely comments and let you all know how much I appreciate your suppport here on Cindy’s site…..
      Again thanks so much

      Karonkay

  15. Oh, how absoluting fun, intriguing, fascinating to see all the beautiful flowers that Karonkay has made! Wonderful video. Those flowers are absolutely so realistic! Thank you Karen and the Lietz family. I’m sure you are having a wonderful time on your road trip where you can find like minded artsits to visit. Cindy, I realize that you are going to be traveling the Pacific Northwest this time. Do you think that you will possibly come to the Upper Midwest (of the United States), specifically to Minnesota sometime? I would love to see you show your creativity in person. Actually, Doug does such a good job of videography that we can see really close up details. Thanks!!

  16. So happy you visited the uber talented Karen, so we can see her and her wonderful garden. What a huge project she has taken on, but know she has the ability to pull it off, fantastically!

  17. Just a quick update…. my project is finally finished! I shipped it off yesterday… kinda sad a year of hard work completed. I have a whole month before it was due. But we wanted to make sure that the project survived the harrows of shipping . This way if some elements need replaced I have a month to accomplish that. Thanks again for all your support. It means so much to have so many friends in the PC world who understand the hard work and time put into what we do.
    Woohoo I can finally catch up on doing Cindy creations. I need to go back and review all the wonderful tuts and decide which I want to do first. I have missed so many of them.

    Cindy I couldn’t have done this without you. Thanks for your help and inspiration at the times that I needed you.

    Marlene Cupo… my friend. I smile when I think of the wonderful peacock cane ends you sent so that I could have a distraction from the project. You are a great friend. Now I can actually sit down and use them!

    Dixie Ann , Elaine and all the others who kept writing notes here on the blog,,, Thanks for just being there I always knew that I could come here and read to clear my mind and refresh for a new start on the project when I was tormented with the “How am I going to do this” syndrome.

    All of us are so so lucky to have this family to run to when we need it. You all will never know how many lives you touch with your sharing hearts. I would bet there are many out there who like me visit often but do not comment much. So thanks a million.

    • Wow, Karon. Congratulations!!!! And you finished early. Ahahaha, just once I wish I could do that.

      Watching you and your husband create this year has been one of my joys in 2012. I hope that soon you will be able to release official pictures, or publish a book, because I would love to oogle them again in 2013.

      Wish you both a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

    • Oh Karon I have been thinking of you the last couple of days and wondering how things were going for you. Congratulations on finishing and getting them sent off… and early at that!! I am really impressed! I am so excited for you. I can not wait to hear more about the event and what it was like. It is an amazing opportunity.

      You must feel so proud to have taken on such a momentous task and grabbed it by the horns. So many people shy away from big challenges that come to them in their lives, so they never get to experience the ‘soaring’ feeling that comes with ‘feeling the fear, and doing it anyway’! I am very proud of you. You and Dave will forever be a part of our clay family.

      Thank you for your lovely words. I am humbled that you feel inspired by what you learn here and that you are able to expand on the knowledge and take it much further than I could ever imagined. Looking forward to what you make next! Merry Christmas and an AWESOME 2013!

      PS: The polymer flowers you gave me for my birthday are sitting right here at my desk, so I can think of you everyday as I work. I kept the pink long stemmed rose for the trailer, so everyone else we meet on our roadtrips can have the pleasure of seeing your work as well.

    • So my dear KaronKay, did I miss something here? Are you not going to reveal what your project was and where it is going to?

  18. Dixie Ann,

    So sorry dear friend,,,, The time is not yet. I must keep my secret for a short time. But as soon as I am able you will know. It will not go to it’s new home for a little while. For now it is in good hands and is in safe keeping til then. I just wanted to share my relief and happiness that it is finished!

  19. update the flowers arrived still in the shipping boxes,,, but just barely, The trauma suffered at the hands of the shipping company was very apparent. The receiver tells me that they knew the boxes held the flowers as the stems were protruding through the ends. and it looked pretty much like a porcupine was held within it;s confines. So sad! But the flowers themselves showed few signs of the mistreatment. Only two of the several thousand were broken. One beyond repair so am replacing that one. We are sending it and another arrangement this week. The purple rose one on my facebook page will go off tomorrow.
    The date is getting near so this is the last shipment before the big day.

    • Sorry to hear about the shipping issues Karron! Yikes that is scary. Aren’t you glad you sent them early? I am getting so excited about this event!! Cannot wait until you can share it. We need to talk about an announcement post. Email me and we will get that figured out.

    • Mama mia, “several thousand flowers?????!!!!” Yikes. I cannot wait to see the presentation on this effort.

      So sorry to hear about the shipping problems. I get stuff mailed here that looks like two sumo wrestlers played with it in the back of the truck, lol. With more and more of us moving to an online and shipping world, the shipping and delivery services MUST improve.

      Hope all goes well with the replacements and the final delivery. Not sure if it helps now, but I always find that stuff surrounded in bubble wrap seems to withstand the abuse of shipping. Don’t like the air bag system as much, many arrive unsealed and flat, which just allows content packaging to shift.

  20. Today I am feeling humbled and pleased. I just have to say that I am grateful and filled with awe and honored that you have seen talent where I wonder if there is any. For the faith you have in me ,
    allowing me to expand and grow as an artist, and for the great honor you have given in opportunity of the truly unexpected. For the joy I feel in accomplishing what was set before me. I am grateful for those who stand in the shadows cheering me on.
    My heart is full, my tears flow, and I am humbled at your faith. Thank you.

    • Karon you are a beautiful person. You deserve the love and support. You should feel proud of all that you have accomplished. I can not wait until we can reveal where your stunning bouquets actually went. Let me know as soon as you are ready. Everyone is going to be sooo impressed… I am giddy with anticipation!!!

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