Maybe you “stumbled” here in the middle of looking for something else, maybe your friends told you about our blog, or maybe you searched for how to make easy arrangements yourself and our link showed up. No matter how you got here, we’d like to extend a big WELCOME and hello! Consider this our virtual hug and handshake through the interwebs to you.

This is You Do Flowers, a blogging venture started by mom and daughter into the arena of flower arranging. We are guessing you have a few questions, and we would too if you were new here!

What is You Do Flowers?

How did You Do Flowers start?

Who founded this blog?

Where is this blog based?

Where else can I connect with you?

I have a great idea for your blog…where can I share it with you?

I found something I don’t like about You Do Flowers, how can I tell you about it?

What happens when I subscribe to You Do Flowers?

How can I get more involved with the You Do Flowers community?

What is You Do Flowers?

You Do Flowers is our maiden voyage in to the blogging world. It started as an experiment, a way to work together on something and share our individual skills and interests with each other thus creating something we felt worthy of sharing with you. We grow as the blog grows, so sharing our knowledge and love of flowers with anyone who is interested in learning how to get hands on…that’s the good stuff for us.

How did You Do Flowers start?

I can’t remember when I decided that I wanted to “do flowers”, but the opportunity to start came a long time ago when a friend at work who already was diving in, asked if I wanted to help her with a wedding. I did, and loved it. We made plans over lunch each day to evolve our hobby into something more. “Bunches of Blooms” was a deliver to your desk bouquet operation that lasted until motherhood. Baby-having made it impossible to continue.

But the seed was planted. And the classes started. The most rewarding of which was the flower class offered by the Altar Guild at the National Cathedral. An invitation to join the Altar Guild was quickly accepted and the apprenticeship-style learning commenced. Every month’s opportunity to participate in the herculean efforts it takes to “do flowers” at such a monumental place just made me feel more connected to the hobby and the passion that is arranging flowers.

I (Julie) can talk for hours about flowers and those who know me well, can attest to that. I have always had an interest in growing things, and my garden reflects that. Incorporating doing things with what I found in my garden, and what I admire in nature, stores and the local  flower shop is a great exercise in the synergy of my interests in flowers. You can read all about my family history and how that influenced my interest on the About Me page, but in terms of the blog specifically, it’s a different story.

About 10 years ago, a well time tech bust offered me the chance to take some time off from the career world and refocus on my family, my home and my personal interests. Among those interests were flowers, and the encouragement from family and friends to look into teaching classes on arranging. As I thought about it (and I thought about it for a long, long time) I bounced the idea off my freshly minted college graduate daughter, and we eventually came up with an idea for a blog that teaches the basics of flowers. She had the technical skills, I had the practical skills, we could learn from each other…. And we have!

While we live in Northern Virginia (a generally affluent area of the country, in fact one of the super zip codes), the decision to exist on a single wage earner family while the kids were in school does not make us rich. So you figure it out. I am known for my ability to thrift, flea, bargain hunt and figure out how to do things on the cheap, with great results.

I don’t want to compromise on the quality; I just don’t want to pay too much for it. Case in point, everyone knows how expensive red roses are at Valentine’s Day ($40 for 12 stems?! Come on!) My solution? Steer clear of red roses, and do something before the big day. That way, you can celebrate this (admittedly commercial) day without breaking the bank, and still have flowers to offer to your loved one. There is an easy way to create the arrangements, it’s a task anyone can do, and no one will be the wiser.

Understanding that it’s hard to practice, build experience, and learn a new skill (especially if funds and time are tight), I set out to create a blog that would document my trials and tribulations, successes and failures, as well as the tips and trick that I have picked up throughout a life of loving flowers. The fact that I am thrifty can’t help but be incorporated into my shtick. But, I always leave room for ways to do more with more…along with way to do more with less. There’s a flower arrangement for every budget, every skill level and every person.

Where is this blog based?

The blog is based in Northern Virginia. In terms of the flowers, our Zone 7 environment allows access to a fair variety of blooms and branches in the yard, as well as in the flower shop—you can see just how much variation we get by how long our glossary has gotten!

Where else can I connect with you?

We’re so hip (is it cool to compliment ourselves?)! We have a Facebook page, Twitter handle, and Pinterest profile. We greatly encourage you to reach out to us on any of those platforms, or if you want something more personal, just shoot us an email– youdoflowers@gmail.com. We answer our mail, anywhere we get it.

I have a great idea for your blog, where can I share it with you?

Sweet! Share away! Send ideas for the blog, a post, and/or an experiment to us!  We are two people who sit around every few months and hammer away at ideas for future blog posts. Our jobs would be so much easier, if we had feedback on the kind of content that you wanted to read about. Please, please don’t hesitate to offer up your thoughts. There’s a contact form on the site, or reach out via email at youdoflowers@gmail.com

I found something I don’t like about your blog, how can I tell you about it?

Darn! That’s okay; we want to hear about the not-so-nice stuff too. Ask my kids, they will tell you that whenever there is a problem to solve; my favorite advice involves the word “balance.”  Balanced feedback is very important….that means we want, no NEED, to hear constructive criticism along with the heaping praise. Do not hesitate to send your comments to us at youdoflowers@gmail.com and we will do our best to address your problem and find a quick and agreeable solution!

What happens when I subscribe to You Do Flowers?

When you subscribe to our blog (the box on the right-hand side of the page), we will get an email that validates what we do (just kidding!). The email will tell us that we have another subscriber, and this will get us excited. We promise not to share your email address with anyone else and no third-party applications will have access to your name or contact information.

Every time that we sit down at the computer and churn out another blog post, we will hit a little box in our post editor that says “Notify Subscribers”, and when the post is published, you will get an email that says something like, “Hey, remember me, You Do Flowers? Well, we posted new content today and we’d love for you to check it out. Click here to go directly to the post and read up on what we have been doing!” It’s a quick and easy way to stay up-to-date with You Do Flowers and all that we do! You will NOT get spam email, we will NOT send you random things, and you can unsubscribe from this email service any time you want.

How can I get more involved with the You Do Flowers community?

Any way you want! Send us pictures, send us ideas, and/or send us a post you wrote! Got another favorite blog? Send us the link, let’s build a community! We really truly want to see what you guys can come up with, and heck, you should show us up!

Got the skills? Got your courage up to try something new? AWESOME. Send us pictures of your best arrangements and we can strike up a conversation. Why not share the knowledge and love with others?

Interested in being a guest blogger? We can do that too. Let’s talk!!! The hippies totally had it right. Flower power = forever.

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