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Meeting Florists Friends At ISFA Convention
While we were at the Illinois State Florist Convention, we had the pleasure of meeting some of our wonderful member florists. One of our most memorable encounters was with LaRonda Lambert of Country Creations Floral & Antiques in Marion IL. LaRonda does flowers a little differently than most florists. Her shop features floral and antiques, so she uses the vintage theme throughout her creations. She even uses some of her antique items as vases for flower arrangements.
It's no surprise LaRonda put her own, classic spin on this years Land of Lincoln Cup competition. The theme was "Let It Rock!" and, while most people used actual rocks or went with a rockin' music theme, LaRonda's entry was completely out-of-the-box.
To LaRonda, rock is the slow creaking sound of her grandmother's rocking chair on a country porch, and this is just what she created. LaRonda's entry was more than just a pretty flower design, it was a true work of flower art that really made viewers think. The first thing to catch your attention was the screen door in the very front of the design. Looking through the screen you see the side view of a full-size rocking chair (It was actually cut in half to fit dimensions of the competition). Draped over the arm of the chair was a gorgeous, spring-color, patchwork quilt all made of flowers. For me, this floral work of art sparked great memories of going to Grandmas. She could always be found on her front porch knitting or crocheting something.
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One thing about being a florist that is different than most professions is we get to mix business with pleasure. Incorporating our favorite hobbies into what we love further strengthens our passion for flowers and the business.
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