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april showers bring may flowers {and a giveaway}


This post was made possible by Blogger Babes. I received a complimentary copy of The Flower Chef in exchange for my honest review. Thoughts are 100% my own.

when i first decided that i really wanted to work in the flower business i was still floating on the cloud of newlywed bliss. our wedding had been everything i envisioned and that was due in large part to the flowers! it sort of surprised me that the part i enjoyed most was researching and deciding on all of the blooms. and my florist hit it out of the park!!

i got a job in a local flower shop to learns the basics of flower care and design. i loved that i got to work with flowers everyday but i  didn't enjoy the less than ideal working environment!   i'm largely self-taught.along my journey,  i've  read a lot of flower blogs and watched a ton of youtube videos to learn basic techniques. i love playing with color and texture but i've always felt a little insecure about what i was doing because i was figuring it out on my own.  i've fallen into a bit of a rut with my flower business-new motherhood and raising a toddler will do that to you! i was thrilled to get a copy of this book in the mail, sit done over a cup of coffee and look at all of the gorgeous arrangements! it helped me get inspired all over again.

THE FLOWER CHEF: A MODERN GUIDE TO DO-IT-YOURSELF FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS would have saved me so much grief!! inside florist carly cylinder takes you step by step through the basics of arranging, flower varieties, prep/care and even cost! 



i get questions all the time from brides thinking of doing their own flowers for their weddings. i typically advise them to proceed with some caution and to practice a lot!! this book is a wonderfully helpful guide for any bride headed down the diy path. it would also make wonderful reading for any flower enthusiast wanting to step up their game and make those bunches of grocery store blooms look a little more high end. 

blogger babes, luna bazaar and the flower chef are hosting a pinterest giveaway. the prizes are a must have for any flower enthusiast. 

that first prize...gah!!! 

blogger babes and the flower chef have also graciously gifted a copy of the book to one of my lovely readers.

super simple to become eligible enter:

the winner of the book will be selected on wednesday and don't forget to head on over to enter the luna bazaar, blogger babes, and flower chef diy contest!