Announcing 'CUTIEBLOOMS' - My new ETSY store exclusively for the kidlets :)

I have been working on a whole lot of things lately and finally one project has come into fruition :). I had been planning on starting a store for Kids and Kids alone, but I never had the time to do it. Now, there is a place where you can purchase DECO Clay Flowers for your little ones.
I have named the store - CutieBlooms :). So please check out and tell me how you like it.
I have just put on a few flowers there... But do let me know what you'd like to see there, for your princesses and I'll be sure to put them on there. 
Everytime I thought of what to give my nieces, I could only think of these flowers :). I was just waiting for them to grow up, so that they could start wearing these. These would be great gifts for birthdays or even just like that!  No one needs reasons to give a little girl a gift really :).
Keep Browsing! See you soon....

Bridal Fashion Debut 2011 Giveaway winners!

Thanks again to all of you who visited the KeepsakeBlossoms booth at the Bridal Fashion Debut! You will remember that we had  a 'giveaway' :). I started with a Gardenia Hair Comb. The response was so good and we had so many people visiting my booth, that I decided to add 3 single hair flowers to the prize :). So one person gets the comb and 3 others get single hair flowers.
Without further ado, here are the names of the winners:

Renee Thibodeau - Gardenia Hair Comb
Julie O'Keefe - Hair Flower
Adriana Rubio - Hair Flower
Stephanie Rianne Burnett - Hair Flower

I shall also be contacting the winners by email to confirm the addresses.

Thank you so much for participating in the raffle. It was fun doing it! I have decided to hold more giveaways now :). So, keep watching this space!
No post is really complete without photos! And here is one I received from a client of mine who wore a Gardenia Hair Comb created by me. I love it when I receive photos from weddings! And this photo is just so beautifully taken. 

Back to work now. My next project is another peacock themed bouquet :). But this one has a 'colorful' twist. Once it is done, I'll post photos for you to see :). I am very excited about it. 

Bridal Fashion Debut 2011

So, do you want to know what I did over the weekend? The title of the blog post should give you an idea :). I participated as a 'vendor' at the Bridal Fashion Debut 2011. The Bridal Fashion Debut held in Phoenix every year is said to be the biggest bridal show in the country. This year there were 4600 registered brides who attended the event looking to choose their wedding gowns, accessories, venues, menus, photographers, planners, coordinators, photo booths, you name it!

How I decided to do this and when, is an interesting story :).  A couple of days before the show, I went to the bank to open a business account. The lady who was helping me with it - Shelley - told me about the event and said I MUST participate in it, but maybe it was a little late for the January show. I said there was no way I could have products ready in just a couple of days. After I came home and told my husband about it, he too said that I absolutely must participate in the show and that he'd help me with it. So, I called up the event organizers and asked what the booth cost and if anything was available at all. Well, I got lucky! :) And that started my frenetic adventure of making something worthy of a Bridal Show that big! I had never participated in anything like that before and did not even know where to start. (That explains the bare look of my booth! No decor, nothing... just a solitary banner... LOL!)

I decided to do a bit of everything.... and did what I could. I did some petite bouquets, small table arrangements, bouts, hair pieces, and even a ring pillow. I burnt the midnight oil, so to say :), but eventually turned out enough stuff to fill the table that we were allotted. 
The beginning was quite disappointing, but with the first person who came to our booth, the people started coming in...and we didn't even have time for a breather. They couldn't believe that the flowers weren't real. That was a real compliment to my work, especially since I had worked day and night to make that show happen. To everybody, except 2 persons, it was their introduction to DECO Clay. So now, if nothing else, at least a few thousand people know about the magical clay that gives the flowers the real feel! (There is a similar clay in the market - Hearty Clay - but the finish is no where close to DECO Clay) It was really a terrific experience talking to so many people about the flowers and the clay.
A lot of people just love my rose and peacock feathers bouquet. It's been a hit from the day I made it for a client of mine 2 years back. Even at the show, a lot of people even took pictures of it, to get it done in real flowers :). While that doesn't get me business, it does say something about my design :) :). That's not bad! :) I can live with it for now.... LOL!
On the second day, we had a lot of people who said, 'we've heard about your work from others at the show'. We were actually generating 'word-of-mouth' publicity. How cool is that!  We heard a lot of things said about my flowers - 'That is the coolest thing', 'That is the smartest thing', 'That is the prettiest thing in the show' .... but I found one comment very entertaining. One guy said that my flowers were so good, they were seriously 'Bada**' :). I would never have thought to use that word for my flowers, LOL!, but it was so fun to hear that.
Towards the end of the show, we actually ran out of the postcards that we were handing out to people....wehad to resort to 'rationing' them on the second day!

I met a lot of cool people at the bridal show. More about them later.... but for now, I would like to thank some people who made this happen:
Shelley - from my bank :)
Ashley - a fellow etsian who designed my new logo on time on a very very short notice!
Rob at Impressive Imaging - Our local printers here in Maricopa. Rob helped me out so much with designing the postcards and the business cards in addition to printing everything!
Nayana and Arup - Nayana is my best friend from childhood. She helped me pick out the right logo design, when I was not sure which one to pick. Arup is her wonderful husband. They are like family to me, always encouraging me to move on with my little endeavors :).
Sarang - My husband, who always helps out with everything! He encouraged me to participate, he helped me finish the products, pack them, transport them. He was there by my side all the time at the show. Can't get any better than that!
I took in raffle entries for 2 hair pieces - a gardenia hair comb and a single gardenia hair flower. Now it is time for me to put it all on the computer and pick out some winners :).

PS: Sorry for the bad pics folks! Shall post better ones soon. These are from my iPhone

New Wedding Bouquet for an Army Wedding


Happy New Year 2011! I hope you had/are having a great Holiday Season :). So, have you been wondering where I have been? :) I was finishing up this beautiful bouquet for a very special bride.

Not that other brides aren't special, but this one was for an active duty soldier. She and her husband are both in the armed forces. On my website, I have mentioned about a special discount for members of the armed forces. (Considering what they do for us, the discount is nothing. But, I do what I can) Thais came through me through my website. I hadn't been very active on Etsy for a while and I am always surprised to know how my clients find me through my website.... since I haven't advertised at all :). So anyway, she found me and said that she wanted a bouquet with green, white and a little black. She also mentioned a wildflower-ish look, but also elegant. Once I knew what her style and her favourite flowers were, we decided on Peonies, Anemones and Ranunculus as the main flowers. For the smaller flowers we chose Stephanotis, Freesia, Hyacinth and Viburnum.

I think the bouquet turned out extremely pretty, even if I am the one who's saying so.... LOL! I fell so completely in love with it, that I am now creating similar-looking arrangements for our home (which incidentally doesn't have any of my work as part of the decor!)

I have some more interesting developments on the horizon and I shall share them with you, as they materialize. With your best wishes and encouragement, I am sure I shall succeed.

Thanks for reading! Keep coming back for more news, and more flowers :).

P.S.: I know my photos aren't all that great. Any tips on photographing the flowers, especially on creating a background would be really welcome.