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2019 GTFA Designer of the Year Results

WINNER Alicia Springfield, NCCPF
1st Runner-Up Jaclyn Gough Cfd
2nd Runner-Up Bill McPhail, NCCPF

The Greater Triangle Florist Association met at The Laurelbrook in Raleigh on June 25th. Attendees enjoyed a lovely meal, design program by 2018 GTFA DOY Joseph Barnes and our 2019 DOY competition. The competition was fierce and everyone did an amazing job. Our winner was Alicia Springfield NCCPF, 1st runner up Jacyln Gough CFD, and 2nd runner up Bill McPhail NCCPF. Attendees also benefited from a dicussion about judging from Jody McLeod AIFD, NCCPF, CFD.

The Laurelbrook and Catering Works were gracious hosts and the environment and food were excellent.

Here’s a few pics below that were grabbed at the workshop by cellphone.

And a Big Thanks to Laurelbrook at Catering Works in Raleigh for Hosting the Event

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2019 Fresh Affairs Workshop a Total Success

We had a great time at the Designer of the Year Workshop on Sunday, Mar. 10th! There were designers of all levels learning different techniques for competition. Each participant designed a surprise package, buffet and wedding piece. These were all then critiqued and the results were shared with everyone. Hoping we’ll fill up the room for DOY at the convention!

Education is so important in our industry. We are in an ever changing retail and wedding world, Being a part of this association and participating is part of how we learn and grow. It’s what keeps us “going!” I am constantly amazed by the exceptional creativity of designers in our state. Take advantage and learn. Your customers will thank you.

Thanks to all who participated and to Michael Whaley AIFD and Stephanie Garrett AIFD. A special thanks to Cleveland Plant and Flower Company, Curtis Flower Farm, and Hardins for donating flowers and product. Please be sure and give each one of them a personal thank you! We’re also grateful to Fresh Affairs for their great design room!

Thank you all!
Donna Pittman, AIFD CFD NCCPF

Here’s a few pics below that were grabbed at the workshop by cellphone.

And a Big Thanks to Fresh Affairs in Raleigh
for Hosting the Event

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Beat the Post-Christmas Blues

Have the Christmas post season blues got you down?

Have you found yourself becoming more depressed by the daily flood of bad news? Do you dread turning on the television? Do you find yourself feeling angry or grouchy more often? Below, we're going to suggest a few things that you can do to get out of feeling this way.

1.  Socialize in person, not by texting.

Force yourself to call up a friend to meet for coffee, a movie, or just to ask them if they’d like to take a brisk walk.

2. Treat yourself with something selfish.

Think of something that you want to do for YOURSELF …  a short trip, a manicure, a haircut, buying yourself a new article of clothing.  Anything that’s not too costly or extravagant.  Think to yourself, “Gee, I deserve this.”  And never feel guilty for experiencing this little pleasure.

3. Purposely help someone else of give them something.

Think about your friends, relatives, someone you know is poor, or a local charity.  Choose a person or cause that appeals to you and decide to give to that person or cause.  It can be your time, a toy, or something monetary.  Giving releases any guilt and can have a great impact on how we feel.  Not only for our mind, but also for our body.

 

 

4.  Rent or go see a comedy.

Laughter is always a great and effective panacea for ills of all kinds.  Studies reveal that laughter creates endorphins that will temporarily or permanently bring you out of a depressed state.  This is a cheap and easy way to reduce chronic pain or dispense of a blue mood feeling.  And it’s fun too.

5. Move out of the Past and into the Present.

Most blue moods are a result of something that has happened to us in the past.  It is vital to your mental state and overall well-being to force yourself to stay in the present.  Hanging onto old hurts, pains, guilt, or anger will do much harm to you emotionally and physically over time.  Living in the present will free up all kinds of positive energy that will heal you emotionally as well as physically.  Follow the old adage, “Forget it and move on.” Or, “Forgive and Forget”.

6. Schedule a walk and keep to it.

Any type of physical exercise whether extended or brief allows you to fight the blues and the funk one feels by sitting or lying down at home brooding or indulging in self-blame or pity.  Remember that you’re not alone and life will be good again.  Think positive with your head high.

4.  Rent or go see a comedy.

Laughter is always a great and effective panacea for ills of all kinds.  Studies reveal that laughter creates endorphins that will temporarily or permanently bring you out of a depressed state.  This is a cheap and easy way to reduce chronic pain or dispense of a blue mood feeling.  And it’s fun too.

5. Move out of the Past and into the Present.

Most blue moods are a result of something that has happened to us in the past.  It is vital to your mental state and overall well-being to force yourself to stay in the present.  Hanging onto old hurts, pains, guilt, or anger will do much harm to you emotionally and physically over time.  Living in the present will free up all kinds of positive energy that will heal you emotionally as well as physically.  Follow the old adage, “Forget it and move on.” Or, “Forgive and Forget”.

6. Schedule a walk and keep to it.

Any type of physical exercise whether extended or brief allows you to fight the blues and the funk one feels by sitting or lying down at home brooding or indulging in self-blame or pity.  Remember that you’re not alone and life will be good again.  Think positive with your head high.

7.  Take a break from ALL social media including Facebook and Twitter.

Always remember that social media is a drug and very addictive.  It is programmed with dopamine producing actions that hook you like a fish.  Do you immediately have to pick up your phone if you hear that alert tone?  Try going 5 minutes without looking at the alert and see how it makes you feel.  If you find your skin crawling or you get anxious, then you’re hooked chemically.  If you follow #6 and do take a walk, leave your phone behind.

8.  Pray Daily.

Many times there is a weight that can’t be lifted by proven methods.  Daily prayer has a real good track record for helping you through depressive times in your lives.  Give it a try and be ready to experience the uplift.

9. And finally, get back to your creativeness.

When in the act of floral designing or any other act of assembly, your mood is altered.  Creativeness shifts us from the right side of our brain to the left side.  If you’re the owner of a shop and do most of the administration stuff, force yourself to get back to creating.  If your business is slow, begin creating new silk designs for your shop.  Put everything out of your mind and concentrate on that task.  And again, put your cellphone out of ear’s reach.  It will be there when you’ve finished.

 

Has anyone noticed one thing that’s common in a lot of these suggestions?  You guessed it.  That dastardly device that has taken over so many lives in today’s homes and work.  Honestly think to yourself, am I happier today than I was before I had my cellphone.  Why have suicide rates exploded over the last 20 years?  Why do families not go out to eat as much as they used to?  No one’s conversing anymore.  They’re texting.

Take a few moments and let us know in the comments below how you cope with “the Blues” and whether it has been successful.  Personally, I’ve noticed that a deficiency of Vitamin D (sunlight) causes a depressive mood during the winter months.  I’ve seen a difference in mood by taking a daily dose of Vitamin D3.

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Recap of the 2018 NCCPF Hands-on School

Events like the NCCPF Design School don’t happen without teamwork! Thanks to all the Education Committee members who have been able to help!  The NCCPF Design School took place August 22-25, 2018 at Lihmil, Inc. Flowers and Supplies in Kernersville, NC. Eleven students were ready to take on the challenging classes which began at 9:30 Wednesday. Nelson Simpson, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, NCCPF began the classes with positive words. He continued to praise students and push them to higher levels of design ability throughout the week.

The students began each day going over information from their textbooks referencing design styles and how to create them. Nelson would then meticulously demonstrate a design for them to recreate. Then it was up to the student to duplicate the design as closely as possible. They are graded on three designs in this manner: a formalinear arrangement, a funeral spray and a bridal bouquet. In between these graded designs, students created a wired and taped corsage, a parallel centerpiece, decorated a plant and created hairpieces using cold glue. Creating all of these items is to prepare students for what they may encounter in a retail environment. The knowledge is also useful for those who primarily work in events and weddings. Learning the correct mechanics for creating any design is of utmost importance, regardless of what sector of the diverse floral industry in which a person may work. 

The final day of class was relaxed when students were able to “play” with different types of wire and accessories to create body flowers of their choice. After this, each student was called up to present their design and received their certificate of completion. Happily, all the students in the class passed the Design School. Now on to completing the online classes to receive their NCCPF certification!!

Many thanks to the Board of NCSFA for voting to allow scholarships to the schools classes, both the Design School and the online classes. Also thanks to the Education Committee for their help throughout the year and also during this week of Design School. None of this is possible without your dedication to NCSFA and to educating its members! Members of the Education Committee include: Susi Gordon NCCPF Vice Chair, Pat Murray AIFD NCCPF, John Herron, Stephanie Garrett AIFD CFD NCCPF, Jeff Freeman, Mary Matherly NCCPF and Donna Pittman AIFD CFD NCCPF.

Bill McPhail
Education Committee Chairman

Instructor: Nelson Simpson, Aifd Pfci Cfd NCCPF

Student Reviews

At the end of every class, we pass out an evaluation form that allows students to critique the class and instructor.  Below are some excerpts from the students unedited and the names are kept private.

I love learning and this class was so informative! I am a hands-on learner and this class was perfect for me. Nelson was very thorough and great at reinforcing the techniques you need to know.
I enjoyed gaining a better understanding of floral techniques, tips, and skills. The instructor was very encouraging and I also liked the various floral professionals that came through the class. The ladies were more encouraging and helpful.
Very informative and educational. I really liked the teaching atmosphere and the sponsoring facility was very nice. Would be great to have mats to stand on. The cement floors were rough on the legs.
I really loved the hands-on experience and quality instruction, constructive criticism, and honest feedback. Nelson was knowledgeable and methodical in all facets of instruction.
I really liked how the class was structured around hands-on skills. A nice photo booth to take pictures of our designs would be fantastic. I would love to see the school offer an advanced class.
What I liked about my experience were all the tips and tricks that I learned. Would be nice to have some coffee furnished and Nelson was extremely thorough with his teaching.
The main thing that I liked was being challenged. The instruction was very thorough but I would have liked to have had more hands-on instruction on sympathy arrangements and especially casket sprays.
I loved meeting new people and the instructors and helpers. I'd like to see more basics of design that I could use every day in my business especially more tips and techniques.
I'd like to see the addition of a beginner's class. Instructor was extremely accomplished and having other industry professionals visit was a plus. The curriculum was challenging yet very competition-based.

Student Reviews

At the end of every class, we pass out an evaluation form that allows students to critique the class and instructor.  Below are some excerpts from the students unedited and the names are kept private.

I love learning and this class was so informative! I am a hands-on learner and this class was perfect for me. Nelson was very thorough and great at reinforcing the techniques you need to know.
I enjoyed gaining a better understanding of floral techniques, tips, and skills. The instructor was very encouraging and I also liked the various floral professionals that came through the class. The ladies were more encouraging and helpful.
Very informative and educational. I really liked the teaching atmosphere and the sponsoring facility was very nice. Would be great to have mats to stand on. The cement floors were rough on the legs.
I really loved the hands-on experience and quality instruction, constructive criticism, and honest feedback. Nelson was knowledgeable and methodical in all facets of instruction.
I really liked how the class was structured around hands-on skills. A nice photo booth to take pictures of our designs would be fantastic. I would love to see the school offer an advanced class.
What I liked about my experience were all the tips and tricks that I learned. Would be nice to have some coffee furnished and Nelson was extremely thorough with his teaching.
The main thing that I liked was being challenged. The instruction was very thorough but I would have liked to have had more hands-on instruction on sympathy arrangements and especially casket sprays.
I loved meeting new people and the instructors and helpers. I'd like to see more basics of design that I could use every day in my business especially more tips and techniques.
I'd like to see the addition of a beginner's class. Instructor was extremely accomplished and having other industry professionals visit was a plus. The curriculum was challenging yet very competition-based.
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Introducing Phase One

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A New beginning for the Association members

The much anticipated LAUNCH of the brand new North Carolina State Florists Association website is FINALLY here! As you will notice upon exploring the site, there are several pages and quite a bit of content still under development. Please be patient and check back daily as new pages and content are added.

Our end goal is to eventually become the BEST state florists association website in the nation, creating a tool for all of our members to keep informed of all events, instructional workshops, and association announcements. The mere advantage of having this tool will hopefully make it worth your annual membership fee.

If you’re a current member and reading this, make sure you upload your information so that we might set up your own back office where you can see all your membership information (last payment, next renewal date, join member forums, etc.) and eventually chat live with other members. We’re aiming to create our own membership social area where you can share pictures, post your own achievements and announcements, all while staying secure from prying eyes on the web.

If you have questions or need help with updating your profile, make sure to visit the HELP forum and post your inquiry. This forum is ONLY for technical questions. All other questions can be posted in the other individual group forums.

If you notice something “out-of-whack” with the website, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below pointing out the error or discrepancy. Or, tell us what you think about our new website. Criticism is welcome.

If you’ve come to this site on recommendation from a current member and have questions, you can go to our Prospective Members forum and post any questions you might have.

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BOTANICAL BODY FLOWER WORKSHOP
.....artistic design in real time with a unique perspective
3:00 - 4:30 pm Inquire at Registration table

This hands-on workshop will give you mechanical concepts and skills to easily construct intricate and impressive floral accessories to offer beyond corsages. These techniques will set you up to create designs that are updated, fashion-forward and artful while remaining mechanically strong and wearable.
* Please bring your own tools, i.e. clippers, scissors, wire cutters, and knives.

Heather Ann Miller, NCCPF is the creative director of Eclectic Sage, a Raleigh based event design and floral studio. While spending many years working in the interior architectural design field, Heather also explored product and textile design. During these explorations, she realized she loved the studio experience and started contributing her artistic eye for colors, trends, and design to a wide variety of projects. Her venture with Eclectic Sage bridges her various art forms and allows her to lend a unique perspective to every design. To see some of her work check out her website www.eclecticsage.com and follow her on Instagram where she often shares behind the scene stories. @eclecticsage

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CONVENTION 2019 FRIDAY BOTANICAL BODY FLOWER WORKSHOP

FFA WORKSHOP - Impress your AG Department
presented by former NCSFA President
Friday   4:30 - 6:30 pm in the Mendenhall Room
Sherri Suttle, Bostic, NC

Whether you are making arrangements for an FFA banquet , prom, etc. , learn how to make designs with an unexpected twist that will leave students and teachers alike in awe of what just came from the Ag Department! We will be using a variety of flowers, floral products and non traditional design products to create beautiful centerpieces that are sure to be a hit. Sherri will be showing you design tips, tricks and ideas, but this is a hands on class as well. So……. let your creative juices start flowing now!

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DESIGN II PROGRAM - "Will You Marry Me"
secrets will be revealed from a pro .....
Saturday - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Chimney Rock Room

Flowers are much more than flowers in the 21st century, and to separate yourselves from the competition, you need to do much more than just flowers.  This program will open your eyes to possibilities that have worked well for Fresh Affairs and Michael will share some of their secrets that will help you take a different approach to your consults and services that you should be offering!

Michael Whaley Aifd Cfd has over three decades of experience in the floral industry and has been involved with every aspect during his career. He has a passion for continuing self-education and, more importantly, sharing that acquired knowledge with other designers in the industry. Over the years he has studied with some of the greatest designers in the world including Gregor Lersch, Hitomi Gilliam, Tomas De Bruyne and Per Benjamin among others.  Michael has been awarded NCSFA Designer of the Year and Southern Retail Florist Association Designer of the Year.  His love of interpretive design led him to The Jim Treadway Cup for interpretive design and after winning this coveted competition three times he was inducted into the Jim Treadway Hall of Fame.  He was also a regional representative for Americas Cup, Great American Design Competition.  Michael was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers and has been heavily involved with programs presented at AIFD National Symposium. He is currently the chairman of the National Education Committee, serves as vice president of the Southern Chapter of AIFD, and is an AIFD certified evaluator/judge.  Michael currently works as Creative Director for Fresh Affairs, an upscale wedding and special events studio based in Raleigh, NC. 

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