2019 Convention Pics (coming soon)

2019 Convention Pics (coming soon)

North Carolina State Florists Association

An Elite Community of Floral Experts

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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Miniature Workshop Fun and Informative

Held on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 from 1-4 in the afternoon at the Airport Embassy Suites in Greensboro, the Miniature Workshop was both fun and informative for attendees. Tammy Yow-Russell CFD NCCPF, the Queen of miniature competition, put together the workshop to enlighten attendees about miniature design and what fun they are to create. Twelve bold souls ranging in design experience from 1 month to more than 35 years, we won’t name names…, arrived promptly at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Tammy was well prepared with handouts and brought in some of her miniature designs, both those that won awards and those that were “disasters” in her words. She also provided lots of items to use in the creations. Registrants were asked to create a spaceship or something futuristic to go along with the theme of the 2018 convention. After some time to create the designs, each person presented theirs and said a few words about it. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and somewhat like a reunion for many who were there. The Education Committee provided snacks and small sodas and NCSFA was very gracious to sponsor the room. In Tammy’s words, “It is always so fulfilling to share the things you are passionate about with those who encompass the same curiosities and desire to learn! To explore and experiment in the realms of various designs is very rewarding to all!”

Author:  Bill McPhail, Education Committee

Here’s some great pics grabbed from a cellphone…

Autumn Inspirations 2017

autumn inspirations at mayesh a huge success

On Sunday July 23, 2017 NCSFA presented AUTUMN INSPIRATIONS: a wedding design program at Mayesh Flower Distributors in Charlotte, NC. We got to see lovely designs by our two presenters: Brandi Dennison, NCCPF from Brandi’s Botanicals in Youngsville, NC and Carol Dowd, AIFD from Botanicals in Southern Pines, NC along with our President, Sherri Suttle, NCCPF, who was there on Saturday when they all designed for the program. The program featured designs in 4 color palettes: a purple/cream woodland look; a burgundy/peach look; orange rustic and a fall take on white/green. Many ideas were explored including centerpieces, tablescape ideas, body flowers, flower crowns, arches, circles of love, and of course, bouquets. The designers could use anything available in the warehouse and cooler, so there were many interesting vases and many unique flowers used.

Mayesh is one of our newest sponsors for the upcoming convention. Special thanks go to Todd Smith, General Manager of the Charlotte location. He and his staff were very accommodating and provided a delicious lunch for the attendees and also several goody bags and other prizes that were given away. The grand prize was a paid convention registration that was awarded a couple of times before we found someone who could attend and hadn’t already registered: former DOY Scott Jackson of Botanica Flowers and Gifts in Greensboro.

Many thanks go to our great members who came out to support this event, especially Nelson Simpson AIFD, PFCI, Mary Matherly and Carol Mills of Always & Forever Florist in Madison who represented NCSFA at the registration table. Also in attendance were many other members, including First Vice President Don Holmes, NCCPF. We were happy to have some new faces from the Charlotte and surrounding areas. Many of them are interested in becoming members, attending convention and also attending the upcoming NCCPF Hands-On classes in September.

It was HOT…but overall a wonderful day in Charlotte.

Author:  Bill McPhail

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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

Sponsored by the NCSFA Education Committee

FREE to observe for Weekend Ticket Holders - $25 to Participate
Please pre-register so we'll know how many flowers to provide.

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!

$15 Discount Coupon for Members in the Members Zone

CONVENTION 2019 FRIDAY FFA WORKSHOP CHECKOUT

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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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