I'm headed to San Francisco tomorrow to teach our last studio class of the spring/summer on March 5th..."So You Wanna Do Weddings". Flashback to January's session where we selected a cool and moody palette with lots of gorgeous berries and vines- can't wait to see what is available now and get my hands on all those beautiful Cali materials again! Chugging along with Studio Choo East as well and will hopefully have a few classes for summer on the calendar soon.
Studio Choo is in the process of opening an East Coast "Branch" of the business in Rhode Island. Starting in 2016, we'll be offering private classes, on-site workshops, events and weddings all over New England. Studio Choo West will be the home for Snakeface Apothecary and we'll continue to host classes and events in our South San Francisco space. The biggest change for you to know about right now is that we are no longer taking daily flower deliveries...but with advance notice we may be able to accommodate your special orders. Send us a message with questions or special requests.
Our South San Francisco studio space is undergoing a transformation as well. We'll be welcoming some new faces to the Studio Choo family as we form a collective with a group of amazingly talented and like-minded businesses. Sign up for our mailing list below or follow us on instagram for the most current Choo updates!
Here's a super special wedding from this Spring...Jill's cousin Lia got married at Stern Grove in San Francisco. All the Choo's were on deck for this one- especially since Jill was a bridesmaid and our good friend Paige took the photos! We are gearing up for another important one on September 5th (Alethea's wedding!!!)
We are so very very excited to host Emily Katz at our studio for an evening of macrame wall hanging making and flower magic! Emily's class comes with instruction, inspiration, and a DIY macrame kit. Inside a hand screen printed tote bag is cotton rope and a piece of driftwood or modern dowel to make your unique wall hanging. We'll be adding in a special floral element to the pieces for this workshop! We'll have an assortment of amazing vines, branches, blooms, and foliage and will show you how to weave simple compositions in bud vases into your macrame. Get ready to be inspired and leave with a finished wall hanging. Class is on May 20th from 6-9PM and you can sign up on Emily's Website HERE!
We're not up to a whole lot this year for Mother's Day weekend. With a big, (and fun), family wedding on Friday and spending time with our own respective mamas over the weekend - we're more than happy to deliver THIS Thursday or NEXT Monday, just not the days in between.
Sorry about that, and we're hoping your mama understands. Just call her; that's what she really wants anyway, (and maybe a nod for the 18+ years of doing your laundry).
We're going to be better about writing, swear it.
Until we make good on that promise, we're out of the studio; up north and down south on the Western coastline Friday, April 17 thru Sunday, April 19. Back in biz Monday, miss you tons.
We're stoked to collaborate with Macy's and share a smokin hot deal for a Spring wreath workshop Sunday, March 29th. $50 for registration includes a signed copy of The Wreath Recipe Book and a 1.5 hour class on how to create an unexpected, wild Spring wreath for your home using a grapevine frame, airplants and an assortment of spring foliage, blooms and branches. We'll be teaching at 11a and 2p, so sign up HERE and come hang.
(p.s. we'll be installing a design piece in 2nd flr Geary St entrance at the escalator landing on Friday. For those a little leery of those directions, we may even have an intern, headphones clapped to her ears, wearing a Lady Liberty crown and twirling a overly large sign to direct you - so come check it out.)
This time last week, Jill and I were wearing a dozen layers between us and were driving all over town gathering flowers and plants for the Saint Louis Art Museum Spring celebration, "Art in Bloom." WHOOSH, what a whirlwind. We learned a lot, kept moments of terror to a minimum and met the most amazing community of flower lovers.
Before we even got on the plane, Jill had done a little research to see if anyone was growing any thing this time of year. We weren't expecting much, (re: "wearing a dozen layers," it was 20degrees), but were totally blown away when we rolled up to Urban Buds before sunrise on Wednesday morning. Oh man, do we love these gals.
Mimo and Miranda are occupying an acre of land whose flower history dates back to the 1870's. We're talking major legacy sh*t, people. Always a florist, flower market or grow-space in the south district of Saint Louis, Mimo and Miranda bought the property in 2012 and are growing chemical-free, sustainable flowers in one of the remaining glass greenhouses, a high tunnel and side fields. They are literally growing in the alley; rich, dark rows of soil tilled and ready for the Spring sunshine to bring up zinnias for the surrounding community to enjoy. 70 varieties of flowers and counting are being tended by just the two of them, (who both have full-time jobs), to sell at the Tower Grove Farmer's Market and a few lucky, local florists.
These two redefine what any of us in the industry call a "labor of love," and their product is outstanding. Our brains are buzzing with what else we, and others who support them, can do to help move Urban Buds forward - adding new growing structures, expanding their market, continuing restoration of the property. The oldest wood-frame house in the ENTIRE CITY is on their lot. Beautiful, nostalgic and a little haunting - it's the perfect place for a ag/design classroom, or a retail shop. But, as it's condemned and there's not enough funds to keep the heat going in the greenhouse along with every-other-overhead, it's likely to be torn down.
We know exactly what you're thinking, and we're with ya - "Oh hell nah!" Kickstarter, anyone?
62. An even, feel-good number. It's got some heft, nice lines, good shape. We're not mathematicians, but we dig 62. Even more so as we are incredibly grateful to be in the company of 61 of our beyond-talented contemporaries in Martha Stewart Weddings "Top Floral Designers" for 2015.
Dang. So lucky. So honored.
The full story will be in MSW's Spring edition, on newsstands next Monday. In the meantime, you can check the abbreviated version at marthastewartweddings.com/top-florists
Well, not Bernie...but isn't he cute? March 4th through March 7th! We're heading to STL, (...is that what the kids are saying?), to spend a few days in the gracious company of the Saint Louis Art Museum. We'll be participating in this year's Art in Bloom with lectures on floral design, workshops and book signings. If you're planning on being in town and want to come hang, our workshops are at 10:30a and 1:30p. Advance tickets can be purchased through metrotix.com, search "Art in Bloom" to better navigate. General admission to the overall event is free and open to the public.
Over it: our old junk wood wall
Into it: gunmetal grey, baby
Our container collection for #VDAY2015 #treatyourself #beyourownvalentine is an exclusive, sea-inspired line from Pacifica ceramicist, Linda Fahey. We love this woman. She has such an amazing eye, manifested for the public in her finely curated YONDER SHOP, loads of spunk and is incredibly talented at her craft. Fahey's adoration of the natural world, specifically the Pacific coastline, greatly influences her organic, flowing shapes and beautiful glazing technique.
Each piece is unique from the rest in it's form and splash coloring, and we only have a few left at our shop, (and maybe not for long because we're starting to feel hoard-ish). We hope you and your lover, or mom, boss, what-have-you, enjoy this piece long after your Valentine's flowers fade, (which, we gotta say, look damn good in there).
It's real! Mercury in retrograde gave us the kick in the pants for an overhaul - and as of today, our new site is launched into the stratosphere.
Click around, see how it feels and please tell us what you think. Nothing new is never without bugs, (it's natural).
WHERE DID THE YEAR GO?!
We're hitting the trail and heading out of town for our annual winter break Tuesday, December 23rd until Monday, January 5th. You'll be seeing us in Vermont, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia...just not in the studio or running orders out for delivery until the new year.
Have a gorgeous holiday season, stay cozy and warm - we're already working on it.
XOXO, the Choo Crew
Let's get a little meta when it comes to wreath-making this season. We'll be at Heath Ceramics SF on Sunday, November 23 hosting two workshops on MODERN WREATHS. You can register through Heath's eventbrite listing below:
And if you've got a particular Bowie song in your head while you sign-up for one of the 18 spots, you're definitley on our wavelength.