Top 3 FAQs I get as a florist

I get a bunch of questions about me and my floristry. 

These are the top 3 Frequently Asked Questions!
How long have you been doing flowers?
I have always thought that flowers were beautiful.  (who doesn't, right?)  I loved the Iris my great grandmother had in her garden, and loved learning flower names, but never thought anything of it.
I remember signing up for classes my senior year of high school.  One class many of my friends were taking was floral arranging and design.  I really wanted to take it, but I didn't think it had any practical application for my future (HA!), so I didn't take it.  I didn't even think twice about it. 
Then, a few years later (in 2010) I had the opportunity to work where I got to be around all things weddings.  Eventually they needed some help in the floral department, and I was really eager and excited to learn.  They trusted me to make a corsage for the Mother of the Bride (me?! what?!!), and I was hooked.  I loved making anything with flowers, and always offered to help when there was a floral order learning everything I could about bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres and corsages. 
After I quit working there, I really missed doing flowers, and so I applied at a local flower shop.  I had to take a drug test, but the gal there told me as soon as I had that done that I was hired.  I went and took the drug test and then never heard back from them. (?) It was the strangest thing.  I thought my floral career was over. (really, I did!)  I joke that I failed the drug test, but then just this year I found the paperwork I was supposed to submit to get the job and then never did. (Coincidence? Divine intervention?) Then, with much prodding and encouraging from my mother and close friends, I decided to make the leap and get my business license. 
Floral Design by Erin was born in May 2011, and I have been learning and developing my own style ever since!  I love it, and I am so excited to see where this goes.
Where do you buy your flowers?
I buy my flowers from Red Mountain.  It is wholesale only, and you do need a business license to be able to shop there. 
If you aren't able to buy wholesale, my favorite non-wholesale suggestions are: Trader Joes (story on this later!), Whole Foods, Costco, Harmon's, and sometimes Smith's Marketplace. 

Where did you learn how to do flowers?
One of my dearest friends and mentors introduced me to floral.  She taught me all the basics and is my go-to gal whenever I need encouragement or an answer to a question.  Her name is Suzie and you can find her over at The Gardens at Dry Creek.  (she is AMAZING!)  Since I started Floral Design by Erin, I have been googling, YouTube-ing, researching, and playing with flowers as much as I can to get more familiar with flowers, learn how to arrange them, and develop my own style.  I am still figuring it out, and probably will never have it completely figured out.  I just love learning.  I love reaching for higher goals for myself.  That's the best advice I have though, regardless of the trade, is to just DO it.  Figure it out and do it.  And it will be amazing.
And that is all I have to say about that!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me!

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