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December 9, 2012

Where have we gone….?

In a word we have been eaten by the giant monster known as Christmas in a retail florist/garden centre/gardening and special projects/ emporium.

The season got underway innocently enough  - with a field mission for dogwood, moss, hemlock, native yew, grapevine, birch and whatever I could responsibly harvest from the wild.

This year found me in beautiful Grey county going all misty eyed over the delicious wildness of that part of the world.

Once home with the bounty, we stripped the store naked clean (like only possessed Virgo bosses can insist on) and then strung  over 5000 faerie lights through the network of vines and branches that wreath the shop and ceiling height .

Elf Sophie stringing faerie lights.

Once the shop was  transformed inside and the gorgeous new stock brought in  and the back yard stocked to the eyeballs with greenery , garlands, wreaths and more, I should have  had time to sneak in a quick blog post ,right?

Not so’s you’d notice…

Short of giving up the 3 or 4 hours of sleep I get at this time of year- ie up at 2 a.m for market ,shop ’til I drop in the dark wee hours , back at the shop at by 10 ish  and then begin the real work of the day-  there really isn’t a minute  that is not scheduled.

Here is just some of what we packed in since the beginning of November

A complete garden reno to prepare a house for sale.

Planted a few hundred bulbs around the neighbourhood.

Recreated our wonderful forest in front of the Bloor street Club Monaco and  hung  500 feet of garland.

Bloor Streetscape

Bloor Streetscape

Doing such a great job with the Bloor Street location that we did all of the other Club locations including the gorgeous new Yorkdale store.

Emptied then filled about 60 client urns on site and hung  several hundred more feet of garland and lights .

A pair of voluptuous urns with a hint of sparkle for the grand kids.

A pair of voluptuous urns with a hint of sparkle for the grand kids.

Of  course  then there is the day to day bread and butter of being a walk in retail florist  and garden centre. You know weddings, a back yard full of oodles of greenery  and bijoux for holiday decorating, our annual  Open House  and two- count’em two -Urn Workshops !

A festive arrangement straight from the forest.

A festive arrangement straight from the forest.

I think there was a movie or two in there- one top secret - our lips are sealed , based on  very popular supernatural book series and also  ongoing work for the CBC show the Murdoch Mysteries.

As well ,yours truly appeared in two segments of a new HGTV series that will air some time in 2014 or 2015!

So really there simply wasn’t time for frivolities like blogging or much of anything else except collapsing at night.

So why am I showing up now?
Let me spell it out  for you F-L-U!

I wrote one more cheque than my body could cash -
I am now at home, aching, sniffling and generally feeling sorry for myself.

I have  scheduled 2.5 hours for the flu and  so  will rest withpaperwork , doing a blog post and maybe a load of laundry or two.

Seriously it has just  been a whirl!

One of the highlights was definitely working with Club Monaco’s amazing  visual team out of NYC

Talk about a creative  and dedicated team!

It  was  so exciting and fortifying  to be the”go to” for a group of fantastically talented people to provide all the greenery and holiday magic for the 5 T.O shops.

MY son Ace got me the gig in the first place.

He said  to me while dashing from Bloor street while we  were hanging garland  to Yorkdale where he is the new men’s manager,

“Wow Mom, it is so cool to see all these emails going back and forth from New York saying “ask reed,  reed will do it, reed is s your go to”

Big smile on Mama’s face.

Its hard to say what part of the job was the best- the creative, the ego boost or knowing that you didn’t mess things up for

your kid with his bosses!

While Martha and I have been  running around the city outdoors, back at the shop Nicola, Sophie and Trish have been  keeping the home fires burning.

Sweet little nest in a winter garden.

Sweet little nest in a winter garden.

We   have just about finished the last  of the outdoor work , so its time to  rejoin the inside girls and settle into the Holiday workshop like the good little elves we are .

A wreath to add richness and warmth to your door.

A wreath to add richness and warmth to your door.

We are creating our signature woodland greenery arrangements , mossy delicious faerie gardens , one of a kind door wreaths,  inserts to pop in your urns  hellebores, amaryllis and paperwhites done-up with twigs and trimmings and of course our sumptuous floral designs.

Whether you are looking for a little hostess gift or dazzling someone special you are sure to find something in the shop.

Hello Hellebores

Hello Hellebores

In January there wil be  no excuse for not keeping up with you, gentle readers but I guarantee I will be posting in my pjs or if I am really a good girl- in  a bathing suit on a beach.. .one can only dream.

But in the meantime my 2.5 hours for the flu are up  and I am back at it -fever be damned.

See you in the sparkly store soon I hope- just please don’t ask me to put up more faerie lights- 5000 is quite enough!

Watch for Twitter and Facebook updates, as we bring home the Holidays for the 25th year.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Janice Andreae permalink
    December 9, 2012 3:54 pm

    WOW! See you soon, Reed.

  2. David permalink
    December 15, 2012 11:34 am

    I have lived in Grey County most of my life. I helped Reed harvest some of Grey Counties splendour to share with all of her wonderful friends. I have learned so much about my home and am truly humbled to have become a part of her world.

  3. jasmin permalink
    December 22, 2012 1:07 pm

    Wow! So much news I have to catch up on! How was the HGTV experience? I hope someone with the technology is going to tape it for me so I can see it too!! Congratulations on everything (except the flu)! :)

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