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Brrr It’s Cold Outside

Well, the unexpected snow this morning really put me in the mood for the upcoming Winter Holiday season. I picture: mugs of hot chocolate, fluffy scarves and rosy cheeks, I really love this season!! Call me crazy, but Winter just evokes thoughts of cozy times with family and friends, maybe that’s why I like it.  Now is also the time I like to start thinking about how I want to decorate my home for the Holidays. Do I want to go with Traditional Red with modern twist, or maybe Rustic and Natural with cool Birch wood accents or maybe Classically Elegant with gold and creams. Or do I want to branch out this year and try something new, like sparkly purple and glistening silver for a dramatic high impact look. Ohh the choices are endless. Keep posted to our blog as we feature each of these looks and showcase some of our great new products.

What can you say about a couple who just seem perfect for each other. These two nature lovers decided t tie the knot in Canmore in the great outdoors. The day was beautiful and warm just like Colleen and Ed. The Hydrangea bouquets showcased mini Cymbidium Orchids and a collar of wispy Monkey Grass. Table centers of planted wheat grass carried through the natural vibe.

Wedding Planner – Sharon Auld – Naturallly Chic
Photographer: Wayne Simpson Photography

Our Couples – Lisa and Dave

A busy professional couple who said I Do at the Conservatory at the Calgary Zoo. Their easy going spirit made them a joy to work with and their soft color palette complimented them perfectly. The bouquets featured Hydrangea, Cymbidium orchids and Delphinium. The flower girl carried a pink tuille ball covered with pink carnations.

Wedding Planner – Amira Harris – Posh Production
Photographer: Andy Jibb -Full Effect Media

A young fun and funky couple who were wed at the Calgary Zoo. Jessica’s love of purple really shone through from the pretty Bridesmaids dresses to the Groomsmen’s ties to her stunning bouquet. The bouquet featured purple Hydrangea, purple Dahlia’s, purple Gladiola blooms, bright white Gerbera’s and stunning Picassa Calla Lily.

Photographer: Cody Wheeler -10 03 Photography

Cherie was born and raised in Calgary, and developed her keen sensitivity for the magic of Mountain and Prairie light on a cloud, a seed pod, a flower, a tree. Her recordings of the visual cycles of light, life and spirit in nature are reflected in her work.

Living in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore and Waterton Lakes, Alberta, has influenced her perception of line and form in nature’s design. She has studied both the making and the teaching of Art, through Art, Art History and Silversmithing courses at the University of Calgary, and the Alberta College of Art and Design.

Following careers in academia, municipal planning and management consulting, Cherie has chosen to combine her entrepreneurial spirit with her lifelong passion for art and design and established It’s a Wrap in 2004. Her signature Stained Glass Card Collection© and related products have been enthusiastically received in government, academic, corporate and private sectors in Canada the United States and Europe

White, which technically is the absence of color is a very important part of the color spectrum. I always feel a bit of white in a flower arrangement is like a dash of salt in food – it just brightens everything up. White is THE most popular color for wedding flowers and for good reason. The sheer number of flowers that are available in white is amazing and the fact that is can go with pretty much any other color is the icing on the cake.The choice of flower ranges for the whimsical Daisy to the exotic Orchid with everything in between.  Some of the flowers are seasonal, which I feel adds to their allure. In the Spring we have; Tulips, Hyacinth and Iris. Summer brings with it; Larkspur, Queen Annes Lace and Astilbe. While the Fall showcases; Amarylis and Kale. All the remaining flowers are available throughout most of the year.

Yellow, So bright and vibrant. It adds a punch of color to anything it is paired with.   Yellow is classically paired with deep reds and burnt oranges for a rich warm fall look. But don’t just think of yellow in these terms; yellow with lime green and bright orange combines for a bright citrus look or yellow with hot pink for a trendy modern look. As for the availability there are some seasonal varieties. The Spring features; Tulips, Daffodils and Iris. Summer sees Gladiolas and Celosia, while the Fall brings us Craspedia. Anyway you look at it yellow is a great color to add real vibrancy to your wedding flowers.

David is one of our newest local artists. He creates beautiful blown glass pieces.  Below is his Bio.

Art in my life is ever present my constant need for creative expression pulls my being in many directions. From Drawing to painting to performance art, glass is another facet  to my art practice and has been my focus for 7 years.  I first took a glass blowing class in Los Angeles where I was “bitten” by the glass bug and hooked ever since. I have recently completed my BFA in glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design. My work includes everything from vases, goblets, large scale platters, to sculptural art glass. I enjoy utilizing the properties of glass to convey our connections to color and form. Glass transmits light like no other material and that activates the color in the glass, the form is the canvas for the color, A vessel for the light.

Luke Lukasewich of Steel Stone Bone is a classically trained sculptor. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1972. He has been working with paleontological material for 20 years. The specimens he has mounted are in museums all over the world. He has had a number of public sculpture commissions and his sculptures are in many private collections. Luke also has had extensive experience creating natural history exhibits for museums and properties for the film and television industry. He also creates an extensive array of metal sculptures of the small scale vase holders to large scale outdoor and installation pieces.

Striking Glass was founded in 2006 by sisters Terri McKenny and Penny Ells.

“We’re passionate about all things creative. It was only natural that we form a business to share this passion.” In addition to their love of glass, they are committed to green design. “We are always looking for ways to rescue and repurpose glass into a piece of art. Besides being environmentally responsible, we create art that is original and makes for a great conversation piece.”

Self-taught, and not limited by standard convention, their expression in glass is unique and contemporary. They are fascinated with the colour, texture, and the endless possibilities glass presents.

Working out of their home-based studios in Calgary, they create one-of-a-kind pieces for your home or business— whether it be a sculptural bowl crafted from a broken bus shelter or a colourful and textural piece of glass wall art. “We get great satisfaction helping clients find the perfect piece to complement their space.”