Wednesday, December 15, 2010

More tabletop trees

Moira took this Christmas workshop two weeks ago and due to the lack of class time, worked on her tabletop tree at home.  She just sent a photo of her finished tree which I am happy to share with all of you.

Moira's precious tree!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tabletop Christmas trees

We had another fun Christmas workshop at Floradec Sales with Val and Jan this past Sunday.  We made "Eco-friendly" tabletop Christmas trees using fresh evergreens, seeded eucalyptus, "misty" and pinecones.  We ran out of time so the ladies are adding fresh rosehips at home.

Val and Jan posing with their "babies."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Neil Abercrombie's Inauguration Decor

Debbi Barrett-Holt AIFD, of The Floral Network, phoned me the other day to ask if I would like to volunteer to help decorate the Iolani Palace bandstand for Neil Abercrombie's inauguration.  She was asking all of the Honolulu branch of the Hawaii AIFDs to help with this prestigious event.  Below are some of the photos I took throughout the day when I wasn't wielding my knife.

 Aya Castillo AIFD and Florence making 120 ribbons for the stanchions.

 Aya working on some of the tropical arrangements for the base of the bandstand.  Debbi's designs included ti, lauae and palapalai fern for the base.

 Containers to be filled.

 Cory Ho AIFD,  selecting the tropicals for the two large arrangements at the front of the bandstand.

 Cory finishing up the arrangements.

 Cory working on  some of the smaller tropical arrangements.

 From left to right, me (Deb Di Bella), Cory Ho, Debbi Barrett-Holt (Decorations Chair) and Aya Castillo AIFDs of Honoulu.

 Finished tropical arrangements which Aya and I created for the front of the bandstand utilizing ginger, heliconia and ti stalks from Greenpoint Nursery,  Hilo, Hawaii

 One of the two large  tropical arrangements and the beautiful kukui "lei" made by Debbi, which went around  the front of the state seal.

 Bandstand almost completed.  The columns are  to be entwined with galax garlands.

View of Iolani Palace from the bandstand.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Canadian Florist Magazine

Canadian Florist Magazine has highlighted Design358 in their current issue.  See below for more details and you can also sign up for their free e-newsletter.

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DESIGN358 announces new website and event
Written by Amanda Ryder
Dec. 3, 2010 - The new year brings exciting changes to DESIGN358. The group has launched a new website and are excited to present the First Annual Trend Summit on Feb. 26-28.
trendsummit2Dec. 3, 2010 - DESIGN358 has grown into a Floral Collective, a group of like-minded, talented independent designers from all over North America who come together and work as a cohesive team for various events in the year. The Collective is led by its creative director, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and administered by Colin Gilliam, Yukari Mitsui AIFD and Susanne Law AIFD.

The group is announcing a number of changes for 2011, including a whole new look to its website at Here, visitors can learn about the 20111 Education Program, which includes a line-up of intermediate/advanced Hands-on Workshops now offered at two bi-coastal locations: Vancouver, Canada and Norwalk, Conn. (just 60 minutes north of New York City).

DESIGN358 is starting off the new year with a creative bang. The launch of the First Annual Trend Summit 2011 takes place Feb. 26-28 in Burnaby, B.C., with Leatrice Eiseman, colour specialist and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute as keynote speaker to kick-off the conference for industry leaders and forward thinkers. Registration information is now available online.

In the fall of 2011, the DESIGN358 will offer a European Masters Certification (EMC) Program with Tomas De Bruyne. A full brochure and registration information will be posted online so you can reserve a spot for this intensive educational opportunity.

Go online to check out our new blog-style website to stay updated on all of the latest news in the world of DESIGN358 and its talented team of designers.