18 January 2012

a la mode

who knew red onions could be so charmants?
{image from here}

13 January 2012

different kind of italian leftovers..

you gotta be a ice-cold mf not to smile when you see a poppy.

leftovers from last saturday's wedding but i'm delighted for the bounty.  have thoroughly enjoyed their irrepressible cheer throughout the apartment.  poppies are the perfect reminder that even in the dead of winter, spring will be here soon.

11 January 2012

scared money don't make no money

i started kat flower to share my love of flowers.  i have an aesthetic -- it's lush, romantic, loose, seasonal, textural, whimsical and i'm not afraid of color.  i love greens and vines and going with a flower's natural movement.  and though i can go simple, many of my designs have 15+ elements in it.  it's not particularly inexpensive but it's what i like and what i do.

i work in new york, a market saturated with brilliantly talented designers.  lots of choices out there, catering to different styles and budgets but guess what?  i want to work with people that love kat flower.  people that look at my body of work and buy into what it is i do.  i don't want to be second choice.  i don't want clients coming to me because they couldn't afford x or y.  or clients that say they don't really love or care about flowers because i love and care about them.  or clients with copious tears of another designer's work looking for me recreate it for their event.  of course, i know that designers get booked and i very much appreciate when my colleagues refer business to me {i do the same} but  once you come to me, you need to trust and believe in the work that i do.

another thing...pricing.  i'm completely above board about it and even include it on my website.  so when you inquire as to my availability, i trust that you know what you're in for, both aesthetically and financially.  time is a precious commodity and i'm not about wasting yours or mine.  that's not to say that i don't do small events because i very much do...it just has to make sense for the both of us.  this is after all, my business and livelihood, not my hobby or side-hustle.

basically the long and short of it is, in today's fickle economy, it would be easy, at least at first, to take every job that crosses my path.  but i'm thinking long-term and big picture so i can't do that.  i'll wait for the jobs and clients that are a good fit.  and eventually, as i become more established, those jobs will find me.  scared money don't make no money*.  and i'm not scared, at least, not right now anyway.

*lyric by young jeezy.  thanks sha for hipping me to it.

03 January 2012

i'm ready

it's 2012!  yay!  what's not to love about a new year, a fresh start, a global clean slate.  it's a perfect time to do new things and the potential for greatness can't be ignored.  it's already a bigger and badder year for me and kat flower and to that end, i thought i'd share some goals that will make this year off the chiz-art...
- get some plants.  sad but true confession.
- keep my house tidy for at least a month.  it's super clean now and i am loving it.  staying in love enough to put my shoes and other crap away will be key.
- take better care of my skin.
- visit friends that live out of town.
- visit a new country.  might be able to fold in the aforementioned.  
- look up at the sky more.  
- dream, laugh, cook, read, teach more.
- finally learn to knit.
- grow.
- re-upholster my sofa.  it will be a total game changer.
- get a haircut.
- de-clutter.  
- use every gift certificate i've received over the last, i don't know, three years.
- learn to smize, i.e. smile with my eyes.  never too late.
- be loving, be gracious and be thankful.  that one is a life resolution.  always and forever.

happy new year buttercups.  wishing you beauty, love, hope, peace and light this year and beyond. x

p.s. a reason to love winter -- quince blossoms.  definitely one of my top 7.
p.p.s. already making progress on my list.  feel free to share some of your goals below.  might want to add some more...