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11.17.2008

Armstrong Design




For awhile now, I have been keeping you in the dark about the latest adventure I am on :)  Not for any particular reason, just mainly to protect my "vision" until I could spell it out exactly.  I am happy to say that I have decided to return to the field that I love and adore, but not as an employee, rather as a small business owner.  Before I elaborate on that, I should clarify that when I say "small" business owner I mean "tiny"- like just me, out of my house :)  Nothing too fancy at this point, but just what I can manage.  I have sensed the Lord urging me to step out and try this for a little while, but all my fear and self-doubt has kept me from being very public about it.  

But, I've decided to lay that fear down and get back into the world of floral/event design.  It is my passion and favorite thing when it comes to an occupation or hobby and I LOVE dabbling in it again.  I was a florist for 8 years, working in small shops and big franchises and freelancing here and there.  In that world, I am very, very comfortable.  God has opened some big doors for me over the years and I've had the privilege of working with and for some incredibly talented people.  I can no longer work the retail and holiday hours required of a shop, now that I'm a Pastor's wife and on a youth ministry schedule, but in this way I think I get the best of both worlds!  I will only be taking on what I want to do or what I feel I can do, but I'm excited about the prospect of doing this on the side, especially once the baby is born.  I hope to have lots of weddings and events in the future!  

I officially have my first wedding this weekend and it's a big one.  400 people, 50 tables, 6 attendants...I'm going to have my hands full!  I'm very excited about it though and I have been working on it for months now.  Finally we've come down to "wedding week" and now my wheels are spinning!  Both families are friends of ours and current and former Pastors at our church.  Their kids are getting married and I have the privilege of doing the flowers.  I have spent hours and hours with the mother of the bride, dreaming and scheming about what we want to do in the church and at the reception.  I am excited about it and very ready to be done with it!  It's such a large wedding that it's going to be very busy and stressful for me on Friday and Saturday, so I'm almost as ready for them to get married as they are.  But, for weeks it's consumed much if not all of my free time, so that's one of the reasons I've been so busy lately.  I will share some pictures with you as the week progresses, but once Thursday comes, it will probably be impossible for me to spend a minute blogging until Saturday night or Sunday.  But, I am looking forward to being a florist again and did I mention how much I LOVE weddings?!?!  It should be a great weekend!  

6 comments:

Faith said...

That's so exciting, Stephanie! I will be praying for this new venture and that the Lord would bless you through it. Can't wait to see more of your amazing talent!

AmandaHoyt said...

Sounds like fun! Congrats and I'll be praying for this weekend to go smoothly.
Hugs and prayers,
Amanda

Rebecca Jo said...

There is nothing like weddings!! Good for you - sounds like you have tons on your plate with a new job endevor & a baby on the way - YOU GO GIRL!!!!

Miss Shortcake said...

congratulations! Best of luck with your new floral design venture, I'm sure you'll be fabulous!

Alexandra's Mommy said...

Stephanie -
I found your blog a couple days ago and have spent a minutes here and there reading your blog! I actually grew up in Eden Prairie and my Parents live behind Grace Church in new townhomes!
I have just recently started my own photography business so I know how busy you must be! I wish you nothing but luck with your new but old advanture!!

all up in each others bizness said...

thats cool,steph.....