#3 People's Choice Award at the
Northwest Flower & Garden Show!
This convention center is HUGE! Immediately overwhelmed with the behind the scenes set up of a show that takes several days to execute before showtime, I was sure I had beginner pinned to my back. Perhaps it was the little red wagon I used to haul in all my materials. Perhaps it was the panicked look on my face when I burned through half of my set up time just getting to my table.
My design was an ode to childhood memories of camping with my family. My dad is a real outdoorsman, so camping is serious business. The theme of the show was in honor of the 100th Anniversary of National Parks. When I found out what the theme would be, my dad's camping box immediately flashed into my mind. I had to use it!
There were several challenges with this design; the biggest was my water source. Because I do not use floral foam, I had to hide my water vessels within the design. I thought it came together pretty good.
On the evening I had to tear down the design, my son tagged along. Unbeknownst to me, there was a purple ribbon pinned to the table. You should have heard me when I discovered it was a People's Choice Award. I must have looked a little coo coo to people around me. I didn't mind. It was a joyous moment! Best of all, my son was there to experience it all!
#4 UW Marketing Cert. Business
The final requirement of this certification is a practicum with a real local business. A team of marketing students focus on a specific company to help them achieve their marketing objectives and create a marketing plan. I worked with Microsoft. I had no idea that two years later my businessw would be selected to do the exact same thing! It was so exciting! It helped to stay in contact with the professor, but I still had to pitch to the class my business for consideration. I was selected and it felt like winning the lottery!
The marketing plan these students created was one of my most valuable tools to date. I was in tears as I read it. I felt empowered to drive my business in a direction that took into consideration floral industry standards as well as my own marketing team to focus solely on First & Bloom! It was awesome!