Sunday, April 24, 2016

Crafted at O'Connor Brewing

This year, Crafted added a Spring show to its lineup. I was pretty excited since I haven't participated in a big show since the very first Crafted - 2.5 years ago! There was no shortage of people that's for sure. However there were a shortage of buyers - for me at least. Not sure if people didn't have a reason to shop, or felt flowers weren't on their 'must-haves' list, but it wasn't my best show. I did get to see a lot of old and new friends, bought a beautiful new necklace and drank some delicious I really can't ask for more than that!

debut of con'FELT'i, an idea from the hubs after seeing my clippings all over the house.

brooches and hair clips are always my best sellers. this year i added several different back options,
so the brooches are very versatile.

also the debut of mini flower clothes pins. cute for hanging photos, attaching cards or organizing paperwork.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April Project Log

The biggest, and most exciting project of the month was a Zoo-related job. Many people know the Virginia Zoo said farewell to its two African elephants, Lisa and Cita. While there were many differing opinions on the best outcome for the girls, ultimately the decision was made to send them to Zoo Miami. There, they can live out their retirement years with new friends who offer a better socialization atmosphere, plus the girls will spend more time outside in the warmer climate.

Through this process I was able to learn so much, not just about these gorgeous creatures, but about the bonds they have built with our staff, community and beyond. It was bitter sweet to see the outpour of admirers throughout the farewell festivities, which included a 27-foot, bamboo heart enrichment created by the Zoo's Horticulture department (above).

I am truly proud of everything the staff pulled together for this tremendous celebration. A few of the things I contributed to were the above 15'x5' banner with thousands of signatures from Virginia Zoo visitors (this was actually the second banner, the first one - 10'x3' - was filled within two days!). Below was a large infographic I created for the exhibit space. It explains a little about our elephants, Lisa and Cita and why Zoo Miami was the right choice. Plus it also explores the next phase for the exhibit space in Africa, which will be White rhinos.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Lantern Asia

None of the whispers or photos of Lantern Asia could do it justice. Norfolk never ceases to surprise and delight me with the imaginative, beautiful and special spectacles.

Happy Birthday Deb!