Gifts & Arrangements FAQ
My flowers are perfect for arrangements of various sizes and make great gifts! I also offer jewelry, hair clips, and other accessories. If you don’t see your question answered, contact me!
WAIT... THESE AREN'T REAL FLOWERS??
Nope! I use an air dry clay (Claycraft by Deco) that was specially formulated in Japan for sculpting flowers. The clay feels kind of like marshmallow when it's wet, but dries to a velvety, slightly flexible texture.
ARE THEY HEAVY? OR FRAGILE?
No, not like fired ceramic/porcelain or baked polymer clay would be. They are very lightweight, and the clay has a lot of fiber in it, so instead of drying hard and rigid, they tend to have a little "give" to them that keeps them from being as fragile. They shouldn't be treated too roughly, but are more resilient to handling and use than real flowers or ceramic would be.
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER BENEFITS?
Great value, compared to real flowers that will be wilted the next day
A lasting keepsake with no extra preservation or drying needed— the same flowers, always
Get the flowers you want— they’re never out of season, and in any color you can imagine
Fragrance and pollen free; will not trigger migraines, asthma, etc
HOW DOES PRICING WORK?
For gifts and arrangements, pricing varies according to complexity, flower type and quantity, any special finishing requested, and if a vase or other container is needed. $15 and up. Teacup arrangements average $50-75.
DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?
Nope, for small orders payment is due in full before I begin your order.
WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE AREA?
Anywhere! Since I’m not a traditional florist, I can ship across the USA and worldwide. The flowers are lightweight and sturdy, making shipping very affordable, and I pack them carefully so that they arrive in perfect condition. Gift wrapping is also available if I’m shipping directly to your giftee!
*Now that I have a baby to work around, I’m no longer offering delivery or local pick-up. Thanks for your understanding!
WHAT KIND OF FLOWERS CAN YOU MAKE?
I'm able to make most kinds of flowers and leaves. The benefit of the clay is that you aren't bound by the choices you might find at a traditional florist. You can choose flowers that aren't in season, things like fruits and berries that might otherwise be too messy or fragile, garden classics that seemingly wilt as soon as picked. Night blooming flowers. Outrageous colors never before seen in nature. Think outside the box, because I can probably make it!
You can check the Flower Index or Custom Order Gallery to see what I've made in the past, and visit my Pinterest to see Flower Inspiration folders, arranged by color, of all sorts of flowers that I'm sure I can make, but may not have gotten around to yet. There are more gorgeous flowers out there than I will ever have time for.... This is both a blessing and a curse!
I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF FLOWERS I WANT. CAN YOU HELP ME PICK?
ABSOLUTELY. I'm kind of a rabid fangirl when it comes to plants, and I love coming up with ideas for clients!
Favorite colors and the season or holiday of when your gift is intended can be great starting points. Anniversary present? I can include flowers from the giftee’s wedding! Just send me photos, or a good written description.
You can also let me know flowers and colors you don't like, so that I steer clear of them.
WHAT COLORS CAN I GET?
Pretty much any-- I mix all the clay by hand from a handful of colors and can also add two-tone, shimmery, and metallic details with paint to add further dimension or realism to your flowers.
I'm able to match fabric swatches/color samples, for an additional fee. Once you send me a swatch to work from, I’ll mix up a variety of colors and then send them to you for final approval, along with my recommendations.
WHAT KIND OF TURNAROUND TIME DO YOU NEED? IS IT TOO LATE FOR ME TO ORDER?
Ideally, I need a month to make & ship your flowers. This gives us time to communicate and work out all the details, plus making & drying the flowers, and shipping. Many items take less time than this, it just all depends on complexity and what other orders I’m juggling, so get in touch!
Please allow additional time for overseas shipping!
How will we communicate about my order?
We can do whatever is easiest for you! I'm happy to work out details for your order via phone, text, or email. I find that email/text can be great for sending pictures and keeping a written record of everything, but if you prefer a phone call, that's what we'll do!
Are there any special care requirements for my new flowers?
Not much! Since the clay is air-dry, not baked or fired, you should avoid exposure to water. And like most fine art, direct sunlight can fade colors over time. For more detail, read this.