Archive for September, 2009

photographed by dolcefloraldesign, designed by a European designer

photographed by dolcefloraldesign, designed by a European designer

 The American Institute of Floral Designers(AIFD), established in 1965, is the oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing and promoting the art of floral design as a professional career.  It has more than 1200 members engaged in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of six regional chapters throughout the United States and Canada.   http://www.aifd.org

AIFD National Symposium is held yearly and this year,  highly talented and enthusiastic floral designers flocked by the masses to Kansas City, MO, in July.  They come quite literally from all corners of the globe from Europe to Asia and from California to New York.  It is about a week long event beginning with Students’ floral design competition and the AES test, and keeps going for 3 full days of floral design programs and ends with a one-day hands-on workshop from the world reknown floral designers.  We could look around and have knowledge of new varieties of botanicals and meet many vendors, who carry all kinds of floral supplies through the event.   It is a very exceptional floral event and educational floral show. 

I’d like to talk more about AES test.  AES is a qualification test to be an AIFD member.  We need to apply for that several months ahead and take a written  test a few months before the symposium.  Then, at the symposium, we take an actual design test; AIFD organization provides all botanicals including supplies and when our time starts, we need to make 5 designs in 4 hours.  Those designs are graded by a panel of 7 judges and if an applicant has enough points for qualification, he or she is now invited to the AIFD induction the following year where they’ll become a member of the AIFD. 
photographed by dolcefloraldesign

AES test hall

I was one of the applicants this year.  I went through everything I needed to do and took AES design test.  About a month after the symposium ended, a mail from AIFD commitee was delivered stating that I was accredited for the induction to be an AIFD!  Yeah!!  As I was reading through the mail, I thought of  almost all the people I knew, my family, friends, and my instructors.  Because of them, I am who I am now..

I love my career.  I love what I can do.  I feel I’m so blessed to live and work as a floral designer.  Fortunately enough, my work and my potential are qualified by others.  How awesome! 

A few years ago, I’ve met a designer at a floral design workshop and he said becoming an aAIFD is just the beginning, not the end.  Honestly, I couldn’t understand what he meant at that time, but the more I work in this industry, the more I reflect and understand what he said..

Wouldn’t it be great if we can see a very talented and creative designer yet very humble?   That’s going to be my other goal now and this is going to be my fresh start!!  Can’t wait to be inducted at the AIFD National Symposium in Boston next year!


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5th annual Herb Faire, Placerville, CA., Sept. 12, 2009

Hosted by the Gold Country Herb Society: www.HerbFaire.org 

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I love herbs.. 

If I say they’re very talented and very royal , would it make sense?  Wonderful fragrance, beautiful green colors and all different textures.   They have all the talents to be proud of themselves and yet they’re so ready to give themselves all to people for esthetic, medicinal and culinary uses..  Pleasing to look at and delighting to use.  That’s the reasons why I can’t resist to fall in love with them.

Thanks to my husband, a deserted corner-space of our backyard turned into a nice and charming herb garden recently.   I’m a novice herb gardener so I just planted commonly used herbs, like rosemary, dill, sage, basil, thyme, chive, parsely, etc…. except mint.   So my first stop today was a herb farm vendor booth and I was excited to get all the different mint family; chocolate mint, spearmint, peppermint, lemon balm..   Awesome!! 

Woodsong Nursery:  woodsongnursery@hotmail.com    

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Their beautiful aroma and flavor is also great for making healthy teas.


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Sierra Olive Oil Company had 12 different flavored olive oils in the booth.  I tasted every single thing and purchased the Red Chili Garlic olive oil for today and was told that that was the #1 best seller of this company.   I bet!

 Check out their website; www.sierraoliveoil.com


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I’ve been wanting to buy grapeseed oil for a while and whaddaya know! Wildtree Herbs has them.

Visit their website; w.trudyanderson.mywildtree.com

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They let us taste the Garlic Grapeseed oil and Lemon Zesty Grapeseed oil and we had a little piece of bread dipped into the oil.. oh, boy..  the first bite, I could only taste 10% of flavor.   The more I chewed, the more flavor infused.   Even after I swallowed it, I could feel my mouth was still filled with the flavor.  Wonderful!


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Lavender View Farms; sales@lavenderviewfarm.com

Jams, jellies, herbs, spices, culinary lavender, wreaths, aromatherapy lavender products. 

I got  samples of pretty much all of their  jams and jellies and ended up buying the Lavender jelly, jalopino jelly and blackberry lavender jam.   Everything tasted great and I was told we could use it for marinading and also dipping mixed with cream cheese.  Sounded good to me and I’m going to try the recipe as soon as I can!


I came back home with tasty oils and jams and fragrant herbs.. 

3 bags of herbs, world-full of happiness!!

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