I've been itching to get my hands dirty lately. Not sure you all know this, but I in fact, did not go to school to pursue photography. Photography happened as a happy accident while I was pursuing another love of mine, my love of plants, the natural world, and our place among nature. I have a degree in Horticulture from SIU-Carbondale and another degree in Landscape Architecture from U of I. I grew up on a farm surrounded by the growing of things; crops, vegetable gardens and my moms beautiful flower gardens. I most recently worked as the Nursery Manager at the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park in the Cayman Islands before moving back home to Illinois to be close to family. Cactus and succulents made up a large portion of the plants I took care of in the nursery.
So what am I trying to get at here, in a very round about way? I'm starting a new business!!! It's called A Shrinking Violet and I'll be selling beautiful succulent arrangements. I love to reuse and recycle, so most of my arrangements will be in vintage pots and containers. I'm partnering with my good friend Joanna from The Odd Bin and we're going to do a giveaway together to get the word out about A Shrinking Violet. Joanna has boatloads, bucket-loads, basement-loads and barn-loads of beautiful vintage goods. We'll be offering succulent arrangements for weddings and events as well. You'll be able to purchase or rent them. Just contact us for more information.
What can you win? This beautiful arrangement! It's a $39 value and I'll deliver it straight to your door. One thing though, you must live in the Effingham area to win. You may also enter if you work in Effingham and I can deliver it to you within Effingham. Just enter below and good luck!!! Please let your friends know too! This contest will conclude on Wednesday, February 5. It would be a perfect early Valentine present for yourself or a loved one.