Pretty Pumpkins Review!

Go figure, the first time I hold an event outside it turns out to be the coldest day of the fall season!  The ladies who attended last Sunday’s Pretty Pumpkins event were troopers and I appreciate their willingness to brave the cold and design centerpieces.  Everyone was bundled up in layers with boots, gloves, scarves and hats. They came ready!  There were 19 ladies who joined me at Mount Republican Estate in Newburg, Maryland Sunday afternoon.  I am still amazed by the turnout and really touched that so many of my friends and family came out to support me in my first workshop endeavor. I loved meeting everyone and making some new friends!  There were a lot of great compliments on the event which was encouraging.  Hopefully there will be more fun opportunities like this in the future! I promise to wait for warmer weather or find an indoor venue!

First and foremost I would like to recognize our host Bridget O’Neill who shared her home and property with us for this event. This fun and firey lady was such a hoot!  She’s probably still talking about how crazy I was to keep the event outside in the cold! God bless you Bridget and thank you so much for your hospitality! We loved spending the afternoon at Mount Republican.

My good friends Maggie and Betty of Birds of a Feather Photography offered to step behind their lense throughout the event to capture the action.  They were busy bees designing with flowers and taking pictures. I really appreciate them sharing these images and all the support they have shown me and my business throughout this past year. Please check out all the fun we had making centerpieces! .

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The home was built in 1792 and Bridget’s family has owned the property for over 40 years.

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Bridget tells me there is ghost named Mary that lives on the top floor!


Plenty of cinderella pumpkins and beautiful fall flowers to choose from.

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My first attempt at Peekaboo Pumpkin Pound Cake was a success! Pinterest did not fail me on this one.  Click here for the recipe.

Flower photos

Believe it or not but getting these fall mums this late in November was a challenge. A lot of the growers have moved on to winter crops and are growing colors for use in Christmas designs.

Flower picking

Here I am explaining the various types of flowers and a few of the ladies were checking out their options!


Look, it’s the Michelin Tire Man designing flowers. ha!  That coat sure is warm but it’s not the most flattering…


Janet, Margaret, Amy, Mandy and Betty hard at work making their centerpieces.

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I love how different they all turned out while using the same flowers. And THAT is the art of floral design!

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I’m digging Bekki’s rust colored suede coat! She was so color coordinated with the days event.


My friend Erika of Love Nora Adornments brought four of her very fashionable girlfriends with her to the event. They had a great time and made beautiful arrangements!  I am standing in between two very special women in my life my adorable sister-in-law Margaret and my amazing MOM!  She drove all the way from Roanoke to be a part of my first event. That meant more than she will ever know.

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A beautiful group of ladies with some beautiful pumpkin centerpieces

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Thank you all so much for joining me and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here’s to a Happy Holiday season ahead!


Progressive Blog: Thankful Inspiration

It’s time for another progressive blog post from the Chapel Designers.  As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday this week we decided to focus on floral designs and centerpieces inspired by the season. The warm rich hues of yellow, burgundy, plum, orange, and cinnamon brown are everywhere. Arrangements are full of branches, berries and colorful leaves all reflective of what’s happening in nature as the season changes.

It’s getting cold and things are starting to look more barren. There is such beauty in trees as the leaves change color and fall to the ground. It’s a chance to start again. They’re shedding the old leaves of last year to make way for new green growth that comes with spring. We are a little like that as people.  This time of year we all change a little bit as we reflect on the year behind us and appreciate all for which we have been blessed. We are thankful for what has been given and that which we are yet to receive.  We shed our leaves of the year and appreciate their bounty, yet focus ahead on our new leaves that will bud with the start of a new year and a new season.

I am so thankful for all the lovely ladies that joined me at yesterday’s Pretty Pumpkins Event at Mount Republican estate. Here is a great photo of the group with all of their beautiful fall centerpieces. The floral elements we used included orange ilex berries, salal leaves, agonais, coffee break roses, button mums, regular mums, safflower, tinted seeded eucalyptus, red solidago, yarrow, red sunflowers, and amaranthus.  Everyone’s pumpkins turned out so great and they were all different. I LOVE it!  I will share more pictures form the Pretty Pumpkin Event later in the week!

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Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography 

To see more beautiful fall and Thanksgiving inspired designs be check sure to check out my Chapel Designer friends’ blogs!

Celebration Florals
Sebesta Design
Soiree Floral
Urban Petals
Liz Rusnac Floral Design
Isha Foss Events
Holly Chapple Flowers
Colonial House of Flowers

- AJ



Christmas Greens at Garnet Grove

Hey Richmond…..  I’m heading your way!

I don’t typically like to overshadow Thanksgiving with Christmas but I wanted to get this announcement up on the blog so my friends in Richmond can mark their calendars.
The Christmas Greens at Garnet Grove event will take place in Ashland, VA on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6-8pm.  My good friends Paige and Anne Leigh have graciously offered to host this little event at Anne Leigh’s home. The hostesses will be serving up light snacks and a few adult refreshments while I teach you how to make a holiday wreath with fresh greens like Pine, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir, Boxwood and Magnolia leaves.  We’ll spruce them up with pine cones, berries and of course some festive ribbon!

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To sign-up for the event please use the PayPal button on the upper left-hand side of the blog home page.   The event will take place outside on the property so please dress appropriately.  Outdoor space heaters will be provided to help keep us warm.  I recommend bringing a pair of garden or work gloves as we will be handling greenery with sap and things could get sticky.  Registration will be limited so hurry and sign up today!

- AJ

Pretty Pumpkins… only a few spaces left!

There are only a few spaces left for the Pretty Pumpkins event taking place at the Mt. Republican Estate on Sunday, November 24, 2013.  Come join us at this gorgeous, historic property and have some fun making a floral centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.  You will enjoy an afternoon of fun and refreshments while you create your very own pumpkin floral arrangement.

The event will take place on the property of the historic Mount Republican Estate in Southern Maryland.  The home’s owner Bridgit O’Neill has graciously agreed to host myself and guests on the property to create centerpieces using local pumpkins and fresh flowers.  The sweeping views of this 400+ acre property and historic federalist style home are breathtaking.  I hope you will join us!


To sign-up for the event please use the PayPal feature on the upper left-hand side of the blog home page.  The event will take place outside on the property so please dress appropriately. Outdoor space heaters will be provided along with warm cider! Registration will be limited to 20 guests.