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Here’s a question:  Have you ever made a floral crown before?  No?  Didn’t think so.  Most people don’t get to answer yes to that question.  Here’s another question:  When’s the last time you girls have been able to steal away for a couple hours to be with your mama or your daughter?  To be creative?  To get your hands into something and work side by side?

A friend of mine challenged me to host a workshop to usher in Easter and Spring, and give mamas and daughters a chance to surround themselves with inspiration and beautiful, sensory indulgences.  How could I resist?  How can you resist?  Doesn’t it sound sublime?

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At the end of the workshop, we’ll be offering a sweet portrait photo shoot by Angela Carlyle.  This woman is amazing, and, guys I’m tell you, her work is breathtaking.  There will be an example of what’s included in this studio session on this blog post in about a week.  Her package includes an un-intimidating photo shoot with an online gallery of 10 or so high res. images for you to have and hold.

For now, enjoy these shots of sweet Noe from our other incredibly talented friend, Psalm Oines, and get excited about a mother + daughter date.

Space is limited, but drop a line if you’re interested.

Date:  Saturday, April 4th

Location:  Bemis Building, Seattle

All ages welcome.  Lunch, beverages, and inspiration provided.

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Props to Ingalisa for modeling in the drizzly, cold January sand for all of us to benefit from the unmatched work of Angela and Evan Photography.  We had a vision, and we couldn’t carry it out the same in a studio.  And she understood.  She modeled through her chill in order to deliver images for all to enjoy.  And look at the results!!!

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A moody, misty, twilight type inspiration photo shoot to whet your appetite to hear the story of this bride. She’s aloof.  She’s confident.  She’s alone.  She’s contemplative.  She’s mysterious.  What an honor to be included in this team of fantastic visionaries, creators, and cohorts.

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The talent:

Model:  Ingalisa Wickstrom

Photography:  Angela and Evan

Make-up Artist:  Kay Matthews

Dress Designer:  Phuong Minh Nguyen

Floral Design:  Yours truly

 

IMG_5689_2It was a success ladies and gentlemen!  Thank you for joining us!  It went so well, we’re doing it again! Check us out for May 9th, right before Mother’s Day.  Same fantastic place, WeWork, in South Lake Union. I couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of my team:  Ashley Genevieve, Andrea Dwinell, baby Camille, and of course, the unsung hero, Ryan.  We were so busy that day, we never even got organized.  The flowers were too pretty though, so it didn’t matter.

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Let’s be honest, for various reasons, most of you would rather stare a lion in the face than approach the thought of Valentines Day giving. You are not pathetic, you just might need a little help in wooing your women. Don’t despair. There is help.

Let me help you.

Pre-order a sweet bouquet or arrangement via email, or pick one up on Friday the 13th between 12-6 at our Pop-Up Flower Shop located in the WeWork foyer and take it home to her. This is an example of a good idea.

BUT, here’s the redeeming part- Don’t tell her it’s for Valentine’s Day. Tell her it’s for Happy I Love You Day. AND DO IT MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR (I can help with that too). If she’s not into flowers, don’t buy her flowers. Do for her, or gather for her, something that means something. And do it often. This is sage advice. It’s tried and true, and the points in your favor will soar.

Cost benefit ratio: $75 = better than sleeping on the couch.

Interested in this surefire idea? Contact me before Feb. 11th to receive $10 off your pre-order. Visit us at http://blog.teressajohnsonstudio.com for more info.

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Examples above are only examples. A large variety will be available, and anything can be customized upon pre-order. Pricing is as follows: “Crème de la crème”—$125. “Major Brownie Points”—$75. “Cherry on Top”—$25. Bouquets start at $35.

 

Among the cool things I find myself doing, one of them is creating and hosting dinner parties. Until recently, our house was the size of a postage stamp,  and although charming for a couple and a baby, it was an extremely tight squeeze. Needless to say, hosting has been quite difficult. For years,  Ryan and I end up eating gourmet food by ourselves.  (You’ll just have to take my word for it). However, recently I was commissioned to create the food/wine, and ambiance for a dynamic monthly gathering of professional women.  Landing here has become a happy surprise, and serving food to those I care about and those I’m just meeting is only the surface of the richness that we all experience.

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For more info on eating good food and contributing in stimulating discussions, read below at the attached blurb on this Professional Women’s Salon, facilitated by the very intriguing Carissa Morris. 

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Where I am every third Monday of the month:

Professional Women’s Salon 
3rd Mondays, 6pm-8:30 pm

WeWork, 500 Yale Ave N, 98109

This is a discussion group for women in all walks of work for support, advice, and collaboration on their careers and professional development.  We’ve discussed mentorship, advancement, trope management, fashion, gender presentation, and leadership, as examples.  We’ve tested out talk ideas, reviewed papers, prepped each other for interviews, coached each other for negotiations, and generally laughed ourselves silly at every gathering.  Our conversations are moderated, but all ideas and suggestions are welcome.  RSVPs requested.

Chat with me if you’re interested. You’ll love it.

 

This November, I was honored to join a photographer friend, Emily Louise Photography, and arrange flowers for an inspiration shoot in Eastern Washington.  I was totally blown away by the location.  The environment was a vision, and the flowers to go with were, well, dreamy.  Enjoy this incredible visual oasis.

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Photography and Styling by SAMANTHA MCFARLEN PHOTOGRAPHY and EMILY LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY | Floral Design by TERESSA JOHNSON STUDIO | Wedding Cakedesigned by LUSH DESSERTS BY AMY | Calligraphy by WILD INK WORKS | Wedding Dress designed by CASABLANCA BRIDAL | Groom’s Attire by EXPRESS | Bridal Hair and Makeup by The Beauty Mark | Submission via TWO BRIGHT LIGHTS

Winter is always a funny time of year to think about fresh flowers, as most of the time we look outside and see nothing but cold, uninviting barrenness.  But, with that coolness, comes the great opportunity to juxtapose warm with cold.  Color with bland.  Monochromatic texture with pops of early sunrises.  It turned out to be spectacular.  The only unfortunate thing is the amount of people who have ever seen these images are limited to three, and I’d like to change that.  Happy Anniversary, Brian and Michelle!  Xoxo

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Photo Credit:  Julie Harmsen Photography

Venues: Seattle Church of Christ , Melrose Market Studios

 

The perfect crisp fall season might have just passed, but the memory of this beautiful day still lives on.  Dear friends now, after an interesting turn of events for me personally, TJ and Beth Jefferies celebrate their wedding day by gathering all their loved ones and having a great gorgeous barn party.  Soak up the latent skies before they open and burst forth the forever rain, now till June.

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Photo Credits:  Psalm Oines Photography

Venue:  Pine River Ranch

Month of Year:  October

Many have asked what our home looks like.  Though it’s the wrong season, and perhaps seemingly narcissistic, we do have a smattering of images of our little rental.  Our home sweet rented home.

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We’re often asked to define our style.  This a quite a difficult task, as I have no idea how to fit in random, aged, and purposeful into more attractive words.  But there you have it:  We live in spaces that are usually minuscule, so everything we own must have a purpose.  Or it must be USED in some way.  The decorations for decoration’s sake are usually fresh, but even then they’re either leftover flowers, or they’re produce.  Which we use throughout the week in our cooking.

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Also, our decor and style is a slow building up of memories and treasures throughout our experiences and adventures. This brings story and character. We love character in our spaces.  Color. Character. Imperfections.  Trees.  Light.  Interest.  Old stuff.  Restoration.

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Yes.  I said trees.  These are our fabulous birch trees that we couldn’t fully decorate without.  They actually inspired a wedding a couple years ago.  We like our little outdoor indoor sanctuary.  We also like our “nurffice”  This is our nursery/office/closet of fancy clothes, which we never need to access anymore, now that we went from a family of two to a family of three.

But, yes, this is our little 770 square foot home.  Minus the bathroom, and a few hallway inches.  We love it. We can clean the whole place in about 10 minutes.  We can heat it by lighting a candle.  We can’t get lost. This is always a plus.

So, here’s our style.  Like you can live in it.  And that’s what we do.  We use this house as a transformer of sorts.  When there’s a wedding, the entire house turns into a wedding station.  When we host a party, it’s a party pad.  When we have a sleep over, the whole house becomes one giant tent for the nieces and nephews.  When we eat dinner (which is usually a daily happening), the whole place smells like dinner  (this is not so nice, btw).   But it’s life.  And we love it.

 

Thank you to Andie Powers for the awesome photography.

First thing’s first. There is no way in the world you’d be reading my words and seeing these pictures were it not for a team, literally, team of people who love me and show it by their sacrifices and gifts for me. Therefore, I must make them publically celebrated before I dive into a blog.

To my love and best friend, Ryan. He is an oak. He is a giver. He makes me better. He also makes stuff. Check out his genius on Facebook: Another Man’s Treasure.

To my brother and genius web developer, James Simon. The tireless hours of work to develop this site and carry out the most sophisticated of technologies because he believes in us and wants us to succeed. Need help? Email him. Simon_003@icloud.com.

To my sister-in-law and huge encourager, Katy Simon. She has given her husband up to my disposal to make this happen, and that’s no little sacrifice. She has her own little side shop up on Etsy. Check her out.

To my graphic designer and crazy good multi-tasker, Rae Friis.   Seriously, look her up. She’s amazing.

To my distant friend via social media, Promise Tangeman, who let me borrow her design skills to inspire this site.

To my professional hero and encouragement, Ariella Chezar. The few times we’ve been able to share have carried huge implications and inspiration for this change. She is a beautiful woman with a beautiful grace.