amy merrick floral intensive class

Firstly, before I launch into an exuberant rant about Ms. Merrick coming to WASHINGTON (!!!) I will need to explain my absence of a promised tutorial today.  I did indeed record a tutorial and I indeed watched a bajillion tutorials on editing in IMovie. I was feeling pretty confident and spent hours last night editing, everything seemed liked it was smooth sailing until I played the screencast back and it was a choppy mess. Also, the quality I am getting from the Quicktime recordings is gosh awful, I know a lot of people record their tutorials this way and they look great so I am not sure what settings I am using to accomplish such lackluster results. I am not giving up though so I will have this darn tutorial for you and by that time I am sure you will have figured it out for yourself, but you will have it! Now back to the subject at hand AMY MERRICK!

I just found out this morning that the uber talented floralista Amy Merrick will be coming to Mount Vernon, Washington August 24th & 25th for a weekend intensive workshop at Floret Flower Farm with floral farmer Erin Benzakein. It seems like a once in a lifetime type opportunity and unfortunately it has a price to match (cue sad face now). I would have loved to join in, even gone with a group of us flower + photo enthusiasts, but alas it is out of range. I do think though if the floral industry seems to be your calling instead of sitting in a cubicle 10 hours a day that this could be a wonderful investment into your floral future and could be what is needed to jump start your career.  I would love to know if anyone plans on going, I want to live vicariously.  To slightly subdue my workshop envy, I ordered Studio Choo’s new book, I have wanted to get it since the launch but didn’t want to be frivolous with my spending, when I compared it in price to the workshop (that I wish I could afford) it seemed like a bargain! Of course it’s not the same, this is AMY MERRICK after all but I am highly anticipating it’s arrival and will be sure to give you a full review.

P.S. The awesome font I used is Jacob Riley by Magpie Paper Works, love, love, love!!!

photos via amy merrick

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to motivate you to fall-truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.


  1. such lovely soft flowers! i like the top-right picture — sometimes it’s easy to look at arrangements and forget where the blooms came from, when in fact they were carefully planted, grown, & harvested…

    1. It is, that’s one of the things I love about Amy’s work is it looks so effortless like she picked them at her cottage but the arrangements are always so perfectly beautiful!

  2. Oh Tristan! I’m a big fan of Amy’s work too and sorry we both can’t join in on the workshop – what an amazing opportunity it would be! And thank you so much for sharing the font name – my eye was immediately caught by it and I’m completely smitten!!

    1. Jennifer agreed! I think it would be such an amazing experience. I am a little out of control in love with Magpie Paper Works fonts, this one is so good and such a good price to boot! I have her Saissant and Ahra (so many glyph options) and I can attest that the quality is there and they look very authentically hand drawn versus computer made, Jess is such a talent!

  3. Oh! Extreme jealousy! I wish really cool things would come to my little city so I could at least have the option of saying it’s too expensive. Lol. It sounds like it must be refreshing for you to be living in such a creative place again.
    And there’s nothing wrong with a little justification spending every now and again. ;)

    1. I guess you will need to come to Washington! It is SO nice to be around people again and able to walk to the grocery store:) The little things… I am very excited about the Studio Choo book, I know it’s going to be amazing!

  4. Waah! Seriously cue sad face :( On the plus side, I have that Studio Choo book & it’s super awesome. In fact, I just head to the weekly farmer’s market and get a huge bunch of flowers and experiment with the book. Luckily we have great flower selections in the NW! Now, my new excuse will be that this is waaayyy cheaper than the workshop so it’s allowed! :)

  5. I don’t usually comment on your blog, but a good font changes everything…thank you for sharing both Amy’s beautiful work and Jacob Riley! Handwritten fonts speak to my heart, you have such a beautiful eye. I hope you’re feeling well!

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