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Post by Corinne Kessel on March 16th, 2011 · 9 Comments
By Corinne Kessel, Principal
Valentine’s Day is over and the next chocolate indulgence holiday will soon be upon us – Easter! As my bio indicates, I am a master Ukrainian Easter egg decorator, a true Pysanka artist. Though I haven’t picked up a “kistka” in years, creating these little cultural delights is one of my fondest memories as a child.
Every Easter, my grandmother would create a beautifully elaborate Easter basket that would be blessed in a big ceremony at the church near her farm. While I am sure there was deep significance to the items in the basket, it did seem the real goal was to outdo your neighbours. A highly competitive affair – it was kind of like a talent contest and beauty pageant for the womenfolk via their Easter Baskets. Luckily, I had “mad skills” with the Pysanka making and always made my Grandma’s basket shine.
Check out a few of my eggs, proudly on display in my mother’s china cabinet. (please note that these are the “B” grade eggs, Grandma has all the best ones!)
So Eggs were then and fake foliage is now. What are you doing this Easter to make your “basket” the best it can be? Do you have a storefront that could use a little bit of Spring Spirit or Easter Oomph? Do you have a restaurant that could use some fresh new centerpieces or décor for the entrance? Or are you hosting an event that could be brightened with the fresh colours of tulips, hydrangeas and flowering trees?
Embrace Spring! Welcome a new season with bright and cheery touches from Greenscape Design & Décor.
All inquiries include a 30 minute complimentary design consultation.
PS – this is still one of the most memorable Spring themed tradeshow displays I have seen: IDS West 2008 (my memory is astonishing, I know!) Emily Carr students created a display for Yellow Pages in which they hung 4000 fresh daffodils from the 20 foot high ceiling at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Love it!
Post by Christine on November 22nd, 2010 · 5 Comments
IDSWest 2010 was amazing as always.
The concept we came up with was simple, Stop and Smell the Roses. It has been a hard year for everyone so we really wanted to make a statement about what is important during these times and what you can always rely on. For us, it was friends and family. Getting together with loved ones; sharing good food, good wine and good laughs.
As a team, we all pulled together and spent hours covering our beautiful mannequin Clarisse in rose petals (1633 to be exact), and making countless grape clusters and flowers out of recelycled and sheet cork.
Corinne and I had a great time (all 13 hours one day) working in our booth, reconnecting with clients and friends, and getting the opportunity to meet new people. The speakers where great, the atmosphere was inspiring and the feedback was beyond motivating. Needless to say, we left feeling excited and energized…and exhausted
We would like to thank everyone that worked so hard on this with us and a special ‘thank you’ to our friends at Industrial Revolution for providing our booth with the beautiful furniture that you can find at their South Granville location.