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How Did Sunflower Designs Get Started Anyway?

I am often asked how I got started; where the name Sunflower Designs comes from? So, I thought it might be a good time to do some introductions and answer those questions. As I write this, Sunflower Designs is celebrating its one-year anniversary, but let’s back up a little. The key date is actually March 30, 2018. It's the day I retired from the corporate world and begin pursuing full-time what had been a side-hustle and a dream up until then.

Growing up in Kansas (the sunflower state), I spent my childhood learning about growing and arranging flowers from my mother. My mother had many talents, and there were many other things she tried to teach me; sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, tatting – none of them were as interesting or special to me as flowers. I loved all the beautiful flowers in our garden and yard and I especially loved being able to pick them and create arrangements and corsages with them. 

Prior to high school I dreamed of becoming a florist and owning a floral shop. But in high school, my love of music took over and I changed courses to study music education in college. Thinking I wanted to be a high school choral music teacher, I studied all the things to get me there. Once I reached the stage of going out into the public school system to observe and undertake student teaching, I realized teaching was not going to be a good choice for me. Eventually I returned to college to get a degree in Communication which led to some interesting career opportunities. Throughout my  years in the corporate world, my love of growing and working with flowers never left. I’ve always had floral arrangements throughout the house, either fresh or silk.

Fast forward to about 10 years ago when I began decorating wreaths for our front door for the holiday season. The wreaths began to appear inside our home as well in various rooms. Once I began making more wreaths, I started giving them away to friends and family. People encouraged me to sell my work, and I kept improving my craft. I’d gone from arranging flowers for centerpieces to using silk florals to design wreaths. Once I knew I was going to retire from the corporate world, I began planning my business and settled on the name Sunflower Designs, to honor my home state of Kansas.

As I have grown in my craft, so has my work space. I’ve gone from working in the garage, where I took over my husband’s work bench. 

My humble beginnings in the garage worked for a while, but eventually I needed more space. So we moved the entire operation into the bonus room over the garage.

We have arranged the space into work zones. Storage zones for florals and ribbon, zones for design, photography, and shipping all help the process to be as efficient as possible. Because I have an online shop at Etsy.com, shipping is important in order to get your orders out the door!

 

None of these things would be possible without my partner in crime, Mr. Sunflower Designs. He sees that I need something to help make my work more efficient and he builds it for me. 

Additionally, he is the CFO and Logistics Manager for Sunflower Designs. When you receive your order from us, he has carefully packaged your wreath in such a way that it will not shift during shipping and shouldn’t need much fluffling at all to look just how it looked when it leaves our hands.

A natural outgrowth of my designer wreath business is this blog. Creating a beautiful home isn’t just about how you decorate your front door, but how you approach bringing your personality into your home décor. That’s what I love bringing to you – all the ways in which we can make our home a reflection of us and our families.

I’m honored that you are coming along on this journey with me, and hope you will tell your friends to follow along too. It’s all about building a community for those of us who love bringing beauty and simplicity into our homes and our lives.


Helping you create a beautiful home is what @Home With Sunflower Designs is all about. Each week we offer suggestions on ways to add beauty and simplicity to your surroundings, so that you and your family can enjoy your home. Until next time… #livecreatively!


 

Sunflower Designs helps you create a beautiful home one wreath and one space at a time. 

Ann Bryant, Owner & Designer

Follow our blog @Home with Sunflower Designs at www.sunflowerdesigns.biz 

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