Are you all set for Valentines Day? If you are still looking for that special gift, or confused between buying a single rose or the entire store, I would like to suggest an alternative that is more elegant, romantic and long-lasting than the conventional gift of flowers.
Enter Amaranthus Paper & Flora, a mother-daughter makery that specializes in handcrafted crepe paper flowers. Just like its namesake, the "immortal" flower, Amaranthus Paper & Flora creates flowers that will last. Each flower is hand crafted one petal at a time, so no two are alike. The idea is simple: while live flowers are beautiful and brighten up any room, they are eventually going to die even with the best care. But with Amaranthus, your flowers will always ‘bloom’ all-year round. Aren't these flowers simply stunning and lively! When I first saw them, I thought they were real bouquets.
The team behind AP&F includes talented Nashville maker, and friend, Meredith Eastburn, an educator, artist, and designer who has always loved paper arts. I met Meredith during a CO.Starters business program last summer at The Skillery (an awesome coworking space for entrepreneurs in Nashville) where we were trying to navigate the entrepreneurship landscape. Meredith and her mother, Cherie who is based in Atlanta, combined their love of working with flowers to create AP&F in early 2014. Needless to say, their creations have been a hit!
I had honestly never paid attention to handmade paper flowers before, but as soon as I saw an individual stem in a vase at the CO.Starters table, I was in love with it. Everybody loves flowers, and if we cannot buy lavish gifts on every occasion, there is always the good old bouquet to fall back on. Why not just make it a more eco-friendly and long-lasting choice?
So as you contemplate what to get for your Valentine, I hope you will give this handmade team a shot. You can place the lovely blooms in your house or office space even after the dining and romance is done for the night. Each time you pass the flowers, you will be reminded of the wonderful memories, and that is the best gift of everlasting love :)
Have a great weekend!