In celebration of our new CraftFoxes Marketplace, we are giving you the inside scoop on the artists we have on board with us for this exciting new venture. Let’s meet Annie, the owner of Sweet Pea's Paper Flowers. She makes incredible alternative wedding bouquets out of paper and other mediums like vintage brooches. They are all handmade and every single flower is given extreme attention to detail to make sure that each bouquet develops beautifully. Some of her brides have said "Absolutely stunning, this is going to help make my wedding so beautiful!" "Too beautiful for words," and "Wonderful seller to work with, lots of communication and even in-progress photos. The flowers are gorgeous and I can't wait to walk down the aisle with my beautiful paper flower bouquet!" We are so happy to have her with us in our marketplace.
Meet Carole Farber — Owner of Sweet Pea Flowers
My love of flowers. I am a retired floral designer and I seriously couldn't see myself not doing anything with flowers. I paint flowers, plant flowers and now I make paper flowers. When I see a pretty vase or container, I know exactly what I have to do with it — fill it up with colorful flowers!
How did you come up with the name for your shop?
My shop is named after my granddaughter Ruby Sweet Pea, since sweet pea is her middle name. She is 3 and the joy of my life, besides my own daughters.
How many hours a week do you spend crafting and what's your favorite time of day to work?
I work from home in my kitchen and I work all hours of the day — early morning is a favorite time of day — everyone is asleep still. I have my first cup of coffee and go through my projects for the day.
What’s your personal favorite item in your shop?
I am loving the Brooch Wedding Bouquet. They are so pretty and unique, and I get to shop at flea markets and go to auctions to try and find these treasures. I love all my paper flowers actually. If I didn't love them I wouldn't sell them.
What is one of your favorite online shops/sellers?
One of my favorite shops is on Etsy, Ceremony. It has really lovely digital collage sheets. I love to do digital art also in my spare time, using imaging software like Photoshop or Corel.
Do you have an official site or blog?
I do have a blog but am so embarrassed about it, there's no rhyme or reason to it. I'm going to take a course on doing a blog so I can do it justice and post photos of the brides who have bought a wedding package from me. The link to my so-called blog is http://carolesart.blogspot.com/.
What blogs or sites do you enjoy for tips and inspiration?
I like wedding blogs so I can keep up with the newest trends.
What is your dream project?
To make enough paper flower arrangements to take to the surrounding nursing homes. I haven't had the time, but I think I just have to make the time.
What's one important lesson you've learned about your craft?
That they do bring people a lot of happiness, just like the real flower arrangements I used to make. I have also learned not to sell myself short. A lot of people tell me that I don't charge enough.
Have any advice for those aspiring to do what you do?
Practice, practice and don’t use good paper on your trial flowers, no matter how excited you are to see what the new paper will look like as a flower. Be organized (I am far from it but would love to be).