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Featured Seller: Succulent Designs

May 9, 2011

by SucculentDesigns

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Patti Smith, and I’m a creator of living succulent wreaths and topiaries. I live in Arizona in the Superstition Mountain foothills with my hubby Rusty and our two crazy dogs. Robin and Ryan are our amazing kids who are out of the nest, but they do visit us pretty regularly. I think home-cooked meals might have a little something do to with it.

I had a career in the public sector for 25 years, and although the money was great, it took a toll — not only on my health, but on my spirit. “Life is too short” may be a cliché, but the older you get, the more you realize how true it is. I decided to take a huge risk, forego the big paycheck and jump into Succulent Designs head first.

Apart from creating, what do you do?
Cooking for my family is something I love to do, whether it’s tacos and pizookies on Sundays or gathering together in December for our annual ravioli-making day.

We’re outdoor enthusiasts. Since we live so close to a wilderness area, we’re able to walk to hiking trails and camp. We also really enjoy watching birds and local wildlife. There’s a koi pond in our front yard, and we’re always receiving visits from coyotes, deer, and bobcats that stop by for a drink.

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What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
Oh, Yes I Can! Despite some personal challenges over the years, perseverance and optimism have paid off. I learned that if you’re not willing to take risks and get out of your comfort zone, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from nature. When I’m designing a piece, I think about all of the hundreds of outdoor experiences we’ve had. Whether I’m on top of a mountain looking into a canyon, or crouching down to marvel at lichens growing on a tree stump, the random beauty of nature constantly amazes me. Plants in the wild are not lined up in rows or perfect circles, so I don’t use formulas when designing. Even though I place everything carefully, the idea is to make it appear that it’s just naturally growing that way.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is an act of intimate, heartfelt expression.

Who has been the most influential in your craft?
My husband of 30 years, hands down. He’s been my number one fan, coach, cheerleader and shoulder to cry on, not to mention weed-puller, carpenter, courier, and about a thousand other roles that help me every single day and keep me going. I couldn’t have made it to this place without him.

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When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I’ve always felt the need to express myself in a creative way, and my love of flowers and plants has provided the artistic niche for that expression. My first recollection of playing in the dirt was in Chicago back in the ‘60s, helping grandma plant marigolds and Johnny-jump-ups in her garden beds every spring, and harvesting tomatoes from mom’s veggie patch. As time went on, every apartment and house I lived in would be packed with plants on tables, shelves and hanging in all the windows. Relocating to the southwest 35 years ago allowed me to discover the very different world of cactus and succulent plants, which was my path to creating succulent wreaths.

How would you describe your creative process?
It’s actually quite arbitrary. To begin, I just randomly choose a larger plant and place it. I’ll head to the sedum garden, looking for something that will look pleasing tucked around the leaves of that particular plant. The process continues while I’m working my way around the wreath, and a natural tapestry begins to appear. Part of the fun is knowing that many succulents will change color depending on season and environment, flower stalks will shoot out, and sedums will trail, so the wreath you’re seeing today will appear completely different in three months.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
The late, great Teddy Colbert was the pioneer and matriarch of the living wreath, and she’s been a major creative inspiration to me.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My most cherished handmade possessions are the box of Christmas ornaments that my children made when they were little. Every December we pull the boxes out of storage and decorate our hodgepodge tree with these precious trinkets, and it brings back memories for all of us. We always take a moment to mourn the loss of the pretzel ornaments that were eaten by one of the dogs back in the ’90s (culprit unknown to this day, although we have our suspicions).

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How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I’ll just do some gardening tasks — pull weeds, prune, water, or repot. Sometimes I forget how many (and which) plants I have, so getting away from the potting bench and into the gardens will often give me fresh ideas. Debra Lee Baldwin is an amazing photojournalist with a specialty in succulent plants, so browsing through her books will often give me a jump start.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Ten years ago, my life was very different than it is now. So if you’d asked me that question then, I would have said, “If I could live on a piece of land in a pretty spot with some room to roam, doing something I love to do, and my family was happy and healthy, that would be my dream come true.” Well, here I am — how could things possibly get any better?

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334 comments

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful shop! I enjoyed reading your feature. You have such beautiful designs. Wishing you much success.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 5 years ago

    You have an amazing talent for bringing out the beauty of succulents! Congrats on your feature!

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 5 years ago

    Such beautiful designs, I would love one of each please! Another wonderful seller where their spouse is their biggest fan! Congratulations on the feature!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    THose wreaths are so lovely. How creative you are with living 'things', very talented and thanks for sharing. Congratulations!

  • artbyheather

    artbyheather said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! FAbulous shop and interview! Off to browse the succulents!!

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls said 5 years ago

    Wow ! I love the Wreaths. One of a kind. Keep up the good work.

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 5 years ago

    One word - WOW. OK, two words - Wow, beautiful! I love your shop.

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 5 years ago

    Lovely & Living art!

  • tangente

    tangente said 5 years ago

    Congrats. Beautiful shop.

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 5 years ago

    I LOVE succulents and your designs make my heart sing! How absolutely gorgeous!!

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 5 years ago

    I am just learning how much I love succulents! I love this story and this shop! Fantastic!

  • CatamountDigital

    CatamountDigital said 5 years ago

    congrats on featured seller! wonderful!

  • miasole

    miasole said 5 years ago

    Love your eye on details, beautiful shop.

  • OldTimersClub

    OldTimersClub said 5 years ago

    wonderful! congrats :-)

  • OldTimersClub

    OldTimersClub said 5 years ago

    your shop is most wonderful too :-)

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! Your wreaths are fantabulous. Good luck with your endeavor. Gary

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    Your plants and assemblages are gorgeous! You clearly have an eye for beauty. Congratulations on being featured!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 5 years ago

    Oh my! What the green thumb you have! Thanks for sharing...it sounds like your life is a dream come true!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 5 years ago

    wow, I love that succulent wreath, I wish I had your green thumb.

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 5 years ago

    I really like the green, environmental-friendly approach of this shop. Good work!

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef said 5 years ago

    What a great idea to use nature in such a fun and unique way. Congrats on the feature.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 5 years ago

    Lovely feature. Your surroundings sound like a dream! Hooray for your courage to follow your heart + congrats on your success!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Your creations are so beautiful! Plants run and scream when they see me coming. Congrats on your feature and living what you love!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    Great interview. Beautiful shop and items :)

  • wickedhand

    wickedhand said 5 years ago

    I love your shop - very beautiful wreath

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful feature. I simply love your shop and wish you the best for future success.

  • Artulia

    Artulia said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous succulents! Congrats on the feature

  • vonart

    vonart said 5 years ago

    Patti, How wonderful it is to see a face to someone I convo. You are a wonderful seller and I absolutely love my glass globes that I got from you. I am so excited for you and wanted to tell you what a beautiful peacful shop you have. I love your works. Thank you for sharing with us and I look forward to making more purchases with you in the future.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    I love your shop and I so enjoyed this feature! Best wishes for your continued success! :)

  • CarinVaughnArt

    CarinVaughnArt said 5 years ago

    Congrats on your beautiful shop!

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls said 5 years ago

    Great feature! I love succulents!!!

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 5 years ago

    Very cool shop!!

  • EllaBands

    EllaBands said 5 years ago

    I love that wreath - so beautiful!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Great feature story. Enjoyed.

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 5 years ago

    congratulations on the feature! Well deserved. Your shop is a favorite to stop by to get inspired!

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish said 5 years ago

    Beautiful items, congratulations on the feature!

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve said 5 years ago

    beautiful :) congrats on being featured!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    I love your shop! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • TikaCeramics

    TikaCeramics said 5 years ago

    Succulents are my favorite plants! You do such a great creations with them! Congratulations!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    wow beautiful, lovely to see you working in your studio! Really like how you capture colours of the plants, very beautiful work.

  • TheAlchemistsHeart

    TheAlchemistsHeart said 5 years ago

    so lovely!! much luck to you....

  • UrbanTickle

    UrbanTickle said 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous and inspirational....I have to get some of these lovely plants for my home.

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 5 years ago

    I loved reading about you, your life and passion! Congrats on being the featured seller and living you vision. ~Laura

  • amberike

    amberike said 5 years ago

    Love love love your wreaths!!

  • larkspurfunnyfarm

    larkspurfunnyfarm said 5 years ago

    For those of us who love Succulents you do them proud!! Wishing you a full live and much joy. Be Well

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop said 5 years ago

    What lovely creations.

  • shelterprotectsyou

    shelterprotectsyou said 5 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful work!

  • LakesEdge

    LakesEdge said 5 years ago

    so pretty i love greenery :)

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 5 years ago

    Love your shop and your nature inspired creations!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful creations! Great article! Congrats!

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry said 5 years ago

    you have a great story and a beautiful shop!

  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz said 5 years ago

    Your greenery is more like a visual art! Congrats!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 5 years ago

    Amazing article, amazing plants! It is wonderful to read your story!

  • Kokolele

    Kokolele said 5 years ago

    ~~ ♥ Beautiful !

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Beautiful creations! Congratulations !

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 5 years ago

    Hey neighbor. Love your story and your shop. I know what you mean by "life is too short." I end my blog with "Each day is a gift, open now." I too am a Chicago transplant. xo

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! I just returned from San Diego, where I noticed much of the green can be attributed to succulents :) Lovely work, congrats!!

  • TheWishingElephant

    TheWishingElephant said 5 years ago

    Love succulents and your feature! Congrats. It's exciting to see one of my "favorites" on the front page.

  • CLWPottery

    CLWPottery said 5 years ago

    I think your work is amazing, just love it !!

  • MorganNichole

    MorganNichole said 5 years ago

    What great work, they are beautiful! congrats on your interview.

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Congrats wonderful work and interview !!!

  • aiseirigh

    aiseirigh said 5 years ago

    i love love love succulents!

  • HBColorcreations

    HBColorcreations said 5 years ago

    Beautiful. What a wonderful way to take a risk, something you love doing. Something I have done myself. My husband and I took his mother to Powell Gardens in K.C. area, yesterday. My favorite place and she loved it. They were selling plants. We purchased some succulents. A first for me. I'm always drawn to blooming plants. But these are quite interesting. Great interview, and a beautiful job, well done. Congratulations.

  • sunshineartdesign

    sunshineartdesign said 5 years ago

    Nice story and wonderful shop! Congrats!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Just....wow. I love succulents and you simply work magic with them.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 5 years ago

    wow, what a lovely shop! congrats on the feature!!

  • arjunajewelry

    arjunajewelry said 5 years ago

    beautiful wreaths!

  • miraclemittens

    miraclemittens said 5 years ago

    I'm so inspired! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. I needed it today.

  • Garden22DesignStudio

    Garden22DesignStudio said 5 years ago

    I LOVE your work!!! Congrats on the feature, it is well deserved!

  • Garden22DesignStudio

    Garden22DesignStudio said 5 years ago

    I LOVE your work!!! Congrats on the feature, it is well deserved!

  • lynntodddesigns

    lynntodddesigns said 5 years ago

    great story and shop! congrats :-)

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 5 years ago

    congratulations!

  • WendysVintageShop

    WendysVintageShop said 5 years ago

    Your work is goregous!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 5 years ago

    great gal...and such an inspiration to..."yes you can attitude" love it!

  • meowadays

    meowadays said 5 years ago

    awesome!

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 5 years ago

    I thought I was having deja vu - I just pinned a wreath like yours, maybe it was one of yours, on pinterest.com. Congrats on being featured. I love what you are doing, in all respects!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    Succulents are one of my favorite types of plants. You really enhanced the beauty of already amazing plants.

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns said 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! Congrats on the feature!

  • elizabethbloomfield

    elizabethbloomfield said 5 years ago

    I love your shop! It was nice to read about you.

  • roseandpearl

    roseandpearl said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop. So what the heck is a pizooki?

  • haveitconfections

    haveitconfections said 5 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing artist you are. What a wonderful eye. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  • lovinganvil

    lovinganvil said 5 years ago

    AWESOME! xoxo

  • MasiDesigns

    MasiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Your shop is beautiful and so is the feature. Congratulations, wishing you continued happiness and success!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congrats!

  • chinamommy

    chinamommy said 5 years ago

    Those are just amazing!! Congratulations on being featured- Yippee! I'm with roseandpearl, what IS a pizooki????

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign said 5 years ago

    wonderful interview! and a gorgeous shop!

  • SweetBauerKnits

    SweetBauerKnits said 5 years ago

    I will dream about that wreath. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story. Best wishes to you!

  • amaria

    amaria said 5 years ago

    Love the succulent wreath! Absolutely stunning! Best wishes on your continued success!

  • vixensnose

    vixensnose said 5 years ago

    That wreath is beautiful.

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU said 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! I love your story & your work. You should be very proud of the decisions you made! { Congratulations on being featured! }

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU said 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! I love your story & your work. You should be very proud of the decisions you made! { Congratulations on being featured! }

  • kandkfloral

    kandkfloral said 5 years ago

    Stunning work! It was a great pleasure to read about you!

  • TheGinghamOwl

    TheGinghamOwl said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous Wreath!!! Great article:)

  • TwistedWillows

    TwistedWillows said 5 years ago

    So beautiful! Absolutely love the wreath you posted right here on the article; so full of LIFE!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 5 years ago

    Stunning wreaths! Made me want to go out in my garden but it's still dirt and seeds at this point...

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 5 years ago

    Congratulations. Thank you for sharing your story and the inspiration. Wishing you more success.

  • Tidepools

    Tidepools said 5 years ago

    I have always loved your work! Looking at your site inspired me to do succulent centerpieces for my wedding. Congrats on your feature!

  • misswoof

    misswoof said 5 years ago

    I was already a fan of this shop,but even more so now that I have read about this lady.I wish we were able to order her plants/creations from overseas.But quarantine restrictions say no.

  • ZavalickDesigns

    ZavalickDesigns said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous designs - love the wreath especially! Congratulations on the feature and great interview!

  • WildWildernessPhotos

    WildWildernessPhotos said 5 years ago

    I have come across your shop before and I just love your wreaths! Wishing you lots of success!

  • SacredSymbolStudios

    SacredSymbolStudios said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, unique wreaths and great idea's for party favors. Yours is a very cool shop. Wishing you continued success!

  • SunAhJewelry

    SunAhJewelry said 5 years ago

    Oh, how inspiring! Such an amazing artist and what unique products! I love the combination of natural elements and home decor! I love your work!!

  • Judemass

    Judemass said 5 years ago

    Your wreath is amazing. Your succulents will make a great hypertufa filler.

  • Studio76Cosmetics

    Studio76Cosmetics said 5 years ago

    I love succulents. I am completely amazed by the wreath you made!!

  • SugarSpoon

    SugarSpoon said 5 years ago

    Great to see you as a featured seller! The wonderful collection of plants I bought from you at christmas time are going strong. They really make our home so lovely. Thanks again!

  • MoanasUniqueDesigns

    MoanasUniqueDesigns said 5 years ago

    Your shop is gorgeous and your work sensational. You have been on my lists of favorites for some time. Your wreaths and terrariums are just so very beautiful. Congratulations on your feature, well deserved.

  • aoisart

    aoisart said 5 years ago

    I love succulents! What a great shop!

  • couchdwellers

    couchdwellers said 5 years ago

    What a great story. I can totally relate. Love your shop its just beautiful. Oh...and I can see the Superstition mountains from where I live too!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Love your shop. Congrats on the feature. :)

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful; I loved reading your story! Thanks for sharing a bit of your life, and congratulations on the feature!

  • Pinkpjs

    Pinkpjs said 5 years ago

    The wreaths are so beautiful!

  • teresatudor

    teresatudor said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story! Being a girl with a green thumb, I can totally relate!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop. Beautiful story. Congratulations on doing what you love and having success doing it.

  • BouquetSpecialDesign

    BouquetSpecialDesign said 5 years ago

    Hi, Love your shop:)

  • pelargonium27

    pelargonium27 said 5 years ago

    What a refreshing story! Your plants look good enough to eat! Enjoyed reading about your life and family.

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 5 years ago

    Lovely feature. I love looking at your shop. Best wishes for continued success.

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 5 years ago

    Your beautiful work is always catching my eye here on Etsy. Congratulations on the feature!

  • silentxangel

    silentxangel said 5 years ago

    Congrats! One of my favorite Etsyian is finally recognized! I'm so happy for you!

  • BrisTieDyes

    BrisTieDyes said 5 years ago

    That wreath IS amazing! Congrats on all that you have done and will do. Refreshing that you are "where you want to be". God's blessings~ Briar

  • PamplemousseAndBean

    PamplemousseAndBean said 5 years ago

    I like your life!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! FAbulous shop!

  • underthenightmoon

    underthenightmoon said 5 years ago

    I loved your designs instantly, at first glance- congratulations . on features seller, your story is great and inspiring!! Thank you! : )

  • underthenightmoon

    underthenightmoon said 5 years ago

    I loved your designs instantly, at first glance- congratulations . on features seller, your story is great and inspiring!! Thank you! : )

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 5 years ago

    Patti I just love your succulents and found your shop several weeks ago! I'd love to have one of your wreaths, but the NC humidity has killed the few I tried before. Who knows, maybe now that Momma Barnes is here she can keep it alive. Your photos are fabulous. Congrats and much luck & success to you and your shop!

  • jollyfish

    jollyfish said 5 years ago

    Very awesome shop! I love succulents and am currently planning my wedding with succulents as my main inspiration. Congrats on FS and thanks so much for sharing !

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 5 years ago

    Wow , awesome works of art.

  • mylavaliere

    mylavaliere said 5 years ago

    i just made my first succulent garden the other day! such beautiful colors, i love these plants and the wonderful things you do with them!

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 5 years ago

    Amazing!

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 5 years ago

    absolutely LOVE the wreaths!! I want one!!

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 5 years ago

    absolutely LOVE the wreaths!! I want one!!

  • HomeConcepts

    HomeConcepts said 5 years ago

    ((((I learned that if you’re not willing to take risks and get out of your comfort zone, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.)))) You are really inspiring ....especially when said the above lines .... frankly speaking ----I am struggling to establish myself again in my field after I got married and I quit my job .... to start from my own (business) is seems climbing mountain to me .. but U said it right .. unless until we take risk and come out of comfort zone ... we never know what we are capable of ... thanks ... and ALL THE BEST

  • flowerparty

    flowerparty said 5 years ago

    Beautiful works on green!! This interview makes me want to visit your garden.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    Your wreaths are spectacular! Glad you are enjoying life! Best wishes for your continued success!

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! It must be amazing being so close to nature. Good luck with your shop!

  • thehappyjewel

    thehappyjewel said 5 years ago

    I love the wreath, it is more affordable than others I've seen too! Beautiful items!

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 5 years ago

    WOW! What beautiful Succulents, So Artistically arranged. A Beauty to behold! Also Congrats on being featured in Birds and Blooms. I Love that Magazine. Best Wishes! Tammy

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    very beautiful and original. congrats

  • conmismanos

    conmismanos said 5 years ago

    You are right on, life is "too" short. Creation is food for the mind and soul. Live long and prosper!!

  • rubisco

    rubisco said 5 years ago

    This is a wonderful, inspiring interview! Congratulations on your beautiful work!

  • RadFem

    RadFem said 5 years ago

    Loved the terrarium I got for my sister-in-law. Way too cool! Congratulations on being the featured seller :)

  • RadFem

    RadFem said 5 years ago

    Loved the terrarium I got for my sister-in-law. Way too cool! Congratulations on being the featured seller :)

  • Fruitfulhandproducts

    Fruitfulhandproducts said 5 years ago

    This is beautiful! I love your cheerful attitude! Blessings, ~Kirk

  • RetroBabs

    RetroBabs said 5 years ago

    You make the most beautiful works of art with your succulents! Love it and glad you left your day job in the private sector. We have all been blessed by that decision!

  • TrudyAnnDesigns

    TrudyAnnDesigns said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, well deserved ..beautiful shop!!!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 5 years ago

    I am already a big fan of your site, love what I've bought and intend to keep shopping!! Congrats on your determination and your lovely interview. Especially love the fact that you are ALREADY where you want to be with your happy family. That will be the greatest accomplishment in the long run....... : )

  • foundaryvintage

    foundaryvintage said 5 years ago

    What a great story- a "quit your day job" success. I love it. Succulents are the best! I add to my collection of them every year- the crazier the better. I had some sprout 2 foot horns last year.. What other flower does that??

  • LisasLittleCreations

    LisasLittleCreations said 5 years ago

    congrats to you! I love the jade so pretty. Saving you in my favorites. :) Wish you lots of success this year!

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 5 years ago

    Those wreaths are freakin gorgeous! I love succulents. Great article also:)

  • folkspirit

    folkspirit said 5 years ago

    What amazing ideas you have! I love your beautiful plants :)

  • TheAccesoriesNook

    TheAccesoriesNook said 5 years ago

    Great Feature, Congrats!! Your shop is beautiful.... I love succulents(it seems to be the only thing I don't end up killing,lol) The best of luck to you on your future endeavors :)

  • PetrilloPottery

    PetrilloPottery said 5 years ago

    Love this, want the wreath! how amazing!

  • searchnrescue2

    searchnrescue2 said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed your interview and your work is beautiful. I was never much of a "wreath" person but would LOVE to have one of your Succulent Wreaths any day! May life continue to bless you ~

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congratulations on being featured!

  • TheLovelyFind

    TheLovelyFind said 5 years ago

    beautiful!

  • hisOpal

    hisOpal said 5 years ago

    Too awesome. ♥

  • sockmonkey09

    sockmonkey09 said 5 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful shop,hope to be able to purchace from you some where in the future.it's such a pleasure to read that people can and do kick the 9 to 5 syndrom and succede !!all the best it was a pure pleasure.sockmonkey09

  • pddesignsimages

    pddesignsimages said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I ordered from your shop for the first time for a gift for my mom on Mother's Day! Quality work and beautiful too! Your story is very inspiring!

  • TandJsoaps

    TandJsoaps said 5 years ago

    Congrats! I love the answer to your last question! Great shop :)

  • TandJsoaps

    TandJsoaps said 5 years ago

    Congrats! I love the answer to your last question! Great shop :)

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, Patti. The succulent wreaths are amazing. I've never seen something like them before.

  • Eklektisch

    Eklektisch said 5 years ago

    Gorgeousness! <3

  • sedwickpaints

    sedwickpaints said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shop, inspirational interview. COngrats!

  • owning

    owning said 5 years ago

    very pretty

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    These are all very beautiful and I love your shop.

  • mommagoose

    mommagoose said 5 years ago

    Unreal. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story. And big hugs for taking a chance and doing what you enjoy.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 5 years ago

    I knew when I saw the living wreath of succulents this seller was getting featured! Beautiful, exquisite work!

  • SASSYspaces

    SASSYspaces said 5 years ago

    yey, go patti! congrats! love your plants and store!!

  • ValKross

    ValKross said 5 years ago

    Lovely succulents!

  • outofline

    outofline said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! I'm very fond of succulents, love the wreath, congrats!

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 5 years ago

    wow...I love your creativity!!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Beautiful designs

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 5 years ago

    beautiful!!!!!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 5 years ago

    this work is so beautiful I can't find words. wish i had a green thumb. thank you for sharing :) Alana

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! Love your shop and the wreath especially is just beautiful. Good for you.

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 5 years ago

    Congrats Patti. Beautiful work hope you have continued success.

  • BunniesandAvacado

    BunniesandAvacado said 5 years ago

    Succulents fill me with wonderment! This a beautiful example of taking life and rearranging it to make a new and equally wonderful picture. SucculentDesigns you have my evergrowing awe.

  • JumpingBitingFlea

    JumpingBitingFlea said 5 years ago

    In the book, "The Secret Life of Plants," authors Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird describe how plants "talk to" people and what plants "talk" about. Staying alive and safe tops the list.
 To protect themselves, plants have developed highly adaptive and strategic ways for living. Once plants feel safe, they may drop their need for defense. In one study, a scientist wanted to determine if cacti grow needles primarily for the purpose of keeping themselves from harm. Safely housed in a greenhouse, the scientist talked to numerous cacti assuring them that they were protected and that he cared about them. He encouraged the plants to feel even more secure by playing soothing music in the greenhouse. Within several months the cacti dropped all their spikes. The offspring of these bare cacti were born without needles. Defenseless within this nurturing environment, the mature and new-born cacti prospered. After a period of a year of being without their protective quills, the cacti suddenly began re-growing their bristles and new baby sprouts were born with needles again.

After some investigation, it was discovered that a house cat had found its way into the greenhouse. Suspecting that the cat may be the source of the perceived threat to the cacti causing the reemergence of their means of protection, the scientist blocked the cat's way of entry. Once the cacti sensed they were once again safe, all of the cacti dropped their *****ly means of defense. Certainly food for thought!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    Absolutely love your designs, shop and this feature!! You are very inspiring and I so enjoyed reading about you and your life - thank you so much for sharing! Much continued happiness and success!!

  • popkingarb

    popkingarb said 5 years ago

    you have the loveliest of plants! congrats on the feature!

  • WildflowerGirls

    WildflowerGirls said 5 years ago

    Wow! The wreaths, hands down-mouthwatering! amazing photography as well! <3

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing! Succelent plants are gorgeous adn you have done something truly unique and creative with them! Keep up your beautiful work! All the best!

  • HarmonyHarvestFarm

    HarmonyHarvestFarm said 5 years ago

    a personal favorite!!!! Just love it!!! As a horticulturalist I can certainly appreciate your work!

  • SimplicitySophi

    SimplicitySophi said 5 years ago

    love your work! It's so beautiful. I am featuring you on my blog post Wednesday to spread the word about what beautiful work you do! Take a peak at: http://simplicityisultimatesophistication.wordpress.com/ Thanks!

  • SewYouLikeIt

    SewYouLikeIt said 5 years ago

    Simply beautiful!

  • Elizabits

    Elizabits said 5 years ago

    I agree that God's creation is inspiring. Even better is exploring it with HIM!!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 5 years ago

    Oh I LOVE these. I live in a colder climate but I have "hens and chicks" that I have had for years and spread everywhere in my garden. I just love the look of your items. I think you found your calling. Congrats.

  • Steelsheen

    Steelsheen said 5 years ago

    LOVE them!!!!!!! I grow succulents myself. You are so creative with them and your designs are so beautiful!

  • masonke

    masonke said 5 years ago

    It shows that you love what you do. You succulents are beautifully arranged!

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 5 years ago

    I'd say you have stepped into your comfort zone rather than out of it! The wreath pictured is just beautiful, I have always loved succulents but never seen an arrangement that lovely.

  • xwktz

    xwktz said 5 years ago

    OoOoh! I love these. I onced tried to create my own Terrarium but it did not come out so swell :) Amazing!!!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your interview! I love your outlook and your creations! Just gorgeous and so creative!! Thanks for sharing and good luck!!

  • sandseaearth

    sandseaearth said 5 years ago

    Amazing works of art. I love miniture gardens. Thank-you

  • vintageandjewelry

    vintageandjewelry said 5 years ago

    thank for help us cure da earth :)

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 5 years ago

    NeEd mORe suCCulEntS iN my LiFE! ConGraTS on the fEAtuRE!

  • GoneTheSun

    GoneTheSun said 5 years ago

    I loved reading your story and have been following your beautiful work for quite some time. You've even inspired a few of my own treasury lists. I'm hoping to eventually find a reserved spot at my home for a piece of your living art. Congratulations on the deserved recognition!

  • RigorAndMortis

    RigorAndMortis said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous plant designs and an amazingly inspirational read! Congratulations on the feature! Well deserved!

  • VauxRondavu

    VauxRondavu said 5 years ago

    Love your work. It so refreshing and the perfect touch to a small area needing detail and texture. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to continue to follow your work.

  • VauxRondavu

    VauxRondavu said 5 years ago

    Love your work. It so refreshing and the perfect touch to a small area needing detail and texture. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to continue to follow your work.

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 5 years ago

    Great article. Beautiful succulents. I too remember playing in the "black" soil as a kid in Chicago in the 60's. Damen Ave / Irving Park Road / Lincoln Ave / Southport Ave was the area I was raised in. Oh how I miss that beautiful black dirt, nothing like the rocky soil we have here in the Ozarks. Thanks for the memories and great story.........Lisa

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on your feature.

  • HandmadeByAlison

    HandmadeByAlison said 5 years ago

    Inspiring! Reading this brought a tear to my eye - in a good way :) Thank you for sharing.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, it's like a living patchwork. Congratulations on your feature Patti.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Yes lovely and living art ! Patti congrats !

  • cottonskin

    cottonskin said 5 years ago

    beautiful, congratulations!

  • mjsattic

    mjsattic said 5 years ago

    My biggest problem with etsy is that most dealers do not do a good job describing their item or taking enough pics of their item to show all the good or bad of the item they are selling. It makes a big difference in the value. I am just saying!

  • HanaMauiCreations

    HanaMauiCreations said 5 years ago

    Love your designs, looks like a lot of fun!!!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 5 years ago

    thanks for your article, I am another chicago transplant in the desert! you have to love the cactus!

  • missgreaan

    missgreaan said 5 years ago

    rough diamond that my father keep is..48 boxes..call mee i need your help..get good buyer so we can get good profit at end..call mee un this number...00233244243075...so we can doo beter together..thank you...

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 5 years ago

    Wow-congrats! well deserved successs-love those wreaths!

  • cillasila

    cillasila said 5 years ago

    congratulation....what a beautiful shop.....cheers....^^

  • NaturalVintage

    NaturalVintage said 5 years ago

    I've admired your work since joining Etsy in March. Horticulturist by education, I'm in love with all things green. Your designs are inspiring, thank you! Wishing you continued success!

  • nihanparlak

    nihanparlak said 5 years ago

    great work! :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    beautiful shop and congrats to you, wish you continued success.

  • ForsythiaHill

    ForsythiaHill said 5 years ago

    Wonderful plants - love your photograhy. Best to you and CONGRATS!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 5 years ago

    Congratulations. Your shop is beautiful.

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous! Best of luck to you!

  • junrylgems

    junrylgems said 5 years ago

    wow! i love your work. God bless

  • peifferStudios

    peifferStudios said 5 years ago

    WOW! Congratulations. So excited for you, you do beautiful work :)

  • amtrips

    amtrips said 5 years ago

    simply awesome..!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 5 years ago

    Your succulent wreaths are just gorgeous! Loved reading your interview - congrats!!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 5 years ago

    Your succulent wreaths are just gorgeous! Loved reading your interview - congrats!!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Great Article!!! Beautiful Creations!!!!

  • tjenkinsarts

    tjenkinsarts said 5 years ago

    Loved the interview ! and philosophy behind why you are doing what you love as another local Arizona artist to you, that also has a love for our little green plant friends, and open spaces. Cheers!

  • VintageSewandSew

    VintageSewandSew said 5 years ago

    You serve as a wonderful example of the power of positive. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life, joys, and insights...very inspirational.

  • localevintage

    localevintage said 5 years ago

    Your article is so inspiring! I love your store and how you put everything together. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 5 years ago

    I loved your comment about being where you'd dreamed 10 years ago! Very inspiring!

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 5 years ago

    wow!!!!!

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 5 years ago

    wow!!!!!

  • beneaththeshadetree

    beneaththeshadetree said 5 years ago

    Patti, What a beautiful sucess story! Your shop is just gorgeous and you are truly, truly blessed. You have inspired me and lifted my spirits today. It's such a joy to see a kindred spirit plant lover growing and creating such beauty! I make jewelry but live in the garden and the greenhouse with my orchids in Oklahoma! I will surely spread the word about your beautiful wreaths! Julie

  • JanuaryJaniesJewelry

    JanuaryJaniesJewelry said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed your interview very much! It is great to see the beauty behind the beautiful designs.

  • amylou126

    amylou126 said 5 years ago

    Patti- how inspiring! I myself am in a transitional work phase. I'm in insurance but have enrolled to get my Masters in Landscape Design. I love succulents and hope to someday do work along these lines. So lovely-- best of luck to you!

  • shannamastersdesigns

    shannamastersdesigns said 5 years ago

    Your wreaths and plants are absolutely beautiful! It was a joy to read about you, and what you do.

  • 1978daniela

    1978daniela said 5 years ago

    Very cool ! thanks for the blog...

  • athomewithme

    athomewithme said 5 years ago

    i LIKE YOUR STYLE!!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shop! That wreath is amazing!!

  • electricshox89

    electricshox89 said 5 years ago

    I love your shop, I understand what you mean about the random beauty in nature and I am looking forward to exploring your shop. Thanks for sharing!!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 5 years ago

    Love! I adore that succulent wreath!!! Fabulous! xx EL Vintage

  • MeToYouCrochet

    MeToYouCrochet said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop !! Congrats ♥

  • FlowersThatRock

    FlowersThatRock said 5 years ago

    so pretty! Since Mother's day just past, I'll have to remember your shop for next year. Both my Mom and Mil would love these plants! Great photos and congrats.

  • VintagedGoods

    VintagedGoods said 5 years ago

    love love love your shop patti! can't wait to order my succulents for my upcoming wedding!

  • ConstantGalore

    ConstantGalore said 5 years ago

    Love love love! Your work is amazing and your plants are wonderful! Keep up the GREAT work. And hey, nice hair!

  • tuto

    tuto said 5 years ago

    Amazing interview! Wonderful work! Congrats:)

  • UrbanApple

    UrbanApple said 5 years ago

    GORGEOUS wreaths!

  • LifesaBeachGlass

    LifesaBeachGlass said 5 years ago

    absolutely succulent shop for sure! congrats!

  • kookubug

    kookubug said 5 years ago

    Amazing designs, love , love your shop, and congratulations! !

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 5 years ago

    Cacti and succulents are by far my favorite plants. Your creations are just beautiful! Succulent wreaths are so much fun to make but take sooo many plants or cuttings - yours are lovely. Congratulations on being featured!

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps said 5 years ago

    Loved your interview and your positive outlook is refreshing!

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps said 5 years ago

    Loved your interview and your positive outlook is refreshing!

  • CedarDogDesigns

    CedarDogDesigns said 5 years ago

    Very nice, love the wreaths. Makes me miss the southwest! Congratulations!

  • DesignsbyFM

    DesignsbyFM said 5 years ago

    I've always loved succulents! Thanks for giving them the attention they deserve. Beautiful creations!

  • K8RossDesigns

    K8RossDesigns said 5 years ago

    Your creations are really beautiful and one of a kind! I'm going to purchase one soon for my Phoenix house!

  • SparklesbyNkT

    SparklesbyNkT said 5 years ago

    Congrats! I love your shop.

  • Steampunkitis

    Steampunkitis said 5 years ago

    I Love, Love, Love your work. You must feel the same.

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 5 years ago

    Congrats

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 5 years ago

    Oh my your shop is AMAZING!! Congrats to you

  • leaningcedarsvintage

    leaningcedarsvintage said 5 years ago

    Truly inspiring!

  • HappyDappyBits

    HappyDappyBits said 5 years ago

    Lovely glimpse inside your shop and life -- the photos really show that you enjoy what you do. I especially love your wreaths, so incredibly beautiful. Congratulations on the feature and continued success to you as you follow your passion!

  • northcountryglass

    northcountryglass said 5 years ago

    So Awesome! Incredibly beautiful. I was so impressed with your designs.

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird said 5 years ago

    So happy to discover your garden shop here, and to see all the beauty you create and share. Congrats and best wishes!

  • Poiriers

    Poiriers said 5 years ago

    Congrats!! Your shop ROCKS!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Poiriers

    Poiriers said 5 years ago

    Congrats!! Your shop ROCKS!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • handmadebylacey

    handmadebylacey said 5 years ago

    The wreath is incredible! I hate to admit this now, but I never appreciated succulents until seeing your work in this featured article. Beautiful shop! Congrats!

  • handmadebylacey

    handmadebylacey said 5 years ago

    The wreath is incredible! I hate to admit this now, but I never appreciated succulents until seeing your work in this featured article. Beautiful shop! Congrats!

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 5 years ago

    Great plants for people, like me who don't have a green thumb!!! I especially LOVE the wreaths!!

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 5 years ago

    Great plants for people, like me who don't have a green thumb!!! I especially LOVE the wreaths!!

  • curiouspug

    curiouspug said 5 years ago

    gorgeous shop! i love succulents, i can't get enough :)

  • borneoart

    borneoart said 5 years ago

    very inspiring..I should get out of my rut and jump head first into the things I love doing too..Love the shop, love the story..keep up the great work and hope your journey gets better and better with time!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 5 years ago

    Great Article !

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 5 years ago

    Amazing designs, I never knew succulents have so many shades of color. Great interview congratulations

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 5 years ago

    Amazing designs, I never knew succulents have so many shades of color. Great interview congratulations

  • Light76

    Light76 said 5 years ago

    Those wreaths are the most amazing I have ever seen! Wow!!!!!!!!!!

  • HappyEarth67

    HappyEarth67 said 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • k2designs

    k2designs said 5 years ago

    Very creative!! Congrats on your feature!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 5 years ago

    I loved your plants... they look fantastic!

  • ChestnutHillVintage

    ChestnutHillVintage said 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful...the wreaths are my favorite! Great work and wonderful advice to take big chances! Best wishes~Amy

  • CoastalShabbyChic

    CoastalShabbyChic said 5 years ago

    I love succulents and I love how you make them into awesome works of art! I enjoyed the interview! Congratulations!

  • NiChaPoN

    NiChaPoN said 5 years ago

    very inspiring....and Congrats on the feature

  • TheCookieClutch

    TheCookieClutch said 5 years ago

    Your work is really beautiful. Love it

  • catchNrelease

    catchNrelease said 5 years ago

    So happy that you have found success in working with succulents! I too am a disenchanted public employee and found your story quite inspirational! I love hens and chicks and am venturing into succulents as well. Keep up the great work!

  • RaspberryMarket

    RaspberryMarket said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is amazing! You have such great ideas! I have alwasy loved succulents. Your story is truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Many continued blessings to you!

  • julenas1oak

    julenas1oak said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring!..my mom would love to have those plants!More success to you!=D

  • SusanAZ

    SusanAZ said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being the Featured Seller! You do beautiful work with these great plants.

  • simplyJOE

    simplyJOE said 5 years ago

    good awnser on where you would like to be in ten years........ lets just be thankful for today.

  • organichaos

    organichaos said 5 years ago

    such wonderfully succulent designs!!

  • sidirom

    sidirom said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring interview and what a beautiful work! I wish you all the best!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 5 years ago

    Great shop and wonderful interview!

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature... we love your shop and we would like to have our home full of your beautiful plants! ^_^

  • fromjeanne

    fromjeanne said 5 years ago

    Great shop en great interview!

  • VellePurse

    VellePurse said 5 years ago

    I am loving the succulent wreath! They are so beautiful!

  • marasdesigns

    marasdesigns said 5 years ago

    i love succulents,your designs are lovely.

  • GardenDaisies

    GardenDaisies said 5 years ago

    These are absolutely wonderful! Congratulations on the feature and best of luck to the future :)

  • ForestAndSea

    ForestAndSea said 5 years ago

    Hi Patti, I read this yesterday but just wanted to come back to say you sound like such a lovely person. Enjoy your wonderful surroundings and beautiful gardens!

  • ChickenLittleJewelry

    ChickenLittleJewelry said 5 years ago

    Great article and beautiful wreath. Loved the part about the Christmas ornaments I have lost a few to the dogs too!

  • rockriverstitches

    rockriverstitches said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!!!! I'm crazy about succulents. Last year I made my own hypertufa pots to plant my succulents in.

  • YUNG

    YUNG said 5 years ago

    Yay!! So glad they're featuring people from ARIZONA!! I miss my home state so much....nothing like the mountains we have with that wild west atmosphere I always brag about to the Europeans hahaha Wishing you the best!

  • foreveryouandme

    foreveryouandme said 5 years ago

    Love the interview!

  • stellaranae

    stellaranae said 5 years ago

    Love it! Congrats! I had succulents in my bridal bouquet, now I am hooked!

  • stellaranae

    stellaranae said 5 years ago

    Love it! Congrats! I had succulents in my bridal bouquet, now I am hooked!

  • stellaranae

    stellaranae said 5 years ago

    Love it! Congrats! I had succulents in my bridal bouquet, now I am hooked!

  • stellaranae

    stellaranae said 5 years ago

    Love it! Congrats! I had succulents in my bridal bouquet, now I am hooked!

  • inspirationalbanners

    inspirationalbanners said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • kaseyaderhold

    kaseyaderhold said 5 years ago

    A wonderful feature and it's inspiring to hear from someone who is so content with where they are!

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 5 years ago

    Your wreaths are beautiful! I love your answer as to where would you like to be in ten years. It is amazing what a difference a decade can make. You are very inspirational as to stepping out of a comfort zone, taking risks, and going with one's heart and soul. This is truly living. Thank you!

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 5 years ago

    Patti, I am absolutely smitten with your shop and your products. I want that beautiful wreath for my front door! Especially since we are having the worst drought in the history of the State of Texas right now! I just love your original thoughts and ideas! Congratulations on being the Featured Seller! Kelly Taylor

  • milkfly

    milkfly said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring feature. I'm in a similar place you were ten years. Thank you for your story. When one feels lost, there's always hope. Love your work.

  • TheEnergyGarden

    TheEnergyGarden said 5 years ago

    You rock! I love to garden myself, but you take things to amazing level of natural beauty. And it's all so compact and adorable! Do these wreathes continue to grow as the years go by? What beautiful gifts to give someone.

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Your work is refreshing and inspiring. Congrats on your feature!

  • Designsbyamberlynn

    Designsbyamberlynn said 5 years ago

    Wow! Very Beautiful! What amazing natural art! Congrats!

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster said 5 years ago

    gorgeous work!!!

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster said 5 years ago

    gorgeous work!!!

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster said 5 years ago

    gorgeous work!!!

  • LulaMia

    LulaMia said 5 years ago

    love love LOVE succulents.

  • theoldewoodstove

    theoldewoodstove said 5 years ago

    Love your shop!

  • MiamiSun

    MiamiSun said 5 years ago

    It's great what you do, specially if you have a green thumb. -I don't :(

  • bloomingfancysisters

    bloomingfancysisters said 5 years ago

    Your comment about nature caught my eye, because I am the same way about nature. The tiniest of flowers in a green lawn catches my eye, or ferns and moss with tiny little growths are amazing to me. Your creation are beautiful. Congratulations! Lisa

  • dianecostanza

    dianecostanza said 5 years ago

    Those wreaths are just gorgeous! Love your whole shop!

  • dianecostanza

    dianecostanza said 5 years ago

    Those wreaths are just gorgeous! Love your whole shop!

  • helloambition

    helloambition said 5 years ago

    LOVELY! being from los angeles where the summer sun is scorching, succulents were the only thing that would still be alive and thriving (some burns though) by the breezy fall.

  • fuzzymama3az

    fuzzymama3az said 5 years ago

    Congratualtions!!! So excited to see you as a featured seller! I love the beautiful succulents that I have purchased from you; all are thriving! Continued success; you have a lovely store and awesome healthy plants! You are one of my Etsy favs!

  • BeyondGrace

    BeyondGrace said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, congrats to you!!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    There is something healing and beautiful about plants. I know you LOVE your chosen path. Love the story!

  • WallFlowerStudio

    WallFlowerStudio said 5 years ago

    Inspirational. : )

  • CleoneTucker

    CleoneTucker said 5 years ago

    You have a real talent for arranging these wonderful plants that I grew up watching my mother plant and hang on her porch..you have taken the hanging basket of my childhood to a new level...just beautiful..

  • CleoneTucker

    CleoneTucker said 5 years ago

    You have a real talent for arranging these wonderful plants that I grew up watching my mother plant and hang on her porch..you have taken the hanging basket of my childhood to a new level...just beautiful..

  • Samanthasporcelain

    Samanthasporcelain said 5 years ago

    This is so great! For mothers day my family and I went to the store and picked out succulents and put together a wonderful large shell full of them. You have such beautiful creations! Thanks for sharing.

  • kzoomoo

    kzoomoo said 5 years ago

    You are definitely living the life! Beautiful designs, beautiful story.

  • CircaFurniture

    CircaFurniture said 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning! I'm not surprised at all to see your message about being bombarded with orders since being featured! Congratulations!

  • RescuedRemnants

    RescuedRemnants said 5 years ago

    Wonderfully AWESOME! Both your story and your work. Thanks for sharing!

  • CassiopeiaGalleria

    CassiopeiaGalleria said 5 years ago

    What an inspiration!

  • EnchantdMushroomLand

    EnchantdMushroomLand said 5 years ago

    Your work is refreshing and inspiring. Congrats on your feature!

  • brendasbijoux

    brendasbijoux said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work

  • WannaBeMore

    Patty Combs said 4 years ago

    I have ordered a handmade succulent wooden frame from another Etsian! I will be ordering my succulents from YOU! Superb interview...I found myself saying out loud, "AMEN!"

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