Our Trip To North Carolina & Some Big News!

As some of you may have seen, Jose & I headed to North Carolina last week & visited where he was stationed for 10 years of his time in the Marine Corps. Even though it was so fun to visit where we used to live & moved away from 2 years ago, the trip actually wasn’t for that. We went to visit The House Of Silk Flowers that is based out of Beaufort North Carolina & guys… it was amazing!

So back up a few weeks ago when I got this email from them about partnering together on a new line of florals… yes.. you read that right, more on that later! When I got the email I was so shocked that this little place in Eastern North Carolina where we lived for so many years held this plant that made florals for Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Wayfair, & more… who knew?! Of course Jose and I took the opportunity to go visit them & last week Wednesday we landed in NewBern where our lives began together so many years ago & it felt like we had never left. Of course things had changed, but every site [even the gas stations] were a walk down memory lane & we kept finding ourselves pointing things out as we drove. How it took us two years to go back there I have no idea. Anyways Bill & his lovely wife Kristie, the owners of House of Silk Flowers, picked us up at the airport & the strangest thing was I felt like we had known each other forever… for example: When we left the airport the first thing we all went and did was test drive a Jeep to Starbucks… I mean? Really? You had us at Jeep & coffee. The entire weekend was like that, they took us in like we were family. We had lots of Starbucks chats, we visited Bill’s sister’s lovely home to have a Lebanese feast that was out of this world, & we even had sushi at their house on the ocean on Easter day… the whole experience was wonderful. It’s so awesome to love a company for their product, but to find out the owners are some of the most amazing down to earth people you have ever met & to learn how much passion and love is driving their business is just the icing on the cake.

The next few days while we were there consisted of us touring the House Of Silk Flowers facility where they hand make all of the arrangements… yes, hand make them! We got to see all of the arrangements from just the pot to the full floral arrangement & being shipped out to the customers. The whole process was so interesting & I captured some of it on my Instagram stories. If you missed those, here are a few quick videos I captured of the process I saw while visiting….

From filling the pots with foam and moss…

 

To building up the plants & making them pretty…

ps. That is Bill, the owner, fluffing plants in his factory at the end of this video…

To packing them safely to go to their destinations…

Another big thing we did while visiting the HOS facility is spend a lot of time in the showroom where they had tons of examples of arrangements & florals to view. We walked around and I pulled examples of things that I loved for inspiration for a new line I will be coming out with them soon… I’m so excited to announce that & share this experience with you guys. The process is still in the newborn stages, but I will be taking you guys on the entire journey from the planning to the big launch! This is just the beginning… our little journey to NewBern & visit with probably the nicest people I have ever met in my life.


I say this all the time, but I’m very particular about things that I put my hands on when it comes to Liz Marie Blog & turn down many many things unless they fit perfectly into what my brand is, & guys after this trip & learning more about this company, I think this is a great fit & that you guys will be excited what comes with our collaboration. Can’t wait to share more soon as soon as it happens… Thank you guys for stopping by the blog & for supporting me in big & small ways. You can shop House of Silk flowers on their website, Amazon, Wayfair, & be sure to check the tags on plants next time you stop at Home Goods & TJ Maxx. After visiting their shop I now have a whole new appreciation for the plants & all the work that goes into each one. xx

 

7 thoughts on “Our Trip To North Carolina & Some Big News!

  1. Jessica | Petal + Ply

    How fun!!!! I used to work at a florist and making silk arrangements was one of my favorite tasks. Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes. It was fun to see what goes into the commercial production.

    Congrats on your new adventures! Can’t wait to see your line. 🙂

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  2. Jane

    I love your blog but I hate that you don’t disclose in accordance with FTC guidelines aka the law. Please don’t be that person.

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  3. Barb Garrett

    Liz that is so so cool and who knew! Right in my back yard basically. 😳 Can anyone visit their warehouse and buy direct from there bc I saw about 10-40 thug s I wanted. 😀😀😀. So happy for this next step in your life how exciting.

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  4. Doreen - Hymns and Verses

    So exciting! What a great collab! Can’t wait to see your collection – I know it will be fabulous! Will be checking those tags at my favorite shops. It’s so nice to buy something when you know a bit of the company’s story- thanks for sharing that with us!

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  5. Ruby Cooper

    Oh my goodness, I thought you were in a live nursery! They look fab! Congratulations on your new adventure!

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  6. Patti Aparicio (italianblonde1)

    Very excited for you! You’re such an inspiration to me and so many others. I will most definitely be checking the tags from now on. Looking forward to your line 🌸🌼🤗
    Patti

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  7. Alisa S.

    I see these all the time because I work at HomeGoods!! How excitingly to see it all come together, and congratulations on the new adventure! Can’t wait to see what your line consists of!

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