I've Been Totally Wowed!!!

One thing about being a passionate DIYer is that I love being "wowed" by creative people, and today I met one such person down at my local garden center. His name is Mike Marasalek and he is an employee of Four Seasons Greenery who also happens to be an incredibly talented floral designer. I stopped by Four Seasons Greenery today to check out one of their artificial trees, which was on sale at 50% off, and I quickly became engaged in conversation with Mike after discovering a set of 3 amazing arrangements he created for one of the store's local clients.

Take a look at this...

Can you believe these...aren't they just gorgeous? The base is a simple bark cylinder which was purchased at Pottery Barn by the store's client. Then Mike had the task of fashioning the cylinders into closed ended bases for each floral design! I think he did a stunning job on these arrangements...I am sure his client will be tickled pink over the beautifully finished product.

Here are a few more of Mike's creations. Let's start with a couple of holiday wreaths. Each decorative item is individually wired to the frame of a very high quality artificial wreath and all glass Christmas balls were used.

This first one is so beautiful I think I would keep it hung all winter long!

The ribbon on this second wreath is exquisitely placed and the gold sparkle Christmas balls were actually silver when Mike began working on this wreath.

And how about these topiaries Mike created?
(The pumpkin arrangement is another Mike original)

I love this next one...I may be going back to purchase it. Hopefully it will still be there!

I couldn't help but to be totally inspired after meeting Mike and seeing all his creations. He is absolutely amazing and left me completely wowed. I will be sure to make frequent visits down to the garden center just to chat with him and see what new things he has come up with. And I promise I will share them with you!

That's all for now...hoping you are having a wonderfully inspired day!

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  1. I couldn't agree more! These are gorgeous! Have a fabulous day, Kellie xx

  2. Mike has real talent, love those bark containers. They are so gorgeous.

  3. BTW Barbara, I live in South Jersey.

  4. That is a big WOW! So nice to find great talent, huh? I'm a new follower so I get to see more of your wows...stop by and visit anytime. I love new blog friends, Lori

  5. Stunning! LOVE the wood arrangements and the wreath with pine cones (they are kinda my thing). And so WISH I had those adorable snowmen!

  6. Great inspiration. I love that first display.

  7. Adore those first arrangements in the bark cylinders! I am a floral designer also and when I was working used to do 15 to twenty arrangements a day. I worked there for 14 years, sure wish I had taken pictures!!!!! I would ahve enough for YEARS of blogging posts:):) XO, Pinky

  8. WOW is right!!! I love these! That is such a great idea to use a brass candleholder as a topiary tree trunk! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Amazing Mike!! What fabulous creations he has so kindly let you share with us. Thanks to him, he is an artist in the truest form. Thank you for sharing these pieces. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com

  10. I absolutely ADORE these.. SOOO cute.. Very creative.. THANKS SO MUCH for linking via Pin'Inspirational Thursday today.. This ROCKS and its one of my fav's of the day.. Thanks again.. Wishing you an amazing evening.. xoxo.. Marilyn...

  11. So many beautiful things to inspire us!! I love the wreath with the green ball ornaments. I bought those same ornaments for my Craft Room tree and now I may use them in a wreath!
    I signed up to follow you too and I have you listed on my Blog roll on my regular blog, Debbie-Dabble.
    Wishing you a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!


  12. Barb,
    One more thing..
    May I ask where you are in N.J. as i am in Pa. ?
    you can email me the answer if you like rather than leaving it in a comment.


  13. Wow! is right. These arrangements are awesome. This would be a perfect post for Fresh-Cut Friday. I hope you will consider it. :)


    P.S. I'm following you now... hope you will come by and say hi.

  14. Hi Barbara,
    Found you over at Fresh Cut Friday. I'm now following you as i cant wait to see what Mike show's you next! he has talent for sure..I will come back after the evening to see more of your 21 Rosemary Lane! Have a great day.

  15. Hi Barbara, wow is right. All the arrangements are stunningly gorgeous.


  16. Hi Barbara,
    Oh my, these are gorgeous! Love the shade of green! Your images are all so lovely too! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. I'm following now.


  17. These are all stunning and terrific inspiration!

    Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

  18. Way to go, Mike! Those are gorgeous!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower and would be so honored if you'd follow my blogging journey as well (if you don't already! : )).

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

  19. What fantastic creations! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  20. Loved those birch container arrangements so much that I put them on Pinterest. They are fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Hi Barbara,

    Wow! Those containers are beautiful!!!


  22. Yes I am definitely motivated and inspired. So many great ideas but that ornament topiary made my heart sing. I pinned that baby to my Pinterest for next year. :0 So happy you shared this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  23. Love this! I'm your newest follower from no minimalist here! Happy New Year- Stop by for a visit!!

  24. What a creative little devil he is! They are quite beautiful, I love the one he did in the white vase? and it looks like a candle holder with the globe on top. Gorgeous. What a unique combination. I also love your Winter White Table decor. Thanks so much for sharing your creativeness (and others) at Sunday's Best!

  25. PS - I see you are going to Haven, so am I. Definitely want to touch base and say Hi!

  26. Hi Barbara- This is gorgeous! New follower from Roeshel's party. Would love a follow back!


  27. Wonderful! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!


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