Freshly Launched :: The Crimson Poppy
Launched: Jenny Jafek-Jones
LaunchHER says: WOW! Not only did Jenny Jafek-Jones (aka… the gardener) pull us in by her unique and creative business name, but her incredibly realistic, hand-made paper flowers enraptured us! Her garden makes us want to stop and smell the flowers! Love. Love. Love!
In HER words ::
The Crimson Poppy and I have come a long way in the last year. When I remarried in May of 2009, I decided I’d tackle the flowers using the internet as a how-to guide; while searching for instructions, I found kusudama flowers. They made a lovely, whimsical wedding, but I wanted a realistic paper flower how-to.
By November I’d moved through floral punch art and Martha Stewart paper flower kits, and took the advice of friends and family to start selling the cards and decorated items I’d created … thus The Crimson Poppy.
The fire for perfectly realistic paper flowers that wouldn’t droop or wilt was lit, so while selling at local craft shows and our small-town crafter’s mall I searched for patterns, learned more about shaping paper, and took apart fresh flowers to create patterns. When my husband brings home fresh flowers, it’s a family joke I’m not allowed to disassemble them!
I still like to play with whimsical flowers for cards and wedding favors, but my passion is hand-crafting incredibly realistic paper flowers.
I love making a connection with my customers, whether we’re finding the right flowers for an arrangement to gift or building a work-of-art bridal bouquet that fulfills dreams held since childhood. The current work-in-progress for tcp is DIY wedding favors and paper flower kits, about which I’m very excited. It’s wonderful to bring a little beauty into someone else’s day!
While I still balance a “day job” with my passion for paper flowers, I’m hoping to change that soon. I can hardly wait to work on all the creative flower ideas I don’t yet have time to develop, and I want the freedom to attend my daughter’s Friday morning school assemblies or have lunch with my husband once in a while. They’re incredibly supportive of all the paper bits throughout our house and the late hours I have to work right now, and I want to be there during the important moments in their lives.
From the crimson poppy to you, best wishes. May you bloom and grow!
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