Artisan Gift Baskets and Flowers
I never thought of myself as an Artisan. Sure, each gift basket I design is unique, each floral arrangement designed by Pamela is unique, but does that make us “Artisans”?
I decided to ask Wikipedia the definition of “Artisan”. “An artisan (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative, for example furniture, decorative arts, sculptures, clothing, jewelry, household items and tools or even mechanical mechanisms such as the handmade clockwork movement of a watchmaker. Artisans practice a craft and may through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist.”
That brought me back to my original question: is a gift basket or floral designer an Artisan?
I spend a lot of time telling you that Pamela and I are real people. We own a beautiful brick and mortar shop in Phoenix, AZ, where we custom design gift baskets and floral arrangements for our customers and friends. We also work with a network of florists across the country and around the world who design custom arrangements, so we know any order placed in our hands, whether it’s professionally delivered by us or by someone we recommend, is an exclusive work of art that makes all of us proud.
I also spend a lot of time baking. It’s a hobby for me, and the goodies are always delicious! I take a lot of them to the shop to share with people who come in, and I give oodles and oodles away to neighbors and friends.
There’s even a floral birthday cake that I love to design. It’s different each and every time, but then so is the birthday person! What a great way to wish someone unique a Happy Birthday!
Here are 3 Christmas Bags I designed last month. Each one was different, as you can see.
Here are 4 Christmas centerpieces designed by Pamela in the last couple weeks. Sure, you can go online and order one that looks just like all the rest, or you can contact us and have us design something that’s unique and special, like these.
OK, I’ll admit it, this one is my favorite of all!
Last Christmas I baked some great brownies and cookies, then delivered them in a pretty box to the nail salon in our strip-mall. In return I received a beautiful ornamental Lenox candle holder. That lead me to think: did the goodies that I had baked so lovingly in my kitchen have the same value as the purchase my friend made at Macys? Indeed, they both have equal value. The time invested in looking for something special is what counts, be it at a store or calling someone like us to design and deliver a unique gift.
We believe each gift basket and floral arrangement we design is a work of art. We also believe each person who orders from us is entitled to a custom designed creation that is an expression of you, the sender and the recipient. That’s why we devote so much attention to making sure our gift baskets and floral arrangements are special, unique and creative, and that’s why our websites, www.giftbasketsbytina.com and www.roadrunnerflorist.com offer flowers and gift baskets you won’t find anywhere else on the ‘net.
Tell us what you think! Does that make us Artisans?