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.

<img src="image.gif" alt="These are Pamela & Tina heads only" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is our Business Sign" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is our New Sign Standard" />

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.

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is Homemade Pletzel" />  This is Pletzel. My brother Gary requested it. Yummm… soft dough topped with lots of onions and poppy seeds! C’mon over and get some!

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!

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Here are 3 Christmas Bags I designed last month. Each one was different, as you can see.

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is Christmas Gift Bag 1" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is Christmas Gift Bag 2" />   <img src="image.gif" alt="This is Christmas Gift Bag 3" /> Does the fact that I custom design each gift basket make me an Artisan?

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.

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Merry Christmas Centerpiece" />   <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a One Candle Christmas Centerpiece" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Christmas Centerpiece with an Angel" />

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is a 3 Candle with Green Centerpeice" />

 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, and offer flowers and gift baskets you won’t find anywhere else on the ‘net.

Tell us what you think! Does that make us Artisans?

  1. Coming from someone who makes jewelry and did not think of herself as an artist, I love this question. I grapled with it for many years. The problem lies with our own notion of who is an artist. To ne, it was someone who painted. I identified with craftsman, designer but couldn’t quite convert to artist. Maybe it is in the eye of the beholder. My daughter is more artistic than me and her jewelry has been called wearable art.I don’t think there is a clear cut answeer.

    • Thanks, Roz. I always think of a artisan as someone at a craft fair, where you see paintings and sculptures and yes, custom designed jewelry (you fit into that category) but I never though of myself as one. But the home-made baked goods changed my thinking (actually it was YOU who said “I feel a blog coming on” when I mentioned it previously. I think the time a person spends to choose a gift is of value. I think a store-bought gift is of value. And I think a hand-made gift is of value. And yes, I think you are an artisan. So am I.

  2. I’ve been thinking more about this question past few days. We definitely create artisan products. It only makes me an artist if I own that creative definition. Others may see me as creative (I do too). I’ve come to the conclusion, I don’t need to call or be called an artist. Although a piece of me goes into everything I make, it’s more about my result and the wearer. They are the ones I want to see our jewelry as art and feel fabulous wearing it.

    • I’m glad you’re still thinking about this, Roz!! I do think you are an artist, and a very creative one at that.

  3. Absolutely! I think was you do is beautiful and I’ve tried to arrange flowers, make gift baskets and they never look like what you create. I understand the struggle, it is a struggle of accepting what we do as being something that we’ve put a grand definition on.

    I had the same issue with my drawings, when do I go from student to artist? What is an artist? My amazing teacher will say when you commit to it you are an artist, you will grow and improve forever but the act of creating and doing is the art.

    • Heather, You are definitely an artist. I heard the definition of of “professional” is an amateur who gets paid for what he’s doing! I appreciate your compliments and I know a lot of people who think they would “love to own a flower shop because it’s so pretty” but boy, they don’t realize how difficult it really is!

  4. I think an artist as someone who creates things. There are so many forms of art today. It just depends on how you see and feel about something. What is to one is very different to another.

    • Yes, Meryl, I think an artist is someone who creates things. I am hoping people will think we are artisans.

  5. Tina…you and Pamela are designing in the realm of the artisan world. Having seen many of your recent holiday creations, I congratulate you for continuing to expand what you are willing to try. Your customers are very fortunate to have so many choices from your store.

    • Thank you, Beverley, for the kind words. We do our best to keep up with trends and keep our customers happy!

  6. Congratulations! You always live up to the expectations of your customers. Strategies employed are always needed for the continuance of your customers’ interest or business needs.

    • Thanks, Lorii. We do our best to have great customer service and unique ideas for our customers. Maybe we really are artisans!

  7. Yes, you are ! Very creative indeed! Love your work, and I know it comes from your heart, creating a lot of joy for everyone!

    • Thanks, Cheryl. You are helping me change my attitude about the beautiful floral and gift baskets we create!

  8. You are considered an artist to me because someone that makes beautiful arrangements has to arrange them in a way just a artist arranges and chooses to put paint on a canvas.

    • Thank you, Julie, for your comment. I am beginning to believe we really are artists!

  9. You are definitely an artisan! You do such amazing work with these beautiful baskets

    • Thanks, Veronica, for the pat of confidence and definition. I am beginning to realize we really ARE artisans!! thanks so much!

  10. What you do is incredibly creative. Flower and basket arrangement takes a serious flare for visual appeal. Your designs are fabulous!

    • Thanks Takara. It’s taken me many years (gee, this whole century!!) to begin to “get it” when it comes to flower arranging. Anyone who thinks they can just do it (like get flowers in a box and then design them to be beautiful) without either some practice or a God-given talent is, in my humble opinion, dreaming.

  11. You absolutely are artisans! You are sharing your innate talent(s) with the world. That makes you awesome artisans! And what is also wonderful is that you provide a service that allows others to focus on sharing their talents with the world. I know that floral arranging and/or basket creation is not my forte. So knowing there are talented folks available to help is great! I just wish I lived closer to try some of your baked goodies! 🙂

    • Thanks for the compliments! I, too, wish you lived closer so you could try some of my baked goodies (although I will admit I have placed some in a box and shipped them … hint, hint… if you’re interested!)!!

  12. I have no doubt you are an artisan, with many the many things you do during your day. It’s your creativity and talents…taking it from the thought to the final product that allows you to be an artisan!