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During the shutdown my daughter, Kate, and I looked to Helen Olivia for a delightful distraction. They pivoted brilliantly by bringing their workshops to our homes and I will be forever grateful. Kate and I were on a regular schedule of floral workshops that kept our spirits up. Virtually every week a bucket of flowers would arrive at our door bring us a little ray of sunshine. For one hour we didn’t have to think about all the terribleness that was surrounding us, and we could be creative and joyful. They were a lifeline for us both and I will always have fond memories from each class.

If you have not taken one of Helen Olivia’s classes – either in person or online – then run, do not walk, to the nearest computer to sign up for our latest collaboration, a Helen Olivia workshop designed just for Red Barn Mercantile. Join Rachel and me on Instagram live March 30, at 7:00 pm as she shows us how to make one of their stunning floral arrangements and I add my two cents. We will talk about flowers, life in Alexandria (and in general), being business owners, and whatever else comes to mind. We will also be there to answer any questions you might have.

So, join us on March 30 for a night of flowers and fun. We can’t wait to see what you create!