I’ve been known to dabble in baking and flower arranging, like this white lilac and parrot tulip arrangement I sent to a friend for her new job but…I had a few cool chances recently to see the work of real professionals.

I was so excited to visit the kitchen and showroom of Ron Ben-Israel: the premier cake designer.  Ron was away at the time, but we got a wonderful tour from Rebecca Taylor, whose official title is “operations, etc.”  I love that since it describes my job as well!

This cake for Swarovski is covered in real crystals: even the flowers are wearing them.

And what an adorable workspace
I could’ve spent all day here in this sunny room buzzing with creativity
amongst the rows and rows of sugar flowers
including Ron’s signature red roses, amazing.
Next up, the Macy’s Flower Show.
One of the windows had a Paris theme.
And we were wondering how these ranunculus withstood the sun for weeks.  Maybe they were replaced every so often?  I bought a plant last week and it already seems to be drooping.  That’s why I like cut flowers, my thumb is so far from green it isn’t even funny.
The store was really decked out
and everyone was buzzing around excitedly like little honeybees.
There were even flower poodles!
Wish it could be like this all the time.