Wreath Making Workshops 2016

For the past month we have held our annual wreath making workshops and, like usual, we had a blast at every single one! We are always blown away by the beauty these ladies create! The night always starts with a little wine (to get the creative juices flowing) and then chaos ensues as fresh greens and berries fly all over the shop while they get to work on the masterpiece. We like to use grapevine wreaths because not only can you use them year after year but they are also easier to adorn because you are not dealing with wiring in your greens and textures.

Each wreath turns out different and that's what we encourage and love. We want the end product to be a direct result of their own creativity and we are always impressed. Here's to looking forward to many more workshops at Sage in 2017!


Spring Window Box Inspiration

Spring 2016 is finally here & we cannot wait until this chilly weather makes its way out and the warmth comes in. On Friday we had the joy of doing our first window boxes of the season for our clients in Newburyport. They had recently moved into their beautiful new home and were graciously hosting Easter for 40 family members and friends so they wanted their window boxes to look pretty for their guests (we can't blame her!). We planted white tulips and purple hyacinth and added a little more texture with pussy willow. It was the quintessential Spring planting and we love how they came out.

Our calendar for Spring and Summer plantings fills up fast so make sure to contact us soon for availability!

Spring Window Boxes in Newburyport, Mass.

Photos by Freebird Photography

a stunning crane estate wedding

Back in October we had the pleasure of creating the florals for a very sweet couple, Jessica and Chris. The ceremony was held at Immaculate Conception in Newburyport followed by dinner & dancing at The Crane Estate in Ipswich. It was a beautiful fall day and this amazing property lent the perfect backdrop for the evening. Jess recently shared her stunning photos with us, taken by the talented Scott Zuehlke Photography, and now we want to share them with you! I know you will enjoy them as much as we did! 



HOLIDAYS BY SAGE

At Sage, we love the Holidays. We especially love getting to create beautiful, festive designs for our clients. This year we were drawn to natural elements such as big branches, birch poles, red Holland berries & luscious greens for the planters & window boxes. For décor, we focused on gold elements & pure white pots with vibrant greens. One of our favorite creations we did this year is the winter garden.

We will have lots of pre-made arrangements available at the shop through next week for Christmas as well as lots of great little teacher gifts (mini orchids, small cyclamen, driftwood signs by Lauren Rathbone). If you need a custom order make sure to let us know by Sunday December 21st!

 

How To - Herb Fire Starters

Fall is my favorite time of year to sit around a bonfire & now that it's officially the season, we're enhancing ours with these amazing smelling fire starters made from dried herbs. If you are like us & planted an herb garden this year and have more mint and basil than you know what to do with, this is a perfect solution to use the excess herbs.

Select a bundle of strongly-scented herbs, such as lemon thyme and rosemary, then wrap it in natural twine that will burn cleanly. The dried sprigs and stems of these simple starters make it easy to get the fire going by helping the kindling catch quickly & it will add a wonderful aromaof herbal frangrance to the smoke. We have used lavender, lemon thyme, mint, rosemary, sage to create our fire starters. Try cinnamon, clove & nutmeg for a true fall fragrance. You can even add sprigs of your favorite dried flower for an added pop of color like Terrain did below.  

 Herb Fire Starters by Terrain

Herb Fire Starters by Terrain

 Cinnamon & clove fire starter via hellonatural

Cinnamon & clove fire starter via hellonatural

 Organic Fire Starter via thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

Organic Fire Starter via thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

Welcome to the new Sage Market + Design!

So many exciting things have been happening over here at Sage! In June, we re-opened in our new location at 58 Merrimac St. in Horton's Yard next to our great new neighbors Get In Shape for Women and Interlocks! We couldn't be happier with our new home. We have the room we need (let's face it, we outgrew our old space fast!) and we are able to bring in a lot more beautiful items for our clients to see. We have the most amazing view of the river and boatyard (and rumor has it the location of the new hotel...). We have a separate workspace where we can work on our florals and plantings without the whole store looking like a hot-mess while we prep for a wedding. Everyone has been so supportive & the response to the new shop has been overwhelming! It's so amazing to hear people say such great things about our new home!

Also this summer we launched our new website! The very talented & sweet Becky from Salty Anchor Design (www.saltyanchordesign.com) is the creative behind our new site. As luck would have it Becky came into our old shop one day while I was there & mentioned what she does and how her business can help ours (and this just happened to come at a time when we were talking about giving our site an over-haul). A few months later, we reconnected with Becky and viola! The new site perfectly reflects where Sage is now compared to three years ago. Before our website was basically just an online shop (made before we opened in Newburyport) but now that we have our brick & mortar, our site can more reflect our work with our amazing clients! Thank you Becky!

And lastly, this blog is new to us too! Follow along with us as we continue to grow Sage & see where our business adventure takes us!

-Jordan + Bev