Passion Flowers offers customarrangements and unique gifts
When Ferndale floristJamie Hindley was a smallgirl, she use to hop a fencein her neighborhood topick ferns and wild irises.She would assemble herfinds in a bouquet andbring them home to mom.In third grade as a mem-ber of the Elk River 4-HClub she would sort driedflowers into swags.Needless to say Hind-ley has had a love affairwith flowers for most of her life. As an adult gar-dener she self-taught her-self to assemble brilliantarrangements and bou-quets, which earlier thisyear led her to opening upPassion Flowers — pick-ing up a void left in Fern-dale when a Main Streetflorist shop closed its doorsseveral years ago.Jamie can be found inher shop, located just off Main near the Shaw Avenue intersection, cre-ating wedding, funeral and
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Find Passion Flowers on Shaw Avenue, near Main St.
general public to an artform that many peoplethink has died out or asso-ciate solely with horse-shoeing.In the BlacksmithShop’s collection of hand-forged pieces, it is clearthat blacksmithing is aliveand well. The productsoffered for sale cover awide range from func-tional art such as cutlery,bottle openers, clocks, mir-rors, lamps, tables, beds,fireplace tools, wine racks,pot racks, and candle-holders to decorative itemssuch as wall art and sculp-tures.In 2003, they opened agallery two buildings downfrom the main shop at 491Main Street to increasetheir display area for largerfurniture and sculpturalpieces. Most of the prod-ucts for sale are hand-forged iron, but there arealso pieces made usingbrass, copper and bronze.Many of the sculpturalpieces for sale are castbronze, like Mark Hop-kins’ fishing sculptures andTim Cotterill’s (aka TheFrogman) frogs.While the majority of the Blacksmith Shop’sinventory is made frommetal, they also sell finehand-made products inother media, some of which is made locally likeHolly Yashi jewelry, Fireand Light recycled glassdishware, glass paper-weights by Jesse Taj, andwire sculptures by Eliza-beth Berrien. Otherunique offerings includeOrient & Flume glass andBovano enameled copperwall hangings, both forwhich the BlacksmithShop is the exclusiveretailer in HumboldtCounty.The Blacksmith Shop’sThe Blacksmith Shopat 455 Main Street wasestablished in 1979 withone objective: to create anextensive collection of contemporary black-smithing. Thirty-twoyears later, this objectivehas been achieved, as theshop buys from over 125blacksmiths, mostly fromwithin the U.S. The shophas two reasons for main-taining this size of collec-tion – one is to supportblacksmiths by purchas-ing their work, and theother is to introduce the
Wide variety of handmadeart at The Blacksmith Shop
The Blacksmith Shop at 455 Main Street houses an extensive collection of contemporary blacksmithing items.
The Blacksmith Shop Gallery can be found just down the street from the main store, at 491 Main Street.
special occasion arrange-ments. One, however, willnot find a lot of ribbon inher arrangements, in factprobably none.“It’s not my style,”explained Hindley. “Infact, you probably won’t seeany baby’s breath in my arrangements either. Iwant the focus of thearrangement to be theflowers.”Jamie prefers to usenatural additions to herarrangements, includingtwigs and branches.Jamie views her cor-sages and boutonnieres forprom season as “littleworks of art,” and enjoysworking with area highschool students in design-ing the “just-right” piece.Her store also offersMoonshadow jewelry madeby Ferndale teacher DianeCook Samuelson and selectpieces from Ashley MenzaJewelry, also another localdesigner. Alphabet SoupPhotography wall-art madeby Ferndale’s Gina Mobley can be found donning thewalls at Passion Flowers aswell as unique recycledwood “angels” created by Eureka’s Nancy Ayers.Passion Flowers isopen Wednesday throughSaturday from 11 am to 3pm. Jamie is also availableby appointment to discussan upcoming wedding orspecial event. Ready bou-quets are on hand, avail-able when that spur of themoment thought to givethe gift of flowers occurs.Passion Flowers is alsoa Teleflora location andlocal delivery is offered.
PASSION FLOWERS 627 Shaw Av