Meet Paula, one of Pick a Bloom’s founders, owners, and a member of the Bloom Artist Team. Paula currently lives with her wonderful husband of more than 30 years and their dog in a small Virginia town on the James River. Although she is not a native to Virginia and spent most of her life living in a big city, she has adapted quite nicely to the peace and tranquility of the outdoors. Paula loves adventure and most enjoys spending time going for walks, riding bikes, swimming, fishing, kayaking or doing just about anything one can do on, or in, the water. She celebrated her milestone 50th birthday by hang gliding off of the sand dunes of the Outer Banks. If you haven’t guessed yet, summer is her favorite time of year, although she has been known to dawn a pair of skis in the winter. Paula can always get in the spirit of welcoming new challenges such as home remodeling projects or taking a new photography class. Another favorite way for Paula to spend her time is to have her house full of her boisterous, happy family. She has two daughters, two son-in-laws, and six awesome grandchildren who she just can’t seem to get enough of. Even though cooking and baking aren’t her favorite things in the world to do, Paula is well known, especially by her son-in-laws, for her talent in the kitchen! An amazing cook, an adventurist, an outdoor enthusiast, a lover of Summer, and the family keeper – that’s Paula!
Paula and Pick a Bloom are a perfect match. She just loved the idea of building a new business using innovative products that are so beautiful, yet very underused in the floral business. Becoming a preserved floral Bloom Artist came naturally to Paula as she likes working with things that are unique, yet beautiful. She so enjoys blending the right mix of textures and colors to bring her client’s vision to life. The joy of seeing and/or hearing someone’s happy reaction to her beautiful creations, and their amazement of how stunning preserved flowers are, is always enough to put a smile on her face. Paula is an avid bargain hunter too, so knowing that she can provide the same beauty of fresh flowers, without the short lifespan, to her clients, really satisfies that bargain hunting spirit of hers! Although creating is Paula’s favorite thing to do, she is also in charge of some of the more mundane tasks, such as inventory, bookkeeping and doing the company taxes. She takes pride in this, though, as she figures she is the Mom and the most responsible! While it’s certainly a joy for Paula to spend time in the Bloom Studio, her absolute favorite days are when she gets a surprise visit from her smiling grandchildren! Paula’s wish is that those smiling faces and the happiness she feels in the Bloom Studio can be felt by you through her work!