New Series: Blooming Mondays

Welcome to my new and first blogging series. This is my first attempt at creating a series for Holm is this Way. I hope you have as much fun as me. Over the past three months I starting taking Ikebana classes.

I grew up around flowers thanks to my mother and adopted grandma. I learned the basics of western (American/European) flower arranging from my mother. When I studied in Sapporo I stumbled my way into private Ikebana classes with two teachers from the international school and the rest was history.

It was in Sapporo where I got my first taste of Japanese flower arranging. For those who are unfamiliar with Ikebana it is an art that has been around for more than 600 years with 9 different schools of teaching – I will post about them later on. Just know in Sapporo I got a crash course in the Ohara school of Ikebana. Currently, I am studying Ikenobo – don’t worry I am still learning the difference, too.

I decided that since my lessons have been going well that I would share my arrangements with you! With in each post I will have a list of the flowers used, a before and after sensei picture, and short notes and observations from my lessons. It will be short, sweet, and beautiful to look at!

So without further ado I introduce – Blooming Mondays!

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