Best Friends Start Florist Shop | Watercan Designs | Champaign, IL
Two times the fun!
Running a business with your best friend!
Jennifer Liagridonis & Shelly Tangen
Shelly Tangen and Jennifer Liagridonis started their floral business Watercan Designs last fall. Their business grew, pun intended, from two friends having a love for creating things pretty and colorful. They found a creative outlet doing costume work and designing headpieces for their girls' dance company. In addition to that, they've always found ways to use their creative talents creating pretty things for others. Back in October, Jennifer and Shelly decided that in addition to being a mom, business owner and their involvement in other activities throughout the community that they would add one more thing to their already crazy, busy lives. THAT is how Watercan Designs was born.
Their love of flowers began at an early age for both of them. Who doesn’t love to have fresh flowers to brighten up their home, office or workplace? Who doesn’t love a surprise or a “just because”? I know I sure do. When I had my ribbon cutting ceremony for my new photography studio, two other local florists delivered floral arrangements for me. The bouquets were thoughtful gifts from my mom as well a fellow small business owner and friend. They were a fragrant reminder of those who support my dream through both fragrance and visual beauty. So yes, I too am a fan of flowers. And the presentation Jennifer and Shelly design are far more creative than your average run of the mill arrangement. I met up with the two of them last week when they were designing a floral bouquet for a Greek Orthodox Easter celebration. Check out the creativity in this one of a kind arrangement where they incorporated a variety of fresh vegetables. How awesome is that?! They placed radishes and cabbage on skewers throughout the arrangement. And the carrots were a focal point secured underneath the the floral arrangement. I couldn't stop staring at the centerpiece. It's just beautiful.
"Watercan Designs is a unique floral business were we create custom fresh florals, faux florals, weddings, event design, holiday decorating and design consulting." They shared with me, "We want people to smile and be happy with what we have created and that keeps us thinking of fresh ideas, keeps us thinking and researching creative ways to do that. We like a challenge and we like to be pushed to do better each and every time we do anything creative."
I'm currently reading a book called Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson. Without getting too off track on my desire to share about their floral shop, let me just say that these two are following their dreams (chasing their lion) and that makes me very excited for them.
As they discussed their ideas with how to add texture with moss to complete their Easter bouquet they shared, "In addition to creating centerpieces and one of-a-kind arrangements they love to create corsages and boutonnieres for our local (and some distant) high school dances. , "We have had so much fun doing homecoming and vice versa dances for our friend’s kiddos and their friends."
WHAT TYPES OF FLOWERS ARE BEST IN CORSAGES?
"We love to use unexpected filler for both the corsage and boutonniere. Spray roses are great to use in corsages, as they are smaller and lighter in weight. We use larger roses, Delphinium, Stock, Alstromeria, Thistle, Orchids, and just about any flower that we feel will withstand a fun night of dinner and dancing. Layering is our thing! We will add and fuss over each piece, as it is the most important piece there is!"
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THE DESIGN OF THE CORSAGE?
When I asked about the ordering process for corsages and boutonnieres Shelly said, "We each have children of our own so we understand that the young ladies and even some of the young men know what they want. We always start by asking about a color scheme, i.e. dress color, tie color, texture, any particular flower they would like to have or not like to have, etc. A lot of the time we will get a picture, and we love that, of the dress and/or the tie. For the most part, we go off of a color and just create from there. We love to use ribbon that is unexpected, something with pattern or texture. We will use an appliqué, a small broach, and feathers and then mix and match flowers."
Jennifer added, "there are so many wrist options from pearls, to elastic, to crystals, to ribbon but we most prefer to use a “slap band”. These come in a variety of colors and are very sturdy both for designing upon and holding up all night long. If a ribbon is requested we can cover the band with ribbon to completely change the look while maintaining the stability."
Corsages are $25. Boutonnieres are $15 (pins) and $18 (magnetic). Tax not included.
HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER?
If you'd like them to create a one-of-a-kind piece for your special occasion, at least one week's notice is appreciated. Watercan Designs is located at 4008 Riverknoll Dr in Champaign. They can be contacted at 217-621-6874.
Below are some arrangements, corsages and boutonnieres they shared with me that they designed over the last several months. Enjoy looking at these and then find them on Facebook and Instagram to get more floral inspiration.
WANT TO WIN A CORSAGE AND BOUTONNIERE FOR PROM?
Shelly and Jennifer are eager to surprise one lucky prom attendee with a free corsage and boutonniere. Two simple steps and you are entered to win....
- Like at least one of their business pages ( Facebook or Instagram or both)
- AND Leave a comment on this blog post. If you've attended prom before, share your favorite memory from prom... yes moms even you can share a memory from when you were in high school. :-) If you'll be attending prom for the first time, tell us what you're most looking forward to about prom.
One person will be drawn at random next Wednesday, April 18th.