So awhile ago I posted a picture that I created of the type of bouquet I want to carry (https://mandyshaner.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/277-days-to-go-my-dream-bouquet/). Since then, I’ve been going crazy trying to find someone that sells Real Touch waterlilies (since I’m super picky and only want something that looks real). I scoured places like Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics and found nothing. At Michael’s I did manage to find Real Touch waterlilies but they were only available in ivory :(. I began Googling my brains out thinking for sure that the internet would be overflowing with the kinds of flowers I wanted. Sadly I only found a couple of sites that were selling them by the stem, and a few more that only sold them in bulk (100+, yikes!).
One of the sites I was particularly drawn to had amazing waterlilies that were $12.88 each (but supposedly retailing for $18.99 each). It seemed like too much to pay, especially after factoring in the shipping (which was totally unreasonable). The other site had water lilies that came in bundles. There were two fully bloomed lilies and one bud for $6.40. They weren’t Real Touch, but they looked close enough from what I could tell from the photos. However, by the time I saved up enough money (from selling jewelry) to buy them, the listing was taken down :(. After this I started giving up hope. I decided that I would have to just accept the fact that using different flowers was my only option.
I started picking up some flowers here and there that had a nice realistic look to them. And then, while I was randomly searching for pink Real Touch flowers online, I came across a photo of a Real Touch waterlily! Lo and behold, someone was selling them, and on Etsy of all places! It seemed to good to be true, but it wasn’t! So, thanks to Carol over at http://www.etsy.com/highdesignsamples, I now have 6 gorgeous pink Real Touch waterlily stems 🙂 I am seriously so thrilled. It’s so satisfying to have things come together like that :). Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, Carol was sweet enough to send me a beautiful assortment of seashells as a little wedding gift 🙂 I really do love the people I run into on Etsy, it’s such a great community ❤