Prilly’s Petals

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My kid sister is in town for the week. April flew in to have a fun filled New York vacation, but we get to call this a business trip because we’re branding her new company while she’s here. We tried to get a logo drafted in Montana last month but the designs I did while we were there were “stupid” (her words, not mine). At 22, as a first time entrepreneur, she’s not looking for advice but for a minion. She knows what she wants and she wants it now.

After fighting back and forth between her vision and my expertise I decided we’d do best to stow the pencils and head out for some inspiration.
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Autumn might be better somewhere other than Brooklyn, but then you wouldn’t be in Brooklyn and that be a shame.
Sister time found us on the B71 headed for Grand Army Plaza, where we jumped off and tiptoed a block and a half to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Sunday was a pretty fancy day for the Gardens.
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We’re gearing up for Halloween here in Brooklyn, and the gardens weren’t to be out done.
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April and I found ourselves face to face with
Ghouls and Gourds and costumes and roses and enough inspiration to fill our cups that they runneth over.
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We spent all day walking and walking and chatting and making masks and running and eating apples and shutterbugging.
BBG 031Sissy-time hasn’t been this good since long beachy days in Hawaii. Finally! We found the perfect place for our powers combined – April’s flower arranging genius and my sketchiness finally met middle at the BBG, and a perfectly harmonious day ensued
BBG 055When we got home I decided to treat Prilly like a real client. I gave her my “this is good design” lecture. I reminded her about everything we saw all day. Then I handed her some 120 pound and let her try to explain what was in her head. Here’s some April Alvarez drawings, making their debut right here.
A set of April Alvarez originals:

After taking a look at what the client drew up I stole this swatch from the upper right-hand corner. This is the picture of potential my friends!

Yay for artsy little sisters who are stubborn enough to win their battles!

The Garden variety was just what we needed!
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I made her spell it Prillies, because I think it looks cooler with the double is. She has spelled it Prilly’s her entire life. Now I realize I am being “stupid,” (my words, not hers). So the next step is taking this back down to the way the poor kid spells her name.
I’m in development mode. Check back to see this new break-out flower designer’s star in lights or at least roses later this week.

listening to right this second: “Jai Ho! ” — Pussycat Dolls

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