Flowers make me really happy and I want to share that with you!
I've been around flowers for as long as I can remember.
Seriously. I think the majority of photographs I look back on have either flowers or cats in them. Or both.
My grandma on my mom's side grew prizewinning roses in her garden. My grandmother on my dad's side kept a full flower garden and worked in a greenhouse while my grandaddy inspected apples and tended a full veggie garden in the backyard.
Both sets of grandparents had a cat.
I have strong memories of being outside whenever I was in Virginia visiting them.
Back in Tennessee, you bet there were more cats and flowers!
came to be
My name is Emma and I'm 25 years old.
I am the owner, head designer, and creative mind behind Napping Cat Floral Studio!
I graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a degree in Sustainability and am passionate about incorporating those ethics into my business. I love film photography, being outside, running, biking, and my cat Tuck.
I strongly believe relationships are built through vulnerability, so I'm sharing a little of my story below!
Weddings have enamored me since I was a little girl. I took my role as flower girl very seriously and always made sure to keep some sort of flower souvenir from the event. A single standard rose from the wedding cake sat on my childhood desk for a week after a dear friend's wedding 20 years ago.
My mom's farmers' market journey began when I was in middle school. We sold $3 arrangements called "sweetie cans" in recycled metal soup containers. Outside of my backyard, this was my first experience arranging flowers.
Eventually we graduated to selling at the downtown Knoxville farmers' market each summer. Throughout the rest of middle and high school, Fridays were always dedicated to crafting market bouquets. The next morning, we woke at the crack of dawn and toted the flowers to the city. At this point, everyone knew my family did flowers!
For a short time, my mom offered wedding services for local brides. I accompanied her on several deliveries and waited to hear about the ones I missed out on.
If there were leftover flowers, I wanted to get my hands on them. I found videos to teach me how to make the pretty wedding bouquets, but became frustrated that I couldn't get the stems to stay in place and my hand grew weary quite quickly.
My determination was stronger though!
With lots of practice bouquets, hand cramps, tape getting stuck to itself, and starting over, and stubbornness, I learned.