Succulents Are For Sharing started when a friend saw a living succulent wreath that I made and suggested that we have a fun get-together to teach how to make them. I've been a lifelong lover of plants and gardening, and this was a huge passion of mine and a natural fit for a business.
We moved to Centennial 1 1/2 years ago due to a job transfer for my husband from Orange County, California. My business started in 2016 in California, and I restarted the business last summer in Colorado.
It was surprising to me how challenging it was to grow succulents here. After ruining a prized living succulent arrangement after leaving it outside one cold evening, I decided to pursue making my arrangements maintenance-free with artificial (faux) succulents and greenery. I started offering them online and, last fall, became a vendor at Unlisted Market at 8262 S. University Blvd. in Centennial. I strive to source the most realistic faux plants that I can find for each piece.
My first love is as a wife and stay-at-home mom, and this business helps to keep me creative and help others with no-maintenance creations for their home. Another part of my business is workshops, and I teach others about gardening and arranging with succulents. It brings me such joy to help others create something beautiful!
The wonderful thing about the workshops is that it attracts all ages — mostly women, but sometimes men. I enjoy teaching workshops for kids as well and have done birthday parties from time to time.
Like the real thing
Succulents Are For Sharing allows my children to learn about entrepreneurship and see all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. My business has allowed me to meet such interesting people over the years, many of whom have become friends. It's exciting to create something that makes people happy! The best is when I hear stories of people watering their artificial succulents because they were given as a gift and they had no idea — that has happened several times, and is the best compliment about how realistic my succulent arrangements are.
Enjoying 'the little things'
I love working in our school garden at Homestead Elementary School and work with kids at our church at Mission Hills in Littleton.
I'm addicted to audiobooks and listen to a new book each week — I think it's important to continually grow and evolve in all areas of our lives. My favorites are nonfiction and biographies, and I enjoy learning from others. Another “fun fact” is that I was excited for moving from California to Colorado because I could finally grow peonies — the little things in life.
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