How are flowers preserved?
Most people don’t realize that flowers can be preserved. To preserve your flowers, I freeze-dry them, a machine that freezes, then extracts the moisture, maintains their shape and seals the flower to protect its beauty, “Forever”. It requires time, patience and precision to detail. The flowers shrink a bit in size and can darken, but they are still YOUR flowers. They become very fragile, and will need to placed inside a display, which will keep the flowers protected from dust and other types of damage.
What flowers preserve the best?
Yes, most flowers preserve well. Roses and carnations do the best. The only flowers that can be harder, are small petal flowers likes small daisies and mums. Some of their petals can drop off, but they still can be preserved. Star-gazer lilies are a issue, because the color deepens. With most flowers I airbrush color back, but because of the coloring on a star-gazer, I can’t. But even if the flowers shrink a bit, or the color is a little different….they are still YOUR flowers. Please feel free to email if you have questions.
Why should I have my flowers preserved?
Once flowers are used in a ceremony or given by a special person, they become sentimental. Let us make those memories last by creating a floral keepsake for you to enjoy, "Forever In Time".
When and how do I order?
The sooner the better. The fresher the flower, the better the outcome. Send your flowers, and we will gladly help you through the process. (See the "Placing Order" tab) Even if your flowers aren't perfect, keepsakes can be made. It's the meaning behind the flower that's most important.
How soon do you need to receive my flowers?
For the best results, I should have them within 1 - 3 days of your event. Please note: the freshness of your flowers will impact the final result. But even if your flower isn't perfect, it's still your flower. With the option of jewelry, frames, candles, ornaments, they are made from petals and pieces, the flowers don't have to be perfect.
How do I get you my flowers?
Full shipping instructions are under "Shipping". It is easy to do. You can choose what you want made later, most important is to get the flowers shipped.
What happens when you receive my flowers?
Once your flowers are received, we catalog them and take notes. With full bouquets we take photos too. Flowers are treated individually. The freeze-dry process takes 7-10 days. Once they have gone through the drying process they will be placed in a low humidity room. Once the flowers are ready, and your order is placed and paid, the keepsakes are created.
Do I have to choose what type of display I want right away?
No. But orders need to be placed in a timely fashion. Ideally, at 30 days, but no more than 60 days.
Can I just get my flowers preserved?
No, they need to be placed into something. Because they are so fragile when finished, they need to protected.
How to I ship you my flowers?
Please read under Nationwide Shipping or Floral Care for instructions.
How long does the preservation take?
It varies on the flower. Open petal flowers like lily’s or daisies will take less time than a more dense flower like a rose. On average, it’s 2 - 3 weeks. With flower petals for jewelry, frames or candles, it only takes a 1 - 2 weeks, because I’m doing loose petals. We freeze-dry them, which is the best way for preserving them. Remember, the better condition of the flower going in, the better the outcome. Ideally, we like to get the flowers in and orders processed and out within 60 days.
Do Flowers Change Color?
The age and the condition of the flowers at the time we receive them plays a role in how well they are preserved. Preservation will cause some color changes in your flowers. Some white flowers dry a creamy color and some colors especially red flowers dry darker.
What if I have flowers already dried?
That is fine, as long as there is color, something can be made with them. We will be able to make suggestions once we have them to judge the condition.
How long does it take to get the finished product?
The preservation takes 2 - 3 weeks. Then once we have your order at 30 days, and you have paid in full. Keepsakes are created and ship within 14 business days. However, the full shadowboxes take longer, time frame will be provided to you.
How do I get my finished product?
We normally ship everything USPS, priority mail. Shadowboxes and domes are the exception, because they are so fragile. They are shipped via UPS.
Will you help me choose what to have made?
We are more than happy to help you, and make suggestions. We want you to enjoy your flowers, and your treasured keepsakes, "Forever In Time."
What if I have artificial flowers?
There are items that can be made. With bouquets, you can still have a shadowbox or dome made. Please contact us for ideas.