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Hello! I'm Traci, the owner and designer for Blooms by Bennetta. I was born and raised in Maryland. I spend most of my free time with my rescue kitties, friends, and family. When I am not playing with flowers I enjoy reading, cooking (and eating), music, festivals and hiking. As you can see, I have a hard time sticking with one thing. I am always up to try something new, or go on a new adventure.
If you would have told me 5 years ago you will own your own business--I would have looked at you funny! According to my Mama, who is wise in many things, I have always been creative. Somewhere along the way, with work and every day life I had stopped creating. Then one day I walked by a desk in my office with a beautiful flower bouquet! It had bright, vibrant colors--especially teal! You know how you have that one thing that you are drawn too, and it just makes you smile! Well flowers have always been that for me, call them my spirit symbol. The only thing is, they died! So I walked by her desk a month later and they were still there, as beautiful as ever! So I had to find out more, where did you get them? I needed them in my life, like now!! Turns out the flowers were made from wood. That's right, wood! How unique and unusual. So I started researching. I then ordered a craft box. Of course, when my order arrived I didn't make what I was supposed to. I was going to get my money's worth! I ended up creating 3 different arrangements, one of which still sits on my dresser. That was all it took! Then I made more. Creating with flowers was my happy place! Then my house was full of flowers. And so was Mama's! So I started small, selling here and there on Facebook. Then craft fairs. At every fair I made a new connection. I was interviewed by a wedding magazine here in Maryland! The seed was planted, but I was too scared to jump. Not having a stable paycheck was not something I considered. Until my job decided to merge offices, and I was given the option to relocate. Or, just what if?? What if I could make a go of it? I loved every part of working with wood flowers. People loved them. It seemed I had a knack for it. Now, I'm rather hard headed. And it takes me forever to make a decision. However, I also believe in signs. Could I possibly make a living doing something that I loved? Something that makes my soul sing!
That is where I am today, thank you for coming along on my journey. I hope I make a creation that speaks to you. That will bring you joy for many years!