Van Wert's Beth Clay poses by her creations. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Van Wert's Beth Clay poses by her creations. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

VAN WERT – Van Wert’s Beth Clay will never forget the day that it was “too quiet” in the floral shop in which she was employed. Family members recognized her talent for creativity and suggested that she go into her own floral business.

“It wasn’t difficult because I had plenty of training at the floral shop,” said Clay, who had originally been involved in a restaurant business.

“I started playing with flowers and creating bouquets and other ways of using my floral creativity as I went into my own business,” said Clay. “My first wedding was my brother and sister-in-law in 1999. I loved it. They told me that I needed to do that on a full-time basis.”

Clay said that she soon discovered the fact that she loved working out of her home. She said that she enjoyed it more when she could control it out of her home.

Soon, Clay added another dimension to her business _ crocheting and making hearts with meaningful mottos on them.

“My mom taught me how to crochet. All of that gave me the well-rounded business that I wanted,” said Clay. “The heart creations gave me the variety that I wanted. My favorite heart motto is, ‘be still and know that I am God.’”

Clay noted that she creates saddles, graveside vases, wreaths, swags, wedding bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and any size centerpieces. She noted that no custom order is too big or too small.

“I customize fresh and silk floral arrangements and deliver them locally,” said Clay. “I offer shipping of some items at the customer’s expense. I also offer free consultations for any occasion.

“I make what you, the customer wants, not what I want to make,” continued Clay. “I am not happy until you are happy. If you can put a flower in it or on it, then I have probably done it or I will try until I get it right. I customize everything to fit your needs and I promise I will work with you.

“I love colors, flowers and art,” continued Clay. “I love music and I love to work by music, all kinds of music. I love to drown out the world and play everything from Christian to rap. I put it on my phone and let it play.”

Clay said that some of her earliest memories in “flowers” are picking “Lillie of the valley” at her grandma’s feet.

“When I think of that, I think of the most important thing I love to do is help make memories for people,” said Clay, who lives with her husband and two children in Van Wert. “When I’m not inside doing my passion for flowers, I’m outside satisfying my passion for gardening. That is what life is all about, enjoying your passions.”