Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Never let it go to your head....

Life is busy, hectic, full of meetings and deadlines and yet there are moments where you realise you are doing something right amidst the madness!! Well....

We had a couple of moments like that over the weekend!

"We just wanted to say a big thank you for the stunning bouquets and buttonholes you made for our wedding. From our vague ideas and indecisive instructions we couldn't believe what a perfect set of creations you came up with. From the shape to the colour they just couldn't have been better."
Jen & Dan Oct-2011

"Thank you for the lovely bouquets, button holes, table decorations and 3 large thank you bouquets you supplied for our wedding. All of the flowers looked superb and the 3 large bouquets were greatly appreciated."
Lisa & Andy Oct-2011

It's so lovely to receive emails and letters like this and makes all the hard work worth while. 

Well, I trust the week is going well for you all!! Signing off and am off in search of coffee...... xx

Thursday, 10 November 2011

An extravaganza of sorts...

We attended a wedding fair last weekend at the Assembly rooms in Bath. It was a curious day, the footfall to the event was very slow but brides seem to be very positive that we met there.

I would love to know whether Brides do attend wedding fairs more these days or whether it is more likely that they will do all the research on the Internet and meet companies individually? I know we have a lot of brides who come back home to get married in the local area, therefore don't have time to attend such events.

Anyway it gave us a fab chance to 'play' and create some very yummy bouquets, some terribly luxurious table centres.

A small part of our table
The best part of any event like this is that Brides can get ideas for their day and there was lots of inspiration there. We saw lovely Meg from Lemon Sky Cakes Do check her website out! Also the Little Wedding Helper was there! Her stand looked fabulous and was very vintage heaven!!

Bookings for next year are coming in thick and fast so if you are looking around I wouldn't take too long as we are already booked out some weekends.

Well I leave you with another creation, as I mentioned in my last blog. I created a 'glamelia' for my competition so decided to do a bridal version. It was fascinating to see people's reaction as I think this style of bouquet would take a certain type of dress and Bride! It's an unusual design and quite Victorian in feel!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, signing off and in search of gin.......

Thursday, 3 November 2011

It's the taking part that counts...

Well, what can I say! I thought, I created and I came in the top five!! I entered the BFA Bristol heat for RHS Chelsea Florist of the year I entered ages ago and then completely forgot about it, then the weekend before realised that I had 4 days to prepare!!!

Are you someone who works well under pressure, do you plan things at the last minute? I realise more and more that I love thinking about ideas much more than actually doing them sometimes.

The brief for this competition was the following:
   Design and construct an arrangement for the centre of a table
at a formal dinner for UK competitors at the Olympic Games.
Well the day itself dawned, I had done a vague trial run the day before but didn't quite know what the finished product was going to look like. So I trotted off to the wholesaler and bought too much of what I needed (you can never be too prepared?)

Arrived home, cleared the cat and Husband out of the house and got to work. I finally decided to go with the Olympic rings as my starting point, I also wanted to include some sort of national flower from each part of the UK.

The focal point of the piece was the 'glamelia' that I made!! I LOVE these, they are what I call a deconstructed rose and are a doddle to make!! Now as an aside, if your getting married soon these work fabulously as a bridal bouquet!!

My other materials were

  1. Roses - England
  2. Thistles - Scotland
  3. Daffodils - Wales
  4. Moluccella (Bell of Ireland) - Ireland
I tried to deconstruct all the materials as much as possible and the piece kind of grew from there. I loved the thistle tops surrounded by the rose petals and would love to create a table centre with this idea, feels and looks very luxurious!

My closing thoughts would be the slate slabs that I used to base the piece on, if your looking for something very earthy and rustic to put a table-centre on then look no further. They work a treat and look very expensively lovely.

The final piece is below, I will one day conquer this competition and compete at Chelsea, it was my goal to get there before I was 30 but ho hum........

Much love to you all.....

Am looking forward already to the next blog as we are at the Assembly rooms, Bath for a fabulous wedding fair. Starts at 11am so if your around do come and say hello!!