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Flowers and a Maroochydore Sunrise

So  I thought I'd do a little blog post today about - amongst other things - what's happening at the Flower Studio....

 Because there's still the nasty Covid out there and the studios aren't that big, I've decided to keep them closed to the public for now. But I am currently taking orders, either for local delivery or safe collection from here, for flower tributes or smaller weddings that just need bouquets and buttonholes and maybe Top Table flowers. I'll be open for these kinds of orders for the rest of September and all of October, closing again once the clocks go back. 
For now there are still some gorgeous, Summery flowers to be had and the weather is kind enough that they're happy to open beautifully in the natural light of the studio. Last week I had a special tribute to make and used some stunning Meijer Four Seasons Roses combined with a lovely purple/blue Clematis and some deep blue Gentian - a really lovely mix of Country Garden style flowers. This, I have to say, is my favouritest colour palette in the whole world...

On the art side, I've managed to get some of my finished tapestry wallhangings listed in both my Etsy and Folksy shops - and I've popped photos of them on my website too. Admin - it can take a while - especially when 'help' arrives.... Would you just look at the size of that paw stretched across the keyboard! There was no way Harls was wanting me to be doing what I was doing right then - he wanted attention!!


And I've started a new weave - this time it's a Maroochydore sunrise inspired wallhanging. The colours are incredibly vibrant and I've been spinning a fabulous, naturallyTurmeric dyed, Merino Wool & Tussah Silk blend to add to the sunrise colours. The majority of yarns I weave with I now spin myself - wool, silk, egyptian cotton, Ramie (nettle fibre) and, very soon, Alpaca.

I also managed to get hold of the most beautiful raw fleece from a Teeswater sheep whose name is Amethyst - it's now hand washed and dried and the locks are just perfect for this weave..

You can see just how beautifully it works with the colours in the pic below ... and there's the inspirational photo in there too, "borrowed" from an Insta post put up by Laurel Resin Art (who you can find at the Eumundi Markets, QLD - and you know how much I love that place!)


If you want to see how this weave is coming along then have a look at my Insta page or the Studio2Artwork Facebook page - there's links to both on my website's home page.
Have a lovely weekend! 

PS. Any comments with links in are now, without exception, being rejected before they're even published. 

Weddings, Art and Covid 2020

Weddings, Art & Lockdown 2020

Wedding Flowers in the flower studio
So, it's been a very long time since I wrote a Blog Post but I feel that the time is right now and so I'm sitting here, in the sunshine, drinking my coffee and about to have a public chat again.. It's also been a long, long time since my studio looked like this - full of wedding flowers and buckets.. Like so many wedding florists my year has become empty with wedding dates all being moved forward to next year. Next year already had it's own bookings in place so that's now looking super busy, which is good isn't it but there are still many months to go before we get underway with season 2021...

And so, this year has given me the time back, during the enforced lockdown months, to concentrate on my first love, my art. I have always been a creator / artist and am, without doubt, an introvert who is very happy spending endless hours in the artroom / studio. This recluse florista has been painting progressively larger canvases full of flowers using oils and acrylics and learning to hand spin natural yarns with which to make tapestry wallhangings. 
Oil Painting for Sale   Art for Sale    Studio2Artwork
I've always had a great love of textiles - I did embroidery for A Level - and have baskets of lace and organza, silk and satin here for brides to choose from for their bouquets - but, oh my, what I really love are the natural fibres - wool, plant fibres and SILK!! 
Hand Spun Corriedale Wool
This is weaving is becoming a bit of a passion and I've recently pushed the boundaries on the spinning front by hand spinning some 100% Egyptian cotton... a Diva of a fibre for sure with extra short fibre lengths and so fine that the breeze coming in through the window separated the fibres at one point but it's a lovely yarn and I was pleased to spin it.

And I've openeed an Etsy shop - but more on that next time..
Bye for now..
Hand finishing fringing with embroidery silk on a Woven Wallhanging



Birmans, Bouquets and Days Off :)


And so another week has passed here in the blink of an eye!
Whenever did time get to move sooo swiftly?
I’ve had a Fab day today meeting, amongst others, a February wedding couple over at Hengrave Hall, Bury St. Edmunds to discuss amazing flowers…and Trees… ooh, I Love those!
Soo looking forward to this one – there’s Lots of creative collaboration going on here! Can’t wait! xx
xx
So, now, back to the present…
Our Lilly… well she’s a whole lot better Hooray! Back to the AHT tomorrow to see the neurologists but…
She’s been jumping up onto the small sofa again all by herself –


And…
Enjoying snuggles on the bed (alright…which she can’t quite jump up onto by herself but, hey, can now get down from with no trouble bless..)


And Harls??
Well he’s been REAL busy here this week… as you can see…

#ChilledBirman   # Workinghardintheoffice   


#Sundaymorningsnoozing


I think I might be in agreement with #WinstonChurchill here and decide to come back as a cat ha!

And talking about cats… So sorry, I can’t get this pic to go the right way round! ...


We have a local pussycat who’s just lovin’ the studio vibes at the mo…
And is quite colour co-ordinated too ha!
Lucky for this little puss, our Big Blonde has never mastered the art of fence or tree climbing… (Yep, I know, it’s an indoors-mainly- temple-cat-Birman-thing)
So if he snuggles up on the warm roof QUIETLY Harls never knows he’s there… Shhh…

And me? Well here’s what I’ve been up to on the Floristry side of things…
Bouquets and Buttonholes…


Tackling thorny, but Gorgeous, Vendela Roses….


And getting very excited about creating new designs for Indian Wedding and Celebration Garlands…
And prepping for a Day Off!! HOORAY!!
Tomorrow I’ll be giving myself some new Henna Tattoos…


When you work all weekend, Mondays are off right?
xx Happy Monday Everyone xx








Meows, Mandaps & Metatone...


Well here we are – we are here!! We are the other side of the peak-time of an incredibly busy Wedding Season and we have survived Hooray!!
How are you all?
Hasn’t the weather been Glorious? I’ve absolutely Loved it here being an Oz-weather-loving kind of person – hot, sunny, hot-hot – ooh Yes Please…
So we’ve had two fans on the go in the studios and Loads of chilled water bottles in the fridge and have basked in the gloriousness of the warmth of it all. Thank you Lord for a fabulous Summer x
And the flowers have all been fine too, conditioned up to their necks in cold water professional solution... There were several days I nearly put my feet in there with them ha!
The only casualty we had was some Astilbe which, bless it, just evaporated every drop of moisture into thin air and looked more like a dried flower than a fresh one from one day to the next.
 
So… here’s a bit of a catch up on what’s been happening “at the ranch”
( PS. I’m a HUGE fan of The Pioneer Woman… )
 
Harley’s had a great Summer – gone blonder than ever – and has perfected how to block that rather annoying lamp light when he wants to settle down…

Lilly’s had a lovely Summer too and has been practising her Ninja moves. She carries out frequent stealth-attacks, circum navigating Harley’s routine and scheduled nap times and thereby claiming the Prime Position on the preferred bed for herself… Go girl!!!  And just look at those fluffy paws… Gorgeous or what? #justloveher

She’s had a bit of a relapse lately but she’ll be okay – she’s off to the Animal Health Trust with me tomorrow for some tests. She’s the one-in-several-million-cats that has no immunity to Toxoplasmosis. A few years ago very nearly killed her. Thank heavens for the AHT and their experts there.
She has relapses – especially after her annual jabs – and that’s what’s happened this time. We have medication to hand but she’s not responded as quickly as usual so it’s off to the Neurology Dept. we go…
Bless her, she’s such a little fighter xx

Here she is looking Gorgeous in Studio 1 amongst the Blossom Trees a few weeks ago…

And #thebusyflorista has been doing this and that…
Starting every day for ages with a bit of a boost ha!

Conditioning, prepping and looking after Thousands of stems of flowers over the Summer…


Having the-most-amazing August Bank Holiday weekend FULL of Weddings!!
One of which was a fabulous Indian Wedding – full of Vibrant Colours and a myriad of Flowers...
We decorated the Mandap…

And created 25ft of Woodland-Style Ceiling Garlands…
Which required the going up and coming down, and going up and coming down and…well, you get the idea…of ladders…
Which were at quite an acute angle I can tell you…
Cable tying 4-5ft sections of Beech to poles… Adding flower groups along the way…One hand on the ladder, one holding the foliage… balance at the top…Position… Cable tie…

Don’t let anyone ever tell you being a Florist isn’t a physical job, and that all they do all day is play around indoors with pretty flowers…
I had my dear friend and long standing work colleague Jane with me and we soon worked out that we both had to climb up the sides of the ‘A’ frame ladder provided at the same time or it would wobble terribly. There were a couple of “Whoop Whoops!!” from poor Jane when I stepped off my side a few times without thinking bless - haha!! You need to be Brave to do this job… and fit…
 
After setting up for this wedding all afternoon my feet were not the happiest bunnies that’s for sure. Hot, red and glowing just doesn’t do them justice ha! I’m sure Jane’s were just the same… #hotfeet #notaprettysight #ouchyouch

Early the following morning – Bank Holiday Monday – I was in the studio creating the Wedding Garlands. I loved making these, they’re such a special part of the ceremony.  I’m about to promo them for ordering via my website…












And my feet? Well they were given some major TLC and new tats and are feeling much better!

And I treated myself to some well-earned indulgence at my long standing and totally Favourite Hair Salon and had a wonderful experience with their new range of colours from the States – and a cut and style too.  So a BIG Thank You to Michelle at M Hair & Beauty in Long Melford – you nailed it girl!! Made me feel like a million dollars Xoxoxo

And last but not least at the end of a busy day I have a hug and lots of purrs from my Harls…

Happy Sunday Everyone xx

Hot Days, Hot Feet, Hot Florista!

Hi Everybody!
How are we all Enjoying this Fabulous weather? 
We're just lovin' it here in the House of Floristas..
It's been such a joy opening up the stable door early morning and 
looking out at the garden and the Studios and seeing Blue Skies and Sunshine!
However... we have had some Hotty-Footy-Moments when a
certain Florista wanted to pop her feet into the Buckets
along with the Flowers...


 And then me and Harls had a bit of a long-hot-day-melt-down the
other day...

Ooh, Yeah - you an' me babe - just chillin'...

And as for the Double Bir-flops due to the heat...
 (It's a well known phrase amongst all the Birman-owning humans 
out there Ha! ...) Well, what can I say?
#Lillycat'sgottafabtailpose  #HarleyPussisrockin'agoodcurve...

I've been doing a lot of this...


Resulting in a lot of that...


And a touch of this too...


And... Poor old Mousie???
Well, our Lillycat's been lookin' after him nicely, thank you,
in all this Heat... Ha! 


HAPPY SUMMER TIME!!
PS. I'm Posting this Real Quick before the VP
system 'loses' it ha! #thesnappyflorista xx

T'is the Season....


 
I know, I know – l  o  n  g  time no Blog but, really, it’s been totally bonkers here for weeks!  It’s the WEDDING  SEASON already, okay? And does the rest of my Life stop and Pause a while so I can get on with all my Flowery stuff? Absolutely NOT ha!
So we’re doin’ the all the normal, everyday Mumma stuff here… The school runs… Teen support….Organising the Husband… Forgetting to defrost Supper… Not Hoovering (as always)… Remembering the family Birthdays (thank God for Moonpig!)... Housey-Washingy stuff… NOT Ironing (haven’t done that for almost two decades now ha! #result… Having some fairly major dentistry done (ouchy-ouchy on the £££’s)…  Organising a new Laptop for my son after his old one stopped working, again.. (ouchy-ouch-oucheee on the £££’s #gottahaveaTerabiteofthis #gottahaveani5somethingofthat…
And don’t even get me started on the Garden…..
 
PLUS…
All the Busiest Florista Stuff you can imagine!!... Up early mornings to get on the Dutch websites and get those Flowers.… Fending off the growing Paperwork pile and totally NOT succeeding.… Being there for last minute Bride requests…
Being there for new and excited Brides wanting to book in.…
Going on lovely venue visits with new Brides – Yep – Love that too…
Ordering lots of lovely new stock! I do enjoy that bit but sometimes I get carried away… new ribbons, new wrap, new lace… velvet…satin… Tissue Paper! I LOVE tissue paper… vases and votives… garlands to add to the Silk Blossom Trees…
I could go on but I won’t :)
 
 
Anyway, let me give you a little pictorial “Catch Up” of what’s been happening…
 
Lilly Cat’s been chillin’
 
Harley Puss has been chillin’ too
 
(PS. They don’t yet know they’ve got a VET’S appt for jabs coming up… )
 
I’ve been doing a bit of this… #homecooking


And a bit of that… #afternoontea
 

And a lot of this… #thebusyflorista
 
The Garden’s been looking lovely… Well, okay, I have to say early June was FAB but it’s been a tad overblown, overgrown and somewhat Blowsy since then ha!
But all my Sage cuttings have survived and we’ve had Strawberries and I’ve grown Chives!
 Okay - neither of these want to go round the right way...

Oh and I must tell you – I knew I’d been doing too much floristry prep when I caught myself cutting Broccoli stems one evening at a 45 degree angle ha ha!
 
Oh now, I’ve got to show you this – This is Harls on a hot day…  under the duvet.. Nomad style. What is he like… #gottalovehim
Yep - this pic being difficult too..... 

Ps. I’ve noticed a distinct increase in my use of hash tags since I’ve been watching Love Island on ITV hub whenever I stop for a bite to eat ..
I know, bear with me on this, I’ll be fine again in a few months’ time…
But don’t tell me ANYTHING okay you guys -  I’m still about 5 days behind everyone else ha!
 
So, here we go into another full on wedding prep day tomorrow – I’ve had some of the most Gorgeous weddings to do this year, I mean absolutely fabulous couples and wonderful briefs. Just lovin’ it. Love them all – having a super season! Watch out for the Insta posts okay?
And if you’re getting married in 2019 or 2020 in Suffolk, Essex, Cambs or Norfolk and would like a Coffee-Biscuit-Consult with me here at the Studios then give me a shout – Love to see you! x

 




Xx Happy Summer Everyone! Xx

Napoleon Bona-Cat and the Royal Wedding

Sounds like a Book I should write someday…

Hi Everyone!! Long time no Blog but, but, it IS the wedding season y’know ha! Bear with me on this okay…
So – did we all watch the Royal Wedding yesterday? How gorgeous was that and sooo lucky with the weather. I thought the flowers created by Philippa Craddock were totally stunning, the scale of them took my breath away. Just Gorgeous. I kept going right up to the tv so I could see what flowers she’d used - if anyone else had been here I’d have been getting right in their way ha!
 
Anyways, enough of all that, let me tell you what’s been happening here…
Our Lilly Cat is doing GREAT but she does, at every given opportunity, like to point out that she did  have to have blood tests done and she did  have to have her fur shaved… See the little footy foot pointedly pointing forward? Just so’s you know and don’t forget says Lilly….

  
She’s found her favourite overnight spot is on our James’s Deluxe Chocolate Fur Beanbag funnily enough…
 
During the day both Harls and Lils head rapidly for the first unmade bed they can find ( which isn’t difficult in my house this time of year ha! ) and make themselves comfy.. especially Harley…nothing like a cool wall, in hot weather, is there eh for coolin’ yer bits and bobs….
 
  
And when the cushion gets a bit too warm, just fluff up a spare Birman and use that instead…
 

On the Florista side of things I’ve been ordering in lots of new items – everything from Beaded Lace Trims from the States ( ooh Yum! ) and Natural Plant Dyed Silk Ribbons artisan made in the UK (Oh LUSH ! ) through to extra vases, tealights and wood slices. There’s been a lot of labels to soak off but at least the sun’s been shining and I have a lovely view from the window :)

 












I sat outside after one long vase-label-washing-off session with a cup of tea and a few Oreo’s, as you do, and thought to myself that I could do with a few more plants for the garden…
 
So I popped to the local Garden Centre where I had a bit more thinking to do over a coffee, in the sunshine, about what I was going to buy...

And how gorgeous the flowers were. And how I want to use more rooted, living flowers in my floral works this year. It’s something I’ve always done but I’m really thinking I could up the balance a bit more between cut stem flowers and living plants. I did a wedding a few years ago where we used rooted Clematis plants in full flower in a balcony display. They looked fabulous and the couple got to take them home afterwards and plant them in the garden. Love it.
 
Now, back to my garden… 

A good afternoon was had potting up and planting out and we thought we’d get out the parasols for the first time since last year as it was so hot… The Husb bravely delved into the depths of the small shed ( I won’t go there, too many SPIDERS urgh!! Yuk!!! ) and got them out… Opened them up… And aah.. oh… um.. ( by this stage we are Grumpy Husb )… We’ve had a bad attack of the Mousies! Oh lol, haha, well never mind, I quite like that little patch of blue sky up there…
 
So…while all this has been going on a certain Big Blonde has found his way into Studio 2…
 

And made himself at home on my chair…
 
Moving himself around now and then to catch the breeze…

And just look at that little face… 

Is it just me or does he look a bit Napoleon Bonaparte-y? Ha ha! 
Happy Days :)
 
xx Have a  GLORIOUS SUNDAY  Everyone ! xx

Ninja Cat, Fluff & Divas...


So, I was thinking to myself the other day why am I not getting any comments back on my Blog?
Maybe nobody’s found it….. Hmm…
Maybe nobody likes it… Oh…
Maybe…
 But Hey, maybe I just need go have a search through my website account and see if I can find them! YEAH!!  And there they were, all tucked away in the Messages SPAM box… So Hi! to you and Thank You for reading :)


And for waiting so long for the next post – what can I say – the Wedding Season is upon us!
I’m having to get super organised here and schedule in specific things on specific days so I keep on top of everything.
Unfortunately Housekeeping stuff is not included so if anyone visits please don’t look at the carpet… And especially DON’T wear anything black ha!
The carpet is supposed to be ‘Walnut’ but right now it has a layer of the Big Blonde Birman Cat fluff all over it (Birman-Spring-Moult-Time) so it looks more ‘Latte’ than anything else…
Oh Dear… Pitty whatty as my lovely xx Nan xx used to say…  
Here’s the main culprit sunning himself in the garden last Sunday :)

 
Now, with our Lilly cat on the mend, I’d like to introduce you to Mousie..
Mousie has had a quiet time of it while Lilly’s been poorly but I have to say that’s all over now.
He gets a bit anxious most days, lookin’ here…

 
Lookin’ there…

Lookin’ everywhere…
Just waiting for that next POUNCE that can see him In the Water…

 
And Out the Water…

 
Until the poor thing is just totally shattered…

 
My little Ninja Cat is once more Lilly-The-Inscrutable-Oriental-Woman-Cat not to be messed in any way.
This is the Look she uses to deter weaker minded Humans…

 
To finish off on a Florista note, I had the most delicate of flowers to work with for this week’s wedding. These were home grown Muscari (Grape Hyacinths) provided by the bride and Dutch Lily of the Valley & Ranunculus. All soft stemmed and total Divas ha!

 
Wiring these into Buttonholes and Wrist Corsages was fun (Read: Tricky ) It was delicate work but they looked absolutely Gorgeous. I had my moments though, especially with the Muscari but…
Would I do it again?

Absolutely!

x HAPPY  DAYS  EVERYONE x

PS. Having Technical problems again so the Font's all wrong but Hey Ho - at least I can get it Published...hopefully... x


 

Sunday Morning Blogette...

Hi Everyone!
HAPPY SUNDAY!!
 
I’ve been so wanting to get a Blog Post all finished and published but it’s been sooo busy these last few weeks. My days don’t always have enough hours in them ha!
And I’ve got Studio appointments here today too ~ it’s going to be a Happy, Busy Year this one..
Anyways, so I thought I’d do a little ‘Blogette’ this morning and then get the longer one finished later…
 
In a Nutshell…
Lillycat’s doing great…
 

Can’t say the same for poor Mousie (more to follow on that one)…
 

Weddings are going great…
 

Washing pile’s doing great… Oh Oops...Round the wrong way again ~ Never mind eh... no time to sort it out now and it doesn't look so big from this angle Ha!

 
The Garden’s coming on nicely at last….
 

And I LOVE Ranunculus… Look at this little lovely with a touch of Muscari made up for a Wrist Corsage..
 

Gotta Go!  Busy, Busy!! See you all Later :)
xx

May The Sunshine Shine :)

Today I have been a Gardener HOORAY!!
Yes, I’ve got some serious office work to catch up on after taking some time off over Easter…
Yes, I haven’t hoovered in a couple of days (read many, many, several, too many)…
Yes, there are, well, Loads of things I should do…but… Not Today eh? The Sun is shining and, for once, in absolute ages, it’s warm out there!
Here – see – Now how could I not go out there and resurrect my garden when it looked like this…
 

Every picture tells a tale…these are the Strawberry plants wanting some long overdue attention…and the Geraniums just getting above themselves…and handy those Floristry buckets when there’s a bit of weeding to be done ha!

 
The best thing was that our Lillycat came out with me – She is oh such a very Happy Cat to be back home! We had a bit of ‘Sunning’ in the studio doorway followed by a bijoux bit of ‘Baking’ on the bench with me while I had a coffee break – well, coffee and biscuit break – well OK – coffee and biscuits break… (so how can you eat only ONE Oreo? Not possible!)


Lil’s did make a point of mentioning, in her own way, that she had a bit of a sore leg…
See the   l  o  n  g   stretch of it towards me?
My little chicken-leg-cat… a bit of fresh Tuna helped no end…

 
In the meantime the Big Blonde had made himself comfy up on the bed… Hmm… Knew I shouldn’t have left that particularly-prone-to-creasing cardi there but I was just in such a hurry to change and get outside…
Note To Self: Add ‘Washing to Do’ to the list…
 

Tomorrow’s a busy day too…
There’s prep to do for the Wedding Flowers Day Course I’m running at the West Suffolk College here in Sudbury on Saturday.
And at least 2-3 hours of office work to get done.
And I want to get over to the Beth Chatto Garden in Elmstead Market for plants, herbs, inspiration, coffee, ambience, bird song, plants, woodland plants, ideas, cake, photographs…
Did I hide the cake bit enough? Ha! They do REALLY lovely cakes over there… Just saying…
 
And then I’ve got that washing to do too…
And the Drying…


This already looks like the leaning tower of Pisa… Oh Ha Ha!!
 Wish Me Luck!!
 xx
HAVE  A  LOVELY  WEEKEND  EVERYONE !
MAY  THE  SUN SHINE  SHINE  :D 
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