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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



Why are there No New Blogs?

Why are there No New Blogs? 
Well, let me tell you...
I'm really not sure any more about putting up photos I can't protect...
And...
I am totally over hundreds of people leaving 'comments' with loads of links in them trying to sell their own stuff on the back of my posts. 
So.. 
Come find me, my cats, my artwork and my flowers on my Instagram page okay?
See you soon! 

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
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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








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

Is Spring Sprung???

 
What a Difference a Day ( or two ) Makes!
Is Spring Sprung at Last? Let’s Hope So..
And more good news, our Lillycat’s coming Home tomorrow -  Hooray!
Reason enough for some Joyous Pics I think…. These are Flowers from my Garden this time Last Year – let the Springtime begin…please…

  
 









Now I do have to tell you that, being someone who REALLY needs to live in the Southern Hemisphere (Queensland specifically please), I ordered a pair of Ugg Boots just before Easter because I was fed up with being Cold…
And they turned up this morning…
 

 














Swiftly followed by the sunshine-ey-ist, warmest day we’ve had here yet ha! ..Oh my… Talk about perfect timing… But I still wore them..
 
And with the arrival of the First sunny, dry day came the inevitable… The ‘Clearing of the Studios’…









Oh, urgh, aah - lovely....Mixed up Boxes, quite a few Spiders, Long-Lost vases that hadn’t made it back to their rightful places at the end of last season, some Spiders, lots of Boxes, More Boxes…and did I mention the SPIDERS!! 
Urgh… Hate them…Yukky yuk yuk YUK….
But… I have a secret weapon from Oz to deal with these…

 
MORTEIN!! May the Force be with You….and against them…at all times…everywhere…
PS. I don’t like spiders
PPS. Not good when you work in Garden Studios
PPPS. Even worse when you like Gardening
 
 
Anyways – job done – well, almost ....getting there.... This is Studio 1 full of sunlight and Blossom Tees - still a bit disorganised but I do know where everything is now ha!
 
So, onto another thing that needs doing... the ‘Drawing of the Straws’ between me and Iain for who gets to do the dreaded ‘ PILLING OF THE CAT’…
Did you see those Teeth in the last Blog?... Let me remind you…
 

 Lils might be small but she is definitely Feisty…
The tablets have to be given MANually (get the hint there?) morning and night…and they’re not small, little wee tablets I can tell you – oh no, they’re, like, half sections of the big old fashioned Paracetamol tablets? Huge! Watch this space for further developments… I’ve got a Video somewhere of me doing it in the past and I’ll see if I can Blog a link to it somehow… totally hilarious…
 
But for now, let’s look forward to some Gorgeous warmer weather and Spring and Flowers and Summer and Sunshine...


 




















And, oh, Weddings!!! WEDDINGS!!!!!! Oh Yeah! There’s LOTS of those to come this year…
Love it
Love what I do
 
 HAPPY SPRINGTIME EVERYONE xx

A Good Start To The Day

Well it's a busy day here today - a Coffee & Danish kind of a day - so I took myself off, first thing, for a 'Power-Breakfast' and made myself a nice, long list of what I needed to get done...
14 The Busy Florista Blog Wedding Flowers  Funeral Flowers  Artwork for Sale  Susan Jane MayHere's what I wrote... 
Finish floral designs**
Check what else needs doing and make a list
Sort out the new stock  
Clean and prep buckets
Order more flowers**
Reply to emails**
Finish wedding estimate**
Sort out a Student ID card****
NB. Shirt wash
NB. Supper
NB. Cat Food??
Confirm weekend appointments
Set timer on studio heater
Hoover

And I figure that's more than enough...Am I going to get it ALL done today? Absolutely not. That's why I star things, to tell myself what to do first....and hoovering, unfortunately, appears to be coming in last...oh dear (sigh)... what a shame (sigh sigh)... I might have to leave that til tomorrow....

But I do like having a list and ticking things off. Sometimes I even write on the list what I've already done just so's I can tick it off.... anyone else do that?

There are days, of course, that require a tad more than a Coffee & a Danish... Some weeks are just hilariously silly busy with weddings here and that's when we get out the 'big guns'... Berocca...Metatone...and CHOCOLATE!!
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Happy Days Everyone ! 

Cold, Cold, Cold...

The Busy Florista Blog Wedding Flowers  Funeral Flowers  Artwork for Sale  Susan Jane MayOn Wednesday we had a LOT of snow here and everything did look absolutely Gorgeous but goodness me, it was sooo cold! We haven't had a snow fall like it here in years.. I thought - and I think it was a pretty good thought - that what it called for was a constant supply of Hot Chocolate while I was deciding whether or not to go outside and prep those buckets for a flower delivery that had a slim chance of getting here anyway... I'm pleased to say that common sense prevailed and I stayed indoors with the Cats and the Central Heating ...and had another hot chocolate. And I did do a lot of work on my website. And some washing. And did the cat litter trays again. It's amazing how all those jobs you're not too keen on suddenly seem like a totally good idea to do when it's  freezing outside ha!
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