I have been so lucky to receive some wonderful messages of love and support from our community offering support during COVID-19.Many have offered words of encouragement and other customers have messages me asking if we are delivering because they specifically want to give business to a small indie company. Also consider if you have any technical abilities you could share with a local business that may need your help - marketing/blog writing/graphics are some of the ones that come to mind!
All of these are great ways to show your favourite SME you care, but there are some other things you may be able to do to support the wonderful world of small business during this time.
One - write a google review
This is probably the number one thing you may be able to do to support a SME business for free! Write them a positive review on google. Reviews are a fantastic way to let a small business know you value them, and the service they provide, but did you also know it really boosts their website ranking as...
You absolutely need to see these pictures of Becky and Jack’s wedding way back in August 2019 (I know, how did I get so slack at sharing things on our blog?) These two love-birds married at Carey Baptist Church and then danced the night away at Ufton Court. Becky came to us with a dreamy mood board filled with pictures of flowers I love. The palette; blush combined with a warm peach. It was a refreshing twist on the blush palette, which has been gracing our floral studio and Pinterest boards for sometime. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a blush girl through and through, but it’s always a treat to get some of my favourite roses in the studio (David Austin Juliette, if you’re wondering) and combine them with all of summer’s bounty.
Becky's bouquet was filled with all of my favourites (did I mention those David Austin Juliette roses already?) including an array of roses from Quicksand through to Azore spray roses and those perfect Juliette's. Add in a sprinkle of sweet peas, some Queen Annes lace for...
These past few weeks have been, and continue to be the biggest life roller coaster any of us have known. Sure there have been times of anxiety, times of bewilderment, disbelief and tears, but there have also been times of positivity, of time to stop the hectic 24/7 roundabout we've all been on for such a long while. I'd like to add at this point that I personally have struggled a lot with the change in routine, but I'm ever determined to find some positives and for me that comes in the form of rediscovering long forgotten crafts that I used to love but have fallen by the wayside. So today I'm picking up my keyboard and sharing these with you! These are perfect low cost crafts or craft kits that are avaialbe during lock-down and I'm encouraging you to give them a try.
Disclaimer: None of these recommendations contain any sort of affiliate links. I'm sharing them with you today because they are things I enjoy
I logged onto IGTV this week and showed you how to make your own...
How are you all coping? Half the time I'm not even sure what day we are on, and I suppose it doesn't really matter. After a little emotional stumble in the week I remembered that Saturday is my work day. I've been counting down the hours until I get to sit at my 'new work desk' in our house. Okay the work doesn't look like it used to - its not snipping stems, or arranging flowers, but its some time to spend on my business every week.
One of the things I've missed most is arranging my flowers. I probably didn't appreciate at the time just how much joy this skill has brought me. We don't have much in our garden at this time of year but I will be hosting a Easter Wreath Tutorial next week. In the meantime I thought I'd pick up another passion of mine - drawing. It's a skill that has been much neglected over the years but in these (queue Covid-19 catchword) strange and uncertain times its a quick easy medium I've been reaching...
A virtual bunch of flowers, just for you
As we are unable to deliver actual flowers due to the current government restrictions, I still wanted to be able to share a little floral love so over the next few weeks I'll be sharing some virtual bunches with you all. This is one of my favourites from a few weeks ago filled with anemones, tulips, lilac, ranunculus and guelder rose. all loosely plonked together in a ceramic urn. You'll be delighted to know I filmed the making of this and will share it with you all soon.
Hey there! I’ve had so many new followers over the past few weeks (thank you all, feeling grateful that you want to join me in this floral world) so I thought why not hop over to the blog and write 10 more facts about the woman behind the blooms – me of course! Flowers are a huge part of my life, but there are a few other things I get up to, and some personal quirks that I thought you’d love to know about me. If you missed my 10 fun facts a few years ago, you can check it out here.
Selfish sewing is my chill out time
When you get to be a creative as a job, it’s actually really hard to switch off. When you get home you still want to create and it can be difficult to distinguish between work creativity and home creativity. I’ve been sewing since I was young, but the past few years it’s been so helpful to give my mind a break from the flowers! You may be asking what a selfish sewer...
Today I am sharing with you one of my favourite floristry tutorials - my ultimate jam jar flower tutorial. There is nothing better than decorating your home with little arrangements. They are my favourite thing to whip together when I have people coming over - versatile, simple to make (when you know how) AND perfect for using little bits from the garden. I'm sharing with you my tips for arranging a trio of jam jars with seasonal flowers. This is a must read post if you want a simple, floristry DIY that always looks amazing.
Step one - The tools of the trade
The great news is you don’t need loads of floristry gubbins to make your jam jars shine. A few simple tools listed below will be perfect to craft your jars.
some sharp snips
jam jars (I went for 3 of varying sizes)
around 1m of decorative ribbon
Step two - Choose your flowers
This is where the design kicks in – you could go tonal – all whites for example or go super sassy with ALL the colours of the...
I’m guessing that you are considering becoming a florist! I am here to tell you the three best things about being a florist. Now if you tuned in a few weeks ago, you may have seen my post What you really should know before becoming a florist. I left the post on a bit of a downer, so I needed to balance out those negative vibes and tell you my favourite things about being a florist. So let’s get started!
My number one best thing about being a florist is ... no two days are EVER the same.
Maybe this is something you’ve already considered, but it was something I never even thought of until someone asked me “what do you do all day” and the answers just kept rolling out of my mouth. In truth there are no two days the same in the floral world. You never know what's going to come through the door, which client may call you, and what unusual opportunities may rear their head. Infact just today, I was having a relatively calm day,...
Are you about to delve into the world of wedding planning? I’m guessing you’ve set up some Pinterest boards for inspiration and there are at least 2 relating to DIY’ing your wedding flowers. I am not about to bash DIY weddings, BUT I am going to share with you 3 reasons WHY you should hire a professional wedding florist and tell you it could actually SAVE you money.
I’ve been doing flowers for weddings for over 10 years and I’ve seen it all! I think we should just get the elephant in the room straight out of the way. I don’t blame you if your thinking “of course a florist wants people to use a florist for wedding flowers" My experience doesn’t just come from weddings I’ve been hired to floral up. Goodness no! I decided to DIY most of my big day and I want to share some honest advise on the bonuses of hiring a professional.
First up let’s talk about cost …
Lots of people DIY their wedding to save on cost. I get it, weddings can be hugely...
So you want to become a florist. Welcome to the crazy (all consuming) world of flowers and everything that goes along with it! I honestly love my career. Believe me when I say it’s not a career you can do if you DON’T love it! I am so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to work in floristry since the age of 16 (oh my, SO many years ago) and I’m not trying to put you off this amazing career, but, there are some things I wish I’d known before becoming a florist, and I'm going to share these with you today.
So … let's get started!
My number one thing I wish I knew before I became a florist - it's not just about pretty flowers.
Maybe this already seems obvious to you, but when I applied for that traineeship all those years ago I honestly thought my whole day would be spend doing pretty creative things. Now don’t get me wrong there is A LOT of pretty, but there are also some jobs that are at the other end of the...