Christmas Planters

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Now I’ve never been a big fan of plants so much, I do keep a few in the garden but always felt a pull more towards flowers than plants, well until now.

I do love these mixed planters as they make an excellent gift idea and they look really pretty. My mum is plant crazy, w can never pass a garden centre without going in and buying the whole plant section. You know that scene in Jaws where they are hunting the shark itself and there is that classic line ‘we’re gonna need a bigger boat’ well I quote a similar line which is ‘we’re gonna need a bigger car’ when it comes to plant buying with my mum.

Yes you’ve guessed it, she has already snapped one of these up and they have actually given me a new love for plants, I may reconsider now and learn to love the plant. It has given me a bit of inspiration for more ideas for gifts as an alternative to flowers. As florists we have to keep our minds open to new ideas all the time.

Feel free to contact me about anything you see here or for any of your floral requirements.

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Christmas Arrangements and Wreaths

I think I’m getting a little excited for the festive period as I’ve gone wreath crazy. They are really enjoyable to make up and as floristry crosses over to crafting it involves a glue gun, my favourite piece of equipment.

I’ve added two more artificial wreaths to the collection which are a little smaller than some of the others I have done. These are 14″ (35cm)and include cream and gold decorations, a glittery rose, hypericum berries and wooden Christmas toppers. The red one pictured is decorated with artificial poinsettia flowers and red berries.

I also made a flower arrangement within a cracker, this can be made in artificial or fresh flowers and makes a great table decoration or a feature on a mantlepiece. The crackers are available in gold (pictured), silver and red.

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Christmas is coming!!!

Yes we have to face it Christmas is approaching fast although I haven’t seen the Coca Cola lorry on the tv yet so for me that’s when it’s official .

I did well then to get in the mood for Christmas Wreaths, thought I’d better get cracking, ha ha see what I did there – cracking – crackers, oh I’m wasted as a florist. Not really, I know, I’ll stick to the day job eh?

I loved making these wreaths up, they are all 20″ (50cm) apart from the two in the top left corner – the red one is 12″ (30cm) and the gold roses one is 16″ (40 cm). All on artificial spruce rings (red one – top left on polystyrene ring) and I’ve used a mixture of artificial flowers, and bows to decorate.

These would make a beautiful decoration to any door or to hang above a fireplace?

Not long till the tree goes up…..c’mon you know you’re ready!!

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Happy Birthday Bouquet

I provided this bouquet for a special lady’s 60th Birthday and decided to decorate the box to that theme. I think it makes the box a little more exciting and personalises it to the individual.

These boxes are great as the bouquet can sit in it’s bag of water and the flowers are not overcome by a lot of cellophane and tissue paper, so much better for the environment. Get me trying to save the planet, well it makes sense.

I filled the box with Pink Roses, Pink Wax Flower, White Lisianthus, and some nice Green Ruscus and I finished off with a hessian bow. The golden glittery number 60 was added complete with a couple of champagne glasses, a happy birthday tag on the front and a celebrate tag on the bag……well it is worth celebrating! Any excuse for me.

If you have a celebration coming up or you would like a themed bouquet for someone special please get in touch. You may have someone who loves cupcakes or tea, maybe they are a cat lover or dog lover – I can design a bouquet for every interest. Different eh?

I will include more as I go on so watch this space.

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Rose Gift Trees

IMG_1919These gift trees are a real treat to make. They consist of  lovely roses with a diamonte pins if desired and chocolates in the pot base.

I’ve made these up in many different colours to suit and if you don’t fancy chocolates you could have a selection of bath bombs, scented candles, tea bags it’s really up to you. Also as an added touch it can be personalised.

If you’re not requiring a gift, maybe you are holding an event, well these can make an alternative table decoration. You could have one sitting in your company reception area and refill the base with treats for your customers or clients. It just goes to show there are many uses for this design.

I love looking for different ideas apart from sending fresh flowers, although the classic bouquet will always remain a bit of a favourite for me. That’s what I love about any floral design, it can be large or small, little or bursting with colour and classic or contemporary, I’ve been lucky to make many different designs.

I hope to be share more with you in the future so come back soon.

 

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Suzy Blues went to the Ball

I was honoured to be asked to provide flowers for an event at the weekend. It was the 11th Anniversary Stardust Black Tie Ball for a beautiful charity called Me & Dee.

The Me & Dee Charity is a local Derby charity run singled handedly by Maria Hanson MBE It was her dream along with her cousin Delia to provide seaside breaks for those with life limiting illnesses and short precious lives enabling them to have that vital respite and to make some wonderful memories. Sadly Delia lost her battle with cancer in 2005 so Maria carries on that dream and along with her own disabilities she works all hours bringing happiness to many many people. The charity provide holidays on the east coast of the UK in Mablethorpe. These are available to anyone with a life threatening, life limiting illness and also ex serving military who have sustained serious injury and PTSD through their service.

So this event held at The Hilton, St Georges Park  National Football Centre near to Burton on Trent in Staffordshire allowed 280 people to come together and raise as much money as possible to allow this charity to continue it’s magical work. It was fun glittery and a good time was had by all. Lovely food and dancing well after midnight, no I didn’t lose my glass slipper but I was ready to take my shoes off by the end.

Daisies and Poppies are the symbols for the charity and I provided artificial ones which were placed in vases around the welcome reception area. I also provided two gift bouquets as raffle prizes. These bouquets were made up of:

red roses, red gerbera, chrysanthemums, carnations, aspidistra leaves and beargrass.

All my services were given free of charge as a gift. It was a privilege to be able to contribute as I love this charity, it is truly very close to my heart. I hope I can help more in the future.

If you would like to know more information about the charity you can go to the website

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The Single White Rose

photo 26-09-2010 07 36 37I love roses, in fact I love most flowers but there is something about the rose.

It symbolises purity, innocence and spirituality and is used as a gesture of devotion. This is probably why it is widely used for weddings and here is pictured as a single buttonhole.

It was used as a declaration of love until being taken over by the red rose which we tend to associate with love and Valentines Day. I think the single white rose looks classy and although nice on it’s own it can be accompanied by other flowers to make a larger button hole to be worn by a partner.

So I use this single rose as a symbol of innocence – the start of something new and offer it as a message of hope too in that I hope you will visit it here again for more of my flower projects and insights.

 

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