Come and get your Christmas craft on

Now that the weather is turning colder #shame, and the leaves are getting decidedly browner #nice, it is time to start thinking about the big C….yep Christmas is just around the corner and if you are the crafty creative type you are in for a treat this year. Come and join me at our studio in Battersea where we will be running a series of wreath-making workshops

The session will address wiring techniques, examples of finished wreaths and the various styles that can be achieved using a variety of foliage, fir cones, cinnamon, whole oranges or apples. Materials will be provided and I will provide step-by-step demonstrations, as well as personal tuition to produce the perfect, truly unique holiday wreath for your door
Refreshments and morning pastries will be provided and participants will of course be able to take their work home with them to proudly display to friends and family. The wreaths should last right up until Christmas

The workshops, running on Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December,** from 10.30-12.30pm, cost £60 per person and are based in our creative home at the New New Covent Garden Flower Market, in all its twinkling and festive glory, a truly magical place! They would make a unique seasonal hen party or just a fun day out with friends and family

To book your place on our wreath-making workshop, or enquire about other workshops please contact Liz on liz@blueskyflowers.co.uk or call 07973 601 045

These wreaths were made by some lovely ladies at a previous workshop

Top photos by Julie Michaelsen

**More dates may be added once these are full

 

 

Hen Party Workshops

Your best friend is getting married and the organising baton has been handed to you to ‘do the hen party’. No biggy, lots of things can be done, most of which involve whipped cream, strangely shaped cakes and booze … but not every bride to be wants that and if you know your bezzie well, you’ll know what she would like to do

One option could be a tailored Floral Hen Party … we’ve done floral crowns, bouquets, jars of flowers and a combination of the above. They can either take place at our workshop in New Covent Garden Flower Market one morning (up to 9 people) and include a quick tour around to choose your flowers…. always a fave option if the bride is yet to choose her colour scheme or we have a great venue location at The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker up in Islington (up to 18 max)

The pub is easy to get to and has a wonderfully light and spacious back room that we take over and fill with flowers, fun and cake! It also specialises in gin …but don’t let that influence you in any way

Each party can be tailored to your needs and timing but they usually last around 2 hours, cost £50 per person to include cake, tea and coffee. You also get a goodie bag which you can use to take away your flowers in, if you aren’t wearing them of course

 

hen party workshop with blue sky flowers

So if you are stuck for ideas, just drop me an email and we can get flowered up x

Back to school part 2

As I’ve mentioned before, April has been a bit of a back to school moment for me. After 15 years as a solo florist with no formal training but learning as I go and making mistakes along the way, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for some hands on courses

Having jumped in at the deep end (see previous post!), I followed this by booking onto the 2 day La Belle Epoque course being run by the lovely Becca and Maz down at The Garden Gate Flower Company in Cornwall. They had managed to entice the amazing American florist Ashley Beyer from Tinge Floral to come and teach us. We stayed at Boconnoc, a stunningly refurbished hotel and wedding venue run by the Fortescue family near Lostwithiel

Well, what can I say, other than it was a completely amazing, full on, head spinning, flower filled, swoon inducing few days amongst some wonderful florist friends – new and old – who got absolutely stuck in to creating displays taught by Becca, Maz and Ashley with an incredible array of home grown (and a few Dutch) flowers – ranunculi, anemones, fritillaria, hellebores, narcissi, clematis, sweet peas, stock, tulips not to mention the flowering foliages – camellia, pieris, spirea and on and on!!

We very quickly went from watching Becca and Ashley bring their creations to life to having a go ourselves. Armed with fabulous floral booty, we crafted, bit our lips, changed things around, um’ed and ah’ed a bit longer and finally got the courage to ask the girls how we had done …. ‘very well’ was the general reply followed by a couple of well meant suggestions to improve which of course made everything fall into place!

The before and after of my ‘Ashley’ – can you spot the difference!

We then had a wonderful lunch provided by Emily Scott from The Tudy Inn which was just amazing and, honestly, if the pull of the ranunculi hadn’t been so strong I think we would have stayed at the house all afternoon … but the snips were calling and back we went to create bouquets

la belle epoque class with blue sky flowers

We were able to finish our bouquets with beautiful silk ribbon brought by the lovely Sian at Lancaster & Cornish who are just down the road from Boconnoc – thanks Sian! x

la belle epoque class with blue sky flowers

All in all, we had a wonderful time and learnt a lot … so watch this space to see what happens next! x