Friday…with The Flower Arranger Magazine ( and my Granny )

February 17, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - ikebana - Spring

Towards the end of last year I was asked if I’d like to contribute something to the NAFAS Sping edition of ‘The Flower Arranger’ Magazine

( NAFAS is National Association of Flower Arrangement Soceities by the way )

I was really thrilled as it had been my late Granny’s favourite magazine, having been an avid flower arranger with The Coventry Flower Club since the early 1960’s.

I have held on to lots of her flower arranging bits and pieces ( including the metal frogs and ikebana snips and books in the image above ) as I knew they meant so much to her…little realising how much influence they were going to have on me over the last few years.

She would have been so surprised but also really happy that I had had something published in this magazine, so I wanted to create some arrangements which somehow included her and her work too…I have her sketchbooks, lots of photos of her arrangements and certificates… …she was evidently pretty skilled as these First Prize cards date from 1966 – 1995She had also achieved her advanced diploma in Ichiyo ikebana by 1973……and this is an image I really love as here is Beryl Stanton running what looks like a flower arranging workshop on a lovely wooden table!These were obviously some arrangements she was most proud of…even though they seem rather dated now…She had a beautiful garden too which I spent many weekends running around ( and dodging mud ‘grenades’ my brother would hurl at me from across the lawn! ) this photo is so reminiscent of summers spent there…I can almost smell it I also have a selection of some of her ceramics which she used. The keyhole one is my absolute favourite but they’re all brilliant to work with… …and here is her 25 years of flower arranging badge …and her NAFAS apronIt’s strange, but also quite comforting, to realise the influence someone has had on you during your childhood when you weren’t even noticing…I really wish I could have had a chat to her about it all, or even a class with her in her shed…

However, at least I’m able to share a bit of that history here…even though she’d have been completely freaked out by anything digital!You can order a copy of the Spring Issue of ‘The Flower Arranger’ HERE which is full of really interesting ideas and also a great piece about Japanese Cherry Blossom!

Thursday…with a Yorkshire re-cap

February 16, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - colour - trips - Winter

This Half Term my son and my mum decided they wanted to watch films together ( as well as a couple of ‘Midsommer Murder’s’ I expect if my mum had anything to do with it!! ) for 3 days at her house in Warwickshire, which meant I was able to sneak off to Yorkshire to visit my cousin Rachel @welliesandlove … ( well we’re sort of cousins;, her Grandmother and my Grandfather were an item for years! )

Rachel’s mother sadly passed away last year which meant she has suddenly inherited her Grandmother’s boxes of vintage threads, costume jewellery and old magazines which I helped her rummage through, and we spent hours into the night looking at it and arranging it  just for the sake of it…

I also became obsessed by Rachel’s windows…particularly the round ones and now have them on my bucket list for the perfect home!

I love driving North to see friends and Yorkshire is probably my favourite part of the UK and I was able to visit a couple of other friend’s too as well as meet up with Sara Tasker from Me and Orla ( instagram @me_and_orla ) to chat about all things creative and Instagrammy for her new podcast; Hashtag Authentic, which you can listen to HERE

So, here follows my visual re-cap of a lovely few days away…
( above is Rachel’s Grandmother Louise, and both of us below with our mums and Louise circa 1986! ) ( I amused 2 small elves just before their tea time by getting them to collect items and toys in their favourite colours so I could create eye-spy images for them…) ( magazine pages from 1948…imagine what instagram lifestyle images would have looked like then! ) domestic foraging for white things with Sara Tasker after we’d recorded the podcast muted tones were replaced that evening with wine and multi coloured thread action… …which was still there in the morning! I got home to Brighton last night and this morning was inspired by my trip; Sara’s white ceramics, Rachel’s boxes of treasured bits and as always telephone boxes…

Sunday…Weekly Snaps

January 15, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - Brighton - colour - cycling - London - My Home - synaesthesia - texture - Weekly Snaps - Winter

Photo 09-01-2017, 12 14 24I’ve been a slacker with organisation all over the board since even before Christmas, so rather than make any excuses, I’ll just get on with the snaps again…January and February is always a settling in time 😉

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