All About Me

I've always loved flowers


 

Even as a child I would crush rose petals for 'perfume' and press wildflowers inbetween the pages of books. The road to where I am now started in 2001 with an afternoon at a Christmas wreath making workshop at a local garden centre. I have been hooked ever since. During the following cold, miserable January, as I moaned to my now hubby about my job as a secondary school Science teacher, I had my very own epiphany. Wouldn't it be great to have a job you loved? Wouldn't it be amazing to be a florist? I signed up to night school, devoured every book and magazine I could lay my hands on and worked for free in my local shop and on weddings for family and friends.

A move to Dublin, Ireland was the catalyst to leave teaching and really go for it as I was now free to study at college full time. The following year I set up Sweetpea Designs and took on weddings as a freelance florist from my home. This fitted around family life perfectly until a little more time on my hands meant I could finally open my own shop - Sweetpea & Thyme. I was thrilled to win contracts for some amazing venues in and around Dublin.

I've always loved flowers


 

Even as a child I would crush rose petals for 'perfume' and press wildflowers inbetween the pages of books. The road to where I am now started in 2001 with an afternoon at a Christmas wreath making workshop at a local garden centre. I have been hooked ever since. During the following cold, miserable January, as I moaned to my now hubby about my job as a secondary school Science teacher, I had my very own epiphany. Wouldn't it be great to have a job you loved? Wouldn't it be amazing to be a florist? I signed up to night school, devoured every book and magazine I could lay my hands on and worked for free in my local shop and on weddings for family and friends.

A move to Dublin, Ireland was the catalyst to leave teaching and really go for it as I was now free to study at college full time. The following year I set up Sweetpea Designs and took on weddings as a freelance florist from my home. This fitted around family life perfectly until a little more time on my hands meant I could finally open my own shop - Sweetpea & Thyme. I was thrilled to win contracts for some amazing venues in and around Dublin.

A decision to move back home to Yorkshire meant that with a heavy heart the shop closed. The silver lining was the time to take stock and figure out where I was headed. I used the break to rediscover my own love for learning; enrolling on courses with some of the country's leading florists and growers.

I now find myself halfway through the master plan! I consider myself so lucky to work on beautiful weddings in fantastic venues for the very loveliest of folk, from a workspace at home. Our newly converted barn means I can host workshops and courses which makes my heart happy! A separate prop hire business is in the making to make use of my ever growing ‘collection of stuff’, and slowly but surely the very first steps towards my own cutting patch and purpose built workshop are being taken.