All About Me

I've always loved flowers


 

Even as a child I would crush rose petals for 'perfume' and press wildflowers in between 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 in between 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’m lucky to work from a workshop at home on beautiful weddings in amazing venues for the very loveliest of folk. I can host workshops and courses. Seeing people absorbed in, and enjoying creating with flowers, gives the real warm glow.

My ever-growing collection of stuff has found a new home in the soon to be launched prop hire business, ‘The Styling Stables.' A range of vintage, quirky, handmade and bespoke items available to hire alongside your blooms or on a DIY basis.

This spring saw the very first steps taken towards the last piece of the jigsaw - my own cutting patch.