the time flies when you are not working; last week just seemed to whizz by (sorry if it didn't for you).
Again I want to say a big Thank you to those of you that waited for me to get back (and re-open the shop) before placing your orders; I apologise if any of you were in trouble for the belated bouquets we sent out. It always amazes me that rather than go somewhere else you are happy to let the flowers arrive later; I honestly could never put in to words how much that means to me. You are the best.
For those of you that did pop down or drove past, I am sure you would have seen the electric vans outside and the front all dug up? I couldn't believe it when I came back on Monday; while I was away we were meant to be having the forecourt area block paved; instead I came back to this the old tarmac with new bits here and there. Turns out there was an electrical problem (involving us, the barbers next door and the hair dressers next to the barber) which resulted in our forecourt having to be dug up (thankfully the new paving hadn't been laid at this point - the costs involved if they had would have made the landlord weep; of that I have no doubt). This also resulted in workmen having to enter the shop; I'm sure I don't need to tell you the mess I came back to as a result of this? Annoyed at first by it, I then stepped out of the box and looked at the positives. I had already decided to change the window display (and as half of it had been removed for the electrics I didn't get a choice) so that made me get on with it. It also meant I had to sort the whole shop area so I ended up just gutting the whole shop and re-arranging everything. This was in between sorting out you lovely customers with your orders (It's true what they say though "if you want something done ask a busy person"). I still can't believe just how much I managed to get through during Monday (I did have a few bits to finish yesterday).
I chose to pretty the window up this time round; the turquoise and brown was lovely (but a bit dark) so on Sunday I ordered a load of artificial flowers in lilac and lemon shades. I then used a lemon velvet for the base of the window, with some lilac organza swirling through and I had to admit the colours work really well together. They not only cheer the window up, but being such light colours they've brightened the shop up nicely too. Again I can only photograph from the back but I'm sure you'll agree the colours are delicate and bright at the same time.
It seems to be the week for these colours too as several people have asked for them; including the last minute bride who came in yesterday and is getting married today. Yes people really do leave things to the last minute :) Thankfully I was able to make her a small bouquet in the colours she wanted; I would NOT advise anyone leaves it quite so late though (although it's better than the bride I had a few years ago that stopped at the shop en route to her wedding for something - literally less than 20 minutes before she was getting married - that's pushing things a wee bit). It did work out well in a way though as I am always trying to find a way to photograph bouquets so that I don't have to take out the background (they really don't look as good when I've had to fiddle with them as they do when they are photographed) when it suddenly struck me that if I tied our Vlads hands together I could possibly use him to hold them so I can get a better photo. I always knew there was a reason I never put him back in the loft :) I do think it shows the flowers off a wee bit better than when I remove the backgrounds; he will be used again.
As you can see though Vlad is not looking too happy about things :) His hands are now in the perfect position though. I will see if it works as well with the bigger bouquets (one of which I have to make this weekend). Might have to dress him in white if photographing a full shower bouquet.