Thursday, 27 September 2012

4 weddings

oh yes; I have just agreed to add a 4th wedding to Friday 21st December this year. I am now thinking that we are totally bonkers in this shop. Normally we will only take 3 on any one day but the bride was so lovely (and thankfully she's not having a massive wedding) that I just couldn't say no to her. Looks like we won't be getting any sleep during the night of the 20th. Still we have the week after Xmas off to get over things. 

I will get back to you with specific closing dates for after the Xmas/begging New Year period but as it stands at the moment the plan is to close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and not re-open until Wednesday 2nd Jan. There will be flowers in the country during this period but a lot of them will be left over from the growers xmas stock; as we pride ourselves on quality we would rather close the shop fully for a week, than risk having sub-standard flowers in the shop. This could change nearer the time if it's what you - the customers - really want, but I am sure you will agree with us that quality/longevity is far more important. 

On the subject of closing we will be closed for the week commencing Monday 5th November. Sarah has the opportunity to travel over to France to visit the sites and battlefields of the 1st and 2nd world war; she feels this is too important for her to miss as it is something she has never done before. I can report she is really looking forward to it. 

Now back to this week.  We got asked to do something we've never done before - that's what makes this job so great; there is always something new to make. For a sad occasion - as most of the unusual bits we are asked to make are for - we had to incorporate a plasterers trowel into a pillow tribute. We did discuss with the customer making the whole trowel out of flowers, but we decided there was a chance the shape could be lost slightly if we did, so as a compromise we placed the trowel in the centre of the pillow and worked the rest of the tribute around it. 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Once in a blue moon

seems to be very apt indeed as the day we did have a blue moon, was the day I arrived at work and realised that for once (once in a blue moon) I was actually able to take a photograph of the shops window display from outside; if only we had more of those magic moons. 
I'm sure I've explained many times that due to us being in full sun from pretty much mid-morning, until the sun sets each night, we have to have smoked glass. Not just to keep the heat out (the shop often hits temperatures of nearly 40'c - inside as it is) but also to help eliminate any fresh flowers we may use in the display from wilting before we get round to changing things; as well as to stop any artificial we use from fading. As a result of this glass our window really only comes in to it's own once the sun has gone down; so to be able to see it on a Friday morning (in daylight) was lovely. 
The right hand side

No theme to this newest window display; other than I wanted something cheerful, which is why I went for the yellows and creams. The touch of blue was just to break things up a bit.  It is hard to keep coming up with different themes so if you any of you have any ideas, then feel free to email them over to us. Please bare in mind though that props and  bits can be expensive, so nothing too extravagant would be great. :o)   I do have some fab plans for the halloween one this year; if I can source the bits I want at a sensible price (it is only for a few weeks so not worth splashing out loads on) and if I can get an idea I've had to work, I think this will be my best window display yet. Watch this space :o) 
The left hand side (sorry it's a bit blurry).  

Aside from being happy at finally getting window pics, we also had a phenomenal Saturday that has put a huge smile on our faces. We had 2 brides booked in for appointments, but then had another 2 turn up without (we'd prefer it if you didn't just turn up as sometimes we are unable to spend the time required with you). Thankfully on Saturday everyone staggered themselves and yay us; another 4 weddings booked in for later in the year. Was a squeeze to fit one of the brides in (please don't leave it to the last minute to book us for your weddings as we will normally only do 3 weddings on one day) but this bride was so desperate to have us make her flowers, and she is having something a little bit different, that I didn't have the heart to tell her I couldn't fit her in. It may not always be possible to do this so I really can't emphasize enough how important it is to get us booked sooner; rather than later.