Kristen Somerville

Reaching out to others in the sustainable space

It can be lonely trying to walk the sustainable path, when many of your competitors take the easy route and not everyone understands the reasoning behind what you’re doing.

But on the plus side, being sustainable gives you focus, and for us it’s our ‘why’ in the depths of winter and a cost of living crisis that makes you question everything.

So we love teaming up with other businesses in the sustainable space, because at it’s heart sustainability is about caring.

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My creative process…

I’m often asked do you have a vision in mind before making something. The answer is yes… and no. Yes I have an idea of what I think might look good or what colours I want to use but never much more than that. I find that when I do have a specific idea that’s when I get into trouble because you need to be open to where a design is going to lead you, rather than where you want it to go. And sometimes it’s just about keeping going and trusting that it’s going to turn out ok.

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Mother’s Day Update 2023

Since 2020 it seems like there is no such thing as a normal Mother’s Day. Fortunately there are no lockdowns this year to contend with or contactless pick ups, but what has given everyone in this industry the most trouble is the weather. Not only have we had cyclones and flooding but the fact that there has been so much rain has meant the summer flower season is that much shorter than usual.

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Summer cut flower tips…

This week in your bouquet you might find some of the following: dahlia, gladioli, calla lilies,
scabiosa, strawflowers, matricaria
daisies and hydrangea. Summer flowers while lovely are generally speaking more delicate and not as long lasting as Autumn/ Winter flowers.  This means that instead of a vase life of 7 days plus, summer cut flowers are more likely to last up to 5 days.  Keep reading for some cut flower care tips.

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Embracing the ordinary beauty of our work…

If there’s one thing we do too much of in our studio it’s apologise. We brush past someone and apologise, borrow the clippers and apologise, it got so bad that when customers complimented me on my business I’d find myself downplaying the compliment instead of just accepting it. So this year we’re not doing that. This year we need to rise up because what makes this business special in all its imperfections is what will help us stand out and get through 2023.

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