WORKSHOP | Host Your Own Workshop

Host a Christmas Wreath workshop in your home. 

Have you got a group of friends who would love to get together for a festive evening of crafts? Then why not host a Christmas Wreath Workshop? 

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All you need is a room with a large table and a floor than can be easily cleaned, a kitchen or conservatory is ideal. Wreath making does make a mess so a room with carpet is a No No!

I will bring along everything else! 

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During the workshop you will each create a stunning festive wreath for your door. You will be shown how to create the foliage base using a selection of seasonal foliages and will then have the opportunity to decorate the wreath to your taste.  

I will bring along a huge selection of festive items to decorate your wreath such as fir cones, orange slices, dried hydrangea, berries, cinnamon sticks and much more!  

The 'host your own workshops' cost £35 per person, require a minimum of 4 participants and run for 3hours. 

For more information please contact me at sleastwood@hotmail.co.uk

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NYC - Colour for Creatives

Any of you who follow me on Instagram (@stephanie_eastwood) will know that a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to work in New York for Fiona Humberstone from the Brand Stylist.  

I have worked with Fiona many times in London when she has run her colour psychology workshops and when she asked me to accompany her to New York where she was running a workshop I couldn't say no! 

I flew out a few days before the workshop, so I had some time to explore New York. It was my first time in New York and I wasn't sure what to expect, but Wow . . .  what a fabulous city.  

Brooklyn bridge with the New York skyline behind.  

Brooklyn bridge with the New York skyline behind.  

The highline, a disused raised railway line through the city which has been lovingly turned into a gorgeous raised walkway. 

The highline, a disused raised railway line through the city which has been lovingly turned into a gorgeous raised walkway. 

What a view from the Empire State Building. 

What a view from the Empire State Building. 

The flower district. A whole area of the city full of flower wholesalers with their displays of flowers filling the sidewalk.  

The flower district. A whole area of the city full of flower wholesalers with their displays of flowers filling the sidewalk.  

I loved exploring the city by myself and with Fiona's lovely family. We went to a gorgeous Lebanese restaurant called Ilili after our trip up the Empire State Building, which was fantastic. Definitely on the list for places to eat when I'm next in New York. 

Fionas Colour for creatives workshop was held in a gorgeous industrial building on 31st street. It was a huge space with massive old windows and huge high ceilings.  

As usual Fiona had amazing ideas to make the space her own and with the help of a fabulous flower grower and florist called Gloria we transformed the space into something amazing.   

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Gloria created these stunning Kokadama which we hung in the Windows. I love the mix of city view and nature. 

Gloria created these stunning Kokadama which we hung in the Windows. I love the mix of city view and nature. 

I loved helping Gloria create this gorgeous foliage wall. All made from bamboo cut fresh from Gloria's garden!

I loved helping Gloria create this gorgeous foliage wall. All made from bamboo cut fresh from Gloria's garden!

From the minute the workshop started the room was filled with a buzz that you only get when creative people get together. So many ideas were flying around the room, such an inspirational day.  

I learnt so much from listening into the workshop and I am doing my best to make my business look more 'summer'. Over the next few weeks I'm hoping my Instagram especially will be filled with more romantic photos in subtle colours and with a distinctly summer feel. 

We were treated to elevenses and lunch by the fabulous Poppy's a catering company based in Brocklyn and  the day finished, as Fiona's workshops always do. . . . with a cocktail! Of course as we were in America, that cocktail had to be a very English G&T, made with Scottish Hendricks Gin, served with tonic and a slice of cucumber and sprig of mint! 

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A perfect end to the day.  

A perfect end to the day.  

A Romantic Affair - Sweetpeas

Sweetpeas have a short vase life but their beautiful scent makes them irresistible. Just a few of these beautiful flowers will fill your room with the scent of an English summers day. 

A scent that takes me back to my childhood, playing in the garden, enjoying the summer sun. 

Freshly picked sweetpeas from a friends garden. I had the pleasure of picking these every other day while she was on  holiday.  

Freshly picked sweetpeas from a friends garden. I had the pleasure of picking these every other day while she was on  holiday.  

The best sweetpeas are English grown flowers, these delicate blooms don't travel well. Their dainty petals bruise easily and their short life once cut is not to be wasted on a lorry coming across Europe. 

If you are growing sweetpeas you need to ensure they are picked regularly. This keeps the plant producing more flowers, if the flowers are left and go to seed the plant will stop producing new buds. The flowers are best cut first thing in the morning whilst it's still cool and put straight into a bucket of water.  

Here are a few pictures of some beautiful English sweet peas grown in a garden in Somerset and some ideas on how to incorporate sweet peas into your wedding or event.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and it has inspired you to have a go at growing your own or incorporating sweet peas  into your wedding or event flowers. 

Colour - Romantic pinks and rich purples.

A beautiful romantic colour combination that gives your wedding flowers a real country garden feel.

This colour combination would look stunning against sage green, dusky pink or purple bridesmaid dresses for a summer wedding in an old barn, marquee or teepee. 

Peonies, a must if your getting married in June!  

Peonies, available from late May - June.  

Peonies, available from late May - June.  

Hydrangeas, ideal for large arrangements, available in beautiful rich colours all through summer.  

Rich purple Hydrangea and eucalyptus.  

Rich purple Hydrangea and eucalyptus.  

If it's scent your after how about Stocks, available in pink, purple, lilac, cream and white, or maybe sweet peas, the ultimate scented summer flower. 

Stocks are available late spring early summer.  

Stocks are available late spring early summer.  

Here are a few designs to get you inspired! 

How about a floral heart on the gate to the reception?

This versatile design could be moved from the ceremony to the reception.  

This versatile design could be moved from the ceremony to the reception.  

Peonies are a stunning addition to your bouquet and arrangements. Certain varieties also add a subtle scent to the wedding. 

The seed heads and grasses give this design movement and a very natural style.  

The seed heads and grasses give this design movement and a very natural style.  

And finally how about a large arrangement, this would look great in a hallway, on the bar, or maybe have two and have them either side of the entrance or regestras table.  

Delphiniums, hydrangea, peonies, astrantia and grasses.  

Delphiniums, hydrangea, peonies, astrantia and grasses.  

Delphiniums give this design height, this design is over 1m high. Delphinium are available all year however are at their best over the summer months, they are available in pale blues, dark blues and Ivory.

 

Summer Blooms

The flower market is full of gorgeous summer blooms.

June is the month for blowsy Peonies, scented Stocks, Sweet Williams and Sweet peas. 

Here are a few pictures from this weeks orders.  

Bouquet ingredients  

Bouquet ingredients  

A gorgeous summer bouquet for a newly engaged couple. Maybe their wedding flowers may include some of these beautiful flowers. 

Nigella, Peonies, Sweet William, Stocks, Delphinium and many more. 

Nigella, Peonies, Sweet William, Stocks, Delphinium and many more. 

And finally a cute jug of flowers for the window of the local church.  

A burst of colour for the church window.  

A burst of colour for the church window.