flowers, flowers, flowers!

Phew! Five weeks at flower school and I thought I would come up for air and dash out a blog post. I'm happy to report I'm absolutely loving the course, its so nice to be learning a creative skill and I love being around flowers every day, as I knew I would. The course itself is pretty intense, there is a lot of theory and a lot of assignment work to do. When I say "come up for air" I truly feel like I have been immersed in the world of flowers. I have been spending lots and lots and lots of time on making sure I'm on top of my assignments, if I'm not things are NOT going to be pretty later on in the semester! When I have a spare minute I try to work on my Covet & Co store to bring in some extra dollars, every dollar truly does count when you're a student! :-/

Of course my favourite part of flower school is the practical work with the flowers. Of the below photos the top left is of flowers waiting in the sinks to be used and the top right is the ribbon cupboard. Being able to tie a beautiful bow is a key florist skill and it takes a lot of practice, I'm still very much in the learning stage. The top middle photo is of two wired buttonholes I made, they use different techniques...which I'm sure are only interesting to floristry students!  The middle row is a single wrap and two hand tied posies, and the bottom row are all hand tied bouquets. Please bear in mind I'm just a beginner and at this point with the posies and bouquets we are more focused on learning the spiralling technique with the stems (flipping hard) than the flower placement, so they are a bit hodge podge looking at present!! And of course I am super super stoked to be bringing home flowers each week, especially as there is no way I'd be buying them on my student budget and my garden is also in the beginning stages so I can't fill my vases from there (although those are sweet peas from my garden above). Apologies for the photo quality, they were all taken on my phone.

Another cool thing we have been doing is going on field trips to flower growers, talk about flower heaven! We have been to lily, gerbera and hydrangea farms, with the hydrangea farm being my favourite as they are my favourite flowers. Here are some pics from those trips...

The bottom right photo of the lilies is 30 stems that I bought for $10 (floristry student rates!!!) on our first field trip to a lily farm. This is the lilies in my laundry tub after they had been in my house for a week...you see lilies in an enclosed space give me a headache, even if I religiously pluck off the stamen as soon as the flowers open. I knew this before I bought them but I got caught up in the moment and was all like "30 lilies for $10! Sign me up!!". I lasted a week before they were banished to the laundry and from there I donated them to a local rest home! Lesson learnt....for now...

Are you sick of flowers yet? Because I have one more thing to show you. As you know my course is based in the beautiful surrounds of the Hamilton Gardens, which means every day I'm at school I have the opportunity to wander around and take in the gorgeousness...so flipping lucky! Below are some pics from my wanderings. I'm really looking forward to watching everything change through the seasons. 

The colourful bunting was set up over a huge area for the annual Teddy Bears Picnic, how cute is that? :) Anyway its getting late and I need to catch up on the latest episodes of Fixer Upper. I'm hoping tomorrow I'll have time to work on a couple of DIY projects...hopefully I'll have something to show you in my next post. Thanks for stopping by xxx

ballerinas and blooms

hello :) i hope as you are reading this you are having a happy day and a fun and fulfilling 2017 so far. i have spent the first few weeks of 2017 receiving visits from lovely friends from out of town, making over various bits of furniture, crafting and preparing for my floristry course which starts next week on valentines day. exciting! 

one of my makeover projects was this wee cupboard below. not much of a makeover as all i did was pop a bit of cath kidston wallpaper in the back. the biggest part of this project was actually doing something with it after owning it for a good ten years, i was actually on the verge of trying to sell it when i came up with this idea. the madonna i found at our local hospice shop for $6 after i decided to put the cupboard up, which was a happy accident as i didn't know what i was going to display in it. the rosary beads hanging on the door are from my granny and my mum. for anyone who is curious, no i'm not religious but i was raised catholic and love these sorts of religious paraphernalia. 

do you remember when i mentioned that it was wanting to find a singer sewing machine table so that i could make it over to look like the gorgeous one in the inspiration photo at left? well my lovely aunty clare offered me one she had, which i've had since before christmas. this is the "before" on the right. 

i finally got around to painting it, which was a huge mission and involved having to taking the top off the base which was not an easy task, especially by myself! i decided not to paint the base at this point but may in the future if i'm ever crazy enough to take it apart again. 

another makeover was on my two upcycled chairs. two years ago i painted them a minty aqua and recovered them with this bright pink polka dot fabric. this was actually the second time i had made them over, before that i had recovered them with vintage blankets. these chairs have lived in my sunroom for over a year and the bright fabric was quite faded in some places and the whole look of them didn't really suit my decor anymore. i had a couple of vintage ballet fabric quilts which, again, i had had for many years and didn't know what to do with. they were quite marked and stained so i ended up taking them apart so i could wash them, the marks came out quite well. i decided i would use the fabric to cover the chairs and paint the wood white. i'm very happy with how they have come out :) 

two other things i have had for a long time and not done anything with, i am sensing a pattern here, were this cross stitch i did from a cath kidston pattern and this pretty floral fat quarter. i decided to put them together and make this wee cushion. the fat quarter actually had both prints on it. 

and a couple of other small projects, i bought this birdcage at an op shop and am using it as a candle holder. i plaited the "rope" holding it using vintage sheet fabric, which i also used to make this tea cup wind chime. there are vintage silver forks at the bottom but I do need to rearrange them a bit so that they actually chime against each other! 

i also finished off a couple of cross stitches my sister was working on and was reminded of how much i love stitching by hand, so am keen to do more of that this year, either to keep or sell :) thanks so much for stopping by to read my post today...i hope you will look forward to a many floral and crafty updates from me this year. my floristry course is based at the hamilton gardens and i apologise in advance for the amount of garden pics you will see on my instagram this year...i'm sure they will be gorgeous though ;) xxx