The ONLY felt florist in New Zealand!

felt florist in new zealand

The ONLY felt florist in New Zealand!

That’s right, this is the only Felt Florist in New Zealand! It’s really all in the title, honestly.
As we are mid way through 2017, I am still the only florist in New Zealand, creating
gift bouquets, arrangements, weddings flowers and catering to
corporate clients and the film industry, with felt flowers.

Amongst all the other florists out there, whether it is fresh flowers, silk flowers, paper flowers,
foam or flax flowers, I am the only florist in New Zealand working with felt.
At this point in time, it makes our flowers truly and incredibly unique!


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I’m not here to bag all the other types of florists out there. In fact, if you already follow me,
you will know I have a very good friend Sema, who is a Flax florist at Hapene by Artiflax.
I often purchase hapene from her, to use in my bouquets and arrangements,
as I do like to incorporate different media into my creations.

I am simply here to say that if none of the other types of fresh or fake flowers take you fancy,
I offer an alternative to other artificial flowers. Because let’s face it, just like food,
everyone has different taste buds!


Whenever I introduce myself, and my business, the most common question is
“How did you get into felt flowers?” 
Well, in all honesty, I don’t really remember.
It seems to have just…well, happened! I don’t even remember the exact date! 

And when it did, I must have phased out my old work (with felt) pretty quickly,
because I barely remember that either.  
All I know was that I loved making flowers.
There was a whole different creative side to it that intriguied me.

Getting requests to make a certain flower challenged me. And I loved that aspect to it!

If this is your first time visiting my website, why not check out my portfolio,
and get your wallet ready to purchase all of my beautiful flowers in the shop!

It has been a very exciting journey so far, and each new day brings new adventure. 
I can’t wait to show everyone what else I can create!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far.

As I continue to build my portfolio, I would love to know what other flowers
you would love to see me make.
Leave a comment below and
stay tuned on my Facebook and Instagram pages.
I may just make your flower in the near future! 

 

Remembering a Loved One

Remembering a loved one

Remembering a Loved One

In 2013, Julia and Marcus lost their son Isaac. Yet, every day he is with them, in more ways than one. And they put a meaningful emphasis on special occasions to include Isaac in any way possible. Julia even writes regularly on a blog style Facebook Page called Remembering Isaac. So it was without a doubt, that he would be included on their wedding day as well. Remembering a loved one is a journey in itself, it is part of life, and everyone processes it in their own way.

 

In 2015, I was approached by Julia to create some felt flowers for their
wedding. She wanted a bridal bouquet, wrist corsages, boutonnieres and centre pieces for the guest tables, as well a special centre piece for the head table.

All of that was fine, and I was looking forward to creating unique floral pieces for their big day. The only thing that made me extremely nervous was the request for a special centre piece for their head table, for remembering a loved one. Julia asked if I could create a centre piece based on Isaac’s casket spray. And in her words she said “Morbid I know, but I loved them!” And I’m not one to say no, as I have nothing against that sort of thing, so of course I agreed.

 While Julia left me to my own creative license for the arrangements, there were a few things I had to follow, in her brief. This included a selection of certain flowers such as daffodils, centre pieces where she would provide the base/vase/mini bucket, and a selection of smaller flowers for her daughter. Now don’t get me wrong, every bride should have a brief for their florist, as it makes my job so much easier! But when a client or bride ‘leaves it up to me’, the nerves kick in immediately! It’s safe to say that with this particular job, I had a deep mix of emotions. Learning of Julia’s loss and her story behind wanting the flowers that she did, made me emotional throughout the whole process. As a florist I was honoured, to be asked to create such a special arrangement, and as a mother, my heart was heavy with both sadness and love.

I started with the main table centre piece, as the guest table centre pieces were going to be based on that. It took me a long time to finish. I doubted myself and my creativity everyday until it was done. I often had to walk away from it, because of the emotions that came through me, whilst working on it. Even though Julia acknowledged it wouldn’t be, and didn’t have to be an exact replica of Isaac’s casket spray, I wanted it to be perfect. I sent her photos often, of the progress, so that I could tweak it if necessary.

Remembering a loved one: It wasn’t just the flowers she incorporated in to their wedding day, which had a special connection to Isaac. She also included Isaac in many other ways, including personalised cuff links for her husband, from our friends over at KJdesigns Handstamped Jewellery. Julia also added personal touches to her floral pieces. With her bouquet, she added a butterfly, in remembrance of Isaac.


Guest table centre pieces doubled as gift favours,
for their close family members. 

A daffodil was used in Lily’s hair. (Their daughter).


Isaac’s Corner:

It wasn’t until later in 2016, where Julia shared a post on her ‘Remembering Isaac’ Facebook page, that I learnt of the final destination of the head table floral arrangement.

In their home they have a special corner of their lounge, called Isaac’s corner. It is here where the head table arrangement from their wedding day now sits.

Julia told me that whenever she looks at Isaac’s corner, and see’s my flowers, she ‘can’t help but smile’ every time she sees them.

To know this, warms my heart. I feel blessed. Not only to have been involved in Julia’s & Marcus’s wedding, but also to have been able to create something, that connects them to Isaac each and everyday. To have created something that brings out some form of  happiness from their grief.

It was at that moment, when all my fears disappeared. Whilst a new rush of mixed emotions hit me, I was relieved. A weight had been lifted off my shoulders, knowing that Julia and her family found comfort in something that I had created.

 

Julia, Marcus, Lily and Isaac, thank you! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your wedding.
Thank you for trusting in me, and believing my creative skills.
In was an absolute honour and privilege to create all the unique floral pieces for your big day.
It brings me joy to know that a piece of my work, will forever live in your home, and bring a smile to your faces.

Wedding Flowers: Fresh or Felt

Wedding Flowers: Fresh or Felt

There is no doubt about it, unless you have been planning your wedding since you were 6 years old, making decisions about your wedding can be a struggle. Well it is for me anyway…and even harder making a decision about wedding flowers!

I am new bride-to-be, only being recently engaged in February 2016. I haven’t always known what I wanted on my wedding day, so even beginning the planning process was hard. Big wedding vs small wedding, somewhere close to home vs. tropical island, fresh flowers or fake.

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My mum has worked in flower nurseries for the best part of 20 years, and I have always loved watching her many varieties of roses bloom in her garden, amongst other flowers. The few fresh flower bouquets I have received in my life have been gorgeous, and they have definitely made my day.

But as much as I love fresh flowers, I damn well hate it when they start to die. They start to turn brown and/or wilt, and it is depressing! Not to mention that I get hay fever, so pollen tends to get make my top lip feel like it is swimming in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

Here is where I come at a cross roads for my wedding flowers, between having fresh or fake flowers. Of course, I can get as creative as I like with my very own felt flowers, but I would love to have a mix of fresh flowers, although, if I want to keep my bouquet, I would have to reconsider the fresh flowers (unless they were dried properly afterwards).

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So here are my personal pro’s and con’s to having fresh and/or felt flowers.


Pro’s of Fresh
– Real flowers are beautiful

– You can get some beautiful scents from fresh flowers, creating a natural fragrance during your wedding day.
– They can be freeze dried, or dried naturally.
– In season flowers can be cheaper.


Con’s of Fresh
– Some flowers are seasonal. Out of season flowers may still be available, but likely to be more expensive

– They die
– Pollen can trigger allergies/hay fever.
– Unless you know how to dry them properly or get them freeze dried, you literally have no use for them afterwards.
– During summer or winter months, more fragile flowers may need care.


Pro’s of Felt
– Hard wearing, non-fragile.
– No need to dose up on allergy relief.
– No need to water.
– They will last for a very long time, if not forever, with the right care.
– Bridal bouquets etc, also make great thank you gifts, as they can also take them home as a keepsake.
– You could use your favourite perfume, to give a light spray on the felt, bringing scent to the flowers.
– Weather conditions will not affect them.
– If you choose to have a and tied bouquet, you can rearrange them after the wedding and display them in a vase however you please.


Con’s of Felt
– Depending on the amount of flowers, yes it can be expensive due to the amount of time that goes into making each flower, so the con is really only dependent on the style of your wedding, your budget, and design. (but then again, that kind of goes for fresh lowers too!)
– There is a bad stigma amongst some, that fake flowers look cheap.

 OK, so I struggled to find con’s for felt flowers. It might seem a bit biased, but from a bride-to-be perspective, and taking into consideration my hay fever etc etc, I do believe felt flowers can be a wonderful part of your big day.
I know that it is not everybody’s cuppa tea, but for those wanting an alternative to fresh flowers, definitely don’t hesitate to get quotes and ask questions about felt flowers.
You can view our weddings page here or our portfolio for a range of felt flowers..

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