Last Saturday we launched our flowerschool and I couldn't be more proud of what we have achieved. It had always been my intention to combine my love of flowers with my 20 years experience in Learning and Development and so niflowerschool was born.
I invited some local bloggers and those involved in the wedding industry to come and experience the flowerschool first hand. The weather was amazing, a beautiful Autumn day dry and cold, crisp and bright-perfect for flowering!
When the idea of niflowerschool was first conceived I knew I wanted it to be more than a floristry class, I wanted it to be an 'experience day', the full effect, great flowers and sundries, warm and welcoming surroundings, fabulous food and to feel like a real treat!!
When everyone had arrived and settled in the workshop space we served some delicious salted caramel muffins with tea and coffee in front of the newly installed wood burning stove. We have partnered up with Jill from @Maggiesworkingkitchen for all our culinary delights and she didn't disappoint.
Once introductions were made I gave a little demo of the Autumn wreath we were all going to make and then everyone got stuck in and started making their own. There was a huge array of finishing flourishes available-Autumn leaves, berries, feathers, seed heads....
The thing that always amazes me about our classes is that everyone starts with the same basic ingredients and finishes with something truly individual. The door wreaths made were a true reflection of the individual who made them, their character and style and each one was fabulous!
Once everyone had finished their wreaths we sat down to a wonderful lunch of goats cheese and red onion tart, spiced pumpkin soup served with freshly baked focaccia, green beans and twice butter baked potatoes, this was finished with a chilli chocolate pot and orange shortbread cookie.
The afternoon session was 'Floral jewellery and Flower Crowns', again a demonstration to start with and then individual help with each element, the creations were wonderful, truly unique!
Some of our students with their finished pieces
We had the most wonderful day of flowery fun and I truly believe it is the start of something amazing. As well as regular seasonal workshops we also offer an alternative to the regular hen or birthday party, more intense courses in wedding floristry for those with experience wanting to increase their skills, and some one to ones for those wanting to learn more about the 'Victoriana' style. You can contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific enquiries or check out current courses on the website.
A big thankyou to Eszter (eszterballophotography), Tracy (tracysteelephotography) and Shattner videoing on behalf of Rabbit and the Fox films.
Finally a massive thankyou to Olive from Loveolli Designs, Wendy and Tracie from Camran Crafts and Jill from Maggies Working Kitchen for the beautiful gifts in our goody bags and the delicious food on the day.
'Thank you so much again for having us on Saturday. It honestly was the best wee morning and I was totally smitten with your whole set up and the entire structure of the day. I had really high expectations, as I’ve always wanted to do one of these courses, and it more than met with them. Even Andrew was raving about it, and it wouldn’t usually be the sort of thing he’d go for!'
Emma Life at the Little Wood Blog
'Facilities and venue-great location with plenty of parking and attention to detail was great-blankets and little plants on the benching,wood burner was definitely required but that's to be expected at this time of year!barn look rustic yet professional and not indimidating!
Content was good,plenty of leaves etc to choose from to use and staff on hand to offer advice and help. You explained things well but also let us get on with our own creations!
Lunch was amazing just what everyone needed-wholesome and not corporate so felt personal.'
Nicola Shed Blog
'The barn looks fab and was very much in the Victoriana style; rustic but with loads of lovely wee touches to make it feel like home so the atmosphere was just right. The ducks quaking in the background and the cats dandering around was the icing on the cake for me!'
Sophie-A Victoriana Bride 2014
'Again, thank you thank you for last week, I honestly had the best time ever- it was the most relaxing day I’ve had in forever and I really enjoyed it.
I don’t think you should change anything about it, keep that zen feeling, always!
Emma The Promise NI