Where this one came from initially, I’ve no idea. But around the time of our wedding I decided we would save so much money if I did the flowers myself, with my Mum’s help, of course. Instead of paying €500++, we bought the flowers from Flowers Made Easy for about €120, including delivery. We attended a one day workshop that they have on offer as a refresher for Mum and for me to learn the basics. We spent about 4 hours each making the bouquets, button holes and unity candle, and being honest, it was the best idea ever.
Around this time I also found myself doing the flowers in the local church, nothing fancy, just enough to add colour to the altar. Myself and another lady would cover 4 weeks at a time. Pity I didn’t take any photos of them!!!
- The flowers – Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh flowers filling your house. They lift the spirits of everyone coming into your home.
- The creativity – Granted, there are some basic rules and guidelines, but you can have so much fun expressing yourself.
- The end result – Standing back and admiring something you’ve created and having other people enjoy your work is such a fulfilling feeling.
- The cost – Flowers aren’t cheap. They are up there with coffee with regard to the large markup applied and it’s not like they are reusable!
- The inevitable end of your creation – To put a real downer on it, all creations will die!!!!
- The workspace – Not having a dedicated place to work in means having to set up and tidy away after each creative session.
- The supplies – Once again, I found myself addicted to buying everything related to flower arranging.
- The storage space – Reason #3 for a house extension.
Flower arranging is a fabulous expression of creativity but it can be costly and time consuming. I really enjoyed all the projects I undertook but with our family expanding, I think this is one hobby I will be taking my time returning to.