Cut and Dried, the new love for dried flowers

Here’s a thing, I was around for the last dried flower craze! In fact I managed a wonderful shop in Exeter that sold mainly dried flowers, wonderful potpourri and stencils too!

They are back in Vogue and I am delighted… I plan to dry a host of flowers this summer, some things not normally available. Sadly my grown stash completely ran out but found some great suppliers to see me through till the end of high summer.

If you fancy a dried something get in touch…will be adding a few things soon!

More Oysters!

Popping up some newly decorated Oyster shells in the shop, been a wee run on them this week, Octopus seem to be rather favoured, they certainly are amazing creatures, great radio 4 series if you want to know more.

I have been madly planting out young flower plants and sowing seeds for amazing summer bouquets, lush spring bouquets available currently featuring lilac, spurge, tulips, artichoke leaves,  red cow parsley and very pretty  blue brunnera.

Fingers crossed we are now at last past the frosty nights!

The World is your Oyster…

I seem to have become obsessed with shells, it all started as I  wanted to re-use the stunning Oyster shells that I have been saving from fishy suppers . These fantastic Oysters are grown sustainably in the Scottish Highlands by Suscrans.

I have now started thinking about creating a grotto seat at Amisfield Walled Garden where I volunteer using Scottish shells so watch this space!

I also wanted a smaller project and have decoupaged and gilded some for sale. Each shell is inherently different,  barnacles on the  underside add even more charm to the convoluted shapes,  the gilding highlights the delicate edge and adds a  rich Rococo flourish.

I will be adding a selection of these for sale soon and have already been asked to run a workshop in the future, let me know if you want to be added to the list!

Flowersmith’s recent commissions for Zero C show home

I was recently asked to make an array of dried flower arrangements to dress a new show home, it was a very nice job for a very nice company, Zero C, and the houses look  quite different to the usual new developments, a combination of traditional and contemporary, very much my style!  They even took some Venus vases and decoupaged stamp boxes which sit very well in the room settings.  My dear friend Ann Dickson, a local artist has lent them some of her paintings which work a treat too.

Here’s their  promo video, see if you can spot my contributions!

New decorative hand crafted goods


I have been keeping myself busy with a whole host of projects and ideas and will be adding a new range of unique hand crafted goods. I’m starting with one off recycled boxes decorated with lovely vintage stamps. These stamps are so beautiful, some vibrant, some subtle and each a little history lesson! The boxes look great on a shelf or mantlepiece or used to keep wee treasures safe. I will be adding other things very soon, all of them one off original pieces that will add a sense of fun and originality to any home.

Hoping this little post finds you well and like me itching for unlockdown!


Mother Dearest!

Celebration time, come on …

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
Maya Angelou

A great quote from a great woman and a great mother herself…though she wasn’t so great with babies apparently, lets’ face it, her words of wisdom would have been wasted on such tiny shoulders!

To celebrate these special women I have named a few Venus Vases after some amazing mothers and will pop in free a little special dried posie tied up with satin ribbon with each purchase.

If you order one on the website email me with a message and her address and I will hand write a card and pop it in the post. Hurry though as it’s only two weeks away!

And the Mothers I have chosen are….

Josephine Baker who adopted 12 children of all nationalities
Marie Curie known as the mother of modern physics winner of Nobel prizes, one of which she shared with her daughter
Olympias mother of Alexander the Great
Emmeline Pankhurst mother of Sylvia and Christabel all movers and shakers for the suffragette movement
Michelle Obama great mother of two girls but inspirational to many others

Happy New Year

Hello lovely people

Just want to wish you all a Happy New Year, who knows what 2021 will bring forth? Vaccinations aplenty hopefully!

I still have some lovely dried flowers available and Venus vases.

Looking forward to spring and all it brings in new growth and greeny-ness.

Will be planning the planting and getting treasured seeds started before too soon ready for lovely summer bouquets!

All the very best
PS A springy picture from last year to give you cheer!

Pastures New for Flora

Venus Vase No 8 was named for Flora, Roman goddess of flowers and of the season of spring – a symbol for nature and flowers. While she was otherwise a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, being one among several fertility goddesses, her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime.

Hope her new owner enjoys this little beauty.

Last of my dried flower arrangements.

Hello Flower lovers

As you probably know virtually all my dried flowers are locally grown, gathered and dried. This year has been very busy and many, long lasting arrangements are now gracing other peoples walls to give months of pleasure. I am starting to run low on certain things so if you want one for yourself or as a gift check the website. Thanks