Well, this is a first for me….I have been well and truly dragged into the 21st Century! Everyone who knows me knows I’m not the greatest at technology, my teenage son set me up with Instagram a year ago as Facebook was ‘so last year’. So here goes….
A bit about me. I’m chatty, headstrong, driven and love a challenge. I started my floristry business six years ago, no business experience, but a background in visual merchandising and retail design and a real passion for flowers, working from my kitchen, whilst also working at my main job as a community midwife in Harlow, Essex. Roll on to 2016 where I was to take the plunge and hand in my notice as a permanent midwife. A couple of years working from home, a fair few weddings and funerals later, I came to realise my company had got too big for my kitchen, and with that in mind, I headed out to find a workshop to fit my needs.
In January 2018 I got in touch with a wonderful man (William, my now landlord) who was buying Crumps Farm, a run down farm house with gorgeous stables, barns and out buildings on West Road, Sawbridgeworth, in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. I just fell in love with my ‘workshop’ the minute I saw it. Originally two stables, used for foaling mares, overgrown with ivy and holes to let the rain in, I knew this was for me. Next to convince my husband (worried about expanding) and my accountant (worried about money). But, persuasive as always, I got my way! In June 2018, I moved into my newly converted workshop and started to build my business on a different level.
And now today, at the beginning of January 2020, a new century, you will mostly find me at ‘The Foaling Stable’, my place of work, sanctuary and creative space, beavering away in the cold (mostly) and warmth (rarely), at home and in my element. I have created a calm, welcoming environment and work-space where over a cup of tea or a glass of prosecco I hold consultations to discuss your wedding and event flowers, from bridal bouquets and buttonholes, ceremony and reception arrangements, to large scale floral installations. I make sure my customers who visit to discuss funeral flowers and floral tributes to honor their loved ones are comfortable and relaxed, with no rush on time.
I hold floristy/flower arranging classes for beginners, where you can come along for a few hours to create gorgeous fresh flower & plant designs such as Christmas wreaths, Spring arrangements, hand tied bouquets and Mother’s day gifts.
Since I moved in, after spending six months on my own, I now have some amazing neighbours in the rest of the converted stables and barns…from Mel at Enchanted Bridal Boutique and Charly at Charly Mae Photography & videography, and a few more wedding and event suppliers moving in in February. We have held two wonderful and very popular wedding fair events at the farm, as I work alongside so many wonderful local suppliers, we are proud to be arranging our next Wedding Fayre on Sunday 19th April to showcase all the amazing products we have to offer.
So, enough about me, why not pop in and say Hi and talk flowers with me, or keep a look out for more information on all the exciting collaborations I have planned for 2020 x