Tea & Chat with Annes Floral Gifts
Today, I've been looking forward to chatting to a very talented Anne who makes beautiful floral arrangements from faux flowers and pretty fabric hair accessories. Anne started her creative business about three years ago and aptly called it Annes Floral Gifts.
Hello! Great to have you here, the kettle’s just boiled – what would you like to drink?
Hot choc with all the trimmings please – hang the diet today!
So, tell us a bit about yourself and your business.
Well, I’m still working part time as a Quality Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital, a bit of a commute from where I live, but they are flexible about my working hours and it’s a rewarding and interesting job. Then in my non-commuting time I do floristry – both fresh and dried arrangements, but they are not the easiest thing to post so I started doing floral hair accessories for friends and that side of things have just grown. My business is called Annes Floral Gifts.
What inspired you to start your creative business? How did it all begin?
I’ve been flower arranging since I was young – encouraged by my Godmother who insisted all young ladies should be able to cook a soufflé, arrange flowers and keep accounts – I can do all three! Friends and relative would ask me to do odd arrangements and weddings and everything just sort fo took off from there. The Hair accessories came about when I got fed up of shop accessories falling to bits, or not holding all my hair (it’s rather thick) that I started making my own. friends saw then and asked for some and a crafting business was born.
How has your business changed and developed since it started?
I no longer take arrangements to craft fairs, as everyone would always say how nice they were but how do they get them home on a bike. I now have a monthly stall at the local hospital selling silk flower arrangements – or Faux Botanicals as one customer calls them. My hair accessories plus other floral decorated gifts have grown into a nice sideline.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs and product range?
Anywhere and everywhere – I can make a hair clip out of the smallest bits of material so you’ll find me rummaging in the ‘ends’ bin at any material shop, just needs to have a small pattern. For flowers I buy what I like both flowers and vases/pots. Then wait until I have the right combination to put together.
What are you working on at the moment? Anything new coming up in your on-line shop?
At the moment actually assembling bits and bobs for a wedding next week – then will just have to add fresh flowers. For the shop I’ve some stunning fabrics I found when in Portugal last autumn that I’ve started making up. I’m also making up some fully reversible beach bags to match the hair accessories for total co-ordination.
So, where does all this takes place? What’s your workspace like?
The back bedroom – not only my crafting space, but also my work from home space for the day job – so it’s quite crowded see pics! It is lovely and light though, and visitors have now got used to sleeping amongst flowers and fabrics! All my vases are on shelves in the other smaller back room – so no respite for visitors in there either.
What do you like most about running your own handmade business?
What are your plans for your creative business for the future?
More festival type fairs rather than the village hall type. I’ve done Stilton Cheese Rolling event for last two years and apart form being great fun – look it up on Facebook for an idea – I always do a really good trade at these festival type events.
Thank you for taking the time to chat to us!
*** Visit Anne's Floral Arrangements shop on WowThankYou here ***