Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Sydney Harbour shining on New Years Eve!

Happy New Year everyone! May this year be a year that brings all your hopes and dreams to reality.
I had so many ideas for this post. The New Year brings about many possibilities. That's just it! Possibilities and they can change into my or your opportunity in a heartbeat. It is really up to us.
I'm excited this year. I have woken up with a clear head and thoughts. Something was said last night that made me think. " Put aside now the mistakes of yesterday and think to the future!" - oh so true.
Looking back though in reflection, 2009 was a massive one for me personally. I took a leap of faith and I am loving the newness of it all. To help it remain fresh I am going to continue to dream. I was tired at the end of last year but now there is a time of rest and to look to the future. It's going to be a great year.
On my list of to dos I have an idea to make a dream board. It doesn't have to be something that I necessarily will do but just something to put out there into the universe and see what happens. So it starts today - my hopes and dreams of 2010. Exciting - join me in the journey. x

Monday, December 21, 2009

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas.....
I feel I have kind of had my Christmas presents. A year filled with so much. It's been a wonderful adventure.
I am a little weary at the end of it now but I think most working folks are - and the stay at home peoples! It is easy to lose sight of the spirit of the season when everyone and everything about you seems to have sped up even more. I am trying, to stop and to be thankful - to contemplate and not to navel gaze too much. I am a little grumpy and a little tired.
Tears are just on the brink as I think it is time for a holiday. .. Hopefully I will have photos to share soon of all the goings on in the shop. It is time to be festive - even at work.
The kiddies are even looking out for Santa. x

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Anniversary Baby!

Happy Anniversary my love
21 years of wonderful adventure.
thank you and I love you more than ever!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Alex Perry

Photos from here
In October I had the opportunity to help a designer with an event that was featuring Alex Perry as the key speaker.
Here are some photos of the event - they have come up well. It was good to see things from start to finish.

Friday, December 11, 2009

This little girly went to Market.

Take a basket
Grab some veges
Perhaps some flowers
Or some sunshine
Wa la'

I am sure in a former life somewhere some how I was French. I find myself loving, seeing and being French. The French markets at the Entertainment Quarter are no exception. The Market is so decidedly French, from the little man at the Pattisserie - to the French Market bags, it is all so lovely. I love to go here on a Saturday and just take my " Little French bag" and swan around. We did this last weekend and I bought some beautiful flowers. They looked lovely all wrapped in their brown paper and I made something for a friend.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

the 11th day - and the tree is up!

Our tree!

Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches!

Yes our tree is up. We put it up last weekend and everyone helped.
The house is now sparkling with Christmas lights and awaiting Santa.
I had a lovely weekend last weekend but have been swamped with the week that has gone. Thank goodness I feel a sense of being organised. There is just hubby to buy for but I have already spotted something lovely.
While my daughter and I were dressing the tree she commented " Mum, I love the way our tree isn't perfect, there are many memories on it aren't there?
Not a truer word spoken. It's just perfect for us!
Have a super weekend and don't get too caught up in the Christmas bustle.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The 5th day already!

image from here
Today is the 5th day of December and somehow Christmas just snuck up on me this year. Usually I am eager to pop the tree up weeks before I should - I am baking cookies and it is all Christmas. This year is a little different. We are very tardy with the tree. I have organised some presents but not all by the 1st of Dec. Usually they are wrapped and hidden for Santa. Wow life has taken a turn. We are being invited to Christmas gatherings and it all seems a little early.
I love to relish in the Christmas season. It is really a time I enjoy so much - so here on in - work or no work - I will hum those Christmas carols and get that tree in motion. I hope you are all enjoying the season. It is time to put my big boys to work and lug the tree from it's yearly home.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Weddings weddings weddings

Wooop woop! I have just finished my major wedding assignment for the year! I felt it looming over me and it feels so good to get the paper work done. Life is so full of the practise these days and I am actually finding a LIKE wired work, yes it is a little tedious and takes some time - but the attention to detail is something I am loving. Doing wedding work at college seems to have come at a perfect time. I am now doing a fair bit in the shop as well on a friday. I get so caught up in it all. I realise though that only a florist gets a true buzz from the flowers. I get so excited but don't always see that excitement in the bride's- perhaps they are nervous and perhaps I am misjudging.
Life is really evolving, it has been on speed dial for a while now but I am loving the ride.

Creme d la creme'

a cascade bouquet - hand tied

some weddings at work! I loved the ribboning

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday flowers

It's been a week full of flowers but now it is time to make some for me and enjoy them. A posy that looks fresh from the garden - my favourite.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A wonderfully WICKED week!!!

Welcome to Sydney
Time to explore
Time to shop
Time for some tipple
Entertainment anyone???
and some more
Singing the night away
With yummy food
And little more tipple!

We love you and miss you our friends. Thank you so much for visiting.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Feeling inept

Wedding flowers are the flavour of the month now at college. We are doing - posies, foam bouquets, and trailing bouquets. Last term wiring seemed to have me stumped or more so the corsage! I just couldn't get it and then I did. At the moment I feel like this with trailing bouquets. It didn't click for me until after class when I realised where I was going wrong and now the problem comes of having to wait a whole week before I can fix it in my mind.
Perfectionism is something I struggle with and with learning a new skill I want it just right the first time. I know it takes time but to some it comes so easy. Today this budding florist feels a little wilted. I just don't get it but one day I will.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The coiffure

What do to!? I love these chicky short styles. They are so chic and really look so nice - well I have been "blessed" with a mop of curly locks and so when I try the shorter look my hair decides to look something like an ice-cream. Or so my kids tell me. I have had long hair most of my life and when my kids were really young I cut it all off - it was that way for 10 years. Now after a few years of growing it is finally LONG. When I go to the hair salon I go for "the usual" - blonde highlights and a lovely smooth blow wave. There is little diversion but for a few days my hair looks and feels lovely.
On Saturday I went to the salon and asked for my "usual" - the only problem was my usual lady wasn't there . I braved the chair and went anyway. What could they do? Not a good move. My hair had re-growth when I left the salon and I didn't have that fresh feeling you get with a new do, I was also in the chair for 4 hours. It was frizzy in no time. I spent the next few hours convincing myself and my family that it was ok - the last straw was when I told my MIL that I had been to the salon - she asked Did you? what did they do?
I have never done this before but I called the salon - the unhappy customer. Today I got my normal do. It looks and feels fresh. I chatted away to my hairdresser and I felt special once again. I hated complaining but now feel as though I have been treated. I am swinging my newly fresh curls in the breeze.

The days just fly

image courtesy of here

Wow the days just fly and sometimes I am left sitting, holding on to my hat. It's been a really busy few weeks and I didn't even realise I haven't posted. My weeks have been full of floristry. 3 days at the new florist and one day at college and squeezing everything else in between.
I am now the proud owner of a new business card - "card card sample sample!" It's so very exciting. On the card are the words "floral designer!" My dream realised and I can't remember when that happened.
My son is busy examing and cramming - my daughter turned 14- Grandma came to visit from NZ - and we have wonderful friends coming soon. I can't wait to just be. I am having a whole week off - *sigh*- did I mention - I CAN'T WAIT!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A beautiful day

Cake for me
Pressies for me

Flowers for me

On Tuesday it was my birthday. I must admit. I am one of those people who likes everyone to know and not let it slip away silently. I am a gift giver and receiver. I had a wonderful day.
One of my boys presented me in the morning with a gorgeous candle - vanilla and the scent is lovely. I had looked at it in a shop recently and he noticed. He wanted me to have something I loved. It was so thoughtful. Hubby was away for the morning but I went to work - which I love.
A little birdie had told them it was my birthday. I felt special, just the words " Happy birthday" all day long were really nice - I did what I enjoyed most and made beautiful things for others.

Half way through the day my boss came in with a box a card and a present. Inside the box was the most gorgeous looking chocolate cake. I was a little overwhelmed and it was so nice.
My parents called me from N.Z at the shop - which is no mean feat for those in there 80's. They blew me away.

I had a delicious lunch which I picked and ate at the cafe next door. Delicious.

The day didn't finish there. I went home and the house was perfect - the kids were off to camp but before they went we had pressies, cake and cards. All were perfectly picked. I have a lovely black cam which I love, a new book " French Essence!" - gorgeous vicki. ( I am going to write about this later after a good read) some lovely pampering things and last but not least I made myself a birthday bouquet.

A perfect lunch for one!

and the perfect end to a perfect day

David Gray concert tickets and the best concert ever!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Present

My lovely blogging friend Carolyn gave me this award, it's my first one. How lovely.
Little did she know it was appropriately given on my birthday. On Tuesday was my birthday and I will share some more later.
Seven things about me.
1. I am a Kiwi girl with a vintage heart and soul.
2. I love chatting - spending the time with friends, cooking, eating, laughing
3. Have three gorgeous teenagers who teach me something every day. I feel as if I have grown up with them.
4.I married my child hood sweet heart and he is my soul mate. WE are best friends and he makes my heart sing.
5. I am loving my life and my year and floristry. It's been one door after another of opportunity.
6. I love bubble baths.
7. Paris is my favourite city. This isn't hard to guess. Anything French I seem to be like a moth to the flame. It is my next goal to learn the language and cook the food.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Julia and Julia

In My humble opinion a MUST see movie! I found it so inspiring and almost a revelation to where I am just now in my life, changing careers and being challenged.
There are two stories happening in tandem.
The first being that if Julia Child - as we all know and love as the loud american cook of the 70s on the TV - so quirky and yet watchable always.
And then the life of a young almost 30 year old writer who is in a career she hates and wants to somehow find herself. She decides to take on Julia Child's cookbook and follow the recipes while blogging in one year.
The movie starts in Paris - *sigh* in the 50's. Wow it looks like a charmed life. We are introduced to Julia Child and her diplomatic husband Paul. They have a wonderful romantic - although childless marriage. Julia is "finding" herself in her 40s and wonders what she will DO with herself. She likes to eat so she decides to cook.
Along side this story the almost present day Julia is struggling with her inner demons and cooking up a storm while writing about it on a blog such as this one.
I had a little revelation while watching the movie. How privileged I am to be "published" for all to read. Sometimes the reader is simply me and my own head - other times I have the honour of being read by others and if lucky a comment. It has truly opened myself to myself, if that makes sense. I guess it has saved me some days.
If you want a good movie - are a foodie and Like Merryl streep - who btw is divinely funny. Go and treat yourself, perhaps take your daughter too and of course some much needed tissues.
A real treat.

Monday, October 5, 2009

a little bit busy

I have been a little busy lately but will find myself soon

Thursday, October 1, 2009


...this was written a week ago, it's taken a while to post *breathe*

My dear son, ...Today I watched you officially finish your high school years. You were addressed by your peers and your teachers and they released you into the world. Your teachers really love you - it was evident in the way the carefully addressed each of you and gave you their worlds of wisdom.
One of the speeches really stuck with your Dad and I It was about success. It truly spoke to me. You may or may not find success after your exams. Eventually though everyone is faced with opportunity - the one opportunity that will give you success. Everyone! That includes you.
I was so proud today watching you play - your are my muse when it comes to passion for music.
I wish the best for you always. Today a chapter in your life closed, only to open another soon.
The world is your oyster

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Leap of faith

image courtesy of here

This year has been a huge journey for me so far. I have started something I have wanted to do for a long time - floristry - which I am finding a passion in. It is exciting, challenging and stretching . I have also started this funny journey of blogging which I find so therapeutic. I love the way I can debrief my day and my life here for myself - some of you comment and I am getting to know you also through this medium. My world is changing and unleashing around me and I find myself embracing the change, I'm not afraid but excited about the opportunities.
I really do feel blessed somehow - things just happen. Sure there have been some heart aches but learning - wow. I am sure doing this also. It's only the start of this new journey. My children well they forever amaze me and so does my man. One of my babies is speeding towards manhood in a crazy whirlwind. This is scary, I'm not really ready for this milestone. He finishes his high school years next week. Graduation is here and I'm just not ready. Some days I do want the world to just slow down a little. I just need to catch my breath.
Time to naval gaze for just a moment - indulge me this

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Red skies in the morning

Photo in Sydney morning herald
This morning I woke up to the words of my son " what is going on??". He has reason to be alarmed. The morning skies were bright orange/ red. A phenomenon caused by the high winds this morning and red Aussie dust. It was quite uncanny and will be interesting as it plays havoc with the morning commute.
It is a wild country that we choose to live in.

Monday, September 21, 2009

dream job

Sometimes things happen and you don't realise that your "dream job " is just around the corner. Today was one of those days. I woke up to a phone call - it was from my "boss"
She was calling to welcome me to the team of Waterhouse designs and to say she hopes I have a wonderful first day as a "real florist". Oh my goodness. My heart skipped a beat and I realised I was doing this - I was living my dream. My leapt around the place - realising that this is what Ihad hoped for. No amazing $$ signs in the future but it really doesn't matter - I am getting paid for doing what I love and it is a good thing!!!
I talked to my son about this on the way to the train station and he really understood where I was coming from. My son is in year 12 and about to finish his high school years, his dream is to be a musician but there is a long road ahead. I encourage him constantly to keep on at his dream - it's hard though when the realities of life slip in to remind us of responsibilities.

I did work at my dream job today. I made the florist beautiful, it was brimming with blooms.
I took orders, I served customers. It was a perfect working day - and I made a $$ or two.
The bubbly was shared this evening - a celebration of sorts. I am doing this. It seems like a dream but it is happening. I know the process of learning is not always easy - I am not looking forward to my assessments at college this week but what is the worst that could happen ? I might not know how to do the perfect "kite" corsage yet. But someday I will....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


My work experience is now finished. It's been such a roller coaster of learning, hopefully this means a lead on to work placement - supposedly I start Monday and I get paid! wooohoo.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Beautiful distractions

all ready for the week

I am thankful for the fact that my life is too busy to wallow. Life just keeps chugging on and I am enjoying it so much. There is much to do in the life of a budding florist.
Sunday was a gorgeous wedding workshop - enjoying the idea of the natural bride. On Monday it was back to work. Organising the shop just so it could be exploding with bouquets.
Today it is assignments to be completed for college - Wednesday back to work and the sun has been shining all week!

a floor of industry
Soft pinks for the table
Blushing bouquet