Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Tutorial - Christmas Door Wreath

Level                                                                                                                       Easy/Intermediate

I absolutely love the fluid, natural, open designs of the latest Christmas Door Wreaths, but have noticed over the past few weeks that many of my clients are really interested in learning how to make the more traditional Blue Spruce designs.  I've been busy teaching at a number of workshops and so, for those of you out there that are interested, here is my latest tutorial ...

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Pop-Up Shop at Pure Enough

Today, was the Pop-Up shop with Pure Enough and what a great day it was.  In these tough times, it's so inspiring to work with someone who is running their business in such an ethical way, given the constraints that finances can create.  Money is such an issue for all of us just now, the juxaposition between your belief and passion in quality and service has to be provided at an affordable cost.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas Pop Up Shop with Pure Enough

So, after a tough couple of weeks I'm finally back in the workroom where I belong and could not be happier.  I haven't been entirely idle, though, as I've been drawing inspiration from some really wonderfully talented floral designers out there and am loving the trends towards really natural, rustic Christmas door wreaths.

Tomorrow I'm really flattered to say that I'm being featured in Amy Freann-Worthington's lovely shop Pure Enough on Sheffield's Banner Cross and hope to showcase some of my hand-crafted but naturally inspired Christmas door wreath designs.

Here are a couple of examples of the kind of work I will be featuring and, as always, I've tried to source as much material locally as possible

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Alternative Christmas Wreaths

I've been thinking about alternative Christmas wreaths in the workroom this week, which has proved really therapeutic and calming in what has been a crazy few days.  Maintaining focus when starting a new business is challenging, to say the least and with my natural thirst for knowledge, it's incredibly easy to get distracted by tweets featuring stunning photographs, amusing and informative blogs and pertinent points on Facebook!

My design style is as ever simple, hand-crafted, using the best materials, as creatively as possible  and always made with love.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Flower School - Foraging for Foliage

It's a strange time of the year in the florist's calendar.  It's still technically Autumn, but it's not quite Christmas. Commercial foliage is in abundance, some with the benefit of a bit of added sparkle, but if you love the outdoors, you can't help but notice that at this time of the year many garden shrubs are coming into their own. So, while we ruin our nails and make our fingers sore mossing wreaths and wiring sprigs of Blue Spruce in the lead up to the Festive Season, I thought I'd take a look at using foliages which have the benefit of being free.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Flower School - A Celebration Cake Tutorial

Level                                                                                                    Beginner/Intermediate

The Lorraine Pascale inspired floral cake I made for Pure Enough was for a 1st Birthday, but this design could easily be adapted to make a wonderfully creative Christmas table decoration or even a dramatic alternative to a traditional wedding cake ... especially if a multitude of cupcakes and sweetie treats are on offer! Here's my first Campbell's Flower School tutorial:

Corporate Floristry - A 1st Birthday Celebration Cake ... an homage to Lorraine Pascale

A couple of weeks ago I popped into Pure Enough on Ecclesall Road to see the lovely Amy Freann Worthington who had some great ideas on how to celebrate her first year in business, these include a whole host of exciting offers and treats such as cupcakes from Snap Deli, skincare advice and demonstrations from Arka and free hand massage from holistic therapist, Helen.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Wedding Flowers - Joe & Rach's Vintage Wedding

Joe and Rach's wonderful wedding had a lovely country fair and vintage theme. They were married at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield and then travelled out to Shatton Barn in Derbyshire where the beautiful surrounding meadow hosted a coconut shy, tug'o'war and welly-throwing! The Barn was decorated with handmade bunting, homemade favours, cakes and summer cottage flowers.

Brand Development

Marvellous monograms! Truthstudio have created these lovely little icons which I can use as profile pictures or for on-line social media and marketing purposes.  Each one uses the initial cap of my logo combined with the background that represents my different areas of work.  There is an extra one, as usual ... just in case!

Monday, 7 November 2011

New Business Cards

Today's one full of excitment. My first blog and my business cards have just arrived.

Here they are, hot off the press.... I've chosen to have four different business cards designed and printed.  Each card represents a different facet of my business - Campbell's Flower School, Campbell's Wedding Flowers, Campbell's Corporate Floristy and a generic card just in case!