This episode is subtitled: ‘To the beach and back…’
The week after Christmas is always quiet and, although takings are scarily low, it’s a chance for me to catch my breath and let the staff have some time off – such a contrast to the week before.
I was alone in the shop yesterday morning, getting my hands filthy and sore, stripping leaves and thorns from Maroussia roses. It’s one of my favourite varieties with its big heads of flouncy white petals. My mind started to wander. I was imagining a beach wedding on the edge of the Mediterranean, the bride in a bright white Grecian style dress with her informal posy of Maroussia roses and the groom, bronzed body rippling beneath his unbuttoned crisp white linen shirt. Then a faint squawk of a seabird…….but no, it was Ron’s day for cleaning our windows and his squawking squeegee was working fast across our glass. He cleans all of the shop windows in Linnet Row, although he has to make a point of getting ours and the hardware shop done first – before we fill the pavement with our wares.
“In a world of your own, Jenny?”
I was. I’d been imagining the heat of the southern European sun on my skin but Ron had whisked me away from the beach and back to reality – a cold shop on a murky day, and me wrapped up in several layers that started with my thermal underwear and finished with a fur-lined gilet.
I finished preparing the flowers and put aside some smaller, less flamboyant roses for this week’s project.
This crafty idea is so simple. If you have a favourite vase but not enough flowers to fill it, use the cellophane your flowers came in to support them and give the impression of crushed ice (especially if the cellophane is clear). I’ve used a few pieces of garden foliage to complete the design.
Here is a pack of 10 roses, just opened.
Once they had been stripped and trimmed I took away five of them because the idea of this project is that you only have a few flowers.
See how they get lost in this large vase?
But I’d saved the cellophane they came in and put it in the vase with the water.
Now they have a bit of height and enough support from the cellophane to be able to splay out a bit at the top.
I picked a few stems of greenery and twigs from the garden to see which would look best and settled on the darker straighter twigs rather than the contorted willow.
- Save the cellophane from a bouquet for when some of the flowers have died off and you only have a few left.
- Add a bit of food colouring for a more creative dramatic look.
- Garden foliage
Well, that’s it for 2016. Hope you’ll all join me during 2017 for more creativity and probably a lot more mayhem. Next week we will make some tags from old Christmas cards and if you’re quick they can go in the loft with the rest of the Christmas wrapping and decorations ready for next year.