French Blue and Peachy Pink wasn't very happy about going to exams this week but it had to be done I'm afraid !
I'm not a big fan of exams really ! (like most of the world I'm sure). They make me nervous.
I start to stress a couple of days before the event and I end up in a frazzled state by the time I make it to the classroom.
This week at my Floristry class I was feeling quite nervous as we had a VERY BIG exam.
We had to choose our own flowers to work with, cost the flowers out to a retail price from the wholesale one and manage to keep a budget.
The design we were working on was retailed at approximately $85 and had to be suitable to take to a hospital in celebration of a new birth. Colour schemes were particular and had to be worked off a colour wheel. Well ! Try finding 'Just the right' flowers that happen to be in season that fell in to a particular bracket of the colour wheel. Not only that, but it had to be suited to a baby of either gender.
It's actually not as easy as it sounds.
I was desperate NOT to make it for a baby girl. I am quite predictable when it comes to choosing my flowers. I end up with a table full of pink most weeks and I wanted to surprise the teacher with something that she wasn't expecting.
I decided on a pale blue, lilac and soft lemon colour scheme suitable for a baby boy.
Being a Mum with boys (and 1 girl) I knew how much I loved receiving flowers in the hospital......especially REALLY pretty ones !
So I created something that I would have been thrilled at receiving myself.
Blooms chosen were
Pale Peachy Pink Roses
Pale Blue Delphiniums
White Geralton Wax
Little Gem Magnolia Foliage
At the beginning of the day my table resembled this (below)
Absolutely glorious aren't they !
Then my blooms turned into this
This arrangement is suitable for a presentation. It is to be held rested back in ones arms when recieved.
I chose soft lilac and white paper and a simple white bow.
Better still, my teacher loved it and gave me a fantastic mark for my efforts.
and then I pulled it all apart and made this !
Suitable for a table centrepiece at a dinner party, function or wedding.
(I recieved my highest mark ever for this arrangement ! (YAY !)
I was super proud of my efforts.
It helped that I ADORED the flowers that I had chosen to work with.
This is the birds eye view of the arrangement
A close up
A vision of pastel prettiness !
and this is my BIG deal arrangement. (below)
Fit for the mother of a little prince.
I made a sweet little card and attached it.
There are tiny Delphinium buds all over this arrangement. It will look stunning as the buds open to reveal the pale pastel blue petals.
Photo's do not do this arrangement justice.
My masterpiece is now happily living on a little table in my hallway.
Hopefully it will safely live out it's days there because I spotted a very inquisitive pussy cat walking past it this morning and eyeing off the little tendrils that were hanging over the side........
It was a very, very, very, very busy day.
I certainly slept well that night.
I was happy to have achieved what I did and I was so relieved that it was all over.
I now have the finished products to enjoy for the next week or so. Sometimes I give my arrangements away as gifts for family and friends but I have decided to keep both of these ones to enjoy myself.
The scent of Stocks lies heavy and sweet all through our home and is a constant reminder of how much I love learning the art of Floristry.
THURSDAY FLOWERS has become such a popular feature on my humble blog. I would like to thank you all so much for enjoying the ride with me. It has been an amazing year of learning for me and I am grateful for the many friends and family members that help me along the way with the children.