FRESH FLOWER PUMPKIN DESIGN I will teach you how to make a handtied floral design which you can then display in a favourite vase brought from home or a carved out pumpkin if you want to bring one along Alternatively, I can show you how florists make an aquapak design to take home your gorgeous floral design. You will be working with the most beautiful flowers and foliage which I will order on the Dutch Exchange just before the workshop so they are super fresh and long lasting. The cost of the workshop reflects that quality and quantity of the materials you will be taking home with you. [Please note the flowers in the photos will be different from those supplied at the workshop - I created this display using flowers from my garden]
WILLOW & DRIED HYDRANGEA WREATH WORKSHOP ("TING-A-LING-N-SHIMMER") During this workshop, you will learn how to make a willow wreath with rods from the Somerset Levels. You will go on to decorate it with hand-gathered, home-dried hydrangeas to make a stunning decorated wreath which you can display in your own home (over the Festive period or all year round) or give as a unique handcrafted gift for Christmas. If you like, you can have your finished wreath "spritzed" with glitter, festooned with bells (sold separately), lit up with tiny fairylights (sold separately) or bring your own ideas to the table. I will also bring to the workshop a variety of ceramic/wooden messages which can be purchased to complement your wreath.
CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS This year my Christmas workshops will be run from my home for an extra cozy experience. You can choose from: ... an all day workshop where you will be taught the traditional method of making a wreath using moss and creating little bundles of foliage to secure with metal pins to your wreath. Time consuming but the results speak for themselves and you will probably leave in a hurry for next Christmas to make another wreath and perhaps invite friends to your own home so they can start their own family yuletide tradition. ... a quick make traditional wreath workshop with a lovely twist - all natural so that, after Christmas you can compost the whole lot and start again fresh next year. .... garland making workshop - as these are kept indoors, they will not survive as long as they would on your front door but once you have learned the skill you will find yourself making them for many more occasions other than Christmas.
Please note all foliage and equipment needed is supplied. You are welcome to bring foliage from your own garden but please let me know so that I can advise how best to prepare it.
I will have a supply of good supply natural embellishments for you as well as bells, etc - some of which are complimentary and some which incur a small cost. There may not be sufficient time for your to decorate your wreath during the workshop but you are welcome to take some home with you and I will show you before you leave how to affix them.
The Salty Monk: Church St, Sidford, Sidmouth EX10 9QP: 01395 513174 This beautiful restaurant with rooms plays host to Floralities, providing sumptuous and uber-cozy surroundings in which to hold my workshops. Situated on the main B3052 running through Sidford with plenty of free on site free parking (and with disabled access) means you need venture into bustling Sidmouth (unless its individual shops, bracing seafront and hot donuts are just too tempting). The cost of timetabled workshops at The Salty Monk includes a hot beverage and homebaked treats from the Salty Monk's award-winning kitchens.
Kennaway House: Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG: 01395 515551 This fine historic building neighbouring the Parish Church and situated on The Triangle has fabulous rooms on the 1st floor (disabled access) in which to hold workshops. It also has the added benefit of being withina hair's breadth of the seafront and all the shops and eateries Sidmouth has to offer. The Council has decreed that winter parking rates of only £2 a day run from 1st November until 31st March and I shall be holding workshops at Kennaway during these months. Hot beverages at Kennaway House (which is a charitable concern) are provided at a small cost but I sweeten this by bringing along some of my own homebakes.
Coastal Craft Collective: 10 Marine Pl, Seaton EX12 2QL: 01297 691362 This Aladdin's cave of a shop filled with artisan crafted gifts is surrounded by reasonably priced, and at some times of the year, free parking. At the of the shop is a dedicated workshop area - light and spacious and very conducive to gathering and creating. This is where I began to do workshops late in 2017 and you may find, if you come to one, that you will be visiting Coastal Craft Collective to learn all sorts of other crafts, etc whilst making new friends and having some valuable "me time". Drinks are all included in the price of the workshop as are the homebakes I shall bring.
CHEZ MOI@April Cottage New for 2019 are workshops in my home over the festive period. A room will be set aside to make garlands and wreaths and possibly table centres too. We will retire to my lounge to relax over morning coffee, afternoon tea or a simple lunch. Thanks to my daughter, my house will be in full festive swing and mellow festive music will provide festive ambience - it's going to be FESTIVE - no avoiding it. There will be log fires, there will be mulled wine and mince pies. And there will, most certainly, be good cheer.
OCTOBER Saturday, 26th Fresh Flower Pumpkin Design The Salty Monk, Sidford 10.00 to 1.00 p.m. £60.00 Monday, 28th Fresh Flower Pumpkin Design Kennaway House, Sidmouth 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. £60.00
NOVEMBER Friday, 22nd Ting-a-Ling-n-Shimmer Wreath Kennaway House, Sidmouth 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. £35.00 Sunday, 24th Ting-a-Ling-n-Shimmer Wreath The Salty Monk, Sidford 10.00 to 1.00 p.m. £35.00
DECEMBER Saturday, 7th Traditional Christmas Wreath CHEZ-MOI@April Cottage 10 a.m. to 4 p.,m. To include morning coffee, light lunch & £75.00 afternoon tipple (all with a festive touch)
Sunday, 8th Environmentally friendly all-natural Wreath CHEZ-MOI@April Cottage 10 a.m to 1 p.m. To include hot beverages & festive treats £45.00
Saturday, 14th Traditional garland making CHEZ-MOI@April Cottage 12 noon to 4 p.m. To include afternoon tipple & nibbles £60.00