I order in flowers from Cornwall and the Dutch Auctions several times a week to meet my customers' specific requests. I am happy to create floral designs or offer wraps of flowers for you to arrange in your home. Listed below are some for floral gift ideas, below which are some beautiful "add-on" gifts to choose from all made by local artisans. All orders are available for no contact collection from my home or doorstep delivery (a delivery charge is applicable, details of which are on my Contact page)
NEW My new hot air balloon design - I hope you like it. It can be made with all sorts of different flowers or a plant - you can even order one piled high with artisans' goodies (all listed below) provided you order some flowers or plants to go with it. Prices: From £35 (florals).
I can provide any floral design you would normally purchase at your local florist but below are just a few staples that are particular to me - please ask if you have something in mind or use the slide show (pause to read prices, etc) if you need a little help in deciding.
THE PLANT SECTION
I very rarely resort to anywhere but my own home or local growers within a five mile or so radius from my own home when sourcing my plants. All baskets are supplied by a small family business who take pride in offering only ethically sourced, tried and tested basketware.
A TOUCH OF SILK
For those who are looking for a longer lasting floral design, I make occasional quirky silk designs when inspired by an idea, container, etc.
DYED AND DRIED DESIGNS
Smaller than normal heart and ring shaped wreaths (measuring between 11 and 13 inches in order to fit inside a box for posting. They can be made larger on request for those who do not want to send them in a box as they are not sending them. Each one is highly individual, both in design and cost. Please choose from those marked for sale on the slideshow.
ARTISAN/SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES ADD-ON GIFTS
I am also able to offer gift ideas to accompany your flowers or planted gifts. The items below are all made by West Country artisans I know personally and whose products I have used myself and love. All are individual or small family businesses working from home and passionate about their products. I do not take commission from these lovely people - I am more than happy to shout out how wonderful their products are. I also now offer some scrumptious products from local small family-run shops in Sidmouth, collaborating with them on the same no commission basis so that customers can their fare from the comfort of their own homes - a little taste of Sidmouth, wherever you live (within reason!).
Sue of The Vegan Organic Skincare Company (www.vosconline.co.uk) My passion for making skincare products is a very personal one. Due to ill health, I was compelled to make drastic changes to my diet and skincare products. As a chemistry teacher, I understand in depth the best combinations of ingredients to use without unnecessary additives, preservatives or chemicals which is why we only use the finest of ingredients. I initially started making bath bombs, body butters and face creams for myself. I shared these products with friends and family and from there interest in my products grew. Our skin is our biggest organ - it absorbs everything we put on it. I like to make sure I feed mine the best I can.
I am happy to supply any of Sue's products given some notice. Please feel free to browse her online shop and order whatever you would like though Floralities provided you are ordering flowers, etc from me. Alternatively, Sue can post anywhere in the world.
Please refer to Sue's online shop for all the details - or feel free to ask me.
Angelchops Cakes (Instagram: Angelchopscakes) Laura is Sidmouth's much loved baker of these incredibly beautiful (and scrumptious) cakes - what a fab gift idea to add on to some flowers. Please note 3 days' notice is required to ensure your cakes are deliciously fresh and crafted to perfection.
Jo of Beespoke Of Devon (www.beespokeofdevon.co.uk) Only natural wax is used (vegan friendly Soy and Beeswax) along with aromatherapy pure essential oils for my candles. Choose from a variety of aromas to suit your mood or an 'aroma free' candle. All beeswax is sourced locally and left for you to enjoy its natural 'honey' scent.
DaffyDownDilly (www.daffydowndilly.co.uk) Natalie has an amazing range of confectionery of which I keep a limited supply (as illustrated). I am also happy to provide anything from her website, given enough notice, when accompanying floral and plant orders.
Sabine Macarons (Instagram: Sabinemacarons) I fell in love with French patisserie 40 years ago when I lived in my little village in Northern France. I made my life in England and started baking when the children grew up. Macarons are challenging to make and because of that, they became a passion then an obsession. The colour and flavour combinations are endless! I produce amazing tasting Macarons by using fresh fruit, quality chocolate and free range eggs from my little flock of hens!
The Dairy Shop, Sidmouth This delightful shop, situated near the Parish Church in Sidmouth, is pleased to provide Floralities with any of its alcoholic beverages made in house to accompany any of my floral products.
14 Miles East (@14mileseast), Sidmouth
14 Miles East is an independent café and bar situated in Fore Street with a view of promenade. We offer a wide range of food and drink which is locally sourced, sustainable and seasonal. We also offer a scrumptious afternoon to either eat on the premises or as a takeaway. We do ask for 24 hours notice though as everything is made fresh to order.
Before floristry, there was craft - and the crafting began with pegdolls that were christened Perkie Pegs. A small postable gift for a "hello", a cake topper, a keepsake fairy (using handmade silks and florals). Prices start at £10.50.