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We finally left Pasarbella after two uneventful years of retail service. Running a retail business is not about finding the right customers, but creating the right relationship. Its not how much fluff we showcase to begin with, but how much we care till the very end.
Now that we have shifted to the North East of the island, situated in a remote yet serene space, much closer to Mother Nature, at Old Bird Cage Walk, I have all the creatives space to stay present and dance with the flowers. This new workspace gives to us and our floral class students the much needed breather from the hustle of city life. I am always excited when clients came to visit and talk through their wedding plans in this uninterrupted environment.
I love this simple and beautiful setting for sowing and growing my business. Hope to catch you around at our place soon.
It was a sunny Saturday and we had a special agenda on the list. We packed up our flowers, tools, materials and head-down to Madnest - a local restaurant tucked along east coast road. We were invited to hold a floral arranging class there, just in time to celebrate Valentine's Day.
So, naturally we were expecting loving couples coming for the session right? But no no, more than half the class are senior citizens! In fact, the eldest lady is 97 years old! What a pleasant surprise! Well, I didn't quite figure out how all of them are related, but they are all in the same big family. Together with them was their grandchildren, spending the fine afternoon, being their language translator as they only understand Cantonese. Sweet sweet action I say! that sure touches my heart.
Sarah and I was in awe of these lovely ladies the entire session. Well 97 yrs old poh poh was here for a bright and prosperous looking arrangement to welcome Chinese New Year instead! Despite us wanting to help, she was cutting her own stems and placing the flowers herself. YEAH, I smell integrity.
We wrapped up our day with a beautiful note and left with full loads of happiness and gratefulness. We were both honored to somehow cross-path with these awesome ladies despite just the short 2 hours, sharing the love for flowers with them, and our philosophy on how floral arrangement should be.
A familiar question that pops-out in mind once in awhile swing by that Saturday - ' What's the meaning of life?' I might have answered myself in thousands different ways, but I guess the sweetest one is always to be Happy and be grateful with all that you have.
Will you agree with me?
Flowers are every brides' sweet spot. Having a beautiful wedding come true is a childhood's dream. It would always be about show and flash for big weddings, but deep down inside me, I would go for big hearted yet intimate weddings - that would be more validating.(that's for me).
As the florist, I tend to consider the star of the show (or wedding for that matter) - the season collectives (that is the flowers). My job; as hired by the couple, is to create beautiful spaces and my medium is flowers. I DO LOVE what I DO. Fascinating in its own way, while there is an uncertainty in how the season will start and end, I am holding on... That, I'd like to keep going all the way through..with flowers.
And we certainly love to celebrate your big day with them.
Welcome 2015! I’m basking in this fresh new year; sitting out on the outdoor patio of my new colonial office, giving a head nod to the past (and to the vast landscape right in front of me!) and plotting the future to an extraordinary start!!
In this upcoming future I encourage everyone (and remind myself) to practice craftsmanship … which is in whatever trade you are doing that is….and believe me, will be a huge game changer ...
The refinement of one’s skill, the desire to offer a better and better product and result each time, and always have the recipient/client in mind and is as much a spiritual as it is a material offering because I do believe it gives all of us here an excuse to personally develop and evolve through our work. From production to shipping to accounting and creative even from a simple act to just plucking some pretty flowers from the garden and making it into an exquisite vase arrangement.
What I meant when I said Craftsmanship’ or ‘Artisan’ .. I relate to the training and development by doing it time and time again… even till end of time. Well, the practise itself is by far more textured and more in-depth than simply mastering a skill set. It has much to do with developing mastery within oneself. The material one works with becomes an extension of what is primarily an internal process. It also has to do with one’s commitment, through their trade, to others.
My hope is that, through practicing attention to detail and showing a special care for what we each do as part of the overall effort, we end up offering more than just a product and we end up having a product with soul and receiving more than just monetary.
What keeps us alive is this 'artisan spirit'. It makes each relatively boring and routined task feel important and fulfilling. It helps to draw the focus from the bigger, broader goals and places our foot on those things we have more power to immediately influence. As a consequence, things seem to work themselves out naturally and effortlessly and beautifully.
I’m feeling soaked with gratitude for the opportunity we have to do this thing we do here. So to summarise what’s starting to sound like a Miss Pageant’s toast, I want to express my sincere thanks for your patronage, lovely notes & appreciation and general support. And I want to invite you all to continue to bring bits of POPPY essence and spirit into your 2015. It’s been a great pleasure and honor to serve you and we look forward to more of it in this coming year!
Awesome human makes our blood boil, in a good way.
Especially those who are inspiring and knowledgeable. Most importantly, someone who has the quality of ingenuity.
Like we always say, we are on our journey of meeting great souls and beautiful people. We want to work together and strike a spark.
At this very moment,
we are looking for a video professional.
If you are keen to work together with us, come say Hi.
Whether through admiration, fate or pure coincidental,
Susy came by us and we strike a cord with her persona and what she was looking for in her wedding decorations.
The deal was sealed, and the rest was history.
The simple intricacies that surfaced naturally in our preparations for her event was a pleasure.
Susy, being the client, has an unimposing demeanor and a unique poise gave us the freedom on what we could do for her big day.
She was simply a delight to work with !
Appreciating her unbiased disposition magnifies the confidence and trust she has of us and our works and eliminates an all-too-common air of specificity.
Now, it’s time to enjoy the details of the night.
I like to just high-light to all my readers and potential clients that
In the process of floral art, a floral artist must practice patience, working tirelessly, preparing for the ultimate beauty of every masterpiece. After all, it's indeed a worthy act of love and care for our clients' events.
In the same manner as a tea producer and winemaker, the floral artist works persist. The artwork will reign into the event, knowing it will fulfill its mission for the limelight.
While having worked in this industry for the past 14 years, I was involved in many events. Good clients (just like Susy) often gave me free rein to design the whole event: decorating the space, choosing the table linens, the flowers and the invites. These experiences inspired me to release my untamed creativity.
' ROAR! '
We are really appreciative for clients or clients-turned-to-friends who are enjoying this floral and designing ritual with us. This thoughtfulness allows for clarity of mind and admiration for the art. Consequently, it advocates an exchange of mutual awareness and respect. Aligning us on the same foundation of this relationship. We do not give our clients ridiculous charges and we are the happiest if the clients respect that in return.
Flowers are a metaphor for nature, starting with a seed to be grown and nurtured—when we care for something we are rewarded. When it is cultivated and artfully arranged - it just reminds us of the need for quality time to truly know and enjoy.
Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower --- Albert Camus.
And we did an amazing Fall wedding at the Tamarind Hill. Autumn is the temperate season between Summer and Winter.
It's the season when all the leaves turn to orange and then brown.....Autumn can be a lovely time of harvest and also a time where some of the most beautiful weddings take place.
During the course of setting up this wonderful wedding, we met with a few hip-ups, such as flowers withering on us when we thought it would bloom up for the wedding later on, running low on certain blooms with a specific colours that we so wanted it, having people pushing through the conditioned flowers and resulting in the petals falling apart, realising that lily stints too much in a small confined dinner hall, needing more boot space for the blooms so they won’t crash against each other etc etc.….. but most of the times (for me that is) - the best creations happen in the limbo between the planned and chaos, and learning how to harness that energy can help you triumph over these unscripted moments. I knew very well the power of reinvention better than anyone - I knew that hip-ups were an inherent part of life, I’ve learned to embrace that.
With all these hip-ups, it calls for improvisation, and it often result in some spontaneous masterpieces, which I am always pleasantly surprised. But such impromptu-ness makes people nervous. It makes one feels unsure, insecure and undisciplined… nevertheless, creativity will win over. And these are usually grounded in a strict discipline that becomes flexible when paired with a little creativity.
I love to be honest here: you need to have the skill and knowledge behind what you are trying to do, then dance with it.
It helps to refine how we face the uninvited surprises of life. Maybe burn the lovely rice you were trying to cook for lunch, but you’ll shrug it off because you can creatively and joyously make do with what you have. (and we have had a really delicious bowl of chicken porridge :)
End of the day, we are all happy with the way things turned out, and we won’t mind if it is not immaculate; because deep down we know chasing perfection is of no point.. it is how you redefine beauty that is important.
It has been wet and rainy just few days before the wedding of Hannah & Jonathan. The big day was also our Singapore National Day! Just the morning, we hurried down some brekkie and headed towards Raffles Marina... first task on hand is to erect the poles and get the pretty buntings hung up high before the rain hits in.
All flags were proudly hung high and flying with the wind. The element persisted; a downpour was inevitable. We managed to run and hide from the strong blowing wind (we were near the pier-side) and the rain. Well, the buntings were dried up quickly as the rain subsided after a good 15 mins of blessed showers from Above.
This shower cooled down the temperature indeed. Everything were laid out beautifully. Flowers in the ballroom were magnificent and massive. Pretty pink crawlers of nerines, temperamental tulips, curcumas and astibes were all sitting aptly to grace the night.
Not only were flowers invited to grace the night, we also created two acrylic ship studded with close to five hundred pieces of Swarovski crystals and over hundred strands of fish strings. All in the name of making your dream wedding come true.... despite heavy downpours afterwards, songs were sentimentally and beautifully sung, dances carried through the night and love is in the air...
and I can see a rainbow; such is truly and happily ever after.
I love collaborating with my clients. Doing up beautiful weddings and spectacular events.
While talking through ideas with clients, I love for that "feeling" moment where we really begin to connect and bring forth more inspirations in our discussions. I love that moment with each of my clients. I love also getting to know just a bit more about each client that I work with, and then I can arrange flowers, the concepts and the feel of things in a way that I feel represents them.
It will be easy to appreciate if you can understand how we seek to encompass the totality of the works, flowers, the art of arranging and styling.
Flowers changes with the seasons.. so does my inspiration. This is the uniqueness about the flower industry that keeps me going in my work. I love taking inspiration from nature herself and incorporating that into my flower works. Flowers have always been a part of who I am. I dances with Flowers pretty much :). My love for working with flowers was spilling out of me, and I really liked that when my client could feel that.
I always like that my work was inspired by nature. Dance a happy flower dance with nature. I don’t like to go into a project with a projected outcome, and I cannot let my creativity run in a cookie-cutter mode. I just let the flowers bloom and be appreciated. And the best will always and sure to happen.
I work best in moments of unscripted flower mess, and it’s not difficult to see my studio in a big flower mess. Flowers coming to me in cartons and leaving a heap of stems and withering leaves on the floor that I have to step through on wedding and event days. The excitement of these chaos comes from only one element and that is --- the beautiful flower.
I thrive on romancing the flowers for weddings and events. For many it is the only time we welcome the kind of time, effort, talent, and resources that can produce a high level artistic experience into our real lives.. with flowers.
I've heard someone said - A well composed wedding should be like a movie but better because it can engage all your senses. There should be sections that rise and build, sections that let you wander...climaxes, and rest. It should be a feast for your eyes, ears, nose, tastebuds, body, and soul. It's more than just "decorating" or picking out chairs and linens and flowers. So true.... Every element is deliberate. Every detail is intentional and contributing to the moment. And I want to create moments that move people, and connect them magically to each other and to your event.
I get most excited about creating weddings that are intimate, artful, and spectacular...but in a more understated way.
That's why I don't approach your wedding or any clients' events like a daily chore - it's a day that is truly special to you and I ike to create that.
If you are on the same page as me, I would be happy to make that connection with you!
I'm here to talk about your dream wedding set ups. I am sure this will be your thing, every bride-to-be wish for a beautiful wedding of their dream. This is a dream only the bride knows of, and it would be exceedingly useful if she lets us into that dream……
I for one would love to be the conveyor of continuing celebrations into reality.
And, as it happens with the best conversations she have with friends, that idea of hers will get me thinking. In times when she don't happen to have any of her own idea of a dream wedding, but wanted something similar to so and so’s wedding, I just could not agree to it and may seem uncharacteristic of me to encourage her to take the same idea and run with it. You see, all couples are unique, there will never be two weddings that are the same. We just hate those run in the mill ideas.
The world do not need another mainstream creative director, hence personalised creativity is what I'd offer if you were to come over for a chat about your dream wedding today. It has concepts, ideas & a whole bunch of fun and interpersonal chatting up, There's passion in here. Hopefully you'd be up for it.
For a long time, the wedding scenes here locally has been those “un-organic”, kiddish ideas. Many a times, the set ups are “pirated” out from overseas magazines and the result of it are just too cheesy and un-chic.
People often ask me what it is that attracts me to weddings. Ultimately, it is all about telling a story of love and life. How remarkable is that?
In light of all that, seriously. Know your dream/s and start your dance from there. Stay close to your storyline, and the possibilities will present themselves; know what you want. Work your power on your dream wedding. We will be able to be different each time, and almost assuredly very good with it.
So here it goes, I am Sarah and she is Heather, we've both came to know each other when Heather was actively looking for a change of direction in her career path.
For an eventful 13 years of my entrepreneurship, I’ve journeyed alone and despite great success, I know I do not want to carry on alone. I craved for a change that would allow me to solely balance off the load and creativity with someone as passionate. In fact I wanted it to keep going for another 13 good years if not more. So, I decided to rope in someone who could offer new blood and someone not in the floristry industry. I clearly know, I needed not just an assistant, BUT a reliable and dependable partner….
Someone, who could brainstorm with me, assist me, and dive into this roller coaster ride with me, in her thoughts, works and comments, all done in good, constructive honesty.
Heather, in my eyes, is a good craftswoman in paper and fabrics. An excellent self-taught penmen. She shares my loves to create, to feel and connect with nature, the immerse love for flowers and faunas. She is a lover of all beautiful moments and things. Also a keeper of quality and tasteful revelations.
With a couple of years working as a fashion designer, and now as a Floral Enthusiast with me. Heather brings a wealth of expertise in all things visual and experiential. Her transition into floral and events happened just this one year, having met with me, I found that we have common passions, drive and dreams for the future. What’s more, our expertise complimented each other in infinite ways, and now, she became my “partner in Floral Crimes”.
We will continue to bring along with us - new interests and musings that we've cultivated along the way. And my heartest thanks and appreciation for Heather for being able to share this common dream, passion and drive with me and being the woman I work with.
After many miles ( ok not so many - probably 8 hrs of traveling from our sunny island to Sydney)..
it brings me to NSW, Blue Mountain, Sydney, which has plenty of amazing scenic views.
That’s a seriously undisputed fact.
Some throw backs...
When Leah Kua (a renowned Aussie wedding photographer) decides that I am that Flora Artist she likes to invite to work with her in her photographic "No Greater Love Workshop"
I was over-the-top excited!
Truly, this is my first oversea floral project, though I have garnered a 13 years of floral experience.
Anyhow.. although I have been living in the urban for the longest time, I do love the countryside and this Blue Mountain styled shoot has totally made my heart skipped a beat.
I do wish that time would stop ticking and just freeze!
Lovely looking orange autumn trees, this sight, only the eyes can fully capture that aura.
The sweet scent of mountain air that captivated my every senses; the rustic branches by the side of the pavement …
not to mention those amazing houses!
It’s picture perfect.
Kate, founder and editor-in-chief of the beautiful Magnolia Rouge Magazine.
Leah Kua, the photographer and a group of us worked through the inspiration for this workshop.
Basically, this workshop was to inspire every attendee to take the time and soak themselves in the beautiful set up.
Also, to work well with perfect lightnings and to create amazing photographs.
I traveled up to the amazing Blue Mountain and we spent a great 3 days there in the pretty much vintage Heatherton House.
I live, eat, do workshop and do floral set ups there. The floral and faunas we got there in quantity were insane!!
I did all the floral arrangements and flora styling and installations for the barn door, fire place table centerpieces, wreaths, garlands, bouquets, boutonnieres and many more .
The gorgeousness of the flowers provided us with a lovely backdrop for the styled shoot.
The idea of the shoot revolve around the natural and the organic.
I worked along side with Kate , in which our work will be featured in magazine's August issue!
Do look out for it! It really was such a valuable and insightful trip, I am glad I made it there!
Below are some behind the scenes pictures, the real professional pictures are up and coming from all the photographers who attended the workshops and of course a good main set coming from Leah Kua and also some from the photographer who had a hand in doing the Kinfolk Australia - Luisa Brimble.
hold your horses and in the meantime enjoy my amateur shots first !
Don't panic if you couldn't find us at the corner unit in Pasarbella.
We've actually shifted to another wing of Pasarbella near the south entrance right beside Balloon Blaster and Dutch Colony!
So, it was Mother's Day last Sunday.
We were really busy and hectic through the weekend. Working our ass-off to fulfill all orders from you all.
A BIG THANK YOU to all that supported us!
Nonetheless, I've a piece of advice for everyone.
Maybe you've forgotten that it was Mother's Day because you were too busy at work;
maybe you thought you could just swing by Poppy to grab a bouquet and rush down to your dinner with Mummy dearest because we are at your convenience.
For whichever reason you had, you should bare this in mind.
" All good things come to those who wait "
When you go to the restaurant for a meal, you wait.
When you go to a cafe for a cuppa, you wait.
When you go to the doctor, you wait.
You wait for your turn to come, and your food to be served.
Same goes to getting a nice bouquet for your love one.
You wait for your bouquet to be done. YEAH MAN
If you simply do not wish to wait, at all, get a pre-order. We are just a phone call/email away.
Flower arrangement is an art.
If it takes 23 minutes to complete a Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.
Guys, give us the time too.
It's all about picking the right blooms and composition to get a nice pretty bouquet done.
Not forgetting your preference and liking.
Sometimes, a long love message too.
I get this very often .... people often ask me if I do weddings.
Well yes!! of course I do weddings. What kind of Floral Designer aka Creative Floral Officer doesn't do weddings? The honest and brutal truth is this : I don't take on all weddings .....
If you come to me and say ---- "I want a red rose and baby breath bouquet adorned with bling bling and butterflies and finish off with purple ribbon, and need just a stalk of Sunflower each for my parade of 13 bridesmaids.... and our restaurant would do our floral arch and reception table centerpiece, so you don't need to worry about that. "
Then I would say NO. No I don't do weddings. Not your wedding.
But when you love for us to conceptualize and execute the full works, and you ask me "do you do weddings?"
I said "YES! I do!" naturally :)
A bit of laughter a bit of tears.
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Here's what we did for a wedding last week at Hort Park.
We were a little over excited about the arrangements we did, they kinda look like little island on it's own!
so we took some silly photos together. Ha!
Please excuse us for our dark circles. We work HARD!
Every season has its collections and its flavor.
Spring brings with her arrays of beautiful and lovely florals and faunas.
The Spring rain showered the cool dew on her blooms, making it plump and crisp.
Dazzling in the sun, making its color more vibrant and captivating.
Such a treat not only for our eyes but for the overall senses too.
Always in love with Spring!!