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FLOWERBOMB! -Power, with Crafts Beautiful Magazine

So tomorrow is the big launch of my latest book Flowerbomb! And I couldn’t be more excited. In between launch parties and chatting lots to lovely bloggers and press, the first article has arrived on my doorstep today, from the bestselling craft magazine Crafts Beautiful. And I couldn’t be more delighted, so much love has gone into the design, I couldn’t be happier. You can check out the stunning March 2018 issue yourself, well worth a look!

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Flora Forager, a seasonal journal collected from nature

Flora Forager aka Bridget Beth Collins has had the kind of success story I love to see on Instagram. I started following her feed around a year ago, she makes the most intricately exquisite masterpieces from flowers, twigs, leaves… Anything natural. The designs are sometimes homages to artistic masters but often totally original ideas. Through her original art she has developed a mass social media following and become a social influencer leading to artwork commissions for magazines such as Country Living and House and Garden.

She says “I love to adventure into the wildflower woodlands, mossy waterfalls, and grey sand starry expanses of the Pacific Northwest. I forage almost all of my creations from foliage and flowers plucked from our sidewalks, meadows, and woods in our neighbourhood. I have a small garden in the city, and my mother has a big rambling secret garden filled with old english roses in the sea town of Edmonds where I grew up.

I graduated with honours from Seattle Pacific University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. I grew up in the wings so to speak, and am a product of all its dark, magical, sparkly world. Though the only stage I current now is the constant one I live in. I spend my days painting, writing, and playing with my boys. (There’s a great deal of mundane thrown in, but that’s a bore to add to a bio).”

Maybe I noticed her magical work because of my own passion for fairytale, she like me studied the theatre, has a boy and LOVES flowers!

I would urge you to buy a copy of her glorious journal, to be inspired every day of the year Flora Forager: A Seasonal Journal Collected from Nature

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Pressing Really Large Flowers in the Microwave

It’s starting to feel like part of the summer is coming to a close, I may be wrong and we may get a second wind, but I didn’t want to miss out on preserving some of the wonderful flowers that are around right now, for projects later on in the year. It was my birthday over the weekend, a friend of mine bought me a beautiful bunch of flowers with my absolutely favourite peony in it, called Lovely Rose. I have been reading up on ways to successfully press flowers, I have been pressing since the beginning of the summer and had some good and some very disappointing results. Gorgeous poppies fading into a brown mush, surprisingly bad presses from flowers that are so pretty and colourful before drying. Continue Reading