Putting Pen to Paper...
Putting Pen to Paper...
How we React to Things...
How we React to Things...
I recently had a situation happen to me that comletely knocked me for six, floored me, upset me beyond belief and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it. Nothing.
My website provider switched my site builder from one day to the next, completely reformatting my website. The first I knew about it was when I clicked on my site and thought it didn't look right and definitely not how I left it last time.. Different fonts, mis-aligned text, different colours...
All the hours of SEO work that I'd learnt how to do had gone. Nothing there. Removed. Blank sheet. From 21st October 2020 this was, effectively, a new site on the net. Old stats gone. Tools I'd relied on since first building my site in 2008 gone. Just gone.
About two months ago I did receive an email about upgrading the site at some point. No date given and no communication whatsoever since. No heads up on the change over date - nothing. I had no chance to screen shot info or key words and there's no tutorial on how to use the new builder. Do you laugh because it's nuts or do you cry... I cried.
I felt like I'd lost a huge part of me - a bit silly maybe but there you go, that's how I felt. I liked to look back to see what visits I'd had from where and see how my site had done over the years. I was really proud of the 80% SEO mark I'd managed to get by tweaking a word here, adding a different phrase there, making some words plural and others not... all these little things make the difference and it was a fair bit of a learning curve for me - I've got none of them saved , of course..
So... Anyways... Deep breath...
I recently treated myself to a lovely book - The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. A truly beautiful book.
On one of the pages it says " One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things ".
So very true..
Can I live without all that archived data? Yes, of course..
Can I learn how to use this new builder? Yes...
Will it take me hours to re-do the SEO work? Yes!!! :(
But can I do it? Oh yes...
Um... Is it easier to write this blog post in the new builder format...? Yes.
Does my website now have that lovely little secure padlock icon? Yes.
Might I learn to love this new builder? Oh probably...
There's a cherry in here somewhere - I just have to find it...
And find that pesky, invaluable SEO analyser... now where on earth has that gone???
Best get Coffee and Carry On
Happy Sunday Everyone
Catch You Next Time x
|Posted on 12 September, 2020 at 11:41||comments (1688)|
So I thought I'd do a little blog post today about - amongst other things - what's happening at the Flower Studio....
Because there's still the nasty Covid out there and the studios aren't that big, I've decided to keep them closed to the public for now. But I am currently taking orders, either for local delivery or safe collection from here, for flower tributes or smaller weddings that just need bouquets and buttonholes and maybe Top Table flowers. I'll be open for these kinds of orders for the rest of September and all of October, closing again once the clocks go back.
For now there are still some gorgeous, Summery flowers to be had and the weather is kind enough that they're happy to open beautifully in the natural light of the studio. Last week I had a special tribute to make and used some stunning Meijer Four Seasons Roses combined with a lovely purple/blue Clematis and some deep blue Gentian - a really lovely mix of Country Garden style flowers. This, I have to say, is my favouritest colour palette in the whole world...
On the art side, I've managed to get some of my finished tapestry wallhangings listed in both my Etsy and Folksy shops - and I've popped photos of them on my website too. Admin - it can take a while - especially when 'help' arrives.... Would you just look at the size of that paw stretched across the keyboard! There was no way Harls was wanting me to be doing what I was doing right then - he wanted attention!!
And I've started a new weave - this time it's a Maroochydore sunrise inspired wallhanging. The colours are incredibly vibrant and I've been spinning a fabulous, naturallyTurmeric dyed, Merino Wool & Tussah Silk blend to add to the sunrise colours. The majority of yarns I weave with I now spin myself - wool, silk, egyptian cotton, Ramie (nettle fibre) and, very soon, Alpaca.
I also managed to get hold of the most beautiful raw fleece from a Teeswater sheep whose name is Amethyst - it's now hand washed and dried and the locks are just perfect for this weave..
You can see just how beautifully it works with the colours in the pic below ... and there's the inspirational photo in there too, "borrowed" from an Insta post put up by Laurel Resin Art (who you can find at the Eumundi Markets, QLD - and you know how much I love that place!)
If you want to see how this weave is coming along then have a look at my Insta page or the Studio2Artwork Facebook page - there's links to both on my website's home page.
Have a lovely weekend!
PS. Any comments with links in are now, without exception, being rejected before they're even published.
|Posted on 20 August, 2020 at 7:09||comments (1)|
Weddings, Art & Lockdown 2020
So, it's been a very long time since I wrote a Blog Post but I feel that the time is right now and so I'm sitting here, in the sunshine, drinking my coffee and about to have a public chat again.. It's also been a long, long time since my studio looked like this - full of wedding flowers and buckets.. Like so many wedding florists my year has become empty with wedding dates all being moved forward to next year. Next year already had it's own bookings in place so that's now looking super busy, which is good isn't it but there are still many months to go before we get underway with season 2021...
And so, this year has given me the time back, during the enforced lockdown months, to concentrate on my first love, my art. I have always been a creator / artist and am, without doubt, an introvert who is very happy spending endless hours in the artroom / studio. This recluse florista has been painting progressively larger canvases full of flowers using oils and acrylics and learning to hand spin natural yarns with which to make tapestry wallhangings.
I've always had a great love of textiles - I did embroidery for A Level - and have baskets of lace and organza, silk and satin here for brides to choose from for their bouquets - but, oh my, what I really love are the natural fibres - wool, plant fibres and SILK!!
This is weaving is becoming a bit of a passion and I've recently pushed the boundaries on the spinning front by hand spinning some 100% Egyptian cotton... a Diva of a fibre for sure with extra short fibre lengths and so fine that the breeze coming in through the window separated the fibres at one point but it's a lovely yarn and I was pleased to spin it.
And I've openeed an Etsy shop - but more on that next time..
Bye for now..
|Posted on 4 April, 2019 at 5:34||comments (2)|
Why are there No New Blogs?
Well, let me tell you...
I'm really not sure any more about putting up photos I can't protect...
I am totally over hundreds of people leaving 'comments' with loads of links in them trying to sell their own stuff on the back of my posts.
Come find me, my cats, my artwork and my flowers on my Instagram page okay?
See you soon!
|Posted on 16 September, 2018 at 15:32||comments (1)|
And so another week has passed here in the blink of an eye!
Whenever did time get to move sooo swiftly?
I’ve had a Fab day today meeting, amongst others, a February wedding couple over at Hengrave Hall, Bury St. Edmunds to discuss amazing flowers…and Trees… ooh, I Love those!
Soo looking forward to this one – there’s Lots of creative collaboration going on here! Can’t wait! xx
So, now, back to the present…
Our Lilly… well she’s a whole lot better Hooray! Back to the AHT tomorrow to see the neurologists but…
She’s been jumping up onto the small sofa again all by herself –
Enjoying snuggles on the bed (alright…which she can’t quite jump up onto by herself but, hey, can now get down from with no trouble bless..)
Well he’s been REAL busy here this week… as you can see…
#ChilledBirman # Workinghardintheoffice
I think I might be in agreement with #WinstonChurchill here and decide to come back as a cat ha!
And talking about cats… So sorry, I can’t get this pic to go the right way round! ...
We have a local pussycat who’s just lovin’ the studio vibes at the mo…
And is quite colour co-ordinated too ha!
Lucky for this little puss, our Big Blonde has never mastered the art of fence or tree climbing… (Yep, I know, it’s an indoors-mainly- temple-cat-Birman-thing)
So if he snuggles up on the warm roof QUIETLY Harls never knows he’s there… Shhh…
And me? Well here’s what I’ve been up to on the Floristry side of things…
Bouquets and Buttonholes…
Tackling thorny, but Gorgeous, Vendela Roses….
And getting very excited about creating new designs for Indian Wedding and Celebration Garlands…
And prepping for a Day Off!! HOORAY!!
Tomorrow I’ll be giving myself some new Henna Tattoos…
When you work all weekend, Mondays are off right?
xx Happy Monday Everyone xx
|Posted on 10 July, 2018 at 15:02||comments (1)|
|Posted on 3 April, 2018 at 17:03||comments (8)|
What a Difference a Day ( or two ) Makes!
Is Spring Sprung at Last? Let’s Hope So..
And more good news, our Lillycat’s coming Home tomorrow - Hooray!
Reason enough for some Joyous Pics I think…. These are Flowers from my Garden this time Last Year – let the Springtime begin…please…
Now I do have to tell you that, being someone who REALLY needs to live in the Southern Hemisphere (Queensland specifically please), I ordered a pair of Ugg Boots just before Easter because I was fed up with being Cold…
And they turned up this morning…
Swiftly followed by the sunshine-ey-ist, warmest day we’ve had here yet ha! ..Oh my… Talk about perfect timing… But I still wore them..
And with the arrival of the First sunny, dry day came the inevitable… The ‘Clearing of the Studios’…
Oh, urgh, aah - lovely....Mixed up Boxes, quite a few Spiders, Long-Lost vases that hadn’t made it back to their rightful places at the end of last season, some Spiders, lots of Boxes, More Boxes…and did I mention the SPIDERS!!
Urgh… Hate them…Yukky yuk yuk YUK….
But… I have a secret weapon from Oz to deal with these…
MORTEIN!! May the Force be with You….and against them…at all times…everywhere…
PS. I don’t like spiders
PPS. Not good when you work in Garden Studios
PPPS. Even worse when you like Gardening
Anyways – job done – well, almost ....getting there.... This is Studio 1 full of sunlight and Blossom Tees - still a bit disorganised but I do know where everything is now ha!
So, onto another thing that needs doing... the ‘Drawing of the Straws’ between me and Iain for who gets to do the dreaded ‘ PILLING OF THE CAT’…
Did you see those Teeth in the last Blog?... Let me remind you…
Lils might be small but she is definitely Feisty…
The tablets have to be given MANually (get the hint there?) morning and night…and they’re not small, little wee tablets I can tell you – oh no, they’re, like, half sections of the big old fashioned Paracetamol tablets? Huge! Watch this space for further developments… I’ve got a Video somewhere of me doing it in the past and I’ll see if I can Blog a link to it somehow… totally hilarious…
But for now, let’s look forward to some Gorgeous warmer weather and Spring and Flowers and Summer and Sunshine...
And, oh, Weddings!!! WEDDINGS!!!!!! Oh Yeah! There’s LOTS of those to come this year…
Love what I do
|Posted on 7 March, 2018 at 8:27||comments (12)|
Well it's a busy day here today - a Coffee & Danish kind of a day - so I took myself off, first thing, for a 'Power-Breakfast' and made myself a nice, long list of what I needed to get done...
Finish floral designs**
Check what else needs doing and make a list
Sort out the new stock
Clean and prep buckets
Order more flowers**
Reply to emails**
Finish wedding estimate**
Sort out a Student ID card****
NB. Shirt wash
NB. Cat Food??
Confirm weekend appointments
Set timer on studio heater
And I figure that's more than enough...Am I going to get it ALL done today? Absolutely not. That's why I star things, to tell myself what to do first....and hoovering, unfortunately, appears to be coming in last...oh dear (sigh)... what a shame (sigh sigh)... I might have to leave that til tomorrow....
But I do like having a list and ticking things off. Sometimes I even write on the list what I've already done just so's I can tick it off.... anyone else do that?
There are days, of course, that require a tad more than a Coffee & a Danish... Some weeks are just hilariously silly busy with weddings here and that's when we get out the 'big guns'... Berocca...Metatone...and CHOCOLATE!!
Happy Days Everyone !
|Posted on 3 March, 2018 at 11:42||comments (3)|