Autumn is just around the corner but as usual I'm hanging on to what's left of summer. It's not been the summer I expected, cancelled holiday plans and hospital appointments almost weekly didn't leave me with much energy to enjoy it as much as I hoped but I did manage a few days out and for that I'm really grateful.
One of these days out was to the opening of And Hobbs; a little boutique shop in the small village of Shere, full of creative finds and items from independent makers.
To celebrate the opening of the shop the lovely owner Libby organised a flower crown workshop with local florists from the Kingfisher farm shop.
Despite not knowing if I would be physically well enough to go on the day, I signed up to the workshop as soon as I heard about it. Learning how to make a flower crown has been something I've wanted to do for years and on the day I was lucky to be well enough to make it to the event in the evening.
After looking around the shop I headed outside behind the store to a courtyard space with long bench tables and a string of lights hanging overhead. There were buckets of all kinds of beautiful flowers ready and waiting to become crowns. The atmosphere was magical. It was the perfect place to spend the evening.
After the lovely florists told us how to get started we chose flowers and foliage and got to work. I found the workshop very easy to do and very therapeutic. I chose pale pink and white roses, blackberries and accent foliage. My mum who accompanied me chose bright pink Gladioli, phlox and lavender. I think both turned out well .
Sadly fresh flower crowns don't last long, a few days at the most. So after all the work and effort that went into creating my crown I couldn't just let it sit around and not take photos of it! The next day I was feeling a little worse for wear as expected. However I did attempt to take some outfit photos but I felt too ill and needed to stop and think again. There's that old saying - where there's a will there's a way. And after a rest I came up with the idea of creating a flat lay of photos to share on here which was much easier for me to do.
So here are our crowns, team up with my favourite summer wedges and stilettos both by Kurt Geiger.
I really enjoyed my time being creative at And Hobbs. For those in Surrey you might like to look out for future events happening over on the website here. There's another flower crown workshop taking place on the 16th of September.