Yesterday my Mum and I went to a flower arranging workshop, it was a reasonable £25 including tea coffee cake and a welcome glass of fizzy stuff. The theme was of course easter but the skills we learned were transferable, Sandra was a really good teacher despite this being a relatively new venture for her she was most patient especially as we were so slow. We had a fantastic time and both made something far better than we expected.
I have done a little flower arranging over the years but not had any training as such, the impetus for doing so now was the purchase of some very expensive Sarah Raven cut flower seeds. The plan was to creates some simple bouquets for selling on our gardening group's monthly Farmers market stall, currently we sell plants but no cut flowers. Hopefully the seeds will grow well, we are going to grow them in a raised bed in the veg plot and treat them as a crop rather than part of the garden, that way I won't feel guilty about cutting them. We do have a large cottage style garden so hopefully we can use that to help supplement the annual flowers with enough plant material over the summer months.
This project is one of many we are hoping to add to our money making repertoire , I am also planning to make a range of toiletries ( handmade soaps , hand creams and salves etc) aimed at gardeners . Again I have made soap before but only for home use, if the sums add up this could be a profitable venture but I have yet to investigate the legal aspect too closely.
My husband is about to become a first time beekeeper, this has been an expensive start up so adding value to the products he produces is key. As well as selling honey he hopes to make candles and i should be able to use honey and beeswax in my products too. The big push to earn a small income is that he will be retiring (early ) at the beginning of next year and we will have a little less income than we do at present. we are quite frugal already but the slight shortfall has made us a little nervous so we are exploring other avenues whilst we can still afford to experiment.
So what did I make at the flower arranging class? A lovely table centrepiece containing freesias, ranunculus, chrysanthemums and several types of eucalyptus foliage. I hope you will agree it's very pretty , the quails eggs are of course from my birds and the chocolate ones provided at the workshop are of course long gone . What things do you do to create a little extra cash?