Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The Country Living Fair Nov 09

Wow! What a lot of work! I am only just recovering!.......

We didn't have a huge stand but as you can see, we did what we could not to disappoint & cram it full of lovely things for you to buy. We hope you all enjoyed the Fair and managed to push your way through the crowds to see our stall.

It was the first year we have exhibited at The Country Living Fair and we really enjoyed meeting new customers. We tried to talk to many of you but it was hard to keep up!

You may be able to see more of our stock from the photos. Remember, if there is anything that you regret not buying, you can order it now online at

Thanks to all who visited our stand, we hope to see you again.

We've moved!

Sadly, after 3 happy years running a shop in Charing High Street we were faced with the end of the lease! Due to the growth of our website and the high outgoings with renting a shop, we decided not to re-new.

On Friday 6th November we had our last day trading in Charing. Once the news was out, many of our local customers expressed their sorrow that they could no longer just pop-in. It was sad to think that this chapter of serving my customers (friends) was over but it's really exciting looking forward to a new way of working.

As of now The Floral Madam is based in Egerton, where we have a Flower Workshop and an Online Shop for Gifts.

Charing was a great place to be and I will miss being at the heart of such a lovely village. Thank you to everyone, young and old, who visited the shop. You all really helped me learn and build the business, thanks to your much needed support and feedback. I now know my customer well and my customers know me and my products. If feel this is what is needed to have a successful online shop where confidence in the retailer is essential.

As promised, you can now look forward to a better website, more mail-outs and catalogues with your favorite items at better prices. The time, energy and expense of running a shop can now be turned to different things. More 'vintage and collectable' pieces that have often been enjoyed and bought in the shop will soon be available online. As will a range of the much desired furniture that dressed the shop. The Floral Madam looks forward to exhibiting at more fairs, wedding shows and organising our very own 'Open Days'. Most importantly of all, I will have the needed time to focus much more on our brides and corporate customers for 2010.
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Press : Cosmopolitan Bride

What 'bride to be' doesn't go out and purchase a copy of Cosmopolitan Bride?

Many brides that walk in the shop and approach me for flower quotes are grasping a tired looking copy full of post-it notes. Often they have fallen in love with one of the featured weddings and want my help to re-create 'the look'. This is obviously great fun but means even more when one of the weddings was actually one of ours!

Yes, we have been featured! Very excited to purchase a copy and turn to page 60-62 in the Dec/Jan 2010 issue. 'Bold & Beautiful', the lovely summer wedding of Tom & Thalia.

Thalia wanted fragrant floral displays, full of colour, spilling out of many of our own jugs, teapots, cups and saucers. It gives me a nice feeling to think that this wedding will now inspire many more brides planning their dream wedding for 2010. It was an added bonus too that the photographer of the wedding was Jodie Chapman She always captures every detail and more, providing me and you with some great flower shots to enjoy.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Rock 'n Roll Bride

Really pleased to see our wedding flowers featured on Rock 'n Roll Bride. Many brides use this blog for inspiration, and I feel this wedding really deserved a mention. It was such a great theme and a really fun wedding to be involved with. I thought everything together worked so well and more importantly, it looked so original.

I was lucky enough to create the bouquets for the bride and the bridesmaids. Tara wanted it bold and bright, with a mix of colours, her favourite flowers were Gerbera and Hydrangea. I thank both Lawrence & Tara for choosing The Floral Madam, as I really enjoyed creating the flowers for their special day.

To read more about this wedding, take a look at the full article