Hatching an Eggstraordinary Design for Those Flowers…

The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter

After the austerity of Lent, Easter always calls for something a little special in the way of floral design and my plans for the 12th scale church in the Parish of St M’s were NO exception!

And as the liturgical colours for the church at Easter are yellow and gold; I decided to create two arrangements with the use of these fancy pedestals which are typically used for the display of a painted egg.

Using a combination of real chocolate eggs, some stunning paper leaves, snippets of Conifer along with other bits of fauna I had snaffled from my garden and with a handful of fine silver wire and my trusty scissors; my first step was to attach a piece of DRY Floral Foam to the top of the pedestal.

With the snippets of Conifer and inspired by the shape of the humble triangle, I begin the design of my arrangement.

I should add that Conifer remains one of my favourite faunas to work with as it has a gorgeous colour, the appearance of being ‘freshly picked’ for many weeks and a heady scent which I simply adore!

The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 1)

I also employ the use of fine silver wire for those snippets of Conifer which require more flexibility in which to arrange.

Adding the paper leaves to the arrangement was less troublesome as they were already wired and so it was just a case of arranging them as shown.

The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 2)

And now for the real fun!

In order to add the eggs to the arrangement, I made a tiny hole at the base of the egg with my trusty tool of all trades and having inserted a piece of silver wire which I then cut to size, the egg could be arranged in the dry foam with ease.

The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 3)
The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 4)

As the eggs were a little larger than I would have liked (NOW, there’s a first! ME complaining about the size of a piece of chocolate!) I only needed five for this arrangement.

The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 5)
The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 6)

And with all the eggs now in place, I added pieces of dried twig and continued to add more snippets of the Conifer here and there.

For those of you who are familiar with my floral creations, you’ll know that I love to use ‘real’ foliage when I can and that I am an enthusiastic ‘harvester’ who loves to take advantage of the free pickings from the hedgerows and bridleways around me!

The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 7)
The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 8)

With the design nearly complete; it’s time to add the finishing touch with some tiny pieces of fresh moss and which I love working with!

The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 9)
The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 10)

I use the moss to fill in any of the small gaps that remain until I am happy with the design and after a gentle spray with misted water from top to bottom, my pedestal arrangement is now complete and ready for display.

The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 11)
The Floral Design for St M’s Parish Church at Easter (Step 12)
Welcome to the Parish of St M’s…

And with the pedestal arrangements now in place and with those church mice busy elsewhere; I think it’s time to put the kettle on and sample one or two of those chocolate eggs that have been surplus to requirement…

Well, it would be rude not to – wouldn’t it?

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While THOSE Mice Are Away, Tee Sees to the Flowers…

As Sunday January 22 was Homeless Sunday here in the UK and having given up the word ‘procrastination’ as my only New Years’ Resolution; I was determined to throw open the doors to St M’s Parish Church and having gone to the trouble of creating a feast of tasty goulash in polymer clay for the less fortunate of the parish; I was also determined to put those church mice to work that day.

Welcome to the Mouse Parish of St M’s…

I should add that several of the mice decided not to put in an appearance that day as I could offer nothing stronger than a mug of tea and those who did finally brave the cold to serve up the hot lunch I had prepared and raised awareness and support for those who have no home they can call their own – well, they did me proud!

However, as the Mice of the St M’s Flower Guild were also nowhere to be seen and with neither the time nor the inclination to teach the basics of floral design to those mice I could see who were scurrying around; I decided to take myself off to find a quiet corner in the midst of all of this frantic activity and arrange the church flowers myself.

Our December holiday decorations may have long been packed away but as the liturgical colours for the church are still in honour of Christmastide with white, yellow and gold; I decided to create an arrangement with the use of this fancy pedestal although they are typically used for the display of a painted egg.

Using a combination of white silk roses, some smaller paper roses in a golden yellow colour with snippets of Conifer and some other bits of fauna I snaffled from my garden and with a handful of fine silver wire and my trusty scissors; my first step was to attach a piece of DRY Floral Foam to the top of the pedestal.

Step One of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

With the snippets of Conifer and inspired by the shape of the humble triangle, I begin the design of my arrangement.

I should add that Conifer remains one of my favourite faunas to work with as it has a gorgeous colour, the appearance of being ‘freshly picked’ for many weeks and a heady scent which I simply adore!

Step Two of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

I also employ the use of fine silver wire for those snippets of Conifer which require more flexibility in which to arrange.

Step Three of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

For those of you who are familiar with my floral creations, you’ll know that I love to use ‘real’ foliage when I can and that I am an enthusiastic ‘harvester’ who loves to take advantage of the free pickings from the hedgerows and bridleways around me!

As I continue to add the snippets of Conifer and Fern to the arrangement, my design takes form.

Step Five of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo
Step Six of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

Now that the basic design has been completed with the fauna; it’s time to add the white silk roses.

Step Seven of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

And with the silk roses in place, I now ‘speckle’ the arrangement with the use of the paper roses in a delightful colour of golden-yellow.

Step Eight of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

With all the roses now in place, I continue to add more snippets of the Fern here and there.

Step Nine of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

With the design nearly complete; it’s time to add the finishing touch with some tiny pieces of fresh moss and which I love working with!

Step Ten of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

I use the moss to fill in any of the small gaps that remain until I am happy with the design and after a gentle spray with misted water from top to bottom, my pedestal arrangement is now complete and ready for display.

Step Eleven of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo
Step Twelve of the Pedestal Floral Arrangement Tutorial with Tee Bylo

And with the pedestal arrangement now in place and with those church mice busy elsewhere; I think it’s time to put the kettle on and enjoy some of that delicious shortbread I received as a gift for Christmas.

Tears For Fleurs! A Tutorial with Tee…

Hello and welcome to more of my efflorescent tales from a corner of this ‘Small World’!

As the last weekend in October is one for remembering the dearly departed with the festivals of the Mexican Day of the Dead and All Souls’ Day, I have designed my own unique tribute in remembrance of those no longer with me with the creation of a spray of flowers in the design of a teardrop and which I placed on the table in the Design Room of Bouvier’s Flower Shop on All Hallows Eve.

Boo! Bouvier’s Flower Shop is NOW Open!

However, given that my photographic skills appeared to have deserted me when I set about capturing the images of this teardrop floral spray perched on a table in the Design Room of the newly revamped Bouvier’s; I was relieved to discover that the results of the outdoor shoot were something of a compensation!

“Let your tears come. Let them water your soul.”
Eileen Mayhew

And if you would like to discover the tale behind the creation of this teardrop floral spray then please read on!

Using a combination of off-white silk roses, snippets of Conifer and some other bits of fauna that I snaffled from my garden, I also assembled a piece of DRY Floral Foam, a handful of fine silver wire, my trusty pair of scissors and a mug of tea…

I might add that the choice of beverage is optional!

Step One of the Teardrop Floral Spray Tutorial with Tee Bylo

With the snippets of Conifer, I begin to design a ‘Floral Bed’ in the design of a teardrop.

Step Two of the Teardrop Floral Spray Tutorial with Tee Bylo

For those of you familiar with my floral creations, you’ll know that I love to use ‘real’ foliage when I can and that I am also an enthusiastic ‘harvester’ who loves to take advantage of the free pickings from the hedgerows and bridleways around me!

As I continue with the snippets of Conifer, my design begins to take shape.

Step Three of the Teardrop Floral Spray Tutorial with Tee Bylo

Conifer remains one of my favourites to work with for reasons that include a gorgeous colour, the appearance of being ‘freshly picked’ for many weeks and its heady scent which j’adore!

Now that the basic teardrop design has been completed, it’s time to add the silk roses which are a lovely off-white colour.

Step Four of the Teardrop Floral Spray Tutorial by Tee Bylo

With the roses in place, I now add the other pieces of interesting foliage that I have harvested.

Step Five of the Teardrop Floral Spray Tutorial by Tee Bylo

I use the silver wire to hold the pieces of foliage intact within the spray.

Step Six of the Teardrop Floral Spray Tutorial with Tee Bylo

The silver wires are also useful for creating ‘circles’ of foliage which adds nicely to the design.

Step Seven of the Teardrop Floral Spray Tutorial with Tee Bylo

As the design is nearly complete; it’s time to add the finishing touch with some tiny pieces of fresh moss.

Step Eight of the Teardrop Floral Spray Tutorial with Tee Bylo

I use the moss to fill in any of the small gaps that remain until I am happy with my design.

The Completed Teardrop Floral Spray by Tee Bylo

With my floral spray completed, it’s now time to enjoy a well-deserved mug of tea…

Bye for now!

* ADDENDUM *

Although I have used ‘real’ foliage for the creation of this teardrop floral spray; alternative snippets of plastic, silk or even paper leaves would also happily work with this design and I have found some wonderful pieces of ‘foliage’ while browsing the Aquarium department of my local pet store.

Even though I have been creating and teaching floral design for many years now, I STILL believe that everyone has the ability to make some sort of an arrangement with the use of fauna and flora and once you have mastered the basics, there really is no right nor wrong way!
I hope that my tutorial will inspire you to create your own little floral masterpiece and if you have any questions for me, please ask…

September Has Ended! Time To Wake Up!

Dear Diary…

Summer has come and passed

The innocent can never last

Wake me up when September ends…

© Green Day

It’s probably something of an understatement to tell you that I’m rather glad to see the back of September and that of the month before when my father died suddenly and even though I had walked away from our painful relationship some time ago, these last few weeks have been rather challenging to say the very least!

He died of heart failure in the morning of an early August day at the age of 68 and now when I think of my relationship with him from my earliest memories and what has been revealed since his death; I really believe at least in the emotional sense that his heart failed him many years ago and as my intention is to leave the man to his rest; I shall say no more about it.

Now, can I have a drum roll please? For, wait for it; my website is FINALLY published!

It’s been a long process as I was building it myself and yes, I could have given birth and moved house in the time that it has taken me to arrange the images, text, icons, links and others I have since forgotten about but it felt so wonderful to finally hit that ‘publish’ button!

And if you fancy a wander through my world in 12th scale, here’s the link:

‘Between Two Worlds’ Creating Life in 12th Scale…

I’ve also been building in 12th scale over at my studio in Bar Lane and have spent many an hour through August and September wrestling with some MDF, getting messy with paint and glue, cursing at my solder iron, thwarting the mischief from that one Little Big Cat and seeking solace in large cups of tea and the occasional biscuit.

However, as the studio has been so warm and I’ve been working with the windows open, I have found myself an object of curiosity from tourists who while walking along the Micklegate end of the Bar Walls here in York were also enjoying a great view of my studio and so I’ve had to be on my best behaviour, particularly when I realised one day that it was me who was at the end of a long camera lens!

And if you should ever stumble across a image on the web tagged ‘Strange Folk of York’ of a woman with wild blonde hair wearing a paint splattered apron and yellow sneakers with something of a crazy look about her; it will probably be me!

Anyway back to the tale about the expansion of my 12th scale property empire and having received more than one request for the secret of my ‘realistic’ stonework, I have put together a recipe for the budding stonemasons among you.

There are so many different ways of creating realistic looking stonework but this is the way which works for me and if you are going to use a stencil, I have found the best ones from Bromley Craft Products and yes, you can order directly from them.

But what of the 12th scale build that I have devoted most of my summer to, I hear you ask?

Well, as I have also been taking advantage of the glorious sunshine in my garden in which to work on the design for another 12th scale model of the fantastical variety for Yorvik Faerie Productions; my summer works schedule is now a ‘little’ behind schedule but at least I can be thankful that unlike in the ‘real’ world, I shall suffer no financial hardship for any late penalty clause.

However, now that September has come to an end and the celebration of All Hallows Eve is beckoning, I do need to wake up and create or I could end up with a wake up call of a different kind!

Now, as to what this 12th scale build will finally be; well, here are some teaser images of my creation in progress to whet your appetite.

And talking of appetites, mine as just been whetted by the sight of that bar of chocolate which has lurked just out of view until now.

Adieu for now!