Happy New Year and I hope you had a great festive period. I thought I would start the new year by sharing some photos of the Christmas products I made and sold through my Etsy shop over the last few months.
Paper Fuchsia Christmas Tree Decorations
Paper Strawberry Decorations & Mistletoe
I got the idea for making strawberries from seeing a festive photograph on the Instagram feed of florists Swallows and Damsons
This year, I’m going to change the way I sell flowers online, moving away from making flowers to order and instead spending time making flowers over a month or so and then selling them in limited numbers in one go. I feel this will give me more time to experiment and more freedom to focus on new pieces and projects.
I’ve also updated this site with a new email newsletter sign up form in the footer of each page, so you can keep up to date with new workshop dates and events. I’m also sharing a paper flower making tip in each newsletter so if you would like to sign up, the form is at the bottom of each of my web pages.
Hope you have an amazing 2017!
I can’t believe how much time has flown since my last post on here. Updating this blog more regularly is definitely something I want to spend more time on. There has been a lot happening with A Petal Unfolds over the last few months as well as my Etsy shop being busy, and there are exciting projects in the pipeline too. I thought I would post a little round up today of some of the completed projects I’ve been working on with my paper flowers over the last few months and some of the new work I’ve been making.
Oversized Paper Flowers
I’ve been approached by numerous clients this year asking about oversized paper flowers as they were perfect for the events and displays they were getting together. I felt that I needed to start spending more time on producing flowers at a larger scale and rethinking techniques and constructions. I’ve made this a personal project for when I have a little free time which isn’t as often as I would like but I’m determined to build up a portfolio of these. I started by making an oversized version of my popular paper Peony flower and the flowerhead is about 35cm in diameter.
Later I added an open Ranunculus to join the Peony and I’m looking forward to adding more.
I was so thrilled to be contacted by an editor at Martha Stewart Living earlier this year and seeing their email come through was a real shock. They wanted to post a feature on me and my work on their site along with a DIY paper flower garland tutorial from me. This has now gone live and you can see the feature here.
A big thank you to Alexandra Churchill at Martha Stewart for getting in touch with me and bringing everything together so well.
A couple of weeks ago I made paper flowers with guests at the Blogtacular Paper Maker’s Party at West Elm in London. I chose these simple paper primrose flowers as the project for the evening and they were very popular, there was barely a seat free at my table for the entire evening. I’m going to write a full post about this, as I attended the blogging conference the day after as well so this post will be coming up soon.
I’ve started using Snapchat over the last couple of months. It feels like a lot of creators have started to jump on there in a fearful response to the changes Instagram have been announcing lately. My username on there is APetalUnfolds and I tend to share behind the scene peeks at the paper flowers I’m making at my desk before I am ready to photograph them for Instagram. It’s great for more spontaneous images and it’s refreshing to not have to worry about follower numbers (people can’t see them on there) and taking the perfect photo like I can on Instagram. I also like to use it at workshops and events.
A couple of my favourite people to follow are StudioDIY and Jeff Mindell, who are Kelly from the Studio DIY blog and her husband Jeff. They use the app really well and share fun insights into their life in LA. I always look forward to their snaps.
I hope to see you on Snapchat!
I’m heading back home for the Christmas holiday tomorrow so wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have a relaxing break- I know that I cannot wait for it!
I also wanted to thank you for your support in helping to make 2015 an exciting year for A Petal Unfolds. Hopefully there will be lots of new things in store for my flowers next year and more tales to tell.
I’ve published a Steller Story looking back over the last 12 months of paper flowers, with 12 of my favourite images from the year. You can take a look here.