//We Love// Floral Reptiles
Yours truly, flower chief of Grandad Jack’s greenhouse #takingcareofbusiness #nofilteritsalreadyvintage
//We Make// Spring wedding flowers for Jill and Matthew
//We listen to// Elvis in Hawaii
К. Беньямин. Поразительные окружности. Коллаж, 2013.
C. Benjamin. Striking circle. Collage, 2013.
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//We Love// beards and blooms
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//We Love// Moomins and flowers
Last week we ran the “give a plant a ho ho home” promotion, it was all a bit last minute spurred on by a visit to the flower wholesaler and spying some brightly coloured cyclamen plants and wanting to spread a bit of Christmas joy around. The plants were potted up into old (let’s call them vintage) containers, the plan was to leave them around the city in parks and on benches, then I thought, maybe it’d be more fun if I teamed up with some nice independent businesses around Edinburgh who can host the plants and look after them until they are found.
I decided this all in about 2 days and so I am very thankful to all the lovely people who took the plants into their shops and got on board with the idea at such short notice.
Some have been re homed and I think some are still waiting to be found, but its about time, before Christmas kicks in and we all get busy with drinking Sherry and eating chocolate coins, that I gave a shout out to the business’ who have “fostered” the plants. I wanted to team up with indie business’ because the people who run them are usually the nice kind of people who are up for helping out a florist with a last minute plan, the people behind the counters are always up for a bit of a chat, if they play music it is usually of the good kind, not the Topshop kind that you moan about being too loud making you feel about as old as your gran, and they sell things that you probably can’t find on the high street, which is especially good at Christmas when you’re bored of buying gift sets from the same department store every year that no one wants anyway.
We had 7 plants altogether (we did have 8 but one was bought off us, thanks lovely lady in the Edinburgh art shop) The first was left at Loudons café in Fountainbridge, its nice there, there’s people on laptops, mums with their babies, latte drinkers hiding behind big broadsheets, and friendly staff who make a mean hot chocolate (I’m sure the coffee is amazing too, but I can’t bring myself to not order the hot chocolate) they do pastries and cakes too that I challenge you not to like.
Another plant was left in Edinburgh Art Shop which is on Lauriston Place, Tollcross. Remember how there used to be an art shop on North Bridge? Remember the panic setting in when you walked along to it to buy your trusty drawing pens only to discover it had closed down..(well maybe that’s just me) but fear not, this new art shop in Tollcross stocks all the materials you can dream of, and its spray paints, which are available in just about any colour you can dream of, will make you want to change the colour of just about anything and everything that you own. Its also run by nice folk too who can help you out if you’re stuck with what to buy.
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Next on our travels was Mary’s Milk Bar in the Grassmarket, Mary makes the most delicious and inventive flavours of gelato and sorbet ( for Christmas flavours have included Bucks Fizz, Stollen or Chesnut) If that wasn’t enough temptation, you can should try out the hot chocolates and milkshakes too (I think I may have an addiction to the malted milkshake) Sit in the retro surroundings or take a big tub of gelato to take away and feast upon at home. Mary is really lovely, upon chatting to her I found out we both hail from Yorkshire, have brothers who have emigrated to the same country, and have partners from the same City in Scotland, with the big difference being that Mary makes amazing gelato whereas I am only good at eating it.
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Another stop in the Grassmarket was to the gorgeous Godiva Boutique where I had to pretty much wear blinkers to stop myself from buying myself all the jewellery and handbags. Its ran by Fleur and her team of lovely ladies and is stocked full of a great selection of vintage clothing in amongst beautiful clothes, jewellery and accessories made by super independent designers (infact I am hoping for little parcels of Godiva goodies under my tree this year-are you listening santa?!) Go in and be prepared to want everything.
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Last but not least on our trek around Edinburgh (potted plants are heavy, no wonder santa has a sleigh to deliver gifts)..was the wonderful Vintage Shop, the Frayed Hem, sat in amongst Cockburn Streets quirky shops and Restaurants. The delightful Nina stocks the most amazing selection of Vintage and Retro clothing and accessories, including some gorgeous sparkly jewellery. From denims to dresses, handbags to winter coats all mixed in with some items of curio, you’ll find all the vintage you could ever need here. The shop also “pops up” at various Vintage fairs around Edinburgh so keep your eye out on their facebook page for future events.
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We know that our plants from the Edinburgh Art Shop and from The Frayed Hem have found new homes but if you’re out and about in Edinburgh take a peek around to see if you can spot the last few and get your last minute Christmas Shopping done whilst you’re at it. Thanks again to all the fab business’ who have supported us in the “Give a plant a ho ho home” promotion and to those who have adopted the plants. We’ve had fun playing Santa and getting to know the nice folk behind the shop counters; Shop independent for your Christmas presents, not only because you are supporting small business’, artisans and designers who work really hard and have a passion for what they do, but because you’ll probably have a nicer experience, getting to chat with a friendly person behind a counter who really wants to help you, and buy a product which has been thoughtfully made, good times all around!! And so, all that’s left to say is have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from Linzi at Jack Fleuriste.