I’ve been asked to start writing blogs for some time by a number of people and been meaning to for ages but kept putting it off! Well I thought to coincide with the launch of the new website that I thought it’s about time I started blogging and should write my first one!
What better topic than an introduction of the principal florist/creative behind Flowers with Love – Lisa Walsch. I’m that florist and for as long as I can remember I have always been creative.
I remember back when my lifetime of creativity probably first started.
I was 10 years old and would go to a Japanese friend of our family’s house after school in the afternoons and she would teach me to crochet. I absolutely loved this and would create sets of place mats, doilies, a ponchos, rugs or string bags, which inevitably became gifted to family members.
This led to designing and creating my own clothes right through my teenage years. I would spend hour after hour sketching my designs and whipping up my unique creations on my sewing machine.
I had planned to do Fashion Design although fate had other ideas and I would continue to express my creative ideas by exploring different mediums, including knitting, macramé, patchwork, smocking, folk art, jewellery making, handmade paper etc. Anything that took my fancy I would try. I remember dreaming of having my own little shop, where I could creatively gift wrap customer’s purchases for them.
After completing an introduction to dried flowers back in the late 1980’s I commenced work at Pialligo Plant Farm, working in the dried flower shop at the Chaplain’s Cottage. Regular classes were always held there, most days of the week. Anything from how to grow, harvest, dry and cook using flowers. Classes in how to be creative using dried flowers were extremely popular.
I studied floristry at CIT in the School of Horticulture and have since attained a Certificate IV in floristry.
In 1993 Flowers with Love was born. In the early days weekends were often spent selling dried flowers, arrangements and wreaths that I had created through the week, at local markets. Some weekends were also spent creating floral arrangements and bouquets for weddings using both fresh and dried flowers.
I started designing and creating wedding bouquets and head pieces for several bridal magazines, over a number of years in the 1990’s and onward. These were featured in their annual publications over many years, including gracing their front covers.
I remember designing and creating flower crowns at this time and encouraging the magazine editor to showcase them on the front cover, which they eventually did. I worked with Lizzie Wagner, a former international model and now director of The Lizzie Wagner Group, who said my designs were innovative.
Business was starting to grow, through word of mouth and lots of hard work and long hours. My children have been called upon on many occasion to help in various ways, from ‘scrunching’ tissue paper to fill boxes before precious wedding bouquets can be placed in them to helping make buttonholes and bouquets to designing logos and editing photos.
My brother reminded me recently that I have wanted to have my own shop for 25 years, although at that time I wasn’t sure what type of shop it was going to be. For the last 10 of those years I have been hoping to open a florist shop and now finally the next exciting chapter for Flowers with Love is about to begin.