Thursday, 10 October 2013


The workshops are now up and running so I thought it'd be a good idea to get all the dates along with the prices out there for everyone to see!! For any more details or to book, please give me a shout.

Introduction to floristry £60

May 6th, 13th, 20th 7pm -9pm

Bring along your favorite flowers and learn some of the tricks of the trade in this three week course.In this introduction to floristry we will cover how to condition your flowers to get the most out of them, working with oasis and hand tying flowers. Learn how to create some new, fresh designs that can be applied to any occasion.

Festive wreath making £35

December 3rd, 5th and 10th 7pm

We love this workshop! Come along for a festive evening and learn how to make your very own door wreath from lots of interesting natural materials. Mulled wine and all materials included.

Christmas table decoration £40

16th December 7pm

A fun evening where you get to be creative and make an amazing centre piece for you Christmas table. Mulled wine and materials included.

Christmas decorating - £99

December 13th and 15th

A relaxing all day workshop to get you feeling inspired and very Christmassy!The morning will be demonstrations to give you lots of ideas for your own Christmas table followed by a delicious lunch. The afternoon will be the time for you to create your own table decoration encompassing the ideas from the morning session.  Materials included.

and for the spring....

Party Flowers - £130

Create your own wedding flowers - £130

If you’re thinking of doing your own wedding flowers, Sam will show you how. You will learn lots of inside tips and how to create stunning arrangements with minimal stress! You will also enjoy a tasty lunch and get to take home your very own hand tied.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Autumn workshops

This year we are doing more workshops than ever up at Hammer Hill Barn. With the arrival of Laura from and Kate's gorgeous new studio/shop opening soon, we are between us offering lots of really fun workshops.
The season is kicking off with the return of the Violets and Velvet and Vintage Style Hire styling workshop. We had a great write up in the fabulous Mollie Makes magazine last month so we are really looking forward to hosting another one on October 2nd. Learn lots of tips on how to make your wedding /event really unique, enjoy a tasty lunch and go home with your own hand tied and a goody bag! What more could you ask for!!
We have also just released the full timetable for floristry workshops up until December. Some old favorites like wreath making along with lots of new workshops, Christmas table centres, create your own wedding flowers and an introduction to floristry for starters.
Please let me know if you'd like any more details.
Here are some of the lovely images from


Monday, 1 July 2013

The Walled Garden at Cowdray

It's been such a busy summer so far and I've not had chance to blog for ages so my new routine is going to be that Monday is blog day!!! Please don't hold me to this!!!
Anyway, here's a wedding from last year believe it or not.
Julie and James were a gorgeous couple who chose the most fabulous venue, The Walled Garden at Cowdray. With styling from Vintage Style Hire, and photography by Lisa Devlin, you can't go far wrong.
Unfortunately it was a rainy day, although the rain really didn't effect the day, in fact it meant that the floral garland for around the entrance door was relocated to inside which meant it was looked at all day.
Julie's brief was quite vague, which meant we got to play. Her request was for English country garden flowers in a riot of colours. My personal favourite.
Here are some of the photographs. I hope you enjoy them!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Mother's Day Workshops

In between weddings, creating the cutting garden and family life(!) Laura of Love Little Cakes and I are planning our Mother's Day workshops. We're hoping you agree that it would make a lovely and unique way to treat your Mum or alternatively come along for a fun day with friends. It's up to you however if you want to give away your creations at the end!!
You can come along to the barn on Saturday 9th March for a day of creativity. In the morning Laura will teach you how to professionally stack a multi layered cake and then ice it beautifully with ruffle icing and some vintage inspired sugar flowers. We will then break for a lovely cream tea. After lunch I'll show you how to create your very own hand tied along with some quirky ways to present your gift bouquet.
We then send you on your way with your goodies.
The one day workshop includes all materials and a scumptious Love Little Cakes cream tea and is priced at £85.
Contact Sam or Laura for more details.

Monday, 4 February 2013

The Violets and Velvet Cutting Garden

I'm so excited about this new venture, it's going to be great! Our very own cutting garden!!
Hammer Hill Farm has been Violets and Velvet's address for the past year, and soon to be a stunning new wedding venue for marquee, tipi and yurt weddings. The farm has some really stunning views over the Essex countryside and is the new home also to The Violets and Velvet Cutting Garden
My plans at the moment basically consist of loads of dahlias, I love them and have lovely childhood memories of buying them tied with wool from the allotments. We've always had dahlias at home so I think Scott (Mr Violet) and I will hopefully have some success with them. Scott is my secret weapon as he's a landscape gardener ever so slightly obsessed with gardening which is great as I can pick his brains along with roping him in to do some weeding.
Right then, I should get on with my plan. Our lovely landlord John is letting me have a 8m x 8m square of his field which is a great size for us to get started on. So, along with of course the dahlias I'm going to try some easier flower varieties for starters, with some more herbs I think. I love herbs with flowers and in my opinion you can never have too much foliage! O.k, I'm off to browse through my new porn, seed catalogues.

 Sarah Raven's amazing Cutting Garden
 Inspiring people, Organic Blooms.