Winter botanical

jewellery tutorial

Our queen of all things floral, Gemma is back today with an amazing DIY that even the least green-fingered of us should be able to pull off (yay!). But before we get stuck into our botanical crafts, let’s spare a second to appreciate the small yet mighty snowdrop.

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“Truly, I love winter. After a long day of being in the cold workshop and fridge, there is nothing more warming than snuggling up to the fire with my favourite tipple in hand, watching our dog Mac roast his belly. However, as the nights continue to get lighter, we are actually seeing our garden in a little daylight after work. The excitement is brewing for the arrival of spring. The sight of snowdrops emerging through the winter forest floor, on our dog walks lately has been a welcome sign that it is well and truly on the way.
“I am quite often asked what my favourite flower is and I never have the answer. Usually, hesitating for too long, I give up and say “well… it all depends…” then I tend to get an eye roll from the interrogator! My list of variables start… What time of year is it, which venue am I in, what is the design brief, what colour am I toning to and on and on I go.
“If we are talking about what grows wildly on our doorstep, at the start of spring, in white, well then Snowdrops are the boys for me! Those blankets of little nodding flowers capture my imagination with the tiniest variations in their petals, texture and shape. There are hundreds of different snowdrops growing their little hearts out that are well adapted to life in the cold – my favourite fact being that their leaves have specially hardened tips to help them break through frozen soil and their sap contains a form of antifreeze to prevent ice crystals forming. Did you read that?& Their leaves contain antifreeze.. ANTIFREEZE! Just amazing. Plantings en-masse are my favourite, tucked around the bases of trees, huddled down waiting for January to arrive and be the first plant to flower in the new year.”

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Copper and botanical cuff by Planet Flowers, image by Photos by Zoe
“After our very own #planetbee Antony’s wedding was featured here at WFIL, we had so much interest over his succulent floral cuffs the groomsmaids wore. We took inspiration for these from the super talented designer Susan McLeary over at Passion Flower Events. Seriously, if you like botanical jewellery, go take a peek at her absolutely amazing creations – they are a true work of art. Making wearable botanical jewellery is nothing short of addictive! Once you have had a little play around with it and get your flow, the options are endless. From rings to anklets, earrings to neck pieces – I have even made floral cravats for men. Taking this new found addiction and my love of Snowdrops, we thought it would be interesting to show you how we make a floral cuff using garden cuttings that are readily available right now.

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“While out in the garden I picked some snowdrops and foraged for some other dainty botanical goodies. All very easy to cut and come by. A little moss, Hawthorn, Muscari buds, Ivy, Ivy berry and the main event, the Snowdrops. You don’t need much of anything, just a nice mixture to give some texture in your piece. Be careful, when you are making a piece of botanical jewellery, remember it is going to be beside your skin so don’t choose anything that you think might be an irritant. We are going to use a copper cuff to create our piece on but you can use anything, a piece of ribbon or fabric will even work. The secret ingredient in this DIY is a tube floral adhesive waterproof glue.I promise you, once you have used this there will be no going back! You can pick this up in most good craft stores or online for about £5. Hot glue does also work but I find it becomes too chunky and sometimes doesn’t hold as well as the floral glue.

Planet Flowers DIY botanical cuff tutorial

Step 1
Start by clipping your garden goodies down to the base or as short as you think you may like them so they are easier for you to manage with the glue. Get yourself organised, as it can all get a bit sticky quite quickly. If you are using ribbon as the base, then make sure and cut it far bigger than you need so that if you end up gluing off centre you can re-cut the material to be the right size for your wrist.
Step 2
Everyone has their own technique but I find it best to start with a layer of glue straight onto the metal/fabric. Let it tack up for a moment and then start adding your foliage as a base. You will need to add a little dab of glue onto the end of any other pieces you add in once you have given yourself a good foliage base.

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Step 3
Build up your design from outside in, keeping your most delicate items such as the Snowdrops in the centre so that the small pieces of branches and moss are keeping the flowers safe and tucked in. Finish by filling in any empty spaces with small little fillers like the Muscari buds to add a more interesting texture.
Step 4
Once you are happy with your design, pop it aside to dry. This is meant to be worn that day and delicates such as Snowdrops won’t last long but a gentle mist of water will help longevity. The more foliage and mosses you use, the longer this little beauty will last. Of course added succulents are just perfect and survive out of water a long time.

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Botanical wedding ring by Planet Flowers, Photo by Zoe Alexandra
I can’t wait to get started on this DIY – off to order my floral glue right now! Who else is with me? Christina x
Based in Edinburgh, Gemma has been surrounded by flowers since a very young age, and loves to push the boundaries when it comes to floral art. Along with her Planet Flowers team, she has been adding botanical magic to weddings and events (remember the Chanel Metiers d’Art show in Scotland?) for many years, and is now bringing her crazy craft skills to WFIL.



Amy + Grzegorz

By Mack Photo

at Leith Theatre

Edinburgh-Scotland

Today’s wedding is inspired by a love of “Scotland, Poland & cherry vodka”. After falling in love with their alternative Art Deco venue, Amy + Grzegorz planned a day with love, friends and family at its heart. If you’re anything like us, then chances are you’ll be thinking “Why oh why didn’t I get married in a theatre?!” any moment now…

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Who saw who first?
We met on the dance floor at the Jam House in Edinburgh on a night out on 17th August, 2013. 
Grzegorz asked me to marry him on 17th August, 2015 after a lovely meal celebrating our 2nd anniversary at Chaophraya, Edinburgh. The rest is history!
We were inspired by…

Our wedding day was inspired by our love of Scotland, Poland and what’s important in life; love. I got lots of ideas and tips for my big day from We Fell In Love!
I opted for very simple white lilies for table decorations in Art Deco vases. As my maiden name is Rose, I just couldn’t pick any other flowers others than roses for myself and my lovely bridesmaid and flower girls.
Tell us about your venue…
The theatre complex was a gift from the people of Edinburgh to the people of Leith following the decision on 10th October 1920 to incorporate the Burgh of Leith into Edinburgh. Works commenced in 1929 and it opened in 1932. The main auditorium suffered bomb damage in 1941 and was closed until 1961. In 2004, the council tried to sell the building to pay for a revamp of Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, but there was an outcry from locals. The auditorium needs extensive works done to it to restore it and this is why Leith Theatre Trust was established to raise money for its return to glory.
In Jan 2017, Irvine Welsh, the famous writer known for Trainspotting, confirmed he was backing the project and the new fundraising drive. Irvine Welsh is originally from Leith so this is a very important venture for him.
Myself and Grzegorz absolutely fell in love with the 1930s art deco building. We wanted an open space to provide us with complete freedom for our special day. It proved to be hard work and involved lots of organising but it meant we had everything we wanted and a perfect day with family and friends, celebrating our marriage.
How did you choose your photographer?
Lindsey is a very good friend of my sister’s, from Uni. I can remember clearly meeting Lindsey for the first time at Edinburgh College of Art, when I was 18 and Lindsey was studying Architecture there. Such a cool girl with a very memorable smile! 

I was so excited to hear that she was taking photos professionally. As soon as I saw her images, I simply fell in love with her work. She has such a great eye for style and proportions. Lindsey has a flair for photography and is unbelievably good with people, you just can’t help but smile when she takes your photo. 

She works timelessly to ensure the images she takes are exactly what and where you want them to be, to make sure they are perfect for you and your partner on your wedding day. Myself and Grzegorz were very keen to have natural photos of our wedding day and trusted Lindsey completely to put her own stamp on the style. We were keen to have photos taken at The Shore too, which was very close to our venue. Lindsey made us feel so at ease.


I told Lindsey a number of years ago that if I were to ever meet the man of my dreams, she would have to take the photos because I loved her work so much. When wedding planning started, I can remember saying to Grzegorz – “Mack Photo as photographer – it has to be Lindsey!” It was a great feeling and undoubtedly the easiest decision to make amongst all of the organisation and stress that comes with wedding planning. I knew I could wholeheartedly rely on Lindsey as a professional and as someone who understands the true meaning and importance of wedding photography. She is one in a million and an absolute must to be incorporated in your wedding day.

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Were there any surprises?
I thought I would have been really nervous walking down the aisle but I was so happy, overwhelmed, wearing my perfect dress and about to marry the man of my dreams – a sense of euphoria is exactly how it felt. What a fabulous moment in my life, walking down the aisle with my Dad.
We love the old school glamour of your dress! Did you look at many?

My sister got married wearing Justin Alexander in November 2015, her dress was amazing! I fell in love with the Justin Alexander look! I looked online and picked Justin Alexander 9817 from the signature range instantly. I loved the beading and vintage style of the dress!! I just knew it was the dress for me. I contacted Lynn at Pretty Woman where my sister had bought her dress and asked if she could get Justin Alexander 9817 in store for me to try on. Deep down I had already made up my mind about 9817 – I am girl who knows what she wants!! Lynn, my mum and sister persuaded me to try three other dresses just for fun! Lynn said my dress was an absolute “showstopper” – if you cant wear a dress like that on your wedding, then when can you?!

I wore my Mum’s stunning opal ring which her Dad bought her many years ago. My sister also wore it on her wedding day so it holds lots of very special memories.

 I borrowed my sister’s wedding clutch bag that she wore as a bride, it was lovely to be able to wear special touches on the day from people who mean so much to me. 

The seamstress at Pretty Woman sewed a blue button to the inside of my dress, which my sister bought me for my something blue!
Grzegorz is a very handsome young man and opted for a stylish grey Ted Baker suit which was an absolute dream, he looked gorgeous. He wore Dune shoes and a tweed bow tie which gave his outfit a special edge.
Tell us about the dancing…

We decided to have a DJ rather than a wedding band because we wanted to incorporate traditional Scottish music for ceilidh dancing, along with classic British tunes and, of course, lots of Polish music which everyone absolutely loved!
Any advice?

Enjoy the planning, enjoy the day, you only get to do it once!
Why Scotland?
Grzegorz has lived in Scotland for a long time now and I am originally from Inverness. We met in Edinburgh and love this city, so felt nowhere else would do but here in the capital of Scotland for our special day.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Grzegorz speech! Wow! I have never heard him speak publicly before… he was so confident, funny, relaxed and well prepared! He had absolutely no notes whatsoever and spoke so eloquently, it made me feel very proud to be his wife! It was an outstanding speech from someone who comes from a county where speeches do not happen at weddings! Luckily we went to five weddings together before we got married to give him a flavour of what is expected. He exceeded my expectations!

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I love the way Amy describes the feeling of euphoria as she walked in with her dad. Such an incredible moment! Christina x
Suppliers
VenueLeith Theatre, Edinburgh
Photographer – Lindsey Mackenzie Parker, Mack Photo
Florist – Petals by the Shore
Make-up artist – Amy Cox, All About Eve
Wedding dressJustin Alexander Signature 9817 from Pretty Woman
Shoes – Untold, Jenners, Edinburgh
Groom’s outfit
Ted Baker, Shoes by Dune
Bridesmaids’ dresses
Dessy from Pretty Woman
StationeryBlanka Biernat Illustration
CakeSicillian Pastry Shop, Edinburgh
DJLee Live
Additional suppliersPrestige Cars of Fife