SHAW LANE FLOWERS
Ten years ago Joy Fielding took a step back from the day to day business of farming that had always been her life to spend more time following her true passion, floristry. Today Joy’s business, Shaw Lane Flowers, is thriving, and Joy couldn’t be happier. Says Joy “I love what I do; it is a very creative occupation which also brings me into contact with lots of lovely people” Joy isn’t a traditional high street florist; she is a floral designer, working from her rustic farmhouse on the edge of Lichfield, and she creates traditional and contemporary designs for weddings, corporate and charity events, and special occasions.
If wedding bells are in the air for you next year, Lichfield has many hard-to-beat wedding locations such as Packington Moor, Swinfen Hall Hotel and Erasmus Darwin House, all of which Joy has worked in; she says, “The challenge, which is also a pleasure, is to create displays that delight the bride and live up to their glorious setting”. A quick look at Joy’s website http://www.shawlaneflowers.co.uk is all you need, to see that it is a challenge that she meets spectacularly well.
Right now Joy is busy creating displays for Christmas parties and festive events. We asked her if she had any tips for those of us who don’t have her talent, but want to impress our guests this Christmas:
“For a simple, effective Christmas table decoration which doesn’t cost the earth, consider using berries, seed heads and foliage – ivy heads are particularly pretty. It’s surprising what you’ll find in the garden. Give them a delicate frosting of silver glitter, add a scented candle – the one in the photo is Cherry and burns for 80 hours – and scatter some crystals.”
If it all sounds like a bit too much effort, Joy is currently taking orders for table centres and for her welcoming, heart shaped alternatives to the traditional festive door wreath (pictured).
By Royal Appointment?
Joy’s creative skills have even been called upon by royalty. Joy was delighted to be asked to create a display for the Queen herself, when she visited Lichfield in 2011. So, if you deserve flowers fit for a queen (and who doesn’t?), you know who to call!
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Clay and Play is a great place to visit and its not just for children. Why not discover your creative side, there are a large selection of items for you to paint, vases, mugs, plates, piggy banks to name just a few. Either decorate an item as a gift for someone or a gift to yourself. So how does it work? Firstly A Studio fee of £2.50 per painter is charged this covers the use of paints, glazing and the firing, secondly choose an item from the extensive range of bisque products.. Next, think of a design and get painting. There are a selection of books and stencils to help if you need it or you can ask a member of staff to help. You don’t need to be an artist to achieve great results. Finally your item will be glazed with a food safe glaze then fired in the kiln and be ready to collect in 5-7 days time.
As well as items to decorate, Clay and Play offer a moulding service for baby hand and foot prints and other keepsake items for example siblings handprints as a gift on Fathers Day as shown in the photo on the left. Something to keep and treasure forever. These are ideal gifts for grandparents or a unique gift for , Mothers Day, Birthdays and Christmas.
Clay and Play also specialise in Birthday Party’s. Packages are available for up to 20 people. If you’re bringing your child, you can relax as tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available to purchase whilst your child is busy creating their artwork. Packages start at £9 per head and include 2 bisque items. Party food is also available to order.
Why not drop in and take a look for yourself or visit the website – http://www.clayandplay.co.uk
During the Summer there are several workshops available:-
Monday – July 30th – Olympic Pottery workshop
Wednesday – August 1st -Glass painting Workshop
Friday- August 3rd -Fabric painting workshop
Monday- August 6th –Olympic pottery workshop
Wednesday -August 8th –Birdhouse painting
Thursday -August 9th –Name plaque painting
Monday -August 13th –Fabric painting workshop
Wednesday – August 15th- Olympic pottery workshop
Friday – August 17th -Glass painting workshop
Monday – August 20th –Birdhouse painting workshop
Wednesday – August 22nd –Fabric painting workshop
Friday – August 24th –Glass painting workshop
Wednesday – August 29th –Glass painting workshop
Friday – August 31st Fabric painting workshop
Prices Olympic pottery workshop £12.50 per head (everyone paints upto 2 pieces from our olympic range)
Glass painting Workshop £10 per head (everyone paints some glass ornamental pieces)
Birdhouse painting £10 per head (everyone paints a birdhouse)
Fabric painting workshop £8 per head (you can paint a fabric shopping bag or pencil case)
Name plaque painting workshop £8 per head (everyone paints a wooden name plaque)
Booking in advance needed – Only 12 places per available workshop – Workshops last around 1 and half hours
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