Something magical happens when we get new machines in the studio. Seeds of ideas germinate in my brain and then we play, and test, and play some more and something wonderful blossoms.
And that’s literally what happened with our latest loves, the wooden flower children!
We’d started learning what our flat bed printer could do before Christmas 2020 - remember the polar bear I painted? And while this beast of a machine, that we affectionately call Cookie Monster, can make larger scale things, we focused on small and beautiful things to start with.
Playing with scale started with the mini me Family In A Box gift that we dreamt up during lockdown. There’s something fun about making mini versions of the humans we know and love and propping them in unexpected places. You wonderful people really embraced the concept and everyone adored their families in the post.
From that gem of an idea we started to think about just the smaller people, and how to create even more joy and fun with their images. Inspired by everything from Victoria Plum, to The Borrowers, to the idea of fairies at the bottom of the garden, our wooden flowers with added children were born.
We’ve created some absolutely beautiful blooms. Tulips, roses, daisies, sunflowers, and even eucalyptus.
A unique bouquet gift for Mother's Day
Each flower is available as a single bloom, but you can also build a whole everlasting bouquet of wooden stems to create a unique gift.
The best thing about these flowers is that we work with your own photographs of your children to create something that's truly one of a kind and really meaningful. You can have fun with the small ones and take some new images just for this project, with the shapes of the leaves and flowers in mind; we have great examples in our gallery of imaginative children’s poses. Or, we can work with images that you already have, especially with our newborn flowers where the baby is held by a curled leaf.
A wooden work of art
To make your children’s photos and the flowers work beautifully together, we give them both a watercolour effect. It makes them look hand painted and adds to the fairy like feel of this bespoke gift.
Presented in a Kraft gift box they make a wonderful, long lasting gift for Mum or the Grandparents that trumps a basic bunch of flowers any day. They always raise a smile and tug at the heart strings. Children love to give them, as much as we'd all love to receive them.
As we approach the end of another school year, our thoughts turn to teacher (and teaching assistant!) thank you gifts. Choosing the perfect way to say thank you can be tricky, and sometimes time consuming, so here's what we know.