Florals, fizz and fancies - it’s all action down at the atelier

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It’s been a busy month down at Ollie & Ivy HQ.  After much sanding, painting and cleaning, we finally opened our new floral atelier in Morningside.  I felt it was somewhat beneath a fur dandy of my canine status to get too involved in the manual labour side of things, but I keenly directed and led the team, as they painstakingly made our new abode presentable and I’m pleased to say it’s looking rather fabulous!

We’re looking forward to welcoming our customers – old and new – and if you do pop along, you’ll no doubt catch me reclining on my new counter, beautifully crafted by Jonny the carpenter.  Don’t forget, we’re all for some furry fun, so do bring your pooch along and I might share a treat or two with them, whilst you humans peruse our selection of plants and pots.  I’m also on hand (or should that be ‘on paw’?) to help fit my canine chums with one of our handmade tartan collars and neckerchiefs, made by Jenni from @tartandetails.  She’s produced a fabulous collection of doggy attire of the highest quality.  All very haute couture I’d say!  

Whilst we were busy getting ready for our impending opening, we were also getting down to business running workshops and delighting couples with our wedding creations.   

The lovely Jo invited us to lead a floral crown workshop for her 12 year old daughter and friends in her Edinburgh garden.  Poppy the Cavapoo was there of course, sporting one of our doggy corsages.  And might I say, she looked very fetching in florals.  I quite fancied her myself, but I don’t think the feeling was mutual, so I’m back scrolling through Tinder looking for my next doggy play date.  You can’t win them all.

And we ran our first atelier-based hen workshop, accompanied with the obligatory fizz and fancies from @sweetjanebakehouse.  They always bake some scrumptious sweet treats.  So I’m told, anyway.  Ivy normally scoffs the leftovers, so I’ve never actually had chance to taste them, but they look divine!

We’re running two new workshops this September down at the atelier.  Our Indian Summer Floral Workshop is now available to book and so far, we’ve not disappointed when it comes to giving folk an evening to remember.  You can book yourself a ticket online at www.ollieandivyflowers.com or in person at our atelier at 40 Comiston Road.  Spaces are limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

Calum and Brian were the happy couple this month, celebrating their nuptials @houseforanartlover in Glasgow.  They were so lucky with the weather, a beautiful warm sunny day over on the west side.  The flowers were in keeping with the Art Deco theme of the place and it was great to get our creative juices flowing, despite the fact that keeping flowers fresh is always a bit of a battle in the heat.   Apparently, Calum and Brian also have a fur baby of their own, but alas I never got the pleasure of meeting her.  Maybe she’s on Tinder too?  I digress…

August also brings us back to a project we began working on in May and an excitable return to @ainsterhouse.  They’ve done a fabulous job of renovating an old coach house in Anstruther and so now it’s down to us to put the final floral touches in place for all their holiday guests, as they prepare to welcome them in their new holiday home.  A trip to East Neuk is always a joy for me.  I’m a bit of a fan of Elie Beach and if I’m relatively well behaved, I get to stroll along the sandy shores when we’re there.  If Ivy’s well behaved, she gets a bag of chips to munch through, as she joins me on my promenading.  I’m not partial to chips.  I’m more of a cheese connoisseur.  My days in Paris taught me a lot about good taste and since I consider myself to be le Grand Fromage, I’ll be popping down to @chez_roger_edinburgh in Morningside soon, to select some tasty morsels.  Although, I won’t be sharing these with anyone.  Least of all Ivy.  She’s got a rendezvous with a personal trainer this week and all I can say is that it’s about time!

See you soon down at the atelier!  

A bientôt et bon week-end à vous.  

Ollie x

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