Sarah very kindly answered a few questions for me:
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I started my business in 2005 whilst I had a 3 year old, 1 year old, 1 dog and 9 puppies! Every evening, once the children and dogs were in bed, I’d get everything out at the kitchen table and work away till the wee hours…
It wasn’t long before I outgrew the space and kitchen table at home and had to look for somewhere nearby.
I moved into an old dairy just down the road in the Piddle Valley, Dorset and over the years have taken over more space there as the business has grown.
We are situated just above the Piddle Valley on a farm with beautiful views and now have some great new neighbours who have taken over The Grainstore next door and make beautifully crafted Shepherd’s Huts.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?
Our own garden is pretty wild, but I’m fortunate to have friends with some beautiful gardens and my parents have always been very keen gardeners and have tried to teach me the Latin names of all sorts of wonderful plants and flowers.
Sadly, this is slightly lost on me but it’s the patterns and beautiful structures that can be found in nature that appeal to me. A walk around a friend’s garden or through the fields is usually enough to spark off some ideas for a new design.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2011?
I’m off with my family to the rugged north coast of Cornwall for two weeks and this is where I often do some serious thinking about plans for the future, new products, new designs etc., so this may change things…
But at the moment, I’m planning a big sort out of all my products and improvements to packaging and finishing, some additional stationery products as well as exploring the possibilities of textiles and homewares… but watch this space!
Do you have a favourite flower?
Now this is a very hard one to answer as I have so many….the other day, the sweet peas that Marion brought into work from her garden smelt so lovely that I was adamant this was my favourite flower…
And then she brought in some beautiful sunflowers with deep rich browns and golds…but a flower that is particularly special to me is the Bee Orchid.
When we moved into our house in Piddletrenthide, we discovered lots of little Bee Orchids growing in our garden… so I think this would have to be the one that is particularly special to me.
(Images : Sarah Hough)