How are you feeling this week? Full of joy and leaping out of bed or full of the January blues, hitting snooze and wishing it wasn’t morning quite yet? Poor old Jan – it gets a bit of a knocking. Not its fault but still. It can be a miserly old bugger.
By now most people have broken dry Jan (never mind, you tried) and are falling behind on their new year’s resolutions (oh well, the sauna facility is great use of that gym membership).
What if we reframed resolutions? A hobby sounds infinitely more fun, don’t you think?
Something you can pick up and drop, as and when you have the time? No guilt, no regrets.
I know, cracking idea!
Well, there’s no better moment than now – January is hobby month! I thought I’d uncover some flowerful time fillers to aid you in your January journey of discovering that ‘new you’.
With a little help from our Freddie’s Flowers gang and their flowerful hobbies, of course.
First, it’s hobby history time
‘Hobby’ is an abbreviation of the early 17th Century child’s toy, a hobby horse. Named as such because of a popular breed of horse at the time.
For those not in the know, hobby horses are in the same gene pool as rocking horses. However, upon your hobby horse steed you have freedom of movement or, should I say, trotting, cantering or galloping into whatever fabricated action scene your heart desires.
For those a little old to chase one’s playmates around whilst straddling a stick with a horses head stuck on, a hobby means ‘a favourite pursuit, object or topic’. In a nutshell, something that’ll whisk you away from your January blues.
Freddie’s Flowers hobbyists
Flower arranging is of course close to my heart. And though it’s my livelihood, it’ll never cease to be a hobby too. Why? Because flowers are my favourite pursuit, object AND topic. Remember when I showed you how to flower arrange better than my mum?
The Freddie’s office is bursting with a bunch of flower arranging fanatics. Let’s see who’s taken their love of flowers to the next level.
The under-press-timated hobby
We’ve got a couple flower pressers in the office; Clauds and Emily. Clauds is our marketing magician and occasional photographer, immortalising flowers through both photography and pressing – what a way to spend your time!
And here’s Emily. She’s an impressive presser. She knows a thing or two on things floral and flattened.
Me: Hello Emily. Let’s talk flower presses. How long have you been hobbying with horticulture?
E: Ever since I started working at Freddie’s. Flowers are beautiful so I wanted a way to save them – my flower box now lasts forever! Someone told me that you can pick up a press in almost any charity shop. So that’s exactly what I did for the ripe old price of £2! It was the beginnings of a cheap and cheerful hobby.
Me: So it wasn’t a hobby from your childhood?
E: Nope. My sister and I did try to make perfume when we were little by pressing lots of flowers in a wheelbarrow but it just smelt of grass to be honest.
Me: What’s your favourite flower to press?
E: Oh a white lisianthus for sure. When you hold it up to the light it goes translucent so you can see all the detail. Also it’s super easy to press as it’s not too bulky – that’s the key.
Me: I don’t want to dig up old bones but what are your worst flower pressing experiences?
E: Oh I’ve had a couple shockers. Dahlias for one – what a nightmare.
Me: Oh no, I’m sad about that. I love dahlias.
E: Me too! I love them but they have too many petals that they all just fall out and don’t dry properly. I’m going on instinct to stay away from lilies and their pollen, too.
Me: What do you do with the finished product?
E: I like framing them and giving them as presents.
Me: Oooh, good idea. Christmas presents?
E: Yep. I gave my favourite pressed lisianthus to my mum, she loved it. I also like to hide them in books my friends are reading as a little mid-way surprise. Solidago works really well for that as it doesn’t carry much moisture so doesn’t need long in the press.
Me: What next in the world of flower impressing?
E: I’m about to press an eryngium which will be interesting. I also really want to press lavender to see what happens to the scent. To be honest I’m always keeping an eye out for any flowers I can pick and press. Is that naughty?
Me: No, Emily I think you’re quite alright if it’s only the one.
Threading flowers for fun
Imy, who makes our event stands look lovely, is another one with a keen eye for flowerful detail. Here’s a little look at some of her embroideries:
She’s showing the conventional carnation who’s boss. Pantone’s colour palette would agree with the violet hyacinth, too.
We like foliage, she likes foliage. How about a Monstera Deliciosa leaf on a dusty pink velvet cushion?
We’ve got ourselves one talented flowerer.
Drawing on deliveries
Hattie loves drawing flowers almost as much as she loves speaking to you – our wonderful customers.
When she’s not on the phone with you, she finds time to draw the flowers that crop up in her Freddie’s Flowers boxes.
Dan (you may have spoken with him on the phone, too) felt left out so decided to put his pen to post-it note and created a floral masterpiece anyone could do, I mean, would be proud of.
Surround yourself in hues and hobbies of flowerful glory
If drawing, pressing and stitching aren’t your thing, you should certainly take up flower arranging. It’s good for the soul and makes your home look fantastic. What more could you ask for on a dreary day to dispel those January blues?
Wave goodbye to your January blues and find your floral niche for only £22 a pop!