At the same time as I’ve been having a new logo designed and fleshing out the blog, I’ve been slowly expanding my home studio operations. I wasn’t ready to completely overtake a room and make a permanent, dedicated studio just yet, so I had the idea to make sort of a mobile floral design center for the home.
So far, that mobile studio consists of several things that have made my life so much easier, so I wanted to share them.
The first is a fold up shopping cart, like this one. I shop the Flower Mart with it, and then when we get home, it doubles as a portable trash can that I drop stems and debris directly into as I work:
I paired it with a foldable kitchen cart from Amazon. At only $115, this cart was a bargain and provides a 3 foot wide work space, with shelves underneath to store completed centerpieces or supplies while I work. It’s working out great!
And now get ready for major luxury- I got an awesome Gel Mat to save my back (and feet) while I work standing up for hours on end. I looked around for a while before I found a cute-ish one (most gel mats are really aggressively ugly, I found!) and wound up with this one by Gel Pro, which is extremely thick and cushy!
To my collection, I added an of the moment splurge – I was at the Flower Mart picking up flowers for Ashlee’s wedding, and was in a time crunch. I had been eyeing bulk stem cutters like this for some time, and decided that that day was the day to spring for one. It cut my flower prep time at least in half, if not more. This thing, while I will no doubt lose at least a finger to it one day, slashes through whole bunches of stems like nobody’s business. They sell them at FSS for about $100.
And now, the piece de resistance, that completes my portable home floral design studio! This puppy is in the mail headed my way, a birthday present to Floret Cadet from Kate ; ) It will be my mobile flower stand, where all of my flowers condition, and when I work I will pull it up next to my cart to grab flowers out of the buckets as I need them (I’m planning on conditioning my flowers in buckets according to their purposes, with flowers that will be used together already grouped for efficiency when I design):
These are for sale here, and while somewhat expensive, I truly believe that this will be life changing ; )
While this is one of the least visually appealing posts I’ve ever put up here, I hope that some fellow flower geeks will agree with me that it’s exciting in other ways ; ) I will definitely post pics of the whole system in action next time I do some designing!