Thursday, September 27, 2012

PODZ ....

A little while ago I mentioned that I had 
spent a morning with the gorgeous Sandy 
at her stunning flower shop PODZ ...

... I'll begin with a bit of gushing ....

 ... her store is just gorgeous, a Florist with a 
difference, unique, inviting, stylish and of course ...

...  a variety of flowers that always
leave me smiling and swooning...

... I make no apologies however for the number 
of photos I have posted. 
The visual feast, that is her shop, cannot
be consumed in a straight two course approach.

... Nope - you'll soon see that this tiny
place of beauty offers a whole lot of treasures
and choosing which to capture was a challenge
I lost hopelessly..

What I love most about PODZ though is that
(if you have the willpower)
you can actually step in and leave without buying flowers!
Sandy has selected gifts that are unique and stand alone
as treats for that someone special.

I asked Sandy a few questions to accompany 
the post...

What lead you (inspired you) to start your own business? 
A love of flowers would always have to be the inspiration for opening a florist. 

As well as stunning flowers you offer your customers gifts and original artworks. How do you go about sourcing & choosing these? 
As far as selecting gifts for the shop I select items that I would like to give as gifts . Usually that means local, handmade, natural fibres or reclaimed materials and a little bit odd. 

What's the most enjoyable part of your working day? 
The most enjoyable part of my day changes every day . It might be a delightfully  unusual flower I spot at the markets that I can bring back to the shop. It may be a thought provoking story a customer tells me . Some days it is creative joy.

What do you find the most challenging? 
The early morning juggle in Winter is probably my biggest challenge. Up at 5am,  off to the markets , selecting flowers in a refrigerated room, taking them back to Podz , rushing home to get children off to school , a quick tidy of house and self then off to work! 

You know I have to ask... Do you have a favorite flower? 
Favourite flower is the gardenia, that beautiful scent knocks me out every time. I want a bloom in my hair, one floating in a vase in the bathroom and another near the kitchen sink.

How would you describe your style? 
I hate to be a dag but my style is probably "homely" with a twist.  

Do you have advice for anyone wishing to start their own business? 
Some advice for starting and continuing your own business would be to have a point of difference, stick to it and be prepared to work hard. 

Thank you Sandy!
And readers...
 When I arrived Sandy was working on 
a large order for a country wedding
(see below)
So I REALLY appreciate that I was able to interrupt
and get in under her feet to take some photos
and have a natter...

If you are in the area then you simply must
pop in see this special gem...

2a Haynes Street Kalamunda

(08) 9293 3898

It's a long weekend here in Perth peoples
I plan on filling it up with all that makes me
smile and more!
See you on the flipside! 

Andrea Gibson

Ya'll, I know this world is far from perfect.
I am not the type to mistake a streetlight for the moon.
I know our wounds are deep as the Atlantic.
But every ocean has a shoreline
and every shoreline has a tide
that is constantly returning
to wake the songbirds in our hands, 
to wake the music in our bones,
to place one fearless kiss on the mouth of that brave river
that has to run through the center of our hearts
to find its way home.

Excerpt from Birthday by Andrea Gibson

I sat down to reply to emails and read a few blogs.
I found this which lead me to this ...
When I watched Andrea recite Birthday I cried loudly
and openly and freely. It was wonderful.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dragon Rock ...

In between spring cleaning the house and 
eating yummy food we stole an hour to
not far from where we live ...

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carlson

“We love the things we love for what they are.” 
Robert Frost

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” 
J.K. Rowling 

“I am a part of all that I have met.” 
Alfred Tennyson

“Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them.” 
Emily Bronte

How has your week treated you thus far peoples?
Are you getting all that you need to done?
Does it matter?
Can you afford to take a break and savour a 
sacred place? 
Alone or with a loved one...
It matters not.

I know that one day when I look back at these
posts I wont be thinking about the things I
did not get around to cleaning, sorting or finishing.

I guess that's the real reason I chose to start a blog.
I needed a reminder that my life contains
so much magic  - even in amongst the mundane.

Thank you for sharing these moments with me.


Aside - to my new followers...

 Hello! Welcome... I'm so glad
you're here... I'll be stopping by and visiting you soon too :-) 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Whistle while you work...

Throw open the doors, put on the music, 
fill a bucket with hot water and Eucalyptus oil, 
grab a pair of gloves, light some incense and...

... whistle while you work...

... clean out the old flowers ...

... but save a few blooms if you can...

... sweep, and wash, polish and dust ...

... change things around, marvel at your home,
feel the sacred and immerse in the gratitude...

... soak up the sun and smile at the pooch
(ALWAYS ready to play ball)...

... Now reward yourself with a cuppa, 
a book and a comfortable
spot in the warmth of the sunshine...

Is there a better way to spend a day?

Ok I'm sure there is...

... Indeed for many this
would be a bit of nightmare.

However I've found that playing house
and being grown up affords me so
many luxuries ... the least of 
which is the ability to truly
LOVE my home.

It was good day