To coincide with the launch of my new website I thought I should introduce myself to you, I’m Lisa, creator of Flowers with Love.
For as long as I remember I have always been creative.
When I was 10 years old and would go to a Japanese family friend’s house after school and she would teach me to crochet which I absolutely loved! I would create place mats, doilies, ponchos, rugs or string bags, which inevitably became gifted to family members.
I designed and created my own clothes right through my teenage years. I’d spend hour after hour sketching my designs and whipping up my unique creations on my sewing machine.
I had planned to do Fashion Design although fate had other ideas and I would continue to express my creative ideas by exploring different mediums, including knitting, macramé, patchwork, smocking, folk art, jewellery making, handmade paper etc. Anything that took my fancy I’d try. I remember dreaming of having my own little shop, where I could creatively gift wrap customer’s purchases for them.
After completing an introduction to dried flowers back in the late 1980’s I worked at Pialligo Plant Farm, in the dried flower shop, where classes were held regularly.
I studied floristry at the School of Horticulture and have since attained a Certificate IV.
In 1993 Flowers with Love was born. Weekends were often spent at markets selling dried flowers, arrangements and wreaths that I had created through the week. I would also make floral arrangements and bouquets for weddings using both fresh and dried flowers.
I started designing and creating wedding bouquets and head pieces for several bridal magazines, over a number of years in the 1990’s. These were featured in their annual publications, along with their front covers.
I remember designing and creating flower crowns at this time and encouraging the magazine editor to showcase them on the front cover, which they eventually did. I worked with Lizzie Wagner, director of The Lizzie Wagner Group, who said my designs were innovative.
Business was starting to grow, through word of mouth and lots of hard work and long hours. My children have been called upon on many occasions to help in various ways, from ‘scrunching’ tissue paper to fill boxes before precious wedding bouquets can be placed in them to helping make buttonholes and bouquets to designing logos and editing photos.
My brother reminded me recently that I have wanted to have my own shop for 25 years, although back then I wasn’t sure what type of shop it was going to be. For the last 10 of those years I have been hoping to open a florist shop, which I now have and am absolutely loving it!
We now also have an online flower shop and deliver flowers daily to Canberra, Queanbeyan, Googong and Jerrabomberra.