Last Tuesday I made my first floral hand bouquet together with a dear friend of mine Anella. Initially I was skeptical about the possibility of accomplishing this task. Flowers are fragile and should be treated by a loose hand, the thought of me handling these precious creations were daunting.
The school Nobleman Floral Design was not foreign to me, I had always wanted to learn floral arrangement but was kind of intimidated by the vulnerability of fresh flowers. I was glad that I conquered my fears and realized my dream when I created my first hand bouquet.
The instructor Anson was detailed and friendly in his teaching. I love the fact that he would allow us to interact with the flowers before teaching us tricks and techniques. An interesting nugget he shared was to never pluck the petals of the flower, it will stop the blooming process. I found that to be intriguing.
First we learnt to bind and arrange the flowers in a european spiral method, this method locks the stalks together and keeps the bouquet in a hemispheric shape. Taping the stalks together was also a challenge. The handling of the transparent tape was not easy at all. Next we were taught to dress up the bouquet using natural foliage, which I thought was unique and artistic. Last came the making of french bows, which made many of our fingers numbed. I was happy that I managed to make a bow, though I could definitely improve on it through more practices.
After the enriching session, Anella and I chatted about our hopes and dreams, and how sometimes we are afraid to make our passion a career choice. I think on many levels, our passion can be intimidating. Choosing to take up a career which involves your passion is risky, because we are always more afraid to fail.
At the end of the session, not only we felt accomplished when we saw our hand bouquets, we also had a very wonderful girly time learning a new skill together.
Do you enjoy learning new skills and craft with your girlfriends? What was your experience like? How open are you to integrate your passion into your career? Please share with me your thoughts.
p.s. I had no liberty to choose the colour of the flowers, if I could I would have chosen a pastel palette. I guessed this is in the spirit of Christmas, so it ain’t that bad.