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Meet the Maker

Well with the change over of my website to be a fully fledged shop, I thought it was about time I introduced myself properly, especially for those new to the site *waves a cheery hullo to everyone*.

Hi, I’m Rachel; floral creative, amateur photographer, IT nerd, cookie creator, tea drinker and nature lover!

I graduated university with a BSc (hons) in Marine Biology and a MSc in Computing and Internet Systems for the Univeristy of Wales, Bangor. A strange combination, but I had planned on finding an environmental institution or program that I could work with, advancing programs and technology to assist with education and research. So how exactly did I get into making flower crowns you say…! Well… unfortunately leaving university = debt, which meant I had to get any job I could get my hands on, while i looked for the “dream job”. I started working for a software company in the local area on their support desks. I got stuck a little in the merry-go-round that is a comfortable paid job. I advanced and move onto testing the latest software, then onto managing the test teams and the product releases. Eventually the once comfortable job wasn’t so comfortable. 12 to 13 hours days, 6-7 days a week, just to get my normal workload completed drained me and I needed a release. I started making time for myself, and started up some hobbies including flower making.

When a friend asked if I could make a headpiece for her handfasting I was super excited. From there I started making both beaded and floral headpieces, eventually settling on crafting a core product range of floral headpieces. I’ve been selling now on Etsy and in person at fairs since 2012. In 2016 I made the leap and “quit my day job”, focusing on my shop full time, and picking up freelance testing and web design work whilst I navigated the seasonal trends. I currently work from my spare room *aka the studio* at home, and love being able to go out and wander in the local woods and meadows for inspiration.

As my business grew, so did my excitement and yearning to create my own space off of Etsy. So I started working on my own website, and ta-da here we are!

My passion for web design has also regrown as I’ve learnt more about how to balance work and life, and I’m now also looking forward to starting a new journey back in the world of full time employment (eep!). I’ll be running my shop on the side, with the only change being a little increase on the current processing time for orders. I’m super excited!

I hope to be publishing posts here every Saturday morning, which will feature updates to my shop when I release new ranges, behind the scenes glimpses of my processes, tips and tricks for balancing work and the side hustle, floral photoshoots, diy floral fun features and so much more. New ranges and updates will also go live at the weekends, so whilst you are here, you can pop over to take a peek and see what is new!

So I’ll leave you now, with 5 random facts about me! Have a great week, and let me know what you think of the new site! 🙂

1) I’m a classically trained clarinetist (B bass, E alto, B soprano, E soprano), and still play (although only on my own). Now I’m more mature i realise how useful learning those pesky scales and arpeggios were. I can also play flute and saxaphone.

2) Forget-me-nots are my favourite wild flower.

3) I love Scandinavian designed furniture and can’t wait to furnish my own home with beautiful lighting and stylish pieces.

4) I dream of owning a log cabin by a lake, mountains and forest one day…

5) I love the minions – they are bright and cheery and they make me giggle… lots…  :D.

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Something More Beautiful – A Photo Series from Danniellajaine

I’m excited to share the new photo-series from Danniellajaine “Something More Beautiful” in collaboration with a new Author Kate Sundara in promotion of her debut novel, The United States of Us: A Love Story out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees, with clothing from HolyClothing and accessories from yours truely here at Woodland Blossoms. This photo series was created in Snowdonia.

“This is a story about love, the power of actions over words. A story of how one day can change everything”

– excerpt from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossoms — in Snowdonia.

“Trying to lose herself in the world, she’d become estranged from everyone, disconnected from her roots, to the detriment of her own well-being.”
“The Earthly world’s on fire tonight. Sunset shines in the clouds and in her eyes”.

– excerpt from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossoms — in Snowdonia.

“He leans back on his hands, body language a mix of ease and intensity, as if he’s purposely maintaining his mystique. Sunlight flickers through branches, she watches the leafy patterns cast across his sun kissed face””.

– excerpt from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossoms — in Snowdonia.

“She cannot let him see into her eyes. She wonders what it is about this man that makes her hone in on his whereabouts, how she seems to have developed this sixth- sense whenever he’s around”.

– excerpt from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossoms — in Snowdonia.

“Maybe he’s genuine. Like a butterfly unfolding its wings, like a flower unfurling, in her eye his beauty blooms.”

“He does look sculpted, with a masculine-feminine duality, Venus in the fairness of his brow. Yet here he is appreciating all the beauty outside of himself”.

– excerpt from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossoms — in Snowdonia.

“Unable to constrain her curiosity any longer, She steals a look his way. He’s watching her. In the split-second their eyes meet they don’t smile”.

“His eyes flood into her, eyes that take her back to a place she knew before herself – a place she’s always known, but doesn’t yet know. She’s exploring her own secret Atlantis”.

– excerpt from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossoms — in Snowdonia.

“That should make conversation flow but it doesn’t. Not when he’s holding her gaze like that, an infinity of questions – each one attaching itself to the next – crystallising on her tongue. Instead, they search each other’s eyes”

– excerpt from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossoms — in Snowdonia.

“‘Im living the dream!’ he says. To her he feels like a dream. When he talks to her he really looks at her, studying her face, her lips. She feels like they’re falling in love, if they haven’t already”.

“I think, like me, you see the magic in things, He tells her. ‘That’s a gift’. The Imaginary blanket around her is becoming threadbare – he’s unravelling it with his eyes, threatening to leave her exposed”.

– excerpt from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossoms — in Snowdonia.

You can find Kate’s book out now, over on amazon (link below):

 

 

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All content and images are the rights of their respective owners and have been published with permission in conjucntion with promotion of this photo series. To use either content or imagary please contact Danniellajaine and Kate Sundara for permissions.