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Behind the scenes at Luna In The Wild, creative inspirations, Luna dog watch and other crazy ramblings from the LITW studio

A Day with Blue Carrot

I've been staring at this screen hoping the words would just type themselves, not sure why this has been so difficult to write? It was one of the most inspiring days of Luna In The Wild's life, being around one of my Florist idols was a dream come true, therefore it should be easy to write this blog post right?! No! It was so good, I don't know if I have the words to do it justice, so I'll let the photos do the talking instead...here you go, my day down in beautiful Cornwall with Susanne from Blue Carrot inspiring me and Annie from Honeybunch aka my flower twin! xxx

April Showers at Luna In The Wild

Wow what a month! It wasn't till I put these pictures together that I realised how much we've done/achieved. I am beyond proud and buzzing with excitement for how Luna In The Wild is coming together.

April Showers seemed like a sensible description of the month - lots of high & low moments - sunshine & showers!

April Showers aka lows

  • Constantly doubting myself
  • Thinking the business isn't going to take off
  • Accounting!
  • Family, friend & business life balance - one always seems to suffer!

April Sunshine aka highs

  • Family time at Easter
  • Freelancing with the lovely ladies at Passion, arch heaven!
  • Getting my new logo designed, flipping love it, my friend Andy is amazing!
  • Styling a shoot for wedding blog National Vintage Wedding Fair
  • Discovering Milan brand DoubleJ, seriously they are incredible; the patters, the colours, their styling, THEY ARE EVERYTHING
  • Creating the suspended 'Upside Down Meadow' with my flower bestie Annie from Honeybunch
  • Stocking up our studio with new vases
  • Wisteria hysteria
  • Cooking from Francis Mallman's new book, he is our food god!

Our Story pt 2: Luna In The Wild was born

So 'tomorrow' for the part two blog post turned into a few weeks later, sorry! Right here we go, part two.....

After two fantastic, inspiring, couldn't-believe-I-was working-there years at Scarlet & Violet, the weight of living so far from family and fields become too much to bear any longer. And after A LOT of talking with my husband, we decided to put our London Flat on the market, and within a week it was SOLD! Aaaah things just got really real!

We had been dreaming of returning back to our West Country roots (I'm from nr Exeter, he's from nr Bath) for so many years you would have thought we would be jumping for joy, and we were, for a weekend when many a wine did flow to celebrate. However now it meant everything we had grown to accept as our norm was about to change dramatically. I was going to become self employed, work from a home I didn't know the area of AT ALL! And my husband was going to commute back and forth to the capital. To say we were anxious was an understatement, but that didn't put us off!

Fast forward a few months of solicitor admin, a few tears, parting with what felt like Monopoly money, we are all moved into the new abode, and oh my days does it feel good! 

Luna In The Wild now officially has it's workplace, a fabulous, light, wooden studio/shed. Luna has loads of space to run around in and most importantly we are much closer to family! And after everything we've gone through, this is what is most important to us, a decent work/life balance with lots of family time.

LITW

xxxx

Our Story: How I got here

EARLY YEARS

Growing up I never knew what I wanted to be. I got asked all the time and I never had a decent answer, let alone a flipping clue! I would usually say the first thing that came into my head - Post Lady, Police Lady were two of my go-tos, and that wasn't because I had any aspirations to be them, I probably just saw the village Post Lady walk passed when I was asked and I had an amazing plastic Police car toy that I was obsessed driving around the garden! So as you can see, having a clear career dream was completely off my agenda, I just knew I loved playing and being outside!

EDUCATION

School was okay for me, I was a pretty average student, didn't excel at anything outstandingly, I did okay lots of B's but I did learn I got a major buzz from Art and I flipping loved learning about the world & nature in Geography.

Art was never a degree option to pursue, family didn't approve and being a massive people pleaser, I obliged, so Geography it was! Well, Environmental Management to be exact, but who's monitoring?!

One 2:1 hons degree later, then came work! Jesus, they don't teach you how flipping hard it is to leave uni and become a professional, it is a bloody hard transition, one I only now think got to grips with, 11 years later!

(Sorry this is turning into a bit of an essay, bare with, thanks for sticking around by the way!)

WORKING LIFE

I then worked for a brilliant company called Soil Association in Bristol, who champion & certify Organic farming practises. It was everything I believed in, sustainable greener living, related exactly to my degree, happy days! But then the London itch started, my then boyfriend (now husband!) lived in the big smoke, all my close uni & school friends were there living it up, basically the desire to join them got too much. So I moved!

Landed a 'Devil Wears Prada' style job working for YOU magazine as a assistant. It was there a spark was lit and I saw all these amazing styled shoots and got exposed to seriously inspiring female role models. Two that have stuck with me 5 years on are Susanne of Blue Carrot and Vic of Scarlet & Violet. Two florist who blew me away with their businesses and creative genius! Years later one would become my mentor and boss!

The rest of my 20s was spent earning and spending everything I earnt on wining, dining, and clothes. It was fun! I did manage to save a bit I wasn't too flash with my cash!

WTF MOMENTS!!

Then I took the crazy decision to move from my gorgeous magazine office family to a marketing team. 6 months in, I was made redundant! And to add to the misery I found a lump in my breast the day I found out my role was being filled by graduates, sh!t, on sh!t, with a side of sh!t. The universe was trying to tell me something, in a not so subtle way, sort your life out! Lump got tested and turned out to be the C word, not C U next Tuesday, but Cancer. To be honest, Cancer is very much the other C word too (sorry mum if you're reading this!) Cancer makes you swear!

9 months of treatment, with your life on hold at aged 29 was a mental battle everyday, not to mention the physical disruption too! 4 operations, a month of fertility hormone injecting, 8 rounds of chemo, one bald head, constant nausea & foggy brain, all toped off with radiotherapy every single week day for 4 weeks straight! Frustrated, scared, positive one min, in a dark cloud the next, it was agonising at times, but I got through it. And you know what 9 months of no work and all hospital treatments gives you...a lot of time to think! I made the promise to myself that I would never do anything that wasn't true to what I believe in again. And the first thing I promised was to listen to my creative side and make a living out of it. Florist life here I come!

FLOWER POWER

This blog post is most definitely too long for one sitting, thank you for reading this far! Part two all about finding my Florist feet and becoming Luna In the Wild Flower Studio tomorrow!

Travel Inspiration: Florence, Italy (can I move there please!)

I think Florence is my new spiritual home. The food, the art, the light & atmosphere, honestly I felt this is where I am meant to be! Too much?! That is seriously what Florence does to you, well it did to me!

Carb loading is something I aspire to do everyday but rarely let myself do, in Florence it is actively encouraged! Pasta, bread, pizza, it's all there in abundance, at every restaurant, during every meal, even every course! Multiple carbs during one meal is the norm! HEAVEN! You seriously can't get it wrong either, everywhere you turn there is a cool, little, independent place to dine, stuff your face, gorge on, it's a-buzz with excellent food!

If food isn't your thing, but honestly not sure why it wouldn't be if you went to Florence, the available art and cultural things to see and do is ridiculous! We most definitely we're culture vultures for 3 days solid, we couldn't get enough, it's EVERYWHERE! And it's so easy to explore, everything is walking distance. B.L.I.S.S!!!!! No transport dramas here, aka heaven!

Now I've been once, I want to keep going back, it was the best long weekend abroad with my husband. Planning the next Firenze trip now!

M xxx

Artist Affection: Atelier Stella

I came across this little gem of an Artist whilst flicking through one of my Elle Decoration mag. I admire and seriously connect with beautiful craft that doesn't take itself too seriously, and these little smiley handmade quirky ceramics are just that!

In her own words "My work is modern, stylish and brings a smile! I lovingly design, hand build, fire in my kiln and glaze small batches of work to give you a truly unique, one of a kind work of art."

I treated myself to a few of her pieces after stalking her shop for months, she only sells what she makes every two weeks and they sells out seriously quick, like 30mins after going live!

After successfully snapping some up and with an arm full of colourful flowers I thought it the perfect time to show off the pots in a little flower shoot!

Stella is based in Brighton and her studio is on my wish list to visit! Her business and art really is an inspiration to Luna In The Wild!

Enjoy

XX

PP: Poppy Play

Icelandic Poppies, heaven on earth! And in this golden light with the dramatic shadows, I was a bit blown away with their beauty! Shot in my front room, I was blessed with the timing of the sunshine, it has barely shown it's face all February but on the day I decided to shoot, it came pouring in!

Pink vase from Cox & Cox
Blue and white Pouff from Bombay Duck
Glass bottles found in various junk shops