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Avocado skins/calendula/tumeric

So my flower buddies Kate (Two Wild Hands) and Rach (Botanica Bird) came over to dye! We've been collecting food scraps, coffee and plants to attempt some natural plant dyes. 

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We each made a pot of various colours - I chose orange (best colour) and used hibiscus, rose petals, orange peels and rose hips (didn't work haha!) 

My FAVOURITE part was bundle dyeing! It is so so fun, super easy and the results are so exciting! All there is to it is sprinkling the prettiest flower scraps along the material and rolling it up into a little bundle (flower joint)! Steam it like a dumpling and voila! Beautiful speckled ribbons!!!

 Steam it up!

Steam it up!

This is going to be my new way to use up flower waste and food scraps #eco!!!!

 Delish!

Delish!

Also, just a heads up, don't EVER let the pot of dye boil dry!!!!!!!!! EVVVEEEEERRRRR!!!!

Ashlee Wheelhouse
Banksia/camping/fog

Last week I did flowers for a wedding in Berry (awesome) and then went on a little camping trip. I'm going to Tasmania for a month in May for an elopement/mega camping trip so this was a practice, testing out the rooftop tent, figuring out what we were missing (olive oil) or didn't really need in the car (three different types of cups), fitting flowers and camping gear in the car (doesn't work).

One of the highlights was my temporary flower studio in the mountains of Berry, creating bouquets outdoors with cows and kangaroos watching me has to be the best way to flower, right?

 Thank you for your imput, Buttercup.

Thank you for your imput, Buttercup.

 This was a trip of Banksia appreciation

This was a trip of Banksia appreciation

After the wedding, we explored the South Coast, Kangaroo Valley, the Southern Highlands and popped up into the blue mountains, discovering Megalong Valley for the first time! I love all the changing vegetation, wildflowers and banksias in the scrub changing into rainforest ferns then stunning white sand beaches to farmland and rivers with massive gum trees and lichen everywhere

 Wearing in my new hiking boots

Wearing in my new hiking boots

Another thing I love is seeing the flowers/greenery that you buy from the Flower Markets growing in the wild, it gives you a better understanding of how the plants works and of course, I am a believer in using a flower in the most natural way, so to see it out of the bunches in buckets, wrapped in cardboard or placed in a bouquet is an eye-opener.

 Massive Lambs Ear growing wild in a misty field

Massive Lambs Ear growing wild in a misty field

After an adventurous (scary) 4x4 drive through the foggy mountains we had a quick stop in at the Blue Mountains Botanical gardens. I didn't get to see the whole place but I will be back to finish that one! Here is some flower porn:

 Tumbling dahlia at the botanical gardens

Tumbling dahlia at the botanical gardens

 Crokia! I've never seen this grow!

Crokia! I've never seen this grow!

 Waratah!

Waratah!

This week is back in Newcastle with some exciting styled shoots coming up! Keep an eye out for more adventures soon!

Film/ghosts/abandoned buildings
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First things first, I got a film camera for christmas. A Canon AE - 1. I am still learning to use it, still getting many blurry/under/over exposed shots back but the ones that work I'm obsessed with. The dreamy softness, the depth and the colours! Still being a novice, I am posting the pictures because I am a firm believer in looking back at your work and seeing the flaws, and I take pleasure in knowing I have improved (hopefully!)

 Before the storm rolled through

Before the storm rolled through

These images are from a styled shoot I organised involving some special friends -  Barefoot and Bearded, Chic Artistry, Ruby Compton, Rob Birchall and Songbird Silk.

It was located in an incredibly beautiful abandoned building, partly falling down, partly overgrown, dripping with water and definitely haunted. I don't usually stress on shoots but this one got me nervous, the weather was crazy storms, the location was slightly dodgy and I had such a strong idea of what I wanted it to look like in my mind I didn't know if it would be as good in real life.

 Exploring the architecture with Ruby

Exploring the architecture with Ruby

Honestly, I don't know why I should ever worry with these guys, they are a dream to work with. Always interpreting my bad explanations and hand waving. Each time we work together I mumble some random words like "light! But cool shadows! But edgy! Also soft!" then just give up and say "do what you do" and every time they produce something better than I could have imagined.

 Cool shadows!

Cool shadows!

Seriously, most epic shoot I have ever been involved in.

Thank you to Tanya for letting me create a Flower Hawk hairstyle, I think it was my favourite element. Check out the film made by the talented Rob here and the images shot by Joel here and here. Take note of the incredible ribbons hand dyed by Tamara, the breeze that came through the broken windows picked up the silk ribbons and the light reflected from the charcoal velvet ribbon she made especially. And a little shoutout to Brooke from The Posy Post for lending me her Lover dresses x

 The Flower Hawk

The Flower Hawk

 Those ribbons!

Those ribbons!

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 Climbing higher

Climbing higher

 Insightful graffiti

Insightful graffiti

Pink Pampas/mushrooms/english breakfast tea
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Driving to visit my flower friend Kate (Two Wild Hands) is a dangerous drive due to the rain and the quality greenery along the side of the road. Silver wattle, wild tea tree and fields of grasses are very distracting! I've pulled over to hike through the rain and sticky beaks to forage some magnificent pink pampas grass, which I am allergic to (hayfever and grass allergy, let's become a florist!), and, as the leaves are razor sharp, results in millions of cuts which spread into a rash along my arms.

Totally worth it by the way!!!

Showing Kate my battle scars we stare at the shimmering feathers discuss every thing we know know about the amazing stuff.
It's SO lovely to have talented friends who share my obsession. Shout out to all the super supportive flower ladies who have helped and encouraged me in the last few months as a start my business, attempting to figure out logos/websites/quoting/markets etc. I am still so amazed and grateful for your kindness!

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We drink cups of tea in Kate's tiny house, watching the wallabies in the rain and laughing at her cat, Villie, as he wanders in and out.

As I head out the door I get the tour of the garden roses, strawberry patch and the definite highlight, this cute as a button mushroom!

Happy International Woman's Day everyone!