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Funeral flowers

Funeral flowers

Hello & welcome to Daisy Lilly Designs,



Today I want to talk about funeral flowers, there  many types of Funeral Flowers on the market these days and choosing a design for your dearly departed loved one is a hard, heart wrenching decision to make.  We are always looking for the right ‘something’ to express how we feel, to display the love for the person we have just lost but what do we choose, what’s available, what CAN be done….well the answer is anything, most things can be made these days from a market stall for an ex-trader to a simple heart, nothing is beyond our reach and from my own personal point of view nothing is EVER to much trouble for my customers at this time in their lives and I want to make sure that there flowers are as perfect as I can get them.

Now, I no longer trade but I do know what is available on the market, this is one aspect of the job I really do miss.  I will offer you some links to sites where you can finds various oasis shapes that may appeal to you in your search and may also help you express to your florist what you are looking for.


There are so many now which is wonderful  from butterfly’s and stars to tractors and trains, so there is always something to represent your dearly departed and if you don’t find anything just ask your florist, most offer a bespoke service and will be able to accommodate you in finding that perfect tribute.

Below are some items I have created in the past just for colour ideas:

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There are funeral etiquette guides and I have included a link below from floral base (there are many others online) that suggests certain rules that should be followed when buying funeral flowers but personally I would go with your heart and the thoughts you wish to convey about the deceased and to their family.


I really do hope you have found this helpful or at the very least food for thought!

x K x


Jewellery Making from home

Jewellery making from home.

Hello and welcome to my blog 😉

I am on a mission to see if a stay at home mum (Me) could learn new skills in Jewellery, crafts & flowers to enable me to start a new business and work around my family.

I am hoping to be able to learn jewellery making from home, firstly with precious gemstones and then on to fingerprint jewellery, there are so many jewellery designs out there so this is quite a task and I am very excited to learn lots of new skills, I want to look at old designs and get some ideas from them for some new pieces of jewellery so vintage inspired designs really from that I will go full circle to the outrageous and funky type of jewellery maybe the Mary Quant type of the black and white to the psychedelic’s 60’s inspired designs….Yep, getting very excited now woohoo!

I will add some pictures of the kind of designs I will take some ideas from so you can see and when I have saved some money I will show you the outcome but for now I am just collecting ideas and below are just a few of them (from a colour/design point of view as some items are not jewellery) I think that’s why I love floristry so much as there are no boundaries with colour.  life is one long explosion of colour and jewellery is a great way to show that you’re alive with personality!!



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Marketing skills

Marketing Skills.

Do you lack Direction? Do you want to learn how to be more effective in marketing skills?? Are you not sure where your going in life??? Do you want to run your own business but not sure how to start or what to do???? Read on as this may be for you!

I am on a mission to see if a stay at home mum (Me) is able to make a living working from home, around may family.

I have done floristry work previously but as I am no computer geek which meant that I was unable to market myself efficiently online, to be able to make the business work so although I have the skills & exceptional designs, I still made almost no sales as I was not being seen, Its really not as easy as you think, especially when your on family budget and have no spare cash!!

So whilst I was flicking the web, as you do, I came across the Baby Brain Academy and a lady called Victoria Casebourne, I took her FREE, (Yes free)  30 day challenge and am now on her course after completing that to help me learn the marketing skills I need to make my business a success!  Now you do not have to embark on the course if you do not want to but I would recommend it in the long term as Victoria’s course teaches you marketing skills, how to market your business regardless of what type of business it is so I am hoping after I have learned some new skills in Jewellery and crafts together with my floristry skills and then with my new marketing skills I should be able to get a business off the ground, I have set myself a goal of six years to do this and I hope you will join me on my journey.

I am going to explore all flower designs from weddings to funerals & everything in between, this will include hair flower designs

If you want to look at the 30 day challenge that I did, please see the link below, I hope it helps you invest and believe in yourself as it has me:


If you want to learn floristry or flower design there are many schools out there but here is a link to one:


Below are some flower designs, all have creative flair and that is what inspires me, I love being creative which is why flowers, Jewellery & crafts are my passion, I just hope that I can learn the marketing skills to be able to make my business successful.

I hope you follow me on my journey and as I found Victoria’s site I wanted to share it with you and hope this helps someone else too!

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x K x


Jewellery Designs

Jewellery Designs.

Hello, I am on a mission to see if a stay at home mum (Me) could learn new skills in Jewellery, crafts & flowers to enable me to start a new business working from home, around my family.

I am hoping to be able to learn jewellery making, firstly with precious gemstones and then on to silverwork and eventually fingerprint jewellery well, that’s the plan but I need to learn the skills firstly as there are so many techniques that interest my creativity and I need to learn how to focus on one thing at a time.  The things is, its a bit like being a child in a sweet shop, I want to learn everything now but do not have the money to buy anything now 😉 so I will need to be patient and save some money.

There are so many jewellery designs and I am very excited to learn lots of new skills in this field, I have found You Tube and Jewellery Maker Great for learning new techniques because you can pause and replay as many times as you need to 😉 and trust me, I watch a LOT of you tube videos that show you basic skills on how to do things with jewellery designs, I search the internet to source gemstones and findings and have come across some good places that I have booked marked, unfortunately I can not afford to buy anything just yet, which is quite frustrating but I am saving and I know where to obtain things when I do have some money lol!

I have added some links encase you too wish to have a look into jewellery making and also added some jewellery designs that interest me.

Thanks for reading

x K x


Most of this lady’s work is amazing, have a look around her site


This site offers great personalised jewellery along with plates/cups/clocks if your interested.

I love this site below, great designs too.


For basic beads and jewellery inspiration, have a look at:



Happy hunting and don’t be limited by other people’s view of your capabilities or life, this is your adventure….Own It!!




Wedding flowers – Bouquet Ideas

Wedding flowers

Hello and welcome to my blog 😉

Today I want to talk about wedding flowers, there are some people that will tell you that you have to have a certain type of wedding bouquet to suit your wedding dress or that you can only have certain colour flowers depending on your wedding dress shade (i.e. white, Ivory, Cream being the more traditional) I personally feel that this is rubbish and that your flowers should be chosen with your heart not your dress design!  you should always choose the flowers that make your heart jump or sing, this is your special day and you should not be told by someone what to have or to hold lol!!

I have designed lots of wedding bouquets, I must admit I love real (live) flowers above artificial ones for the smell and the glorious life they bring to a bouquet or wedding reception but that said, I do understand that there are those that are allergic to real flowers and so live flowers for their wedding are somewhat limited, I shall talk about artificial flowers in my next blog, but please feel free to have a look at the designs below for ideas for your wedding flowers and bouquet’s  ;0)

Live/Real wedding bouquets and buttonholes

(The first 6 images are by:  http://www.fioribylynne.co.uk please check out there website for further ideas)

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I hope these pictures have helped you, please come back again for the next instalment of artificial flowers.

x K x



Birth Flowers

Everyone knows about birthstones: the special stone assigned to each month. Each of them has a meaning behind it. Every month also has birth flowers which are a lot easier to give to that special someone!

Each month has a couple flowers to choose from. So if you want to give flowers to someone, but can’t decide which ones, consult the list below and be prepared to be the recipient’s new favorite person!

Birth Flowers and their Meanings

January’s birth flower, the carnation, comes in several different colors to convey different meanings, much like roses. A pink carnation means affection, while a red carnation means ‘I love you.’ White carnations mean pure love, striped carnations means regret that a love is not shared, and yellow means rejection or disappointment. The other January flower is the snowdrop, which used to be considered bad luck due to the fact that it would always seem to appear to grow in graveyards. Nowadays, it signifies hope and beauty.

February’s birth flower is the violet, which signifies watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Give a violet to someone to let them know you’ll lways be there for them. The other February flower is the primrose, which lets someone know you can’t live without them.

March’s birth flower is the daffodil, which means unequaled love; the sun is always shining whenever your significant other is around. The other March flower is the jonquil, which signifies desire for affection returned. It also is used to convey sympathy.

Golden Daffodil

April’s birth flower is the daisy which conveys innocence, loyal love, and purity. It is also a flower given between friends to keep a secret; the daisy means “I’ll never tell.” The other April flower is the sweet pea. Sweet peas signify blissful pleasure, but are also used to say good-bye.

May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley, which signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. If you want to show your loved one that your life is complete with them, give them a few lilies of the valley. The other March flower is the hawthorn plant, which represents hope and supreme happiness. Hawthorne signifies that you want only the best for the recipient.

June’s birth flower is the rose, which has more meanings than one can count! A pink rose means perfect happiness, while a red rose means “I love you.” A white rose signifies innocence and purity, while a yellow rose conveys jealousy or a decrease in love. A bouquet of roses means sincere gratitude, whereas a single rose amplifies the meaning of the color (a single red rose means “I REALLY love you”). The other June flower is honeysuckle, which is a strong symbol for the everlasting bonds of love.

July’s birth flower is larkspur. Each color variation of larkspur has a different meaning: pink means fickleness, white conveys a happy nature, and purple normally represents a first love. Generally, larkspur indicates strong bonds of love. The other July flower is the water lily, which signifies purity and majesty.

August’s birth flower is gladiolus, or ‘sword lily.’ Gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation. With gladiolus, the recipient’s heart is being “pierced with love.” The other August flower is the poppy. A red poppy signifies pleasure, a white poppy is given for consolation, and a yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.

Gladiolus Sword Lily

September’s birth flower is the aster. Asters are mainly symbols of powerful love. The other September flower is the morning glory. Morning glories are simple symbols of affection.

October’s birth flower is the pumpkin bloom. Just kidding—it’s actually the marigold. Marigolds are often given as a sign of warm or fierce, undying love, or as a way of saying that you’re content with being with the recipient. The other October flower is cosmo, a symbol of order, peace, and serenity.

November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. A red chrysanthemum means “I love you;” a white chrysanthemum means innocence, purity, and pure love; a yellow chrysanthemum means slighted love.

December’s birth flower is the narcissus which embodies the idea that you want your beloved to stay just the way they are. The other December flower is holly, which symbolizes your wish for domestic happiness.

I hope you found this useful, please feel free to look at my other posts

x K x

Flower Meanings

Have you ever struggled to send the perfect bunch of flowers with real flower meaning?

Have you ever wanted to know what flower has what meaning??

Then read on as this post is for you!

Traditional Flower Meanings.

If you’re thinking about ordering a bouquet of flowers as a gift for a loved one, you can make it even more special by choosing flowers that have a relevant meaning.

Attaching flower meanings to certain flowers is believed to have developed in Turkey during the seventeenth century, but it became an extremely popular practice in the UK during the reign of Queen Victoria and was known as “florography”.

The Victorians produced many flower meanings dictionaries giving meanings for different types of flowers. yet there isn’t a universally agreed set of meanings for different flowers today, but here are some examples of flowers and the meanings commonly attached to them.

Whether you are looking for a gift for a particular occasion or just want to treat someone you love, sending someone a bouquet of flowers  with flower meanings attached is sure to brighten up their day.



Roses have flower meanings which are frequently associated with love and are popular flowers to give to loved ones on Valentine’s Day, although they are perfect for any occasion.

Roses are available in a range of colours and each of these is associated with a different meaning.

Whilst red roses are traditional symbols of love and therefore traditional valentines flowers, deep crimson roses are often associated with mourning. Light pink roses are usually associated with perfect happiness, whereas dark pink roses mean “thank you”.

A yellow rose can represent friendship, whilst an orange rose is a symbol of fascination. Image –  White roses traditionally represent innocence and purity, but presenting your loved one with a bouquet that consists of red and white roses traditionally means that you are sending a message that the two of you are united.

Mixed roses traditionally mean “You’re everything to me”, making a bouquet of mixed roses the perfect gift for a parent, child or partner.



Now there are reports of blue roses – we have still yet to find any verifiable meaning of blue roses – perhaps they are for Smurf lovers?!


tuplip Image – http://www.flickr.com/photos/devosdelphin/3148479880/

As with roses, tulips have flower meanings and come in a wide range of colours. Traditionally tulips represent love and passion, with red tulips representing a declaration of love, white tulips representing that the bouquet giver is worthy of the recipient and yellow tulips meaning either that there is sunshine in the recipient’s smile or that the person giving the flowers is hopelessly in love with the person receiving them, depending upon the source used.



lilliesImage – http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmountmaniac/2638093748/

The lily’s have flower meanings and is another popular choice of flower, as with flowers such as roses and tulips, a lily’s meaning depends upon its colour.

White lilies traditionally represent sweetness, innocence and purity, so they are perfectly suited for inclusion in a bouquet to celebrate the birth of a new baby, whilst yellow lilies send the message that you are “walking on air”. Tiger lilies traditionally represent prosperity.


The popular bush blooms in May and June – an opportunity to remember to link to the ever popular how to make elderflower champagne page.

A popular belief held in some cultures – Elderflowers ward off evil influences and give protection from witches. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be chopped when singing a chant to the Elder Mother


The general flower meanings for carnations is devoted love, particularly in respect of a woman, so a bouquet of carnations is a great gift to buy your mother on Mother’s Day, on her birthday or just as a treat. Different coloured carnations also have their own meanings.  Pink carnations say that you will never forget the recipient, whereas red carnations can either represent admiration or send the message “My heart aches for you”. White carnations represent sweetness, innocence and pure love.


Peonies are available in several shades, including pink, peach and white, but whichever colour you choose, peonies traditionally represent prosperity, luxury and a happy marriage, making them the perfect choice for a wedding or anniversary gift.

Here is another link for a variety of flower meanings:


I hope you found this interesting I shall also be posting on flowers representing the month of birth.


Crafting from home

Hello Again,

So here’s a bit more about me and why I’m interested in crafting from home.

I have worked since leaving school and college at 17, I have done every job from office work to painting and decorating, I do love floristry though and everything mother nature has to offer, I love the perfect blends of colours she produces, there is no artificial solution to her might…in my opinion anyway ;0) I think that’s why I am attracted to crafting!

My career stopped when I was made redundant, I was actually off sick at the time when I got a phone call on Sunday to say that due to the recession my remote sales position was a casualty of that, I had only found out I was pregnant on the Friday, so my baby was a complete surprise to me, that’s why I call her ‘My little miracle’ because I was told when I was 18 that I couldn’t have children due to polycystic Ovarian syndrome or PCOS for short, just goes to show you that the doctors are not always right and miracles do happen! I would love to say that everything in my garden has been a rosy existence but sadly not although I had my beautiful bundle of joy everything else in my life turned to dust…it’s funny how that happens isn’t it!? I am not complaining, far from it, they say everything happens for a reason and it was important to me to be at home with my angel due to her not being an expected arrival EVER! but life has not been an easy ride (who’s is right) my husband works away all week so that we have a roof over our head and I go without most things really so that my daughter does not, I guess that’s just being a parent and wanting the best for your child and I do get to watch her grow, she is the light in my life, that said I would like to build something for her future, which is why I have embarked on a journey to see if it is possible to turn a love of crafting from home into a career, to be able to work from home for money….I hope you will join me on my journey x

If you would also like to explore your possibilities why not embark on your own journey and complete a free 30 day journey of your own!!! Have a look at a site I started with and am continuing with even now:



Hello world! – Making money from home

Welcome to Daisy Lilly Designs – Daisy Lilly Designs is the name of my blog and in the future my own business, well, that’s the dream anyway! I am going to be looking at making money from home which will include doing things like jewellery making, floristry and some other types of crafts which I will name as we go along.

Floristry and jewellery making are my passions at the moment and I have dabbled with these in the past but I want to seriously look at these as ways of making money from home, I know, I must be mad right? but I am looking for a better work/life balance, I am fed up of rushing from one place to the next and always feeling a failure for letting someone down or not doing things because I don’t have the time, there just has to be a better way of life than this, I have heard of other people starting a business and making money from home so why not me!

I have given myself six years to explore these topics, I am not sure where this will lead me but I am looking forward to learning new skills along the way and in finding a better, more fulfilling path in life and building something for my child’s future so that she doesn’t have to struggle in this world but with skills that I can pass down to her.

I hope that you can join me on my journey and please feel free to offer any advise along the way but be gentle with me as this is the first blog that I have ever written, I do not know what I am doing but am learning as I go, I would be very interested in hearing from anyone that has done the same or started there business from scratch with no money and just an idea, especially if you are interested in the same things as me!!

Thank you so much for reading this page and I really hope you can follow my journey…to infinity and beyond….. LOL!!!

Kelly xx

Swarovski crystals!

I am embarking on a new adventure of crafting and have just ordered some swarovski crystals to embellish my daughters clothes and shoes..well anything really…poor child!

In today’s world where we are all struggling to make ends meet I have been thinking about ways of making money from home and also ways of cutting down the cost of clothes so I thought to myself Swarovski Crystal’s, as you do lol! It’s not an immediate solution to a lot of life’s worries I know but might cut back on some clothes costings so I am on a mission to see if I can add a little bling to some items of clothing and shoes!!

Wish me luck and as soon as they have arrived I will post some pictures…In the meantime if you have any advise or ideas let me know!!

Love and Light,