• Flowers for Love, Life and Laughter - Sweet Talking with Florist Tamsin Scott...

    Flowers for Love, Life and Laughter - Sweet Talking with Florist Tamsin Scott...

    “Flowers for love, life and laughter” proclaims Tamsin Scott’s website, and so is it any wonder she was my first thought when looking for locations to shoot our new Valentine collection? Her magical studio lies tucked in a valley not so far from mine, reached by a winding single track road. Described by her friend and collaborator Tim Walker as “Constance Spry to my Cecil Beaton”, she trained first in set design, before working alongside acclaimed florists Wild by Heart and Scarlet & Violet. Having since established her own floral studio Gypsy Rose Flowers, she has gone on to create gloriously abundant and romantic flowers for period dramas and award-winning films such as Emma and Judy, and worked with a stellar list of clients including Vogue, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton.

    I asked the utterly love-ly Tamsin a few questions about the four letter word on everyone’s lips this month...


    Either from true life or fiction, please tell us your favourite love story…

    I absolutely love the film Truly, Madly, Deeply with the gorgeous Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson. Two love stories side by side. It has you weeping, but gives you faith in love after love, if you know what I mean ( I used to deliver him flowers in real life and he had the most lovely legs!) 

    Roses are forever associated with Valentine’s Day, but what flowers do you most like to give and to get?
    I’m a sucker for Icelandic poppies, the way they dance and curl and fade is like watching a painting come to life. I also love the plant Daphne, I could bathe in its jasmine rose and lemony scents.

    What’s the best gift you’ve been given for Valentine’s Day?
    I self-gifted an old London cab and picked her up on Valentine’s Day many moons ago, gorgeous and curvy old Mabel.

    You travel the world for work and must have seen some incredible locations, where is the most romantic place you’ve been?
    England, oh England - I spent a week at Firle place in a sweet tiny building creating a little greenhouse for Emma and was with my dog Sparrow.
    The silence, the flowers and the sweeping lawns made me feel like Colin Firth might come and give me a cheeky snog any moment.
    It was a magical location (he didn’t!) 
    It’s Valentine’s day, and Cupid grants you three secret wishes; who are you with, what will you do, and what will you eat?!

    I’m with Dirk Bogarde eating oysters in Andrew Edmunds by candlelight and he’s reading the Slipper and The Rose to me…with that famous tender look on his face. Interrupted by Cary Grant pouring a good Chablis.

    With my daughters Harper and Stevie - my true loves - in front of the fire at my parents old house in Normandy listening to Kate Bush eating ritz crackers with prawns on top with a sprinkle of cayenne… my grandma's classic canapé. 

    Having a cycling race with Angela Lansbury and Jack Black through Cabot Cove chased by Sparrow and Iris on my way to a fire on the beach with my favourite friends - my other true loves, lobster, fizz and pistachios! 
    To find out more about Tamsin's incredible work visit www.gypsyroseflowers.co.uk 
    All photography by Kim Lightbody
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  • WIN a Scribble & Daub Christmas Tree!

    WIN a Scribble & Daub Christmas Tree!
    Untangle the fairy lights, cue up Mariah, crunch on a candy cane and pour the sherry - it's the first of December: Christmas celebrations can officially begin! 

    Scribble & Daub exists to celebrate the joy of giving every day, but as we approach the zenith of the gifting year, we have a very special present for one lucky reader:

    The chance to WIN everything you need to recreate the Scribble & Daub Christmas Tree!

    Every decoration, every satin ribbon, will be carefully wrapped in tissue and sent out to the winner in a big brown paper box of delights.
     
    To enter, you need to: 
    - Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter via the website
    - Like this post on Instagram, follow us and tag two friends in the comments
    - Entries close at midnight on Sunday 4th December GMT.
    - The Competition is open to all, but International entrants will need to cover courier delivery costs. 
    Good luck!
     
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  • In My Shoes

    In My Shoes
    Honoured to join some brilliant women in Rupert Sanderson's In My Shoes interview series - you can read mine, and the likes of Caroline Issa, Victoria Siddall, Kim Hershov, Laura Jackson and Yomi Adegoke by clicking here...
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  • New Christmas Decorations!

    New Christmas Decorations!

    Adorn your Christmas tree in sustainable style with our first collection of beautiful paper decorations. Letterpress-printed onto luxuriously thick FSC-certied card, hand-painted with gloriously coloured inks, and strung with pistachio satin ribbon, these heirloom quality ornaments are designed to last a lifetime.

    Deck your tree with Scribble & Daub’s instantly recognisable, idiosyncratic designs, from Lobsters & Cherubs to Pears and Toadstools. Available individually, or as a complete collection in a hand-crafted gift box at a special introductory price of £95 until 20th November. 

    Each decoration is crafted entirely by hand at our traditional local workshop, Adams of Rye; from die-cutting to letter-pressing and finally fixing each one with a brass eyelet, they are then returned to our Sussex studio to be individually painted by hand.

    Shop here...

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  • Festive Fun - Straw London Workshop


    Our wonderful stockist Straw London have just announced their programme of festive workshops and I’m delighted to be returning to host again after last year’s sell-out sessions in their beautiful space. It was a lovely, cosy, chatty day spent drinking mulled wine, eating mince pies and teaching a wonderful group of people how to use a dip pen and to make hand-drawn cards to be proud of.

    If you would like to join us this year, Straw have just released tickets for my two workshop which are on

    5 November at 11.30am and 2.30pm

    Tickets usually sell swiftly, so if you’d like to join us, book your tickets here soon…

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