How Does Your Garden Grow?

Anyone who has ever tried to grow flowers or anything for that matter, know that it takes time, patience and loving care.  The flowers of Cocroft and Delbridge are just like that but without the dirt.

 

First, you plan out what flowers you will grow.  The outdoor gardener pours over seed catalogs, combs the internet and drives to all the area nurseries to choose just the right combination of flowers.  I pour over fabrics and embellishments, comb the internet and drive to all of the area fabric/craft stores to choose just the right combination of supplies for my flowers.

 

So many choices!

So many choices!

Next comes the preparation of the soil and planting the seeds and plants.  For me next comes the preparing of the materials:  cutting fabrics and ribbons to the proper length for each flower and choosing embellishments.

Different lengths are cut for different flowers

Different lengths are cut for different flowers

 

Petals are made one at a time.

Petals are made one at a time.

The outdoor gardener watches and waits, tends their garden weeding and watering.  I form each petal individually sewing by hand anywhere from 5 to 20 petals for each bloom and then carefully sew them together to form a flower on a stem.  Then I form leaves and attach them to the flower and then cover the raw edges with fabric to form a calyx.  I finish each stem with floral tape to give each one a finished effect.

Fabric is chosen for leaves and then they are completed and attached

Fabric is chosen for leaves and then they are completed and attached

It takes weeks sometimes months for a flower to grow to perfection whether it is lovingly grown in the ground or created by hand.

Almost done..the flower is formed around a stem and leaves are added.  Then the calyx and finished with floral tape

Almost done..the flower is formed around a stem and leaves are added. Then the calyx and finished with floral tape

 

Lastly, gardeners display their finished products in lovely bouquets to share their beauty!!

Rosey Gold

Gardens that are grown with love are Beauty Full!

 

Until next time,

Cathy

 

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New Beginnings or An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks!

Welcome to our first blog on our all new website!  Spring is a time for new beginnings and this is ours!

After attending the Wedding MBA (a conference for wedding vendors) last October it dawned on me that I wasn’t focusing on my passion or on what makes this company unique and different.  So after much thought and discussion we have turned our attention to what I do best and that’s making flowers…unique, by hand, petal by petal, creating something new and beautiful each and every time.

This is a genesis a long time in coming.  Starting when I was 8 years old and I taught myself to hand sew so I could make my Velvet doll a new outfit.  Ironically I drew flowers on the front.  Since then I have been hooked on sewing.

Below are a few pictures of my first design and my current designs:

Check out the fine hand stitching!

Velvet's Couture Mini Dress!

1920's Inspired Bouquet

Coral Flower Hair Clip

The other part of this is my entrepreneurial spirit. I have always admired Walt Disney and Milton S. Hershey. Not for their successes but more for their failures and their tenacity and determination to create a success! They have inspired me to keep pursuing my passions and my dreams. Over the next few blogs I will chat about my journey and what I have learned.

Until next time.
Cathy

 

 

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