Coroncine Floreali

10 Dec


I’m still here!

I’m just popping in to share about a lovely fresh flower crown workshop that my twin daughters and I did a few week-ends ago in Milan.

The workshop’s venue was the most charming little café that doubles as a cultural centre called Spazio Culturale My G where they offer all sorts of creative courses for kids and adults.  It’s a bright and colourful space filled with charming old couches, mismatched wooden chairs and an amazing book corner (where they even sell my favourite FLOW magazine!).

When we arrived at the workshop we were warmly welcomed by our flower-crown teacher Jessica from the blog Uhlalà.  Such a vibrant and happy lady and so talented with flowers.

flowercrownThe flowers that we worked with were Ranunculus, Anemone and Chrysanthemum.  There were also branches of a special type of Mimosa that I had never seen before, Eucalyptus branches and some berry branches as well.  A beautiful mix of colours and textures.  flowercrownflowers2About 15 of us worked around a big wooden table covered in buckets of flowers, berries, special florist tapes and tools and different coloured ribbons.  Jessica explained everything perfectly and we dove in and started creating our crowns. 
flowercrowntable I was amazed at how quickly the girls caught on and unlike me didn’t have to think and re-think about how to put it all together.  I had a serious creative block for the first half hour while my daughter Chloe worked like  a busy bee non-stop and without any doubt or indecisiveness.

flowercrownhandsAll the ladies in the workshop made beautifully dainty feminine crowns.  It was a beautiful sight to see everyone at the end proudly walking around wearing them.  flowercrownevaAs you can see from the two photos above, my daughters’ crowns ended up being completely different.  Their unique personalities really showed through in the finished product.flowercrownflowers

Since the workshop we’ve already had one big flower crown making session.  We tried out different blooms and branches that we bought and collected from our garden.  They came out beautifully and we can’t wait to make some more.  Many thanks to Jessica for such a lovely Sunday morning.  And thanks to Yael from Spazio Cultural My G for organising such fun workshops.  We can’t wait to come back.



9 Responses to “Coroncine Floreali”

  1. Jandi December 10, 2014 at 14:09 #

    Those crowns are really lovely! What a fun class!

    • Jillian In Italy December 11, 2014 at 09:16 #

      It was just what we all needed! A perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. Jx

  2. thesoutherninstitute December 10, 2014 at 15:59 #

    That sounds like so much fun! I have never made a flower crown before. I love that your girls dove right in… I would have sat like you, wondering what the best placement was and I would have second guessed myself the whole way I’m afraid. Children have such a confidence. I love it. When do we lose that? How do we get it back?

    • Jillian In Italy December 11, 2014 at 09:12 #

      I have been pondering the same thing since the workshop. I tend to overthink everything and I see that the kids listen, learn then simply act. I’m going to make an effort to try doing that from now on. Wish me luck!

  3. Karen Humphries December 10, 2014 at 16:25 #

    What a beautiful creative project and so cheery for those of us who are enduring the chill of winter! Thank you for sharing this with us all! Blessings

    • Jillian In Italy December 11, 2014 at 09:14 #

      Yes, it definitely helps one forget the cold temperatures outside! Makes me really look forward to spring. Greetings to you!

  4. Heather Carlson December 10, 2014 at 18:40 #

    Oh how lovely Jillian! I will have to go check that spot out! Love those green button mums and the red berries. ❤

    • Jillian In Italy December 11, 2014 at 09:15 #

      Are you far from Milan? It’s a great place to do workshops or just pop in for a coffee. Hey…we could meet there one of these days (in the new year)!

      • Susan Faia Eaton April 9, 2015 at 23:55 #

        I am loving the beautiful color photography. I am an Italian American Momma in NJ and am a baker/cake decorator and can see these flowers done on cakes.Thanks for inspiration. Wishing I was in Italy!
        My parents (&all my grandparents aunts and uncles) were born & married in Italy.I have cousins that live in Northern Italy probably near you.

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