When I say “shop local”, what do you think of? Fresh produce from a farmers’ market. Locally-made clothing, accessories, gifts bought in a boutique rather than a big-box store. One-of-a-kind home decor from a flea market or small shop. But there are SO many other ways to shop local, including for flowers! Flower farms are becoming more and more common, and they are slowly moving their way north from warmer climes to Quebec. I had a chance to visit Les Jardins de Frieda Bella, a brand-new flower farm in the small town of Rigaud, to see what shopping locally for flowers really means. I got to sample Frieda’s gorgeous blooms by making a moody, wild bouquet in a palette of purples, blues, and soft pinks.
Les Jardins de Frieda Bella provided the flowers for this bouquet gratis. All opinions and creative designs are my own. For more information, please see my Policies page. Thank you for supporting the brands that partner with Flourish & Knot!
Let me show you how I created this bouquet, which would be perfect for either gifting or for a wedding, and take you on a tour of Les Jardins Frieda Bella.
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You guys know that I love everything to do with fabric and textiles, right? I’ve always been fascinated by artisanal textiles, and one of my favourite things to do on vacation is find some locally-made fabrics or fibres to take home. I’ve bought embroidery in Mexico, yarn in Scotland, weaving in Newfoundland, hand-died fabric in India… it’s all such fun to work with and admire in our home! I’ve done some sewing projects here on Flourish & Knot over the years (find them here), but I’ve always been curious about the production side of things. How are natural fibres harvested, processed, and then turned into the raw materials for DIY projects? Well, when I was approached by the TWIST Fibre Festival, I jumped at the chance to have exactly these questions answered, and to learn more about the many faces of textile art.
This post was sponsored by the TWIST Fibre Festival. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my Policies page.
With four days of programming (two days devoted just to workshops, and two days of the full festival), Twist is the largest fibre and textile art festival in Canada. It takes place in the charming Quebec village of Saint-André-Avellin, which is just about 40 minutes north of Ottawa, two hours from Montreal, and two hours from the US border! The area is home to some of the best outdoor activities around, including Parc Oméga wildlife park and Montebello. Click here to continue reading…
You may have noticed that things have been quiet here on the blog for the past week or so. I’ve been struggling to come up with content because talking about DIYing (and just being creative in general) has felt incredibly trivial compared to what’s been going on in my community.
What’s been going on, you ask?
Photo used with permission, courtesy of Nathalie Constant.
In the past 10 days, parts of the Montreal area (and communities farther afield in Quebec and Ontario) have been devastated by flooding. Only a few kilometers away (and I really mean “a few” – like, 4) people’s homes have sustained major damage or even been lost to floodwaters. We’ve been lucky (we live on a hill and away from the waterfront), but many of my neighbours, work colleagues, students, and friends haven’t been. They are displaced from their homes with only what they could remove quickly, and are so in need. It is heartbreaking. You always think that this sort of thing will happen elsewhere… until it arrives on your doorstep.
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