Small Business Saturday
Blobby, colourful and playful!
Lotta Blobs was born in the lockdown and was used as a creative outlet to keep my brain active and distract myself from this crazy year!
I love forming the blobs shape! It’s very therapeutic!
I won't lie and say it's not tiring because it is! An important key is to write a to do list and plan out your days ahead. I've also quickly learned that everything takes at least twice as long as you imagined so don't rely on wishful thinking!
Oh there's loads! A few are @ktgillies_surfacedesign, @squaresandthings @helloitspansy @bougiewoogie____ @studiopalu @theflowerandtheflea
Hey Nikki! Describe what you do in three words.
Ceramics, Creative Relaxation :)
I have so many favourites - people send me so many beautiful pictures of their pieces, I’m constantly blown away by their creativity! I’m in love with the stunning decorations inspired by Scotland that @juliettemcintosh makes with the kit. She decorates the clay with earth-coloured paints and a subtle splatter effect which comes out so well! I know that she and several other people who bought the clay kit are now selling their creations online which fills me with so much joy!
Don’t worry too much about making ‘perfect’ clay creations - focus on getting into the zone and beautiful things will happen!
Meeting awesome people! The workshop sessions have allowed me to meet so many amazing people with incredible stories - I treasure time spent getting to know them so it’s been strange not to do that so much recently. However online sessions have made virtual pottery sessions possible and I’ve been very grateful for that!
What small businesses do you LOVE?
Chimney Fire Coffee for the best coffee, ever! Sheen London and her ridiculously comfy non-fast-fashion tracksuits. Qäsa Qäsa hand-crafted homeware from artisans in East Africa. The City of London Gin Distillery who make delicious small-batch gin. Patty & Bun - our Friday end-of-the-week treat during lockdown. Their burger kits are to die for!
Hi Alice! Describe Forest in three words.
Heavenly green paradise!
The fantastic team of family & friends! We’ve all come from different backgrounds, all specialising in different fields. We have botanists, artists, gardeners, merchandisers, florists, set designers etc... Not forgetting our mutual passion for houseplants and wealth of knowledge about them!
The best thing you can do is to figure out where you want plants and what the environment is like in that particular area of your home. Is there deep shade, extreme sun/heat, high humidity, a cold draught? Figuring these things out is key to maintaining your houseplants!
Definitely being able to welcome all our valued customers back! We love being able to chat about plants and share knowledge and advice with all our customers, and that’s one thing we’ve all really missed!
Ooh that’s tough! There are way too many small businesses that we admire... But Green Rooms Market is an amazing business run by sisters Annie & Jemma – they bring together a fantastic selection of independent botanical businesses for both virtual and physical markets.
Scrubber, run by our amazing team member Emily and her husband Scott, make natural, vegan, and eco friendly deodorants with incredible scents and striking packaging! Finally, the Forest teams favourite local café in Deptford - Isla Ray. You’ll find us there on a regular basis brunching, lunching, and boozing!
Cacti or Succulents? Cacti
Favourite Instagram account? @muddy_maddie – our resident botanist!
Despite trying everything in our powe...Charlotte Prichard
We’re shunning the September sunshine...Alice Barnes
With over 30 colours, 5 fonts and an abundance of super cute charms, the original Tatty...Alice Barnes