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#034 - Floral decorator, garden designer and author Lucy Hunter shares her small business journey. From initially working in the corporate world, she changed career and became a landscape designer. She now also works as a floral decorator and has written her first book, 'The Flower Hunter'.
Growing up, she always knew she was creative and she loved to paint, which led to her studying a Fine Art degree at Liverpool University. On graduating in the late '90s, she worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Chester and trained to become a consumer underwriter.
When she got married and had her son, she moved from a flat to a small cottage with a garden. And she decided to retrain as a garden designer. She absolutely loved it and became obsessed with flowers and plants. Her landscape design business grew from strength to strength. However, she became slightly burnt out and felt a little lost.
Around 2015, her sister was getting married and she asked Lucy to create her wedding flowers. She attended some floristry courses and workshops, became captivated by Instagram and decided to start creating floral designs for weddings alongside her garden landscaping work.
Then the pandemic struck. And because she had the time, she decided that she might write a book. In the interview, Lucy shares her book-writing process, describes the book's content and reads an extract from the book.
She also discusses where she gets inspiration from, how she creates the images for her Instagram account and the camera equipment she uses. Plus she shares her 'why', talks about how her podcast, The Restless Creatives' came about and shares her plans for the remainder of 2021.
Listening to this episode, you'll hear how passionate Lucy is about the creative process and capturing beautiful floral images. At the end of the podcast, you'll discover her practical tips, which I'm sure you'll find very inspiring.
Show notes are available on the My Small Business & Me website: https://mysmallbusinessandme.com/episode34