The covid-19 lockdown has seen the closure of businesses, loss of income for most families, birthdays spent in doors with few guests and loved ones at a loss for what to give their significant others, children and family members for their lockdown birthdays in order to make them feel special. With the bulk of retail closed and online shopping being very pricey, it’s time to search for alternate arrangements. But where to go?String to Stones is a shopping and retail business specialising in dried floral arrangements, and homemade jewellery that stuns the Blue Mountains community all year- round. Not only does Tanya from String to Stones service the community with her perfectly handcraed gis, she also does so by working and supporting other small local businesses including; Mountain Made Hampers, The Blackheath Creative and Mt Vic & Me.
The Blue Mountains Phoenix had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the creative genius behind the plethora of iconic and artistically niche gifts to gauge an understanding of her passions and inspirations behind such a unique business.
When asked about what motivated her to start String to Stones, Tanya candidly stated: “ I have always enjoyed making things and have really admired people who can make a life from living creatively. My professional background & training is actually in theatre & performance and while I still work in that industry, my work these days is more admin based. A few years ago, I found that I needed to reconnect with the creative side of myself and this brought me to the world of craing and jewellery making, so I started selling handmade beaded jewellery. It was while I was selling at a local Blue Mountains market that I incorporated the floral side of String to Stones. At this particular market I noticed there were not any flowers for sale, something I always love picking up at markets and as my previous career before theatre was floristry, I decided to incorporate this into my stall and business. Initially it was just fresh flowers, but the interest and demand for dried florals was fairly high so I decided to focus on those & the business really just grew organically to include flowers as well as jewellery.” Now this is what I call a labour of love.
Tanya has a particular niche that sets her business apart when creating her arrangements and pieces of pure art, she was even kind enough to share it with us, stating:” I like to mix things up a bit. Nothing is “set in stone”. I try to use a mix of materials for my jewellery, but more recently I have been focusing on reclaimed/vintage beads for my designs. To be honest I have a real mixed style in both the jewellery and in my flowers, so I hope that this means there is something for everyone. I also like to keep both product lines aﬀordable & constantly evolving too.”
Now we know that being able to go shopping in-store presents itself as a challenge at the very least, but luckily for all newly-inspired customers, all aﬀordable items can be purchased online from the following platforms.
Or via the wonderful local businesses as previously mentioned:
• Mountain Made Hampers: https://mountainsmadehampers.shop/ search their site for “Signature” or “Fetching” Hampers to purchase those where my bouquets are included or you can add-on bouquets to other styles or even build your own).
• The Blackheath Creative: https://www.instagram.com/theblackheathcreative/ Go to their Insta page above and you can message them directly for any purchases. They can send or deliver if local in the Blue Mountains.
• Mt Vic & Me: https://mountvicandme.com/ Check out their website or social pages to see when they are open again. Flowers are only available when they open their studio store, but you can still order some of their wonderful products now during lockdown in the meantime! Support your local businesses by placing a purchase, a like or follow on their social forums to keep the community spirit we’ve upheld for decades alive and thriving.
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