My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

The Beauty in the Sleeping Woods

Floral Art Design The Beauty in the Sleeping Woods.

My favourite fairy tale as a little girl was Sleeping Beauty. I would read the story not for the princess sleeping or the prince on his rescue mission.

Sleeping beauty

Nope, I was enchanted by the rose bushes and roots and plants that grew for one hundred years undisturbed...

Overgrown and undisturbed roses

Twisted and tangled...

Overgrown rose wreath.

and gnarled with spiky thorns.

Dried hydrangea and palm garlands

Powerful nature restoring itself.

Plaiting a palm thorn garland for the wreath.

As a floral artist I am inspired by the endurance of nature and my work is still re-creating the Sleeping Beauty Castle of my imagination.

Sleeping Beauty:
or Little Briar Rose or Afrikaans: Doring Rosie, French: La Belle au bois dormant, (The Beauty in the sleeping wood) German: Dornrösche, Dutch:Doornroosje

is a classic fairytale by the Brothers Grimm about some spinning, a pretty princess, enchantment and a prince who knew how to prune. But mostly it is about lots and lots of fantastic plant material…. how else could they have lived happily ever after?

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.




Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia