Before I tell the 'story', I'd like to share a photo.
|Simple & small bridal bouquet by AZ Gift Baskets.|
This was requested by a customer who recently ordered a set of engagement hantaran from me. A small simple bouquet which fits her event and request.
Nak edit gambar-gambar hantaran pertunangan customer untuk update kat AZ Gift Baskets Facebook and to also make a blog entry, pun kena multi-task macam-macam. The Hubby, Amsyar & Izzo were off to Gunung Nuang in the morning so I'm left with Armand & Kaka who have many kinds of demands...like "Mama nak susu" or "Mama nak cheetum (nestum)!" or "Mama, Armand daaahhh!" (selesai no.2 business in da loo) or "Mama nak oontahh!" (Kaka sometimes sticks her finger into her mouth for no particular reason..).
This dear customer of mine has ordered from me before:
|"Elizabethan" and "Soft Roses" for Mother's Day....|
|"Muffin & Chocolate Tin"|
She was happy, and I was happy just knowing that she's happy :D
Sebenarnya, nak gubah hantaran pertunangan/kahwin ni rumit sikit lah daripada nak buat gift baskets. Obviously there are more details to be thought over...overall decoration must be a hit with the customer & also the future fiance/groom sebab hantaran ni macam 'centerpiece'...orang pihak sebelah masuk je rumah pihak perempuan, hantaran ni lah yang they all akan nampak tersusun di tengah-tengah living room rumah. Selalunya lah :)
To me buat hantaran ni, as I always re-iterate...is like writing a book. Bila takde idea tu, customer dah bagi barang dia kat kita pun, I wouldn't know how to start. Sometimes I just couldn't. Kadang-kadang *selalu...?* bila dah akhir-akhir tu baru datang idea & semangat.
Bila tengah giat menggubah hantaran tu sambil mengejar waktu, memang malas nak buat benda-benda lain. Dapur takkan berasap la of course, kalau tak banyak baju2 kotor, mesin basuh pun tak berputar lah.
Nasib baik waktu-waktu ni selalunya Hubby will take care of the kids and also get them fed (tapau ke apa tak kisah lah). Masa ni, I will just go on with the gubahan & malas nak gerak-gerak...nak ambik sesuatu yang tak berapa jauh pun, anak jadi mangsa sebab mak nye malas bangun. Yes, seriously. :P
Theme colour as stated by the customer: mint green, peach & soft yellow. So I named this creation Peach Mint Tea. :)
The tray bearing Turkish halwa/manisan. My customer gave me a box..and it was so sedap sampai The Hubby makan hari-hari :P
I couldn't get the exact mint tone, but alhamdulillah the overall combination turned out fine.
I went to get the fresh flowers a day before customer comes to pick-up (macam biasa lah, supaya bunga-bunga kelihatan segar waktu majlis). The day that I did that, I went to Alamanda right after putting all the flowers in water at home. Ada hati nak berjalan-jalan lagi walaupun kerja belum siap...? Siap pergi Giant & a few other places also.
I had to recce some dresses for my daughter and nieces to wear during my sister's wedding reception at Alamanda. I also wanted to check out a new watch to use for running (ehem ke ini tujuan asal ke Alamanda), since Nike Sportband tercicir dalam airport limo hari tu kan.
I ended up buying the new watch :P . Tapi belum test lagi sebab minggu ni sakit kaki sikit. Apa nak jadi ni..minggu lepas selsema & batuk, what is happening to my training...ergh.
Whenever I have to do up gubahan with Ferrero Rocher chocolates, bau chocolate itu memang mengancam kalbu. Memang.
Mint & peach is a very nice combination actually...kan? Pandai customer pilih colour-combo.
I started arranging the fresh flowers close to 12 midnight, sebab customer nak datang collect pagi esoknya tu. I usually work with flowers at the back of my kitchen...tapi sebab dah malam & I will probably be working until 4am, takut la pulak. So I dragged all the pails of fresh flowers into my lil' kitchen..and transformed the kitchen into a working area.
I love to arrange fresh flowers. What I love a little less is the work behind it...especially bab potong & rendam & balut wet sponge, checking all flowers (especially the roses) for wilted petals..and of course the cleaning up after that.
But I couldn't wait how it would turn out...so buat je :)
By 3am I took a break and had some coffee while watching TV. I am a coffee person, yes. Some people tak boleh tutup mata lepas minum coffee but I can go to sleep right after I had mine. And that's exactly what I did hehe. I set the alarm at 4.30am...but only managed to get up at 5.30am to continue on the gubahan sirih. Still felt a bit zombie-ish and couldn't keep my eyes open even though while washing the sirih, I dozed off for half another 30 minutes.
Pagi Jumaat tu pulak hari sekolah, and Izzo had to go to the morning session too sebab ada sambutan Maulidur Rasul. So breakfast was only cereal & Gardenia butterscotch bread..sebab Mama malas nak nyalakan api kat dapur :P
The bouquet was the last that I did. It was quite nice to continue working..with no kids at home! Best betul. Customer pun kata dia datang lambat sikit so boleh lah I rilek-rilek depan TV sambil breakfast & sebelum mula mengemas dapur yang bersepah tu.
Just as I wanted to start cleaning up...the doorbell rang. But the customer said she'll be late...?
Cleaning services datang! Setelah setahun tak panggil diaorang, I finally caved in after having a slightly sore neck kerana mendongak setelah membersihkan 6 kipas siling kat rumah ni. I actually forgot that I called them to come, their boss couldn't give me a specific date on when his workers can come sebab I selalu request untuk sorang worker ni yang memang rajin & bagus kerjanya. But she was always occupied, cleaning other people's homes (semua orang pun suka kerja dia jadi semua orang pun nakkan dia).
But she was free yesterday...datang tepat pada masanya!
My customer also liked her hantaran. I am so glad. Every time I work on a hantaran, I take my time and sometimes redo a few arrangements. Because these are for one of those important days of their lives, jadi kena lah buat betul-betul sampai kita sendiri rasa puashati :)