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Artificial flowers blooming all over the country!

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I am one of those people who believe that every room should have flowers in it. It has been said that flowers can lift your mood, they never fail to make people smile. A bouquet of flowers brings a room to life, making it feel warmer and more homely. Nothing enhances a home quite like a fresh bouquet of blooms. They add colour, fragrance and a touch of happiness to your day.

And when your favourite fresh flowers aren’t in season or are hard to come by, what do you do?

An artificial flower arrangement is a perfect solution. Artificial flowers today aren’t the same as the bright-coloured, flat-textured flowers of yesteryear.

Now, thanks to advancing technology, artificial flowers have become so realistic-looking it’s hard to tell them apart from real ones. Gone are the days of tacky silk and plastic-looking artificial flowers. Mind you, they’re still out there, but technology is producing some spectacular alternatives.

Kris, Owner of Beautiful Budget Bouquets

“They are a great alternative to regular flowers. Except they will never die, are allergy-free and are always in season”, commented Kris, “They are so easy to maintain. All you have to do is keep them out of direct sunlight and dust them with a damp cloth on occasion. They look amazing all year round.”

As a florist with over 30 years of experience, local business owner and mother, Kris Kirshaw has a wealth of knowledge in working with flowers, real and artificial. So, when the opportunity arose to own her own florist business again, Kris jumped at the chance.

So, in 2018 Kris took over as the owner of Beautiful Budget Bouquets, a florist with a twist. Instead of traditional real flowers, Beautiful Budget Bouquets specialises in artificial flowers. Thenceforth, Kris has been arranging bouquets and flower arrangements for brides, weddings as well as other events and occasions.

“The skies the limit. There is nothing we can’t do to create the perfect flower arrangement and bring to life someone’s dream”, commented Kris.

Over the next year, Kris started thinking about expanding into the wholesale market and in 2019 took over Giftlines Australia; a leading designer and wholesale supplier of quality real touch and silk artificial flowers that have been supplying wholesale clients worldwide since 1999. Ever since then she has been immersed in the world of artificial flowers.

However, like most business owners will tell you it’s not all smooth sailing. There have been some challenges, with the biggest one being Covid.

“The biggest impact that Covid has had on my business in the past year or two, is importing and sourcing products. A lot of other businesses are in the same boat, where they are struggling to get stock to fill the shelves”.

When Covid hit, Kris took advice from a business consultant, who tried to guide her in a direction that wasn’t suitable for her and my businesses. This caused Kris to feel like she had lost her purpose for a while before she went back to doing what she loved.

Kris, Owner of Beautiful Budget Bouquets

“The best advice I’ve gotten is to stay in my own lane; stick to what you love and are good at while surrounding yourself with good people. You won’t go wrong then”, stated Kris, “If you love what you do you won’t work a day in your life.”

Now at the beginning of 2022, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, especially with borders opening up and things returning to normal, people and businesses are more optimistic.

“I feel that 2022 is going to be an exciting year for us. We want to build a strong community network here in the Logan and the wider community,” commented Kris. “It’s important to have a strong foundation to build your business upon; with a strong foundation, you can overcome every obstacle you may face, including a worldwide pandemic”.

“Our goal is to raise awareness about the benefits of artificial flowers and the fantastic quality we provide. For you can’t sell a secret. That is why we send out free sample boxes to those who ask so they can see the quality for themselves,” stated Kris.

For more information or to get your very own sample box, contact Kris and her team on 0419 668 210 or head to the Beautiful Budget Bouquets Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/beautifulbudgetbouquets/. Mention this editorial and receive 15% off your next order.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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