Growing To Have & To Hold - Go BIG or go home!

by Laura Parkes in Earlstrees Industrial Estate, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th January 2019 we successfully raised £2,525 with 23 supporters in 56 days

Help to fund a new piece of equipment, a laser cutting machine in order to offer more services and grow my flowery business.

by Laura Parkes in Earlstrees Industrial Estate, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

I cant actually believe I'm at the point of a stretch target - but thanks to one VERY generous supporter I've reached my original target!!!
Any extra funds raised will go towards a dedicated design programme to use with the 'Beast' of a laser machine

This year's business motto has been 'Go BIG or go home' ... and believe me with all the unexpected poorlyness and hospital stays over the last 6 months there have been times when I have seriously considered giving up and 'going home'...
But I'm stubborn, I've worked too hard and overcome too much over the last 5 years to build my business - from my living room bay window- to the studio I moved into just over a year ago (with a little help from my friends!) to just give it all up.
Literal blood sweat and tears (and not just mine) have gone into keeping To Have & To Hold Floral Design going this year!

A BIG part of what has kept me going this year is the dreams, plans and aspirations I have for growing the buisiness, so 2019's motto is 'Go BIGGER, 'cus im not going home!' 

So whats the plan...?

I need some help to raise funds towards a new piece of kit - a laser cutting and engraving machine ('The Beast') - this will not only allow me to offer a much wider range of products & services for the wedding and event work that I do but it will also allow me to bring the wood cutting I need for personalised hoop wreaths etc in house - which will save an awful lot of stress relying on Royal mail to deliver on time from my current supplier and generally speed up the production process meaning I can spread more floral gorgeousness.
My aim is to become a one stop shop for all wedding and Event needs - who needs the added stress of finding and hiring multiple suppliers, when you can get everything in one place?

With this new machine the possibilities are literally endless, here are just a few things i will be able to offer...
- Design, print and cut intricate wedding stationery.
- Cut and engrave all manner of wooden pieces including place setting names, signs and plaques etc.
- Engrave Glass gifts for the wedding party, including champagne flutes, whiskey glasses and pint glasses etc.
- Develop a range of personalised gifts and homeware including florals of course! ;)
The list of possibilities are endless.

Now of course, I'm not asking for your hard earned cash for nothing - that's not my style... I've put lots of time and effort into putting together a collection of thank you rewards for your financial support - think of it as just buying something from me really... There are various levels of financial support you can offer, Every little helps.
If you are unable to financially support, then a share on social media or with anyone planning a wedding or event who might be interested in the reward offers would be hugely appreciated.

If you'd like to check out more of my work or follow me you can find me by clicking these links..

Thank you options for pledging to support my goal are featured in the video, don't forget to click 'choose reward' to pledge through, or there's always the option of just pledging for warm fuzzy feeling that comes from donating to supporting a Momma and her dream for her small business ;)

Thank You for reading,

Laura x




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Valentines Rose pre-order

Pre-order for Valentines day, a beautifully wrapped red velvet rose with fresh foliage and a tag for your message. Includes delivery in time for valentines day - 14th Feb. a perfect little gift for your valentine or to surprise a much loved friend with

£5 or more

9 of 20 claimed

chalk bauble

Personalise a 70mm fun chalk heart or round bauble to pop on your tree. If you'd like more than 1 you'll need to choose this pledge multiple times. (includes chalk and delivery)

£8 or more

Set of 10 wooden place setting names

10 Laser cut wooden name place settings or favours including delivery. Cut from 3mm plywood and available in natural wood, silver or gold. If you have need 50 - you'd need to choose this pledge 5 times and we can then communicate via email etc for name list. (available from April 2019 Wedding dates onwards)

£10 or more

Festive mistletoe hanging swag

This Gorgeous real touch artificial swag features soft mistletoe berries and a little Christmas sparkle, hang it in the door way and pucker up! Twine bound stems measuring 35-40cm perfect for hanging. Pledge includes delivery.

£12 or more

10 x personalised engraved wood slice favour

10 x personalised laser engraved wood slices - perfect for place settings or favours. Approximately 2.5 inch diameter - please 'order' multiples of this pledge - includes delivery and I will be in touch to get name/personalisation requirements. (available for delivery from April 2019)

£20 or more

Floral filled Mason Jar trio

A trio of decorated and floral filled mason jars including some sparkle of course! colour choices - festive red, white and green - gold - silver perfect decor for your home or even to give as a gift. (includes delivery 2nd week of December)

£25 or more

Studio wreath making session

Come and join me in the studio at a time that suits for a mulled wine, minced pie and some festive wreath making - why not get a few of you together and come as a group? (£25 per person, date and time arranged to suit from 2/12/18) If you cant come to the studio I'd be more than happy to make something for you and deliver to your door (via courier)

£25 or more

35cm personalised floral hoop wreath

One of my gorgeous 35cm floral hoop wreaths with personalised center text - made to match your colour scheme - not just for Christmas either! (All Christmas themed hoops will be with you for the 2nd week of December. All others Jan 2019)

£35 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£50 worth of Hen party goodies

£50 worth of hen party goodies for just £35! BARGAIN! choose from - Gold 'I do crew' - Rose gold 'Team Bride' - cheeky fun and games ;) Includes games, dress up accessories, badges, hen party bags, tableware, temporary tattoos and photo props etc. Delivery from Jan 2019 onwards.

£55 or more

Giant 70cm floral hoop wreath

my super popular giant 70cm floral hoop wreaths can be personalised for any occasion, weddings, birthdays, baby showers and nursery decor. I will be in contact for personal colour and text requirements. (Christmas hoops will be fulfilled mid December - all others for the end of Jan 2019 - includes delivery)

£100 or more

£150 of my Floral Design for your Wedding/Event

Grab a bargain - £150 of my floral design services for just £100! I'm happy to work on any thing, Wedding, Birthday parties, Christenings etc - we'll work together to come up with something perfect for your event. *can also be used to cover date securing deposit for larger event payment plans - please contact me* (from Jan 2019)

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Hen Party flower workshop with fizz & nibbles

A perfect hen party experience, An afternoon of Flower fun and fizz. With my guidance make your own floral accessories floral crowns, bouquet/posies, button holes or corsarges *suitable for the Bride and up to 7 hens* *Time and Date to be arranged - from Jan 2019*

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