In The Days of Our Lives, we meet some fascinating and creative folk and take a look at what their typical day holds. Far from being about the mundane, it is a celebration of what it takes to juggle the day-to-day with big ideas, a successful business and a full home life. It’s about keeping all the balls in the air – what is important and what isn’t. It’s about (extra)ordinary moments that fill our every day.
This week I’d like to introduce you to Casey Bodycoat. She’s the clever gal from Tillda Flowers who created the beautiful blooms for our garden party. With a decisively urban aesthetic, she uses native plants, berries and vibrant colour combinations to create stunning floral statements for events, weddings and her corporate clients. And if that wasn’t enough to fill her days, Casey has also just launched subscription service where she delivers flowers to homes across Melbourne.
This is a day in Casey’s life…
Casey Bodycoat, Tillda Flowers
Alarm rings, I blink a few times to ensure I’m not dreaming and out I jump. Tiptoeing around the bedroom so I don’t wake Paul (chances are I knock something or bump into the door anyway) I head out the door with my high visibility vest on, the shopping list and banana in hand.
Arrive at the Melbourne Flower Market just in time for the opening of the gates, find a carpark, collect my trolley and off I go…
Once I have shopped, sourced and ordered all the beautiful flowers and foliages need for the week ahead, I load up the car and head home.
I love to walk around once I have ticked everything off my list and see what other unique and interesting things I can find for the following week’s orders.
Depart the market with the car packed to the brim with lush foliages, fragrant blooms, branches, vases and much more.
I like to stop off at the Victorian Market on the way home to pick up some goodies for the week. I have my usual mapped out routine, cheese, fresh pasta, fish, vegetables, bread and a cheeky croissant for Paul and I. Surprisingly the market is very peaceful at this time of the morning.
I arrive home and begin unpacking the car. I have numerous buckets ready for me to pop the blooms straight into.
By now I have a clear idea of the arrangements I will put together for my corporate clients during the day. I like to buy what is fresh at the time and then plan my designs from there. Most of the design thinking is configured whilst on my journey home.
I am so lucky to have a studio space at home which allows me to sit and enjoy a beautiful cooked breakfast before I continue on with my day. I kick start my day with a hot lemon for my metabolism, followed by a generous serving of sautéed mushrooms with sage, organic eggs, locally sourced rocket & my favourite Yarra Valley Persian Feta. I like to finish this off with some seasonal fruit.
Leave the studio to begin my corporate flower run.
I break for a small lunch generally with my partner Paul, if I can take him away from his busy day at work. The fresh pasta from the market is always a simple yet very satisfying lunch for us during the week.
Back to the studio to cover off admin. I quite like coming back to the computer to read a few blogs (Checks and Spots being one of those!) and looking over some inspiration for new ideas.
This time is always taken up with admin, emails and invoicing.
Begin flower preparation for Wednesday’s jobs. It is always nice to be organised for the day ahead as you never know when you will need to pop out for deliveries.
By now I am beginning to get very tired so I like to stroll up the street to pick up some locally grown fresh fruit from a gorgeous store, Clay. I have just acquired a taste for their fresh coconut. I always pick up a few snacks and a few things which I don’t really need!
I start to prepare dinner. Tuesday night is fish night at our house! The menu is fresh fish, seasonal greens or carrots with an accompanying salad.
I play netball on a Tuesday night so I like to get an early dinner in beforehand and prepare it all ready for Paul.
I head off to Netball for a few hours to unwind and let off some steam.
I find myself often pottering around the house aimlessly doing random chores which tend to take ages. I like to finish the day on a good note as leaving things for the next day will just frustrate me.
10.30pm – 11.00pm
I love to tuck into bed with a fresh mint tea in hand, finishing reading all my emails. As soon as this is done I am out like a light.
Giveaway :: Casey would like to gift three Melbourne-based readers a special delivery of seasonal blooms from her subscription service. To enter, visit the Checks and Spots Facebook page.