Wishing you a very Merry Christmas


Pine cones, ponsettia, Christmas roses, Nordic spruce, cinnamon, oranges, stars, and spice, these are a few of my favourite things (and just a small selection of the ingredients which can be added to a Christmas wreath).

After my holiday in November, and a really interesting visit to Flora Holland (the Dutch flower auction house) it’s been a busy month leading up to Christmas, and as you might expect, I’ve been mostly making Christmas rings (or wreaths) for local customers to adorn their front doors for the festive season. Just a short trip wandering around your local town and you’ll see such a huge variety of these traditional ‘welcome’ rings decorating most front doors in the neighbourhood: some shop-bought, of course, some home-made – and there are some excellent home-crafted examples out there – and others with that extra special something, no doubt deftly assembled by a skilful artisan florist…

I’m still taking orders, by the way, until Wednesday 21st December  🙂

I love it when my customers give me free reign to incorporate unusual plant materials and make the most of my creativity. This season, so far, I’ve been able to include many things, from the traditional, like apple rings, limes, acorns, star anise, holly, berries, to the more unusual, like dewy spider-web strands or shiny buttons to add a pop of colour.

The traditional designs have been especially popular this year, so it’s worth pondering what it all means. The word ‘wreath’ stems from the Middle English word “wrethe” meaning a twisted band or a garland of leaves or flowers, so, like most of our modern Christmas traditions, the Christmas ring is a ‘weaving together’ of ideas and traditions from pagan, Roman, and modern Christian times.

In the pagan tradition, these winter decorations brought natural living evergreen materials into the home at a bleak time of year to show the promise of spring to come. Historians report that the Romans gave each other holly wreaths as gifts, and British Romans often displayed them on doors as a sign of status or victory. By Christian times, weaving evergreens together comes to represent eternal growth and the everlasting circle of life brought through the birth of Jesus, and the circular shape signifies God, a being without beginning or end.

Put it all together and you have a tradition which goes back centuries, one which blends past cultures and diverse religious ideas into one symbolic design. How better to sum up the spirit of Christmas than to pin to your front door a decoration which smells lovely, looks pretty, and remains as charming and popular as ever today?

On which note, I must get back to making some more – and sign off until the New Year. Meanwhile, I would like to wish all my customers and friends,

‘Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!’

Professional development


The U.S election result has been a stark reminder of how rapidly change can happen, bringing with it knock-on effects for all of us. So, as early winter can be one of my more quiet times, I’ve been thinking this month about my business in the wider context. Whatever line of work you do these days, a rapidly changing and competitive world means it really does pay to try to stay ahead of your game. The best way I’ve found to do that is through continuing professional development. This has been CPD month.

Technically, it all started at the end of October when I went to a workshop which explored ways of working with ribbon, following on with attendance at Fleurex, The Annual Floral Fair for today’s Professional Florist at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth. I was particularly interested in watching two outstanding demonstrations, one by Laura Leong (who I have mentioned here before) and the other by Annette von Eimen. Wonderful work. The British Florist Association, who organised the event, has posted one of Annette’s displays on Facebook, so if you would like to see a florist working really fast with flowers, have a look here. 

If someone had told me when I left school how many more qualifications, workshops and CPD events lay ahead of me in my lifetime, I wouldn’t have believed them. But I’ve been lucky enough to have had a varied and interesting career path so I’ve taken part in plenty of fascinating, enriching, challenging, difficult, frustrating, and fabulous professional development events, which have all added up to bring me to the point I’m at today – running my own floral design business and loving it.

When you’re working for yourself the demand to create fresh business and meet orders is always there, on the calendar, right in front of you, and it might seem tempting to put CPD on ‘the back burner’, especially when you are building the business, but I’ve found that CPD activity goes hand in hand with those other vital parts of the business cycle.

Attending courses and professional events away from the hub of your SME cave can feel like a luxury but as much as technology is altering the way we do business (yes, even in floristry) it can also help save on costs by bringing CPD to your desktop. The growth of online forums, social media, webinars and e-newsletters all make it easier to take part in training, even from home.

That said, I do like to get out and about, so my final CPD for 2016 was a trip to a special workshop on floral ‘mechanics’ with Laura Leong. I returned with a box of interesting structural items in autumn and winter colours to inspire a variety of glittery, light-reflecting creations perfect for winter work.

As to be expected in November, there are fewer weddings at this time of year, but I will mention one commission from last month I particularly enjoyed. The bouquet for the couple is featured at the top of the page. As you can see, the bride and I settled on an arrangement suited both to the season and to the couple’s choice of venue, Knightor Winery, with its wild winter garden and Cornish granite outbuildings and barns. That combination allowed me to use those freshly honed CPD skills and draw on recent inspiration for ways of mixing beautiful winter textures and colours.

Lastly, before we start to prepare for Christmas, I’d like to say thank you to all the brides and grooms who voted for me in the Simply Wedding awards. I didn’t win, but I really appreciate all the support that made me a finalist. Thank you!

Honour and remembrance


Did you know, the Gladiolus is the flower of the month for August?

If you pass cottage gardens on your travels you’ll spot why, as these tall elegant spikes – often known as sword flowers or sword lilies (from the Latin for sword, gladius, like gladiator) – are in full flower at the moment. Gladioli come in a range of lovely colours from acid pinks and yellows to soft pastel shades, often planted at the backs of borders for structure and impact, they make a beautiful display in summer. They are particularly popular as cut flowers, long-lasting, and continue to open down the spike whilst in the vase. I love them.

In the language of flowers, gladioli stand for honour and remembrance (more of which later) and strength of character, faithfulness, sincerity, integrity and determination.  So I’ll start with honour. I’ve been lucky enough this month to have been honoured in a couple of ways. Firstly, I had a glowing testimonial full of kind words for my work as a result of a collaboration at Boconnoc with renowned event planner, Simon Nickell.

Secondly, I’ve also been nominated for a Simply Wedding Award! The nomination came out of the blue, one or more of ‘my’ brides or grooms must have nominated me for their  wedding flowers, so I’d like to say a general thank you to whoever it was. Previous Brides and Grooms from 2015/16 only can vote for a business and voting opens on September 1st, so I’ll be posting this again, no doubt, and keeping my fingers crossed for the result.

Thirdly, another recent honour, my flowers on the front cover of Pure Weddings magazine! My bouquet sits in the centre of a colourful feature on ‘The Gypsy Bride’. The bride is seated on an old folk-art decorated caravan wearing a Romany style wedding dress – really pretty and unusual. This was a team effort*, great fun to be part of, and I’m still excited to see the picture made the front page.

Lastly, though, I must just make a short mention of remembrance – at home we lost two of our dogs this month to heart cough, my dog, Buster, and my son’s dog, Neo, my dog’s father, both at a young age. Pets become like one of the family and because they have such a short life-span compared to humans, they can make us mindful of mortality and the cycle of life. This too, of course, is part of my work. I’m reminded of another honour here, that it is a special role to be asked to create personalised memorial flowers for clients who have lost a loved one and thereby to play a small part in the passing ceremony.

To end on a brighter note, again in honour of the vivid and cheerful gladioli, all in all, August has been a busy month. I’ve been able to add some fresh pictures to my Wedding Gallery include some very positive feedback to my portfolio, and have two weddings coming up this weekend. Every Saturday until the end of September, I will be busy with wedding flowers to finish and deliver, and meanwhile, my workshop is in the process of being transformed, more of which next month…


*’The Gypsy Bride’ team credits
Photography, Julia Mcintosh, juliamcintoshphotography.com
Dresses, Christine Trewinnard Couture
Make up artist, Sally Orchard
Hair, Claire Pascoe, number8hairdressing.com
Flowers, Floral Creations St Austell
Jewellery, gemheaven jewellery
Location, Outlandish Holidays

What a mixed month


The EU Referendum, Boris Johnson’s battle bus, the Jeremy Corbyn leadership challenge, the football, our politicians, terrorism abroad, Team GB … meanwhile a person is trying to keep calm and carry on with her flowers!

June running into July this year has been mad, hasn’t it?

Small businesses like mine are little boats afloat on a wide sea and always subject to the tides of fortune, but a small to medium sized enterprise is a bit like a coracle (and versions like it the world over), watertight, lightweight, low running costs, and easy to steer. In other words, in among a sea of change, small can alter course easily and respond quickly to new situations.

Meanwhile life goes on, births, deaths and marriages continue and the people caught up in these eternal journeys are still ordering flowers to mark the occasion, so in many ways, it’s business as usual. In terms of changes, yes, the price of flowers has gone up as the exchange rate has affected the power of the pound against the euro, but there are still so many unknowns, I’m not allowing this to affect the day-to-day. We’re the same as every other industry waiting to see what happens. Transport costs may rise, we just don’t know at this point in time.

So I shall carry on fulfilling orders (referrals by word of mouth are up, which is great news!), continue with my usual promotional activities, learning important lessons from experience as I go along. Advertising is expensive and the results uncertain, so now that my business is moving into the next stage of the cycle, I will probably scale that aspect of my marketing back, good sense tells me it is always the first thing to go. For example, wedding fayres are fun, and help get the business name out there, but it is hard to say how many ‘stop and chats’ turn into commissions. Photo-shoots, likewise, great fun and good for the profile (some beautiful pictures too, as you can see over on my gallery here), but most of my local clients seem to come by word of mouth.

Skills workshops, however, are worth every penny, as keeping one’s skills honed and learning new techniques is really how to win repeat and referral business. This weekend of the 24th & 25th July, I attended one such event with Simon Nickell Designs at Boconnoc Estate. Wonderful. The team of which I was part made the wedding arch for the church entrance.  It’s amazing being part of a large event like this with a top notch wedding planner involved. What an incredible result – have a look, it’s on my weddings page here.

And for out-of-county contacts, I have to say, my website is working well. Cornwall is a great location for celebrations and people only need to do a quick Google and a few clicks from there to find flowers for the occasion courtesy of Floralcreations St Austell.

Anyway, if you are in need of a moment of calm in this stormy summer sea, have a look at some of the latest styles and colours in floral design (always works wonders for me!) from the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, during which was hosted ‘Florist of the Year’.  The results of the awards are already up on the RHS website here, and they are full of colourful and innovative surprises.

Beautiful Cornwall


This is the season for flower shows, first The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show and then, closer to home, The Royal Cornwall Flower Show.

I’ve been lucky enough to squeeze attendance at both these two important flower shows into my busy schedule this year. I say important, because as a floral designer, visiting flower shows ticks a few boxes for me: professional profile (I get out and about and plenty of chances for good chats with other professionals, potential clients, and suppliers); industry insider tips (lots of great design/materials ideas to take back to my workshop for upcoming commissions, weddings, and formal displays); personal pleasure (last, but not least, because I just love flowers!).

So how were they? Well, Chelsea was spectacular, always inspiring, amazing, a phenomenon really, but if I am perfectly honest, the stress of getting to the venue, the time it takes to gain entry and the sheer physical slog of going round with the throng has to be set against that. I loved the work on display (what I could see of it) but this year the sheer numbers of people present were off putting. There was an amount of pushing and shoving, straining forward to see the stunners and the winners, and for me, ‘elbows out ladies’ goes against the whole idea of what flowers and gardens should ideally be about – harmony, balance, relaxation. Flowers and floral design  should bring sensory delights – colours, smells, textures – and also elements which are spiritually uplifting. This year, at Chelsea that was not so easy to find.

Royal Cornwall, however, was as ever, a delight. As the website says, Royal Cornwall’s event is:

A flower show that prides itself on a well-earned reputation for being one of the country’s best. It attracts trade exhibitors from far and near and they compete with each other to mount the finest displays.

And once into the whole event, it’s free. I’d recommend going, every time.

I had a great day looking round, and the flowers were excellent, really stunning. For my competition entries, I had two good results overall: a second prize and a ‘Highly Commended’ in the imposed class. For this last challenge, a race against the clock, they say working under pressure can bring out your best qualities… although it never feels like it at the time.

Reading that paragraph above back, I think my perspective on those shows boils down to the fact that Cornwall is such a great place to live, the pace and quality of life here are just hard to beat. I love going on trips ‘up country’, London even, but at the end of the day, I love good old Kernow and all it has to offer, more. I love the lifestyle, the views, the coast, the mild climate (most of the time), the unspoiled areas, the sub-tropical flora, the list goes on. Cornwall is such a fantastic venue for weddings, for anyone out-of-county looking for a truly beautiful and magical location, Cornwall is so unique and memorable, it has some wonderful spots, and if you have the right contacts (like yours truly :), you can find the same tip-top professional services in this  county as anywhere else, the only difference is, you will be happier with what’s left in your pocket.

Case in point, I have just had a booking for a wedding next year at Cornish Tipi in St Kew, “the closest you can get to an outside wedding in the UK”. With such beautiful wild woods, woodland streams, a wood, willow and canvas Pavilion, tented spaces, tree arbours, fire pits, charming outdoor accommodation in Tipis, where else could you find a lovely location like this, except Cornwall?

Further on this local theme, it gave me great pleasure this month to install my first  church flowers – either side of the altar at the chapel of Carclaze Methodist Church. It was the Sunday School Anniversary that day and as it so happened also the Anniversary of the date of the first Chapel ever opening. That morning a special anniversary service was planned and the flowers were there to add an especially colourful celebratory touch.  

Also on a local note, LOCAL FLOWERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Sorry about the capitals, not meaning to be shouty and all that, but last week was British Flowers Week, and not only did the event make it to Countryfile, (read all about it here) I just had to announce that this also marks the key week for the plentiful availability of local flowers here in Cornwall. Locally grown flowers are fresh, sustainable (no air miles), great for the local economy, beautiful, traditional, and, more importantly, affordable – so get some while you can.

And finally, if you’re interested in seeing some more pretty pictures of weddings in Beautiful Cornwall, look out for Floral Creations St Austell’s contribution to the photo shoot with Jules Mackintosh in the upcoming July issue of Pure Weddings.

Vintage and modern, sunshine and rain, a proper March mix


Spring is in the air and once again it’s a busy time with floristry workshops, weddings, consultations, and wedding fayres packing out my diary.

The first of these was the Big Wed Meetup for some networking with other professionals in the wedding field, then a trip to Bristol for a special skills workshop with renowned floral designer Sabine Darrall. Sabine’s courses aim to bridge

the gap between a traditional college course and the practical industry knowledge needed to survive in today’s changing floral world… classes are small and friendly with lots of individual attention” 

I find these workshops ideal for extending specialist techniques and the new discoveries always feed back into my work keeping styles current and fresh. The venue was The Forge in Bristol, a new shared workspace for creative professionals and freelancers. The open, light space was perfect for our purposes, and the modern industrial feel of the building provided an interesting backdrop for the colours and softness of the flowers on the day.

On from there, I attended a workshop with Jane Cowling from Eden Florist in Taunton, Somerset, which was another contrast again, with commercial and practical common sense industry tips and the flair of a Level 5 Master Florist with that rural ‘Eden Florist’ house style. The mixture of ideas from both workshops were fantastic top-ups to take home.

Back to earth, I’m planning three weddings, one at the Headland Hotel, one at Alverton Manor, and another at The Knightor at the end of the month. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the weather for each of these three lovely couples, but the good thing about folk who choose spring weddings is, not only do they have a wonderful choice of fresh flowers, but also (my observation) couples who marry at this time of year seem to be well prepared for sunshine or rain!

This Sunday, I have a stand booked at a wedding fete at Ta Mill, in Launceston, so if you’re Westcountry based and shopping for your wedding, come and say hello and browse of some of my designs.

Sunday 20-03-16 at Ta Mill, St Clether,

Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8PS, (11am to 3pm)

Last up, for heritage venue hunters, this Saturday and Sunday, 19th & 20th March, there’s an open weekend at the newly renovated and restored Trenance Cottages, Newquay. The Grade II listed buildings, including parts dating back to 1800, with themed decor, allow guests to ‘step back in time to experience the way our Cornish ancestors lived‘ for a vivid vintage experience, and if you are looking for vintage themed wedding, this charming new venue also holds a wedding licence.

I will be leaving flowers for the display there – in milk churns provided by Kelly’s Sweet Treats. Pictures to follow….





photo courtesy of 'Have Light Will Shoot Photography'

Following on from my last post, I’ll start with a behind-the-scenes peek at a professional Masterclass which I attended last month.

Taught by celebrity florist Joe Massie at The UK School of Floristry in Liverpool, this three day masterclass was a fantastic experience in extending and developing delegates’ floristry skills in wedding creations. I was one of ten students set to work on a variety of ‘beautiful bouquets, table centres, arches, chandeliers and more’, like this floral headband above (one of mine from Day 2, picture courtesy of Have Light Will Shoot Photography).

For anyone who would like to build confidence in structuring big floral creations, this workshop is the one for going large. Joe was an attentive tutor, the materials were beautiful, a delight to work with, and the smallest query was given careful attention. I, for one, absorbed some inspiring new techniques which I know will carry over into my wedding work this spring and beyond.

On which subject, my diary is filling up fast. The next event for me is The Big Wed Meetup in St Ives on March 4th, which is a business to business networking event for professionals and suppliers in the wedding industry. Not only are these days important for getting out and about and meeting other folk in a similar line of work, easing some of the pressures of being a sole trader, but they are brilliant for picking up fresh ideas and making new contacts.

Following that, later in the month, I have a stand booked at a wedding fete at an exciting new venue, so if you’re planning a wedding this year, do come along with your queries and questions. Come and say hello for an idle (inspirational) browse of some of my designs.

Sunday 20-03-16 at Ta Mill, St Clether, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8PS, (11am to 3pm)

Here’s what Dream Weddings Magazine says about it:

Ta Mill’s Wedding Fete is a beautifully romantic, wildly wonderful and effortlessly fun wedding event which will be sure to captivate and inspire bride and grooms-to-be. Think barefoot bride, outdoor festival weddings, picnic receptions and secret garden locations. Wander around this secluded, rural, hideaway meeting a host of hand-picked suppliers will be on hand to talk through what you might need for your big day.

Hope to see you there!


Season’s Greetings

Happy Christmas one and all!The run-up to Christmas is a busy time for anyone, but in my line of work, what with the seasonal demand for festive decorations for office parties and private homes, making Christmas wreaths to order, and all the careful preparations for Christmas & New Year weddings, there’s scarcely time to draw breath let alone blog, but it gives me an excuse to sit down for a bit!

First of all, the arrangement featured here is a case in point – I made it back in early November when I started preparing for Christmas by attending a specially  themed workshop with RHS Gold medallist Tracey Griffin. It was a fun day with plenty of inspiration for the festivities to come and some excellent tips for on-trend colours and styles and seasonal materials. Natural and seasonal plant materials have such lovely textures, I like to use them whenever I can.

Next up, an opportunity to get out of my workshop and mingle with some other creatives at a photoshoot for the December issue of ‘Vintage Life Magazine‘. I love these events, they’re hard work, but the end results are worth it. You can’t beat the way the professionals present all the elements of a wedding in the best light, and this shoot was particularly fun, as it was 1940’s vintage-themed with echoes of the age of steam-train travel, on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Some of the photographs are over on my Facebook page, but if you want to see the whole shoot, you’ll have to buy the magazine!

Two other very different projects I was involved with this month were with Kernow Dream Photography at The Greenbank Hotel, and Enchanted Brides. Such events draw the best suppliers from all over the county. I was delighted to see a plus-sized model for a change, showcasing the new range from Brides to Be of Falmouth

Mid-month, I squeezed in a bit of ‘me time’ with a lovely (again Christmassy themed) workshop with Jonathan Moseley, the expert floral judge on BBC2’s ‘The Big Allotment Challenge. I love the way Jonathan’s celebrity status has brought floral design into the spotlight in the last few years. He’s living proof of the difference it makes when there is a professional florist involved which helps to improve our industry standards and reputation.

On which note, and not wishing to blow my own trumpet… but lastly, to top the month off, this morning I had a letter enclosing an invitation to exhibit at The Royal Cornwall Show 2016 and setting out the themes and requirements for the different displays. There are some really challenging constraints and inspiring themes. Roll on 2016. Can’t wait!

So, as we say goodbye to 2015, here’s wishing all my customers and suppliers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Flowers across the world

Outside the French Embassy in LondonI wanted to start with this picture – the display is not one of mine, but one of the floral tributes laid outside the French Embassy in London last week.

This beautiful arrangement of white lilies with the red, white and blue tricolor ribbon, simply placed on the stone steps against the backdrop of all the terrible news and commentary, says so much about those recent tragic events. It reminds me that although context and timing are everything, a floral gift is such a strong but gentle way of sending a message.

A good florist is called upon to bring skills and imagination to all occasions, good or bad. Our abilities to create stunning displays for important moments, such as world faith festivals, like Christmas and Hannukah, are another example, and like any professional, we love to gain industry standard recognition for the gentle arts of our trade. So last weekend I was excited to follow the fortunes of some my florist friends competing for the title of Chelsea Florist of the Year 2017. Tina Parkes and Caroline Crabb did especially well with very high scores.

The first heat was in the South West in Bath and there will be further heats with another held in Birmingham next month, and a couple more more in the New Year. Another category of competition that has just taken place was called ‘World Skills’ and this month, the title for the theme was ‘The Festival of Lights’, or Diwali.

November has been a busy month so far, following up on booked consultations from the season’s wedding fayres as next year’s brides start planning their Big Day for 2016. The last fayre this year is on the 29th November at Carnglaze Caverns, Liskeard so if you’re a b2b (bride-to-be) and want some inspiration to keep you going over the winter quarter, do come along, these events have a lovely buzz, free samples, and they’re great for ideas and contacts.

On my own networking front, I attended The Cornwall Wed Meet Up at Alverton Manor in Truro, recently. Not only did this showcase a beautiful wedding venue, two of the key note speeches were just up my street, ‘Becoming Self-Employed & Staying Sane!’ by Kirsten Butler, and ‘Digital trends affecting the wedding industry’ by Tina Reading. Plenty of food for thought, thank you, both.

Upcoming, watch this space. I’ve just heard that some of the photos of my floral work from a wedding shoot earlier in November will be appearing in Vintage Life magazine next week. I can’t wait to see which ones they’ve chosen. Vintage Life has everything for the followers of this fashionable trend, from vintage-style 1950’s themed day trips, to whole weddings decked out in Downton Abbey style  clothes and accessories. The photo shoots are hard work, but they always result in some fantastic marketing materials. The professional photographers I’ve worked with are so talented at showing wedding flowers (and cars and clothes and hair!) to their best advantage, they give new brides a truly glamorous glimpse of what can be done on the day.

Autumn round-up

gentle autumn colours

Where did summer go? I was so busy with weddings, suddenly it was September (I remember the glorious weather) and – whoosh! – now the chilly nights are here. 

In between the late summer/early autumn weddings I squeezed in a workshop with Tom Hodges who decorated the Chapel at [email protected] I love practising the floral arts and this was a good day, I learnt some brilliant new tricks and tips.

Next up was ‘The Most Curious Wedding Fayre’ at Pengenna Manor. Deep in the Cornish countryside, near the Camel estuary, Pengenna is a fabulous wedding venue all year round, and the perfect place for this gathering of beautiful, quirky and slightly different wedding suppliers.  Later in the month, I followed this with a stand at the Atlantic Hotel Wedding Fayre in Newquay, a regular show which I have attended before, and which always draws a crowd. As a result, my diary for next year is filling fast following plenty of new consultations with brides and mothers-to-be.

Meanwhile, it’s important for me to balance promotional activity with keeping my floral skills up to date, so in early October I booked myself in on a fantastic workshop with the internationally recognised Master Florist Gregor Lersch learning more artful techniques and ingenious tips to pass into my work and onto my customers. I was pleased with the end result that day, a lovely wired structure with an autumn feel.

Coming up: a Wedding Fayre this Sunday at the beautiful Headland Hotel, Newquay and on the Monday I am away on a residential course for a few days at Brunel Manor Torquay in a workshop titled, ‘Autumn Rose’.

At this time of year, I like to make sure Floral Creations St Austell has a presence at the major wedding fayres, garnering plenty of new business for 2016. So, as soon as I’m back from Devon, you’ll find me at The Carnmarth Hotel in Newquay for another bridal event on Sunday 25th October. 

Then before you know it, it will be Halloween, and I’ll be filling orders for floral designs to decorate all the parties and seasonal events leading up to Christmas…

I can’t go without a small note of pride. One of my brides just posted a review of my wedding work on her event earlier in October.

…. there are no words to thank you enough for what you did. The flowers were absolutely fantastic and lasted for so long!!! With professionalism and patience you put my worries aside when I started freaking out. You adapted to what I wanted and made it 10 times better!! I will totally recommend you without hesitation!