Monday, April 18, 2016

The Great Escape

The wonderful world of designing flowers is that for a short time you can escape into the lush petals and soft feathery foliage of your design. A world with no rules or boundaries. A world with no judgement or criticism. A world only with the hues of your heart. A place where you can dive into the middle of a tulip and dance on its pistil, paint with its pollen. Your mind can swim through the tissue like petals of a sea of ranunculus. Swimming so fast that the feeling is of little fingers caressing over your face. In this short time the escape to different worlds depend on the composition of your next design and your imagination. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Blushing Easter Eggs

 I made it super simple this year with only having two cups of dye. Three drops of red food coloring for one and seven red drops for the other creating this wonderful palette from blush pink to a bright watermelon color. Using a simple gold metallic marker I drew dots, stripes, arrows, banners, a face, a paper airplane whizzing around, spots, scales, cheetah print and a feather. This pretty eclectic variety of drawings and patterns makes for the most interesting Easter Eggs.

Thimble Succulent Planters

These itty bitty succulents are planted in sewing thimbles. Why? Because what else are you supposed to plant teeny tiny echeveria in?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Life Moves Pretty Fast

Life Moves Pretty Fast if you don't stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it.
- Ferris Bueller

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Summer's Fading

When the seasons change from summer to fall, most of us feel sad that summer's ending.  Some people are excited to get the kids back to school and watch the leaves fall. I think all of us love the sweater weather, bundling up to keep warm and cozy. A chill in the air and the smell of campfires comfort us knowing winter and snow is not far off. However if you live on the west coast of California you know that it doesn't get nearly as cold as the east coast. California bears some of the most beautiful end of summer flowers I have ever had the privilege to experience. This design was created in a gorgeous turquoise blue glass pedestal bowl that I acquired at a local antique store. I foraged some blooms and paired with locally grown blooms from the wholesaler. The beautiful green and deep plum pokeweed is from the escondido area, the white garden roses are foraged from Oceanside, the pink oat grass was clipped from Valley Center and the brilliant coleus I had growing in pots in my backyard in Historic Vista. The remaining flowers are lisianthks in a deep shade of purple, peach gladiolus blooms, Juliet garden roses, coral stock, Rosita vendela roses and Pink Floyd roses.