Friday, September 10, 2010

baby bear sandwich

i mean, it just doesn't get any cuter.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Oh, yes. Tell it sister!

Below are the words of Emerson Merrick. She is so funny. I love her blog and she works for one of my most favorites, Saipua.

This summer at Elmwood, I almost lost interest in cutting flowers from the garden. I normally march, clippers in hand, through the fields within my first hour of arriving. This year I abstained from clippers for almost a week. I think I needed a vacation from flowers, if you can imagine.

The rigors florist-ing for a living are surprisingly intense. It's physically demanding, emotionally exhausting, stressful and sweaty. Before I started working at Saipua, I assumed flower shop life meant wearing vintage dresses and thoughtfully placing flowers in vases. No ma'am.

It's more like schlepping huge bales of tree branches, hernia inducing glass vases filled with water and covered in condensation, rose thorns and sharp clippers, long days and early, early mornings. Weekend after weekend, from April till October. That is to say, it isn't for the faint of heart.

(Plus gorgeous flowers, an awesome and funny boss, darling assistants, free coffee whenever I want, lots of romantic dudes poking around and hello, the opportunity to create something with my own two hands that brings people undiluted happiness, day after day after day....)

So basically, the sore feet are easily outweighed a million to one. *see, ahem, footnote.

A few days before I had to go back to the city I got my flower mojo back. I just walked around in a trance of New Hampshire happiness, arms full of weeds and flowers, for hours. I filled a house's worth of mason jars and jugs and pitchers, gathered blousy bouquets and whipped up flower crowns with wild clematis vines and garden roses. I went flower crazy and it felt so good.

*That being said, do not attempt to break in clogs during a 13 hour day of arranging. You will not be able to walk without pain for the rest of your natural life.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010



pretty much the cutest... andiamo, tesoro!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


i got to help camille on this beautiful wedding last october. that bridal bouquet was just drop dead gorgeous. the colors are so rich and romantic: black, burgundy, blush, creams, and mossy green. love love love...

oh, the hilarity that ensued whilst stringing those ribbons for the ceremony. chucking bolts of ribbon into 500 foot tall sycamore and pine trees for a good part of an afternoon=lots of belly laughs, sore shoulders, looking like complete dorks, and great memories. i love my job.

planner: rebecca stone at Duet Weddings
venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
photographer: Amanda Bevington

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

l'animal dans la decoration

m.p. verneuil

ornament and pattern: pre-victorian to art deco- via design sponge, fromthe new york public library digital gallery. beautiful beautiful stuff...

Monday, March 15, 2010

black wedding gown!?!? yes, please!

this dress!!!! it's rocking my world. gorgeous. and the! jose doesn't disappoint.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

a wise man once said...

*an amazing author who will be missed

Saturday, March 13, 2010

spring lovelies

pussy willow~lichen branches~ fever few~bella donna delphinium~hydrangea~aeoniums

*le sigh, spring flowers... all fuzzy and pastel and lovely

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

dreamy aussie wedding

these wedding shots are so lovely, and i love the blog. so sweet and charming.... reading it certainly sparks a longing to visit australia... someday. hopefully sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

wanderlust amsterdam

these images are so romantic. i've never lived a snowy winter, and now the thought is tugging at my heart strings. curled up in a warm wool blanket, wearing beautiful coats, tights and boots, riding a bike all over the city, frosty breath, and snowflaked eyelashes ... i'm certainly swooning, but not complaining about a sunny 76 degree day and a walk on the beach here in ca. i've been lucky enough to experience that which is wonderful amsterdam twice, and i'm completely in love. it is a uniquely beautiful amazing city. great design, gorgeous architecture, fabulous museums, international food, yummy beer, FLOWERS!!! what else could a girl ask for?!

*shout out to my home girl joey livin the A-dam life. i'm jealous :) xo

Monday, February 15, 2010

teddy bear? oh hell no

this girl's posts are so fun to read. her wit and writing style make me giggle out loud everytime. AND she makes the most beautiful floral creations(ie the ones above).
* go here for more of her stuff.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

words of wisdom

we are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
the trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let
the beautiful stuff out.
-r. bradbury

* so eloquently put...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

oh, february how cruel thou art

i don't know what it is about this month. it stinks!!!!! for the past six years it has stunk up this girl's life anyway. i've never been a big valentine's day fan and maybe it is cupid's curse upon me, but this february has been epically, spectacularly, entirely shitsville. one for the history books... march 13th will be eagerly awaited, and looked forward to like never before.
in the mean time the doctor has prescribed pearl jam turned up to 11, blaring the smiths, radiohead, tegan and sara, damien rice, a little quiet joni mitchell, a karaoke dance party of one to the ting tings, and a healthy dose of chocolate.
count down to the the renaissance of my life sans ball n chain... t-minus 27 days

in the mean time some lovely snaps of studio choo's. oh, how i've felt like lil' boy all week. and btw break-ups suck.

Monday, February 8, 2010

knitting is knotty

got me some new knitting needles. fun! i love em. they're japanese bamboo, and so fly!

Friday, February 5, 2010

lil sumthin

copper cymbidiums. nasturtiums. mini callas. geranium

Thursday, February 4, 2010

cool cottage

summerland is one funky little beach town, and this might be my favorite little cottage among many. part residence... part art installation... part heap o' stuff <3

p.s. and how pretty is this bearded iris??