Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Typeface...Sun

Just in Time for Summer!!
Jonathan Adler Warm Alphabet Printed Jute Bucket Hat

Monday, May 27, 2013

a little glitter to start your week....

A little Summer SPARKLE for Ladies AND Little Girls....
Girls Glitter Flat Sandals at Zara
and
Womens Glitter Flats at Zara

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Weekend!!!

Image Vogue Es

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

Yesterday the Monster and I hopped on over to our local nursery to pick up some very yummy veggies to plant in our garden.

With rain in our forcast for the next few days, I was a bit disappointed and worried that we might not be able to get them in on time..

However...
Today someone was definitely looking out for me..
The rain magically stopped and the sky became blue so I quickly hung up the paintbrush, jumped into my boots and sprung outside to plant the garden...

Planting a garden is certainly humbling to these old bones...
But they are all nestled and snug in their beds
so all we need to do is wait...

But a gardeners job is never done..
On to the cutting garden and the millions and trillions of pots...

Be Safe, Plant a Garden and Have a Great Weekend!!
 


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Seeds and Stamps...

Certainly one design element that often gets forgotten when creating wedding invitations is the stamp...
Those who are not looking for pricey custom or vintage ones
are left to the mercy of the United States Postal Service...
Sadly the array of .64 cent stamps is exactly that..
SAD...

But this year my lovelies..
This year I could honestly design an entire suite around these FABULOUS vintage seed packet stamps...

Ok..maybe I'm a little biased as they are
some of my favorites colors
and
possibly perhaps
that
90% of them are either growing or soon to be growing in my garden.

Can you imagine how lovely this garden wedding would be? 

Brides & Grooms..
I would be running on over to USPS before they all get picked! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Weekend!!

Image by Parker Fitzgerald Florals by Amy Merrick

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

I know it's the month of May..
But..
Today felt a little like Christmas...

A very special package arrived on my doorstep this morning....
Image by Chocolate Creative Design

For all my followers...
You definitely know by now that I am obsessed with gardening...
Normally, I buy ALL my flowers and vegetables for planting at our local garden center...
But this year..
This year is different....

White Flower Farm is still considered local as it's based in Connecticut..
But..
It's like buying a pair of Louboutins.. 
In my case..
only for special occasions..

Ok Ok Ok...
I'll tell you what's in the box...
Only THE finest, THE most glorious and THE most beautiful dozen Dahlia tubers one has ever seen...

You see...
besides My loveliest of Ladies,
(image by Adeline and Grace)
 There are 3 other floral designers whose work I greatly admire...

(obsessed with her blog)

and
 So what is it about these 4 extremely talented women that has inspired me so??

Well..
They all share the same style...
They all LOVE Dahlias...
Maybe they too wasted countless hours viewing a gazillion slides in numerous Art History classes only to be inspired by the Dutch Masters...
Perhaps...

But I have to say...
There are 3 even lovelier ladies who were creating arrangements within the same genre WAY before the previous ladies were even a thought in the universe...

The Ladies of the Big House on Island Farm...
Image by Chocolate Creative Design

I wrote a POST about them last September regarding their dedication and cultivation of the Dahlias in the garden...
But I really didn't describe to you what wonderfully talented floral designers they all are...

If one is lucky enough to walk into the Big House during the summer, you will be immediately greeted with the most divine works of art..

Dahlias, honeysuckle, dill flowers, sweet peas, berries, roses and numerous other floral & fauna meticulously gathered from the Island gently sway and dance from vintage copper and iron frogs in breathtaking pewter compotes.

They had me at hello...
I was hooked by their magical abilities...

They allowed me to watch...
To take in their secrets...

In fact...at a mere 11 months..
They allowed the Monster to have his first gardening experience..
THE planting of the Dahlia tubers in May...

Crawling through the freshly plowed garden and covered from head to toe in dirt he found joy in the empty dahlia barrel from where they overwintered...
Nervous that I had now maybe ruined my chances at learning their secrets...
Fear covered my face...
But...
Giggles emerged...
Lots of giggles....
He may not have been baptised in a church...
but he was most certainly baptised in the garden at the Island...

So now...
In just one short week...
we will be planting our own dahlias...
we will be arranging our own dutch inspired creations...
and
we will be carrying on the traditions of the Ladies of the Island..

Be Safe, Plant a Garden and Have a Great Weekend!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Cupcake a Day Keeps the Blues Away....


A cupcake a day for EVERY day of the Month???
Are you kidding me?
This is definitely not going to help swimsuit season...
BUT
I do have a HUGE soft spot for them...
The Monster dances when he sees them
 and
it they just so happened to be the Tall One and I's wedding cake...

Wouldn't it be AMAZING to offer 31 flavors at a birthday party or a wedding?

But..
If you had to choose just one...
What would it be?

Cupcake a Day for Every Day of the Month
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