The last few weeks, I have been enjoying the wonderful holiday fruits from my The Fruit Company. When they asked me to share my tips on how to create a gorgeous fruit centerpiece, I jumped at the opportunity. Once upon a time, in a past life of mine, I owned a little flower shop. We… Read more.
Many of you have commented on the white branch that I have hanging on my living room wall. Yes, I am a bit of a Lord of the Rings fan and perhaps the white tree of Gondor inspired me to hang a small one on my wall. I found the original manzanita branch at a… Read more.
Of all of the paper flower I have designed so far, and as you know I have made many, I think this is my favorite. Can I say that? Will the peonies and dahlias feel slighted? These flowers are so happy and bright and will be my care free center pieces for my winter holiday… Read more.
Fall is all but here, and as a memory of spring I am sharing the full video tutorial on how to make these pretty dogwood branches. These blooming branches are easy to make by using paper covered floral wire for the branches and Italian crepe paper for each bloom. Though dogwood comes in shades of… Read more.
I am officially in love with paper succulents! These are so fun to make using a variety of card stock papers and my Cricut Explore cutting machine. Of course you can cut them by hand which would give an even more natural look, but I am a busy girl so this is a perfect cutting… Read more.
This last Christmas when I made my holiday tree decorated in all paper ornaments, I made some orbs that were covered in little paper circles. I kept seeing them as a very round paper pine cone and thought how cute it would be to make some in more of the cone shape. Pine cones are… Read more.
You can now view the third of my Paper Wedding Craft video series on Creativebug. This video is a full class on how to make a Dowton Abby inspired topiary. I show you how to make them using a simple terra cotta pot, copper tubing for the form and Carte Fini floral crepe paper for… Read more.
I do realize I posted a tutorial for a crepe paper rose last week, but I was inspired on one of my morning walks just the other day by this gorgeous rose that looked like a peony. I posted the photo of this rose on my Instagram asking if I should take it on as… Read more.
I do love orchids! I almost always have a plant in my home and you may remember my post almost a year ago about how to style a grocery store orchid plant and make it look like it came from a flower shop. You may also remember my paper orchid post where I used a… Read more.
When I owned my flower shop, many years ago, I would find myself cringing when my wholesalers would triple the price of roses for Valentine’s day. Thank you to Whole Foods for not playing this game. They are offering 20 lush free-trade roses for only $20. Wow! I picked out this package of peachy bliss… Read more.
This week I replaced my worn door mat with this fun DIY stenciled monogram centered inside of a silhouette of deer antlers. This seems perfect for my Pacific Northwest home as the days become wet and windy. I picked up the 24 x 35 inch natural fiber coir mat at Ikea and after searching for a… Read more.
This last weekend I volunteered to make three flower arrangements for my nieces graduation reception. I knew that I would want to recycle some of the gorgeous paper gardenias and the mix of plum, raspberry and mauve mums that I have saved from a guest post to coordinate with her plum graduation outfit. I gathered… Read more.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. Along with enjoying a yummy homemade brunch by my daughter, I had a very busy weekend working on home projects. One of the projects was to paint my terracotta pots with chalkboard paint for my herbs. You all know I am a big fan of the… Read more.
Last night I attend a flower design class and book signing offered by West Elm here is Portland. The Flower Recipe Book written by the magically creative owners of San Francisco’s Studio Choo, is a must buy for all of you DIY crafty people. This book is exactly what is says. . . a recipe… Read more.
I grew up in family of six crafters, makers, artists and growers. My parents always kept a large lush garden including fruit trees and berry bushes. I can still see my mom in the kitchen in the hot late-summer afternoons. The stove’s heat would be making the kitchen almost unbearable as she canned tomatoes and… Read more.
One of my favorite spring visual treats is seeing the trees pop into bloom. Outside of my living room window is a tree full of pink flowers and next door another dressed in white. Wanting to bring some of that visual joy into my new home I decided to make these tissue flower blooms and… Read more.
There is nothing better than the company of an old friend, and this week I am blessed. My dear friend Dasha and her beau are visiting from San Francisco so I am delighted that I get the opportunity to share the quirky and culinary delights of Portland. I met Dasha many years ago when she… Read more.
Yesterday, I was having brunch with a friend as we were bouncing around thoughts of what creative ideas to share here on my new blog. She tossed me the idea of inspiring people to personalize and enliven their work spaces, especially for those who work in corporate jobs spending 8 plus hours in a bland… Read more.