Saturday, September 13, 2014

And we're back from Virginia! Would you like to see a little bit of my mom's wedding? I wasn't going to share a lot because I feel that it was a very intimate and heartfelt experience and sometimes I like to keep those for myself. Do you feel like that too sometimes? How much do we share with others via social media vs. how much we keep for our own hearts and treasures? I always go back and forth.

In the meantime, here are some outtakes of photos that I arranged and styled and shot for the Gardenista feature I was so stoked to do this past spring. Simplicity is always best for me. Can you feel the breeze in the last shot?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

dramatic, bold + wild - tigers to lilies x

 Friends! I wish you a wonderful rest to your week. I'm off to Virginia for the wedding I have been looking forward to all year: my mom's! So, so excited! See you soon + take care.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

shower time!

If you are living anywhere in Southern California, don't forget to water your plants right now! With this excessive heat they (we!) all could use some extra hydration. Do keep the drought in mind - water your plants if possible in a tub or shower all together, so that extra run off runs through to the other plants. You'll knock out your watering in one go, the plants will benefit from hanging out with one another, and you'll save some water. If possible, please try not to exceed watering to more than once a week. You can always email me for more information  ;)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Yuna Floral Regalia

Yuna: what a beauty!

While going through the TIGERS to LILIES archives, I happened on these images. What a day! Creating a floral headpiece for the lovely Yuna was one of the highlights of my year last year.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

...and after my workshop at The Ecology Center, I couldn't resist taking my étudiante Jessica + student Corrin + V.v. straight to Laguna Beach! How could we not? We feasted on some grilled fish tacos and then made a beeline to the warm sand, salty fresh air and turquoise blue water. It was such a perfect end to a perfect day! We took off our shoes and dipped our toes in the crashing shore-break while V.v. basked in the sun. Life is so beautiful.

Story-telling Through Flower Arranging / A TTL Workshop

A Story Told Through Wildflowers

My flower workshop at The Ecology Center exactly one week ago was incredibly fun and lifting! I am always so blown away by how well students can put flowers together, in their own voice, when given the chance! If you were there, thank you so kindly for being a part of this wonderful group of élèves! If you couldn't attend, then perhaps the next one. 

I always like to bake a little cake the night before class because I feel it's such a nice way to greet my students and start on a full belly. The class was based on a simple idea: telling a story/poem/haiku/thought through the manner which you arranged your flowers. Meaning, letting your arrangements speak for themselves! Seeing that our materials (lucky us - wildflowers picked from TEC's native gardens) had an expiration date, much like all of our lives, the stories didn't have to be perfect or linear or even needed to be understood by everyone. They were going to be present for a week at the most. They just needed to stem from an inner 'story' as opposed to a formulaic rule of how-to's, so that the student could connect with his/her floral creation. Hopefully this was freeing, leaving the student to channel some inner creative guidance.

I have to admit to you, I got goose bumps and my heart swelled when I heard everyone share what their arrangements meant. We set all the finished pieces along the breezy porch and one by one everyone spoke. Some were funny, some were bold while others told of heartache and  remembrance. A few represented food and a few others had bigger philosophies. All were incredibly heartfelt. So much so that I photographed all of them individually and will be releasing a little impromptu book of postcards with my student's floral creations + stories! A collection of stories as told through flowers, to send to someone you're thinking of through the mail! Much more on that - I am shooting to release this around the holidays and will have it on my website/shop too. 

Thank you again to everyone! I so thoroughly enjoyed everyone's story as told through their handpicked wildflowers. Bravo xx

 See more of the workshop H E R E.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Seeds, not Bombs!

These flower boxes I created out of old military gun shipping crates. I am not a supporter of violence nor war. I wanted these living boxes to represent Seeds, Not Bombs! The containers themselves make for a great space to cultivate little gardens! They are then placed on top of one of our hand-welded stands and can be watered just like you would a regular garden box/garden! Should you be interested in one for your space, do email me. They will be available soon too through my website/shop. The one above is about four months old and is thriving.