new goodies in the shop

These sachets happened while procrastinating on a pillow project. I did all of the leaf prints last summer and they had just been sitting around since then. I thought that I might use them to make a patchwork pillow front, but I've been needing to make  a lavender sachet for myself (ah, the joys of insomnia) and so these were born. Of course I still haven't made one for myself yet. 



signs of spring

At least on the inside...the view from 'the studio.' My easter cactus decided that it would again be a spring baby. I got it about a year ago in full bloom, so I assumed it was of the easter variety. But then it bloomed this past christmas time, which I attributed to the fact that it is literally 80 degrees in here any time the heat is on. Which noisily happens almost all day. One other reason to buy a house...being in control of your carbon footprint. But then, in the last few weeks it has bloomed again. The cyclomen, on the other hand has been not blooming as well as it should. At first I thought it was because I had accidently watered it once over it's root ball, but I only did it once, so now my best guess is that it's heat and lack of humidity. Most of the flowers have died and the few that remain are small and hidden within the foliage.  

These everlasting blooms will soon be adorning some pillows that will be available in the shop before long. The round ones at the sides are part of my poppy obsession, but now I think they look a little more like anemones, either way I like them, and they are fun to make. I do them mostly freehand, just a quick outline of the outer circle and stem in pencil and embroider away.


spring fever

I've been having some crazy spring cravings lately and have been completely obsessed with flowers...poppies, anemones, and anything yellow. I've been loving Sarah of Saipua's recent posts and they have been partially sating these cravings, check out her beautiful poppies here. I'm hoping that the flower vendors will be back at the Grand Army farmer's market soon. I did see my first crocus this season the other day so there is hope, even though it is snowing now. March is always the month I am least patient with...here's t0 it going by quickly so we can get to the real spring.

Flowers are my favorite part of wedding planning. When I get irritated by many frustrating details, which happens too frickin' much in my humble opinion, looking at flower arrangements are one thing that makes me happy again. Ariella is a huge inspiration. I love how wabi sabi natural her stuff is. 
New flower-related projects of my own coming about soon...