Friday, October 30, 2009

Little Pheasant meets Little Byrd

I am completely charmed by Rebekha's lovely blog Little Byrd. I found it through her etsy shop where I scooped up a pair of vintage ceramic pheasants (I have a little collection going). The blog is filled with wonderful photography, her vintage finds, restyled clothing, handmade gloves and hats and snippets into her life. I am looking forward to being a regular reader. She also keeps a journal of her walks in My Morning Walk. Enjoy!

Added to the collection. Yay!

Dreamy foggy day by Little Byrd

Sweet fingerless gloves

Inspiring scrapbook collage

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rainy Days

Truth be told. We skipped ballet and wandered around the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in the misty rain instead.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tulip, Apple, Cannabis, Potato

Did you see it? I read the book awhile ago but missed the show back when PBS first aired it. So, I was really looking forward to catching Botany of Desire last night. Despite attempting to rush through the whole dinner, bath, book and bedtime routine, I missed the first half. Ah! Anyway, I was struck when Michael Pollan said "nature doesn't want to be controlled". I think about control and nature a lot. I'd love to hear your thoughts....

Sequined Necklace

I think I need to buy this. Amazing stuff at White Owl

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall in the NYC flower market

Headless woman

Bales of branches

Giant pumpkins and graffiti

Sidewalk of mums

Rows of wheatgrass

Parking and loading hell

Clean and Green

The Littlest Pheasant now knows to call these Colocasia leaves Elephant Ears. Today is a mommy and Ruby day. Library in the morning and ballet class in the afternoon. This kid's gotta dance.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lotus pod bouquets

Lotus pod, chocolate cosmos, artichoke, kale, tulips, fiddlehead fern, scabiosa pod and other goodies for a fall wedding on Saturday here.

Succulent and Artichokes

...for the escort table.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lovely Theresa

So thrilled to post the professional photos by Fadi Kheir from a wedding I designed back in August at Cat Rock. Makes me miss summer!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sorry I do not know where I found this image. All I can say is I am in love with everything about it...from the flower arrangement, to the vase, to the gilded framed painting, to the color of that wall. Perfection!

Flower Paintings

Poppies in Vase by Pierre Bonnard

Pink Azalea - Chinese Vase by William Merritt Chase

Vase of Flowers by Odilon Redon

Dahlias in Vase by Henri Fantin Latour

So, looking at ceramics has led me to looking at paintings of flowers in vases. These are some of my favorites. I found them on Herbarium. Every Monday our local movie theater shows Big Movies for Little Kids. Littlest Pheasant and I try and go to every one. This week was the loveliest Swedish animated film called Leanna in Monet's Garden. It was about a young girl's experience looking and visiting Monet's garden and art. This little film made my heart ache. You see, art school attempted to stomp out my teenage love for impressionism (I know, I know so cliche, all round). But watching this little character so clearly love Monet's work brought me back to a very special time in my life. It reminded me how painting once completely enthralled my younger self. Painting and all it's forms, techniques, history, politics and theories has always been close to took this little animation to reawaken it. I wish I was a more eloquent writer to express how I felt - other than a melancholia that felt so sweet.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ceramic Vessels

Thinking of Chinese Ceramics for a potential job and my mouse leads me to these lovelies....

Late Qing dynasty Chinese blue and white porcelain vase at Antique Helper

Chinese Butterfly Vase at Sea Glass Vintage

Chinese Bowls at Pearl River

Tiffany Delft Serving Bowl at Sundae's Attic

Monday, October 19, 2009

White Peacock and Mercury Glass

This dreamy silvery wedding was held at the Montauk Club. We used white peacock feathers throughout the design..tucked into bouquets, boutonnieres, arrangements and on the mantels. It was quite magical. Guests even paraded with them from the church to the venue. I made paper flowers out of sheet music and wired to willow branches arranged in a tall mercury glass cylinder. I can't wait to see the professional images. In the meantime here is the scabiosa pod bout, bride and maid's bouquet and the bar arrangement. Happy wedding Stellie Belle, says Littlest Pheasant!

Corrie and John

The Happy Couple!

Tree Peony and Succulent

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Potted ferns and herbs, mason jars stuffed with cafe au lait dahlias and hydrangea foliage, agapanthus in green bottles, veronica, pink scabious, kale and all kids of veggies laid out on burlap runners. The wedding was held in a tent on the grounds of Boscobel - a historic home and gardens in Garrison NY. STUNNING VIEWS. I was finally able to see some foliage during our quick road trip. This is what I am dreaming of lately...private inn (that likes kids) with a fireplace, yummy food, apple picking, all of us crashing out on a king size bed and ordering room service breakfast in the morning. Where is such a place?