Friday, August 31, 2012

Flowery Friday

Last fall I was lucky enough to create wedding arrangements for a bride who wanted anemones in her bouquet.
I have long loved these black-eyed beauties, so it was a real treat to work them into a bridal bouquet. My personal feeling is that anemones are sweet, delicate and add a feminine but dramatic pop to floral designs, making them lovely and versatile.

Did you know?
Anemones are a perennial herb
Their name is derived from Greek meaning 'Wind flower' and represents anticipation
Anemones should be planted in the fall
The are available in whites, purples, reds and pinks




Feeling inspired from all this anemone talk? Why not make your own pretty paper version. The tutorial is right here from Craftberry Bush.

Monday, August 27, 2012

My life lately

The Eats:
After reading a book on healthy eating and the importance of getting LOADS of raw veggies (and fruit), I've been making salads for dinner a lot. I also spend about half of each day washing kale, spinach, swiss chard and romaine. Eating healthy takes time, I tell ya! Anywho, I've been making batches of quinoa and slow cooking chicken early in the week and then adding greens, fruit, etc. It's been super fast and yummy too. Here's a mango, avocado, chicken, quinoa and romaine salad with a sweet chili dressing

The Treats:
After consuming lots of healthy stuff, like the aforementioned salad, we then bring on the sugar (NOT recommended in that book I read). But come on. Have you tried the Talenti Sorbetto and Gelato? So good! And they were two for $5 (I know!) at the market last week. 

The Craft:
I'm on a pendant necklace kick as of late. A couple of these pieces are already up for grabs in my shop and the others will soon make an appearance. I'm having a dandy ol' time in my craft room once the wee babe goes down for the night. I'm hoping to whip up lots more for the fall and holidays, so stay tuned. There may be a giveaway in there too... 

The Biz:
I haven't done much in the way of floral design since Baby O was born and that's fine with me. My sole job these days is to keep his tummy full and his little bum clean, which I really find quite rewarding. I said no to a few weddings this spring and summer but thought I could probably swing one at the end of this month since our little pumpkin is now 4.5 months old (what?!). 

These arrangements were for a small wedding in the mountains. It was a bit of a juggling act this past weekend - trying to process and arrange flowers while stopping every so often to nurse the babe and do all the other stuff a new mom does. I owe my success to Ike, who gave baths, changed diapers, made meals, did nap duty and helped me load the car, pin corsages and hang arrangements on site. I've got myself a good man. A very good man. 

The Babe:
Here's my little man pondering the best use for this deep purple carnation. Actually he's staring into space, I think. 
Ike would bring him down to me from time to time for a little visit while I was arranging the flowers. Love that munchkin. Love 'em.

And that's my life lately in order of importance (the most important of course being Baby O).

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner!

Hooray Stephanie! Hopefully, I just made your month as you stated in your your comment. I will be in touch soon! 

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and don't forget that you can still get your own Shabby Apple goodies with 10% off through September 17 by entering fernandflora10off at check out! Happy Shopping!

Friday, August 17, 2012

$50 Shabby Apple Giveaway!

It's Friday. Hooray! 
Let's kick off this late summer weekend with a truly lovely giveaway from Shabby Apple!
One most fortunate reader will score a $50 credit from this snazzy on-line boutique towards any item - clothing, shoes, accessories, home stuff, the works. 

Here's the scoop to enter: 

1. "Like" Shabby Apple on Facebook by popping over to their page and givin' them the ol' thumbs up: 

2. Take a look at the many fabulous things in their shop and come back here and comment on which item you would choose should you win.

Steps one and two will get you entered into the giveaway. 

For additional entries you can:
 1. Follow my blog and let me know you've done so in the comment section (one entry).

2. You can also "like" my Facebook page, which highlights my handmade accessories for brides and everyday as well as my floral design work and leave a comment letting me know you did so (one entry).

Lastly, you must have a US mailing address to enter. 

So there you have it! The winner will be announced next Friday, August 24

And oh! One more extra bonus: Shabby Apple is giving Fern & Flora readers 10% off any purchase from their shop for a month starting today and running through September 17! Isn't that nice of them?
Just enter the coupon code fernandflora10off at check out and voila! 

Have yourself a lovely weekend!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Goodies Comin' Your Way!

It's been waaaay too long since I've done a giveaway on this ol' blog. I suppose it has something to do with the fact that I have a four month old and have been pretty much dwelling in the world of nursing, diapering, schedule-keeping and all around cuddling and sleep deprivation, thus making it hard to find time to READ your blogs let along do anything interesting on mine. 

Well! Times are changing friends. I'm gettin' back in the saddle and it begins tomorrow with a fabulous giveaway from Shabby Apple! They've got loads of chic and pretty items over at their site and I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding something you love. Stop by tomorrow to enter the giveaway and get the scoop on the details! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Necklaces!

I've been adding a few new jewelry designs here and there to my shop. I'm kinda getting into making charming pendant necklaces. Adding a bit of vintage (like the daisy cluster above) to the mix makes for a sweet and unique-looking piece. 

Know someone who loves birds? I think this piece would make a nifty birthday gift. 
I will be adding more pieces soon, so pop over to my shop and take a peek! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Saipu, a florist shop in NY creates some of the most gorgeous and dreamy arrangements I've ever seen.
Loving these fallish-looking bouquets.... 

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