Friday, January 23, 2015

i'm still here...

roses & feathers

happy new year.  it's been 6 months to the day since my last post and, being that i like even numbers, i thought that it was a good time to start her back up.  as far as i can ascertain the reason for my absence is twofold.  one, we finally made our move into san francisco in september and it rattled me more than i had expected.  i had been looking forward to moving back into the city for some time and i thought that it would be all happy-happy, but i found it jarring to move after living in our last place for 10 years - the longest that i'd ever lived in one place.  so getting, or more to the point "feeling",  settled took a while and there were a lot of days that i felt like my wheels were spinning and nothing (e.g. all of the boxes that needed unpacking) was getting done.  and, so, the blog was sort of one of the last things on my mind.  and it wasn't just the blog but all of the other things that make me feel good and whole - my walk/runs in the park, my visits to trusted advisors (my therapist), working with the flowers - those sorts of things - they all went by the wayside.  i guess it really is true what they say about moving.

the other part of it was that i was feeling a little uninspired.  the DIY's and the like are nice but i'm feeling ready to do something that feels a little more meaningful and authentic.  i'm not totally clear on what that is yet but i'm looking forward to taking things in new direction.  

anyhow, i'm glad that the funk has lifted and that i'm feeling good (great actually) about where i am, both geographically and mentally.    

i hope to be back here very soon.  have a great weekend!

xo, c

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

floral snapshot: flowers of golden gate park


what ~ vibrant bougainvillea .

where ~ in g.g. park, outside the tennis clubhouse.

when ~ a few weeks ago while walking through the park with my boys.

why ~ because even though i haven't had as many opportunities to do my runs in the park this summer as i would like, i have been able to enjoy the park on several occasions with the little dudes, so that's pretty cool.

xo, c

Saturday, July 12, 2014

lovely words

sensei ogui

wishing you a peaceful and reflective saturday.

xo, c

Thursday, July 3, 2014

fashioned flowers

jeans & t-shirt

i haven't done one of these "outfit inspired" floral posts in a long time because it's just too hard to take the outfit photos by myself.  but my talented friend nancy offered to help me out with the photos this time and we had great time.

this is such a basic outfit (just jeans and a t-shirt + these shoes and a vintage levi's belt that i've had forever) but sometimes those are the best kind.  i thought that it would be fun to create an arrangement based on something so simple.

jeans + tshirt inspired floral

this is the interpretation that i came up with.  hydrangeas are one of the few flowers that come in blue, and i really do like them, so i used those.  i also used two slightly different shades of creamy white roses and then some japanese maple branches clipped from my garden.  i put a simple little "belt" around the the vase and that was it.  simple, pretty, no nonsense.


i'm looking forward this holiday weekend to wearing some variation of this basic blue jean outfit to celebrate our nation's birthday - blue jeans always seem so american to me :-)

happy 4th of july weekend!

xo, c

Thursday, June 26, 2014

floral snapshot

hydrangea & roses

what ~ flowers for a project that I'm working on this week - hydrangea, roses and japanese maple branches (snipped from my yard).

where ~ on my work table.

when ~ yesterday morning.

why ~  because even though i've been super busy with non-blog related stuff, i really do find this place to be a great creative outlet so i WILL MAKE TIME to work on these projects.

have a fabulous and productive day!

xo, c

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

floral snapshot: flowers of golden gate park + i've been m.i.a.

pom pom dahlia

hey there!  long time no blog.  i haven't been around on the blog for a couple of weeks due to 1) furiously trying to get our house ready to put on the market and 2) lots of celebrating for my little sister's wedding!!.  all great things, but there hasn't been much time for things like blogging.  

i'm finally getting around to posting this floral snapshot that i took last week.

what ~ a beautiful marbled dahlia - i couldn't tell what the variety was but i think that it's a pom pom type.

where ~ the dahlia garden in golden gate park.

when ~ one day last week after my morning walk.

why ~ because although the dahlia garden is far from being in it's full glory (that will happen in late august/september) i spotted some lovelies, including the one above.  i'm sure that i'll be snapping some more of these beauties as the summer progresses and the garden reaches it's peak.  it's a pretty stunning spectacle when it's in full bloom, for sure.

xo, c

Friday, May 30, 2014

picnic at dolores park

marco & mom 1

a few weekends ago (on mother's day) my husband planned a little picnic at dolores park.  it was a perfect day - the sun was shining, the husband had packed all of my favorite picnic-y foods, the boys were in good moods and the people watching was as good as always.  i exclaimed that day that i could pretty much do that exact same thing every weekend and be perfectly happy…and i meant it.

here are a few photos from an A++ day.

picnicluhilldante 1housesmom & boysmarco 1

the playground at dolores park is top notch, with lots of cool structures and other fun stuff, so the boys always have a blast.

dantemarco 2marco & mommarco

the next few weekends are BUSY, so there is no leisurely picnicking in my near future, but i'm hoping to replicate this day sometime very soon.

wishing you a great weekend!

xo, c