My handmade blue bird mobile to hang over Silas’ crib (cat not included):
I do not kid, EXACTLY nine months to the day of our wedding, Silas Bryce Muir was born.
Silas (pronounced Sy-lus) Bryce Muir translates to “The spirit of the woods (silas), breeze (bryce), and moor (muir)”. Silas is latin for woodsman or forest dweller. Silas’s paternal grandfather worked in wood his entire life as an artist making wood sculptures. Seth and I met in a redwood forest where Seth was teaching forest ecology. Silas’s paternal grandfather was Bryce and the name has been in the family for 200 years.
On April 17, 2010, I married my best friend in Mendocino, CA– the place where we met 7 years earlier. For more about that, visit my rambling Novella here.
Not surprisingly, a lot of love went into that day. I enjoyed the process of crafting a meaningful weekend that focused on family and friends and sharing life’s blessings– of love, of nature, of food, of music, and of the spirit. While what remains afterwards is the overwhelming feeling of love, here is some of my diy wedding flair:
SETH’S BOUTONNIERE– since my husband is a sailor and we were tying the knot, I made a Sailor’s Knot boutonniere!
THE WISHES– After the ceremony, everyone gathered on a windswept bluff to toss wishing rocks into the ocean. I collected the grey rocks with my family at a favorite Mendocino Beach.
THE WISHING TREE– Guests were encouraged to write well wishes to the bride and groom and hang them on plum blossom branches.
TRAVEL TREASURES– I’m an obsessive beach comber and have collected tiny treasures from many (but in no way all) of our travels as a couple. I jarred, labelled, and displayed them throughout the reception hall.
RUSTIC CHALKBOARDS– I found discarded, rustic windows on the streets of San Francisco and made them into chalkboard to display the homemade beer and punch selection.
SPICE SHELLS– Salt and Pepper were held in shells from local beaches I had gathered and scattered on the family-style farm tables.
HERB BOXES– Wooden boxes from the SF Flower Market planted with Grape Hyacinths and Rosemary then covered with moss.
SAVORY FAVORS– Local Mendocino Mustard for every guest covered with a variety of blue patterned fabric hats.
TABLE ASSIGNMENT: Letters painted on local rocks to mark each table. Cute utensil stamps to announce each guest.
FRESH BAKED– Over 600 of my mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies were made with love by my mother and sisters!
since I last posted. A lot has happened, a lot has been done. I’m no longer at the floral studio, no longer at the video game design studio, no longer performing on the stages of San Francisco, and no longer living in San Francisco. My creativity is certainly still flowing, however. In the last three years I married, became a mother, moved to an island in Washington state, and am about to start classes in Early Childhood Education. There are so many ideas and creations and inspirations I have missed sharing over the past 3 years, but I am going to document a few that I managed to capture on film. I hope to continue sharing on this blog and am eager to see how the new island home influences my mind, my eye, and my heart.
Autumn is upon us and that means the holidays are quickly approaching. At the studio, this means decorating many homes and businesses for the festivities. We completed our first installation this week. The home is one of our regular clients. It is a spectacular mansion, designed by the reknowned Julia Morgan, the female architect most famous for designing the Hearst Castle and hundreds of other buildings. William Randolph Hearst, however, was her most prestigious and regular patrons. This particular home is perched on one of San Francisco’s spectacular hills.
For the installation the client asked us to decorate the entranceway of the home with some fun Halloween elements which could be removed at the end of October to leave behind a feast of autumn. The lead designer and company hung webbing, spiders and a gorgeous rose-hip wreath on the door while I created the cornucopia arrangements. The result is fun and, now that Halloween is over, we’ll take away the silly stuff and leave behind a lovely installation of fall’s bounty.
I received a call at the studio on Friday at 5 pm from a woman asking if we could make 2 floral crowns for her daughters by 1 pm Saturday. They were going to be fairies for Halloween. Now, floral crowns can be quite labor intensive as you have to wire each individual flower in order to weave it into a crown. The studio closes at 6 pm. And every Saturday I must complete 24+ very large arrangements for our weekly accounts + handle any walk-in customers/phone orders + manage retail sales of home accessories. I nearly collapsed at the thought of 2 floral crowns. But the woman sounded desperate and was open to any floral idea for dressing up her kids’ hair. After discussing options with another designer, I decided to take on the challenge.
On my way home from work I picked up some inexpensive mums from another shop (since we weren’t going to the flower market in the morning). I also purchased some inexpensive plastic head bands. In the morning I wrapped each headband in ribbon:
And then set about decorating the headbands with flowers:
Two, quick-and easy, floral headbands fitting for a fairy!