Posts Tagged ‘Flowers’

A is for Apple and Autumn

November 1, 2009










Halloween Fairies…

November 1, 2009

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:



And voila!


Two, quick-and easy, floral headbands fitting for a fairy!

Broken Record

September 2, 2009

I’m a broken record– more flowers!  My mother came to visit a couple weeks ago and she and my honey attended one of my theatre performances.  While sitting in the audience she whispered, “oh,  I wish I had brought flowers for her!”.  He casually replied, “Christen lives in a WORLD of flowers.  She is up to her ears in flowers.”  While I personally would ALWAYs welcome more flowers, I guess he was right.  I will not complain.  So here are some more shots from work.









blackberries and figs

blackberries and figs

artichokes, succulents, and lemons

artichokes, succulents, and lemons

sunflowers, dahlias, and lilies

sunflowers, dahlias, and lilies





July 10, 2009

So sorry to have disappeared for– yikes– more than a month. I don’t know where to begin. Since there is way too much to post, I’ll just try to get some things up in little spurts.  I’ve been quite busy at work so I’ll start with a few of my recent creations there.  Here are 3 of the 8 arrangements I made today.  These are all round, low, and sweet.  Stay tuned for some taller, 1 sided treats.  As always, thanks for stopping by!





April 21, 2009


As promised, here are some of the flower arrangements I’ve been creating at work. I keep forgetting my camera at home, but this is a little peak at what I do during the day. I made 6 of these refreshing little centerpieces today along with 6 other arrangements. Yes, I’m still pinching myself after just under 2 months. More to come…


April 11, 2009

img_1705I had a much needed day off last Sunday and spent the day with the boy in Napa county. Though world class wines beckoned, we spent our time rambling up Mt. St. Helena, counting spring wild flowers, chasing shadows, strolling down main streets and soaking in mineral pools. It was a spectacular spring day and an even more pleasant spring evening. The moon was our constant companion.


April 4, 2009




It’s been about 2.5 months since I started this blog and so many wonderful things have happened during that time. While I’m still not satisfied with the format, content, and focus of frutz, the sheer act of creating and updating frutz has focused me in ways I could have never imagined. The idea for the blog began with a flower arrangement I de-constructed and rec-onstructed the day after my 30th birthday. I’d like to announce that at the end of February I landed a job in floral design at one of the most fabulous, unique, and inspiring floral boutiques in San Francisco, FLEUR*T. I have been pinching myself for about a month and a half ever since. I am learning floral design on-the-job from the most talented designers I’ve ever seen. I am on my feet, not in front of a computer, being creative.

And to top it all off, the owners of FLEUR*T are supportive, encouraging, and flexible about the demands of my theatre career.  I think I may have FINALLY found the perfect balance of my work and creative energy: flowers and theatre.

I will update the blog periodically with my burgeoning flower designs…I’ve made some great ones already but don’t have any pictures yet. So as always, stay tuned…




January 15, 2009

There’s no right way to start this, so here I go. If you had told me yesterday or even 2 hours ago that I would be writing a blog today I would have looked you in the eye a few moments, thought about it, and then said, “naaaahhhh I don’t think I could ever really do a blog.” My reasoning and excuses would be numerous, and they would boil down to the essence of 3 points:

  1. I could START a blog, yes. But after about an hour or 2 of enthusiasm, I’d become bored upon realizing how much effort would be involved. The blog would wither in my mind or in the infancy of a blogspot username account.
  2. I can’t write down the thoughts in my head. This is true. I’ve tried. If any of this is making sense, it’s luck. It won’t last long. And
  3. I’m too scatterbrained. I have a million ideas that get lost in the throes of sporadic conviction. My interests are many and my talents are genuine, but only surface deep. I’ve dug a million holes looking for water, but the holes are all too shallow to reach the water.

So here I am, turning to a blog. The blog– a perfect tool for wrestling scatterbrain demons and self-defeating excuses, all wrapped within the facade of productivity. I never understood blogs before. But I had an “aha!” moment about an hour ago, and this blog seemed the only and best answer. So I’m giving it my best shot. Ahhh…blogdom.

(If I were a good blogger, you would now see a little black and white pencil illustration of this analogy:

my blog = me bailing out a sinking boat which actually is my brain filled with all sorts of pretty objects that happen to be causing my brain/boat to sink. Got it?)

So that’s my reason. Oh, and the fact that I turned 30 yesterday, which is just a coincidence that happened to collide with my “aha” moment. But it’s a good coincidence.


This all started because I received a bouquet of flowers from my lovely aunt yesterday. As I sat in my living room talking to friends today I kept looking over into the kitchen, eager to get the chance to take the bouquet apart and arrange the flowers in various jars, bowls, and glasses. It’s one of my favorite things in the world to do– put flowers into vessels. I pick flowers and branches from all over my San Francisco city neighborhood and backyard and bring them home to scatter around my home. I’m not sure if this is legal, but I do it. There’s a lavender and rose patch growing wild and un-tended just a few houses down the street–literally sprouting up through cracks. There’s a magnolia tree that blossoms the most spectacular flowers next door. Anyway, I was jones-ing to get at this flower arrangement.  I thought, “This is something I’m good at.  This is something I like to do.”  And then I realized, “Aha…I could have a blog recording this type of nonesense!”

Here’s the flower arrangement BEFORE, as it arrived for my 30th birthday:

beautiful, but boring

beautiful, but boring

And here’s how it looked after I attacked it:

simple relief

simple relief

(Insert into blog a pencil sketch of me roundhouse kicking the “before bouquet”. Boo-yeh!)

So that’s what you can expect from my blog: Snapshots of tiny, domestic inspiration, the magnetic pull of bold colors and patterns to my eye, an obsessive preoccupation with simple food, and an over-stating of the praises of nature’s perfection. Enjoy, blogopolis!