October 28, 2010
Posted by The Monkey Flower Group at 8:42 AM
October 25, 2010
After the market I hurried home to make up eight tiny centerpieces of small sunflowers, cosmos, and pink jasmine tendrils. I then delivered them to one of Napa's favorite old Italian restaurants where the tables were set with fiesta ware for a wedding celebration dinner. It looked very cheerful. Congratulations, B&K!
October 24, 2010
October 22, 2010
Last Friday at Mumm Napa, the Napa Valley Arts Council celebrated the debut of its portraiture photography exhibit and a month-long arts festival. About 600 patrons of the arts strolled about Mumm's beautiful terrace and galleries, enjoying sparkling wine, live jazz, and delicate little champagne cupcakes from Sift. Petaluma's amazing Aztec Dahlias donated three brimming buckets of gorgeous dahlias in sunset tones; I provided the design and a few more flowers. After setting arrangements all about Mumm's lovely grounds, I took a table on the terrace next to the nice gals from Sift and spent to evening chatting with guests.
October 20, 2010
October 18, 2010
October 17, 2010
As suggested by the paucity of posts over the last week, it's been busy around here! It began and ended with a market day, so I'll be doing the same as I recount what all I was up to while MIA. Last Saturday's market included a few exciting highlights, namely a wide array of wands for Halloween, a monkey flower plant (sooo helpful in explaining the origin of my business name- a weekly occurrence), and organic cotton ribbon from a family-owned mill out in New York City (I've been wanting to transition to a natural fiber ribbon for a long time- this is the first I've been able to find that's narrow and pliable enough for my purposes). All in all, an excellent market, and an excellent start to a fun-filled week!
October 13, 2010
It's been a busy week, coming up on an even busier one! I'm surfacing briefly to share these photos of some lovely fall blooms I recently had the pleasure of arranging. More exciting things to come after this weekend . . .
October 6, 2010
BUT, if you're still searching for that special get-up for this wonderful holiday, why not consider The Monkey Flower Group's unique masks, wands, and (bracelet/headband/necklace) ribbons? Hand-sewn from local botanical materials, these fun but sophisticated accessories pair equally well with super-hero suits, magical fairy tutus, and slinky cocktail dresses.
By doing so by October 25th, you'll also enjoy these Pre-Order savings:
Pre-Ordered Masks: $25 (regularly $30)
Pre-Ordered Wands: $12 (regularly $15)
Pre-Ordered Ribbons: $5 (regularly $12)
Pre-Ordered Matching Sets of Mask, Wand, and Ribbon: $40 (regularly $57; greatest value, hands down)
Orders for over $80 will be available for shipping within the continental US (wish I could ship to England!), but please place your request two weeks prior to your desired delivery date to allow me time to investigate your state and county's specific plant quarantine regulations.
Thank you, and happy Halloween planning!
October 3, 2010
California Spanish Moss (Ramalina menziesii) is not actually a moss, but a combination of fungus and algae. Sexy, huh? In other (more pleasant sounding) words, it's a lichen. And since it's all branchy like, I think it's a fruticose one. (I also think you could throw "pendant" in there, too, but that doesn't make for such a nicely alliterative post title.)
This week I had lots of fun embellishing my ribbons, pins, masks, and wands with this living lace, which apparently continues to photosynthesize as long as it is exposed to moisture and light. I am eager to see whether my wand's trailing lichen tail will eventually become even more trailing. That would be appropriately magical. University of California's Hastings Biological Field Station thinks it can grow 30% in a year. I'll keep you posted.