December 11, 2010

It's a Party

I've been making a lot of wreaths, garlands, ornaments, and small arrangements lately, so it was a real treat to get my hands on a bunch of flowers to design Silverado Vineyard's holiday party. Sadly, the tulips, cymbidiums, and rununculus came from "California" and Holland, but the acacia, magnolia, cedar, toyon berries, and pine cones were locally sourced from this here county. I made the arrangements as hand-tieds to be transferred to the client's vases at the venue. Here's one of many, taking a stand before being plopped in a jar for easy transport.
I delivered the arrangements before the linens arrived and so did not get a shot of the set tables. But here they are waiting in the wings, looking quite coordinated with the beautiful vintage olive oil poster they happened to be stationed under. 


  1. Gorgeous hand-ties, Jaime.

    Glad you thought my wreath passed muster!

    BTW, to answer your questions, 'twee' means style that is cute or nostalgic to the point of kitsch almost, sickly sweet, for me it means one too many bow or frill or heart or piece of lace, although I love all those things individually! Not sure what it is in American? I find the midwest love of super vintage-y, lacey, hearts everywhere can verge on it occasionally if that helps! If we stay on in the U.S. for a moment, I suppose I prefer the slightly starker Shaker style, simple but beautifully crafted and interesting, natural textures etc. Anti-twee would also be anti-pastiche of that original, say Shaker or Amish vision. I enjoy a bit of twee, like gingham ribbon, or vintage enamelware etc, just not all-out twee! Eek, this is turning into a mini post, sorry!!

    And to answer your last question, the ribbon I used was grosgrain, I have a weakness for it! That and skinny silk ribbon, skinny velvet ribbon and raffia. Full confession of ribbon obsession!!xx

  2. Just looked twee up in the dictionary ..."overly sentimental" . Well, that would have been quicker than my ramble above!!x