Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Practice makes perfect.

Practice makes perfect. It's true of everything in life, including flowers.
For as long as I've been "playing" with flowers, I had yet to make a flower crown. Like a legit flower crown, so I decided it was time I step up my game.

Now, I have yet to perfect the art of making one, but I made one. It's much more tedious than I imagined, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

Thankfully, I sort of know my way around a camera, I love to style and my cousin is gorgeous and knows how to do some serious makeup, so there you have it- an entire team made up of two people.

Although it rained most of the day, it stayed dry for us THE entire time we were out shooting. Such a blessing! 
Now, let me show you what I got to capture...

I mean. #hearteyes

She looked like a fairy.

There were a million more captures, but I'll spare you, cause you might be seeing lots more of this beauty. Except for this one, cause those candid giggles are the best. 

 My favorite part about finishing something I've worked on isn't just the finished product, but seeing it captured in pictures. It brings the piece to life. All those frustrating moments all of a sudden worth it. 

I've got other fun things up my sleeve in the next month and I'm so excited that I can share them with you, in detail, right here. 

Be sure to check back every once in a while. 

Happy Spring, friends!!!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Punch of pink.

The days here in Oregon have been gray and rainy and I really needed something happy, so I made a trip to the wholesaler and picked up some pretty flowers to arrange. It's not very often that I buy flowers just for fun, so this was a treat.

The Camelias are finally starting to bloom, so I was able to forage some to use in here. I love that they're one of the first Spring flower to bloom after winter, because they're so bright and happy, when it's mostly still cloudy and gray, til about June.

 The recipe for this beautiful arrangement is:
Camelias, stock, anemones, spray roses and pierus Japonica.

I used no greenery whatsoever and I don't think it really needed any. The big, lush leaves from the Camelia did a beautiful job of naturally adding the greenery.
But even though the Camelia is absolutely stunning, those Anemone's are stealing the show, with their dark centers. I've only purchased them one other time and they never opened, so I have't purchased any since, until now and now they are full blown open and I can't stop admiring them!!!

 The arrangement is now sitting in my living room and it makes me so happy every time I walk by it. 

 Okay, promise this is the last close up. But man, just look at it!!! #hearteyes

If this doesn't make you happy, I don't know what does! 

I know some could care less about fresh flowers, but they are such a spirit lifter for me and a great way to add something live to your home, to make it feel inviting and cozy.

I hope you enjoyed drooling over these as much as I did. I'll be sharing more arrangements and all things flowers as soon as I can. I'm anxiously awaiting for my flower garden to wake up from winter hibernation so I can start using them in bouquets.

I hope you enjoy your week, friends!!!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Defining your style.

I recently read a great blog post by one of my new favorite bloggers Kimberly Duran from Swoon Worthy. This is a post I wish I would of had access to years ago, because it would of helped me from making purchases that I now regret.

Kimberly helps you figure out your personal style, when it comes to your home, by scrolling through your Pinterest boards. It may be a silly thing to some, but I value advice that can help me understand what I love, but what is realistic to put in my own home.

I already knew what I loved, but pin-pointing exactly what it is I love and would actually put in my house helped me so much, and after scanning my Pinterest boards, I was able to get my 3 buzz words, as Kimberly puts it. 

"Old world modern glam"

I know, it sounds silly, weird, and might not make any sense, but I'll give you some examples of how all of these things can work in one room and not look like a circus.

Old World:
I think this is where my love for vintage comes in. Although I love all eras of vintage, my favorite is definitely the romantic, baroque era, intricate detail kind of vintage. 

Now, if you look at my house, you would NOT say that it's modern in any way, and this is true. I do own a few pieces that are definitely mid century modern, but I chose this word mainly for the minimalism of this style. I do love a touch of modern, but I mainly love an un-cluttered home. I don't need a million trinkets and a picture on every wall of the house to make me happy. 

Although I don't need much stuff, I DO, however, need some wow pieces in the room, that make it
feel luxurious and glamorous. This buzz word could heavily lean towards Hollywood regency, too. 

Now, if your still wondering how in the world such different styles could possibly work together, let me show you. None of these have "modern" marked anywhere, because there isn't much in the pictures, in terms of "stuff", and I love that. These rooms are beautiful and simple and still make a statement with the few pieces that are in the room.

The pretty desk in this picture below has a very clean, modern look, especially the legs- but look, they're lucite! So glam!!!

If only my home looked like these images! #hearteyes

I'm currently working on a Spring makeover in the living room, but as soon as it's done, I will share some images with you and show you how my 3 buzz words fit in- and without breaking the bank!
I'm hoping someone out there could find this as beneficial as I did!

Happy decorating!!!

xo, Vera

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Autumn via flowers.

When Autumn gives the most beautiful shades and textures of flowers, you play. And that I did.
Bright, but moody colors make for the perfect Autumn palette- whether your putting together something for yourself or a bride.

And I couldn't have thought of a more perfect model, to exude just the mood needed for these stunning pictures. 

My cousin Alesa is not an actual model, just really good in front of the camera. Wouldn't you agree?!

Okay, back to the florals. The greens were all foraged and all my dahlia's come from a local farm, when in season. There's a million other things I could of and wanted to add, but all that texture made it for a fun and beautiful arrangement. Sometimes less is more.

 Also, can we talk about that brick and door? One of my favorite backdrops downtown.

And who else likes to see the person behind the creations? There's always something intriguing about seeing the creator/ maker, no? Maybe I'm the only one.
I also happened to be the photographer that day, so here I am with the gorgeous bouquet, not dressed for the occasion. Hey, at least my sneakers match. ha!

I'm so glad I finally got to share more pictures of this stunning piece. It needed to be in the spot light for just a little longer. And I hope you agree.

Thank you for stopping by and scrolling through these little snaps. There's something special about being able to share the things you make, with others.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Flower pop-ups.

My flower adventure continues as I pursue it as a part time business and it has been nothing short of fun!

I've been able to participate in 3 pop ups at local boutiques and I've loved the challenges it's brought, the learning process and support I've gotten from family and friends.

But my biggest supporter has been my hubby and I can't tell you how much it has meant to me that he was so encouraging when I first started. 

There have definitely been moments of doubt, whether this is really the path I should of taken, but all the encouragement I've gotten from all of you has been my saving grace! If only you knew!

Thankfully it slowed down a little before Christmas and at first I was bummed, but now so thankful, so I can really enjoy this time with family. My January and February already have some fun things happening, so I'm grateful for the down time!

I'm SO excited for the new year- Bring it on, 2017!!!

And again, thank you again for following along, reading my posts, commenting and liking my pictures, it really means the world!!!

xo, Vera

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Seasonal tablescape.

I made plans to go see a girlfriend at her gorgeous, new home and while we were planning our visit, I asked her if she would let me invade a little corner of her kitchen for some pretty pictures.
She laughed and said she would love it!

Every year, whether I host Thanksgiving or not, I LOVE to put together a seasonal table scape for inspiration and ideas and just to get some creative juices out of my system.

So when I spotted that gorgeous candelabra in my friends garage, I immediately knew that I wanted to put together a pretty table, around it. 
It's a stunning piece and perfect with the bright blooms I used!

Also, I didn't spend one penny on this entire set up!
All the gorgeous roses and greenery were foraged, the persimmons came from another friends tree and all my table ware {and chairs} I brought with me- It literally looked like I was moving in, haha!

The key to a great table isn't all new things. I feel most successful when everything on my table comes from my home! Shopping your own house is always best and if there's an extra special piece that you absolutely love, then splurge!
If I'm buying new dishes, I always purchase all white, because they can be used year round, for any event! 
It totally helped that my girlfriend has a gorgeous table, but if you absolutely dislike yours, use a table cloth! Adding a printed table cover can even make a space pop, especially if it's empty or neutral.

To dress up the dishes, I love using edible pieces. 
If your hosting, adding names is a great way to personalize each space. Also, leaving the leaves on your fruit or veggie adds texture and visual interest to the table, but if the fruit your using is store bought and doesn't have the leaves, magnolia leaves look beautiful!

If I were using this table scape for an actual event, I would also add some tea light candles to add warmth to the space. 

When your dressing up your table, remember to use what's in season!
Seasonal items are easier to forage {if your going that route} and help your table to look more authentic. Reds, oranges and plum colored shades are perfect for Autumn, while pinks and lilacs work well for Spring.

Here are some more close ups...

I absolutely love garden grown roses- they're imperfect, yet so beautiful.

And don't dismiss those pretty rose hips! They add so much interest to the arrangement!

And just one more look...

STILL need more ideas? I love to browse Pinterest for inspiration. Just remember, if your going to re-create something, to always put your signature touch on it. 

I hope this triggers some fun ideas for your own table!

xo, Vera

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pursuing my dreams.

First off, I haven't blogged since July- shame on me. 
Summer always gets busy with activities before sending the kiddo's off to school and that's just the last thing on my mind.

Second, I finally did it. I'm finally pursuing my dream of working with flowers!!!

Ever since I was young, I've been drawn to flowers {I'm sure you know, if you've been following along long enough}. The simple beauty captivated me and still does.
As I got older, I learned that my love and passion for working with them, was something I wanted to pursue as a career- but life and babies happened.

But my gosh, time flies and now that all my babies are in school full time, I have the freedom to do something I enjoy. 
For months I'd been contemplating whether I would go back to work, but the flower thing kept coming back to mind. I'd wanted to do it for so long and now that I had the freedom to, fear and the unknown had taken over any fun or exciting thought I had about it. 

After having a conversation with a friend and telling her how I was feeling, she encouraged me enough that I knew I needed to just go for it. 

I figured- pursuing my dream and failing at it was still better than not pursuing it at all and always wondering what could of been. 

I'm starting out slow and I haven't officially made an Instagram page or anything of the sort, but when I originally was thinking of a name for the blog, I knew that it needed to be something that I would use for my flower business, to keep it all tied together. 

So here goes nothing! Dreams to reality.

If I could just encourage you to pursue whatever it is you love, like my friend did, I would in person, but this little space is all I have- So go get it, girl!