by gwen harlow

Posts Tagged "flower"

March 14: Love is all around

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010 in photo | 1 comment

Another one from Sunday:

March 14: Love is all around

There is a big patch of these along the shoreline walk, I spotted them and was transported back to the vacant lots of my childhood. I have no idea what they’re called, some of them have purple, pink, white, yellow flowers all on one stalk.

Today was just work, work, work. I worked before I went to work, and then I came home from work and did a little more work. We did go on a walk before Lost came on, down to the beach in the balmy dark. I cannot believe a few days ago it was mid-December cold and pouring like you would not believe. I am sure we are not done with the rain but I hope we are moving on into the warmer part of the year finally.

I am looking forward to painting tomorrow, I liked my butterfly [Project no. 1!] a great deal more at the end of class Monday than I did at the beginning [red is magical!] and will hopefully be feeling at least that much better about it by the end of Wednesday’s class. I still can’t draw my way out of a paper bag but I might end up not being the worst blending texturizer in the world and that’s more than I expected I’d accomplish.

I’m going to try to remember to photographically document tomorrow for A Day in the Life, as N. suggested a week or two back. Anyone else want to do this?

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Beach season is here!!!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in photo | 4 comments

Is it spring there yet? It finally warmed up a teeny bit Sunday, just in time for the time change. We bundled up, dug out the Beach Blanket, and went to the beach here in Alameda. It’s rained so much this winter that there’s a big grassy area on the sand — that’ll dry out in no time, but it’s very nice for now.

There were quite a few people flying kites.

Red Baron

Chad practiced his Mandarin and I raced through Mary Karr’s new memoir, Lit (her first, The Liar’s Club, is one of my favorites) until it got so cold we couldn’t stand it anymore.

Right in the kisser

Then we walked down along the shore and back on the public path, admiring all the fresh wildflowers.

Unknown purple wildflower

Today was even nicer so I took an afternoon break and walked over and lay in the sand reading. Hopefully the weather will hold out til my next self-employed day, which is Wednesday.

Unknown dried-out wildflower

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Ranunculus

Posted by on Mar 14, 2010 in photo | 2 comments

I bought myself a bunch of ranunculus the other day at the farmer’s market. They’re in the dining room so I see them about 80 times a day as I walk back and forth through the house, which makes me very happy.

Ranunculus #2

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Three Things Friday

Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in Alameda, garden, our new home, photo | 1 comment

Three things I am in love with right now:

#1: my BLINGtastic camera necklace

#1: my BLINGtastic camera necklace

I’ve been forgetting to take a shot of this for ages, I bought it at the cutest little shop here in Alameda (To Herb With Love at Oak and Encinal) back before Christmas and I wear it almost every day. harpy owns a similar one, her lovely polaroid reminded me.

#2: surprise flowers

#2: surprise flowers

My friend brought her son over to pick some lemons [still going strong, give me a holler if you want to come pick some up] last week and surprised me with this enormous, gorgeous bouquet of birds of paradise from her garden.

#3: daffodils from TJs

#3: daffodils from TJs

You know it is spring when these babies show up. $1.29 for a bunch of ten, which is just enough to surprise my daughter and make myself happy, too.

Vintage milk bottle scored for practically nothing from Muse Reuse on Webster almost immediately after I decided I really need a vase that isn’t meant to hold an enormous birthday bouquet.

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Come for tea?

Posted by on Feb 25, 2010 in our new home, photo | 0 comments

In the garden right now, we have lots crazy-blooming rosemary, a bowl of unidentified bulbs that are flowering one by one [current guest star? HYACINTH!], and some Iceland poppies over at City Hall.

February 17: Rosemary in crazy bloom

Hyacinth in the bowl of surprise bulbs

February 20: Iceland poppies

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Flower tutorials

Posted by on Feb 5, 2010 in craft | 0 comments

How About Orange has a great post of How to make flowery things links just in time for spring [ohpleaseohpleaseohplease come soon!], which reminded me of my own backlog of accessorizing to-dos:

Happy Find: Fabric flowers [check out her amazing flowery pincushions, they are unbearably cute]
dozi: Paper flowers
Hat Diva: Silk flowers [includes dying tutorial]
Swirlydoos: Burnt Organza Flowers
Burdastyle: Flowers for dress/skirt

eta! Totally Tutorials: How to make fabric roses, peonies and poppies

And if you like the peony clips tutorial Jessica linked, check out the following books, they both have tons of how-tos on all kinds of flowers using a variety of materials:

Making Flowers in Paper, Fabric and Ribbon by Steve and Megumi Biddle – buy used
A Passion for Ribbonry by Camela Nitschke – buy used

A few flowery things I’ve made
I’ve added some brief descriptions, they’re all pretty straight-ahead, but feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Craft night: hair bobs! #1 Bird

Hair clip: Layers of various silk flowers glue gunned then attached to clip

Button & lace pin #1

Brooch: Old lace sewn into a round with vintage button on pin backing

Gwen, fall

Necklace: Layers of silk flowers speared with a bead on a headpin through the middle and attached to old costume pearls

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