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Bloomsbury Blooms

September 26, 2014

bloomsburybloomsMy, how the past four months have flown by!  My flower internship at Bloomsbury Blooms is finished, as of yesterday, and while I have exciting things in the near future (moving, house hunting, family time) I will miss the bliss of being surrounded by beautiful flowers and getting to learn under Dallas’ supervision.

Having flower creations in our home the entire length of my internship, my ideals (of what floral art should be) have definitely been sculpted and honed.  I always knew I loved the romantic wily bouquets, the trailing arrangements with movement and delicate lines, but getting to participate in the process has been incredible.  I rediscovered my love of roses and experimented with vessel shapes and bouquet making.  I found a few little wonders of Anchorage that I wouldn’t have stumbled onto on my own, and gathered my courage to forage for plant material in my own Alaskan neighborhood.  I gained a friend and colleague.  And certainly I surprised myself at having a knack for arranging that I hope to put to use back home.

I hope you have enjoyed the journey with me.  Don’t forget you can still find Bloomsbury Blooms on the internet via Facebook, Instagram and Dallas’ website.

Thank you again, Dallas, for taking a chance on me and welcoming me into your flower world.  I will take our conversations and new knowledge with me to Missouri…and hopefully plant your wonderful philosophy into the hearts of others.

Four Things

September 24, 2014

fourthings1So these four things aren’t exactly hot off the press, but I can’t stop thinking about how lovely they are.  First up, Tuckernuck’s fall catalog shot at the Clifton Inn.  I want everything pictured, including a house with two story pillars.  I think their cozy layers are the absolute tops though.

fourthings2This double bun action is classy yet unexpected.  I’m going to try it…sometime soon.  Irrelephant (adore that name) is a great new go-to for hair inspiration, and other things too of course.

fourthings3The last book Dallas lent me was wondrous.  Virginia Woolf’s Garden is a nonfiction piece, intertwining past and present with diary entries, excerpts from letters, and the author’s own experience living as a tenant of the National Trust at the Sussex home and garden.  As an aspiring writer it was interesting to read about Virginia, her anxieties and quirks, and how the garden at Monk’s House had a calming effect on her.  And also how different her and her husband Leonard interacted with said garden.  If only we all were lucky enough to have a writing lodge to escape to, to pour words out onto paper with a view of dahlias, roses, and fish ponds.

fourthings4Fall always captures my heart, and this wedding makes me a twinge jealous that Ethan and I didn’t marry in autumn.  The colorful leaves, the inherently warm palette of reds and rusts and golds, are so much more appealing to me than that of any other season.  This feature is absolute eye candy; thanks to A Crimson Kiss for sharing it!

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Farm Life

September 23, 2014

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After watching Funny Farm last week for cape cod home inspiration, I found myself dreaming of a little place in the country, long back porches and these lovely items…

This rug reminds me of a country quilt.  I still don’t have a classic white button down, but this one seems worth the price– hidden buttons to prevent gapping and made in the USA!  In the film the Farmers have a funny phone issue, resulting in a pay phone inside their house.  Seeing that kind of made me want an old school wall-mounted model.  These stoneware bowls are cozy and would look perfect filled with comfort foods at your next family-style dinner.  I’m looking to add this book to my collection once we return home.  This market tote would be a great companion for tooling around town, with room to stow a few purchases from favorite antique shops.  This windsor rocker is timeless and looks as good in the 1880s and 1980s as they do today.  Why do I have such expensive taste?  This skirt by Pink Tartan is just lovely.  If you haven’t seen Funny Farm yet, get yourself a copy now…a well worth it buy for under six dollars!

 

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