Christmas Magic

For the third year, I had the extreme pleasure of creating florals and other decor for my favorite client's company Christmas party.

The event is held each year in the Presidential Suite of the Seattle Westin Hotel.  It's a gorgeous room with an incredible view of downtown Seattle. From the suite you can see the Macy's star and all the twinkling lights of Seattle's shopping core, the neon sign of the Pike Place Market, the waterfront, the ferris wheel, the Monorail, and even the Space Needle!  It's truly a spectacular sight.

The suite decor is lovely and modern with earth tones and metallic accents, which made the perfect backdrop for a natural and sparkly holiday display.

Normally the guests are all seated at one large table, but this year the guest list expanded so we needed  to split the party and set two tables.

For the larger square table, we used the houses I created for last year's party in the tablescape,  but the look was very different.  Last year we mixed whites with the gold and silver houses and the look was uniform and crisp.  This year, moss, critters, bare trees and earthier elements were added, and the scene felt more woodsy and rural.


Lime green Lemon Cypress trees were potted in birch and ceramic containers and placed around the table.  The bright green made the golden rooftops glow.


Small, dense floral arrangements of spray roses, lisianthus, scabiosa pods, ranunculus, and moss green dianthus were placed between the trees and houses.


Critters hid in the scene.


Strips of sheet moss softened the tabletop.  Faux votives were tucked inside the houses and gave them a warm glow.


Frosty trees completed the landscape, and snow dusted the whole scene.


The linens were a shimmery, pleated, chocolate brown.  The place cards were cut from birch paper.


There were many details for the guests to discover.


For the second table, the scene was wintery and woodsy.  


In the center, stood a tall acrylic tree dripping with mercury and clear glass icicles. Birds rested on the branch tips.


Lemon Cyprus trees and many layers of flowers, moss, and birch surrounded the glistening tree.


Critters climbed in the mossy scene and hid in every nook.



Faux votives were tucked in to add some light and warmth to the scene.  




The animals had gift exchanges inside their birch dens.


Nearly every inch of the table was filled, and there was barely enough room for the place settings!


The Westin provided the decorated trees - we had four in the room.


The surface of every side table, coffee table, and credenza had displays of trees, deer, birds, pine cones, and candles.  My client has a huge collection of holiday pieces, and we used them to create these vignettes.


There were plenty of flower arrangements placed about the suite.


And lots of poinsettias, too.




With the view and lights of the city, the beautiful design of the room,  the candles, and all the decor we brought in - the room was alive and filled with holiday magic.


I left just as the guests were arriving.  Their faces lit up as they entered the room.  Some went straight to the windows to look at the vast view, some went straight to the dinner tables to take in the detailed scenes.   It was sweet to watch them soak it all in.

It took a lot of folks to put this all together - it all started with my client and  her desire to create a magical evening for the guests. The outstanding and attentive staff at the Westin did so much to facilitate her dream.   We all worked hard, and in the end, I think we created something memorable.

It was a thrill to see it all come together, and I feel lucky having the opportunity to be a part of it all.

If you would care to see more photos of the event, you can visit the Flickr set by clicking HERE.


Get Festive!

How about a pin to add a little glitz to your winter coat lapel?   I've made up a fresh batch of holiday-themed pins, and I'll be bringing them along to the upcoming craft sales.

I did three different color palettes this season: warm and bright winter whites, purples, plums and golds, and for the traditional folks in the crowd, there's lots of red and green.

These make great gifts, and look pretty sweet adorning holiday packages.

If you would like to pick one up, come see me at King's Books this Saturday or Sunday for the TIFL Artist Craft Sale, or the following Sunday at the ShopGirls Holiday Market.









Holiday, Hooray!

I am a huge Christmas nerd, so I am always so happy to dive in and get started on the holiday crafting.  This year has been a full one, so I got a little late start on the making, and the pressure is on to get enough pieces to fill my table for  the Tacoma is for Lovers Artist Craft Sale, which happens THIS WEEKEND!

Post Defiance wrote a nice piece on the show, please click HERE to read all about it!

Here's a peek at some of the holiday products I've been working on.  All the pieces are a mix of warm, natural elements with metallics and glitter, too.

There are lots of birch paper ornaments - each with a unique holiday or winter scene. You'll find birds,  bare trees, deer, cozy homes, and starry skies in these pieces.



Need a little Christmas? These tiny woodland scenes are great for adding just a wee bit of holiday cheer to your home or office.



These foxes are all dressed up and ready to trim your packages or Christmas tree.



I made a fresh collection of pins for lapels.


And there are Christmas Cats Making Mischief ornaments too!

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The TIFL show is at King's Books this Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM - 4 PM.  There are different vendors on Saturday and Sunday  - I will be there BOTH days.

Tacoma is for Lovers Artist Craft Sale
King's Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA

Saturday Nov 23 and Sunday Nov 24th
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

To learn more about the show, please click HERE.

I hope to see you all there!  It's always a whole lot of fun. There are so many great vendors there and so many tempting things to buy!

Shop local, support artists, find unique holiday gifts for your friends and family - it's a win-win!!


New Bouquets


Last spring,  I picked up some fabulous crepe paper colors at a shop in the Bay Area. The rolls have been sitting in a pile on my shelves ever since,  and finally this week I pulled them down and did some experimenting with the new paper.

One of the rolls was an ombre that bleeds from a pale cream to a rich pink.  I loved having a large range of tones to work with - it makes more dimensional and realistic blooms. 


I picked up a few metallics too, which I love for leaf accents and flower centers. 



I found a few bold colors, too.  I don't get much of a chance to work with stronger colors, as most brides I work with prefer more timeless, neutral tones.   I do love playing with color,



2014 brides, what are your thoughts on color?  Have you decided on your palette yet?

Neutrals? Pastels? Bolds?  Monochromatic? Tone-on-tone?  High contrast?

I would love to hear what you're thinking!


Back in Print!

I am happy to announce that my paper flower book and kit will be going into it's second printing, and will be back in bookstores on April 1st, 2014.

This time, there will be an even wider distribution!  The first edition was only available at Barnes and Noble, but this edition will be published by the trade division of Sterling Innovations, which means it will be available everywhere!

They've changed the package design (it's even cuter than before) but the content and supplies are pretty much the same.

You can pre-order a copy from Amazon today, or give your local indie bookstore a call, and reserve a copy with them!

Once it's out, I'll have copies too and will bring them along to all my craft events.

To get a peek inside the book and kit, visit HERE.


Come on By for a Cocktail and Some Crafts!

If you're free this afternoon, please come on by Urban Shopping and Cocktails between 2:00 and 6:00 PM.  It's a fun monthly shopping event featuring the goods of several great Tacoma makers like our friends Libertine Tacoma and Parisienne Girl Designs.  I'll be there selling my crafts and Itty Bitty Kitty Committee products too.

I whipped up a fresh batch of Halloween crafts for the event.    Here's a peek at what I'll be bringing along today.

Festive little pumpkins - grown in our garden and trimmed for the season.




  Tiny, creepy vials  - only 1.5 inches high. Just a little bit scary.



And these waving skeleton brooches.  




To learn more about the event and RSVP, please visit their Facebook page.  I hope to see you there today!