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Urban Gardening by the Sea

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 sim·plic·i·ty –  1.  freedom from complexity;  2. absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, etc.; plainness: a life of simplicity

A life of simplicity.   What does that look like?  In my humble (simple) opinion, it looks like a life that has room or space to it.   Unhurried, uncluttered and unstressed. 

Gardening and foraging at home to create with, fits a simple life.  It causes you to unplug, get your hands dirty, and slow down. 

This foraged bougainvillea placed in a handmade ceramic pot, is an example of simple.  By using one type of flowering branches, loosely placed, there is a simplicity that is restful to look at.  Try it!

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Hand Torn Linen

I’m obsessed with hand torn, frayed edge linen!   It is such an organic look for wedding menus and banners.  This seating chart screen printed, and hung in a tree is a beautiful example of how lovely linen is, when incorporated into your event. 

Photo: Eric Mcvey   Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy  Styling: Joy Proctor  Venue: Figueroa Farmhouse, Los Olivos, CA

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Obsession: Floral Crown


My latest obsession: arranging flowers.  I took an online floral arranging class at, and this was one of the assignments.  I had a blast creating lovely flower arrangements and bouquets, and this assignment was probably my favorite!!  The creativity you can pour into these, and get different looks, is unlimited.  This one I think looks like it should be on a woodland fairy princess.  Don’t you agree?

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Flower Dreams


I had the privilege of doing the flowers for a wedding, last week.  It was such a blast to get creative in the world of flower design.  Peach and white roses, dahlias, peach garden roses, eucalyptus, stock and coffee berries made it easy to put together beautiful arrangements.  I also put my dying skills to work by dying the ribbon for the boutonnieres and bouquets a lovely peach color.  What a fun creative outlet this was.  I think I have found a new passion!!
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Morning Inspiration

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Morning Inspiration

In the stillness of the early morning, it was just the pigeons and me watching the sunrise. A few surfers were out for “dawn patrol”, catching the early morning waves. What a beautiful place to live! What a beautiful place for inspiration! I couldn’t help but think how God’s mercies are new every morning. Seeing the beauty of the sunrise, and all that God creates blesses and inspires me to be creative, and possibly become a morning person!