Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This past Sunday we did the Succulent Class at Little Flower School - one of my favorite classes yet...every single arrangement was to die for. I'll post all the arrangements soon on the LFS site. (But I just added the pics from Fragrant Flowers...)

Tonight's class from 6-9 is Spring Flowers 101 - Nicolette and I wrangled some early dogwood, fritillarias (3 varieties!), hellebores, ranunculus, tulips, geranium, muscari, narcissus, hyacinth and more to work with...there may be 2 spots left...

If you feel like a night out with flowers and a little Prosecco you could email us right away!

[The above arrangement by Amy was outrageous. Ever thanks to Amy (Merrick) for the photos..]

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

how all weddings should be.

Heather Waraksa is so crazy talented.
[You'll flip over her recent Wong Kar Wai styled shoot too.]

Saturday, March 27, 2010

[A beautiful delivery from a little ways back arranged by Amy, with fritillaria, curly willow,
freesia, geranium, ranunculus, eucalyptus.]

I wrote a little post about using fritillaria and flower frogs on D*Sponge last week. Check it out.
Also I woke up with the best bed head ever, amazing considering I don't have time to shower before I run to this photo shoot for the queen of craft.


what else is new...? Nea and I went for a hike earlier in the week and I got a nasty tick bite. we removed the tick whole and I'm saving it in a kombucha jar. because that's what they tell you to do on the internet. (It's looking better mom..)


On said excursion Nea startled a nesting falcon and we almost both lost our eyes. I've never seen a bigger, nastier bird in my life. Scared the shit out of me, I froze in my tracks and couldn't move for minutes. Nea stood there whining. Then we both ran for it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's funny how our weeks tend to color coordinate. Last week was a meditation in the realm of peach and rust colors...

Camel roses, "mon cherie" dafodils, salmon ranunculus, parrot "libretto" tulips, "gypsy" hyacinth...

A jasmine tea soap wrapped up, a sample for a wedding favor...

Mile End, a new delicatessen on Hoyt Street - Amy brought me a montreal style bagel with lox, capers and tomato...

Cards from Screech Owl Designs...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Let's meditate in a field together.


Look what Debby just sent me! This beautiful photo take from her garden of yesteryear. It started me thinking on how we get to work with some really amazing, interesting and kind people. In the last few weeks we've had brides bring us lip balm, biscotti, cheesecake, and kombucha. They've sent us photos from their weddings, their gardens, images of their artwork. And they've just been really kind.

Some days I feel incredibly blessed and lucky, I want to break out my crystals and make a chanting circle.

But today I am grouchy and so I'm going to continue to eat these Reeses Pieces until I feel sick.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


sample for Penelope

Here's another peachy number made as a little sample for a june bride...
We're running just as fast as we can this week. I'm off to see L'etoile tonight. I just got a nice comment from Lily in Joshua Tree saying that everyone there smells like geranium and Frankincense thanks to Saipua. Made my day...and you will love her blog, bigBang Studio.

I've always wanted to go to Joshua Tree, and someday when I do - I'm bringing a box of soap.

Monday, March 15, 2010


love of my life

That little peach butter cup ranunculus is out of control. Clearly this arrangement needs to be STOPPED. Did you know that the ranunculus is in the buttercup family?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

in our shop photo by scott w. baker

Scott W. Baker is an amazing photographer and interesting guy - lives in our neighborhood. Last week he swung by and took some photos in our shop. Pretty, huh?

in our shop by scott w. baker

succulents by scott w. baker

Friday, March 12, 2010

Nea deep in thought, flowers by Amy. Love this new little stone urn we have kicking around the studio. it went out as a delivery for a couple vacationing in NYC. delivered to their hotel by a friend. some people just know about how to do things right.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

gonna make you sweat

japanese ranunculus

ranunc bouquet

local ranunc, these blow my mind

love this bouquet. love that wild spyrea


The ranunculus this year are mind-bending. We're getting varieties from New Jersey, Japan, Holland, Israel. They cause a panic around here...

When I found that deep pink number in the second photo my ears got hot and my heart started racing. Time slowed down, and voices in the studio sounded slow and distant. What can possibly be done with a flower this beautiful? You see why our job is so stressful.

Most of the specimens in this bouquet came from an undisclosed farm in New Jersey. Nicolette and I are hot on the trail of locating said farm and showing up there unannounced. Tomorrow.

Keep you posted.

p.s. we've posted new classes up on the Little Flower School site.

p.p.s. the cherry blossom class falls right at the tail end of ranunculus season, jus saying.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


a student's arrangement, shot by Amy

fay nicolette and me in philly

All I want to do is look at pretty pictures and rent hotel rooms with girls.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


new thresholds of exhaustion crossed.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

i used to work with some amazing art handlers that were older, wiser, and much more worldy that I...andrew and pedro. one day we were eating pate or something for lunch.

andrew, having spent a lot of time in france was talking about eating cheese with butter. my eyes widened and i swallowed hard. cheese AND butter. together. it was like waking up from a deep sleep.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Clarisse and Lucile are french sisters who collaborate on the blog EnSuite. I had the pleasure of meeting Clarisse last time we were in Paris - she took us all around the city to show us her favorite things. It was such a beautiful day.
I've been taking refuge in their beautiful photos ever since...

Get ready

[earlier today. tear stained cheeks. jumping up and down, throwing a fit. sarah whines to eric...]

But we all know that whining gets little accomplished - plus it's so unattractive. And so it is with great pleasure and strange relief that I pronounce this week PARIS WEEK for Team Saipua. We can all go! What shall we do first? Want to have lunch by the Seine? It may be before noon here, but in Paris it's 4pm so we can drink a bottle of wine. La vie est bonne, non?

p.s. Amy you better have on your beret tomorrow, i'm f&$%#ing serious about this.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Julie and Mike just got married. We saw lots of old friends over the weekend, prompting an old photo binge this morning... Julie and I from eons ago.