Christmas Around the House


Capturing Christmas around the house was so much fun this year; here are a few more images I can't resist sharing.



Since I have no place to put her, this gal is part of the family.



An Indian sari gift from my husband.



Lemon cypress, a favorite Christmas treat. More on this later.



The thrill of an amaryllis opening a little more each day.



My sister's lovely cookie gifts all the way from Oregon.



Fairy doll, knitted by Pauli, for daughter Oneita.



Favorite gift wrap- more on this later too.



This exquistie plum is actually a Christmas cracker! No I don't care what's inside, I won't open it. This handmade beauty comes from Tail of the Yak in Berkeley. 


Once I knew only darkness and stillness . . . my life without past or future . . . but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.

~ Helen Keller



Orchid Morning

Orchid photography often eludes me,


until I caught a wink from an open door in my studio this morning. I was looking for my journal, but instead grabbed my camera and shot the reflection of our dining table.



They shake (we think they're laughing) as we eat dinner.



They've all bloomed out to their tips now.



And we've enjoyed them from all angles for two and a half months so far. 



The butterfly is perfuming

It's wings in the scent

Of the orchid.

Basho trans. R.H. Blyth




Have a lovely day!


Indian Themed Wedding

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.

~ Rabindranath Tagore


The golden bloomers, above, were first created to camouflage large glass vases for an Indian themed wedding. Susan and I made them when we teamed up to create the decor for the daughter of dear friends.


Since I've been digging into the archives lately, and bloomers were on my mind, I thought it would be fun to scan up these pictures from the wedding.

Surprisingly, I've used the versatile (fun) silk vase coverings a number of times on different containers. It's basically a shower cap construction– an elastic casing around a big circle, with an added silk band (sari border) hiding the elastic.

Besides the umpteen red roses, the big arrangements at the entrance of the wedding tent include, bells of Ireland, euphorbia, papyrus, rudbeckia, dahlias, various berries, pistache branches etc . . .

Susan and I arranged the pair of bouquets in tandem at her house. I think she did the one on the left. It's enjoyable, and sweetly intimate, to work with another arranger in such a way.

For the round dining tables, we cut saris in half to top long white cloths. Sari trim wrapped the round cylinder vases. Brass bells were favors at each place setting, and napkins were wrapped in Indian bangle bracelets.

Draping the flower stands with magenta silk saris was deja vu for this former fashion designer.

A curtain of white dendrobium orchids hung behind the bride and groom during the ceremony.


A how-to for the arrangement up at the top is shown here.