Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easter Wrapup

It's already been almost a week since Easter so I figure it's time for a recap.  I made this basket from Martha Stewart's instructions for a pussy willow nest and then bent some stems into a handle and added a flower arrangement
made up of lilac
lily of the valley
and hellebores.
They all smelled so amazing together.
The basket actually took quite a while!
After starting with some older pussy willow branches that I tried soaking to soften them, I got some new ones instead and they were much easier.  Just a few little touchups...
and it was finally done.
There were some little pieces for leftovers, which I always love
and a little arrangement for another room.
Then time to use these candies, stickers and confetti 
for another Martha Stewart project:
crepe paper carrots.  And an egg-shaped strawberry lemonade cake with JELL-O beans.  
Such different size strawberries!
Confession: there was a cake toppling on the way to the party, but my Mom's Easter bread stayed intact until after the egg hunt
but Mila slept through dinner.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Night and Day

Night and day 
you are the one
only you 
beneath the moon or under the sun
whether near to me or far 
it's no matter where you are
I think of you day and night, night and day
why is it so that this longing for you follows where ever I go
in the roaring traffics boom, in the silence of my lonely room
I think of you
night and day, day and night
and this torment won't be through

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hop To It!

I am waaaay too hopped up on Easter ideas and Cadbury Eggs to focus today (sorry for the bad pun, but I was up til 2 a.m. last night wrapping these crepe paper carrots from Martha Stewart -- they all have treats inside!)  I've got about 48 hours before my family's Easter celebration so I'll be a busy bunny.  Here's a round-up of only some of the amazing things I've seen on the web today, 
wish I had time for them all!  
from a Facebook post by Glorious Treats
-- phew, just want everyone to have credit!
Gorgeous upon gorgeous egg cookies from Alison of Ali-Bee's Bake Shop: these are all done BY HAND with a pastry bag and brush embroidery.  No stencil, no cookie press, just sunning.  My fave is the flowered one in the middle on the right, wow.
[by Stephaine Jessica Lau on All About Ami seen on Craftzine 
from a tweet by Whip Up retweeted by The Long Thread
-- really I just love how ideas are passed along
I so heart the expression on the faces of these amigurumi bunnies and the fabric that lines their ears. It's been a while since I did any crocheting, hmmm, maybe it's time to dig into the yarn stash.
I haven't tried felting before, but this makes me want to!  I love the colors and the little chick peeping out.  Cute egg crate too.  
[from Southern Living also seen on Pure Joy Events]
I think these beautiful eggs are just the right shade and the speckles are very pretty.  Last year I dyed my eggs a little too dark since I went out to take a walk while they were in their little bath.  
Ah well, it was a really pretty day.
[by Nikki, In Stitches on the Pure Joy Events roundup]
Nikki says these are simple, but I'm so impressed.  Need a lotta patience here, but they're very interesting.
Hey, did you know you can print out this "Kawaii Easter Kit" from Creative Mamma for free?!  I already printed her Spring To Do List and even though I haven't crossed everything off, it's too adorable to take down from my cork board.
[from Martha Stewart Living]
And I started this Martha Stewart pussy willow nest last night, but the stems I had are a little dry since I got them a while ago.  
Have to find some that are more bendy.

Phew, ok, I think that's enough just for now.  Gotta get some lunch and finish the work day so I can power through tonight: floral arrangements, strawberry frosted egg cake (like the award-winning cupcakes!), cookies, jell-o eggs, etc. etc...
and maybe some laundry's been a while.

Happy Easter prepping!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What Would You Do?

This pic is kinda pretty, kinda scary.  It's a lovely cherry tree on my walk to work that I've been watching bloom lately.  Wish we had some sunshine to help it along, but it's been kinda grey in NYC this week.  I want to get out to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden soon to see the trees at their peak, but for now here's a great time lapse video.
Speaking of kinda scary, this isn't really a craft post, but my subconscious crafted it last night: had a dream that the world was ending. People were scrambling and panicking and running around.

lot of movies deal with this: The Road, Cloverfield, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Deep Impact...I could go on and on since someone very special to me is constantly fascinated by this. I've never understood why, this would mean I would never see him again.

But back to the dream: I was desperate to find my sister, searching everywhere, asking if anyone had seen her. Finally upon finding her I couldn't convince her to join a group of us in our spaceship (weird, I know) and when she finally agreed to come with us I wept with relief. Then someone found out the world was ending in 50 days.  When he told us the mood instantly shifted.  It was sad but beautiful in a way, kinda like the picture of this tree.  Instead of simply surviving we started thinking of reminiscing, reflecting and making the most of the time we had left.  So, my question to you is, if you had 50 days left on this earth:

- where would you go? 

- who would you bring with you to spend that time with?  
- what would you do? 

Hopefully we won't need to make these choices anytime soon (2012, anyone...?) but it's definitely changing what I'm thinking about and how I'm spending my time today.  Have a good one, be safe.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cheers to the Experts

I've been known to dabble in baking and flower arranging, like this white lilac and parrot tulip arrangement I sent to a friend for her new job but...I had a few cool chances recently to see the work of real professionals.
I was so excited to visit the kitchen and showroom of Ron Ben-Israel: the premier cake designer.  Ron was away at the time, but we got a wonderful tour from Rebecca Taylor, whose official title is "operations, etc."  I love that since it describes my job as well!
This cake for Swarovski is covered in real crystals: even the flowers are wearing them.
And what an adorable workspace
I could've spent all day here in this sunny room buzzing with creativity
amongst the rows and rows of sugar flowers
including Ron's signature red roses, amazing.
Next up, the Macy's Flower Show.
One of the windows had a Paris theme.
And we were wondering how these ranunculus withstood the sun for weeks.  Maybe they were replaced every so often?  I bought a plant last week and it already seems to be drooping.  That's why I like cut flowers, my thumb is so far from green it isn't even funny.
The store was really decked out
and everyone was buzzing around excitedly like little honeybees.
There were even flower poodles!
Wish it could be like this all the time.
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