Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dear Anthropologie, Thank You!

Dear {Anthropologie}, Thank You so much for my beautiful birthday gift this year. {Check out} what it was last year. So creative and a nice personal touch, even if it is mass produced. Also, here are some of my fave items - now I just need to get my butt to Santa Barbara and use this wonderful discount!

Morning in Pismo Beach!

I feel so blessed to live on the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo. I am guilty of taking this for granted from time to time, but going to Pismo Beach for breakfast this weekend reminded me just how lucky I am. Here are some pictures from the morning out there!

Hearty Veggie Soup :)

The other day when there was a torrential downpour outside and it was freezing cold (ok...this is California...maybe it wasn't freezing, but it was COLD), I wanted a nice hearty and healthy soup. Here are some pics since I don't have an exact recipe. It has vegetable broth, tomato paste, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, carrots, potatoes, blue lake green beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and lentil. The spices include cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, oregano, basil, and parsley to taste. Topped with shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sisters Flowers Featured in St. Louis Bride

Now on the newsstands, the newest issue of St. Louis Bride Magazine features Sisters Flowers in several places. Take a look! (Click on any of the images to make them larger.)

Our eye-catching ad!

One of our events was featured in "Real Weddings"

Our bouquet (top right) is shown in the "Beautiful Blooms" article.

We made this wildflower bouquet for the "Rhapsody in White" photo shoot.

Our good friends at Burns Photography used this shot of Jazzy and Brian in their ad. We did the flowers for their wedding this past October.

This issue is a great one, so if you don't have it yet, go pick one up!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

WeddingWire Honors Sisters Flowers!

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Sisters Flowers has been selected to receive the WeddingWire 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Best Wedding Florist! The annual Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds. Sisters Flowers is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. “We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.” We are happy to announce that Sisters Flowers is among the very best wedding florists within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards. For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at .

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Mod Shop ~ Napkin Rings

I was really drawn to these napkin rings while I was looking around on {Etsy} today. Usually, napkin rings are more round, and well, ring-like. I love the contemporary shape and design of these, with the traditional and vintage feel that the wood gives it.

SimpleShapes ~ Wall Designs

If I had my own office...I would get one of these for sure. This vinyl calendar decal by {SimpleShapes} is not only really functional but looks cool too.


So...aside from the utterly TERRIBLE choice for a product name...share your thoughts about the newest {Apple} product - the iPad.


So here is another post about {felt}. I really like how clean cut and simple these coasters and trivets are. Also, the necklaces that incorporate the felt are pretty sweet too! Nicely done {Moufelt}. Felt, in my opinion has a very warm and vintage feel to them but the way they have designed and created these is quite contemporary.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Reception at Crowne Plaza

Submerged cymbidium orchids in bright green and gold decorated half of the guest tables at this October reception at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton. The other half of the tables had lush, full arrangements of fall flowers including hydrangea, roses, berries, and filler. Take a look at these snapshots that our very own Sister, Chelsea, took at set-up.


DIY Cake Stands

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I found this {tutorial} linked off of {Design*Sponge} I can't wait to actually do this. I went out today and found some cool glasses to use for the base, now I need to find the perfect plates to top them with. My friend Natalie and I also hit up the San Luis Obispo Swap Meet this morning and here is what I was excited to find:

Stay tuned to see what I decided to do with this old window frame. So cool!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Vintage China Cabinet

I was so excited when I came across this absolutely beautiful antique china cabinet on {Etsy} today. It is almost identical to the the china cabinet my grandparents have and similar to my mom's. I always thought, man when you grow up are you supposed to have one of these? I was never a fan of that dark "fancy" wood furniture, but over the past few years I have been really enjoying seeing what can be done to make a piece of furniture look completely different after putting some elbow grease into it. I love this shabby chic, antique, clean, sophisticated and fun look! This piece is hand painted sage green with a coat of brown over it. An antique red color was added on the edges to make the piece more unique.

Persimmon Cookies

A few weeks ago I made these cookies to take to work and they seemed to be a real success. For those who were asking for the it is:

Persimmon Cookies
1 cup Persimmon pulp
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins (optional)
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, cream the softened butter and sugar together. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and mix with the persimmon pulp and add it to the butter and sugar mixture. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and spices together and sift into the batter. Add nuts (and optional raisins). Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dieline Finds

Here are some of my recent favorite package designs found on {The Dieline}. The hanger tea bags are so cleaver and I love that {Method} came out with laundry detergent! Can you believe that all you need is 4 pumps for 1 load and you don't have to deal with large bottles, messy caps, or heavy boxes of powder detergent!

Nice Wedding Decorations

Elegant Wedding Service

Halloween Wedding at City Museum

This wedding had more than just venues and seasons to consider with it's design. The celebration of Jen and Jon's Halloween nuptials was the seamless collaboration of very different elements to result in one amazing event, all coordinated by Lacy Branch Events. The bride wanted the reception to reflect the special "holiday" without being too over the top. Purples, whites, and black were the colors chosen to make this event very chic and interesting. Special thanks to Von Devore for these awesome shots of our flowers in the Architectural Hall at the City Museum.

The guest tables had three different designs......

Some of the tables had this pilsner vase of white callas and curly willow.

The second table design has a taller pilsner vase filled with curly willow and white dendrobium orchids at the base.

The third guest table arrangements were "cluster" tables with our 6ft. metal trees standing tall. The trees were decorated with hanging votives and curly willow branches.

Our metal trees were also used in the entry of the reception as placecard holders.

The guests' names and table numbers were hung on little cards from the branches of the tree.

The cocktail tables were decorated with little cube vases of purple mums.

The following are a few snapshots of the personal flowers and ceremony decor.

The bridesmaids' bouquets were lush white hydrangea with dark purple scabiosa. The bride carried all dark purple mini callas.

We covered our wooden canopy frame with curly willow branches and white fillers for the ceremony at Graham Chapel. The end result was a gorgeous frame for the bride and groom!

All our best to the bride and groom!!