Thursday, April 30, 2009

Baby Bunny

Insert Awwwwwww here.... so cute! This baby bunny is gracing our garden. I had to do everything in my power to not scoop him up and nuzzle the heck out of him! This is the only ok picture I got of him because once he spotted me he burrowed into some dry grasses, I don't blame him I look like a red headed freakish amazon woman to him. His ears are literaly the size of my pinkie. I love him.

Tomorrow kicks off wedding season!!! Dum da da dum, da dum di dum.... We have three very different weddings to start tomorrow and then it's full speed ahead until October and then Christmas and then Valentine's Day and then... wedding season! ;-) If this bunny is hanging around tomorrow I might not be so productive, unless I can manage to make bouquets in the garden- hmmm.

I wish you all a wonderful Thursday and will be back soon with the first of the wedding season's pictures!
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Every once and awhile I share... even when it's something I really wanted.
As was the case with french tulips I posted about earlier, you may recall that I threatened to keep them all for myself.
Aubrey(the photographer next door) and her husband Josh celebrated their 7 year anniversary Monday and Josh wanted to have some flowers waiting for her when she got to the studio.

I'm not going to lie, there was a wee bit of an internal debate, should I? shouldn't I?

Then I remembered when I asked Aubrey what her favorite flower was for our blog interview she said tulips...dang

To see her arrangement in all of its glory and to read more about her anniversary festivities visit her blog.
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Monday, April 27, 2009


I bake... alot. I outlawed store bought sweets in the house a while ago and instead have decided to bake when a sweet tooth hits. The way I figure it, if you're spending time baking and burning calories doing so it cancels out the calories you would gain from eating those baked goods. See what I mean?

I love all sweets equally- except tiramisu, too mushy- yuck. So when I eat something that makes me go "WOW! This is life changing" it must be pretty dang good! Did I mention that I used to work at a bakery- I often ate a chocolate croissant for lunch and had a pecan bar for dessert. I went up two pant sizes while working there and then dropped those two upon leaving...hmmmm. The lattes were also complimentary for employees I liked mine with brown sugar, maple syrup, and our home-made buttercream syrup. Just a wee bit of a sugar high and for the record I only have one (maybe 2) cavities. ;)

Anyway, I host a crafting club at my house every couple of weeks and the girls always bring different treats, these showed up at the last one (compliments of Brittney, my new best friend) and upon first bite I was pretty sure I was going to die right then and there! Yesterday I whipped up a batch- they are so easy and sooooo good!

So heres the recipe for Whoopie Pies or extra delicious and soft Faux-reos or the best thing I've ever had! Whatever you want to call them, just make

Preheat your oven to 350

Grease up your cookie sheets

You need:

1 C butter (the real stuff)
1 1/2 C white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla (I use vanilla bean paste)
2 C flour
2/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream the butter and the sugar till nice and fluffy. Add the eggs and the vanilla. Then add the rest of the ingredients till nicely incorporated.
Scoop out little spoonfuls and roll them in your hand into little balls. Place them right on your cookie sheet and do not press them down. Bake for 8-10 minutes- use caution it's hard to tell when chocolate cookies are burnt...
Transfer to wire racks to cool.

My tips/tricks/cheats:

I never worry about unsalted vs. salted butter because I've never noticed a difference.
Let your butter and eggs sit out for awhile to come to room temperature, you will get a much more consistent and creamier result.
Try vanilla bean paste- it's amazing I get mine at Cooks Corner in Green Bay, they also sell it at Trader Joes. You'll never go back, those little black specks are so satisfying.

The good stuff:

Cream Cheese Buttercream Filling
(confession- I don't measure, I eyeball)

1 Stick Butter
1 Brick Cream Cheese (8 oz)
Powdered Sugar
Granulated Sugar
Vanilla Bean Paste

Using a hand mixer whip up the butter and cream cheese. Slowly add the sugars in, I used granulated too because I like gritty sugar ;) If you like your sugars invisible use powdered. Keep on adding sugar till you've reached your desired sweetness. Add a little milk as needed and then a little splash of vanilla.

Spread onto the cookies and make sandwhiches. Remember sandwhich cookies only count as one cookie so enjoy guilt free.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hello World!

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to blog a bit to let everyone know I was here! If you haven't met me already, please stop in-I love to make new friends! More to come...time for a cat nap. Wouldn't want to over do things in one afternoon...

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Saturday, April 25, 2009


These tulips are striking to say the least, they appeared in the cooler yesterday and I immediately fell in deep mad love with them.

How could you not?

I mean really?

They are begging to come home with you and at $3 a stem they're a steal!
Stop in and get yourself some (if I don't keep them all for myself)

Happy Week-end!
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Bright and Cheery

One of the most requested arrangements is something bright and cheery. It works for a variety of reasons and when you live in Wisconsin sometimes flowers are the only way to feel "bright and cheery."
The above arrangement features alstromeria, boronia, leucadendron, green spider mums and wax flower.

{Pin cushion protea, tulips, stock, boronia, and green spider mums all arranged in an amethyst vase}

{Gerbera daisies, safflower, boronia, tulips and stock all in a glass cylinder}

{Green spider mums, boronia, tulips and alstromeria accented with a bamboo collar}

We feature many arrangements on our website but love doing custom arrangements like these. We do our best to accommodate any special requests.

PS It was near 90 here yesterday and sunny to boot! Everyone was feeling bright and cheery and it wasn't just the flowers, today it's 45 and raining...yuck
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

We carry an amazing variety of goods from local artists, each of which is committed to an environmentally responsible way of operating. Above we have locally made 100% soy candles in an array of scents, all naturally fragranced, scents like Lavender and Chamomile, Oak Moss and Clary Sage, White Tea and Ginger, and Rainforest Canopy and many more.

These are wallets, checkbook covers, business card holders, and passport cases by Laura from Little Orange Kitchen. Laura uses post consumer, recycled papers whenever possible. For a limited time we have a collection of her one-of-a-kind "Upcycled" wallets, which are gorgeous collages in wallet form.

These are recyled paper tray mats. They are so handy, we use them for packaging our gourmet gift baskets. They snap together to form a perfect tray and then when you are done, just unsnap it and store it flat.

We also carry jewelry from Deb. She primarily uses vintage pieces that she takes apart and reworks into amazing pieces.

We have a large selection of purses and bags, all of which are environmentally friendly, they are made from soda tabs, PETE, cork, recycled paper, billboards, and the candy wrapper ones shown above.

No matter what it is, we can all mkae a difference everyday and best of all we don't have to sacrifice style to do it!

Some of the products shown above are available for purchase and even delivery through our website or feel free to give us a call and we would be happy to help you.
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Pokey returns.. sort of

There was much debate about whether this was blog appropriate but I could not resist sharing this with you. In the interest of full disclosure and honesty, here goes...If you are squeamish or bothered by large slimy things...look away! Now!

What is that brown blob amongst those leaves???

AAAhhhh! It's the most ginarmous slug ever! The picture doesn't do him justice, he was massive. I think Pokey sent him here. However, he just didn't have the charm that little snail did. A slug bigger than my thumbs combined just isn't cute...

He came to us via a plant, and now has found his final resting place in the garden.

I'm still all creepy crawly about it and to think, I was planning to have our first recipe tomorrow? Anyone still up for that ? ;) How about slug soup?

PS- Sorry about the less than in focus pictures, one can only get so close and spend so much time near the King Kong of slugs!
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Another reason to send flowers

I spent a very eventful and rainy Sunday going through past issues of Martha Stewart and Real Simple. If there's even the slightest chance that I will make that lemon chiffon meringue island floating in a buttermilk creme garnished with lychees I need to rip the recipe out ;)

In addition to many mouthwatering recipes, swoon worthy crafts and to die for gardens I found this little tid-bit in Martha:

Women who were given flowers as part of a 2005 study by researchers at Rutgers University reported elevated moods for up to three days after receiving the bouquets. Those given fruit or candles reported no such change.

Thanks to Sprout here's a link to more information regarding this study:

No surprise about the fruit! Who really gets excited about fruit- unless of course it's Harry and Davids pears, well then watch out because I'll plow you down with my spoon in hand.

Flowers really do know how to perk a person up. I promise you that there is no better way to reward yourself for all that Spring cleaning than placing a beautiful arrangement on your dining room table. A few blooms spread throughout the house have the same effect too! You don't need one big bouquet to reap the benefits of fresh flowers. Bookmark and Share

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Succulents 2

Now we're at the reception of the amazing succulent wedding. It was at Heritage Hill State Park, this just happens to be where I got married as well- I'm just a little partial to this place.
This was the sign in table, the guest book was filled with personal tid-bits, photos, notes of their dating years. This was such a personal and intimate wedding filled with all sorts of amazing details.

They had an awesome display of family photos.

These are the hi-top centerpieces, potted succulents with feathers.

I didn't get a picture but they had beautiful hand stitched programs, in which they listed all of the wedding party with a little story about each person, the Bride's brother, a lawyer and actively involved with an African orphanage is single and has a profile on Now this is something I would like to know, if I had been a single gal attending this wedding as he was mighty handsome ;)

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Swoon... I love succulents, have a said that before? I dug this one out of the archives, it's a succulent bouquet we made last summer for a super cool wedding. There's also flowering kale, seedum, freesia and fern curls in here too.

This was the brides, it had the addition of feathers and amazing cymbidium orchids.

I would be perfectly content making these for the rest of my life, sure it's a lot of wiring and taping but in the end it's all worth it. These bouquets weighed a ton, literally, but the coolest part of these is that you can take it apart after your wedding and plant it. We did a sample succulent bouquet for a wedding show and I took it home, deconstructed it and now have two awesome thriving terrariums. It's the bouquet that keeps on giving...

The little clip on earring nestled in the succulent was the brides great grandmothers that she wore for her wedding day...just kidding. It was actaully just an employees grandma's stray earring that was begging to be incorporated into the bouquet. ;)

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

They're here!

Billboard bags are here! We have them in two sizes, the smaller retails for $15 and the larger for $20. They are super sturdy and stylish. You can use them for toting groceries or as your everyday bag!

Here's our terrarium guinea pig. We've got recycled glass in the bottom, soil and then a lovely baby tear. So far he seems very happy in there. In the next couple of weeks we hope to get more made up with moss, succulents and maybe even orchids. I love terrariums, maybe because of my intense love of succulents...

It's almost 6:00 here and it's 74 degrees out!!! I am such a happy girl!

I hope you're all enjoying the gorgeous day!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Is that you Spring? {Excuse the puppy picture, but seriously, how cute are they?}

Hello anemone, nice to see you thank you for gracing our Easter buffet, job well done. Even though you weren't covered in brown sugar and marshmallows, you sure held your own. Can you believe that color?

Ahh.. peony flowering tulips, you made Easter complete. You smell so nice and sweet too!
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Introducing Aubrey of Lemon Drop Studio

Today I would like to introduce one of our neighbors. Pam and Aubrey are photographers that share the studio space "Lemon Drop."

I had the pleasure of interviewing Aubrey to find out a little more about her, I'll post my interview with Pam at a later date.

Here's a shot of the studio, it's a great space and has a lot of personality.

AKS: What is it that you do?
AW: Photography and Design

AKS: What's your favorite part?
AW: Working one on one with my clients to create one-of-a-kinds.

AKS: Favorite comfort food?
AW: Pizza and chocolate and anything in between.

AKS: What inspires you?
AW:, textures, colors and old things

AKS: Where and how do you like to work?
AW: In the studio, at home, in nature, at others people's homes. Sometimes I like music on during editing, sometimes not.

AKS: Who do you share your abode with?
AW: Husband, 2 kiddos and a kitty

AKS: What's a quirky thing about you?
AW: I purchased a bag once that I loved so much I was afraid to use it. I finally used it after 6 months of just looking at it.

AKS: Favorite Season?
AW: Spring and Fall

AKS: Coffee or Tea?
AW: Diet Coke

AKS: Favorite books?
AW: Red Tent, Map of the World, Secret Lives of Bees, 4 Quarters of the Orange, etc...

AKS: Favorite movie?
AW: Life is Beautiful

AKS: Any hobbies?
AW: Thinking about sewing and painting, I don't have any hobbies really, I scrapbook once a year and I like to read. Photography is my main vein, which leads to a lot of design work.

AKS: Favorite flower?
AW: I love tulips and forget-me-nots

AKS: Who has changed your life?

AKS: One thing you want to do that you haven't yet?
AW: See the ocean!

AKS: Anything else?
AW: Please stop in and say hello anytime!

A big thank you to Aubrey for taking the time to let me interview her. You can learn more about Aubrey and see her work by visiting her blog at

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

New Study on the benefits of plants

{a philodendron brazil plant, really easy to care for}

From the May issue of Body and Soul magazine.

{a bromeliad, tropical}

"In a recent study of 90 patients recovering from surgery, Kansas State University researchers discovered that those with plants in their rooms had less anxiety and fatigue, lower blood pressure, and fewer intakes of pain medication than patients without plants. Contact with plant life appears to reduce stress, which in turn may help patients recuperate more quickly and experience less pain."

{a zebra plant}

Read: If you have a loved one in a hospital or nursing home, it wouldn't hurt to send them a plant and let them know that you're thinking of them! While you're at it why not surround yourself with plants in your own own home.
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Day 2

Tulips and ranunculus in a vase with green gel.

An adorable idea Rose saw on Martha Stewart and Better Homes and Garden. We used organic brown eggs, tulips, ranunculus, and daisies in a terracotta dish.

A close up of the super cute egg with a little crack in it...awww

Peony flowering tulips, stock and alstromeria... this arrangement is welcoming a new baby girl!

A bountiful mix of peony flowering tulips and scabiosa seed pods.

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Easter Day One

Assorted calla lilies in gorgeous spring shades.

Peony flowering tulips. These are absolutely stunning!

Allium and Scabiosa Seed pods.

Some of the Easter product commingling... just waiting to be made into fabulous arrangements!

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Thursday, April 9, 2009


It's Prom Season and the sparkly-er the better
The above corsage has fragrant hyacinth blossoms studded with crystal pins and accented with blue rhinestone sprays.

The classic red rose corsage with silver ribbon, sparkle and rhinestone accents.

White dendrobium orchids and hyacinth on a gorgeous crystal cuff.

Plum hyacinth accented with steel headed pins on a silver sequin band.

For the guys, a blush pink sweetheart rose boutonniere with seeded eucalyptus and silver bouillon loops.

Lavender sweetheart roses, plum hyacinth and gold bouillon twirls. You can't see it here but this on a stunning rhinestone bracelet and they were the sweetest couple ever! He had a swatch from her dress in his wallet...

This is the coordinating boutonniere for the corsage above, something a little different.

Cool pink bi-colored spray roses on a pearl bracelet.

Corsages and boutonnieres have really come a long way! Gone are the days of honking carnations and full size roses! We love creating these miniature works of art, the possibilities are endless!
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