Tinkering with a new headband style this weekend, composed of a pink velvet flower I made, a beautiful white silk Camellia flower and bud (with silk leaves), dried natural yellow Craspedia, natural dried lavender Limonium (statice) and a little natural dried Gomphrena from Mom’s garden. Once I finish the backing, I think I will list it in my Etsy shop


A childhood friend agreed to be my guinea pig and commissioned a holiday fascinator, my first ever!  Janet gave me complete freedom in the colours, design, etc so I chose to use rich warm colours and textures that hopefully say Holiday without being too literal!

I used lavender and heather dried from my mom’s garden, dried red mini roses I snipped from my apartment rose, and dried white and pink dried roses from my mom’s garden in Robert’s Creek.  I accented with a bit of navy veiling and gold and mossy green velvet millinery leaves, all attached to a navy sinamay base!  It’s nearly complete and I think it turned out pretty well for my first try!

I haven’t posted my iPhone photos in a while, September was busy but quiet, as Ryan left for school the first week of the month.  Rohebo is keeping me company!  I experimented with drying pink roses and craspedia (billy balls) and made a pretty new style of boutonniere with dried lavender my mom dried for me from her garden.  I made my first movie with clips I shot at Lost Lagoon at night!

While grocery shopping a few weeks ago, I spotted a few bunches of these gorgeously fun billy balls (Genus Craspedia) and I snatched them up!  I thought pairing them with these adorable baby pink roses and a few sprigs of lavender my mom grew and dried might be a sweet combination!  Our living room is a dried flower factory right now with rows and rows of dried baby roses, billy balls and a few other testers I’m trying out!  Check out the new design listed now in my Etsy shop!

I’ve been so lucky recently to have worked with some great clients on some neat custom etsy projects!  A fun, whimsical natural dried rose crown (with roses my mom dried for me from her own garden) and a gorgeous set of deep purple and cream boutonnieres and corsages for a bridal party! I can’t wait to see the wedding photos of these lovely brides!  Thanks so much for working with me ladies! xoxo

Tracy and I drove to Port Moody to visit arOka Vintage’s Grand Opening and Market Sale on Saturday afternoon!  The house and beautiful garden were teeming with inspiring tables and vendors with their jewelry, eco-friendly wedding dresses by Patty Nayel of Pure Magnolia in North Vancouver, photography, beautiful snacks and vintage finds for sale!  Inside the adorable house was furniture for sale/rent, decorative vases and glassware, bins of vintage costume jewelry – brooches, necklaces, earrings – and a boudoir of frothy vintage party dresses!  I wish I would have had access to this wonderful boutique when I was planning and collecting pieces for our wedding!!  If you’re getting married and want vintage pieces or inspiration, I would highly recommend visiting arOka Vintage!

Continued from my last post, Suki and Surinder daughter Romeena planned a surprise 20th Anniversay party!  Romeena, Neetika and Rajan surprised their mom and dad out front of the Coal Harbour Community Centre and were greeted inside by their closest friends and family!  Surprise!!  The evening was filled with delicious food, wonderful company and of course, it wouldn’t be a party without the dancing!!  Happy 20th Anniversary Suki and Surinder, wishing you another 20 wonderful years!  Photos by both me and Ryan (who took a large portion of those included in this post – great job Ry!)