Bond...Anna Bond....

Have you seen the Wallpaper collection from Rifle Paper Co?  I love love L * O * V * E Anna Bond's work so much ... and now that she has added this wallpaper to her mix, I love her work even more.  (Now I just need to find a place to put some of it up!!!) Here are a few of my favorites....

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You can view the rest of the fantastic collection here.

Rachel & Joe

I have pictures to share! Wedding pictures of a beautiful day.  A Saint Patrick's Day fete- filled with love and fun and flowers flowers flowers. 

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I hope the pictures speak for themselves.  (But COME ON isn't that last picture the BEST?! I will tell you, I didn't even know it snowed that night...I was so in bed by the time it started....) I cannot even begin to tell you how honored I was to be a part of this wedding. So honored.  My bestest most heart-felt wishes to you both Mr. Doctor & Mrs. Doctor.  Here's to a lifetime filled with love and laughter.

All pictures courtesy of Colin Lyons Photography.  (They are beautiful...thank you!!!)

Liz, Joe, Style Me Pretty & Me! (Wheeeeeeee!)

I received an email this week while it was stormy and cloudy out.  An email from a wedding planner I worked with last year on the sweeeeetest little wedding saying that it was going to be published on Style Me Pretty today.  Whaaat?  (I didn't know they had put it in for submission.) The rain stopped, the clouds parted, the sun started to shine and birds started to sing!  Okay- it still was storming outside, but here inside the house of Blue, it was all sunshine. 

I met Liz & Joe (Mr. and Mrs. Bankmann if you please) while I was installing a wedding that they were shooting- they are photographers!  I knew immediately that they were both...special.  Good ju-ju, kindred spirits and all.  Fast forward a year later and I am the florist for their wedding.  (At Blumen Gardens, one of my favorite places evah!!!!)

Liz hand-crafted so many amazing, beautiful elements for the day.  When I went over to their studio to pick up the million or so jars & bottles Liz had painted-that I was filling with flowers, it looked like a craft store had exploded and  had a major MAJOR party in their place.  I was in awe of all of the big & small details she had created.  The result, I think- amazing. 

Flower-wise, the day was FILLED with the best that June has to offer- peonies, sweet-peas, garden roses, mock orange, Queen Ann's lace ...sigh!

Fast forward a year- which is now (yes it is almost their first anniversary!!!) and here is their sweet sweet day on Style Me Pretty!  Thank you so much Liz & Joe for letting me be a part of your happiness! Thank you Style Me Pretty for clearing up such a cloudy day.  You can see the full post right here

All photos above by Allison Williams Photography


A friend asked me recently if I was familiar with photographer Kirsty Mitchell's work.  I said I was not.  In response to my comment, I was sent a link to the most beautiful, inspiring, nature-saturated series of pictures aptly called "Wonderland".  The photographs were created as tribute to Mitchell's mother, a lover of all stories.  The story Mitchell tells through her lens is a grown up version of true wonder -  a journey according to Mitchell that was about, "creating an unexplained storybook without words, dedicated to her, that would echo the fragments of the fairytales she read to me constantly as a child."

  Be careful... once you go tumbling down this rabbit hole, its awfully hard to come out again. 

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View the full gallery of this series (I only picked a handful!!!), plus others on Kirsty Mitchell's website -  here

Knock Knock...its May Day

Lets set the scene.  The place:  JB Nelson elementary school, Mrs. Werneke's first grade class.  The date: May the first.  The year: well, we don't really need to go into that much detail, do we?  Let us just say, it was a while ago. The plan: to secretly deliver May Day surprises.  We, as a collective class had been plotting and planning and pasting pretty paper into handled cones that would be filled to the brim with popcorn and candy for distribution. We crafted multiple multicolored cones- it was our version of the traditional May Day basket.  The recipients:  Office secretaries.  Kindergarteners.  Other first graders.  Second graders.  If we were feeling really benevolent, possibly the third or fourth graders. Not the fifth or six graders.  After creating our cones and filling them generously with our treats (Mrs. Werneke even brought in her new air-popper for fresh popcorn!) we would sneak far from stealthily down the hallways- one classroom at a time- to hang our gift on the doorknob of the chosen classroom and knock loudly. Then, without waiting for the door to open- (May Day gifts are supposed to come from an unknown source!) we made a crazed dash, giggling like mad-men back to our classroom to await orders for the next assignment.  We were professional first grade May Day bombers.  It is a tradition that I still love.  But, you know me... air-popped popcorn and candies have given way to the more traditional May Day offering- flowers.  (But I still am a sucker for a paper cone!)

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Not so secretively, the boys brought their teachers May Day cones.  But if you should hear some giggling and footsteps at by your front door- it could, just maybe be me & Iris leaving you a little May Day treat. 

Its those little things that have stuck with me.  (Thanks Mrs. Werneke!) Happy May Day!

Footwear & Flowers

The spring/summer look-book for Christian Louboutin, photographed by Peter Lippman is crazy good eye candy- for all of us who love shoes (who doesn't?) and flowers.  Inspired by impressionist art- it looks like this season is coming up red-soled roses.

This Moment

{This Moment}

A Friday ritual.  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

-Amanda Blake

Inspired by Soule Mama's fantastic Friday photos. (Thank you!)

An Afternoon Tale of A Bedtime Story

When I was pregnant with Ezra I promised him (and myself) the only thing I would never say no to when he asked for something would be books.  I have held true to my promise.  (I still remember the day I made the tryst - sitting in a Barnes & Noble children's section...belly like a watermelon- delighting in the huge pile of beautiful books I was buying for my little yet-to-be-born boy.)  We have amassed a massive collection of tales. Most of them are treasures- well worn stories that have been read from cover to cover so many times they are now coverless, dogeared and lovingly damaged.  It comes as no surprise to me that each of the children love to read (well, Ezra loves to read...Avery & Iris love to think they are reading...) and be read to.  This past fall one of my favorite artists released her second book- and it is a dream.  A beautiful glimpse into the strange and wonderful world of Emily Winfield Martin. 

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I have never met Emily- but as you know I am such a huge huge huge fan of her work- when I saw this book sitting on the "Books Every Child Should Own" display at Barnes & Noble I felt this huge rush of pride come over me, as if we were best of friends.

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I sat down (on a kids chair of course!) in the store and devoured it.  Longed to jump into its pages.  Dreamt of what my animal would be, and where we would go.  Loved it instantly. 

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The tales in which a friend (furred, finned or feathered) takes you to your very own dream adventure.  We have had many discussions on which animal comes for each of us as we drift off to sleep- where we go- who we visit- and maybe, sometimes is it okay if I can come too?  It is a story that makes up so many more stories and dares children to dream up ones of their own.  The book was a gift for Iris, and maybe one day she will love it, but perhaps Santa should have known better and given it to me (!) or given it to its proper owner; my strange, wonderful, imaginative not-so-little Ezra.  A promise that is still being (and will always be) fulfilled.

The book is available EVERYWHERE (as it should be!) ...but is available as a signed copy in Emily's Etsy store- The Black Apple

This Moment


This moment.  A Friday ritual.  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  - Amanda Blake

Inspired by Soule Mama's fantastic Friday photos.  (Thank you!)


This Moment

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This moment.  A Friday ritual.  A single photo- no words- capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - Amanda Blake

Inspired by Soule Mama's fantastic Friday photos.  (Thank you!)