Well my goodness… I didn’t mean to take such a long break but I guess thats what I did! Lots of weddings this summer and lots of other things going on too!
First I have to tell you I am deep in faerie heaven!
“Faerie Head Quarters”
There is a huge fund raiser for the local Santa Barbara Community Environmental council in October and they hired me as the designer of the event. Now some may not realize this but when people ask me for a “green” party that means something a bit different to me. Not only will the party be as environmentally friendly as possible but green to me brings in the mythological forest beings as well. Soooo… This party will be a beautiful celtic themed forest complete with hundreds of trees and a faerie queen and the green man and loads of faeries and elves. Therefore I have been buried in making costumes and fantastical table top “trees” as centerpieces. Lots and lots of fun. Here are some of our lovely actors being fitted for their magical transformation.
Details of “Indigo” and “Moss”
Here are some of the mossy eclectic “trees” that will be some of the centerpieces. They will have hanging candles and lots of small ferns and plants at the base with the addition of mushrooms and more moss.
I love putting in lots of details, here is a birds nest along side a pine cone.
All the while we have been working on the faerie party the house was being re-plastered and painted (it looks a bit like it snowed around here what with the plaster dust and overspray). This meant that I had to rip off all the beautiful flowers on the front of the house and then in the process of the men working on the house the remaining garden was pretty much trampled. Now I love an overgrown packed full garden so everything only looked lovely and complete to me in this last year having planted from scratch 4 years ago. Well I guess I get to have a “do-over” on the garden. The men just finished last week so I went out and splurged on several large plants (I am impatient and do not want to wait another 4 years!).
I got the most lovely trailing rose called “Flutterby” with the most beautiful yellow and salmon 4 petal roses. I also got all my favorites like sage, lavender, rosemary, scented geranium, penstemon, jasmine and a few other goodies.
This is the most wonderful smelling flower called snail flower (I think). I placed it right next to the front door so every time you come in and out the scent wafts into the room. I will take more pictures as the garden progresses.
Well if the outside of the house was having a makeover I felt like I needed to address the inside. I mean if you wash the outside of the car you kind of need to clean out the inside too or it just doesn’t feel right. Soooo on top of everything else I started overhauling the interiors.
2 years ago we had to evacuate in one of California’s crazy wildfires. We had enough notice so we literally packed it all up! It went into storage and I have only just started puling things out bit by bit. Reworking the interiors meant that I got to pull out tons of stuff and redecorate. It has felt like Christmas as I open box upon box of my precious goodies that I haven’t seen for 2 years!
My vintage suitcases and fun trunks. I hung lots of saris and a beautiful Indian lamp.
More saris, a vintage lamp and one of my pastel and charcoal drawings. I tried copping one of Brian Frouds art pieces… boy is that man an artist!!
I also made a Birch branch garland with twinkle lights woven in. I also tucked in a few hanging crystals and a faerie or two (of course!). It casts the most beautiful glow.
Yea my dragonfly lamp is back!!!!
I hung the Faerie Brides wings from my faerie and elf wedding photo shoot over a lovely cabinet my husband got me for my birthday which is sitting on a vintage trunk.
As with the garden the house isn’t finished yet so I will share more pictures as I finish each room.
I have also had the pleasure of creating several fun weddings that I will share pictures of when the photographers give me copies. Mostly they were wonderful eclectic vintage affairs (my favorite!).
Lastly I will leave you with a picture my girlfriend took of one of my all time favorite rock goddesses, Stevie Nicks.
Remember a post I wrote a while back about wanting more magic in my life? Well I got it in spades.
I got to go to a Stevie Nicks concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. We had sixth row seats but spent most of the evening dancing right in front of the stage. Very soon I will tell you the full story which involves a set of faerie wings that lead to another set of faerie wings for a very special girl and tons of amazing serendipitous moments. For now enjoy this picture, this is how close we were able to get! Can you believe she is 62? What an amazing woman!