Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fun With Flowers

This morning I read a post by Stacey of Poofing the Pillows titled "When It Feels Like Your Creativity and Motivation Are Just Gone!" - Stacey has a good excuse because they are in the process of building a house.

I on the other hand have projects waiting like painting the back porch and sewing new covers for the chaises in the garden, but I can't seem to push myself.

So, rather than tackle one of the big ticket items on my list, I headed to Trader Joe's.

These days my creativity seems to be limited to photography 

and I decided to buy flowers and have fun simply styling them and taking pictures.

 5 different bouquets of flowers became the props for playing with my camera.

I keep seeing pics on Instagram with a bag of flowers hanging on a hook - this is my version.

Another pic I see is flowers (in some sort of container) on a chair - I like my massive lavender plant peeking out in the background.

This spring, bicycle baskets filled with flowers catch my eye on IG - I staged mine in front of a favorite house in my neighborhood knowing that the out of town owners wouldn't be around.

After snapping the photos, I had to find homes for the flowers - I think my new pig on wheels makes a nice accompaniment to the daisies.

The vignette I set up last week before we headed to Sacramento to visit our daughter was looking really sad,

so I spiffed it up with the purple freesia - at least I think that's what the flowers are!

I have loads of asparagus fern in the garden, 

but it's a pain to sweep up and the carnations seem to last forever.

I added left over greenery to this bowl on the dining room - Lulu was a bad girl when we were in Sacramento and ate my new air plants that were sitting in the bowl.

It was fun to play with flowers and my camera and now I'm motivated to play with flowers and stripes - new chaise covers and pillows coming soon!


Brenda Pruitt said...

Taking photographs is being creative! It's one of my true loves. I love, love your vignettes!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

You are being creative with your beautiful photo's and flowers.

Lulu is punishing you for not taking her with you. They can sure make us feel bad, can't they? Since I don't work anymore my are rotten and give me the eye if I stay out to long. LOL

Your home always looks so nice, warm and welcoming. Have fun making your chaise covers. You are not alone, there are days that I don't want to do anything and my creative juices have dried up.

Enjoy our great weather. Waldo and Lili send woof's to Lulu.


Joy@aVintageGreen said...

What a breath of fresh air Carol, I needed a break and you provided a lovely one. Thanks.

ANNE said...

Beautiful job Carol! I want your bike!!!!! I really love the flowers in a bag hung from a rack as well. Lovely touches :)

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH- that LULU!!! She's a LULU alright! lol
Your photographs are beautiful and sometimes that is the best art form ever. I am not much at it and don't even have a decent camera but you take lovely photos.
Hope you have a great rest of the week. xo Diana

Connie said...

Hi Carol, great fabric choices for your chaise and pillows. Your photography is truly beautiful, I wouldn't be surprised to find that you are showing it in a gallery show one of these days.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

The camera has become my best friend, I MEAN IT! Oh Carol, I can tell you stories about how photography has changed my artistic direction. I still intend to make a book with my poetry, and photography is the niche I found to do so. What I've been loving is having a bouquet of flowers to enjoy in a vase, then as they wilt, to use them in other capacities, and get as much out of them in photos. I follow a young Japanese photographer on IG that makes the best flat flower photos. There's another way to use flowers!

The season of magic is upon us. Here in Minneapolis, it's still a tad cool, but yesterday was sunny and promising. Keep that camera battery charged!

Stacey said...

Oh gosh, you are so sweet and so wise! When our creativity wanes maybe we should just pick one thing to focus on! Flowers are the perfect place to start.

Nothing you have ever done looks sad. Just want you to know that! :)

My Cozy Casita said...

So beautiful all your flower decoration around your lovely cottage I always enjoy your blog I'm the same this year not to creative my alegia is bad this year
Have e happy Spring time
Stop by my blog I love to see comments on my post
Have blessing day

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I enjoy taking photos also. Your beautiful captures here inspire me.

Happy Spring and thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

Jeanna said...

Spring has sprung in your lovely cottage by the sea. Everything looks so nice. I can't wait to see the new chair coverings.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your vignettes inspire me always and those fresh flowers...gorgeous! Enjoy and I hope it inspires more creativity. I'm in such a blog slump but hoping Spring will give me a boost! Hugs!

Sandy said...

Carol, I love looking at photos of your home! Styling flowers for photography is so much fun! I need to play with my big Canon camera again. I've gotten lazy and only use my phone now. What color of white did you use when you painted your walls? Everything really shows up nicely with your walls since you lightened them. Your home and photography are beautiful. -Sandy from Leminlanefreshrestyled

20 North Ora said...

So fresh and Springy!! Love all of your vignettes and can't wait to see your chaise covers and pillows. I know they will be beautiful.


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol we all change our creative directions from time to time and your photography is stunning. Your approach in retirement inspires us to seek the simple beauty found all around us and right now you are expressing yourself beautifully with photographing blooms and gracing your cottage with vignettes laced with natures beauty.

Helen Philipps said...

Love all your gorgeous flower pictures Carol!! Photography is an art form too.... (And I love those stripes!)
Helen xox

Rhondi said...

All your flowers are so prettying! Looks like you had fun playing with them!

Melanie said...

Isn't it fun to go with whatever you're feeling? If you're not feeling like sewing or painting the porch, but want to play with flowers and photography - spot on! Your vignettes are gorgeous.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Taking photos of what you've done is the most fun part of blogging! Your photos are gorgeous and I thank you for sharing them here today!

Susie said...

Carol, I think you did the right thing....get those flowers to brighten things up for a new view....I loved it all. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful photos! xoxo Su

Vicky Hunt said...

You always have the prettiest photos to look at. I love the new fabric for your chaise lounges. So pretty! I can't wait to see them. Have a lovely Friday and weekend.

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

The crocuses are out in N.Y., but that's all. I can't wait for the rest of the flowers to follow. You flowers look so pretty the way that you staged them.

HWIT BLOGG said...

Love from Titti

Jann Olson said...

Carol, you always take such gorgeous photos of flowers. I have not had a spare minute to play. Between doing spring clean up and another estate sale I've barely had time to breath. lol!

Poppy said...

Your charming and cheery vignettes are in themselves pure inspiration!


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, each and every photo is an inspiration. I have found myself more into photography the last year and creating more artwork from it. I am loving this direction and your photo art is so inspiring.
Have a great week ahead.

Carla said...

You always have such beautiful flowers to work with. And you're so good at staging them.