Champagne and Chandeliers Event

12/22/14

The Champagne and Chandeliers event held at The Copper Hen was truly such an incredible evening. The goal was to come, be, feel, inspired. To promote togetherness. To fill our minds with good and work with our hands. To be challenged in a potentially new skill, and to sit and delve into unbelievable bits of both salty and sweet. 



We installed this chandelier for the event, but if you are local, you must stop by and see the final version. It's a double layered chandelier, hung with copper. I think it fits right into the space so well! 


Gingerbread cupcakes with cardamom cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberry+rosemary garnish cupcakes. These were SO amazing! Danielle is truly an incredible baker. 






This cheese was everything. I want to eat it for breakfast, please.



Chalk designs by Bear Fox Chalk









This was my favorite moment!




Meet Jeremy, my brother. Words can't even describe what he means to me, but he truly made this so possible...and he put up with my "umm can we move all of the tables over here? Oh wait, actually we need to move them all here. Oh wait, shoot, we were supposed to use theeese tables. So, sorry." His ideas are endless, his acceptance is abundant and he is the most incredible human. He flew from Nashville to help me put this on and not shown in photos, were all of the perfect round copper wire bases he formed and large quantities of custom copper hooks. 




 Such a beautiful group! It was so incredible to see everyone's style of wreath and chandelier that they were drawn to. They were all so different and I was truly inspired by each one throughout the floral workshop. 


Thank you to Lydia and Emilie for capturing the evening so well. These two sisters are so talented and have the most beautiful hearts. I was originally drawn to them for the work they produce, but ended up falling in love with them as individuals. Make sure to check out their website!  



1. Blooms - Koehler and Dramm
2. Apron - Askov Finlayson
4. Champagne - Veuve Clicquot
5. Copper - Home Depot
6. Chalk Design - Bear Fox Chalk
7. Venue - The Copper Hen
8. Photographers - L&E Photography


Copper Mantle

12/17/14

Yikes, I've been on a huge copper obsession. I blame my father in law because he built an entire bathroom made of copper. Copper walls from floor to ceiling, copper details, copper sink, everything. It definitely formed a love for copper for Max and I, and lately I've been able to find new uses for it. I've been exploring the home improvement stores and falling madly in love with this metal. Lately, the fireplace mantle in our living room has been sort of a catch all for the copper goodness. I think I kind of like it. 





Oh, and a little bit of brass thrown in too is always a good thing. 

Copper+Eucalyptus+Orange Tree

12/17/14

It seems like every year when Christmas comes, I want to buy new different ornaments. It makes it so special to have new items on the tree mixed with ones that are years old and filled with nostalgia. This year, I told myself I wouldn't buy anything new and that I had to think of things I already had and make them new. I ended up using dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, bare copper wire, and eucalyptus.  All things I weirdly had, but you could also use string, bakers twine, or any bloom you even find outside. 



Straight copper bare wire turned from this: 



to this: 


I think it's safe to talk about my obsession for metals. I love this exposed wire mixed with copper details. SO lovely to my eyes. 

It's a week before Christmas and I finally got it decorated. Classic. Lue woke up at 5:00am this morning and we plowed through the piles of dirty dishes while listening to Christmas music and taking breaks to eat waffles and bananas. I've been having her "help" do dishes lately and she is obsessed with standing at the kitchen sink on top of the aluminum step stool and "helping".  The sun was just rising when I finished and it seemed like one of those extremely long, but slow and beautiful mornings.


Tree topper made of dried orange, eucalyptus and cinnamon!





I love when you can see the trunk of Christmas trees! Favorite element for sure, and seems to give off a minimalist feel. 



I found this metal base a few years ago at an Estate Sale in Edina. One of my favorite Christmas items for sure. I wonder what it's history is.



Finished and super simple this year. I wish I could leave it up all year. Our living room smells overwhelmingly like pine, eucalyptus, orange and cinnamon. YES to this. There are so many fun ideas that would be great to try, like drying out blueberries and making garland from them. Or experimenting with different fruits, cotton blooms, or foraged items from Fall and saving them til winter for tree decor. The possibilities are bountiful! 

Merry (crazy week before) Christmas! 



Floral Crowns for Eggs

12/17/14



While I wouldn't label myself a florist, working with blooms have always been a huge passion of mine. This summer I spent a lot of time at the community garden pulling weeds, harvesting the community herbs, florals, and vegetables and I spent much of my life growing up watching and learning from my Mom always working with her hands designing wreaths and floral arrangements. It has become one of my most peaceful hobbies. The varieties of blooms are endless, welcoming, and I especially love the process of foraging herbs or foliage and experiencing their drying out process. I still have a lot to learn, but it's been really fun to play.




Our chickens have been producing the sweetest eggs lately. Their brown eggs are growing in size and the soft robin's egg blue eggs are small in stature but obsessively gorgeous. It is an absolute treat to collect eggs each morning and I thank them each time and think it's just such a beautiful cycle. They have become sweet friends of mine, who I talk with each day and I hope they love their life. 

I am huge on celebrating the nothingness in life. Celebrating the mundane, being overly excited about the little things and seeking joy in the tiny. For me, why not. Why not celebrate anything and everything with the most joy that we can conjure up and experience life to the fullest, even if it's for small moments here or there in between the crazy. 


These crowns are made of copper, rosemary, eucalyptus, and dried sweet annie.


Lue fell asleep, I had wine in hand, and went to town making these little floral crowns for my eggs. I hope it made them feel fancy. I gave them all away the next day, in hopes to bring some sort of glimpse of joy to those who received them. 







Seriously, floral crowns for fresh eggs? Why not. 



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