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 Beauty is fleeting. And, so is life.

I’ve always known that great things sit atop cake stands… but this arrangement I did with my family for Pottery Barn, captured by the crazy talented Diana Daley Photographers is an absolute perfect display of whimsical, laid back sophistication. I mean, seriously have you ever seen baby blueberries, fresh cut maple leaves and a dried longleaf hydrangea look so beautiful before?

Being with your favorite women (with strong ideas and creative energies) surrounded by a gorgeous garden all makes for a day of beauty and one really interesting arrangement!  :) And you can see the whole project with my Mom, Grandmother and cousin if you click right here.

My favorite colors for spring are interesting including a variety of natural yellows,whites, corals, and deep greens. From buds to blooms to crumpling leaves in decay I incorporate all stages of life for a loose, organic, lush, natural and wild look.

What flowers should you use? Whatever makes you smile! I love expressive flowers like peonies, ranunculus and sweet peas, and rich roses alongside local, seasonal varieties. I am fond of flowers I’ve grown, or someone I know has grown – like from my Grandmother’s garden.

Nature has the best flowers. Whether foraging yourself or visiting others that do, local growers passionate about growing beautiful flowers are everywhere. Farmer’s Markets & independent garden stores are the best resource for local flowers. I love to visit mine. However, snipping greenery from pretty plants, yard trees, and bushes on your walk home is just perfect. Urban foraging is a great way to add loose, organic movement to your arrangement.

For a wild, lyrical look I recommend asymmetrical design verses geometric styles. If you look at your design and you love it then trust yourself. You’ve got it!

My grandmother, Margie Tygart, is the 87 year old in the pics. She’s a flower expert. In fact,there is a statue in her town center in honor of her natural flower arrangements called The Butterfly Girl. The video link is below. Margie says, “don’t be afraid to cut your flowers at different heights—having depth and variation will give your arrangement an airy and natural feel.”

While vases are classic vessels, I favor unusual pieces with large openings. A cake stand is perfect! A wider opening means more flowers. Plus, it allows them to fall naturally and encourages more movement.

A cake stand flower arrangement is fabulous for showers, events, rehearsal dinners and wedding because the base can be kept for years to come. It’s so meaningful and resourceful. It’s gorgeous!

It’s really all about creating a beautiful little platter, a pretty story atop the charger of your life.The heights & textures of your greatest dreams, and all the things that have make you – you make the most beautiful vignette. Everything you need can be found within you and around you.

You’ll be amazed at what you are capable of creating.

I’d love to see your story exactly as you arrange it atop your Pottery Barn cake stand.

Show me. Good luck and merry flower making!

Cake Stand: Pottery Barn

Venue: Garden of the Coastal Plain

Photography: Diana Daley Photography

Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers

Stylist: Lauren Weems, Camp Makery

Supplies: Syndicate Sales

Flowers: Statesboro Farmer’s MarketCalifornia Flowers

Inspiration: Slow Flowers by Debra Prinzing

Okay, we have been living in our house over a year now. If you have visited you probably noticed that seating is an issue, a real issue. We don’t have any chairs. In my defense, I was pregnant and on bed rest for most of our tenure here. I don’t know how to explain the 8 months since Bea’s arrival. I guess, I have just been lazy. Or, perhaps too picky.

When GG visited last week she was very bothered that we did not have any dining room chairs. And, you know what that means. She initiated a mission. Operation Find the Hulseys Something to Sit On. She scoured the furniture stores and antique stores. And, I think she hit a few yard sales. She preyed upon every possible furniture vendor in the area. She loved every minute of it.

The results of her frisking: six dynamite chairs.

She probed. She proded. And ultimately she rummaged until she won. This was her steeple chase. Ours, too. We are the ones who reaped the benefit of her grouse.

She pressed-on even after the gunning-down. Shetook the project a step further. She did not just win, she REALLY scored. She suggested that my mom give them to us for Christmas. Go Granma, go! So, thank you Grandmother and thank you Mom. The chairs are in great condition. They are beautiful. They will look marvelous once we have them recovered. Better, you will have a place to sit when you visit next.

May all of YOUR coursing’s reap a capture. May all of your sifting, snooping, shopping and sporting result with such booty.

Sitting pretty,



Antique ChairsWe brought them home on Saturday.

Here’s a close up. The seats are in immaculate condition but they are gold, like the gold of church pews. The gold doesn’t really match our decor. Close up of Antique ChairMaybe I can con Lauren into helping me pick out some fabric. Lauren, yew-hew, sweet decorater one: I need your help.OrLea, you are good with this kind of thing, too. I do like the wood work of the chairs. Brian is thinking about painting them black. What do you think? Oh, if you are wondering the location of the capture, we found them a Heritage House Antiques on Highway 80 in Brooklet.

Pedal arrivedAs the Rover pulled into the drive, I could see the package staring at me from the side stoop. There it is. The little brown package is for me! Bubbling with excitement, I flung open the cardoor to race to the loot left by the brown-truck-gods. MY SEWING MACHINE PEDAL AND OWNERS MANUEL HAVE ARRIVED. It’s absence has been missed, and honestly admitted, convenient. I have been able to procrastinate all my fun projects by justifying the delay. “I do not have a pedal on my machine,” Ienthused myself. No more excuses. It is here.

sp_bright sky blue floral canvas or duck, pale green tonal calico

It’s advent upon my house brings new fervor to my sewing aspirations. Since the packages’ arrival, I have ordered a pouch pattern so that I can attempt to make Beatrice and I a new pouch. We love ours so much. A new design would add some mojo to our assortment. Here’s the fabric I selected,

sp_bright sky blue floral canvas or duck, pale green tonal calico

Realizing that it is flamboyant, our other one is khaki and white. GG said with lack of any eloquence, “it’s not very attractive.” This is coming from a woman who wears fluorescent flops with a metallic ball slammed against the large toe. A grain of salt couldn’t be less offensive. I just let it roll off my back because I LIKE my plain, classicsnow flowerson brown pouch. You can get a glimpse of the sewfunky pouch on one of my earlier posts, here.

What do you think? Do you think this fabric selection screams too loudly? I can always make others. But, I have to start somewhere.I will keep you posted to my progress. It has been a very long time since I have sewn. Wish me luck, lots of luck.