Following my sister: Southeast Asia

Remember this little series?  Africa, Bavaria, Scotland, India.

I think I pooped out sometime around when Oliver had his surgery. Yesterday Jamie, Oliver, Harry, and I went to the bluebell wood to take some pictures. It feels so good to have her here.  She is such a caretaker and as much as I hate to admit it, I truly need caring for.  Since she’s been back she’s cleaned out my fridge, taken my kids on adventures, babysat, done my dishes, and now taken some beautiful Flora Forager head shots.  She never asks for anything in return. There’s nothing like a good sister…and I have two!

But back to the past and her more nomadic days…these are a smorgasbord from her posts on Vietnam and Thailand. You can see more on her blog.Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.18.35 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.18.52 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.19.01 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.19.08 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.19.19 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.19.30 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.20.01 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.20.15 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.20.25 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.20.35 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.20.45 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.20.53 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.22.22 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.22.35 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.22.41 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.22.47 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.23.05 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.23.11 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.23.57 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.24.04 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.24.10 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.24.20 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.24.35 AM

Flora Foraging with Stella McCartney Kids!

My three wild boys and my dear friend Sarah’s sweet little girls went on a foraging adventure for Stella Kids! See our pictures and shop the new spring line at Stella McCartney.

They dressed up in the most darling designed clothes inspired by the English countryside, and then went on a jaunt to the arboretum and the conservatory. They had the sillies for sure!

I can’t tell you how delighted I was when Stella Kids asked me to collaborate. I adore them! I made some pieces inspired by their new spring line, choosing to work within a fantasy theme.

Hazel wore a unicorn dress, so of course I made a unicorn.

Harry wore the little froggy cape so I made a frog prince.

I made a dragon simply because my son Finn asked me to make one for him, and children have the best ideas! And I felt it coincided well with Stella’s whimsy.

A red castle for the castles in the English countryside.

A crown for Stella’s perfume.  It has peony, amber, and rose.  And the bottle is purple!  How could I resist making a piece inspired by that?!

Afterward we came home to make a rainbow out of some flowers I had “foraged” from the market. We had so much fun!

Thank you Stella, for inspiring such a fun, flowery afternoon! xx

P.S. Harry and Fiona were born the same day, (one in Scotland and one in Seattle). We call them “the twins”.

Rosemary and Thyme

I’ve been gardening. I was sluggish about it this year so I sat down on my front stoop drinking coffee on saturday morning until I could. not. stand. it. any. longer. Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 3.21.52 PMI pulled one weed, which turned into two, then more, then all of the garden patch along the path. Then pruning, and fertilizer, and slug bait, and then the desire for the scent of cypress and lavender and tall italian sunflowers…

Now I have some frilly silver lavender, hidecote english lavender, and “snow white” cypress ready to go in,  three different varieties of sunflower seeds: sunzilla, multicolored, and chocolate.

I’ve been watching the British murder mystery series Rosemary and Thyme and not only do I love a fun mystery and those two dear ladies, I adore the gardens!  It’s so inspiring to see an unruly plot of land turn into an organized, beautiful spot in the span of one week. I figured it was high time I took some of my own English garden dreams into my hands.  I’ve always opted for the meadow flower approach with flowers going every which way, from seeds I scattered without any care. But lately I’ve been craving more symmetry and balance.

Here are some examples of my last house. We called it The Collins Cottage: my house garden my garden house my garden Granted, this was when it was at its most beautiful. It didn’t always look so colorful and meadowy! In fact, as soon as everything started to die, it was a huge undertaking to clean up! And with a newborn on a blanket crying for me in the grass it was nearly impossible to ever feel like I could do it justice!

So. I’d like to have a bit more control over my current garden. The lavender and cypress trees will flank the path at the front, then my box hedges will shadow them, and in between I’ll put my fillers and creepers and more cottage-ish fare.  I am always so eager to see it all grown at the start that I put everything much too close together.  I’m going to space my plants out and let them grow into each other. We’ll see how it turns out!


IMG_1334I adore pink.  People often call stone or earth colors natural, but in nature, pink is as natural as it comes.  It’s just more illusive!  In the following collage all of the images are mine except the moth*. flora forager *I apologize for not knowing who the original moth author is!  If you do know, please tell me so I can credit :) And I’d also really love to know what kind of moth it is!