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Entries in flower (43)

Wednesday
Apr162014

waiting and magnolias

There are many correlations between the last few weeks of pregnancy and the magnolias blooming. For two glorious weeks you experience many joys like rest, friends, indulgence, and feeling the most put together you'll ever be in your adult life. But yet, you know that every day inches closer to experiencing spring weather. And meeting your first baby for the first time. A new season.

Waiting makes the days feel SO long. Here's to embracing that place called anticipation, where excited & nervous are one in the same.

Wednesday
Nov132013

an urban {rustic fall} wedding

Just a few short days ago was the anniversary of two wonderful people. Their wedding was such a blast, and I'm so excited to share a few snapshots of their day.

One way I love to style a wedding is to offer brides-to-be a "decor plan" and inspiration that I art direct, but they find the labor to implement. This was one such wedding.

The vision of the bride was to have an urban fall theme, with a touch of rustic. Rustic that does not include a hint of country—no burlap or mason jars allowed. Fair enough.

Using strands of wheat, scattered throughout the flowers & reception, we brought in both the season and rural texture. To compliment the wheat, we also had a number of corn husk flowers in the reception decor.

One highlight of the event was the entrance of the bride, who appeared with an acoustic performance of the song by The Lumineers. It was such a surprise and so touching!

Breakfast was a major part in the courtship of the couple, so for reception fare they had a wide range of breakfast for dinner. Including a pancake station where the guests had to catch their pancakes mid air.

In place of mason jars, we used painted tin cans in various shades of copper and gray. And for favors, an eclectic collection of coffee mugs. So fun!

And that gives you a glimpse into this lovely autumn event!

Happy Anniversary, Friends! It was truly wonderful to play a part in your special day.

Photography by: Feels Like Today Photography // Blog // Facebook
Styling & Flowers by: Amanda O'Rourke

Thursday
Jun202013

selling flowers at the market

My goodness it's nice to post some real photos. Here's a glimpse of my May venture.

Gotta sneak in a before. That way the "afters" are more exciting.

Overall I'm not sure this was a profitable gig, BUT I did have fun being a part of the market community and more importantly I'll most likely get a few paid projects from the networking. So still a small success. Being self-employed, it's always a risk to take on new ventures and always always a learning curve.

It also doesn't hurt when a trendy girl exclaims, "This looks like the cover of Pinterest!" as she sees my table. I love myself a good ol' ego boost.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday
May202013

where has the time gone?

Last I knew—it was mid April, I was desperately awaiting spring weather, living in survival mode (potentially a bit depressed), uncertain of the future, and completely uninspired. Wow how life has changed.

May is nearly gone! I have 10 projects for the blog (that are only halfway done), life is running on full steam, the calendar is quickly filling up, my husband accepted a full time job (only temporary), and I'm scrambling to throw together a 30th birthday party for him. Sheesh!

Since I last posted, it's been mostly work, a little play, and LOTS of flowers. I've got 3 weeks of selling flowers at the Farmer's Market under my belt....oh, what a learning curve new projects are. Such is life!

Hoping to finish up those blog projects soon and get back to regular posting. How about you? Did life get crazy busy for you when the nice weather hit?

All photos from my instagram, be sure to add @joyeverafter (me) to your feed! 

Thursday
Apr112013

inspiration comes from ::: the work of my hands

This blog has never been consistently stable for editorial content (like diy's and columns). It's never been all that great as a lifestyle blog either. I do not consider myself a writer, and much prefer looking at pretty photos to reading & writing. I've bounced around in my blog journey, unsure of my actual goals as a blogger.

Bluntly, this is my journal of life as a creative and my various projects. So I want to get down to brass tacks, and write a few posts about what motivates my heart from its very depths. Those small parts of life that truly cause a yearning to thrive from within, you know?

Every spring is a miracle to me. I chose to invest in my dirt because it was an eye sore. Little did I know that every year would emerge a new joy to wash over my soul.

Sickly winter twigs suddenly sprout the smallest beauty.

From rocks there arises new life. Like pure magic.

Each year I forget what to expect. You can find me outside just staring at the ground, waiting to catch a glimpse of something new. It's like the anticipation of Christmas, but completely different. Unexpected and faithful. Sporadic but sustained. A reflection of grace renewed.

Like any baker or builder, there is a mountain of gratification with a job well done. Do you have any insprirations that offer continual surprise?

Monday
Apr082013

a corsage and a boutineer

Hello! The spring weather is officially here in St. Louis! I spent too many hours just laying on my patio, basking in the +70 sunlight. It was WONDERFUL. Soon and very soon I'll have some fresh spring flowers to photograph. #soexcited

Below are a set of corsage & bout that I made for a wedding last fall. (Hoping someday I'll have photos of the event to share!)

Despite being faux flowers, I think they still offer a nice mix of texture and color. What are your thoughts? Is it possible to use fake flowers in a stylish way? Or is real the only way to go?

Wishing you a sunny week!

Monday
Apr012013

pretty gold tipped antler

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Where is spring, does anyone know? It's absence is beginning to make me grumpy.

But what IS making me happy—this antler I just spray painted gold tips onto.

It also doesn't hurt to be recently featured on the blogs of two idols, Emily Henderson & Martha Stewart (insert audible squeal!). Who knew decorated eggs could be so popular shortly before Easter? Yay ego boost!

Should be the start to a great week!

Friday
Mar222013

wrapping up spring {wreath}

Though the weather does not reflect it, spring is here and my front door will participate. Using what I had on hand (embriodery hoop & fabric scraps), I whipped up this seasonal greeting to brighten my exterior. What do you think?

It was a short work week, and now I'm off to enjoy the local vineyards with the visiting in-laws. Relaxation and merriment will be in abundance this weekend. Wishing the same for you!

Tuesday
Mar122013

bloom inspiration

Anyone simply holding their breath, waiting for spring to arrive?!

I certainly am. And these gorgeous-to-die-for-flowers are just a little inspiration for the impending buds.

Annnd also ideas for my upcoming business venture! In May I'll be selling my own flower arrangements at the Farmer's Market...Eeeee! It might be too early to share the news but I cannot contain myself. So for now I'm collecting as many ideas as possible on my floral Pinterest board. Have you seen any simple arrangements lately that I should add? Or favorite blooms to make sure I include?

Image Sources: 1. Studio Choo on Design*Sponge // 2. Once Wed // 3. Wild Folk Studio Blog // 4. Emily Henderson // 5. Wild Folk Studio // 6. Photography by Jose Villa, featured on Once Wed //

Friday
Nov162012

thanksgiving garland swag diy

Just a weee bit obsessed with these pretty corn husk flowers...so I've used them to make a garland swag for my Thanksgiving table!

The pre-made garlands/swags (at Hobby Lobby) weren't to my taste. Instead I found a greenery bunch I liked better. To make the swag, I simply hot glued the green stems to each other to form a 3ft swag. From there I arranged the 6 flowers to my liking and then glued them to the stems.

I love how wiley and assymetrical it feels! And using a piece of wood as the runner...eep. SWOON.

Any fun weekend plans?! I'll be teaching on "creative gift giving" at a short seminar called Generosity on a Budget, which will be exciting. And don't worry, I plan to recap the content for Monday's post! How about you, what will you be up to?

If you missed the instructions for the flowers > Corn Husk Flower DIY