Sometimes the simplest things can be the most beautiful. I absolutely love this basic cap I just finished. The colors are soft and warm, yet wintry, and the texture is like velvet. Wool, silk, alpaca, angora, camel, and mohair make up this dreamy yarn, and it was a joy to knit! Available now in my Etsy shop. [All images Copyright Christopher Smith Arts LLC]
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This recent centerpiece design for a dinner party was very fun to do! Full of locally grown spring flowers, I really enjoyed the palette of deep pink, purple, and magenta, with a touch of blue and violet. The flower types here included allium, iris, peony, garden roses, muscari, cerinthe, buddleja, ranunculus, sweet pea, and clematis. Most of these were sourced through the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market.
Last week I had the pleasure of creating some centerpiece arrangements for a private 50th birthday party at the Museum of History and Industry, coordinated by Kaspars Catering. In addition, I had the honor of a visit from photographer Terry Behal, who took these awesome images while I was finishing the pieces before delivery. These designs incorporated Dendrobium Orchid, Hydrangea, Tweedia, Bupleurum, Ranunculus, Anemone, Viburnum, and Asiatic Lilies.
It was fun to be photographed “in action,” and Terry is great to work with! Below are a few quick photos I took of the completed event as we finished setting up.
We are very lucky here in Seattle to have access to a virtually year-round supply of sustainably grown, local flowers. The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market brings organic farmers here in Washington, Oregon, and California together to provide our area with earth-friendly floral product, including not just cut flowers but also orchids and other live plants, succulents, bulbs, and much more. I’m always thrilled when I can say that the floral arrangements for a particular event are 100% sustainably sourced! For this recent wedding centerpiece design, I used all local product and also created it without using floral foam, which unfortunately is not recyclable and contains polluting chemicals. I and other concerned florists in my area have been increasingly using design techniques that do not require foam or use as little as possible. It’s sometimes a challenge, but a worthy one, and when the results are better for our planet, I think they are even more beautiful!
This design includes: Lilac, Narcissus, Ornithogalum, Tulip, Viburnum.
I generally try not to get caught up in trends, but when it’s something like these gorgeous dahlias, I don’t mind jumping on the bandwagon. Dahlia ‘Café au Lait’ has been one of the wedding flowers for the last few years, and it may be a while before anyone gets tired of them. Their color ranges from a true creamy coffee to a peach that can only be called delicious. Sometimes they are shaded with a rosy pink, almost purple blush. My favorites come from Jello Mold Farm, where they grow them organically right here in Western Washington. This year’s crop has gotten even more abundant as the fall weather sets in. Here are a couple of bouquets and a centerpiece I made with “cafés” recently.