Beautiful day for new beginnings

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I am feeling inspired on this 2016 Election Day by Hillary Clinton, and the notion of the USA electing its first female President.

To celebrate the spirit of new beginnings, I am kicking off my 100 day project (created by the incredible Elle Luna) today! I will create one collage per day for the next 100 days. This is something I’ve been wanted to do for awhile, and I think today is a most excellent day to begin. Follow along with me on instagram if you’d like! 01/100

Seeing Green

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I LOVE to take photos of my garden. Each year, I am astounded that I can grow food! Especially from those teeny tiny seeds that are sowed in the Spring. Because of lack ofrain in July, this year has not been the best year over all for our veggies,but I am still AMAZED! We’ve grown Snap peas, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, tomatillos, and tomatoes.

Evolution of a Chocolate Winter Forest

For the past few years I have been art directing and styling the photographs for my client, John & Kira’s. We have a yearly photoshoot with the tremendously talented photographer, John Uher. Below  illustrates the evolution of the winter forest photograph used in the J&K holiday catalog.

Top photo: Ingredients gathered, many from Terrain in Westport, CT
Middle photo: On set at the studio of John Uher, photographer
Bottom photo: Final Shot

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How to Know the Wildflowers

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Tonight as I was thumbing through one of my coveted antique books for typography inspiration, I found the most amazing little treasures within its pages.

Notes of wildflower sightings from the summer of 1902 & 3. AND an actual columbine flower that had been carefully pressed between the pages of its correct spread. This flower was picked, recorded, and placed in this book over 100 years ago. Such a treasure. (Gulp)

Celery Rose

Silvie and I had some fun recently making stamp prints of the cross section of a celery stalk. Can you take a guess as to whom made each of the patterns?

(Hint): I should follow my 2 year old daughter’s lead in breaking the grid!

I was so pleased to see how beautifully the celery printed.

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My First Styling Gig!

It has been quite a busy summer for me workwise. In June I was asked to style a photo shoot for John & Kira’s chocolates, who has been a design client of mine for the past few years. I was extremely nervous going into it, but eventually settled in and found the styling part to be quite natural, especially since I knew the client and their products so well. And I really loved the shopping part! Most of the props were purchased at flea markets and consignment shops in New York City.

Here are a few of the more intimate chocolate beauty photographs. The photos were shot by the very talented John Uher at his studio in New York.

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