Sent this text to my sister in law last night....never did get a good photo of the arrangement but I was so proud of it! Mainly because it took me three years to get lots of fluffy astilbe. But I planted them, they grew and this year I harvested! I’m telling her I grew everything in the garden, on the farm or took it from the jungle. Our landscape is a wild tangled mess of green growing things and I love to forage. The lilies are from the ditch lilies from years ago. The yarrow is from Johnny’s! Too fun! Oh and the rudbeckia is the wild kind that grows all Maine. #flowersfromthefarm #flores
What I did during the great Insta blackout today. Channeled Sue McLeary of @passionflowersue with some wearable paper florals! I also fringed a ton of @cartefinicrepepaper for my sunflower center prototype and will continue sharing my exploration of that composite flower in the cool of tomorrow morning. We are looking at a high of 95 this weekend (35 C). Such a short, sweet season of sun!! If you’re a subscriber, both the ombré paper ball dahlia and the pink paper peony are in the video library - and they are captioned! Kudos to my captionist who continues to work between five and ten hours a week making my archives accessible!
Pulling this beauty out of the archives. Had a special request to re-open this course, so here it is! Link is in profile. This is not a part of my studio subscription-it’s one of my spring 2018 courses that I retired last December. And it’s a very different ranunculus than the doublette version. Way way way more petals. I love hearing from people who want to learn new things and this particular person has a LOT of extra fine crepe to use up which is perfect for this flower!! I dyed Dennison with alcohol inks in Copic Garnet and Chinese orange. My centers are German doublette in sangria/aubergine laminated with 180 gram black Italian crepe. Each ranunculus has over 200 petals. My technique of stapling, cutting, dying and then twisting the stapled set into a fan shape after cupping panned out. Much less labor than it looks, and gosh darn it, these look pretty good!
Congratulations @thepapergreenhouse - your entry was randomly selected as the winner of the FLORABEANE10k giveaway sponsored by @cartefinicrepepaper ! Please send me a DM and I will get you sorted into the studio subscription and take your details for your paper prize!!! Thank you to everyone who shared your creative words and experiences, and thank you to this wonderful community for growing with me! Don’t forget to use the code FLORABEANE10k on your next order with @cartefinicrepepaper - we all grow together!!! 💕
Today we celebrated a family birthday and my aunt-in-law snapped this family picture. And I love it so much I had to share it!! I married into a Maine family with many wonderful stories to be told about them. Great grandpa Ken for example was a state champion in cross country with a full ride to Bowdoin. He ended up choosing lobstering and marrying his Cape Elizabeth sweetheart. Great Grandpa Ken turned 90 today, and we were so glad to be there to see him and everyone else. My girl here ran barefoot, sat on the tractor, chattered with everyone and it was a moment of perfect bliss - a circle of relatives all watching out for her and loving her. And feeding her cake!!
This account was first a vehicle for me to share pop-up prop shops with my food writer friends. It was sport, really, combing the coast of Maine for thrifted pretty plates and dishes that I would then photograph and sell. I still see curated finds from those days on one of my favorite feeds: @simplebyclara in Punta Cana. And yes, it’s a still a thrill when thrifting or “yardsaling” and a particularly pretty piece shows up. I don’t use thrifted pieces for my paper sculptures, preferring to work directly with a ceramicist for custom work. This photo reminded me of those days when a still afternoon begged for a photo to be made, a collection to be assembled, a little dream in a dish. Pro tip: Blue Hill has a thrift store benefiting the local humane society. Blue Hill is also an artist colony. I found more handmade pottery in that thrift store than any other in the state.
-Closed- It’s happening this weekend!! Ten thousand followers! Thank you to everyone who is a fan of Florabeane. I’m honored to share my work with you! To celebrate, I’ve partnered with @cartefinicrepepaper for a wonderful giveaway. Here is the prize: twenty rolls of Carte Fini crepe paper in colors I’m using this month to explore sunflowers and a year’s subscription to my studio library archive! This contest is open world-wide. Here’s how to enter. 1. Leave a comment below, tell us how it feels to be a creative, crafty person! 2. Follow both @cartefinicrepepaper and @florabeane accounts. 3. Want a bonus entry? You can do that by reposting the image and tagging us! I will draw a random name from eligible entries on Sunday evening and announce Monday! And because we love you-anyone can use the code FLORABEANE10k for a discount on a paper order with @cartefinicrepepaper this month and next! This is good for one order per customer, run and pick your favorite colors out. My attitude of gratitude is immense today as I am keenly aware of how difficult it is to achieve organic growth on social media. But organic it is! And you all know how I feel about organic-yes please. Thank you friends!
Spent the day resting and doing nothing at all. It was wonderful....it was needed! I want to do a hundred day project called a hundred days of naps.... anyway....feeling sleepy for sure. Floral ensemble seen here is entirely made of paper, for a private wedding in spring 2018. When I woke up it just seemed dreamy enough to post.
Just a lily. Right? Well, ten years ago I was dividing the lily patch as a summer job for the mom of my then-boyfriend. I remember bringing a bag of lilies to Owen’s house. It was newly built on a pad and had no landscaping. “Here’s a bag of lilies,” I told him. I put it in the ditch where it was wet and left. ........ Several years later I moved in. There are these lilies in the ditch. Grabbing my fork I decided to move them. They were still in the bag!!! Now the lilies are near the maple, beside the astilbe and out of the ditch. Much like our love. And yes, this is the original lily in the original garden from whence it came. First blooms happening today. #owenandamity
Just went live again, working out sunflower petals and coloration using gifted @cartefinicrepepaper. This is a preview. For my subscribers: the complete video is about eight minutes and is posted, so we are up to 55 minutes total of coloration so far! Link in profile will take you there!
Oh yes. #bridedecaen anemone from @dutchgrown_com - #ayearinflowers #z4
Old pic, but I like it. The lemons and the aging sunnies. The light at the end of the day. My old apartment, in town, next to the green church. It’s been hot and wonderful here and I’ve spent a lot of time in my new studio space, getting organized and getting creative. I’ll be going live later today to continue my sunflower paper coloration. Hope your day is as bright as this bowl of lemons!
My first homegrown anemone. ‘Bride de Caen’ from DutchGrown. Proud? Yes. Amazed, more like it. This mountain farm was scratched out of the forest, built on scraped-off and built-up pads of dirt and rock. Any topsoil that’s here is a result of chickens from an earlier epoch and hundreds of bags of soil brought in (or truckloads for the odd brave soul willing to come up). So, welcome anemone! Your presence here is so desired.
Great news-I replicated the bleedline of the secondary inks! If you missed my first two “live” videos (meaning this was filmed in front of an Instagram live audience) coloring gifted @cartefinicrepepaper for sunflower petals (-not- yellow), they will be posted to my video library shortly! Link in bio.
It felt a bit ASMR-esque?! New work, @cartefinicrepepaper gifted 180-gram crepe paper which I’m exploring as a large sunflower. Will be dying paper for this exploration also. Will go live as soon as my studio ducks are in a row! It’s all coming together!
@cartefinicrepepaper has a lovely profile about my work on their site! Link is on their site. Thank you Carte Fini! Photo credit @csutterphoto
Paper, not picked. Amazing! Thank you Emily, Shoshana, Anna, and Ann for sharing your exquisite paper flowers! I’m so happy to follow each of you! @reverypaperflora • @rosetreepaper • @floresdaannita • @woodlucker . . . . #papernotpicked_feature #paperflowers
If you haven’t checked my highlight yet on my mom’s handmade pocket dolls, please do! My mother is a maker and she just won’t stop. I mean she is 76! I love it!!! #handmadedolls