Monday, April 11, 2011

Waking up

Hello! Welcome Spring! If any of you are still reading this blog after my long winter hibernation, thank you! My soul is finally waking up, and starting to unfurl after the many months of rain. We thought we were so clever to escape the winter for 5 weeks, but came home to lots of rain and cold, so we had our share of winter still. While we were away, a lovely new restaurant and patisserie opened called St Jack, right in the neighborhood at 21st and Clinton.
I have fallen in love over the first bite of rhubarb tarte, and that feeling was reinforced after tasting the warm, mini madelines that are baked to order. This place feels like being in France without the long plane trip. Everything is very authentic and they even said that they would make chocolate brioche to order. The fact that I am not there this very minute is a testament to my willpower!
Spring flowers make me feel like waking up, too, and in spite of the fact that it has felt like winter (I even had to scrape ice from my windshield on Friday morning) it is beginning to look like spring. I was lucky to be able to do the wedding flowers for a friend's daughter's wedding over the weekend, and got to work with these absolutely gorgeous anemonies and ranunculus.
The tulips are straight out of the fields in Woodburn, so if you have a chance, go out to Wooden Shoe Bulb Farm for a stroll through the tulip fields while they are still blooming.
The bridal bouquet also included blue grape hyacinth, freesia, mini calla lilies, and hellebore from my garden.
I thought this candle ring was especially spring like, and could imagine it as a festive crown.
Stay tuned, as I hope to keep up my momentum and do a blog giveaway soon.


  1. Glad you're unfolding into spring. I just heard about St Jack and want to go for a little bit of France. Love your gorgeous bouquets. Flowers do make us happy.

  2. Yes, indeed, flowers make us happy! It made me happy to be able to work with these gorgeous flowers for this spring wedding. Go get yourself some tulips!

  3. Oooh that pie looks so yummy. Are you going to paint or sketch those pretty flowers? The pie would look good sketched too (but I never can sketch desserts--always eat them first!)

  4. Beautiful Cynthia I enjoy seeing it all.

  5. So glad you're back.