22 May 2015 | Comments Closed

OUT AND ABOUT

SHIPS IN THE PANAMA CANAL

On a recent trip to Panama, I transitted the canal from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean on a Nordhaven motor yacht with my husband, brother-in-law and his wife. Being on the water for six days was a new experience for me, and watching ships go through in both directions was fascinating. Where were they coming from, where were they headed, where were they built, what were they carrying? The ship colors ranged from very subtle to bright, and the same was true for the containers on board. Here are a few of my favorite images of ships and containers. This adventure was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one I am extremely grateful came my way! The photos “Stratton” and “APL Garnet” were taken by Andy Carroll.

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SAN FELICE

HAMBURG SUD

HYUNDAI INTEGRAL

BALTIC REEFERS

CONTI GUINEA

COLD STREAM

STRATTON

QUARTZ

APL GARNET

NAVIGATOR VENUS

SWIFT ACE

ARKI

23 April 2015 | Comments Closed

OUT AND ABOUT

BOUQUETS TO ART

“Bouquets to Art” happens each year at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.  Floral designers go all out and create displays that tie in with a particular art piece, from literal to abstract interpretations.  The presentations are always inspiring and beautiful, which is why I keep coming back each year. One of our clients joined me this year and we had a great time. Narrowing the photos down to 12 is challenging, but here are some of the ones that really stood out. 

More info can be found here:

https://deyoung.famsf.org/bouquets

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BOXES OF FLOWERS

RED BLACK & YELLOW

HEAVEN

BEAUTIFUL BASKET

FUN INTERPRETATION

METICULOUS METAL

PETAL WINGS

SUBTLE

SPECTRUM

LINEAR

DREAMY CREAMY

ARCHITECTURAL

05 April 2015 | Comments Closed

NORTHBROOK NOTES, OUT AND ABOUT

EGGSTRAORDINARY!

Dyeing eggs can be a lot of fun, particularly when the opportunity to set several hours aside for experimenting with different techniques arises!

I looked up the history of decorating eggshells and learned that it is ancient, predating Christians. In Africa, decorated ostrich eggs have been found that that are 60,000 years old! Early on in Christianity, eggs were stained red to signify the blood of Christ. Over time the egg became a symbol of the resurrection. Today of course eggs are decorated for many reasons such as for Easter egg hunts, to adorn a dining table, to hang on trees.

Here are some eggs that were decorated in my home today. Happy Spring!

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VARIOUS TECHNIQUES

NECESSARY TOOLS

JAPANESE TAPE

PAINTERLY STYLE

SIMPLY PINK

CRAYONS & BLUE

VARIATION WITH TAPE

ANOTHER APPROACH

LAYERS OF BLUE

SANS TAPE