Lunch with Tasha Tudor

Imagine being invited to Tasha Tudor’s house for lunch. What flowers would you take to such an icon? Images of meadows and daisies come to mind when I think of her. At first, this seemed daunting but then I realized like most flower lovers, we are happy when people do just that; bring us flowers!

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To me, Tasha embodies the love for the natural world, finding delight in the garden, field or down a road. I picked grasses and ferns and dandelions and whatever was close by. It felt truest to me to have a free and wild-flower feeling bouquet that I could have picked along the road to her house!

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I added a few daisies, short stems but oh-so-cute!

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I’m sure there would be some tea…

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eating flowers

Edible flowers are so popular now, they are dripping off of plates everywhere! Even if they aren’t the main focus they are pretty as a garnish. One thing floral designers have always run into is using fresh flowers to decorate wedding cakes. Clients will show photos of cakes decorated for a photoshoot, not really to be eaten and want to do something similar. It can be tricky, but do a little research BEFORE you use flowers in or on your food. Is it edible? Was it grown to eat?

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These were just for photos, not meant to be eaten and include things I wouldn’t eat. Always check it out BEFORE you use them. Flowers on the side of the road are beautiful, but covered in toxins and should never be used with food.

Speckled Eggs

Easter is almost here. I love decorating for it with all the spring bits that are coming to life. The great spring mash-up where all the colors and flowers go together and are beautiful!

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I bought a dozen quail eggs from a local farm that my beloved produce store carries, the speckles are wonderful and celebrate the season. I’ll decorate eggs with my son just before Easter, but I do love decorating with and photographing bare eggs, like these previous years.

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Doing flowers or any other kind of decorating is an expression of you and doesn’t have to be hard. Use what you have, a little goes a long way and experiment.

Some Easter decor from other years, Kashmir eggs, egg cups, or floral rings.

Cake Plates

What could be sweeter than a plate full of flowers? Chocolate cake (maybe)?!

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This is a very simple old stand-by chocolate cake I’ve been making for years. It can be dressed up with frosting or eaten simply as an afternoon snack. It’s a depression-era cake which means you probably have all of ingredients in your cupboard and it doesn’t call for eggs or dairy so, it’s vegan.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

preheat oven to 350

1 1/2 cups flour

3 tablespoons cocoa power

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup cold water

1 tablespoon vinegar

In a large bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients. Stir until there are no lumps. Bake in a greased 8 inch pan for 35 minutes.

All photos & styling Silvanie Farmar Bowers

birthday dreams

We all want a little magic on our birthday. A bit of glitter and rainbows can put a smile on anyone’s face. This is how I’m imagining a birthday celebration.

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I’m a sucker for wrapping paper - bought this one years ago in Japantown. Looks super cute with this vintage lace edging.

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A little fairy ring.

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All photos and styling by Silvanie Farmar Bowers

fairy flowers

I absolutely delight in the idea that there is magic outside, unknown spaces of play and imagination.  When I was a child, I dreamed of seeing flower fairies, after my mother's suggestion that they were fluttering around the wild orchids on the drive up our wooded road.  If only I could be quick enough to see them for just one second!

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This spring, I started making bouquets of wisps of leaves, fruit and flowers small enough for a fairy and turned into an almost weekly ritual (#fairybouquetfriday).  

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Just a few minutes and just a few flowers, and of course a few photos!

All photos and flowers by Silvanie Farmar Bowers

Easter Eggs

More non-dyed, bare, in the buff eggs.  I love the soft, natural colors of the eggs themselves with bright spring flowers.  

I always love the mix of colors during spring, and a little can go a long way.  This is only two stems of lilac, a few crabapple branches, a few freesia, a handful of forget-me-not stems and a few snips of viola and maiden hair fern from pots on my front porch.  Most people have more things to cut outside than they think.  Mix it up, even pulling up a dandelion or two and putting them in a small bowl or terra-cotta pot with some eggs around is sweet.  

Time to clean up...

All flowers, styling and photography by Silvanie Farmar Bowers.

Bare Eggs

These eggs are about as simple as it gets.  I had grand ideas about using the viola I pressed in the antique colors I've been obsessing over the last few weeks.  But, after getting dozens and dozens of fresh eggs from my sister's chickens, I decided I wanted to look at the bare eggs.  All of the eggshell variations are so beautiful just the way they are.  Soft, buff, speckled, green and brown.

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All flowers, styling and photography by Silvanie Farmar Bowers