Thursday, October 31, 2013


A lot of commercial properties have been abandoned in the Bay Area in the last couple years because of the recession. I drive by the entrance to this medical facility on my way to work every morning, and noticed it was looking rather deserted. So Devin & I got Gothed up as camouflage and went exploring.

It turns out lawns are non-indigenous plants and languish without sprinkler systems.


Abundant parking places.

Black cats.


Facilities & forgotten lights.




Fun & games.

Missed call.




Outside looking in.

Rusty trees.


Fading stains.


Hide & seek.



Twist & twine.

Until next time.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tree Skeletons on the Table

Hello, blog readers! It's been a while (almost four months, actually) since my last post. In the meantime, I finished and turned in my thesis, graduated from my master's program, and started a full-time job which now takes up most of my waking hours. I'm finally in the swing of things, and it turns out there's nothing like the progression of the seasons and the beginning of the holidays to get me back in the groove of making things and then wanting to share them. Since All Hallow's Eve is looming ever nearer, here are three different Halloweeny flower arrangements I slapped together to help you get your goth Martha Stewart on.

The first arrangement has a particularly Salem, Massachusetts-cerca-1692 vibe thanks to the puritanical black & white color palette paired with a color-coordinated familiar (in this instance, the family rabbit).

All of the bits in this arrangement (minus the single chocolate dahlia) were dried & dead things I found around the neighborhood, on various hiking expeditions, or in my parent's backyard. Above, a dried hydrangea plus an ominous orange tree branch.

My favorite part: Empty snail shell.

Bonus: These desiccated plants require no water, so they last indefinitely! 

This next one has a Tim Burton-y, bizarro fun-house vibe, thanks to the elongated vase, neon green mums, and miniature pumpkins on spindly sticks (which are actually ornamental eggplants). Also, a crab claw for a bit of monster.

And finally, the "Classic." A branch of dead bougainvillea, chocolate dahlias (one must have chocolate on Halloween), some yellow mums for filler, and the ripest pumpkins-on-a-stick. Scattered around, real miniature pumpkins, and an eggplant that I thought matched the vibe.

I'm a little nuts about these dahlias--they're the closest to black I've seen in flowers, excepting Queen of the Night tulips. Oh, by the way, this post is also the debut of my fancy-schmancy new DSLR camera! It's a Nikon D3200, and I'm still getting used to it. Stay tuned for another creep-tastic post later this week featuring Wednesday Addams, the campus of an abandoned medical facility, and my new camera's capabilities. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Haunted Summer

Dress: UO. Shoes: Kork-Ease. Location: Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto, CA.