When Life Gives You Blueberries...

The blueberry bush in my yard has been looking pretty good lately and finally this year the branches are long enough for me to cut a few to use in a flower arrangement. I also had some blooming peonies with the most exquisite texture, color and aroma. So, of course that had to be a part of my repertoire as well - after all, what kind of flower-obsessed girl would I be if I didn't jump at the opportunity to use some of the loveliest flowers in my garden?! Iris has been in season and I found some absolutely amazing clematis at Torchio Nursery (which I paid an arm and a leg for), so I decided to put together an arrangement that if van Gogh saw, he would want to paint. I don't know...what do you think?

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: clematis, iris, blueberry, dahlia, euphorbia, sweet pea, orchid, grape leaf, daffodil, peony Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

No need for words. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Winter Styling: Lily and Hydrangea

Hi friends! I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas. My family and I took a road trip to Texas to visit my husband's sisters, and we have been having a lovely time. Among the three sets of parents we have 11 children and it is such a joy to watch them play and have so much fun together. I figured I should share my last holiday DIY for this season before the new year, and say "adieu" to all the reds, greens, and whites for 2013.

When I found these big, beautiful red peonies at the market, I had to use them for a winter arrangement. I mixed them with some camellia buds from my garden, red nerine lilies, and the beautiful lacecap hydrangea as a touch of white.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: peony, carnation, nerine lily, ornamental pepper foliage, hydrangea, and camellia Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I used a floral frog with this arrangement as the vessel is pretty shallow and some of the branches are pretty large. Using a floral frog to secure things makes it a little easier. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the camellia. Secure the stems inside the sharp needles on the frog. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the pepper foliage. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the nerines in between the camellia. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

On the same side, add the carnations. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now, add the peonies where there is empty space. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And finally, add the lacecap hydrangea for a lovely touch of white. I love this hydrangea, it is so beautiful. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Halloween Craft: Starry Night

This is a guest post by the lovely and talented Keely Mann. Keely is crafty, Keely can decorate, Keely used to have an amazing blog. Then, she got lazy. :) Sometimes I am able to convince her to do a post for me. It's October. And October means...2 things. Pumpkins and Halloween. It also means candy, but this isn't about candy.

Anyway...pumpkins - beautiful, orange pumpkins. Did you know that beautiful orange pumpkins also make beautiful black pumpkins?! They do. Promise.

Today I'm gonna show you how to turn an orange pumpkin into a beautiful black pumpkin - with some sass. I saw this in HGTV Magazine and just knew I had to do it.

This is the easiest craft ever.

I call it Starry Night.

Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

You'll need:

  • a pumpkin
  • black spray paint
  • silver craft paint
  • gold star stickers

Start by spray painting your pumpkin black Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Paint on a crescent moon. (I actually had my husband do this part, cause quite frankly, he's just better than me.) Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Have a cute helper start sticking on some stars...if you don't have a cute helper, your cute self will just have to do. Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

And, that's it! So easy! Now you have a beautiful black starry pumpkin with some sass! Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling, design, and photography by Keely and Edyn Mann