Unique Vessels: Vintage Campfire Ladle

A couple of months ago I went antiquing with my mother-in-law and found some wonderful vessels. It is always so much fun to see what's out there. There were two vessels in particular that I thought were quite appropriate for me to use as unique vessels. I mean, look at what it says on the mug: "Things to do today: pick kids up, drop kids off, pick kids up, drop kids off"! Add: walk the dog, make floral arrangements, do the laundry, tend the garden, help kids with homework, help kids with music practice, and make dinner - then that is a day in my life. Flowers: snowball, cilantro bloom, ranunculus, poppy, geranium, thyme Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

In and amongst all that I do, I make the time to fool around with unique styling. I'll bet this campfire ladle has seen many campfires, but never a bouquet of flowers! I really like how happy these little arrangements turned out. Once I was done, they occupied and beautified my kitchen windowsill for some time. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

This last shot is dedicated to my friend Will Taylor. I just finished his new book - which was amazing. So inspiring that I wanted to redecorate my whole house, but instead, I had to settle for these happy and colorful arrangements. If you haven't seen the book (or heard of Will), I urge you to check it out. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Photography and styling by Kiana Underwood

Unique Vessels: Floral Laboratory

I'll have to admit that this is one of my favorites so far this year. I'm not a science geek by any means, but somehow the idea of using beakers, graduated cylinders, and volumetric and Erlenmeyer flasks (yes, I even learned the names) wouldn't let go until I had put together this little floral laboratory. I was amazed to find just how many shapes and sizes were available - making the possibilities almost endless. To add to the laboratory feel, I placed all of the cut flowers on a chalkboard with some great colored duct tape. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What I've used: tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao All lab glassware by Karter Scientific and available on Amazon.com

Color-Filled Cones DIY

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood The weather has been amazing in California this week, and especially so in the San Francisco area, where we are used to 60F weather in April/May rather than 80F weather. I found some wonderful ceramic ice cream cones and bowls a few weeks ago, and thought that filling them each with a single variety ('puffy' types work best in this) would be a bright pop of color on the table and reminiscent of colorful ice cream or sorbet. Just the right thing to cool a warm day down.

I call this a DIY, but it is so simple that it doesn't need any instructions. For each cone/bowl, pick a colorful variety and trim and place to achieve the desired effect. This would be a great cluster centerpiece for an outdoor spring or summer party - with the varieties/colors to match your chosen theme.

One note: The rice flower pictured comes painted, so be careful not to get it wet or the color can run and get all over everything.

What you'll need tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Have a wonderful weekend!

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao