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

Winter Styling: Anemone and Cyclamen

My mother-in-law gave me this lovely antique bowl for my birthday a couple of years ago and I have been wanting to do an arrangement in it for some time now. So, when I saw these beautiful anemones, I found the perfect opportunity to do so. Anemones are really beautiful and come in amazing shades. To me, they are a bit like ranunculus - you almost never find them at the grocery stores - so people are not really familiar with them as cut flowers. However, they look amazing and unique in arrangements. When I found these anemones in this lovely shade of magenta, I decided I wanted to make an arrangement built around this color. I was able to find orchids which were almost the same shade, and I also stumbled upon some really lovely lighter shades of hyacinth along with cyclamen (a lovely winter flower), as well as some rosemary and thyme. So I put them all together; between the hyacinth and the rosemary and thyme, the aroma of this arrangement was to die for!

It's been an amazing year of developing this blog into something unique - thank you to all of you who read these posts. I hope that you have learned something wonderful about the art of floral styling!

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

Flowers: cyclamen, anemone, orchid, hyacinth, rosemary, thyme, garden phlox, hedera helix (ivy berries) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the herbs, which in this arrangement essentially act as the foliage. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the ivy and hyacinth. I love the texture that the hedera berries add to this arrangement. (I have previously used them by spraying them with gold paint to add a gold accent to my flower arrangement) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the garden phlox. Their lavender centers look so pretty mixed with the rest of the blooms. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Arrange the anemone throughout the centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now add the cyclamen. These flowers are so delicate and remind me of spring in my grandfather's garden growing up. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Finally, add the orchid for a reinforcement of magenta (and of course beauty)! And most of all, as always don't forget to have fun! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Here is to an amazing 2014 my friends! See you next year.

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Holiday Recipes: Onion Relish

This onion relish is very easy to make, but will require some tears as you have to slice several large red onions. It goes great with Turkey, mashed potatoes, and just about anything else on your Thanksgiving or winter holiday table. I like to use it on sandwiches the day after, along with a little bit of cranberry sauce and turkey. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Ingredients:

  • 6 large red onions
  • 2 red shallots
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 8 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • fresh thyme
  • black currant liquor (optional)

Slice the onions and shallots, and cook with butter over medium heat in a large sauté pan - about 15-20 minutes or until well reduced and starting to caramelize. Add brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and black currant liquor and continue to cook until very tender (about another 20 minutes). Roughly chop and add 1 tsp of thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm. Makes about 2 cups of relish.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Credits:

Styling by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao