spring yellows

 ...along with some whites, purples and oranges...

I already miss the daffodils.

xo, kim

happy monday!

Autumn arrived with some winter temperatures here in Rhode Island. I realized that soon enough window boxes will be decorated for winter with evergreens, branches, pine cones and lights. While I love the bright lights in the dark days of winter I still prefer the vibrant, luscious blooms of summer. This yearning for summer (and my desire for a vacation) inspired me to share some photographs of window boxes I captured in London in the summer of 2005. I love the brightness of these flowers against the dreary brick building. Enjoy! 

happy monday!
xo, kim

enjoying summer's end

Callie and I have been enjoying the cooler weather by taking more day time walks. And we stop to capture [or sniff] plenty of flowers along the way while they are still here for us to enjoy.

I am torn wondering if autumn will be a start to something new and good for me or if I am going to spend the brisk days ahead wishing I could have a redo to this year's spring. 

xo, kim

city stroll : wickenden street

 One rainy day last week I took a stroll on Wickenden Street. Well, it was actually two rainy days. One day for father's day shopping and the other for a haircut and a lesson in curling my hair. 
[by the way, do we like the new profile picture?]

 This is one of the first neighborhoods that made me fall in love with Providence. 

 There's Felini's Pizzeria, the coffee exchange, utrecht, brick on wick and quaint little shops like the curatorium.

 The telephone poles and tree trunks are full of lovely textures. 

 And lights!

 The bases of trees are neatly fenced in and the ground around them covered in gorgeous blooms. 

 These yellow and orange flowers were my favorites. They remind me of my current enamel palette.

 And of course there are stickers to brighten up those ugly electrical boxes.

 This may be an urban street but it is oh so pretty.

 The perfect mix of nature, urban culture, brick, brightly painted homes and businesses.

 Can you spy the obey sticker in this picture? 

 While the yellow and orange flowers above were my favorite on the ground level, this lily was my favorite at facade level. Perfectly bright color contrast for this rainy day walk.

 This might just be my favorite screen door. Doesn't the pattern speak to my iron work series? I need to plan a new addition to the collection especially for valentine's day. 

 See why I am smitten, graffiti and brick. It doesn't get much better than that.

The epitome of city living. Chain link fence, overgrown weeds and a teeny alley way. 

 And one more great thing about Wickenden Street...

...the window boxes!

happy thursday!
xo, kim

welcome spring!

Spring has flown by, flowers have bloomed and wilted as quickly as they came. Since I have been so tardy with my welcome spring posts I thought I would arrange all future posts by color. This way none of our favorite spring blooms get lost in the shuffle.
For no special reason, I am starting with pink...

Pink dogwoods are always a favorite.

They are simple, cheery and just as amazing alone or huddled together on a branch.

These sweet blossoms (someone help me here on the name) are the perfect start to spring. And I love how it looks like pink snow when these trees shed their flowers. 

And the most vibrant of spring pinks are always bleeding hearts.

But these azaleas are quite bright as well. 

Anemone clematis are one of my favorite spring vines. These are the palest of pink and well accented with yellow stamen. I do wish these stayed around longer. 

This yard is always full of lovely color combinations. Everything compliments these blue tiled steps. 

Rainy day walks can make for nice pictures. 

Something must be brewing in our neighborhood. I've been seeing pink spots on the curbs. I suspect there is road work in our future. 

I'm smitten with my pink English Daisies on the fire escape. I check on them everyday to look for new buds. They are so innocent looking.

This iris is certainly more peach than pink but it is a lovely site, especially with its orange accents.

There are so many spring blooms which are so simple yet so stunning.

After being starved for color all winter, any and all blooms are welcome.

With this pink spring photo collection all together I've realized the contrast between the bright and sunny photos...

...and the rainy day photos. I just can't choose a favorite. Well, I can choose a favorite weather to take my strolls in but seeing raindrops collecting on petals is a pretty site on film. 

Which do you prefer? Raindrop photos? Sunny ones? Walks in the sun? Puddle jumping? Or walks right after the rain? 

One of my favorite color combinations are pink, orange and yellow. It's daring but so lovely.

Dahlias are another favorite. I've always wanted these in my garden. Maybe next year...

happy wednesday!
xo, kim

indoor flowers

From the 'just because' sunflowers to my orchid I've been hoping to see bloom for over a year...

all the way to the short lived bloom on my strawberry plant, it looks like spring has sprung indoors. 

I also started a bunch of seeds which have begun to sprout. Expect some fantastic fire escape garden photos when summer comes. 
xo, kim

flowers I care for

I captured these eye catching blooms while they are still around. 
The New Guinea Impatiens live in the fire escape garden. 

Aren't they so pretty after catching some rain?

My new phalaenopsis lives on the kitchen table. I've never had such an amazing spotted orchid before. 

I hope my luck with orchids comes back soon. I've been known to buy some for 50 cents from the cart of dying flowers just to bring them back to full bloom in mere weeks. It's been some time since I've had that luck but I hope to regain it soon. Maybe some repotting is in order.

enjoy! xo, kim

a hope street stroll {part two}

And here is part two, where I am still captivated by the church gardens..
..and mostly, by this one flower.

It looks like it has been painted, almost overdone.

But this isn't the case, they are just perfect. 

I love grand cement planters..

..especially ones that are so ornate and getting consumed with moss.

Normally, one loves a church's windows for the stained glass. 
I love the simplicity and repetition of shape of the windows at this church.

I love that aster is coming into bloom, so does this little bee.

Sunflowers are out too. Tall and amazing!

It's an amazingly colorful time of year, even with the leaves still being mostly green. 

happy thursday!
xo, kim

a hope street stroll {part one}

Last week, Callie and I went on a Hope Street adventure. 
I had a book due at the library..

..and decided to turn the chore into our daily walk.

It is such a lovely neighborhood. 

But I was mostly fascinated with the flowers and architecture of this church.

It had the common flowers..

..as well as some brilliant ones I'd never seen before. 
{I'm thinking this is a dahlia, am I correct?}

And I was lucky enough to catch this milkweed turn to seed.

We finally strolled past the most intriguing block and onto the main shopping area.
{this is the new bus stop, pretty fancy!}

And happened upon this lady fan tree. 

Autumn has taken over it's leaves, 

making them more stunning then ever.

I found this random little graffiti. 

Then onward to the car I discovered my very first sight of a trumpet flower. 

The gardens at this church really captivated me. 

And Callie girl just loved the grass. It scratched her back just right. 

And here she is apologizing for pulling the leash and making me spill my coffee. This sweet girl always knows how to get herself out of trouble. 

happy wednesday!
xo, kim

rainy day flowers

Callie and I went on a little adventure this morning to get some illy coffee. 
We thought we would walk in the drizzle.

Just as we took the long way back to the car,

it started to pour. 

We still enjoyed Wayland Square. She sniffed and I snapped as we walked briskly back. 

I found this one lonely blue hydrangea and had to put my coffee down to capture it.

It was in the prettiest of gardens still full of color.

And right around the bend were these hostas, heavy with rain. 

Just as we were, soaked with drops.

I am loving this fall clematis that is in bloom. 
So different from the spring variety, small and understated yet abundant. 

happy hump day!
xo, kim

liberty elm diner

On Sunday we tried out a new-to-us breakfast spot, Liberty Elm Diner.
I must say, I'm in love.

I was beyond excited to discover the list of local food sources. Aside from my love of supporting local businesses, I love knowing where my food comes from. As I don't eat cheese with animal rennet in it, this opens up many options for me as I knew what I could and couldn't eat here.

This really surpassed the typical greasy spoon experience. 
The only thing I am sad about is I left my little breakfast umbrella behind.

And since I don't frequent this neighborhood it was nice to walk around just a little..

..to take in some urban greenery..

..like this 'leopard print' grass..
{this is possibly my favorite picture here}

..and the black eyed susans.

The grounds around the RIPTA station are surprisingly well kept.

I went a little overboard taking photos of the flowers and grasses.

But it was a fun little color study..

..to see how the brilliant yellow, grassy green, brick red and straw yellow all looked in different combinations.

Plus, it is neat to see how the forms become abstract into gestures and color.

Back to more things urban, a flower on a lamp post,

and a cosmos growing from the concrete. 

Since we did the taste test and approved I am hoping to take my father and step mother here soon. It's a belated gift for my father's birthday, he taught me how to love those greasy spoons. 

happy monday!
xo, kim

ps: after this we drove through Roger Williams Park {yes, drove, it was raining} and I stopped at the rose garden for a few quick photographs. I'll share those soon.

in my yard

While I was planting some zinnia seeds for indoors I snuck a few into the ground along the driveway. No one seems to mind.
They always have the prettiest of colors accented by their yellow centers.

I tried out a new lens for my hipstamatic. 

I can't decide if it is right for capturing flowers.

Everything is so subdued. 

But maybe it is perfect for those hazy days of summer.

I think these are weeds but I love them just the same.

Doesn't this look more like it?

Nice bright hues.

I've been missing the sun and sky this summer. 

But I think things are looking up this week. 

I am feeling stronger and on the mend.

I think I'll take a little more time to hide away in the shade.

This Irish lass always melts in the heat. I'm not like these flowers.

Enjoy the sun.

And please stay healthy + cool.

happy tuesday!
xo, kim


evening walk with the girl

I finally got out with Callie last night. 
Boy did it ever feel good.

I realized all of the flowers I missed turning from bud to flower. 

It has been a long two weeks of feeling under the weather.

I love whatever this purple flower is.

I missed so many lilies in bloom. Lots of them were dying already.

This purple lily looks magical. 

I am so smitten with clematis. 

Way back when we lived in the country {before craft} I tried to grow clematis in a barrel. 
It was never this full and beautiful.

I had to take way too many pictures of this pink + yellow combination. 

Black eyed susans and purple cone flowers may just be my favorite. 

Especially together!

Isn't it a heavenly combination?

happy friday!
xo, kim

ps: what is blooming in your neighborhood?

neighborhood stroll

we have new benches in our neighborhood park.
you can't tell below, but the fountain now has water too.

callie girl likes to walk the edge of the fountain, i think she'll be in by the end of summer.

i can't get enough of that face. i think she hoping to get some cream cheese.

there are so many flowers in bloom.

i have the best neighbors, they keep the most wonderful gardens.

i've been waiting for these ferns to unfurl for a few weeks. pretty amazing little creatures.

the allium is already done blooming.

i miss this Mediterranean bell allium. 

long ago, i planted some of these in my garden. i miss my bulbs that i smuggled in from amsterdam. 

and here is the first purple cone flower to bloom in our yard. last year these flowered well into the autumn. i'm excited to have them back again. 

happy weekend! 
xo, kim

just some more hipstamatics of flowers

are you surprised? of course there are more hipstamatics of flowers on my blog. As long as I can walk and carry a camera there will always be photos of flowers.
{thanks to all who helped me to identify the flowers here. my post is now complete.}

{i was given the name of this beauty and can't believe i didn't know myself. i've had nigella pods for years that i've been hoping to cast. mystery solved!}

common milkweed
ever so long ago in college i made a ring in the likeness of flowering milkweed. this is the first time i was able to see the flower in person. it's so nice to see this amazing structure outside instead of on the pages of a book.

another amazing flower planted on the sidewalk in my neighborhood. i always wonder how gorgeous their backyard gardens must be if they keep suck lovely sidewalks. 

mayweed: stinking chamomile
i've always fancied growing some chamomile to dry and make tea with. 

my field guide is failing me, i can't identify this fuzzy yellow blossom either. i hope to get lots of comments from some smart flower lovers. {thanks to a lovely tweeter, this flower has been identified.}

bachelor's button/centaurea montana
 i love the ants marching on this purple flower.

so this yarrow came out neon yellow and somehow the brick and leaves turned this iridescent blue. 

i am blown away by the results. photographing with my hipstamatic wows me every time.

happy monday!
callie is feeling under the weather and visited the vet today. we are hoping her belly is on the mend and there aren't many trips out over the night. my girl is generally a camel but she spent the morning ringing her 'please take me outside' bell. poor, sweet girl.
xo, kim

providence birthday adventures {part one}

Here are some of my hipstamatics from my big birthday weekend. In case you don't recall callie and I strolled all over our city to explore every last inch of it. 
This was our breakfast nook in the park. 

I'm quite certain I ate a few maple pods with my bagel.

Callie was covered in them but she likes to help pollinate. 

Of course I had to get some iron work shots in.

These are the cutest, greenest dogwood I've ever seen. 

They just started to bloom.

 I've also never seen an iris like this one. Half white and half purple, it was stunning.
These clematis were gorgeous. 
You can't tell here but they were peaking out from behind a lovely iron fence.

I adore this little pathway.  

We crossed the river from the east side to explore downcity. 

I wanted to go by the providence art club so I could see that unusual building next door.

Turns out it is the Fleur-de-lys studio.

And it is photogenic.

I just love the details, like this little knob.

And small sun.

Callie girl likes it there too.

This is the first yellow hibiscus I've seen. Isn't it a dream?

Where do we think this ends?

Providence's Eiffel Tower. {I can dream, can't I?}

This building had some great little flower details on it. And I love that it is grey and still pretty.

Can you believe all that's in bloom? Seems like spring and summer came all at once.

I love painted signs like this. Not sure what it is that attracts me to them.

And of course I love graffiti. 

And a lace capped hydrangea already in bloom. 

I love my city! 
xo, kim

neighborhood flowers + one sweet wheel

My neighborhood never gets boring. 
There are shiny wheels and bright blooms right around the corner. 


I've never seen a peach iris before. I love the orange fuzz on the lower petals. 

There are so many colors around. Even grey days are nice and bright. Not that we have had many grey days lately.

 I love zinnia! Right now there are some sprouting in pots in my bedroom window. I hope they bloom soon. I've been itching to get some photos of them.

I love flowers mixed in together. Yellow + white are a perfectly cute combination.

Anyone know the name of the white ones?

Cosmos are pretty cute too. Dainty + simple.

And the color of this lupine is stunning. 

happy tuesday! 
i am coming off a long birthday weekend. 
lots of celebrating and photos were taken. expect lots of posts soon.
xo, kim

spring! (new film + rain)

I got some new film for my hipstamatic. As of yet I can't decide if I am a fan or not. 
It captures the image well.

Nice color contrast.

And perhaps the perfect amount of haze.

But the frame changes, drastically. Sometimes it matches the subject, but not always.

On this day I took a bunch of pictures after the rain.
This isn't a new film, but one less explored.

I am happy I took the time to try it.

I must say, puffballs are best captured after rain. The details are amazing.

 There are still some lily of the valley out to play. 

There is so much blooming right now,

it is hard to take it all in.

The rain droplets were so on my side in this iris photo.

I have never seen beach roses in the city before. We had lots of them at one of our college rentals in westport. They smell just like potpourri. 

I love clematis!

The blooms all came out so pretty. I welcome the colors after the long winter we just had.

So does Callie girl. She is sitting pretty because my pocket is full of treats. Callie is getting much better at sitting when we stop at corners to cross. Treats work wonders!

happy almost weekend!
xo, kim


Arnold Arboretum

I am fresh back from a little weekend getaway. I went ever so far away to Boston for a few days. The highlights of my trip was taking a train there, visiting the ICA {seeing Shepard Fairey's prints}, visiting the MFA for some fashion and Chihuly, walking Beacon Hill at night, my first ever trip to Arnold Arboretum and eating at Wagamama {twice!}.

Since I took the train into the city I either took the T or walked everywhere. This is where I got off the orange line to get to the Arboretum. 

It was a little bit of a walk before I saw some flowers. 

And the drizzle turned to rain. 

So I quickly took a few pictures before I went into the main building to explore.

I fell in love with a pine cone. It's symmetry is amazing.

I am hoping to have some dawn redwood cast in the near future. 

I have forgotten the names of these lovely branches. What a pretty neck piece this would make.

  I played with the microscope they set up for the kiddies. It was great fun!
Especially when I started to take pictures through it.

It is a rather lovely place. I hope to get back before the summer heats up.

There were also some great bonsai trees.

They were all locked up and for good reason, some were started in the 1700's.

This was my favorite. Something with the pine needles attracted me.

 Maybe it's that they remind me of silver wire.

And pink anemone clematis. I found some of this in Providence earlier in the week unsure of what it was. I love arboretums for labeling everything.

Then I followed a lilac lined path back to the orange line.

It smelled amazing.

And I found some great new to me varieties. 

 I was most amazed to see some lilac bushes with flowers covering the whole branch and not just clustering into a cone on the end. 

The colors were so pretty.

And there simple shape is stunning too.

They will find a way into my jewelry work. Especially my enameling.

It was a pretty spring day, regardless of the rain.

I am forever amazed at the number of flowering trees. 

I can't wait to get back there for summer, then autumn. Arnold Arboretum would be the perfect place to watch the seasons change. 

happy monday!
xo, kim

rockin' the craft world this spring

I left my studio for a wee nap. Tomorrow is my last day of making for Twist fair. Before I snooze I thought I would take a minute or two to show you some new color combinations and the photograph that inspired them. 

I took this photograph a long time ago {before craft} at Blithewold Gardens. This is a hipstamatic of the original which hangs in front of my soldering/torch-firing area. 
{I would love to know the name of this lovely pink flower so speak up if you are in the know.}

spring dot necklace

spring dash of color
I formerly worked for a florist. When finishing an arrangement with a bow I generally chose a green bow because it would match the leaves and bring out the greenery. Green is my go-to accent color in the flower world. I couldn't just leave these pink this time around so the splash of green is to remind you of the flower's stem and leaves. Aside from the photo above, these also remind me of easter tulips, bright and cheery pink to celebrate the start of spring.

Twist Craft Fair

If you are in Northampton, MA this fine weekend stop into Twist to see these little numbers for yourself. I will be surrounded by some pretty great crafters from the little state and a lovely neighbor from Massachusetts. We may be sleep deprived and bleary eyed but we'd love to have you! 

sweet dreams!
xo, kim