Home Again

I am holing up and nesting after a frenzied (and fabulous) holiday season. Closed the shop at 3, gave away the last of the unsold holiday wreaths, came home, hung garland, put up lights, wrapped presents, got ready to have dinner for 15 the next day. Which is a pretty good way for me to wind down from the holidays....because I wouldn't know what to do with all that retail energy....Seriously it's almost like I'm on automatic and can't stop until just about yesterday when....I stopped and did not move for a very, very long time. This is one of my favorite times.....I feel grateful and well fed, patting myself (and my happy retail drones) on the back for a job well done, and now I get to enjoy the season.......recovery is so sweet.....
Photo courtesy of tiny little house blog.

A Living Tillandsia Wreath from Passionflower

We couldn't have been happier when our local paper asked us to do a holiday wreath featuring non traditional materials. We could swing with that. And well since I have been mostly obsessed with tillandsia this year and since our supplier had just shown up with some of the most beautiful ones we'd ever seen - it seemed obvious what we were meant to do.

Our thanks to the Register Guard for the photos of this living wreath.....and thanks to them also for giving us an opportunity to further our mission at Passionflower of making the world a more beautiful place.

Bringing Home the Bacon

We have a little rule at the store that you can't cherry pick the best stuff. You have to give the customers a chance. I was patient, very patient when it came to this great piece of sandblasted grapevine.
After living high up in Passionflower's front window for many weeks, it finally came home with me.
I stood it upright in my favorite vase with a tillandsia at the base.

All I have to say is, "what took me so long?".



Playing around with some ideas for a holiday card (in all my spare time)....
and I also have some holiday goodies for you - photos culled from the land of blogging. But I like to think of myself as a mannered blogger which means contacting the creator of said photos and asking their permission to post their photo on my blog (all with credits and links etc of course)
which is ridiculously tiresome, especially when you are feeling jammed for time. So I am right now having an inner struggle about wether to shamelesly
just go ahead and show the photos and pretend it's no big deal (I mean what's the harm and everybody does it anyway?) or wait and ask. And so right now the "get permission" side is winning the day and hopefully I'll get this little matter resolved before Christmas has come and gone and you'll actually get to see what I'm talking about.

Holiday Bling Jewelry

We fell in love pretty fast and pretty hard with this jewelry line called Gypsy, as we are always on the look out for that high holiday bling jewelry piece. (Remember the time before bling was a word? I do.)
Then we saw this big pomegranate pendant (below) and found out the line was made in Turkey.....and all of a sudden we were re-enacting the underworld of winter and eating pomegranate seeds with Persephone.....well that was pretty much it and next thing we knew we were putting in a big old order.


And some of their jewelry can be seen in the movie The Other Boleyn Girl....and we think that's pretty cool too.



But if that's all a little too much bling for you....never fear... because we've got some beautiful understated pieces too......

Like this great vermeil necklace from Brooklyn jewelry design house Swallow......they call it their mother/daughter piece. Lots more to see in the jewelry cases. Find a perfect piece for yourself to wear this holiday season or a gift for a loved one.
We pretty much can't think of anything we'd like to do more at Passionflower than try on jewelry with you. Yes it's the adult version of playing dress up.
To see more of our great jewelery click here.














Echo Design Wool & Cashmere Gloves

Bbbrrrr....it's getting cold outside....and since I do venture out upon occassion, it's nice to have these great gloves from Echo Design....

They're soft not scratchy and I love the ruffle. Plus so many fun colors....

So come and get em while they're here. Oh (silly me)...I forgot to mention they have some fancy new textile technology that allows you to text while you're wearing them....
and several skeptical customers have proven that they really do work.

It's That Time of Year Again

No, not the time of year when everyone brings you cookies and chocolates and you go to too many parties and drink un petit peu too much of champagne.....No, that time of year is approaching soon (like tonight at our holiday party) but this is the time of year....

when the days are getting shorter and the nights longer. When you want to go home and burn candles and fill your home with the scent of greenery....

And plant a paperwhite or a cyclamen or an amaryllis or two.....


And remember, that somewhere in the darkness you get to incubate all your dreams and desires....
and a single bloom can flood you with memories...

and even if I am having take out because I'm so busy at work, my table is still glowing and beautiful.....

This is the time of year when we are filling our homes with light and love to bring us through the darkest times of the year.....


Come to our store this holiday season and let us help you fill your home with all the joy of the season.