Saturday, February 16, 2013

Focus on Life :: The Beauty of Flowers

This week's Focus on Life blog prompt is The Beauty of Flowers.  I must admit, I almost skipped this one.  While I think flowers are beautiful, I've never enjoyed taking pictures of them, mostly because I can never manage to capture how purely beautiful they really are.  And then there's the sensory factor -- the scent of a flower just increases the experience.  Plus, I'm sad that while I grew up with a father who had a greenhouse full of orchids, and I have grown multiple gardens that I meticulously planned and grew from seed, we just grow weeds at this house.  Indoor flowers are a no-go, too, because one cat just happens to think they're better than kitty kibble.


But I decided to think outside the box.  I looked around the house and realized there were a lot of flowers everywhere, if one chose to look.  For instance, my office bulletin board sports a handmade flower made of book pages.  (And oh hey, I just noticed, on the push pins, too!)


flower made by Dainty Hippo



Zack made me this tissue paper flower when he was in Kindergarten, and the vase is even painted with roses.




Flowers in the bracelet I wore today.....


Beads by Manuela Wutschke, one of my past Bead Soup partners.


There are even flowers in my car!  I love that the VW Bug has a vase for flowers and when I bought it, Zack and I went to Michaels and picked out silk Gerbera daisies -- pink for me (of course) and orange for him.  I wrapped them to a pen with florist tape.




I'll leave you with a photo of a REAL flower, a picture I found while gathering the others for this post.  It was in a folder that I'd neglected and forgotten I had.  Remember when I said my dad grew orchids?  This is one of them, from a recent visit.




It's a rather special picture now, because after 30 years of tending these exotic plants, Dad has decided to give up his greenhouse for a new hobbies.  He's been interested in jewelry design for a long time, sitting with metalsmiths as they custom made rings for him.  Now that he's retiring, I'm going to teach him how to torch enamel and make lampworked glass beads.  The greenhouse is going to be converted to a studio, and I'm sure that along with learning these new skills, he's going to spend a lot of time doing what he calls "just puttering around". 


Knowing my dad, though, there's always going to be at least one orchid in the house.


I hope you enjoyed the flowers.  You can visit other "Focus on Life" participants by clicking here.




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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

32 comments:

  1. What a fantastic collection of flowers! Real, silk, paper and beady ... all of them beautiful!

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  2. wow Lori! Where to begin? That bracelet is just stunning! It certainly seems like you are surrounded by that very beauty of flowers (albeit without the fragrance) despite the black thumb. My cats are the same, no plants at all here, lesson learned. It's a real shame

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  3. A very enjoyable read Lori. Thanks so much. Love all those flowers that don't need the watering and weeding.

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  4. What a gift to be able to teach your dad a new hobby. We expect the passing of knowledge to go from parent to child but it's extra special when it goes from child to parent.

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  5. Love those pics! And the bracelelt is yummie:-)

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  6. I enjoyed your perspective on flowers and your story about your dad! Sounds like so much fun to enjoy art together.

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  7. you went on quite a flower hunt, and caught some beauties! i esp. like your pinboard collection :)

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  8. Love your ability to think outside of the box. Beautiful flowers everywhere! Love, love, love your bracelet and the flowers in your car. I drive a VW too and it never crossed my mind to beautify the car. I drive my kids to and from classes. I am always picking and packing after them. Mud in the car, used tissue papers... sigh... I think I need to talk to them again. Maybe with flowers in the car, they will be more motivated and be disciplined to help me keep the car clean.

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  9. Love that paper flower.

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  10. I love all your flowers and how someone thought out of the box concerning them!

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  11. I love that flowers surround you in your life! It is so special that you will be teaching your dad to torch enamel and beads. But too give up those orchids?

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  12. The pictures of all your flowers are lovely and have such nice stories to accompany them.

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  13. Love the look around! Your dad's orchid is stunning! The colors are amazing. So lucky to be able to spend time and share your passion with him.

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  14. I think we can always find flowers if we know where to look!

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  15. beautiful series... I think my two favorites are the paper flower with text and the orchid... beautiful detail and light in that final photo:-)

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  16. I love the way that you captured flowers all over and the orchid is gorgeous!!!

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  17. ~it seems as if life is coming full circle...a father teaches his daughter to see the beauty in life and now a daughter shall teach her father to create beauty in another form...

    i couldn't agree more about capturing the true essence and beauty that lies within a flower...always been a challenge for me...

    to a wonderful weekend ahead...much love light and blessings~

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  18. Isn't it funny if we look around how many wonderful places we can see flowers!!

    (no. 45 this week)

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  19. I love all the flowers in and around your house - they're so fun! The one Zack made you is perfection. The orchid of your Dad's,...oh my, that's a show stopper! (Your bracelet's a show stopper, too!!)

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  20. Wow! You found lots of flowers. Thanx for sharing them with us. I think it's wonderful that you are going to teach your Dad lampworking and the 2 of you will share a passion.

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  21. It wasn't until I read your post that I realized how many flowers I'm surrounded by. The chair I'm sitting in, pictures on the wall, the dining room curtains, the china teacups, and I could go on and on. The photo of your dad's orchid is stunning!

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  22. Flowers are everywhere - real and not so real. I love orchids

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  23. I totally random comment, but I was just looking through Färgkraft's range of hand-dyed scandinavian wool yarns and stumble on this one http://butik.fargkraft.com/konsthantverksgarner/softblend-g1/chokladmint-g1.html

    For some reason it made me think of you. :)

    Love the bright, happy colours of those silk gerberas BTW.

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  24. How very cool about your Dad! I suspect as an orchid grower he learned a lot of skills that will bode him well making jewelry. Would love to see an orchid pendant or brooch from him!

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  25. You are surrounded by lots of beautiful flowers. They don't have to be alive to be appreciated. That's so interesting about your father and his new hobby. And what a lovely photo of his orchid.

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  26. You know I am partial to orchids, and your dad's Phalaenopsis is beautiful, but so are all the others in your life.

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  27. I love that even though you couldn't capture a lot of 'real life' flowers, you definitely made up for it with floral inspired objects around the house :)

    Flowers in any form are so beautiful and instill a sense of cheerfulness into life!

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  28. I love this post because it shows that even if we can't have what we think of as the "perfect" thing, there are many other amazing things around! Thanks.

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  29. Lori, you found yourself an amazing bunch of flowers! I have to say that the tissue flower is the BEST!

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  30. These are beautiful florwers Lori. The orchid reminds me of my mom's garden in the Philippines. Wish I coud go back home and have fun with her.

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  31. What a fun post Lori! I wish I could get flowers to bloom myself, but that handmade paper flower may be more my speed ;)
    How exciting that your dad is getting into jewelry-making too!

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  32. Its amazing to me how much we have in common. My dad also grows orchids, and has for quite some time! He built himself a greenhouse when he lived in Michigan but has since moved to southwestern Florida has has them out on his lanai!!!

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