Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Flower Pick : Pansies in the Rain

Yellow Pansies in the Rain - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Purple Pansies in the Rain - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Plum Pansies in the Rain - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Purple Pansies in the Rain - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

January Rainstorm Brewing Over Santa Monica Beach


If me thinks a storm be brewin'...I'm on my way=)!!...
...On my way to the nearest, sweetest little bed of pansy flowers, freshly planted and with cheerful faces upturned to the most interesting of cloudscapes. 

How lovely to be a pretty pansy in the rain today!! 
...But being a flower photographer in the rain is pretty fabulous too=)!!

HappyFriday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Flower Pick : After the Rain, Roses

Orange Rose After the Rain - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Many a rose bloom has been splashed across the pages of my blog over the last couple of years of Friday Flower Pick-ing...

And each of those rose-filled moments had its own special magic for me...
Maybe it was the intoxicating fragrance of one specimen, or the otherworldly hue of another!!

Or perhaps it was the way the rose played with the rain, or the sunshine...or in the instance of today's citrusy-hued find...it was both!!

I caught this orange-you-glad-it's-Friday beauty just as the first sunlight filtered through its petals, after a morning shower.

This week of raindrop-speckled-sunshine has confirmed that my favorite weather is when you need both heart-shaped sunglasses and an umbrella!!

HappyFriday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mermaid Monday : New Mermaid Art Prints

Mermaid Art Print by Mademoiselle Mermaid - Fantasy Illustration

Mermaid Art Print by Mademoiselle Mermaid - Fantasy Illustration

Mermaid Art Print by Mademoiselle Mermaid - Fantasy Illustration

I'm diving down into the depths of my imagination to dream up some gorgeous creatures of the sea...colorful sirens with spectacular island style and beautiful fairy souls!! 

My Flower Fantasy Mermaid art print has just landed en shoppe, and expect many, many more mermaid sightings to come!!

Santa Monica Beach - Photo by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Palm Trees at Santa Monica Beach - Photo by Mademoiselle Mermaid


Happy MermaidMonday!!

Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Flower Pick : Camellia in the Rain

Pink Camellia in the Rain - Santa Monica, CA Flower photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Luckily, the most wonderful time of the year is quickly followed up by one of my other most favorite times of the year: Camellia Season!! Isn't it lovely that these flowers burst into bloom in the middle of winter?! Of course, it's a Southern California winter I'm talking about...but it seems miraculous to me just the same!! 

Grey winter skies, and this year's frequent rain showers, set the stage perfectly for the dramatic display of gorgeous blossoms I'm discovering at every turn. 

Beautifully ruffled petals and candy-colored flowers make for a dreamy January scene, echoing Wonderland!!


HappyFriday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid 

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Crochet Pattern : Chunky Rainbow Scarf

Rainbow Scarf Crochet Pattern by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Rainbow Scarf Crochet Pattern by Mademoiselle Mermaid

I'm over-the-rainbow to have my first crochet pattern of 2017 ready for instant download on Etsy!! 
This time it's a delightfully colorful and oversized rainbow scarf...a great patten for beginners who LVE color!! If you can chain, single crochet, and double crochet-  you can make this project!! 

This glorious, full-color tutorial and pattern features over 20 images, along with step-by-step instructions, guiding you through re-creating this fun and fashion forward accessory!!


Oversized Rainbow Scarf by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Oversized Rainbow Scarf by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Oversized Rainbow Scarf by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Hot Pink Rose - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Ready to Bloom - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid


Here's to never enough holiday lights, rainbow brights, 'n floral delights!!
...May you bloom beautifully in the new year!!

Happy MermaidMonday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Lake Shrine Finds

“There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.”

-G.K. Chesterton

Walking Path at The Lake Shrine - Center for Self Realization in Los Angeles, CA

Windmill at The Lake Shrine - Center for Self Realization in Los Angeles, CA

Beautiful Red Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Beautiful Red Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

White Winter Foliage - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Swan at The Lake Shrine - Center for Self Realization in Los Angeles, CA

Mademoiselle Mermaid Hiking at Will Rogers State Park, CA

Spectacular Ocean View from Hike at Will Rogers State Park, CA


After the holiday hustle, I'm craving a little nature and serenity...and I'm finding it right in my own backyard!! Gorgeous winter weather and a free afternoon were just the inspiration I needed to head off and out to a few of my favorite Los Angeles spots to breathe deeply. 

The first stop was Will Rogers State Park for a gloriously sunny hike, complete with spectacular ocean views!!

Then it was time for a little meditation at the Center for Self Realization, where Friday Flowers were plentiful...and peace of mind, easy to find!!

HappyFriday!!
Love,
Mademoiselle
Mermaid

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : H♥T on the Trail

Hot Pink Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Pink Camellias - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Santa Monica Winter Sunrise - Photo by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Early December usually means I'm hot on the trail of some seriously pretty pinks!! There are those brilliant pink, purple, 'n blue Santa Monica sunrises that start the day...
Soft and sweet camellias that speckle the sidewalks all along the way...
And how about a surprising splash of hot pink in a local rose garden as the icing on the Christmas cookie?!


HappyFriday!!
Love,
Mademoiselle
Mermaid