Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : White Way of Delight


One of my favorite Santa Monica streets, Palisades Avenue, boasts many botanical charms, any time of the year!!

...But late August in particular, is host to some truly magical moments, when it's sidewalks are simply aglow with romantic, white blooming roses. A perfect spotlight of golden morning sun, bright green orbs of bokeh filtering through the foliage, and pretty pink varieties of roses...keep them in the most pleasant of company!!

White Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid.


White Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid.

White Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid.

White and Pink Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid.

Taking a cue from my favorite literary heroine, Anne of Green Gables...the only fitting name for this gorgeous promenade is "White Way of Delight".

Have a delightful weekend!!

Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Impressionistic Garden


The Impressionist's Rose Garden. Photo by Mademoiselle Mermaid.

The Impressionist's Rose Garden. Photo by Mademoiselle Mermaid.

The Impressionist's Rose Garden. Photo by Mademoiselle Mermaid.

Pastel Pink Roses Photo by Mademoiselle Mermaid.


This is just the sort of scene I would have expected an impressionist painter to have seen, when she gazed out onto her late August garden. 
...A softly glowing ethereal view, bathed in washes of hazy sunshine and petal pinks, begging to be interpreted with skillfull brush strokes on canvas. 

I did my best impressionistic interpretation with my camera.

HappyFriday!!

Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Go For Gold

Gold medallion trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Gold medallion trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Gold medallion trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Gold medallion trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Gold medallion trees in Santa Monica, CA.


I can't think of a more fitting Friday Flower Pick for today than the gold medallion tree!!
This native to Brazil specimen spends summer arrayed in bunches of  exquisite yellow-orange blossoms...
...flowers that conjure up images of olympic gold, golden days of summer, and radiant sunshine galore. 

HappyFriday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Brown-eyed Susans



Brown-eyed Susans - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid.

Golden summer days call for enlivening morning walks down a favorite lane.
Even the busiest city block boasts a most bewitching array of butterflies, birds, and blooms in early August!!

Particularly pretty and suited to the season, are the wildflower-like specimens with bohemian sensibilities, that seem to tumble about in carefree clusters wherever they fancy.
One such glowing, roadside display of brown-eyed Susans, with their sunshine yellow petals and free spirits, was just the sort of thing to brighten my world and make me dawdle a little longer.


HappyFriday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Monday, August 1, 2016

Mermaid Monday : Unicorns and Rainbows

I had a lot of fun this past weekend, getting my home refreshed with a few rainbow and unicorn themed DIY projects!! 


Rainbow crochet granny square blanket project.

Crocheting rainbow granny squares, in sensational neon colors, was just the kind of creative project I needed on a very hot summer's afternoon. These versatile motifs are great to make sitting at the beach under an equally colorful umbrella, in the shade of a favorite tree at the park, or even at home in front of a fan- with something lovely to sip on!!

A deep navy blue border ups the sophistication of my color palette I think, and I can't wait to keep plugging along at my first ever crochet blanket!!

Rainbow crochet granny square blanket project.

For a quicker, instant gratification project, I'm enjoying stashbusting with a few colorful and flowery crochet garlands. They look gorgeous and gypsy-like hanging in a window or around a mirror. This one's from my all-time favorite crochet book, Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers by Nikki Trench.

Crochet flower garland.



...Or how about some glitter painting during a crochet break?! No photo frame in my home is safe from my unicorn-inspired palette of violet, aqua, lavender, and glitter galore!!

Crochet flower garland.


I hope you had an inspiring, exciting, and colorful weekend too!!



Happy Mermaid Monday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Candy Pink Violas

How the summer sidewalks abound with cheerful splashes of colorful annuals these hot 'n sunny July days!!

And a sunlit patch of pretty-faced violas is a common enough sighting among them, but oh, what an enchanting shade of candy colored pink I discovered and snapped up for today's Friday Flower Pick.




For now, I'm calling the color candy pink while I'm busy dreaming up a more suitable name for the it. 
...I'm thinking something perfectly evocative and sweet, like French macaron.

Have summery, sunny, and flowery weekend.

HappyFriday!!

Love,

MademoiselleMermaid

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mermaid Monday : Choker Necklaces

90's inspired choker necklaces are my current fashion obsession, especially in lovely black velvet and with a chunky pendant on display!!

I'm loving them now to dress up cropped tops and other casual summer looks, and I'm expecting my infatuation to grow come autumn, when pairing them with lace up boots and anything long sleeved and Victorian themed.


Balck Choker Necklace with Flower Pendant by Mademoiselle Mermaid

 Balck Choker with Flower Pendant by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Mademoiselle Mermaid's latest version features black velvet ribbon, sewn over ruffled floral lace, and topped off with a lovely bow and dramatic flower photo pendant. From tragically romantic roses to candy-colored hydrangeas, there are 20 unique prints to choose from.

Shop the look on Etsy.

Happy MermaidMonday!!
Love,

MademoiselleMermaid