Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas breakfast, movies and a cookie history

While other Bloggers have wished their Merry Christmases and have moved on to celebrate the holiday, I relish and savour this time I have today to post.
We begin with a 'lying in" this morning.  Slept until 9:30, made coffee and enjoyed the caffeine wakening while we watched 'Sunday morning' and read our email.  Fully awake and ready to make breakfast, I padded downstairs to the brioche I bought last week at Formaggios in Cambridge, thawed overnight and ready to be sliced.  

I served it on the coffee table on my new/old Wedgewoood plates.

Our neighbors at the shop, Thai Hut, brought us coffee cake for Christmas.  So sweet.  I served up a few pieces with the toast.

After presents, Joe walked the dog and then we went to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  It had an awesome ending.

Now, the cookies.  I don't have time to bake during the holidays, but my great pleasure is to make my grandmother's cookies for my son, Morgan and his wife, Jeannette on Christmas Day.

My grandmother, Esther was adopted in Wisconsin by a Methodist family who owned a farm.  Her mother was  part of a Jewish acting troup in Chicago.   Her husband abandoned the family, or died.. no one is certain.  But she was left with four children who she couldn't support and they were all adopted out in Illinois and Wisconsin.

My Grandmother fell in love with a seasonal farm hand and followed him  to the lumber camps in Northern Wisconsin where she cooked for the workers.  She was an amazing cook.  She could whip up a Christmas dinner in four hours: turkey, stuffing, orange cranberry sauce and rolls...pie and cookies.

She made Maple Nutties and sent them to us every Christmas.  She worked in retail too, so she didn't have time until after the holidays to send us our Christmas packages.  But the wait was worth it.

As a young homemaker, I asked many times for the recipe.  She promised to send it, but never did.  She died early: at 67.  One year, I experimented.  I finally figured out the recipe and it became my special Christmas cookie to send to my own Mother and make for my family.  Today, I made the dough, then baked after the movies.

These are just out of the oven.  They are waiting to cool and be rolled in powdered sugar.

My Grandmother, Esther, was something of a free spirit.  Of all my few relatives, though, she left me with a love of antiques, animals, and this great cookie recipe.

At the end of this free day, this Christmas, I give thanks to my Grandmother who left me such riches to pass on.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The last hour

We're winding down. Allison's gone to Savenor's for Rabbit Kale, Cara's taken the last delivery to Mass General and the one wreath we had left sold five minutes ago.

Here's a photo of our last wedding of the year.

And now I'm going home to have Christmas with Joe and Blossom beneath the protective (and invisible) bow of Artemis. Merry Christmas to all!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Katzenjammer kids

Rabbits love to burrow.  The problem at Bow Street is that wherever one burrows, all others follow during their time out and "marking' the territory as their own causes obvious problems for us.

We have chicken wire around the legs of one table and we've stuffed yards of cardboard beneath our counter to keep the rabbits out.

Ever eager to enlarge their territory, Georgette and ZuZu team up during their turn out, devising plans to push the boundaries we've provided for US!  Yesterday they were pretty successful:

Making plans:
ZuZu breaks ground:

She needs some muscle though: notice how the cardboard is becoming more visible.

ZuZu takes a  turn.

ZuZu broke through further down the counter.


Done for the day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Flowers in the house

Well, I did in fact remember to bring my little tree home and had every intention of decorating it last night, but could only muster a set-up in its little water stand.  A few mantle animals jumped in, though to save the day so that I could have something other than fir tree to share for Jane's Flowers in the House.

Maybe I'll bring out some more animal friends tonight and light them up.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This is the perfect life.

Looking through the new World of Interiors early this morning I came upon this photo in 'the best of 30 years' insert.  It shows the" Potter Mary Wondrausch with her 33 year old donkey, Emmie, in her garden in Surrey..." from 1988.

This is who I want to be in ten years: making pots, hanging out with my donkey in my quirky garden in the country.  I showed this to Steve from An Urban Cottage, who came into the shop to show me how to link and he was curious about whether I'd also wear a blue MuMu.  Hmm.  Gillian suggested I keep my
hair short, as Mary's hair seemed a bit of a mess, and I'd better hurry up and get a donkey who would be that old.
Any donkey will do, I'll never comb my hair again and I'll be happy in burlap if this were my life.  Am I becoming fey during this hectic holiday season? If I remember to take home the little tree for Jane's Monday Flowers in the House I'll consider myself sane.
Thanks Steve for coming in today.  I'll be linking up a storm now!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Open Sundays in December

One would think that a quiet Sunday afternoon at the shop by myself would allow ample time for blogging, but here I am, stealing ten minutes from the pile of wire out orders, wedding proposals, sample holiday amaryllis photos emailed to a corporation for approval and tweaking the Holiday display the way I want it and o. the chandelier is so dusty and dirty but can't get up there without help.

The Giveaway this week is a tall white amaryllis dressed up in a burnished square container with birch and baby gold pinecones, mossed and ready to go.   Leave a comment if you would like it delivered within the Boston Metro area.

And I do believe we're ready for Christmas.

Now back to the scheduled progam

Friday, November 25, 2011

It begins

This is the first year I've closed on Black Friday.  Our spare room is occupied by coming and going in-laws who are here visiting us and other relatives for the holiday, so the extra day was a welcome respite.  Besides, my new and long awaited stove was delivered today and I'm savoring this time I have to make Madeleines for its Maiden Baking.

Once again we are organizing a Giveaway of flowers on Monday.  Since we haven't had much of a turnout for the previous attempts, I've had Robin at Fyfe Design make a big, hot pink poster to hang in the window of the shop to encourage our walk-in customers to log onto the Blog and take a chance at having a beautiful arrangement delivered to their door on Monday.

The rules are simple: leave a comment this weekend saying why you would love to have free flowers and I'll choose someone randomly on Monday.

The Holidays begin tomorrow at the Shop.  Here are some sweet gifts to consider if you drop by.

Tall, white beeswax tapers, natural tealights and votives.

These rose petal soaps from Indian Queen in Philadelphia have full petals and gold powder through them. Saipua soaps too.

Piglets from Tilla and...

sheep and...


Now, let the holidays begin!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Boston Public Library

Photos from the wedding last weekend at the Boston Public Library.  So many tables! The ceremony was across the street at Trinity Church.  Piles of white flowers delivered to the church early in the morning.  Only the Flower Guild designs their big urns.  Hands off florists!!!!  Must say, though, the urns there are three feet wide and quite a challenge.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Violet's day out and the winner of the flower giveaway

is Marlowe, who will be picking up her flowers tomorrow.  Congratulations!!

Violet took her day out to graze on the rose leaves and other safe morsels dropped onto the floor.  She took a few naps, but settled awake for an hour or so in a leftover rose box.  All the rabbits have finished molting for the year, so they don't look like refugees anymore.


Last year, she was pretty badly beaten up by Georgette when she trespassed into her house one night, and was in the hospital for several days.  It took almost a year for her hair to grow back and she lost a lot of weight and her usual spark.  She's now gained her weight back (and some! see how she spreads out against the box) and has recovered from the trauma.  She's looking pretty great!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Late post for Monday Flower Prize Day

Two big weddings and a Sunday break-down put me a little behind for the Monday Flower Prize which is now a giveaway.
This week, just say why you should win a beautiful arrangement and I'll randomly choose a winner.

Something similar to this arrangement could be yours!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

wedding apogee

This weekend was the highlight of the Fall wedding season.

Friday's wedding was at the Boston Public Library.

Our friend Andy Ryan came to take photos which I'll post later this week.

Saturday's wedding was at The Harvard Club in Boston.  We began putting the chuppah together that morning outside the shop.

Hawthorn berries provided color to the birch.  My Intern, Marisa spent an hour cutting every ugly leaf off of the branches.

In the early afternoon, we delivered and set up the chuppah with a cross piece of olive leaves and wild
rose hips.  Later, when we delivered the centerpieces, we added sheet moss to the containers.

Andy Ryan has been a friend to Bow Street Flowers since I bought the shop eight years ago.  He is a sought after photographer who travels all over the world photographing architecture, food, famous actors and for us, flowers.   I am blessed to know him.  He volunteered to come to the Boston Public Library and to the Harvard Club.  He brings his clever, creative son Jack on some of his shoots and always does his best to show off the work we do.  Thank you Andy.  We love you!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Today's Flower Prize winner is

Jill!  Please send me contact information, Jill and we'll send you some beautiful flowers today!

Friday, November 4, 2011

House party flowers and Monday's Flower Prize

We've changed up the Flower Prize rules to require that you enter with a single line of a poem you know.
The winner on Monday will be chosen randomly.

We did flowers for a house party in Boston today.  I really can't decide if I love Fall or Spring the most.  Autumn colors are luminous.  Glad I don't have to choose!

Peonies coming in strong and a bit more affordable than last year's Chilean offering. Amaryllis, Ilex berry. Dutch hydrangea that almost broke the bank!!

Next weekend two big and beautiful weddings: one at the Boston Public Library and the other at the Harvard Club.  The Mother of the Harvard Club bride has been a real partner in planning.  She's charming and detail oriented and very helpful, and I can't wait to make her and her daughter's vision materialize.