HUNTER, GATHERER // Searoon Succulents Art Opening 8.7

Searoon Succulents

Come mingle, sip cocktails and explore the visual vertical succulent dreamscapes by Searoon Succulents on Friday night, August 7th from 6pm – 9pm for the art opening reception of HUNTER, GATHERER. 

Tamar Sahakian, the designer and creator behind Searoon Succulents, started making succulents and plant installations over 5 years ago. She pulls her inspiration from the California coast, its desert and her travels. She enjoys scavenging for fallen trees, branches, skulls and anything that can be used as a vessel for life to grow.

Recently, Sahakian has been collaborating with another Bay Area artist, woodworker Aleksandra Zee. In addition to Sahakian’s trademark found vessels, skulls and branches, there will be pieces incorporated with Aleksandra Zee’s work.

Bring your walls to life with a budding, breathing succulent art piece from Searoon Succulents.

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 7th 6-9 pm // @ Wallflower // 1176 Valencia St.

New Jewelry in the Shop!

We are so happy to welcome Native Daughter jewelry into our shop this week! Her designs combine earth tones and natural elements with fine wire and accent beads to create bold statement pieces.

Antler Hoops $65

“Expression for the Divine Feminine soul through the love of handmade jewels, adornments, and all things beautiful within this world and without.”

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Some of our favorite pieces! Satori Antler necklace $65 and White Tassel earrings $52

Find out more about Native Daughter here:

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Spring Seed Tutorial

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Spring has sprung in San Francisco! Yes, it’s only March, but with the coming of the cherry blossoms and the longer, sunnier days you can’t help but want to be in nature- and if you’re like me- start growing things.

One of my favorite local flowers is the Passionflower, which grows wild all over the city- especially the Mission and Bernal Heights.  I have long admired a neighbor’s Blue Passionflower vine that covers a whole fence and blooms spectacularly ornate white and purple flowers for several months of the year.  It’s always covered in butterflies, and crawls up and down a fairytale trellis and around the fence- seriously, it’s magical.

 They appear around SF in a variety of colors from punchy pink to subtle beautiful white.

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I’ve tried growing passionflower before from seed but never had any luck- not even one sprout!  Womp womp. But this year I was ready- and when my neighbor’s vine finally fruited, I grabbed a few of those suckers and gave it a go.  After collecting and drying the seeds, I eventually planted them.  A few weeks later my seedlings appeared! I could not be more proud, so I thought I’d share!

S T E P  O N E :
Spot and pick your passion fruit!  The seeds are in the fruit, which form after the flowers have died.  You can see in the photo the dried up flower shape above the fruit.  When a passion fruit is ready to be picked it will be very yellow and come off the vine easily.  

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S T E P  T W O :
Cut your fruit open and squeeze all the seeds out into a cup or bowl.  

S T E P  T H R E E :
Wash your seeds and get as much of the gooey stuff off as possible.  Rinse and repeat until they are clean.

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S T E P  F O UR :
Spread your seeds out on a piece of paper or in a glass dish/tray. Leave in a dry area of your home where they won’t be disturbed.  Your seeds will shrivel up and not look like weird gooey shit soon!  After a few weeks, the seeds are fully dried, plant a few seeds a few inches apart 1/2 inch deep in a medium size pot and water daily. Keep the soil moist and place in the sunniest spot you have.  I started mine on the roof last month.

Passionflower seeds can take weeks, even months to sprout- but when they do it’s magical.
The waiting is the hardest part, but so worth it!

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There are so many amazing vines around San Francisco and the passionflower comes in an array of colors.  If you see a ripe fruit, grab one and try growing your own!

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Spring Window Fun!

I had so much fun doing this dip-dyed window last week for Bell Jar I thought I’d post about the process and concept.  Yay for tassels!

The inspiration for this concept was fiber art, and we wanted to use a large scale vibrant yet beautiful way to excite people for spring.

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Fiber art is in the midst of a huge comeback and has me trolling the internet and my local thrift stores for epically vibey wall hangings.

Here’s a few that inspire me personally, from straight outta the 70’s jute to modern patterns of bushy colored yarn.

I just love the hugeness of this owl macrame!! I was inspired by the size and decided to use big cotton piping for the dyed cords to have a sort of ‘in process’ feel.

Unfinished, inviting.

 

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I also love these examples of clean modern shapes in the wool and amazing color combinations!

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 We decided to go with big fabric tassels hanging from dip dyed cords for the best of all worlds, and after sourcing the materials I went to work.

I tore long strips of muslin, folded them in half and wrapped the tops to create the tassels. I cold-water dip dyed a variety of pastel hues for the cords and tassels and hung them to dry.

It was a bit difficult keeping the white end of the 15 ft ropes away from the colored end, but having a ladder and clothesline definitely helped!

 

I attached the tassels to the cords, and strung the ropes from the ceiling at varying heights- with my fave big peachy ones in front!  Swirled the length of the ropes in circles in front of the dress form and ta-da! Xo!

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Sometimes you find something so adorable you simply must blog about it.

I recently stumbled upon these handmade journals on Etsy that are blowing my mind!!  From the gorgeous leather bound design to the pastel hues, this lady is doin it RIGHT and no one can deny the awesomeness of these English beauties.  I’m already longing for spring just looking at them!

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Notebooks for all occasions by Louise Knight-Richardson

pale peach / rust / sage / lilac

There are even larger notebooks for your art sketches that feature acid free cotton rag paper for when inspiration strikes on the go, as well as the Musician’s Stave Leather Journal which is lined with musical staff paper. Love!!!

What a great gift they would make for your special someone, especially with Valentine’s Day just around the corner!

Xo

 

Vintage Sale at Bell Jar This Weekend!

Come celebrate the season with a bit of holiday shopping at the Bell Jar this weekend!  Bell Jar will be hosting a slue of vintage cocktail dresses from the collection of owner Sasha Darling and myself this weekend from 12-7 at 3187 16th street at Guerrero. Dozens of silky, flowy maxis, 60’s sexy minis, velvet jewel tone dresses, and much more!

Saturday Flowers is also back for a holiday edition! Lovely handmade wreaths adorned with eucalyptus and other magical elements will be for sale Saturday!  Be sure to stop by for some holiday cheer Bell Jar style!  Tons of ornaments and small gifts are now in the store and are perfect for everyone on your list!

Check out the Facebook event HERE  for more details!

Xo