Westerwisp Garden Gate Collection 1

Collection 1 is up in the Westerwisp Garden Gate instagram feed @westerwisp_gardengate, color block Spring Green (see work below). The pop up shop will be open from April 9th through April 19th. All sold pieces will ship on April 20th. Unsold pieces may  reappear later at full price in the Etsy Westerwisp store. Refer to this blog post here as to how to shop Westerwisp Garden Gate. 

Tiger's Eye Boutonniere. Tiger's Eye gemstone, pussywillow, seeded eucalyptus, moss, lichen, copper fern, cedar tips and rooster feather.

Tiger's Eye Boutonniere. Tiger's Eye gemstone, pussywillow, seeded eucalyptus, moss, lichen, copper fern, cedar tips and rooster feather.

Huckleberry Antler Boutonniere. Deer antler tip, huckleberry and salmonberry buds, cedar, heather, moss, lichen and rooster feather.

Huckleberry Antler Boutonniere. Deer antler tip, huckleberry and salmonberry buds, cedar, heather, moss, lichen and rooster feather.

Wild Mushroom Boutonniere. Morel mushroom, white pine, willow buds, cedar bark, eucalyptus, lichen, moss, grouse feather and suede. 

Wild Mushroom Boutonniere. Morel mushroom, white pine, willow buds, cedar bark, eucalyptus, lichen, moss, grouse feather and suede. 

Woodland Corsage. Preserved antique white rose, eucalyptus, pine, sweet woodruff, cedar bark, german statice, bunnytail grass, moss, lichen and vintage 1960s green silk ties.

Woodland Corsage. Preserved antique white rose, eucalyptus, pine, sweet woodruff, cedar bark, german statice, bunnytail grass, moss, lichen and vintage 1960s green silk ties.

Spring Floral Pendant Necklace. Pale blue seeded eucalyptus, preserved cream rose, daffodils, peach peony, rosebuds, thistle, bunnytail grass and lichen with gold braided faux suede cord. 

Spring Floral Pendant Necklace. Pale blue seeded eucalyptus, preserved cream rose, daffodils, peach peony, rosebuds, thistle, bunnytail grass and lichen with gold braided faux suede cord. 

Spring Thistle Boutonniere. Thistle, daffodil, peony, cotton boll, eucalyptus, fern, lichen and german statice.

Spring Thistle Boutonniere. Thistle, daffodil, peony, cotton boll, eucalyptus, fern, lichen and german statice.

Spring Magnolia and Thistle bouquet. Featuring bronze magnolia leaves, woodland greeneries, pussywillow, blush, scarlet and pink peonies, cream roses, sea holly thistle and cream, gold and navy ribbons.

Spring Magnolia and Thistle bouquet. Featuring bronze magnolia leaves, woodland greeneries, pussywillow, blush, scarlet and pink peonies, cream roses, sea holly thistle and cream, gold and navy ribbons.

Westerwisp garden gate

Do you know the way to the Westerwisp garden gate? Opening for the first time on April 9th, 2017, the brand new instagram pop up shop @westerwisp_gardengate, companion to the official @Westerwisp feed, will feature one of a kind, ready to ship dried floral work by Westerwisp at special prices. The shop will open for a few days at time, with current listings separated by past, retired listings via color blocks. Current shop color and opening dates will be announced at the top of the feed. Additional photos of pieces will be posted right here on the blog. Shipping is free and within the USA only, with the exception of Hawaii, due to the use of dried plants. Occasionally, pieces will also be auctioned. See the very bottom of this blog post for details on how to shop the pop up shop.

The first shop opens on April 9th, 2017.

The first shop opens on April 9th, 2017.

Along with being a curated display of a limited collection of work,  there will be a mysterious journey to follow. Be on the lookout for secret trails and passageways, which may lead to prizes. 

The opening Westerwisp Garden Gate scene. "While walking along the quiet river slough, you spot a hidden trail leading through the tall grass, blackberry vines and thistles...

The opening Westerwisp Garden Gate scene. "While walking along the quiet river slough, you spot a hidden trail leading through the tall grass, blackberry vines and thistles...

How to Shop the Westerwisp garden gate shop below...

Look for this instagram photo at the bottom of the westerwisp_gardengate feed to read how to shop the feed. 

Look for this instagram photo at the bottom of the westerwisp_gardengate feed to read how to shop the feed. 

Pop Up Shop How To's
The first person to write their Paypal e-mail in the comments will receive the item. Westerwisp will send a Paypal invoice to this e-mail. Payment is due within 24 hours or the item will go to the second Paypal e-mail. Direct Message @westerwisp_gardengate your e-mail if you would like to keep your e-mail private. 


Auction How To's
Auction listings will be titled AUCTION at the start of their captions to distinguish them from Pop Up Shop listings. Bid in the comment section with your $ amount and your Paypal e-mail. Whole # amounts only. For example, you can bid $5, $12, $20, but not $17.50, $3.75, $4.23. Direct Message @westerwisp_gardengate if you would like to keep your e-mail and/or bids private. At the end of the auction, Westerwisp will send the winner a Paypal invoice. Payment is due within 24 hours or the item will go to the second highest bidder. 


Additional Information
Items will be marked as SOLD after Paypal payment is received and will ship (Free Shipping with tracking) within 3-5 days or on the specific shipping date if one is noted in the listings or title of the shop. Shipping within the USA only, with the exception of Hawaii, due to the use of dried plant products. Direct Message @westerwisp_gardengate if you have any questions.

First shop opens April 9th, 2017.

Wedding styling: Galvanized Abalone palette

Mineraled rustic silver meets violet, lavender, dusty blue, natural black and seaglass green. Pair Westerwisp wreaths and loose dried branches and florals with pale blue linens, galvanized metal lanterns, planters and containers, and abalone shell inspired elements such as salty white quartz crystal, amethyst and sea green glassware. Accent with fossil seashells and consider serving black mussels as part of the wedding meal, or calligraph guest names onto clean mussel shells as escort cards. Choose silver and black gouache watercolor paper details for wedding stationery such as the pieces created by artist Amanda Adams of Three Poppy Paper Co presented below.

Galvanized Abalone tablescape inspiration by Westerwisp. 

Galvanized Abalone tablescape inspiration by Westerwisp. 

Mineraled silver and black gouache watercolor art by stationery designer Amanda Adams of Three Poppy Paper Co www.threepoppypaperco.com

Mineraled silver and black gouache watercolor art by stationery designer Amanda Adams of Three Poppy Paper Co www.threepoppypaperco.com

Galvanized Abalone tablescape inspiration by Westerwisp.

Galvanized Abalone tablescape inspiration by Westerwisp.

Black mussels served as part of the wedding meal or clean shells used as table décor or calligraphed escort cards. Photo by JPrescott/iStock / Getty Images

Black mussels served as part of the wedding meal or clean shells used as table décor or calligraphed escort cards. Photo by JPrescott/iStock / Getty Images

Slotted galvanized wedding guest card bucket with a Westerwisp bouquet at front.

Slotted galvanized wedding guest card bucket with a Westerwisp bouquet at front.

Mussel black and mixed purple bud vase bundle designed by Westerwisp.

Mussel black and mixed purple bud vase bundle designed by Westerwisp.

Mineraled silver and black gouache watercolor art by stationery designer Amanda Adams of Three Poppy Paper Co www.threepoppypaperco.com

Mineraled silver and black gouache watercolor art by stationery designer Amanda Adams of Three Poppy Paper Co www.threepoppypaperco.com

Galvanized Abalone tablescape inspiration by Westerwisp.

Galvanized Abalone tablescape inspiration by Westerwisp.

Color Palette Study: Regal Reds and Berry Tones

Color palette inspiration. Marsala, wine, raspberry, scarlet and sangria floral pieces designed by Westerwisp. Deep reds and jeweled berry tones are romantic, earthy and passionate, and enhance the brave of heart.

Jes and Tyler's beautiful bohemian dream wedding. Photography by Amber Phinisee.

Jes and Tyler's beautiful bohemian dream wedding. Photography by Amber Phinisee.

Dark sangria and gold pinecone bouquet for an autumn wedding.

Dark sangria and gold pinecone bouquet for an autumn wedding.

A Salem, Massachusetts bridal bouquet featuring peonies, black turkey feathers, cinnamon bark, dark grains and rosehips.

A Salem, Massachusetts bridal bouquet featuring peonies, black turkey feathers, cinnamon bark, dark grains and rosehips.

Side view of a custom greenery and raspberry reds bridal crown.

Side view of a custom greenery and raspberry reds bridal crown.

Rustic wheat and berry toned crown for a horse wrangling bride.

Rustic wheat and berry toned crown for a horse wrangling bride.

Floral mini combs.

Floral mini combs.

Ye Olde Christmas themed bridal bouqet featuring curled dogwood branches and a preserved pomegranate. 

Ye Olde Christmas themed bridal bouqet featuring curled dogwood branches and a preserved pomegranate. 

Berry tones, red and blue bouquet perched on the Westerwisp Woods porch.

Berry tones, red and blue bouquet perched on the Westerwisp Woods porch.

Iconic Westerwisp bouquet bursting with roses, peonies and woodland greens.

Iconic Westerwisp bouquet bursting with roses, peonies and woodland greens.

Foraged scarlet and woodland greenery bouquet  with turkey and pheasant feathers.

Foraged scarlet and woodland greenery bouquet  with turkey and pheasant feathers.

Photography props created for artist Maggie Madole's wedding stationary shop. 

Photography props created for artist Maggie Madole's wedding stationary shop. 

Flower girl crowns ahead of the bride.

Flower girl crowns ahead of the bride.

Scottish inspired bridal crown and boutonniere

With spring just around the bend, I loved creating this custom Scottish thistle inspired bridal crown and groom's boutonniere set for an upcoming April wedding. Dusty soft pinks, lavender, blues and vibrant gold.

Ceremony side view, or the side guests will see if the bride stands to the left.

Ceremony side view, or the side guests will see if the bride stands to the left.

Side view

Side view

I wanted the bridal crown to appear as though it had been swept up from the moors of Scotland. Thistles, heather, lavender, budded pussywillow, moss, lichen, amaranth, pansies, strawflowers and peonies.

The boutonniere featured complimenting florals and greeneries as the bridal crown with the addition of taupe grouse feathers, which also roam the highlands of Scotland, and regal antique gold embroidery floss wrapping.

scott boutonniere by westerwisp
scott boutonniere by westerwisp

Heralds of Spring in the Westerwisp Woods

It's nightfall as I write this. I'm sitting out on our cabin's kitchen deck by lantern light, listening to a spirited chorus of frogs, the occasional owl hoot and the distant call of a train passing through. I love these heralds of spring...when the soil starts to warm for the coming growing season. As such, I've started readying our gardens as they awaken from their wintery slumber.

The Westerwisp cabin kitchen deck just before night fall. A cozy spot to listen to the frogs and owls after a long day of working the yard.

The Westerwisp cabin kitchen deck just before night fall. A cozy spot to listen to the frogs and owls after a long day of working the yard.

I've been shaping and amending our vegetable garden beds. At the heart center of our garden, I raised a windfallen branch hut for our peas, beans and nasturtiums to grow upon this year. I've also been building my first hugelkultur bed for our raspberries and strawberries. I will definitely be writing about this permaculture gardening method soon. Family grown early spring garlic has been planted by the clove and my Uprising Seeds and heirloom potatoes will be tucked in shortly.

The windfallen branch hut I built for our peas, beans and nasturtiums, sugared with a winter-to-spring transitional snow day. Then, top to bottom, some of the seeds I ordered from Uprising Seeds. Organic, non-gmo mixed beets, sugar snap peas and Bienenfreund flowers. Staples of our garden each year. Uprisingorganics.com

The windfallen branch hut I built for our peas, beans and nasturtiums, sugared with a winter-to-spring transitional snow day. Then, top to bottom, some of the seeds I ordered from Uprising Seeds. Organic, non-gmo mixed beets, sugar snap peas and Bienenfreund flowers. Staples of our garden each year. Uprisingorganics.com

Fall planted bulbs are pushing up through the earth, promising daffodils and tulips in the next month or so, with a carpet of white crocus already flowering. Dusty pink helleborus is sprawling out underneath a scraggly little maple tree. Westerwisp favorites such as oregano, sage, pansies, daisies, lupine, lilac and artichoke are showing fresh greenery or baby buds. My heather is in full colorful bloom and has been attracting bumble bees on days of wintery sun. Spring is coming. It's right around the bend.

Top Row, Left to Right: Baby oregano and lilac buds. Bottom Row, Left to Right: Fresh sage tips and violet heather flowers.

Top Row, Left to Right: Baby oregano and lilac buds. Bottom Row, Left to Right: Fresh sage tips and violet heather flowers.

Dusty pink helleborus and white crocus in bloom.

Dusty pink helleborus and white crocus in bloom.

Westerwisp at ROCKED 2017

Westerwisp will be at ROCKED 2017, a couture wedding show hosted by Seattle Met Bride and Groom Magazine. This hip event will take place on Saturday, April 8th, from noon until 5pm at the Canvas Event Space. Westerwisp will have dried floral designs on display as well as modeled bridal bouquets as part of the intermingling modern bridal fashion show. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the banner below: