I am a bestselling author, avid photographer, and enthusiastic world traveler with a weakness for all things beautiful. For years, I have been creating minimalist, Ikebana-inspired flower arrangements. Many of the bouquets from which I create my floral designs come from Pike Place Market, the “soul of Seattle.” I like to select a bounteous bouquet, bring it home and deconstruct it, and then create multiple elegant arrangements. This concept is called The Fresh-Cut Flower Formula and is also the title of my latest book.
Before I decided to focus full-time on flowers, I wrote and published seven cookbooks, including the bestselling Pike Place Market series, along with my seminal work, Pacific Northwest Wining and Dining: The People, Places, Food, and Drink of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. You can still purchase a hardcover edition of my Pike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook on Amazon or download the Kindle version onto you favorite device.
I also founded, photographed, and blogged on the Northwest Wining and Dining website. Although I no longer post there, the site still features a wealth of creative seafood and produce recipes, cooking tips, and archived blog posts. If you enjoying cooking and eating, please check it out!
Another pet project is the Seattle Waterfront Webcam, which livestreams videos of the downtown Seattle Waterfront and Elliott Bay 24 hours/seven days a week. In addition to the live feed, the site also features a Timelapse Video that shows the previous 24 hours in just 1 1/2 minutes and a Weather page with a seven-day forecast.
I also founded and edited the Five More Minutes With website, which features inspirational-tribute stories of dearly departed family members, friends, and companion animals, along with Inspiring Moment photos.
The Braiden Blossoms website is my most recent creation. It highlights photos of my floral arrangements, world travels, and whatever else captures my fancy. I hope that if something is important enough, moving enough, enticing enough, or funny enough to catch my eye, it will spark your interest as well.
Thank you for visiting Braiden Blossoms and spending some time with me!