Poppy, Scarab, and Lotus Earrings, from the Mechanical Garden collection

Wraptillion's Small Poppy Earrings, Large Poppy Earrings, Scarab Earrings, and Lotus Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Next up: the Small Poppy Earrings, Large Poppy Earrings, Scarab Earrings, and Lotus Earrings from my modern botanical-inspired Mechanical Garden jewelry collection! These delicate, intricate designs look like filigree, but their shapes come from the modern chainmaille techniques and engineering components I use. (Who says STEAM can’t be beautiful?!)

Wraptillion's Small Poppy Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Small Poppy Earrings — smallest and most delicate of this group. Easy, pretty, and edgy!

see the Small Poppy Earrings modeled here

Wraptillion's Large Poppy Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Large Poppy Earrings. Still office appropriate (and they’ll get plenty of compliments when you wear them out afterwards!)

see the Large Poppy Earrings modeled here

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Wraptillion's Scarab Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Scarab Earrings — wear them with jeans to dress up a D&D night or geeky conference look, or go all out for that women in tech keynote or STEAM benefit dinner!

see the Scarab Earrings modeled here

Wraptillion's Lotus Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Lotus Earrings — I love these with a simple dress when I’m wondering what to wear to a friend’s modern wedding. They’re a great confidence touchstone for an interview outfit or first day on your new creative dream job, too!

see the Lotus Earrings modeled here

Want to see more?

Shop the Mechanical Garden collection

Just here for the orchids? Here you go. (I love them too!)

The orchid featured here is my Encyclia mariae (formerly known as Euchile mariae.)

Closeup of two green and white flowers of orchid Encyclia mariae (formerly known as Euchile mariae), with a green pot behind them.
Compiled image of 4 photos featuring Wraptillion's Small and Large Poppy Earrings, Scarab Earrings, and Lotus Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae in a green cachepot.

studio flowers: old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose ‘Capitaine John Ingram’, and ‘Felicite et Perpetue’)

Small glass vase of old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose 'Capitaine John Ingram', & 'Felicite et Perpetue') in Wraptillion's studio.

The old roses in my garden only bloom once a year, but when their gorgeous scent fills my studio, I know it’s worth it! This vase on my desk captures summer perfectly for me. Clockwise from the dark red center rose, this is Rosa gallica officinalis (the Apothecary Rose, also known as the Red Rose of Lancaster from the War of Roses, grown since before 1600 AD), Rosa alba ‘Maxima’, Rosa ‘Capitaine John Ingram’ (a moss rose, grown since 1854), Rosa alba ‘Semi-plena’ (the White Rose of York), and ‘Felicite et Perpetue’ (grown since 1827).

Cropped flatlay of old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose 'Capitaine John Ingram', & 'Felicite et Perpetue') with the Garland Necklace and Garland Earrings in Wraptillion's studio.

I couldn’t resist photographing some new images for the Mechanical Garden collection. It’s fun to imagine the bride who’d love the contrast of these lush, ruffled roses and the sleek modern jewelry — two different but complementary kinds of wedding flowers! (Above, the Garland Necklace and Garland Earrings. Below, the Rose Window Earrings, Trellis Earrings, and Garland Earrings.)

Closed laptop next to a small arrangement of old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose 'Capitaine John Ingram', & 'Felicite et Perpetue') with earrings from the Mechanical Garden collection in Wraptillion's studio.

Below, the Trellis Necklace, Trellis Earrings, and Trellis Bracelet.

Cropped flatlay of old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose 'Capitaine John Ingram', & 'Felicite et Perpetue') with the Trellis Necklace, Trellis Earrings, and Trellis Bracelet in Wraptillion's studio.

I suppose I’d better get back to work… But at least I can still enjoy these beauties! (Wish I could share their gorgeous scent with you too… It isn’t the same scent, but CB I Hate Perfume’s Tea / Rose has a similar lush gorgeousness.)

Open laptop next to a small arrangement of old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose 'Capitaine John Ingram', & 'Felicite et Perpetue') with earrings from the Mechanical Garden collection in Wraptillion's studio.

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Flatlay of old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose 'Capitaine John Ingram', & 'Felicite et Perpetue') with the Garland Necklace, Garland Earrings, and Garland Bracelet in Wraptillion's studio.

Want to see more of how I bring a little beauty to my workspace? See more of my studio flowers posts.

Rosa alba 'Semi-plena' on a desk with laptop, reading glasses, pliers, chainmail rings, and Wraptillion's Long Fuchsia Earrings.

Here’s Rosa alba (above) blooming in a sneak peek from last year — beautiful as ever! And here’s its rose hips from last fall, below!

Rose hips (from Rosa alba) in a small vase next to earrings from Wraptillion's Industrial Glass collection.
Compiled image of flowers on a desk workspace, featuring a laptop and a small arrangement of old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose 'Capitaine John Ingram', & 'Felicite et Perpetue') with jewelry from the Mechanical Garden collection in Wraptillion's studio.
Compiled image of flowers on a desk workspace, featuring a laptop and a small arrangement of old roses (Rosa alba, Rosa gallica officinalis, moss rose 'Capitaine John Ingram', & 'Felicite et Perpetue') with jewelry from the Mechanical Garden collection in Wraptillion's studio.

Wisteria and Ivy Earrings, from the Mechanical Garden collection

Wraptillion's Ivy Earrings, Short Wisteria Earrings, and Long Wisteria Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

More new photos from my modern botanical-inspired Mechanical Garden jewelry collection while this gorgeous orchid is visiting my studio workspace! Above, the Ivy Earrings, Short Wisteria Earrings, and Long Wisteria Earrings are airy chandelier earrings with a delicate, intricate, edgy feel. Think of them as metal lace, or modern chainmail; their abstract modern style somehow fits perfectly with lush Art Deco and Art Nouveau designs — can’t you just see Phryne Fisher in these?

Wraptillion's Ivy Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Ivy Earrings — smallest and most delicate of this group. Wear these anywhere; they go with everything!

See the Ivy Earrings modeled here.

Wraptillion's Short Wisteria Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Short Wisteria Earrings: medium length, an easy day-to-night, office-to-date option. Office appropriate, but definitely your style.

See the Short Wisteria Earrings modeled here.

Wraptillion's Long Wisteria Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Long Wisteria Earrings: these dramatic chandeliers make a statement!

See the Long Wisteria Earrings modeled here.

See more of the Wisteria series here (it’s not just earrings!)

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Here’s your peek behind the scenes in my studio: the alternate background I considered while photographing these… I love love love the textures, but in the end, I decided this had a little too much going on. Maybe next time!

Wraptillion's Ivy Earrings, Short Wisteria Earrings, and Long Wisteria Earrings with blooming Encyclia mariae in front of a textured gray wall.

Love these styles, but want something more delicate? Looking for an everyday little touch instead of a bold statement? See the Delicate Botanicals collection.

Just here for the orchids? Here you go. (I love them too!)

The orchid featured here is my Encyclia mariae (formerly known as Euchile mariae.)

Orchid Encyclia mariae (formerly Euchile mariae) blooms on a desk in Wraptillion's studio behind a laptop, next to reading glasses and earrings from Wraptillion's Mechanical Garden collection.
Compiled image of 4 photos, featuring Wraptillion's Ivy Earrings, Short Wisteria Earrings, and Long Wisteria Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

how I enjoy orchids in my studio workspace

My studio workspace, with open laoptio displaying a color paletter, orchid Dendrobium 'Green Flash,' and a variety of Wraptillion's Small Circle Earrings in various colors hanging on a jewelry stand..

I love having something green and growing in my workspace, and I love growing orchids, with their strange, wonderfully beautiful flowers and traveling air roots. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough light to grow orchids well year-round in my studio. Here’s how I enjoy them during my work day anyway.

Orchid Dendrobium ‘Green Flash’ helped inspire a springtime palette, above, and a little creative photography, below.

Potted green and purple orchid: Dendrobium 'Green Flash' in bloom.
A hand holds a ceramic bud vase with orchid Dendrobium 'Green Flash', wearing Wraptillion's delicate, spiky modern chainmail Wisteria bracelet.
  1. You can enjoy many orchids as cut flowers.

Dendrobium ‘Green Flash’ blooms frequently and prolifically for me, and its small, green and purple flowers last for a few days in a bud vase. I love the pretty-yet-edgy vibe they bring to these jewelry photos for my Wisteria Bracelet (above) and earrings from the Mechanical Garden collection (below.) Styling them was as simple as picking up my vase of studio flowers! (I love having my inspiration right in front of me!)

Dendrobium 'Green Flash' orchid in a small ceramic vase, next to a jewelry stand with earrings from Mechanical Garden collection.
Orchids in green pots on shelves in a vintage Ikea Oort glass indoor greenhouse, next to Bilbergia nutans and a hanging tropical pitcher plant (Nepenthes) in an entryway.

2. You don’t have to grow them where you enjoy them.

I have sunny (for Seattle, anyway!) east- and north-facing windows in my entryway that are great for orchids! They live here most of the time, where I get to enjoy their green leaves and pots in passing (and play spot-the-orchid-spike for upcoming blooms.) They’re joined by a couple of hoyas (below), and a tropical Nepenthes pitcher plant and Bilbergia nutans (above.) But, I don’t spend a lot of time in this spot, so when one comes into bloom, I bring it up to the desk in my studio for a week or so. (Can you spot the blooming Phalaeonopsis and Encyclia mariae here? It would be a shame not to spend time enjoying them closer up, right?)

Six small Ikea Socker greenhouses on wire shelves hold orchids and hoyas.
Wraptillion's Hops Earrings, Laburnum Earrings, Long Fuchsia Earrings, and Short Fuchsia Earrings, on a jewelry stand with orchid Oncidium 'Tsiku Marguerite', a stack of metal boxes, a small Heath bud vase, and two antique flower frogs in a studio.

3. Standard-size pots and a designated spot make it easy to place an orchid that’s blooming.

If I had to clear a different-sized space every time something bloomed, I’d never bother! Most of my orchids are about the same size, and I use these green Ikea cachepots for almost all of them. (The plastic pots inside have drainage holes, the cachepots don’t — so they don’t make a mess everywhere when I water them.) A designated spot on the shelf beside my window is ready for them. (Unfortunately, the window looks straight into my neighbor’s bathroom, so… Yeah. Curtains it is!)

Above and below: Oncidium ‘Tsiku Marguerite’ (one of my favs from the Twinkle family!) shows off its green cachepot, and brings a little life into a jewelry photo.

Wraptillion's Hops Earrings, Laburnum Earrings, Long Fuchsia Earrings, and Short Fuchsia Earrings, on a jewelry stand with orchid Oncidium 'Tsiku Marguerite' in a studio.

I work in my home studio, but commuters going in to the office might appreciate lightweight standard plastic pots that slide neatly into a beautiful (but heavier) cachepot that stays in the office. (Yes, you can still bring your orchids with you — especially if you spot them as they first begin to spike, when they’re shorter and less likely to get a bud knocked off. Treat the pot like a bouquet of flowers — hold it in your lap on the bus, or wedge it securely into place while you drive. And test it first with something less precious, like a Trader Joe’s mini phalaeonopsis, before risking a rare orchid’s first bloom.)

A hand touching a brown and yellow blooming orchid flower stem, wearing Wraptillion's Baseline CXC bracelet.

A mystery orchid (some sort of Miltonopsis, maybe?) and a white Phalaenopsis in the same green pot.

Vignette of a white phalaeonopsis orchid in a green pot with Wraptillion's Laburnum Earrings and the head of a metal snail figuerine.

Most of the time, my orchids give me a beautiful spot to rest my eyes on a computer screen break or during some creative daydreaming. That’s reason enough to bring them in, for me! But they do have other benefits too — like inspiring photo shoots and even new jewelry styles.

Orchid Encyclia mariae (formerly Euchile mariae) blooms on a desk in Wraptillion's studio next to a steel jewelry stand and earrings from Wraptillion's Mechanical Garden collection.

Orchid Encyclia mariae (formerly Euchile mariae) blooms every year for me and turns up in my photos — see the Delicate Botanicals collection and many of the earrings from the Mechanical Garden collection.

Orchid Encyclia mariae (formerly Euchile mariae) blooms on a desk in Wraptillion's studio behind a laptop, next to reading glasses and earrings from Wraptillion's Mechanical Garden collection.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into how I bring a little more life to my workspace! If you’d like to see more, here are more posts about my orchids, and about all of my studio flowers.

Enjoy!

Compiled image of 4 photos featuring Dendrobium 'Green Flash,' Oncidium 'Tsiku Marguerite', and Encyclia mariae in Wraptillion's studio workspace, with indoor plant shelves where the orchids grow.

Trellis, Rose Window, and Garland Earrings, from the Mechanical Garden Collection

Wraptillion's Trellis Earrings, Rose Window Earrings, and Garland Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

I couldn’t resist taking some new photos from my modern botanical-inspired Mechanical Garden jewelry collection while this gorgeous orchid is visiting my studio workspace! Above, the Trellis Earrings, Rose Window Earrings, and Garland Earrings are all edgy, modern statement earrings with a spiky floral feel that reminds me of succulents, cacti, and orchids — if you love Alexander McQueen and Iris van Herpen, these pieces are for you. But they’re all a little different — here’s how to choose between them.

Wraptillion's Trellis Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Trellis Earrings are shorter dangles that look great with short haircuts like sleek bobs and razor pixie cuts, and any kind of updo. They make a statement, sure — but they’re easy to wear to the office to spice up that classic look. I love these for day to night looks where you want your personal style to shine through everything.

See the Trellis Earrings modeled here.

Wraptillion's Rose Window Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

The big, classic circles of the Rose Window Earrings tone down their spiky edge, so you can treat them like statement hoop earrings. Wear them with a maxi dress for a summer barbecue or evening beach walk — black, if you need a great summer Goth look. (They’re modern chainmail, after all!) These are my go-to earrings for travel, since they look great with jeans or an evening outfit, they’re easy to wear with everything, and no one notices how many times I’ve worn that black cardigan when they’re busy staring at my earrings. And they’re great with longer hair, just like classic hoops.

See the Rose Window Earrings modeled here.

Wraptillion's Garland Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

The Garland Earrings are the longest of the three styles — great for mid-length hair, but also amazing as swinging modern chandelier earrings with a French twist or updo. I love them for evening looks — I’ve worn them to benefit galas and weddings (they’d be amazing for a modern non-traditional bride, too!) But I also love them at conference dinners and other events where I want to look great and be memorable.

See the Garland Earrings modeled here.

Want to see more?

Shop the Mechanical Garden collection

Love the style, but want something more delicate? Looking for an everyday little touch instead of a bold statement? See the Delicate Botanicals collection.

Just here for the orchids? Here you go. (I love them too!)

The orchid featured here is my Encyclia mariae (formerly known as Euchile mariae.)

Compiled image featuring orchid Encyclia mariae (formerly Euchile mariae) blooming in Wraptillion's studio. Text on image reads: studio flowers: Encyclia mariae.
Compiled image of 4 photos featuring Wraptillion's Trellis Earrings, Rose Window Earrings, and Garland Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae in a green cachepot.