Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb."
Today is calm and clear, definitely lamb-like.
Do you a knit or crochet? We are heading into "Sheep & Wool Festival" season. The Spring calendar is out and you can look for events near you here. Recruit a friend and plan on spending a Saturday morning together walking a farm, shopping for fancy needles and drinking lemonade. You'll be glad you did.
Monday, March 30, 2009
You will see them on totes, pillows, as iron-on designs, and even on paper placemats. You wouldn't want a crown on everything, but choosing this regal icon for just one item in your home would be darling.
Where's my crown? I have a wire one on my living room table. It was hand-wrought by an artist I know and the jewel on top is a tiny brown nest holding 2 faux robin's eggs. I just love it.
Oh, this crown? It is on the gated entrance to an estate in Dijon, France.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
After phone calls, emails and some happy snacking, I, too, am a fan of Comfort Crunch, a delicious snack mix with an inspirational story.
When I opened "Toffee Talk" (the Original Mix studded with toffee...hello!) I wanted to photograph the whole nuts, dried blueberries, cherries and cranberries to show you how beautiful the product is. However, I almost enjoyed my "healthy snack alternative" right to the bottom of the bag before I remembered to take a picture. It is that delicious. Give some comfort.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
There were at least 75 plants with a big sign that read "Orchids - For Sale."
These plants were bright, healthy and begging to be in a cachepot in every living room in Palm Beach.
Did we pullover and buy a plant? Absolutely.
They had me at "orchids."
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I found this piece in a shop in Florida and nervously wrapped and layered it within the clothes in my suitcase to bring it home. It made it with nary a shell chipped, thank heaven.
I have it on display on a black coffee table between two white duck loveseats. It is a show-stopper and it sure to spark conversation.
I just love it and again, I tell you, art is everywhere.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
What did I see in this picture?
- the horizon is true, but the shoreline is on a slant, which makes the "lines" interesting
- the white of the clouds echo the color of the white cap waves
- there is not a soul around
Now take a minute and go for a virtual beach walk.
Monday, March 23, 2009
To celebrate 100 years, Royal Doulton is offering commemorative 5 teacup sets with one teacup/saucer each of their most popular patterns in an era. A darling idea - check out this link to view the different sets.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
My mom, aunt and I drank cappuccinos under a canvas umbrella on the patio and split the sugared almond torte on the bottom right.
Life is good.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I love when a shopkeeper looks at all 360 degrees of their business. A wonderful shopping experience includes the approach to the building (a lovely garden arch with draping blooms), the welcome sounds (music playing) and a beautiful selection of products. This darling spot has it all. I just wish I could remember the name of this gorgeous vine.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A calm clear morning on the ocean makes the possibilities seem endless. Is today meant for beach combing? Cooking fish on an outdoor grill (remember my pineapple relish)? Getting lost in a few chapters of a book?
If I am lucky, the answer is all of the above.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I distinctly remember "sponsoring a tree" here about 10 years ago through a mail-in donation. The city posts your name on a tree (see maple leaf name tag at left) and then sends you a bottle of maple syrup and the tree tap at the end of the season. A very sweet program, in both senses of the word.
Today we had a refresher course on photosynthesis, watched a short film on the process of maple sugaring and then headed into the woods. It was about 45 degrees today when we went on our tour, with bright sun and blue sky. The sap was running!
Our guide pulled a bucket off a tree and we tasted the sap; we went in the sugar house and saw the equipment and then ended our hike with a mini-waffle soaked in maple syrup. Happy Spring!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
What is the final touch? A pretty little sachet on the nightstand. I photographed this amazing selection in a gift shop a few years ago - which one would you choose?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
It was a wonderful experience and I am so glad that I had the chance to meet such a neat group of people.
In high school, I was a member of a Gifted & Talented program. Students that excelled in extracurricular activities (mine was counted cross-stitch) could receive high school credit for their achievements. At the end of the year, the students hosted a "Show & Tell" assembly of their work. The event program listed the participants and in addition to embroidery, I noticed that I was also named as a member of the planning committee. The program read: Anne Held, Positive Mental Attitude Advisor. I was 16 and have considered myself an optimist ever since.
Monday, March 9, 2009
So it is no surprise that the editors of Country Living magazine have scheduled this year's 2009 Women Entrepreneur event in Chicago in May. Hailing a cab, jogging along the lake shore, shopping the Magnificent Mile - all of it will be much more pleasant with the warmer weather.
Do you have a small business? Do you want to learn more about marketing your company and the business of trade shows? If so, I encourage you to attend this event - it is always packed with interesting women "making things happen."
So consider making your way to Chicago this Spring. You'll walk away with a network of like-minded businesswomen, a ton of valuable advice from the experts and lots of inspiration...plus an adorable tote bag full of goodies!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I particularly like Bella Cucina's Meyer Lemon spread and Artichoke Lemon pesto.
So imagine my surprise when I was shopping a neighborhood in Atlanta (The Highlands) and saw the Bella Cucina store. I had stumbled upon the only retail location for the company!
It was gorgeous. Completely true to the design aesthetic of the company and I had a hard time tearing myself away. They had beautiful pesto cheese tortes to sample (yum!) and a darling salesgirl that really knew the product. Such a lovely place to shop. What did I buy? Well, among other things, I bought a Bella Cucina espresso cup. I have been drinking a shot of pomegranate juice every day and I thought a pretty Italian cup was the perfect vessel for it. Salute!
Friday, March 6, 2009
But once you get them on their own, they absolutely sing. I took my time last year and selected these 3 perfect shells: a Pencil Starfish, Sand Dollar and a Lavender Sea Urchin. What a display...I can't wait for my peonies!
If you ever want to try crafting with shells (like making a picture frame or sailor's valentine), check out Marian McEvoy's book, Glue Gun Decor. I promise you will be inspired.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Somehow these wildly "out-of-scale" pastries remind me of my grade school days, when everything seemed too big. I think the message here is that Spring clothes & French pastries have a lot in common:
They are beautiful, sweet and you simply can't resist!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
My sweet mother-in-law gave me the crystal honey pot, my friend Angie gave me the Longaberger tea basket (see the station wagon "tie-on" loaded for vacation? She says it is in honor of my weekend trips up north). The honey spoons are like lollipops and make teatime extra special. Ohhh...and see the jar on the shelf? It is filled with heart-shaped candied ginger. Now who wouldn't want a cup of tea from this little station? Oh, honey....
Monday, March 2, 2009
A roomy little number that can hold everything a girl needs for a jaunt about town or a day at the beach. It works as well with white pants and a simple blouse, as it does with a breezy beach cover-up. I also made a matching eyeglass case (for giant sunglasses) and a yellow keyring. I designed it with elastic, so I can wear it like a bracelet - a girl's gotta keep tabs on the key to the ocean gate, right?
Ahhh...when life gives you lemons, make something cute!