May 21, 2013
Yesterday, I was standing in the local flower section of my grocery store surrounded by amazing orchids, bundles of wildflowers, and other lovelies. I was very tempted by the peonies and then I spotted a big display of single stem roses. They reminded me of ballet recital time, which was usually in May when I was growing up, and how much my sister and I prized the single roses that mom and dad always gave us.
I bought this lovely peach rose with all of that in mind. I think peach is my second favorite color for roses.
It’s supposed to get stormy here in Austin tonight. Part of the same bunch of no-good storms that just went through Oklahoma. Oklahoma, you all are close to my mind and prayers today. I wish I could send you each a warm cup of coffee and a hug. You’ve probably seen this, but this video of a lady finding her dog unhurt in the rubble of her one-time home brought tears to my eyes.
May 18, 2013
Today my Saturday brunch pal, Tiffany, and I went met up at Elizabeth St. Cafe before heading over to Renegade. It was a perfect morning to sit outside eating berries, croissants, and drinking delicious coffee. And Elizabeth St. has the very best!
I can’t believe I forgot my camera! I only managed a few shots on my phone. Maybe I’ll sneak back over to Renegade tomorrow for a little more documenting.
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May 17, 2013
My semester is officially over and I’m kicking off the weekend with a silly photo of Cors from last weekend. He’s such a good sport and doesn’t mind holding still for a few seconds when we pose him in a goofy way. A very useful talent in a dog.
Also, Renegade Craft Fair is in town this Saturday and Sunday and you can bet I’ll be there. I’m sure I’ll have loads of photos to post!
Happy weekend from sunshiny Austin!
May 15, 2013
This semester I took a class called something like “Digital Tools for Fashion Design”. I learned so much about Photoshop and Illustrator and I especially loved working in Illustrator. Now my flats (technical drawings) look so much better than anything I did before by hand.
For my final project I had to choose an old project and re-do it using the tools I had learned. I’m not going to post the whole thing because it’s massive, but here’s a little look at it:
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May 14, 2013
I saw this recipe a few days ago and thought I would give it try. I changed up just a few things: I used dark chocolate and instead of flax seeds I used granola with sunflower seeds. I might play with flavor combinations even more next time.
They make a perfect afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.
What you’ll need:
2 cups chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)
2 cups granola (I used a granola with sunflower seeds and a hint of vanilla)
2 cups coconut shavings, lightly toasted
Note: If you need to toast the coconut shavings yourself, spread in a thin layer on a baking tray and bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Toss the coconut around two or three times during baking to prevent burning.
Place the chocolate chips in a double boiler and melt over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat, add the granola and stir to combine. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes, to cool and harden the mix a little bit.
Arrange the toasted coconut shavings on a large baking sheet. Using your hands, scoop out a small amount of the chocolate granola mix and roll it around in the shavings, forming little balls.
May 14, 2013
I think there is enough inspiration in the four photos below to conjure up an epic, romantic tale about a baker of marvelous cakes somewhere in a garden filled version of a European town (France? Germany? Italy?), ideally a town with lots vine covered ruins and mysteries.
If you write it let me know. It’d love to read it on my summer holiday.
Sources: One Two Three Four
May 13, 2013
I didn’t mean to start a new type of post last week, but then a little bundle of pinkish white roses came home with me today and here we are with two Mondays in a row of “New Week, New Flowers”. Besides the roses, which are so delicate and smell so lovely, I salvaged the greenery from last week’s flowers. I think it’s called ruscus and has wonderfully dark green, almost waxy leaves.
I sent my mom a mixed bouquet of pink flowers, nice and rosy just like her, this year for Mother’s Day. It’s nice to know I had such pretty stand-ins.
May 12, 2013
I was doing a little cleaning behind the scenes here on the blog today and came across an “Around Here Lately” post from way back in March that I never got around to posting. I still like the feeling and colors of these photos. So here’s a little look at what was laying around the loft a few months ago: books, sketches, projects, etc.:
I’m just now getting around to A Farewell to Arms. It’s the first Hemingway I’ve ever read. During my education, I somehow missed out on most of the famous American authors so I gave myself a large dose of Fitzgerald and now I’m moving on to Hemingway. Any others I should add?
Above, is the first bit of embroidery I’d done in probably 15 years. It was a wonderful project. I want to collect more of Jessica’s awesome kits.
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May 8, 2013
I almost called this post “Coming up Daisy”, but I’m sure we’ll all be hearing more kitschy Gatsby puns than anyone should this week. Of course, I am so excited (tickets? check!) about seeing the new film version on Friday that I knew this week’s moodboard HAD to be at least a bit about the Gatsby. I am quite tempted to bob my hair, old sport.
Sources: One, Two, Three, Four
May 7, 2013
Not much to say about the weekend. It was wonderfully lazy and there’s nothing like a few days off in the sun to give you energy to get a bunch of things done when you get back to the workweek. I got all kinds of errands and little work tasks taken care of yesterday.
These pretty flowers ended up in my basket at the grocery. I love living in an area of the country that has amazing local flowers nearly year round.
Someday we want a proper flower garden, but for now Cors and I are admiring these. Hopefully, we’ll manage a balcony garden a little latter in the summer, too.