daily bread

Home made Bread  ~ made by my friend Taina
Growing up in a family of seven children, daily bread was part of survival.  Learning to bake and break bread was simply part of each day.  Bread and butter is still considered a daily luxury.   A dear friend gave me a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated.  Just look at this bread that she shared, a slice of heaven.  I love anything illustrated to show me how to.  I have always been big on directions with pictures.  Another friend, Debra – asked me to share what’s cooking and my cook books.

An artful Salade Nicoise for lunch prepared by Taina
So much of enjoying good food is not merely in the cooking, but in the artful presentation. Just look at this lovely Spring Salade Nicoise, tuna, lettuce, tomatos, potatoes, an egg, olives, green beans and top with a home made vinaigrette.  I know for many, that eating healthy can be a challenge especially if the process was not instilled at an early age.  I was fortunate to have parents who built a produce business in 1945 and it is still thriving today.  We had many a meal made from things that just were not worthy of selling.  Many a fabulous meal, home made soup and bread.

my kitchen shelf, above a doorway – the Joy is cooking is one of my favorite books.
( excuse the blurry photo )
Simply streamline, stop buying processed food, buy organic, make or grow your own if possible.  Spring time is a wonderful time to focus on all the healthy items from local farmer’s markets.  Peruse cookbooks and share on-line recipes with friends.   Plant a garden and promise yourself to eat good food daily and break a little bread.

budding artist

Just look at my budding artist, working on her science fair project for school.  A glow in the dark dog collar – “doggy glow.”  Have you lost your dog in the dark, well have no fear “doggy glow” is here.  My girl painted polka dots with glow in the dark paint onto a lightweight ribbon, secured velcro and you slip it around your pet collar.  It is a fun accessory for after dark.
She is ready to work on the “info-mercial”

budding artist

Just look at my budding artist, working on her science fair project for school.  A glow in the dark dog collar – “doggy glow.”  Have you lost your dog in the dark, well have no fear “doggy glow” is here.  My girl painted polka dots with glow in the dark paint onto a lightweight ribbon, secured velcro and you slip it around your pet collar.  It is a fun accessory for after dark.
She is ready to work on the “info-mercial”

hollywood couture

How does a gal who was born and raised in Kentucky take an online survey and come up with her style “Hollywood Couture”  -  Well, let me tell you how.   

I have always loved “Hollywood” or a bit of Broadway
I danced for 13 years
I love sparkle
Mirror mirror on the wall
Silver or gold is nice
Red lips are so glamourous
Couture touches call my name
Piping
French filled seams
Big stripes
Neutrals
Color
Luxe touches 
Black and white

hollywood couture

How does a gal who was born and raised in Kentucky take an online survey and come up with her style “Hollywood Couture”  -  Well, let me tell you how.   

I have always loved “Hollywood” or a bit of Broadway
I danced for 13 years
I love sparkle
Mirror mirror on the wall
Silver or gold is nice
Red lips are so glamourous
Couture touches call my name
Piping
French filled seams
Big stripes
Neutrals
Color
Luxe touches 
Black and white

perideau

Perideau Designs is a lovely place to shop for simple, modern stationery.

Meet Bridgett, she named her company after her August birthstone, the peridot.  Bridget wanted a business name that had a significant meaning and one that would be aesthetically pleasing from a graphic standpoint.  She came up with the spelling “Perideau.”  (perfect!)

Working alone – designing, printing and assembling the products,  she bounces ideas by her husband and her 17 month old daughter as well!  He provides incredible support to her, filling orders or helping to juggle the demands of her work and motherhood.

Perideau style is simple, modern and uncluttered.  She loves modern interior design, inspired by the latest edition “Dwell” magazine.   The clean lines, muted palettes are seen in her streamlined designs.
She finds her best time to work is very early in the morning, finding focus and no disruptions. One of her favorite sites to visit is “zen habits” from where she learned that “one can get so much done before the rest of the world wakes up.”  I love the early mornings too.

Her customers are women looking for stationery or party goods for their children or for personalized gifts for friends.  She is constantly scouting to expand the perideau line.  I must admit that when I spotted “Perideau” – I immediately thought that it was letterpress, but it is high quality ink jet printing.  The line was born when she began searching for paper products for her daughter and she wanted a line that would cater to the innocence of childhood and the understated sophistication of the young at heart without being overly “cutesy.”  
Please pop over here to “Perideau” – she has a lovely shop on etsy and a beautiful blog.   I really love the modern simplicity not only for children but for any age.  For as long as I can remember,  I have always loved perfectly modern paper.  

perideau

Perideau Designs is a lovely place to shop for simple, modern stationery.

Meet Bridgett, she named her company after her August birthstone, the peridot.  Bridget wanted a business name that had a significant meaning and one that would be aesthetically pleasing from a graphic standpoint.  She came up with the spelling “Perideau.”  (perfect!)

Working alone – designing, printing and assembling the products,  she bounces ideas by her husband and her 17 month old daughter as well!  He provides incredible support to her, filling orders or helping to juggle the demands of her work and motherhood.

Perideau style is simple, modern and uncluttered.  She loves modern interior design, inspired by the latest edition “Dwell” magazine.   The clean lines, muted palettes are seen in her streamlined designs.
She finds her best time to work is very early in the morning, finding focus and no disruptions. One of her favorite sites to visit is “zen habits” from where she learned that “one can get so much done before the rest of the world wakes up.”  I love the early mornings too.

Her customers are women looking for stationery or party goods for their children or for personalized gifts for friends.  She is constantly scouting to expand the perideau line.  I must admit that when I spotted “Perideau” – I immediately thought that it was letterpress, but it is high quality ink jet printing.  The line was born when she began searching for paper products for her daughter and she wanted a line that would cater to the innocence of childhood and the understated sophistication of the young at heart without being overly “cutesy.”  
Please pop over here to “Perideau” – she has a lovely shop on etsy and a beautiful blog.   I really love the modern simplicity not only for children but for any age.  For as long as I can remember,  I have always loved perfectly modern paper.  

for cynthia

When my daughter was little, and I would fetch her from pre-school, she would proudly run to me with her latest creation and tell me all about it.  One of the projects that she made was to take a branch and wad yellow bits of tissue and glue them on to learn about this spring plant.  I know I saved it in a big box. 
She told me it was called “For Cynthia” – which I loved how she made perfect sense of what she heard from her teacher telling her that is was “Forsythia.”  Our walk home would consist of “forcynthia” spottings and the awakening of spring.  It is the times that we allow ourself to stop or to see things from another’s perspective that our eyes are suddenly open to see.
To those of you in the thick of raising wee one’s or in the hopes of imagining spring, now is the time to look around, observe, contemplate all the glory in store.  The forsythia is not yet in bloom (here) and I thank the kind soul for allowing me to borrow this photo of “faux forsythia.”  I am somewhat of a purist and enjoy the real thing, but in desperate measures I can bring in some “faux” to garner spring and little memories.

for cynthia

When my daughter was little, and I would fetch her from pre-school, she would proudly run to me with her latest creation and tell me all about it.  One of the projects that she made was to take a branch and wad yellow bits of tissue and glue them on to learn about this spring plant.  I know I saved it in a big box. 
She told me it was called “For Cynthia” – which I loved how she made perfect sense of what she heard from her teacher telling her that is was “Forsythia.”  Our walk home would consist of “forcynthia” spottings and the awakening of spring.  It is the times that we allow ourself to stop or to see things from another’s perspective that our eyes are suddenly open to see.
To those of you in the thick of raising wee one’s or in the hopes of imagining spring, now is the time to look around, observe, contemplate all the glory in store.  The forsythia is not yet in bloom (here) and I thank the kind soul for allowing me to borrow this photo of “faux forsythia.”  I am somewhat of a purist and enjoy the real thing, but in desperate measures I can bring in some “faux” to garner spring and little memories.

thinking of you

Every so often, a kind soul sends me a sweet something in the form of an e-mail with an attachment.  Often, it is an illustration with a comment something like this – “thinking of you and spotted this illustration which I thought you would like.”  “Like” – is an understatement, I love it! 
The above illustration of Coco Chanel by Cecil Beaton is so whimsical and although it is in black ink, it is full of color, of style and just simply so fun.  Thinking of you and hope you have a wonderful weekend.