Black + white…

Sometimes it’s just a matter of pairing black + white together for the most impact.   Simple.  Easy.  Lovely.   Ah, but then there’s color… with floral. Can’t shake the floral. [ all images found on my Pinterest Board]

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This today…

So my take on this quote by Elsie de Wolfe who was an interior decorator at the turn of last century, is this…   I am of the mind that we do not merely create beauty, we perceive it from what already exists.  But that said, I do kind of get belly flips creating from those elements around me; a world within a world of immeasurable beauty.  We are very lucky to have the senses of mind + heart to surround ourselves with our own unique perceptions of such wonderfulness.I think that’s something special. [ a beautiful life quote ]

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This week: Impromptu fun + adornments…

Have I shared with you the part of me that always feels like I need to work work work?  That if I don’t work work work then I’m slacking and if I’m slacking I’m not contributing and if I’m not contributing then I’m failing.  Well, now you know.  I’m a freak about having a work ethic.  BUT… I’ve more recently discovered the value in having some down-time.  It’s changed me considerably and, I have to say, I really really love it. This week I had some much beloved time off- just for a couple of afternoons but it was enough to relax and focus on what I love about life.  Stuff like this… We had an impromptu road trip about an hour or so up the coast to Santa Ynez and wandered around with no direction.  First ended up discovering this lovely lavender farm (I bought locally made lavender honey + lavender lip balm.) We kicked back with a bite to eat. Here’s a really good example of how incapable I am of posing like a normal person.  I’m always in the middle of an animated somethingorother and often lack the ability to sit still and smile into the camera.  Silliness. Anyhow, the food was delicious.  Then we found a country road and took a walk along it. The day was warm and sunshiny.  Perfect. Earlier in the week Sebastian’s mom and her sweet friend came into town to take us out for a belated birthday lunch for Sebastian.  We tried out a new pizzeria.  It was so tasty; all of it. (very very good cappuccinos + espressos) But, naturally, I got some work done.  Still building up that collaborative project- it’s coming along beautifully!  Designing + constructing a batch of neat custom orders and completed a new shop site . Plus, a few great links from around the web: I’ve always been fixated with paper art, but feel I’m just plain lazy (and not as skilled) to just do some like these myself. Good tips for bloggers.  Tavi Gevinson on The Colbert Report.  Happy to see she is a sweet + good humored person. And this photo. Enjoy a nice weekend, friends. Love, Cath

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On Motherhood /1/ Guest Post

Welcome to the first in a series of motherhood posts, guest written by Amy, mother of two young boys, over at Raising Men, Finding Me.  I fell in love with her writing style instantly.  It’s simple but adorned with the kind of beauty and insight that only authenticity can offer.  I feel so honored that Amy has agreed to share her intimate world of motherhood in her lovely and touching style once a month here on Wish List.  And I have a feeling she’ll connect with so many of you mothers out there, perhaps in a way I can’t.  Here are her words, her thoughts, all rooted in love.  Enjoy them.  Musings… Being a stay at home mama, I am a work in progress. My progression is a slow, laborious one, like a massive stone wheel that requires great effort and strength in order to complete one rotation. Piles of dirty laundry, dishes with cold, hardened melted cheddar cheese shreds stuck to them, a sticky kitchen floor littered with crumbs – these are the mediums that I work with while I weave my tapestry of motherhood. Under the couch in our living room, a family of dust bunnies settled in for the winter. I evict them every now and again, but they return after their holiday, bringing new family members with them – you know what they say about how rapidly bunnies multiply. Each morning, my three year old asks me, “What do you want to do with me today, Mommy?” So much importance seems to hinge upon my answer, and yet, it is of little consequence to him on any grand scale – he is just looking to be entertained in that moment. A game, perhaps, or maybe a puzzle; just something to do to pass the time together while the morning sun’s beams begin to stream into the windows, creating patches of warmth through-out our home. He chooses a book while my coffee brews. Upstairs, my younger son sleeps, generously allowing his older brother this coveted uninterrupted pocket of time with Mama before her lap repeatedly disappears when she rises to answer the various timers that ding during the day. That first sip of hot coffee, the crack of the spine of the book as he opens it, and the nestling into Mama’s lap to listen to a story – these are the moments of motherhood that I will muse about to you when they next slumber.…

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Local Love / C’est Cheese …

I love cheese.  I grew up in an all Italian family. We ate a lot of cheese.  A lot of cheese.  We also ate a lot of meat.  But when I tried my hand at veganism for ten years, it horrified my family.  In particular, it confused my Aunt Clara.  Don’t mess with a Long Island Italian… “Will you eat Chicken Parmigiana?  NO?  But you’ll eat veal, right?!”.It didn’t go over well. A few years ago, I went from vegan to vegetarian and now eat cheese again.  It’s been a wonderful experience to delve into the array of tastes and textures and aromas.  I’m no expert on anything really when it comes to cheese, but I do know that it makes me feel blissed out after one bite.  This is largely thanks to C’est Cheese.  It’s a wonderful cheese shop in town and, holy of holies, it’s so worth dropping by to choose from their cheeses and other treats.  Here’s why…  Pairing is not my specialty by any means, but they know their stuff here and they’ll happily help you out with that.  I got the selection above left.   And then there’s this… And the happy people who make this place awesome  (the owners Michael & Kathryn Graham, to the right…)  C’est Cheese’s selection is fantastic both for everyday + specialty holiday dining. My Aunt Clara would be proud (p.s. they also have a vast meat selection) C’est Cheese 825 Santa Barbara Street Santa Barbara, California 805.965.0318 

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Make 10 / DIY faceted clay rings…

I got one look at these rings and thought, “Man, how cool.”  I’m trying them out later this week… maybe in a different palette- though I really love the colors shown here. What colors would you choose? [ full faceted clay rings diy from Lovely Indeed via Poppytalk ]

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