Drink carts…

I’m what one might call a cheap date.  I’m a lightweight and any alcohol I sip does its thing after about a half a glass.  But I do enjoy a good drink now and again; even my favorite non-alcoholic drink, the Shirley Temple, gets an extra kick when served with a straw from a cool drink cart or bar.  I guess it’s not so much the alcohol, but more the presentation of the drink that makes me feel giddy. So, as we are making plans to remodel parts of our home, I can’t help but imagine the drink cart as a new addition; what it will look like, where it will be placed, how to stock it.  Now, granted, these may already be a cliche- what with their once again cultural rise thanks to Mad Men- and they may not be particularly practical, but damn they are something fancy and, no less, produce something tasty. Here are some ideas plus a list of drinks to stock as staples… Or you could just throw all the stuff into a cabinet, but still. Here’s a great bar cart essentials list.   (I’d just add grenadine and sprite for my shirley temple; plus champagne.) And this Vintage Cocktails book… Live it up, peeps! [ drink carts: tray / 1 / 2 / 3  / 4 ]

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These…

If you haven’t already figured this out about me, I’ve a bit of a sweet tooth.  I’d like to think that I’ve grown more sophisticated over the years (you know, minus the once in a blue moon Fruity Pebbles), but really I haven’t so much.  Except that I think these lemon and vanilla cream sandwiches (via the beautiful blog, Roost) are something my sugar-crazed body would appreciate, while also adding a touch of class. [ lemon & vanilla cream sandwich cookies RECIPE ]

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Once Upon a Time / 33

I’ve started to say, “Why the heck not?” to exploring and this is what resulted of it this past week… A reminder.  Tons of color + material to gawk at and to do everything in my power to refrain from fondling.  (The photos above and below I took while shopping for a friend’s birthday gift at B. On Main in Ventura)         I also drank probably too much coffee. This one at Palermo in Ventura. See the little heart + feather in the one below? Such a pretty surprise. (thank you very much, nice barista at Cafe Luna in Summerland.) And then back at home, stuff being worked on in our studio space like Sebastian painting these watercolor sketches for a tattoo client A popular new shop necklace, getting wrapped to ship out… new packaging I’ve been tinkering with… And, finally, this. This came to me late one night so I had to write it down here.  I find this to be true.   Slow down, observe, follow the details. Also, some links from around the web: I love dogs. The universe conspires in favor of love. This song is stuck in my head. Have a lovely weekend, friends. Love, Cath

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Make / 5

So far, after over ten years of living here, I have yet to feel desensitized to this California climate.  In fact,  I welcome the sunshine every single day.  Having lived plenty of dreary weather days to get my fill for my lifetime, I soak it all up, unabashedly.  I’ve become such a wuss when we take Mars out for his evening dog-walk in 55 degree weather; embarrassingly, I bundle up.  I’ll throw on mittens.    Thinking back to my days growing up in New England I should know better, having had to walk a long mile at 6:45am every morning to catch the school bus when it was 20 degrees and rainy, I sound like my dad retelling his story of how he had to walk three miles up-hill in a blizzard with holes in his shoes (this is nearly true, he says he only had to go uphill part way…!).  I feel I should be a little tougher during these mild California winters.  I crave the sun after two days of rain… you’ll see little trace of my upbringing in the Northeast at times like this.  Except that when the sky is dreary, I reach for color.  This DIY from Oh Happy Day is a good one for bringing light and color into your home when the sun and warmth is otherwise hiding out for a while.  Hang them as a mobile in the middle of the room, above your favorite sitting space,  as a window decoration,  or in your bedroom so this burst of color is the first thing you see when you wake up… [Here’s the entire painted ornaments DIY ]

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Italian ciabatta…

Look.  I like bread.  It’s even written into my bio to the right and in most interviews that ask what I love or what brings me joy.  I like it so much that I go into a vast denial whenever I read or hear anything on how we should cut back on carbs, gluten, and all things associated with bread.  I do this because there is no greater food, to my mind, than a loaf of rustic bread, maybe with some butter, but especially with some good olive oil.  It brings on that feeling of world peace… at least in my own little nook of the world. So, for today, it’s homemade ciabatta bread… Recipe found on Foodienarium.

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