Violet Jam

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I’ve heard of lots of different types of jams, but not violet jam.  This recipe from SouleMama has definitely peaked my interest!

Violet Jam (from SouleMama)

{image shown belongs to SouleMama}

Daydreaming of summer

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

While New England still can’t make up it’s mind which season it’s in (we had an overnight frost warning earlier this week and the day temps have been somewhat low for May), I’m already thinking of summer.  June is just three weeks away… how did the first 6 months of this year already fly by?  In any case, this image from House Doctor (via Lobster and Swan) makes me want to go camping on a beach this summer.  I’ve camped right next to a beach, but not on it.  Another thing to add to my to-do list…

{image shown from House Doctor}

Winter Wedding Bouquet

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Just came across the styling work of Livia Cetti (via Oh Happy Day!) and fell in love with this winter wedding bouquet.  I like it’s simplicity and the use of ferns.  You see ferns everywhere these days, but these are paired with the violet flowers perfectly.  Check out Livia’s site for more of her stunning work.

{image shown belongs to Livia Cetti}

Lemon Buttermilk Rhubarb Bundt Cake

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I’ve never baked with rhubarb before and this recipe looks amazingly good.  Plus, it’s in season right now and I’m always trying to eat local, seasonal food (especially produce that I’ve never tried before).  So excited to also find a good (new-to-me) food blog (thanks to Southern Hostess from The Soho who left a lovely comment for me)!

Lemon Buttermilk Rhubarb Bundt Cake (via honey & jam)

{images shown belong to Honey & Jam}

Spring Tea Party

Monday, May 10th, 2010

I’m thinking it’s right about time to have a spring tea party for all the wonderful women in my life…

{image from my Mom’s winter tea party in February.  For more of my images of this tea party, check out my Flickr}

Western Doughnuts

Friday, May 7th, 2010

I’ve been seriously craving doughnuts lately.  Not the crusty, glazed, corn syrup-laden ones from a certain chain that’s on every corner of every street (at least in New England), but the homemade kind.  The kind you get in the fall when you go to an apple orchard (like The Big Apple, a place I’ve been going to since my childhood).  The smell of the cooked dough mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg hits you right when you walk in the door.  This recent post on 3191 Miles Apart definitely spoke to me, and my tastebuds!  I’ve tried making lots of different types of baked goods, but still haven’t tried making my own doughnuts.  That needs to change very soon…

{image shown belongs to 3191 Miles Apart}

Creative, Inc.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

I am so excited for this fall’s release of Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho.  I have read and re-read my copy of Craft, Inc. several times and find it such an inspiration and wealth of great start-up knowledge.  Click here to pre-order your copy today!

{image shown belongs to Oh Joy!}

French Hand-Tied Bouquet ~ Frolic!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Check out this post on Frolic! to find out how to make your own french hand-tied bouquet.  What a lovely handmade and gorgeous gift to give for Mother’s Day!

{image shown belongs to Frolic!}

Quick Pasta Recipes on Martha

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I’ve been really trying to cut back on my bread intake lately, but every once in a while I’ve got to have some pasta.  Tonight I made a delicious and super quick pasta dish using this one as a base, and added fresh chopped broccoli, matchstick carrots, and english peas to make a pasta primavera (I also omitted the olives).  Although I always go for whole wheat, I cheated and bought some yummy organic durum bowtie pasta at Wholefoods and it was well worth it.  Check out more of these quick and easy pasta dishes on Martha.

{images shown belong to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia}

Mallard Tearooms

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Branding and packaging design for Mallard Tearooms by designer Sarah Walsh in the UK.  I love the mixing of patterns, and the ones chosen are quite British.  Seeing these makes me want to go visit a tearoom this week!

*In trying to find a website for Mallard, I discovered they are closed!  So sad, apparently they didn’t last a year.  It looked like it would’ve been a lovely place to visit.

{images shown belong to Sarah Walsh}