Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"rick rack"

my mom & I hit up three estate sales over the weekend & I was lucky enough to find a little something at each one. I got a few really neat things for my sister, but I'm keeping them a surprise for her, so I won't post those photos just yet.

at one of the sales, there was an entire room filled with every sewing accessory you could ever image. the lady who had lived there had labeled each little bin with it's contents. my favorite was the was the tub labeled "rick rack". and not just because of the awesome spelling ("you can call me rack. rick rack"). it contained some beautiful trim & for $5, why not?

{"rick rack" -awesome.}
{this is seriously the tinniest ric rac I've never seen. how am I ever supposed to attach it to anything?}

Saturday, August 27, 2011


I haven't posted in awhile because I've been a little preoccupied making things for robert's (big) birthday next month. I'll share more pics soon. happy weekend!

Friday, August 19, 2011

tgif + popsicles

ah, sigh of relief - it's friday. I'm celebrating with a popsicle (made with grapes, strawberries, raspberries, topped with lemonade). happy weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

tea & scones

going through the photos from our high tea at kensington made me wish I was still over there. so I thought I'd bring some london to florida. last weekend I made a clotted cream with this recipe (ok I cheated; real clotted cream takes like days to make & let's face it- I don't have the skill or patience). and scones with this recipe - and then threw in a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I just closed my eyes & pretended it wasn't 100 degrees. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

august cake: vanilla wedding cake with swiss buttercream frosting

as I mentioned, my parents 35th anniversary was this past weekend. so for august's cake, I decided to try to recreate the top of their wedding cake. in total 70s style, it was topped with white daises and lots of baby's breath. so sweet. I had so much fun making this cake; we even had mom & dad cut it just like they did on their wedding day!

{35th anniversary vanilla wedding cake with swiss buttercream frosting}
{my parents in 1976, cutting their wedding cake}

Sunday, August 7, 2011


toady my parents celebrate 35 years of marriage! I know that every marriage takes work, but mom & dad sure do make it look easy. they enjoy each other's company & find pleasure & laughter in the smallest things in life. they have set an amazing example of love, patience & loyalty for both my sister & me to follow. 

check out this sweet wedding photo. isn't my dad styling in his frilly blue suit? and I think my mom looks so beautiful & natural. she said at the time it was almost taboo for a bride to wear her hair down. 

I captured a little piece of their love story in this book as a gift for their anniversary. I had so much fun making it & sifting through all of their old photos. here's a little snippet. happy 35th anniversary mom & daddy! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

tea at kensington palace

one of my favorite parts of our trip to england was having high tea at the orangery at kensington palace. the gardens were so beautiful & manicured. and tea in the greenhouse was splendid. I ordered the chocolate tea & robert had darjeeling tea (plus some champagne!). they served it with three-tiered trays of delicious pastries & tarts, orange scones with cornish clotted cream & delicate little finger sandwiches. I totally felt like marie antoinette. it was a lovely afternoon.


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