festive appetizer

need a fun appetizer for tonight? run out and gather a couple things. we made these for christmas eve, and they were outstanding. fingerling potatoes with creme fraiche and caviar.
find the recipe here, and have a fun night!


happy new year

as a southern californian, i can never get enough of the beauty of a snowflake. as some people i know are literally buried in them at the moment, i can understand how some people tire of them especially in masse. but just look. how wonderful and uniquely different each is on its own. pretty amazing. and how darling they are displayed each with a distinguishing number. hope you all have a wonderful new year!
image from here.


hand painted monogram

the newest hand painted monogram. a simple c with a mix of styles... modern nest with strawberries and roses. 

see more styles here.


wool felt food

e is getting a little kitchen for christmas. this one... from here.
i have been scouring the internet for some cute play food. we have just about every wooden vegetable, so in the search for something other than wood i found these on mahar dry goods from lilly bean.

cute right? and, if you are feeling creative, lilly bean offers instructions and wool felt to make your own!


e's 2nd birthday party

after postponing e's party to avoid the all too uncommon southern california rain storm, we finally settled on a new date. we were so lucky to have sunny 72 degree weather to reinforce the bright sunshiny bumble bee theme we had planned.
 i wanted to stick with earthy textures and colors, so i made tablecloths using burlap for the top and tulle for the skirt just to add a little softness. 
to eat we had lox and bagels, with all of the accompaniments. puff pastry quiche with ham, swiss and mushrooms, black and yellow fruit salad with pineapple and blackberries, and "honey" buns. 
little cartons of milk were for the kids, and honey sweetened lemonade for everyone.

i made a beehive from sisal rope bringing in the burlap feel to the tabletop. round two of the flowers incorporated brightly colored icelandic poppies, wax flower, orange and yellow parrot tulips and fresh meyer lemons.
we even got a visit from our tiniest guest of honor... (besides the birthday girl) ...the honey bees!

the birthday cake looked like a bee box, complete with dripping honey and little bees buzzing about. inside was a honey cake with honey buttercream all covered in fondant.

each guest was given a little bug jar to take home adorned with one of the bees from the cake inside. 


advent calendar redo

i love advent calendars. my brother and i always had them when we were little as a nice little way to count down to christmas. so i had to get one for e this year... as if we need any extra treats in the prolifically sweet holiday season. 
i got the advent calendar from trader joes for 99 cents. what a deal! but the front... i usually am a huge fan of everything trader joes, but aesthetically, this left something to be desired. so i re-covered it. problem solved. 
i can only offer written instructions, as i did this in a hurry, but it is pretty self explanatory. besides, it is a little late in the game considering we are half way through december. but if it is going to hang on the wall for a month, it might as well be good looking. 


e's birthday flowers

for e's bumblebee birthday party, i put together a bunch of flowers that is garden-y and feminine incorporating shades of yellow and orange with a tiny pop of blue and deep dark like the centers of the sunflowers. more pictures of the party to come soon!


inspired by...

...the neutral wintry color palette of linen, spanish moss, silver, vintage paper and subtle sparkle.
i think i might use these colors for our holiday cards!


design sponge

see my diy post on design*sponge this morning!


rene grauau

love, LOVE these illustrations by rene grauau. beautifully feminine and classic.


she's two.

today my baby is two. i can't believe how fast the time has gone. it is hard to remember what life was like before my little e came along. all i know is that i have poured out so much new love in the past two years, that it is hard to imagine where all of that love was before her.

 i would give absolutely anything to her without even thinking twice... all of the berries out of my granola, every minute of my time... even in the middle of the night..., all of my anything i can deliver. and the spit up on my favorite blouse... it doesn't matter. i could lay and stare at her for hours, memorizing her constantly changing features, but in the ripe old age of two, she has less tolerance for these snuggly moments. but this loss of staring time becomes a gain of interaction. she is turning into a little person, able to have a simple conversation, and think of things on her own. completely astounding that she has grown from an almost 6 pound sleepy little bundle to a 30 pound walking talking opinionated person.

 i can honestly say these have been the best two years of my life, and as my mother always told me, she will only truly understand how greatly you can love when she has a child of her own. happy birthday ella.


lauren di cioccio

i love these bags  by artist lauren dicioccio. made of organza with tediously worked embroidery patterns and wording, they are spitting images of the originals. obviously these are mega pieces of artwork, but wouldn't it be fun to tote your groceries and goodies, or gift give with a simplified version?


new gift card style #2

another of the collection to be sold at bloume, this little card is made with woodgrain embossed card stock. inspired by a classic carving into tree bark... you know the ones, "b + n" surrounded by a heart. the heart is cut out, and the word happy peeks through on vellum. 


new gift card style

this little bunny gift card is part of the small collection to be sold at bloume. the bunnies are cut from vintage wallpaper and each has a fuzzy muslin tail and matching muslin envelope. more to come!


inspired by...

painterly prints. loosely geometric, these inspire me to create my own prints with my watercolors.


monogrammed stationery diy

see my diy post on design*sponge this morning!


big news...

i am so excited to announce that my paper designs will be offered in the new bloume baby store! our good friends at bloume baby (who provide fantastically stylish and sustainable baby products) are opening a retail location for the holiday months. in house, bloume baby offers interior design services from andrika king, and they were so kind to think of me when it came to paper. i have been asked to be their paper specialist, providing custom designed children's birthday invitations and birth announcements. i am also offering a small line of ready made gift enclosure cards, and perhaps printable invitation packages in the future. so drop by anytime to schedule a consultation! bloume baby is opening this week! 1300 highland avenue, manhattan beach, ca.

free people for children!

i just about died when i heard that free people has a children's line... appropriately called wee people. so cute i could scoop up every piece! 


quite possibly...

the best dessert on the face of the planet. passionfruit pavlova. so, passionfruit is in season. at the local farmers market there were mounds of them. with their uninviting exteriors, deep plummy purple, and wrinkly, and the dried up flower bud usually hanging for dear life on the stem. not a pretty thing outside, but its whats inside that counts, right? yep. 

the pavlova. i saw nigella lawson make one once, and found some passionfruit by accident soon after i came upon her recipe. so i thought i'd give it a try. it has easily become my favorite dessert. just like that. it is a crispy exterior-ed meringue with a soft interior, slightly chewy. after baking for an hour, the meringue is inverted to expose its tender belly. plop on a mound of unsweetened whipped cream, and spoon over tart and ultra aromatic passionfruit pulp. seriously unbelievable. my husband and i ate an entire half of one, and would have eaten the whole thing had i not taken it up to our friends house next door. i didn't even get a picture of it... that is how fast it went. 
click below for the recipe.


bee invitation

just finished this bee party invitation. hand drawn and lettered, the invitation has a little hand painted bumble bee spelling out any information that is bee related.
the fall yellow envelope is lined with a hand made honeycomb collage. the original collage is made with several art papers, fabric and sewn in areas for depth.
i can't wait to post the pictures of the party itself! 



how amazing are these owls made by ann wood. so beautiful and full of character, each owl is made by hand with vintage textiles. ann makes the most of her vintage apparel finds. taking inspiration from details in the clothing, she gives new life to the bygone pieces in the form of a charming owl. she stuffs the owls with wool instead of polyester and is attentive to each and every tiny detail. simply mind blowing.
 have a look at all of her amazing creations on her blog, and her shop. totally inspiring. hooo wants one? i do! -sorry i couldn't help it.