finishing touches

i have finished the final components for the yellow and gray wedding suite. here they are... 
the place cards... simple rectangle of double fused card stock with  yellow table number behind the guests name.
the program: printed in pewter ink, a triple fused narrow rectangle with information on front and back.
tables numbers used the same fabric as the invitations.
the directional signs: simple arrow shape of wood with the couples monogram and hand painted yellow flowers. 
and finally, the thank you notes... the notes are simple with the couples monogram in pewter ink on white card stock. the corresponding pewter envelopes are lined with printed paper that matches the fabric used throughout the suite. 


bentwood toys

just love this little collection of bentwood toys. have to say, the wagon is my favorite by far. what a great design with the bentwood bottom creating little seats on each side. how sleek.

zen super wagon from kaiku designs.

neo classic rocking horse from plan.
darling max push car from sirch.
all available here.


breakfast to go

my husband adores balance bars. the yogurt honey peanut flavor. every morning, so very early, on his way out the door, he grabs one along with a cup of coffee for the road. it really is a great thing for him, it is easy, and fairly nutritious, and beats me having to cook breakfast at the crack of dawn. so i read the label. ...he does eat this every day. not bad, not good. the nutritional content is great, how it got there is not. although mostly natural, the list of ingredients contains a lot of undecipherable additions, most of which i am not exactly comfortable with. so here is my solution. peanut butter bars. the recipe makes 14-18 bars, each packing a very similar nutritional punch as the balance bar. and the best thing... i know exactly what is inside. 

peanut butter bars

 1  C dry milk
1/2 C honey
1/2 C bran or wheat germ
1/2 C sesame seeds
 1  C natural peanut butter
1/2 C rolled oatmeal

put all of the ingredients in a mixer and mix well. pour dough out on a piece of wax or parchment paper and shape into a rectangle about 3/4 of an inch thick. cut into bars, about 14, but 18 is easier.
wrap each bar individually in wax paper.
i added 1/2 C flax seed to my last batch, which is an excellent addition to add in much needed omega 3's and fiber...  
approximate values for 1/14 of recipe... not including flax seed.
202 cals, 11.5 g fat, 21.5 g carb, 12.8 g sugar, 8 g protein
compared with balance bar...
200 cals, 7g fat, 22 g carb, 18 g sugar, 15 g protein

pretty good!


patterned buildings

i wonder why patterns are not done more often on buildings... sort of like outdoor wallpaper, the effect is just gorgeous. here are a few examples of relief pattern on some local buildings.
a home with a carved pattern accented by squares of color... so pretty.
 the missoni storefront in beverly hills. the texture is made from linear slats... 
vines are guided with strings to make dimensional pattern on the wall.  


the harper

happy friday! i am going to have to make a concerted effort to add this to my saturday morning (dreams of) brunch ... 
i can't wait to try this gorgeous cocktail from maili productions... (maili  catered our wedding, and we still talk about the food six years later)

 how pretty does it look in the mason jars...


Ice glasses if desired

Fill glasses with 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of Guava Nectar (or Guava Juice)
Fill glasses 3/4 cup (6 ounces) of Champagne
Squeeze of lime juice
Fresh Mint

Quickly stir (but not too much because you don't want bubbles to go away! Serve immediately.

via maili's blog... the maili files


inspired by...

i love these gorgeous sewn found photos from artist lisa kokin. such beauty and loving artistry in her work.


rope chair

someone please buy this! ...if i only had a deck, or more space in my living room for that matter.

from ikea


sheaff ephemera

i think i could literally spend days on this site. dick sheaff chronicles his love for ephemera by scanning all of his gorgeous examples of advertisement and shares them with us. what a good guy.
must see: his hilarious "people holding fish" album


barry mcgee

beautiful installations by barry mcgee.
 i absolutely love the exaggerated layering of all of the drawings in their frames.


dundelina shark dress

i love this shark dress by dundelina.
her company is equally as darling... every year the owner of the norwiegen company, monica sanchez, has a book written by Roald Kaldestad. from this book, her entire new collection is born, from clothing to toys. the whole collection is cohesive, simple and perfectly modern. i can't wait to see what she has in store for fall.


paper capiz shell chandelier on design*sponge

click here to see my diy post on design*sponge for this month.


third birthday invitation

a simple custom birthday invitation that i did for a nautical beach party.
the flags on the invitation are made of the same fabric as the pennant flags used to decorate the party scene. photos of the coordinating party decor coming soon!


summer refresher

we never have ice.

both my husband and i like our water room temperature. anything else that is taken cold usually lives in the fridge. so really, besides the occasional boo boo, (which usually a bag of frozen peas will suffice) we never need it for anything. 

so yesterday, when faced with the dilemma of a warm bottle of limeade, a hot beach, and thirsty friends... a solution presented itself.

searching through the freezer for "that bag i thought i saw with a few ice cubes left in it" i came across a bag of frozen mango chunks.

one of those serendipitous moments.

the mango chunks couldn't have been a better accidental ice cube. so here it is. limeade with frozen mango. a lovely little tart bubbly drink with a sweet treat at the end. enjoy.
frozen mango in glass, squeeze lime.
pour over sparkling limeade.