make something!

make this jellyfish light for your little one!
when i started on the diy project for design*sponge last month, the early stages of the "pinata inspired party lighting" reminded me of floaty little jellyfish. 

ikea carries a couple of different shapes of paper lanterns. one of each would make a perfect grouped trio of jellyfish hanging in your child's sea themed bedroom.

to make the jellyfish:


little news...

just about the size of a darling little lemon,

little #2 will make his or her debut in december! hooray!!


in the details... publishers logos

i have always been a sucker for anything small. but have you ever noticed the little logo marks on the spines of books? tiny compact symbols made especially for the spine of a book... probably go unnoticed most of the time, but here i am again, pointing out the details. good thing i am nearsighted.


homemade marshmallows

it seems like i have made these marshmallows hundreds of times. i have made them for friends, parties, but usually just for fun. i have done different versions, some flavored with rosewater and others with chocolate. so much better than the packaged mass produced cousin, these are super soft, pillowy little squares that melt in your mouth. the square shape is ideal for topping a graham cracker or packing up in a little kraft gift box. 

of all the marshmallow recipes i've tried, i like this one best. fairly foolproof (except at high altitudes), it doesn't contain egg whites (which tend to weep), there is no need for a candy thermometer and after all, the recipe comes from one of my all time "one day" restaurants to try... the french laundry.

french laundry marshmallows

3 envelopes knox gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla 
confectioners sugar for dredging

in the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water. soak for 10 minutes.
 combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan.
bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute.
pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. add the salt and beat for 12 minutes. add vanilla and incorporate into mixture. 
scrape into a 9x9-inch pan lined with oiled plastic wrap and spread evenly. let sit for a few hours. remove from pan and dredge the marshmallow slab in confectioners sugar and cut into squares with scissors or a chefs knife. dredge each piece of marshmallow in the confectioners sugar.


remembering, balloons, insects and paper cranes

e and i recently went to colorado for a memorial. although the purpose of the trip was solemn, i will never forget the happy moments we spent together with my family. we traveled from the denver airport to colorado springs. spectacular views of looming snow capped mountains surrounded us. the landscape is so very different than what we are used to here at the beach. as i soaked up the views, i felt reminded to appreciate the beauty of my area.

the memorial & balloons: we released balloons into the sky and spoke of fond memories. e held onto her balloon for dear life refusing to let it go when the time came. she took it inside and "hid" it until the coast was clear... and she was given permission to take it home with her. she slept with it every night until it was time to go home.

insects: we visited an insect museum... complete with an enormous model of a hercules beetle atop the hill as you approach from the highway. simple glass cases lit with little antique lamps were artfully arranged with every specimen of insect from every country some dating back to the 20's and 30's. truly amazing. 

most of the specimen tags were hand written or typed on an actual typewriter adding a beautiful antique quality. ever since, e is convinced that every museum will have some sort of insect on display.

and the paper cranes: an art installation in the denver airport of thousands of white paper cranes flew in flocks down the pillars one of the airy hallways in an already spectacular building. monochrome mania. i couldn't get enough of the white on white. it was the one time when i would have liked the moving sidewalks to go a little slower. just breathtaking, and an etherial end to a great weekend with my closest family. 


paper mache teacups

i am always blown away by ann wood. she creates wonderfully moody things out of paper mache and scraps of vintage fabric. her ships are some of my favorite... i think they would make a mobile to die for.

recently, ann added a teacup tutorial to her blog... a beautiful little diy to make some ann wood style paper mache. how beautiful are they! this would be a fantastic thing to do with all of the scraps of paper that i cant seem to part with... definitely added to my to do list.


design*sponge diy

i have a new diy on design*sponge for this month! pinata inspired party lanterns! read the full tutorial here...