Friday, September 30, 2011

toast, coffee & Twig...

her diverse client list assures that we are wrapped in 

in her cozy style every day.
( Toast ~ Cabbages & Roses ~ Lancome ~ Oil of Olay...just to name a few...)

{Google her name and enjoy.}


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

a simple Fall pleasure, when living in design transition and renovation...

hello to Wednesday!
(this is my second attempt at this post...not sure what happened,
i'll just say "the Google" ate my first one.
so...let's try one more time!)

two weeks ago my kitchen counter was neat and tidy.
that lasted about three days.
here is a SNAP of the kitchen counter this morning.

our dining room table was clear...

i spy a perfect pumpkin...
 ... now it's in a holding pattern.

most of my cookbooks are stacked atop a washstand that is temporarily in
i am planning to recover the books that clash with the color story
in the kitchen.

~via ~
i was inspired by this photo on Pinterest.


in the midst of all of the reshuffling and sort of organized chaos is a pretty candle.
Donna made it! {i love it}. it sits on my desk, now, temporarily in the dining room, next to my laptop.

she is brilliant at creating the special touches that she tucks into her packages!
a perfect example, above, two little book page leaves, attached together, knotted with twine.
i wrapped them around the stem of her candle goblet. 


 an instant FALL RETREAT... that simple pleasure!

whoops! it's time to blow out the candle and headed off to work.
have a perfect FALL day!

~today,gather to inspire here~


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

frosting with French knots...

i am thinking about  a project 
involving French knots...

so i popped on to Pinterest for
some inspiration.

i thought that i would share some of  my 
favorite images...

a French knot tutorial

i love this idea...
... embroidering the knots in the same shades as the background.

French knots and sugar?  i'm IN!

they make the most beautiful mini ~ hydrangeas and...

... add textural magic when
 embroidered onto the center of the flowers of this 
amazing skirt at Anthropologie!  

{i love this whole idea of adding same color texture to
a floral background...babies LOVE texture...hmmm...
something for Holland Grace...}

i'm inspired. i hope that i have inspired you as well!


Monday, September 26, 2011

happy anniversary!

it's Jason and Chrislyn's
special day!

September ~ 26th ~ 2009
Chrislyn's bouquet and all of the flowers were
done by the same florist that did our wedding 
in 1973.  

it was a perfect Fall day! this photo was taken
when they stopped at a vintage record shop 
on the way to their second reception.

Chrislyn tossed her natural curls into a soft up-do!
her headband was handmade from antique French
netting and lace. 

(i didn't blog at the time of their wedding.
i plan to share more during the month of October!)

have a beautiful Monday!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

i'm here for the party!

 i am hugging all of you.
Donna, i am honored to have received your invite!
i'm sorry that i'm late...i worked 12 hours today. (it
was a special event and fun, and OVERTIME, so no 
whining here!)

now you all know that i adore The Holiday, and It's
Complicated. I also love Letter's to Juliet.
Practical Magic is PURE magic that was filmed here in the Pacific Northwest.
Another house that i love is the stone farmhouse in
Christmas in Connecticut. The Notebook is my Mom & Dad!

~My girlies really know how to pick a movie!~

my fave Nick & Nora's
it's about 11:00pm, i'm WIDE AWAKE, and ready to share a movie that
is sooo close to our family's heart. it has a house that we have
been a guests in and a high school that is pretty much one of
the coolest in the country!

Chrislyn and Jay bought them for me to wear on MOM'S WEEKEND at WSU!

on my way home from work tonight,
i stopped to buy this...

so i could bring you this...



  • 6 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 cups Beecher's Flagship Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 1 ounce cheddar, grated ( 1/4 cup)
  • 1 ounce Gruyere cheese, grated ( 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Oil or butter an 8-inch baking dish.
Cook the penne 2 minutes less than package directions. (It will finish cooking in the oven.) Rinse pasta in cold water and set aside.
Combine cooked pasta and Flagship Sauce in a medium bowl and mix carefully but thoroughly. Scrape the pasta into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the cheeses and then the chile powder. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
NOTE: If you double the recipe to make a main dish, bake in a 9-by-13-inch pan for 30 minutes.

  • 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 14 ounces semihard cheese, such as Beecher's Flagship, grated (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 ounces grated semisoft cheese, such as Beecher's Just Jack
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Continue whisking and cooking for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Add the cheese, salt, chile powder and garlic powder. Stir until the cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated, about 3 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to three days.

NOTE: A single batch of sauce makes enough for a double recipe of macaroni and cheese.

we'll wash it down with...
it's a crisp ale from T- town, where i live
and where this movie was made.

do you like Shakespeare?

i do!

Kat and  Bianca's house is actually the McGovern's house.

it's in north Tacoma!

it has a beautiful yard and a fab view!

do you see that ship with the black bottom on Commencement Bay? 
i live on the hill right behind it!

i have politely partied in this house a couple times.

it is a beautiful home. it was built around 1905.

the house was entirely taken over for the movie. the family
was moved into a condominium nearby.

the deck... do i need to say more?


but the coolest thing about the movie is

Stadium High School

both Chrislyn and Jay attended here.

this is the courtyard, where i dropped them off, before they started
driving on their own.

this is a principals office.

Heath (bless his soul) walked the halls and was
great to the kids!

the production company hired all students that were 
interested in a summer job to work as extras.


the theme of Chrislyn's senior prom was "Can't ake my eyes off of you".
for her 18th birthday her friends showed up at our home
with a vintage Fender guitar and a rock band!

the movie had a big impact on the students of Stadium High!

 this is my favorite scene from the movie. 
i apologize for Heath's little
touch of profanity...

let's dance at Donna's sleepover until dawn!


just checking!

it's September's reminder...

...that i LOVE you!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

the Great Northwest (travelling) Pumpkin Patch...

...features 2000 hand blown glass pumpkins.

if you live in the PacNWest, visit here!

if you can't make it to the patch, you can visit here!

A portion of all sales during the month of 
October are going to help children in Tacoma 
and in Botaga, Romania.

this little cutie is appropriately called

Spiced Latte!

which reminds me...

happy first day of Fall 2011!

here's my morning toast to all of you!