Friday, July 1, 2011

What's for dinner?

Finally getting settled back in from vacation allows me the time to become creative in the kitchen. Last night after watching Giada De Laurentiis I ran off to the store to recreate her Parisian Steak and Brie Croissant Sandwich and Mushroom and Parsley Salad. The sandwich I did exactly as she said but I altered the mushroom salad by switching the button mushrooms for baby bella mushrooms. 

Sizzlin' away in some butter, Paris style!
Toasted croissant with brie? Hellz yeah!
Finalized sammich with a view of the mushroom salad topped with shaved parmesan cheese. 
Roasted red peppers and arugula peeking out behind the creamy brie and medium rare filet. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pizza Pot Pie

I'm back from vacay. Cedric and I enjoyed an amazing week with family and friends in the cool state of Ohio. We were guests at a fun filled wedding with an amazing couple. We enjoyed great food throughout the week, traveled to Put-in-Bay with my father, strolled through the Toledo Art Museum with my Mommy, attended a baseball game, and had fun people watching at Comfest in Columbus. FUN! FUN! FUN!

On my last day in Toledo oh joy! posted a recipe for a pizza pot pie. I finally attempted it last night and it was delish! I unfortunately didn't have the mindset to snap my own photographs so I will share with you the photographs from the life changing blog known as oh joy!

fill the bowl with goodies and bake!

Once baked, flip it and TADA you have a bread bowl!

I filled it with several types of mushrooms, shallots, garlic, pepperoni, and fresh mozzarella..YUMM!
via oh joy!, photographs by oh joy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I'm of average height; I measure an exact 5'5" and feel that I am too short for floor length dresses and skirts. However, the long skirt from Zara has me wanting to give it a go.

and why I'm at it I'll take one in blue too. 

Paired with this sandal with bows. Yes, please. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hello Hippo

No words can express how fully I would love to have this Leather Hippo Bench.

Too extravagant? Well, sticking with leather, maybe I can settle for this vintage Hermes Travel Bag.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Easy Furniture

Who says furniture can't be effortless? Taking inexpensive items, such as pallets (growing up I had a barn full), tossing some cushions on them with great giant pillows would make the perfect seating for my craft all I need is the space.

Via mint love social club via norske interior blogger

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes
♥ Preheat oven to 450˚

♥ Position sliced tomatoes on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with parmesan, oregano, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for about 15 minutes!

This is what's for lunch, paired with a fresh salad and freshly baked bread. I'm off to hit the local farmers market.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I have been making the rounds in search of chalkboard oilcloth. Nobody in the 912 carries it, so I will have to leap into the world of internet orders and click into existence a few yards. I'm intrigued by the endless possibilities that I could produce with a blank slate and colorful chalk! So between that and my favorite laminated cotton and oilcloth fabrics this book will give me the perfect jolt of inspiration to get to clickin' on my search for even more fanciful fabrics!

Pre~order Sewing with Oilcloth HERE!

Monday, June 6, 2011

La Garconne

I am NOT a shorts kinda gal; however, my dear friend Audra gifted me a pair of Marc Jacobs shorts that I love to slip on. I could also deal with these lovelies. They scream comfort!
Elastic Rolled Short by John Patrick

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hilton Head Savannah Equestrian Exposition

Last Sunday Cedric and I attended the Hilton Head Savannah Equestrian Exposition. Cedric wandered around photographing the event while I huddled in closely to the beautifully set up tent of The Hunt Club Clothiers that overflowed with num nums made by Leoci's Trattoria. The day was filled with sunshine, champagne, fun fashions, delicious food, and smiling faces. What a wonderful way to enjoy a Sunday.

Somebody else has a fondness for paper ceilings!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Dutchess of Cambridge

Nothing better to start your day with than a Royal Wedding. 
Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images
Pool / Reuters
It was gorgeous, romantic, traditional and modern all at the same time. What a success and well worth the four o'clock wake up time. The bride and groom were beyond story book status and the crowds were entertaining us with joyful fun.

Geoff Caddick / AFP - Getty Images
Kevin Coombs / Reuters
Nir Elias / Reuters

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Paper Ceilings

Last year I recreated Martha Stewart's Paper Hanging Globe for Cedric's surprise birthday party.

They were so sweet using white, pinks and peaches. Ok, so maybe they were more for me than for him. I could have used more masculine colors, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. I went overboard ordering between 30 or 40 and stapled them together with a pretty cream ribbon running through the middle. I loved them. I wanted to surround myself with them. 

dahlia like pom poms
I'm really loving these pom poms that resemble dahlias. We're in search of a new home and I am unrealistically dreaming of having my own special room to fill with paper pretties. An overhead blooming garden of colors and textures.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I look forward to these seasonal videos. I REALLY look forward to the arrival of the Toast catalogue on my doorstep. There is a smell to them; a feeling of quality weighted paper that makes for the ultimate catalogue experience. This may seem silly, but you must experience the dreamlike photographs of quality clothing that is both stylish and ladylike.

The warmth of sand underfoot, cool breeze off of the ocean, and lingering friends can transport us all into
our happy place.

A sun filled moment surrounded by landscaped nature is surely the atmosphere to catapult us into a moment of daydreaming delight.

Take a few minutes and let yourself escape into the Spring~Summer 2011 line. It's like a little mini vacation, all wrapped into about five minutes of summer holiday ease and much needed R&R.

Film by Nick Seaton for Toast / Music by Joe Zeitlin

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Let me introduce you to Jen Ray. Reading her bio is like closing my eyes and looking deep into my secret desires of reclaiming the simplistic lifestyle and beauty that the country can bring you all the while not being able to strip the city life from your existence.

She grew up in a log cabin. 

She is a traveler. 

She is crafty, artistic, and a renovator of barns. 

She could be my soul sister. 

I am an Island

I will bite the bad things

Her hand painted porcelain mugs and glasses are now a must in my life. One day I want a cupboard full of these to fit every mood imaginable.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Garden Expo

Quite a busy week of fun and work, and now finally pictures are being posted. My talented partner in life Cedric Smith created a beautiful painting for the Historic Savannah Foundation and the lovely Garden Expo Preview Party. We set up a tent on the beautiful grounds of the Trustees' Garden amongst chickens, and everything related to gardens. It was a delightful evening with old friends and new.

History Blooms in the South.
Cedric Smith Original

Boys and burlap. Two of my favorite things!

See me helping! 

The set up continues. 

Cedric and his good pal Jim Hunt.

Flowers, wine, water, friends, and art make for a beautiful evening. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Your Secret

Swiss and French video-artist Jean-S├ębastien Monzani has produced the most cheer filled, simplistic video that reminds us to take pause in our hectic, stress filled days. It drives us to refocus and to bring beautiful thoughts into the forefront of our minds.

Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.

Original Video © Jean S├ębastien Monzani / - reproduced with permission

Monday, April 11, 2011

Trench Bow Coat

Tibi has created my perfect day jacket. Ruffles and gathers and pleats, 

Trench Bow Coat

There she is all buttoned up like a proper lil' lady

and the pretty frills continue on to the backside.....sigh.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

One Classy Dame

"Pragmatic romantic and classy dame" is how Elizabeth Novak describes herself. She recreates a time of an America when merit badges were cool, and everyone comes home with the blue ribbon. Her jewelry is fun, imaginative, and downright clever with a youthful vibe. 

Mom Rules Merit Badge
Perfect gift for Mommies Day next month!

April Showers Adjustable Ring
I have been umbrella crazed lately; perhaps,due to the intense storms Savannah produces. 
Hen Adjustable Ring
I love the vintage feel to it. 

She also has some really cool state rings. I am going to keep checking in with her, with the hopes of an Ohio ring making an appearance in her shop one day soon.