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I ran across these adorable cupcakes the other day and had to share.  The company is called Crumbs and Doilies and unfortunately for some of us, are in London!

This being our Thanksgiving in New York City we felt compelled to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Paradeven though we have often watched it in the past, it’s different somehow now that we’re close! While searching for an online stream of the parade (we are a computer-only household), we ran across the Macy’s map and I thought it was too cute not to share – not many holidays come pre-made with a well done map. Have a happy holiday everyone!

One of the first things to grace the doorstep of our new apartment was this amazing housewarming gift from my wonderful mother, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I wasn’t expecting it – my mom can be great at keeping a secret when she wants to and she has a knack for picking out presents I never knew I wanted until I get them, and then wonder why I hadn’t wanted them before.

When the package showed up I tore off the paper, with more gusto than I would have had I known the contents, and caught my breath.  Both the boy and I love to cook and I have a weakness for baking. I am an extreme romantic with a deep appreciation of traditions, warm cookies, an overstuffed chair and an epic cookbook… well, I am now a lover of epic cookbooks, I just hadn’t known that yet. I promptly watched the movie Julie & Julia again, anticipating giddily the moment when Meryl Streep would hold up the copy of the cookbook at the very end – it looked just like mine. And now the question is, what to make first? I’ve decided on the “Reine de Saba,” a chocolate almond cake.

Thank you mom

 

This past week I visited Flora Grubb in San Francisco after having seen hints of this garden center over and over again. Most recently I saw an engagement shoot at Flora Grubb and was finally convinced that I had to go check it out for myself. Flora Grubb specializes in hanging or vertical gardens like the wall of succulents (set against the red tin fence), or the bicycle covered in air plants. I went just because I was intrigued and came away totally inspired by the color combinations everywhere I looked: bright green with steel grey and orange, cerulean with red and yellow. Shades of vibrant green on a weathered fence… As an added surprise I found that there is a Ritual Coffee bar right in the shop! Not only can you go to peruse the specimen plants and ogle the color combinations but you can drink a wonderful cappuccino while you’re at it.

Flora Grubb Gardens

1634 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco, Ca 94124

415.648.2670

A few months ago Vanity Fair ran a list of online resources to know about and one of them was Cocodot – beautiful and customizable e-cards.  This is a wonderful resource for tea parties, birthdays, soirées and even a Save the Date! I want to have a dinner party just so I can use one of these…

cocodot.com

 

 

One of the greatest perks of creating maps is getting to know new cities – it’s kinda like having an intimate Lonely Planet guide to the cutest inns, taverns, restaurants and B&B’s in the country. Right now I am working on several maps at once, mentally traveling back and forth across the country, studying the topography of a mountain town or the lakes that break up a metropolis… and then suddenly a project came along that took me to the high seas! I am creating a map for a business located on a Pier in San Francisco, California. This being a great opportunity to style a map as a nautical chart I began Googling for inspiration. I didn’t expect to find the coloring of  the charts to be so intriguing –  aqua, turquoise, violet, rust, coral all came together to describe the topography of the ocean floor, the currents, and tides.

Then, this morning I got an email from Urban Outfitters advertising their “nautical” clothing selection and I realized how prevalent nautical and maritime imagery has become. type in “nautical” on Etsy and you come up with a slew of cards and cardigans and earrings. I have to say, I have always been taken with sailor attire  and  sailing culture in general. Doing a nautical map gives me so many symbols to work with, I can hardly wait to see how it will turn out!

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