Daily Archives: March 28, 2013

local easter goodies

I usually make the Easter cookies like these, but that was a lot easier to do when I didn’t work on Fridays.  The weeks fill up fast now, and the weekends even faster.  Luckily we have no shortage of good local shops to fill in the gaps of homemade goodness.  I thought I’d post a few photos in case you in town and still looking for basket fillers.

F and I stopped in two places after work today, and I’d like to say a big thank you to all those businesses that stay open past five.  Hurray for that.  

First we stopped into La Patisserie Chouquette to check out the new digs.  It is just as gorgeous as everyone says – and I’m hoping to stop in many more times.  It’s just a little too beautiful, perhaps, for a three year old.  The whole time we were there I was afraid she would accidentally knock into one of the displays and send one of the amazing cakes onto the floor.  It’s like walking into a jewelry store, everything seems precious and untouchable.  Or to me, even better than a jewelry store.  I can take or leave the bling, but I’m all about gorgeous pastries.

I was pleasantly surprised at the non-precious prices.  I thought they were very reasonable – at least the items I focused on.  These cookies were $3 each – and take it from a cookie maker – it’s really hard to make something like this and have $3 cover the ingredients and the time.  These would look so sweet in a basket – they have bigger ones as well, plus carrots.  Very, very cute.  I would also recommend the jelly beans.  F and I split a box as a treat, and they might be the best jelly beans I’ve ever had.

It’s slightly dangerous that we pass two amazing sweet shoppes just on our drive home – especially when you consider our entire commute is just a couple of miles.  Kakao always delivers, and we picked up some sweet treats for the grownups.
It was especially fun to find these lip balms – I got four for the girls and their cousins.  They are handmade by Maven, a neighbor to Kakao’s Maplewood location, using Kakao chocolates and pates de fruits.  F is going to flip.  She’s absolutely obsessed with chapstick.
So maybe this holiday skip the giant bags of pastel wrapped Hershey’s and pick up a few of these sweet little handmade treats.  Or forget the holiday, and just celebrate the drive home from work.  Works for me.

contours; the shape of thoughts

One of the things I was drawn to when I looked at this wall painting with the rippled edges
Jillian Taylor via Design*Sponge
was how it reminded me of the many topographic models I made in architecture school and at my first job outside of school.  Now everything I do is modeled in the computer, but it wasn’t that long ago that we were still building these site models by hand.  I had a site planning course in graduate school where where we modeled our sites out of clay, sculpting the topography by adding or subtracting material.  That was kind of fun to do, but what really got me going was the layering of cardboard or chipboard or mat board, elevation by elevation, layer by layer.  Kind of like this image I found while looking around. 
I think I still may have a model or two of my own stuffed into a closet in my parents’ house, but I don’t have any at our house.  I also love the paper topos done with different colors by this artist.  

Crafterall on etsy

It reminds me of some of the holiday cards I’ve done in the past, and gets me excited about some ideas for this year’s card.

It also reminds me of my favorite dish I’ve ever received as a gift, this oneI love how when you fill it with olive oil the various layers read different colors.

It also reminds me that I haven’t seen it in awhile and I should probably organize my cabinets.

Before I got to this idea of topography-like lines on the wall, I thought that I might do a stenciled pattern over the walls.  I loved these two:

Lisboa Tile Stencil, Royal Design Studio 

If I had gone this route I wasn’t necessarily going to render them in the same high contrast way – I thought I’d still try to do a graduated color over the wall, from highly saturated at the bottom to lighter at the top.  In the end, the pattern was still too much for me in the space, and I’m glad that I returned to the topography idea, especially after seeing it in cake form!

This makes me want to either a.  hang a map on that wall to sort of continue the idea of site contours and place, b.  make something new with layers of paper / mat board in the same vein of a topographic model, or c.  find something I already have in the dusty archives otherwise known as the basement that M or I did in school and attach it to the wall.  Of course I’m leaning towards b. since that would mean another project to start when I already have two dozen or more in the works.  That’s the way I roll.