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The Ferry Building

Last week we had some of our favorite out of town guests, a family that we have known forever. In fact we were reminiscing how we used to babysit their oldest son when he was a toddler before we had any of our own. Well, he is off to college this fall. I know this is a total cliche, but I seriously do not know where that time has gone. Poof! Anyhow, as is our usual, whenever we have friends visiting that share our love of walking and eating…. we go into the city to the Ferry Building. And so we went…   We strolled along the Embarcadero….     With a lot of wind blowing in our hair…       And then we came to the shrine that is the Ferry Building. What else is there to say really.   #weateourwaythroughtherestoftheday    &#0160…

“Whelmedness”

I have had a full week. A really full week. And I've struggled with its fullness. A lot. My friend Jana mentioned the other day on twitter that she was having a perfect amount of "whelmedness" that day,not too overwhelmed and not too underwhelmed. What a fabulous idea! It sounded like an absolutely perfect day to me since I seem to have had my fair share of the former kind lately and have been dreaming of the latter. But really when it comes down to it, what I have been wanting is that perfect balance of "whelmedness" each day. Don't we all? As I descended into one of my internal "balance of life" struggles, I realized however that even though this perfection is a good thing to strive for, achieving a perfect balance of whelmedness each day is a…

Summer’s End

I can't even believe that our summer is not so slowly coming to a close. I know its kind of an artificial end and that we could all stay in summer mode for a bit longer but I guess we have to listen to the calendar! And so our SCHEDULED summer is almost over and I don't think I am quite ready. My tomatoes aren't quite ready yet, either! In the Kitchen… This morning our FARM FRESH TO YOU box of goodies arrived as it does every week. Its a wonderful thing and even though we are growing some of our own veggies this summer, the weekly box keeps us stocked with everything we might need. This week the box came at 11:00 and by noon I had sauteed up a few things for a quick staff snack. We all took a…

Paris, my friend

Now I have to tell you that Paris, although still completely intoxicating, spellbinding, breathtaking, mysterious, and a whole group of other adjectives, has become somewhat of a friend over these last couple of trips. Mon ami as they say. I now have a "regular" place I like to stay. On "my little island". A regular place I have my morning tea and croissant. Sometimes they even recognize me there. A regular afternoon crepe with nutella to snack on, couldn't think of anything other I would rather eat when strolling around Paris. A regular corner florist where I buy the flowers for my hotel room. My own metro stop. A favorite place to walk along the Seine. My favorite market and even a cheese shop that i can't resist. And yet the city is full of idiosyncracies that I love to observe and…

Fresh Vintage #16 has hit the stores!

Our latest edition of Fresh Vintage went out last week! Halleluiah! Why halleluiah you might ask? Well, because its a quarterly pattern series that we do and this one was supposed to be the "MAY/JUNE" edition and it went out in the middle of July instead….  I can come up with some good excuses, I really can. One of them starts with Paris and ends with the Russian River, another one of them starts with Ben and ends with Ella, another one starts with my latest fabric collection designs and ends with a few new patterns in the works… Dresden Fancy Anyway, this issue is chalk full of goodies, starting with a Dresden Plate quilt, "DRESDEN FANCY". For those of you who are not seasoned or traditional quilters, a Dresden Plate block is one of those old traditional blocks that every quilter…

Paris: A little more

When most people go to Paris, they go see landmarks and take pictures that might look something like this.   Well, when we go to Paris, we get looked at a bit funny because we are seen mostly taking pictures of things like this…   in fact we seem to have a real thing for fencing… And we seem to spend a lot of our time looking up…      When our necks hurt from looking up, we would stop in for one or both of these…   So we could spend some more time looking at these…    When we got our fill of the beautiful blooms that seemed to be on every street corner, we reveled some more in, well, in food… just looking though…     Usually that would make us hungry enough to sit down and…

A beautiful Saturday

The place: Sonoma …wandering around abandoned vineyards.  When: Definitely Spring. This past Saturday to be more specific. …cherry trees in bloom. … baby figs. What: an afternoon of relaxation & a bit of fun. …realized I am hardly ever in the pics of where we go. Destination: The Girl & the Fig …can you even believe that there is a such a place an hour from my home and I have never been there?? My drink: A Fig Royale … my new favorite drink. My date: My husband Our dinner: Flounder in a brown butter & fried caper sauce on a bed of mashed potatoes and spinach. …uummmm, do I really need to say anything else? Skirt Steak with a wine and veal reduction with fingerling potatoes and spring greens …eric had a hard time parting with more than one bite of this…